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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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick pour like 40 Weight motor oil.

Black colored beer with a thick brown colored head.

Smells decidedly boozy. Scents of coffee and grapes. Scent of chocolate and rum. Scent of coconut.

Starts out sweet and strong chocolate. Slight soy sauce taste. Strong alcohol warmth in the chest. Taste of berry and grapes. Mild bitterness. The alcohol does tend to numb your tongue.

Mouthfeel is gravy thick.

Overall worth a try once but I would buy something else in the future.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and hints of coffee. Flavor is rich bourbony, chocolatey dark toasted malt, oaky vanilla and light quality coffee with a very light hint of char. Medium to heavy creamy bodied with nice carbonation and mouth fell. The massive ABV of this stout is almost complete covered by the flavor. Although it is quite strong and warming, the rich flavors completely cover any booziness. A wonderfully balanced blend of dark malt, chocolate, coffee and bourbon oak barrel flavors. Amazing and well done. Mephistopheles was one of my first truly eye-opening beers and this is an amazing powerful version of it. The beast series of ales has been around a long time and still are at the top of their class. A hard to find, hyped beer that lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled on OCT 28, 2014.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and nicely boozy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee beans, toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, and fig. Sweet hints of molasses and black licorice. A pretty good rich aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a rich, roasty, and boozy dark malt driven taste with huge notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with big upfront notes of bitter dark chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, burnt toast, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. The barrel presence comes through with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Sweet notes of molasses. Some black licorice as well. Subtle dark fruit undertones of raisin, fig, and cherry. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very rich and fairly syrupy. There is some noticeable alcohol heat as expected but things are surprisingly smooth considering the extreme ABV.

Overall: A really great Barrel Aged Coffee Stout. Big chocolate and coffee flavors with a nice bourbon presence. It’s amazing how smooth it is. This is up there with Bourbon County and the big Michigan stouts.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 3/30/15

On tap at Avery. Awesome. The chocolate and bourbon are much more prominent than the coffee. Still good amount of coffee comes through. How do they make an 18% ABV beer taste so smooth.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours thick, viscous, and black as the devil's soul. A small and deep brown colored head forms and hangs around just a little bit then turns into a ring on the edge of the glass. Not much lacing, but there are plenty of alcohol legs to be had.

S- Right up front on the nose is a huge dose of bourbon barrel consisting of booze, sweet vanilla, and an oak spice that borderlines on cinnamon. The coffee and dark malts mix in after the barrel aging and provide coffee and fudge flavors in the scent. The coffee isn't dominant, but that could be attributed to my lack of a sense of urgency in getting around to this beer.

T- Holy bourbon and booze up front! The barrel assaults the tongue as soon as it hits and hits you not only with its flavors, but also with the burn of the alcohol content. As soon as the alcohol finishes its attempt to tear your tongue out, the coffee flavor hits in a big, roasty, and bitter profile. The barrel flavors mingle in with the coffee and try to lighten it with some sweetness, but the vanilla can't stand up to the power of the coffee and oak spice. At the back end of the drink the coffee tries to linger, but the alcohol returns and adds its pure bitterness in to become the dominant flavor.

M- Not as thick and smooth as expected with the high alcohol and generous malt bill, but still a fairly smooth drink to sip on. The burn is real in this beer in the taste, the feel, and the warming burn on its way down.

Overall, this beer is extremely powerful. If I were to compare it to a beer of similar alcohol content, say a Black Tuesday, it really feels stronger and is less drinkable. In the end, it is very good, but due to the alcohol and barrel flavor, it pretty much drinks like a bourbon.

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

Pitch black, a little light passing through brown edges. Great dense head that reduces to a pool of carbonation in the center.

Raisins, fudge, and tons of coffee. Vanilla and wood.

I love the coffee and wood interplay. Layers of flavors ranging from dark fruits, dates, brownies, vanilla. Boozy, but at this abv surprisingly drinkable.

Full and soft mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Boozy and a sipper.

What a great beer. Complex and robust. It's one to sip on at the end of the night.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Bottled Oct 28 2014.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch soft medium brown head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Lots of barrel character with notes of dark chocolate and light coffee trailing behind. Also some peanut butter, plenty of booze fume and a hint of brown sugar.

T- Ah, sonofabitch that's awesome. How they got all the flavors to marry so perfectly, I'll never know. Big barrel presence with some solid chocolaty sweetness and dark roast coffee to round everything out. Charry aftertaste. More peanut butter is found. It's hard for me to keep from taking multiple sips as I want this 12 oz bottle to last for a while. Fudge starts coming out more as it warms. As it completely warms, the roast bitterness starts getting a bit out-of-hand. Heed others' warnings to share the bottle.

M- Kind of burns going down but the creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation and fullest of bodies makes it all worth it.

