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Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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 ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Brief write-up. It looks amazing - the retention seems impossible for 18%. The aroma is also great, like a coffee-infused chocolate cake devoid of booze. The taste, though, is really hot. But it's only hot if you leave it in the mouth - just drinking it, it's nice and smooth. Naturally, the chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and dark fruit flavors are massive, as is the lingering sweetness. Letting it reach room temp will help balance it out, though it remains too sweet throughout. While it's fairly likable, it's just way too over the top for it's own good.

3.65/5: Nice, but too damn OTT

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Photo of SteveD082791
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice light tan head, around an inch that dissipates quickly.

Smells of faint coffee and that familiar Avery coconut-sweet bourbon.

Taste starts with coffee then quickly goes into that Avery coconut-bourbon combo with a solid amount of heat. Coffee comes in strongest in the finish/aftertaste.

Feels pretty syrupy and oily, low carbonation and a bit thin.

This could be great but the heat definitely takes away from the best aspects of the beer. Needs more a bit more carbonation and a thicker body.

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

Tan head that foams to a ring. Vicious black.

Flavor profile: Coffee and espresso. Roasted malts. Big chocolate flavors. Massive malt bomb. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses. Vanilla and bourbon come through nicely. Reminds me a bit of kbs, but much bigger.

I don't understand where people get a huge alcohol burn or flavor. To me, the 18% is hidden very well. It shows in the finish a tad, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and silky smooth. Full bodied.

Overall, a solid brew. Definitely something worth trying. The nose on this beer is fantastic.

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Photo of Ranz
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: In my Prairie Teku glass, it pours with a small amount of brown head (probably should have used the snifter) atop onyx-black liquid.

S: Guatemalan coffee, Mexican vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol esters. A dry roastiness is also present.

T: Heavy licorice notes, alcohol burn, a hint of coconut, with a thick and creamy chocolate finish. Wow, this is rich and powerful. There's no subtlety here whatsoever. Ground coffee becomes more pronounced with more sipping.

M: Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick with molasses, cocoa, and alcohol burn.

O: While I am a tad let down by the hype, this is still a delicious sledgehammer of flavor. With my Imperial Stouts, I prefer more sophistication, but this still approaches greatness.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Man this is better than BCBS. I don't give a shit about what people say this beer has more booze and less of an an alcohol taste!

Appearance: Black as night, aggressive pour gives you a decent amount of head.

Aroma: Boozy but not as bad as other beers, it actually smells like a beer should. Some booze in the aroma but more chocolate, coffee and malts. Smells like a regular BA imperial stout!

Taste: Not too boozy really for what it is, coffee, chocolate and some roasted malts are prominent. But the booze is not all that strong surprisingly. Thus far this is one of the better BA stouts I have had!

Overall: Nice beer. I totally enjoyed this one!

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

Original score 3.96 of batch one. Jet fuel in the nose and taste. Mouthfeel was thin and extremely boozey. It was a disappointment for sure.

Review of batch 2:

12 fl oz bottle sealed with gold foil and pressure cap.

5 oz sample poured into unbranded tulip glass.

Appearance: dark black and a thick cap of khaki head.

Smell: Acrid and really roasty coffee with big sweet bourbon notes. Nice oak presence in the aroma too.

Taste: Really well balanced between the strong aggressive coffee beans and the sweet bourbon and stouts profile. The coffee is like strong black coffee with a lot of roast presence and a hint of nutty coffee bean. Milk chocolate and dark chocolate presence in the stout base. Vanilla, caramel, leather, and oak presence from the barrel. This does have a little boozey taste, but what do you expect for 17.5% ABV? All things consider this is a huge improvement from batch one because this was a flaw of batch one it tasted like jet fuel it was soo boozey.

Mouthfeel: full bodied stout. low carbonation. Oily and thick feel. Just a hint of dryness from the barrel. Again it is a little boozey, but the coffee and richness of the beer do a pretty stellar job of hiding the massive ABV of tweak.

Overall: Tweak has totally redeemed itself. Batch one was bad compared to this vintage. Really glad to try this again and have expectations met with batch 2. Avery barrel aging is always fantastic whether its a huge barrel aged stout or a fantastic wild ale. This is my second choice when I cant get my hands on any bourbon county coffee.

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Photo of Beer21
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A boozy beast of a beer! Wow 17.81%. I just finished 12 oz and don't think I can handle anything else. This beer smells and tastes terrific. I really like it despite the alcohol content. Not a "before the game" beer. Try it when all you want is 12 oz of pure imperial stout bliss. It is a well balanced beer and goes down well with small sips. Enjoy!

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Photo of jbwimer
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mega booze, but oh, so good. Dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla, hint of bourbon. Fusel alcohol detracts from the beer, but some great flavors here.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Bear Republic tasting glass. Bottled 28 October 2014. 17.81%.

A: Predictably dark. No head. Hints of clinging lace.

