Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Meph Addict and Coffeestopholes.

Tweak is Avery Mephistopheles Imperial Stout, with a chunk of coffee thrown in. If you haven’t geeked out enough, the brewery aged in four months in bourbon barrels.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Based on Batch #1 drank recently. I was a little concerned in the time it's been sitting that the coffee would fall off but it did not. It was a coffee, chocolate and bourbon bomb that was absolutely delightful. I'm not a big coffee guy so perhaps fresh would be a little intense for me but this was money for me. Sitting on a Batch 2 & 3 that I'm really looking forward to!

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour at the Modern Times Carnival of Caffeination. The sign said 16%, not 17.5%, but what does it matter when the ABV is that high and it is still such an easy drinker? I can't believe how well this beer hides the ABV. Really nice BA coffee imperial stout.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottled Nov. 14, 2016 - 16.0% abv

Pours pitch black with a creamy frothy brown foam head. Smells like rich boozy dark fruits, black cherry, plum, fig, raisin, roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasty toasted bready malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich boozy dark fruits, black cherry, plum, fig, raisin, big roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, rich dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasty toasted bready malts, with bitter earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged imperial coffee stout.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3; Bottled Nov 16

Dark and decadent; rich, sweet nose full of chocolate fudge and booze. Flavor is sweet chocolate fudge, roasted coffee, vanilla, and some harsh ethanol. Medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation and some drying oak tannins. Excellent, rich flavor. Very enjoyable beer and would score higher if the booze wasn't so harsh.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Talk about a massive improvement through the use of bourbon barrels and coffee. Black beer, plenty viscous. 1/3" brown head on top. Aroma is plenty boozy, but its not just booze, there is plenty of coffee, a small amount of bourbon competing for your nose's attention as well.

Taste, geez its a sipper. I sat and drank my 12 oz for about 70 minutes. Just right. Its strong, its a lot like Mocha Wednesday. Its deep dark chocolate malt on this one. Is there actual chocolate added? Seems like it. Perhaps thats just how dense the black roasted malt is. Small bit of vanilla to it.

I like the 12oz format for such a big beer, but it is plenty pricey. But it is that giant stout model for sure.

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Photo of rypkr
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Wow... big, thick, and delicious. Thank you avery for not feeling the need to package your high abv beers in a bomber.

Taste is sweet, but astringent and almost artificial. Mouthfeel is tits. So heavy and decadent. The coffee on the nose is a little musty and dated but this is a cellar beer. A true slow sipper.

While not blown away by this, I'll probably still buy it again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch 3 bottled 11/14/2016 - 16% ABV. Pours dark brown black with a creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is roast chocolate malt, sweet vanilla and lots of bourbon with a little coffee and a bit of fusel alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fudgy chocolate malts with vanilla and a big roast finish with quite a bit of harsh but warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, lots of interesting things going on. Pretty sweet, harsh and boozy. I remember the original Meph Addict being so much better with less harsh alcohol and a lot more coffee.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't even know how to describe the sweet, boozy melange of flavors this beer delivers. Chocolatey, caramel center that's coated with a sturdy layer of bourbon and coffee. Lots of bourbon, but like most Avery barrel aged beers, the booze is so smooth and mellow. This is actually a dangerously crushable brew. Bourbon continues to tingle on the back end and brings hints of vanilla too. Little bit of hazelnut. Decadent and delicious, so much so that I want another, which would be a terrible idea.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours thinner than the ABV would suggest. Produces an inch and a half light khaki head from the pour with a lingering half inch. Smell was more coffee forward when it was cold but it quickly dissipated as it warmed. Light barrel notes up front, with a touch of vanilla and strong sweet char roast notes predominating. Taste is very sweet, to the point of cloying. Syrupy with some molasses and licorice; no coffee bite to speak of. Highly carbonated for the style that does not allow you to get a good feel for the actual beer, makes it feel lighter than it probably is or should be. Overall I thought the elements of a great BA stout were there but they were really in your face and not at all balanced. Barrel but sharp, malty but charred, overly sweet with no bitter coffee bite to smooth it out. Perhaps some time would do it well but as is I was rather unimpressed and is not at all deserving of the rating it has, try cafe ameircano which is not even barrel aged and then come talk to me.

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Photo of T-Schroeder
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5.5oz snifter Lville Hopcat
Smell: bourbon, bourbon, and bourbon.. I like, I do pick up coffee after initial taste but not really distinct
Taste: Bourbon up front, with vanilla midway, finish with charred/tobacco flavor..not much coffee though
Mouth: heavy at first, but light at end
Overall: Bourbon Lovers dream. Kind of underwhelming though. I felt it was over priced(both on draft and in bottle at liquor stores), particularly because there wasn't much coffee presence

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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a matching Avery cervoise appears black in color with a finger khaki head that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

Aroma of coffee roast, cola, black licorice, caramel, vanilla and booze.

Tastes sweet, boozy and solvent with a licorice meets cola quality and faint coffee.

Medium to fuller in bodied with ample carbonation. A decent sipper. For the price this was fun to try but I dont need to have it again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a opaque matted black color. There is a head which is rather remarkable for a barrel aged, coffee beer. The aroma is well balanced. There is light roasted coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a lot of vanilla. The taste is quite bold. Everything it has is in abundance. Chocolate, vanilla, more light roasted coffee, and alcohol. The mouthfeel very full bodied with a chewy, cloying texture. The carbonation is appropriately low. Overall, I'm overly skeptical of beers with the hype that this one possesses, but I have to say this beer live up to it. The only fault I find is that the alcohol is a bit too transparent. My experience with Avery's other extremely high ABV beers tells me that the alcohol will mellow in five or six years time, and bland in wonderfully. But where will the coffee be at that time?