O- Believe the hype. This one is amazing. The coffee acts as a complementary addition to the profile rather than being the star of the show. The key player is the barrel as it adds depth and complexity to the power of the base stout. Remarkably smooth yet should still be savored slowly as the flavors are strong and decadent.

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Photo of DragonsMilk
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer two months ago so I cant give it an "as it happens rating" but I will say that it is awesome. If you love imp. stouts you will love this beer and I will go on a limb to suggest you will like this more than whatever your current favorite stout is. Get it if you see it. Really expensive?....yes. Part with the cash for a one time splurge, think of it as a gift to yourself. Stout lovers you will not regret it.

I only docked the taste because the giant alcohol presence but take it for what its worth because @17.81% ABV its still masked better than some that are half that much and lower.

I only dock the feel because Im being modest and I cant remember it well enough.

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Photo of babaracas
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near opaque very dark brown, thin dark brown head, ring chases the liquid but never sticks. Smell: coffee is earthy, caramel, with a slight smokiness; also prune, mild roast, booze sweetness. Taste: brownie batter, dark chocolate, earthy, vanilla, caramelized fig, some bourbon mostly as boozy sweetness. Big flavors, lots of booze, but commendably not overly sweet. Full bodied, relaxed carb, boozed finish. Not earthshattering but quite good.

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Photo of arizcards
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in late December for $13.99. Bottled on 10-28-14.

Beer poured black with a beautiful brown head that is still hanging around mid-glass. Somewhat unusual for a high abv brew.

Nose is primarily barrel and is quite nice. Getting a hint of mocha sweetness too.

Taste is near perfection. The melding of the coffee and barrel along with the barrel flavors of oak and vanilla on top of a very nice roasted imperial stout is awesome.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth, almost perfection.

Overall this beer is worth the price of admission. The alcohol was warming with the first sip but amazingly pretty much rendered to the background the rest of the way. No need to age this one as it is ready to go now! Hats off to the Avery family for a masterful brewing and blend!

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pitch black in color. About one fingers worth of head. The head is mocha colored with an almost red hue to it.

Aroma- Massive amounts of coffee which really overshadows everything else. A little booze is noticeable along with some rich dark chocolate sweetness.

Taste- Roasted coffee is big at first and really lingers into the finish, but at no point is it overly bitter. The coffee is balanced by a sweet dark chocolate and a mild bourbon presence. Almost forgot this barrel aged for second as the coffee dominates this throughout.

Feel- Dense, full bodied, low carbonation, warming alcohol in the stomach, and despite being almost 18% abv the malt does not linger for too long.

Overall- The biggest coffee stout I've ever had and it isn't close. This makes FBS look like chocolate milk. Yet, despite how massive this beer is, there is great balance between the roasted coffee and sweetness from the dark chocolate and bourbon barrel. If your're looking for a coffee stout this is a must try, but if your're looking for a beer that showcases the barrel aging this isn't it. The barrel is simply a compliment and a great one at that.

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Photo of Shon4star
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black bourbon barrel coffee yummnes. Seriously a top 5 instant brew for me. If you don't like bourbon forward brews this is not for you. It smacks you in the face instantly with coffee, then a slight vanilla, followed by the heat of this big brew. I must try for any coffee or bourbon barrel fan!

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Photo of CrazyDan
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Right up there with BCBCS and KBS, although you may want to split this one. The coffee, bourbon, and stout flavors balance each other out nicely.

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Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Without age, this beer is also a bit hot like the base beer. Vanilla hits throughout with some intense roast and almost astringent coffee flavor. Surprisingly a bit disappointing and hot from aged Uncle Jacobs.

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Photo of mick303
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had from the bottle at Extreme Beer Fest. Unbelievable beer, rich bourbon and coffee notes, surprisingly smooth given the strength, rich and very robust.

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Photo of Way2drunk
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional Beer! I had it on tap at my fav bar Rock Island Public House in blue island, IL 5oz glass at $8! First I saw the 17.8% then bourbon barrel aged and finally coffee stout words on the board! I don't think anything else needs to be said other than "I DO!" The 1st sip brings a full sMile 2 my face this is delicious. Thank u beer GoDs!

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Photo of gatornation
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick black color with a tan/mocha head very nice lacing
coffee and malts with a smooth bourbon and wood smell some dark fruits a vanilla
a great blend of roasted coffee and malts blended perfectly in BB some fig and date fruit mix with vanilla and wood splendid taste
smooth mouthfeel a touch boozy but @17% one has to still say well hidden
a sipper that has layers of taste that all complement each other as it warms

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

Easily one of Avery's best creations...the flavor, the smell, the potency. Holds up nice to even some strong cigars. Definitely a sipping beer, better the warmer it gets. Only complaint is it's tough to get a hold of some! Avery needs to distribute more!

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Photo of Tele
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: 4.75 Pours pitch black and looks really thick. The one-inch head is dark tan and lasts a couple minutes.

