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Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.81%

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.

Added by rye726 on 02-18-2010

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Reviews: 263 | Ratings: 2,034
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a thin, filmy, light tan head. Aromas of rich roasted coffee, heavy bourbon and vanilla, subtle char, and hints of milk chocolate. Flavors are heavily roasted and robust coffee forward, charred and rich, like a mouthful of coffee grounds. Immediate follow of bourbon heat and spice, vanilla, charred wood, milk chocolate, and earthy highlights. Rich, smooth, full bodied, with a heavily roasted coffee and vanilla bourbon blend aftertaste. Smooth, creamy, slow finish. Big beer, and damn tasty.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle with 6 mo. age on it. It was a nice chocolate, bourbon mix of a stout. Glad it was a little aged as the bourbon and booze was still noticed, but it was quite an excellent brew for the 17% ABV.

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Photo of edthehead
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black with big bubbly fast dissipating brown head. Big cappuccino ice cream milkshake nose, and big cappuccino bourbon on the palate, with a little bit of a dark chocolate secondary flavor. The bourbon is hot in this one. Moderate to thin mouth feel.

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Photo of Prager62
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery served in a snifter for $9/5oz. pour.

Look- A rather thin looking but oily dark cola color with a thin layer of tan foam.

Smell- Bourbon forward with char, vanilla and oak.

Taste- Bourbon flavor once again dominates followed by coffee, char, vanilla and a solid dose of oak.

Feel- Oily but rather thin for such a big stout. A very noticeable alcohol burn in the beginning that subsides over time.

Overall- Damn, this is one great beer that I wish I had access to! A thinner version of the old school Bourbon County Coffee. It's loaded with wonderful bourbon and coffee flavor. Check it out if you haven't yet.

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Photo of Boccu
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with s good head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and bourbon. Taste nutty coffee Melted, milk chocolate, caramel, Brown sugar nice bourbon finish.

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Photo of hardy008
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a one finger tan head, which has surprisingly good retention for a 17.5 % abv beer. The aroma has Bourbon, chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, coconut, vanilla, and oak.

Has a very sweet taste with chocolate, cocoa, Bourbon, coffee, coconut, dark roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. The alcohol is noticeable, but not in a negative way. I am glad Avery bottles their big beers in 12 ounce bottles, instead of 22 ounce bottles or 750 ml bottles which are pretty ridiculous.

full bodied with moderate carbonation. A real treat of a beer to drink.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black brown color, light brownot lace, mix of fine through coarse.
Nose is sweet, malty, lagery (!). An unusual note but it works.
Flavor of malty treacle. Distinctly sweet. Vanilla.
Mouthfeel is perfect, rich, finely carbonated.
Finish is long, Prue and plum and caramel.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Sludgey black pour. One finger of brown head retains well. Wispy lacing.

S: Strong earthy and nutty coffee nose. Deep tootsie roll/fudgey impression. Thick chewy caramel. These top notes blanket estery scents of grape skins and Pinot noir. The thick malt presence almost dominates the barrel contributions too, but whiffs of barrel char, faint wood, and bourbon ball candy pull through slightly.

T: Earthy and nutty coffee blends seamlessly with rich malty decadence. Melted milk chocolate, chewy dark caramel, bourbon ball candy. Brown sugar. Vinous estery notes emerge slowly and build as the beer warms. Wood and bourbon character are far more assertive than the nose suggested, bringing a very wet and corny sweet bourbon character that dominates the finish.

M: Huge, thick body is rich and decadent. Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffle sort of feel. So velvety smooth. Carbonation prickles at the tip of the tongue.

O: The base beer is apparently Mephistopheles, but it's almost unrecognizable underneath the coffee and barrel treatment. They take this beer in a completely different direction. Rich, decadent, silky smooth. Flavors meld together perfectly for the ultimate luxurious sipping experience. The barrel takes a pretty firm hold by the end, but there's more than enough malt body to keep it real.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Definitely the best of barrel series from Avery, but this, like the others, is so brutally boozy i would recommend only in small quantities. Everything is there, the barrel, great coffee flavour but the booze at the end is almost overwhelming. Still, its a very impressive beer, just be warned, this is ultra boozy.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 1.25.16

L - Dark brown, no clarity, minor head and lacing.