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Photo of metter98
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cold brew coffee are present in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has balanced flavors of coffee and bourbon along with notes of dark and roasted malts. The bourbon lingers into the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very deceptive as it completely hides any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JLK7299
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bourbon hits you early. The coffee hits you late. Glorious aftertaste. My second Avery Stout, first barrel aged and it is amazing. Drink it slow as it packs a punch but drink it!

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Photo of kitch
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz bottle, Batch #2, bottled on 25th January 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A dark brown to black colour with a one finger mocha head that had decent retention and left sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Very nice cocoa, chocolate fudge, espresso coffee, vanilla, raisin, cherry and bourbon.

Taste: Sweet plum, prunes, raisin, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, coffee and strong but not overpowering bourbon.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin at medium to full bodied, with low carbonation. Definitely some boozy heat, but its not overdone.

Overall: A very nice Coffee BA Imperial Stout that’s not overly sweet and has great aromas and taste. At 17.5% ABV, you get the boozy heat, but it’s still a very nice sipper.

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Photo of DavidSomers
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrific bourbon barrel aged coffee stout. A bit boozy at 17.5% ABV. I enjoyed this more than a fresh BCBCS and bought it much more easily. It probably would benefit from a bit more aging to let the booziness mellow. But will seek this out again.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Glass marble brown with a dark tan, foamy frothy head that is surprisingly large for such high ABV and being barrel aged. There is a lot of spongy lace.

16%? Not in smell! Aroma is nice coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, with tangy, nutty, roasted malt, sesame, and soy sauce. No booze to burn the nose.

However, taste is deceptive at the very tip up front, but the alcohol quickly reveals itself. I get vanilla, chocolate, nice fruity floral sweet coffee, becoming Baileys, with a sudden, quick, heavy hit of hot, stinging booze as it goes down the throat, all in the span of 5 seconds. A Kahlua-like element is very apparent, and at times it's almost like straight rum.

Body is relatively thin and slick, but frothy and a little sticky with a semi-dry finish. Booze is not hidden in this one, though!

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Photo of Suds
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow....I didn't expect the intensity of this brew. From a 12 ounce, foil-capped bottle, this beer is strong. The appearance is dark brown, almost black, with a small but firm brown head. Sugary, boozy, malt-forward smell. There is a bit of spice in the taste, with a huge amount melanoidin-modified malt. The beer is warm, strong, and intensely alcoholic. Some nuts and earth, and more malt in the mind-taste. Full in body and lingering finish. Wow.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


2016 batch 3

Dark thin pour. Black beer with light brown tight head, legs develop as it warms but nothing special about the consistency.

Huge cocoa, chocolate, malt, oatmeal and BOURBON smell.

Rich bourbon, chocolate and tons of black coffee and hazelnuts with a beyond boozy finish that is easy to manage and fantastic. Thick mouth feel but somewhat lacking in such a big stout.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. bottled on Jan 25 2016. Batch No. 2.

pours a dark brown, but not jet black. some coffee but this is predominately bourbon. holy booze. this thing is hotter than all hell and is almost a year old. flavor is largely chocolate filled as well, especially in the finish. malty and sweet. burning heat. doesn't fill as full as expected for a 17+% beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1, 10/28/14, some age on this puppy

Pours thicker and darker than year old used motor oil, fizzy super dark head about 1/3 finger, legs that just congeal into single thick layer slowly falling down the sides of the glass, practically stains the glass.

Nose starts with fresh coffee, still there somehow, very nutty, earthy coffee with some roast, mild fudgey cocoa and dark chocolate, into a little bourbon and vanilla toasted oak barrel, touch of booze warmth, peanut butter and nougat, a little roasted malt and touch of char.

Taste brings a little roasted malt, big coffee, coffee syrup and charred roasted coffee, roasted malts, into booze, plenty of hot tingly booze, little phenol too and fusel alcohol, little fudgey cocoa and nougat chocolate ganache, mild bourbon juice, a little vanilla barrel and toasted oak, quite nutty too, and a little vanilla and baking spice.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick fudgey with lots of hot alcohol, decent carb

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Photo of avalon07
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coal black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted a fair amount of chocolate, a good shot of bourbon (not as much as I thought), a lot of coffee, some dark malt, as well as a little dark fruit (plums, in particular). A big, powerful taste that you would expect from the this beer. Lots of power and complexity. An interesting taste.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely one of the more aggressive and likable stouts out there. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.98/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 Batch No. 3 brewed on Nov. 14
Dark pour, hints of carbonation with a slight mocha head. Fudge, dark cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, and bourbon in the aroma. Sweet dark fruits, bourbon, chocolate, and cold brew coffee make up the flavor. Medium / full feel with the heat from the 16% abv noticeable. Overall, another amazing barrel aged stout from Avery; and this may be my favorite!

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Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch No. 3 - Bottled Nov 14, 2016. According to the bottle, clocks in at 16%. I've hydrated ahead of time.

L: Pours black with brown 1" thick head, which slowly dissipates over a couple of minutes.

S: Strong (!) bourbon, sweet raisins, roasted coffee malt.

T: Sweetness up front, some of the strongest bourbon-flavor-in-a-beer-I've-ever-tasted in the middle, and roasted coffee to finish it off. Wow - gigantic bourbon-coffee beer! My three favorite things! The alcohol doesn't burn like I expect it should at 16% - I'll have to tread lightly...

F: Medium body. Light carbonation. Kinda chewy. Slides easily over the mucosa and down the hatch.

O: This is a super sexy...thing. Highly recommend. Probably share with a couple of intrepid friends.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled on jan 26 2016. Pours jet black with a thin head. Allowed to warm up to really release the complex flavors. Definitely boozy and if u dont like bourbon pass on this $14 11oz bottle

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