S: 4.25 Big and boozy are the first things that come to mind. There’s some coffee, earthiness, and roasted malt in the mix of course, but the bourbon really takes center stage. Vanilla, chocolate, and raspberries appear as the beer opens up. Not the most balanced, but certainly more than other coffee stouts.

T: 4.75 Here is where all that booze is really put to good use. Unlike most beers of this style that are too heavy on the coffee, the bourbon allows things to be more balanced. The first thing that hits you is big bold flavors of maple syrup, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and berries. The coffee is still quite strong and very pleasant, but the other flavors are so intense that it’s forced to be balanced. There’s a slight booziness and bitterness on the finish, but it’s hardly a critique considering the robustness of this beer.

M: 4.75 Of course, this beer is very thick and substantial, but not as heavy as expected. It’s actually rather easy drinking with a slightly dry finish.

O 4.75 I’m wowed by this beer. I tend to shy away from coffee stouts, but there’s so much going on while remaining balanced that it really works here. Definitely the best example of this style I’ve had to date, including BCBCS.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of shangwang
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome BB coffee stout. Loads of vanilla, coffee, and bourbon in the nose and taste. Pretty potent, and didn't disguise the high ABV but still pretty drinkable. Nice level of carbonation; mouthfeel added with a creamy texture. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 10/28/2014. Served in a snifter 3/6/2015.

A- Dark black body, oily and thick as all heck. One finger brown head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a creamy medium sized collar that lingers for a long time. A foreboding dark liquid with a lot of legs, more than a spider.

S- Tons of whiskey, oak and chocolate. It's actually a bit difficult to smell the coffee here, but it's there as a roasted coffee bean presence. But the whiskey hits you in the nose, and hits you good. Whoa. Very intense nose full of dark chocolate, oak and bourbon with a splash of espresso.

F- The espresso comes out more on the palate. Not oxidized at all, a nice substantial espresso contribution with oak, dark chocolate, whiskey and sugar. Essentially, it's an espresso with a shot of bourbon and a packet or two of sugar. I don't know what the Italian name for this blend of coffee would be, but it's definitely potent and flavourful.

M- Thick bodied, a bit oily and sticky with a fair amount of heat on the backend. This one will creep up on you if you're not careful.

O- Intense, flavourful stout with a nice espresso flavour. In keeping with Avery's special 12oz bottled beers, it is super high in ABV and well, just be careful. It reminds me a lot of Mocha Wednesday.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. Draught served in a snifter.

Appearance: Black body. Head was a thick, dark creamy foam one-half finger deep. Lacing was absent.

Smell: Espresso, malt, plums.

Taste: Alcohol is overpowering. Espresso, chocolate, fruit and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Dry with some bitter. Left a “fuzzy” tongue with the espresso taste.

Overall: Too much alcohol. But is should be good after 5 years in a cellar.

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Photo of smb
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Way too hot and way too carbonated for an imperial coffee stout. There are some nice barrel characteristics, slight chocolate sweetness and bourbon in the aroma and the flavor, but burnt coffee is the headliner, which isn't a good thing. Smells much better than it taste, and that's always disappointing in any beer. It may get better with a few years on it, once the alcohol and coffee fade more... but that's a little bit of a cop-out.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from BeerShip.com. Bottled 10/28/14. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours oil black with two fingers of mocha head. Despite the fairly consistent halo, the only "lace" is a half ring of crust that dried towards the top of the glass while I allowed the brew to reach room temperature.

Full, lush aromas of creamed coffee, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, molasses, coconut and a nip of alcohol. Smells outstanding- like a booze infused chocolate coffee cake.

Right from the first sip (and this IS a sipper) the flavors of bold coffee and dark chocolate show their huge presence along with a big serving of booze. Molasses, burnt oak, fudge, dark fruits, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, heavily roasted malts, eathy bitter pine root and some vague peppery spice. I can't call it finesse but it develops nicely as it warms. Much like Mephistopheles, this can be enjoyed slowly over the course of a couple hours to allow the depth of flavors to come out.

Viscous, heavy body with a bit more carbonation than expected for such a big bruiser of a beer. Boozey heat carries through to the finish along with espresso, dark chocolate and bourbon.

Tweak is another excellent example of Avery's ability to deliver the phenominal and thouroughly unsubtle side of brewing. It's not a beer for someone who can't take a little burn along with a potent dose of flavor. I love Avery's big beers and this is no exception. I initially feared that I might have purchased too many but I suspect I'll be pretty darn happy with my "investment" over the next five years or so.

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Photo of Mcj6986
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too potent for it's own good (and I love high ABV stouts like Black Tuesday, etc)... The coffee flavors were also those that I do not enjoy. Instead of being roasty, they were very peppery... Not anywhere close to as good as BCBCS.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
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