S - Huge boozy aroma, bourbon, oak.

T - Brown sugar, booze, bourbon, vanilla, heat, and loads of coffee. So much going on, so amazing

F - Medium body, low carbonation

O - So amazing, all these amazing ingredients just meld together perfectly

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a snifter

Pours absolutely pitch black with bubbles that devolve into a film. Smell is of heavy roast, coffee, oak and bourbon, along with dark chocolate. Taste reflects the smell. Initial drink tastes of heavier bourbon and oak, with roasted malt and intense coffee, finishes with a pleasant dark chocolate aftertaste and a lingering roasty flavor, very nice. The feel is this stout is thick and viscous, but not flat. Overall this is a very good beer with great bourbon and coffee characteristics.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Black with a tan head that fades quickly.

S- Bourbon and coffee. A hint of vanilla.

T- Bourbon and chocolate. Fairly hot but not overpowering.

F- Good thickness. A little creaminess.

O- Solid stout. Kinda pricey though.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau barrel aged glass.

Look is pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is a roast chocolate with an underlying coffee note that quickly gives way to the bourbon barrels.

Taste is incredible. Opens up with a dry roast malt with a clear coffee note rounded out with bourbon barrels.

Give me more.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a glass. Bottled 1/25/16, so about six months old.

Jet black body with a small tan head which dissipates to a ring leaving no lacing.

Aroma is of boozy bourbon, Vanilla, and some faint coffee notes.

Flavor confirms the nose. quite sweet, bourbon is strong. There are some faint hop notes at the finish.

Mouth is full, with the booze and vanilla tones persisting.

I enjoy some of these high abv Avery offerings once in a while. This was a pretty decent one.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of January, 25th 2016

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Cocoa powder colored, half finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind a mostly barren surface with a razor thin, broken ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing, but leaves a light film on the glass for a few seconds.

Smell - Fudgy chocolate and roasted coffee with lighter vanilla and fair boozy, bourbon undertone. Hints of oak and caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose, but with stronger bourbon influence. Big notes of fudge and roasty coffee hit first before the sweet bourbon character hits. Vanilla and molasses. Light oak. Caramel undertone.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate, lightly tingly carbonation. A bit sticky on the lips with a booze influenced, bone dry finish.

Overall - Incredibly tasty. Up there with the best BA fudge/coffee bombs I've had, Big Bad Baptist comes to mind, though not quite as smooth. Why drop the same price on a beer that's 10oz less? I'd buy another bottle to age, but beyond that I'm not so sure.

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Photo of larryi86
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, batch 2, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a two finger mocha head

S- Very boozy, but underneath that is a great rich chocolate and coffee, hints of vanilla, bourbon. The more I smells this he less harsh the booziness is, but it is still harsh.

T- Coffee, rich chocolate, bourbon, some vanilla, boozy as hell, missing a lot of balance...

M- Harsh, full body.

O- This beer is a big boozy mess, but there is a good beer here. I really feel this needs to be aged, probably at least two years. As I drink it gets better, but this is not as good as the other high ABV I've had from Avery.

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Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a thin black with a tan head that stays for about a minute leaving a halo

S: Big Coffee and dark chocolate then bourbon on the nose then hints of vanilla

T: Coffee up front fades into dark chocolate and vanilla notes. The bourbon is there but not overpowering

F: Not as thick as I was hoping for but velvety and smooth.

O: I really enjoyed this stout. Big coffee, chocolate, bourbon, sweetness how can you go wrong.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holy crap!!! 17% ABV. I had to try one.
The color is perfectly black and the head is tan, lacy, and light. To my nose the smell is pure bourbon. The taste is overwhelmingly sweet, with lots of malt, again the intense bourbon, and not much bitterness. Glad I tried it, but probably a novelty beer in my book.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coffee, chocolate, charred malts, vanilla, and alcohol in the aroma.