S: Coming right off a KBS, I'm hit by the sweetness/bourbon-ness with the coffee receding into the background but still zippy enough to perk my interest. Mmmm, and now it's flipped. Such balance. Such richness. Yum.

T/M: Hot and harsh and boozy, as is the case with many of these Avery bigguns. Granted, it's fresh, but still...Especially transitioning from such a stellar nose. Loads of ground coffee, hints and whiffs of the hard stuff, with a long, lingering, bitter toffee-chocolate-burnt finish. Surprisingly thin for such a BIG beer.

O: Good by brute force if nothing else. Might recommend.

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Photo of 57md
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch No.1 - Bottled on October 28, 2014

Almost black. Smooth but potent bourbon notes in the nose. The flavor profile includes a healthy dose of roasted malt and coffee with a sweet finish. The various flavors blend together so well.

The alcohol warmth on the finish gets to the edge of intrusive but it is not nearly harsh enough to ruin an exquisite drinking experience.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

'14 vintage, 12 oz bottle poured into Teku.

A- Pours a very dark black with a thin creamy mocha head that has decent retention.

S- Chocolate fudge, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light coffee, some underlying alcohol. Very sweet and decadent smelling, can definitely smell the booze there but for the abv hides it nicely.

T- Very sweet chocolate fudge, bitter baker's cocoa, cocoa powder, vanilla, oak, plenty of booze, light coffee (was expecting a bit more), bourbon that adds to the sweetness.

M- Very thick and viscous, can definitely taste the alcohol and has a burn going down but not too bad for the ~18% (just wouldn't suggest taking a big gulp), carbonation fairly lively and consistent- could maybe do with it toned down a little bit due to the style.

O- Tweak is just another one of those over-hyped ultra-sweet gimmicky high-abv beers. As far as beers in the 18% realm go this is pretty decent, just above Black Tuesday in my opinion but not better then the variants. Definitely a sipper and probably enjoyed over the course of at least an hour or two if consuming solo.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12o bottle, poured into a snifter

A-pours a jet black color with a small creamy dark brown head that reduces to a film on top, leaving some lacing behind

S- lots of burning alcohol up front that moves to fresh coffee and dark chocolate malt, fudge brownie with walnuts, bourbon juice, toasted oak, rye like spice

T- bitter coffee up front with dark chocolate fudge brownie, lots of booze mixes with barrel flavor and oak barrel

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a big boozy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- this one is drinking very hot at a young age, it’s got some great coffee and barrel notes, but perhaps some aging will help it in the long run

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing smooth about this beer at all. This sent my palate screaming for mercy begging me to drain pour it. Halfway through my glass I listened to it. Just way too bitter and acidic, not a pleasant drinking experience at all. There is no comparison here to BCS / BCBCS IMO.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 2014, opened Jan 2015

A - Coffee body with a quarter finger of khaki head. Low retention and lace.

S - Fresh dark roast coffee, malty undertones, soft white booze, and hazelnuts.

T - Delicious dark coffee, cream, caramel, dark roasted espresso beans, bread crust. Outstanding integration.

M - Great smoothness on a creamy medium-full frame.

O - Delicious and complex with outstanding balance.

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Photo of russpowell
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a sliver of caramel colored head. Nice viscious (sic) look, above average lacing & average head retention

S: Booze, a little dark fruit, cherries & raisins get stronger as this warms

T: Follows the nose, oakyness, baker's chocolate, raisins, dryness & a hint of coffee up front. A little caramel & vanilla as this warms, chocolate & a little bing cherry as well, some dark chocolate, more booze, seems more like Bourbon, that's just good blending. Finishes dry, warming with nice chocolate & yes, Bourbon notes

MF: Thick, some carbonation, but faint, warming, smooth

Pricey, but since I didn't get any BCBS, I can afford it, I would buy this despite the cost, drinks like a stout with half the ABV

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours jet black with a thin tan head that fades quickly, but still lingers around the circumference. The nose is booze-forward followed by coffee and some caramel/vanilla sweetness. It drinks with slightly charred grain and aggressive booze upfront, bourbon barrel, malty sweetness, coffee bitterness, and lingering toasted oak. There is minimal carbonation, thick and rich coffee and bourbon, but abrasive ethanol that really hurts the drinkability. This beer has huge flavors and I can understand the appeal, but have little desire to try it again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unique bottle label data: Bottled Oct 28 2014

Coal black body with a wispy, dark tan head. Rich, dark aroma; dates and figs; booze; vanilla. Big alcohol warmth with a spicy, chocolate backbone. Heavy body with a burning heat.

Boozy bitterness is the game. There's some chocolate malt and roasted grain notes, too, but they're very much subdued by the high ABV. And, if one can bypass the alcohol heat, there is some semblance of coffee in the mix, too. Ah, it ain't a bad beer for what it is, but it's hard to get excited by anything other than its hammer-like presence of rough, dark husky grains and loud-ass booze. I suppose, for me, it's a love/hate kind of thing as I really do enjoy heavy, dark, boozy beers, yet this one just seems way too rough around the edges...