Tastes is dominated by bourbon and chocolate. The coffee flavor is as much of a charred malt as it is beans/grounds. Fair amount of sweetness. Tons of alcohol. I know it is almost 18%, but it is too hot for a beer. I consider World Wide Stout, which is higher, and many Bruery beers in this range, and they are better integrated.

Sort of surprisingly, the body is very viscous and velvety. Probably the best aspect overall.

Great beer, but I am glad I split it. Thanks @somethingclever but I think Uncle Jacobs is better

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Photo of Benish
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter glass. Jet black in color with zero tranlucence. Aromas were extremely heavy with dark sweetened chocolate and alcohol. It actually smelled thick. Notes of coffee as well but the aromas of chocolate just took over. Flavors were hot. Tons of rich, thick, viscous chocolate and some coffee. The heat from the booze was obvious but tolerable. The mouthfeel was thick but the heat was what stood out. Could feel the slight burn from swallowing the beer. I don't see the point of a beer being that high in ABV. Its good but a bit of an overkill. Glad I had a friend to share this with.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on Jan 25 2016. Batch No. 2, 17.5% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both really good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some molasses and burnt/charred malt noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. At 17.5% ABV, it's not as boozy as I was expecting. It's pretty easy drinking for something that strong, too. I think this is really good, but then I'm not surprised that I like this a lot because I'm also an Avery Mephistopheles fan. I definitely recommend Tweak, I know I'd love to buy this!

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Photo of zac16125
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avery Tweak
12oz bottle into a snifter
Batch No. 2, bottled on: Jan 25, 2016

A: Pours a somewhat thin appearing jet black with browning on the edges. 1 fingers width of mocha head builds and then dissipates down fairly quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing. 4.25

S: Aroma is big coffee, super roasty, lots of booze, and barrel notes. Its actually fairly reminiscent of Bourbon County with its roasty and barrel characters. Quite sweet too, some cocoa. Great nose. 4.5

T: Chocolate, coffee, lots of booze. Big mocha flavor lingers on the finish. Some sugary sweetness. A touch boozier than I would like, but I guess thats expect at 17.5%. 4.5

M/D: Fuller bodied, but a touch thin for such a huge beer. Carbonation moderate but appropriate. ABV is definitely noticeable, although theres not a burn going down. All things considered drinkability is actually pretty good. 4.25

O: Pretty killer beer. A touch boozey at time which detracts from the other flavors, and mouthfeel could be thicker to carry the big characters, but overall pretty excellent. 4.25

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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a tan head that disappears quickly. Nose is all coffee and bourbon, and the alcohol heat is notable even in the aroma. Taste is no surprise after the nose. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a LOT of alcohol burn. Finish is mainly coffee. t's a nice flavour- the coffee and bourbon are quite balanced, which is good - but the booze prevents it from being particularly drinkable. Like other beers of this strength, it is hard to understand why it needs to be quite so absurdly strong. Wouldn't a nice sedate 12% do the trick?! That said, other than the heat, the beer feels great- thick and velvety. Would be great if dialed down.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

In short, an amazing coffee stout. This one is a couple years old but has an amazing flavor and still retains some of the coffee. I would like to try it fresh, but wow... This lives up to the hype.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 October vintage, enjoyed May 2016.

Black Appearance, tan lingering head, looks pretty thick.

Smell is roast, bourbon, coffee, and an earthy funk (maybe from the interplay of coffee and barrel).

Taste is surprisingly bitter. Very roasty, bitter coffee, hit alcohol -- pretty rough. Not a sweet drinkable stout. A bit of caramel sweetness takes the edge off the bitterness but it's still a bit much for me.

Overall probably won't revisit this one. Maybe with even more age it'll mellow out a bit more but a pretty intense drinking experience.

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