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: going to be so black you can't imagine the other side of the abyss. chalky alcohol layering 

S: interesting it almost smells off. It smells like alcohol and a little like tobacco

T: it's an explosion of coffee chocolate tobacco toffee it's so rich and smooth and huge 

M: it's lush it just grabs and coats your mouth 

O: the huge coffee forwardness of the taste defies the absolutely jaw dropping ABV. It's big beer it reminds you of BCBS but with coffee but it is not the same beer as BCBCS. The beer is good but it's not great and sure as hell not worth the price. 

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Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 12oz bottle into a snifter at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: pours an incredibly thick-looking dark brown, with a tiny amount of light brown foam.

Smell: chocolate, booze, some rye-like spiciness, oak.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, tons of booze. Not particularly sweet, with lots of other bitter/spicy flavors going on. Less "complex" than just a bit of a mess.

Feel: as thick as it looked. Pretty dry, with some bite and alcohol heat.

Overall: there are some really promising elements here, but it doesn't quite all come together for me. Too much bitterness and too boozy, both of which might settle down with some age.

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

12oz bottle, 10.28.14, batch #1, poured into an Avery Brewing snifter.

The beer pours an inky, jet black color, very thick and creamy out of the bottle, intensely opaque with a thick, taut and firm caramel colored head, about a finger and a half high, moderate retention, settling into a thin layer of film around the circumference of the glass and leaving a few soapy spots behind. The aroma is really big, plenty of coffee, bitter, roasty, but with some nice fruit character that brings out the chocolate, very rich and decadent, light bourbon, charred oak and complimenting stone fruits until the alcohol and barrel heat wash over the nose. The flavors match well, plenty of lightly roasted coffee straight away, a touch of acidity and fruit, nicely integrated with the chocolate, rich grain, stone fruits, charred oak, smooth bourbon with a huge sweet alcohol rush that neuters the palate. The mouthfeel is nice, very coating and thick but with very lively carbonation, perhaps a touch prickly, that finishes very easily but with a assertive warming sensation.

Verdict: A massive beer, but a very nice coffee stout from Avery. Rich and decadent, not too sweet, not too bitter, but the alcohol is obviously assertive, though it doesn't make this beer cloying, which is greatly appreciated. Ambitious and well executed, well done Avery. The barrel aging program they have going has been outstanding, and this is just another example of their prowess.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm not worthy!

Bought six of these in October and figured I'd have one every 3-6 months or so. I'm not sure I'll have one left after 2 months.

Guess I'm a Meph Addict.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/28/14. Shocked that I happened upon this brew. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

This massive brew pours a 1 finger dark mocha colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is viscous and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and patchy with little stick. Immense oily legs coat the glass. Pretty enticing.

Nose is exactly as predicted. Huge hints of coffee covered by waves of booze. Some notes of dark fruit, sweet soy sauce, fudge and vanilla smooth out the experience but this one is hugely aromatic.

Opens chocolate, leather, tobacco, soy sauce and booze. Hints of fudge, cocoa powder, and more sweet soy sauce in the middle with big helping of booze and just the slightest dash of coffee in the end and aftertaste. Finishes hot and messy with a lingering, molasses, prune, and chocolate and vanilla aftertaste. Solid.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Boozy and hot in the mouth and burns the throat going down. Super rich and viscous. Messy finish with an aftertaste that sticks to the palate seemingly forever. Maybe a touch over the top but appreciatively rich and delightful.

I'm a fan of Mephistopheles stout but the coffee infusion is a bit lost in this one. A really over-the-top beer that is well appreciated as a nightcap but this isn't that different from the original.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look-pours a deep, opaque brown, with a half finger of dark brown head that settles into a thin layer of lacing.
Smell-Rich, toasted malt upfront. next comes lots of fresh coffee beans. chocolate and faint booze in the background.
Taste-Like the nose, rich, toasted malt flavors upfront, such as biscuit, brown sugar, hints of dark fruity notes, coffee, chocolate, booze is present in the finish providing warmth, but far from overpowering.
Feel- Full bodied, carbonation is nearly absent. heavy but not oily. o=evaporates nicely off of the tongue.
overall- very nice beer. the booze is very well hidden, fans of complex stouts that are not overly sweet will love this one. well worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Damian
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Batch No. 1
Bottled OCT 28 2014
Served in a snifter

Dark mahogany appearance. A bit thinner than expected. A near one-finger tall, bubbly, burnt sienna head topped the liquid and slowly dropped to a thick, frothy ring that had amazing lasting strength (especially considering this beer's extremely high ABV).

Really solid and punchy aroma. Coffee grounds came through strong, but this was far from a coffee bomb. Loads of bourbon and sweet brown sugar. Not super boozy however. Hefty dose of dark chocolate. Vanilla was noticeable, and it came out more as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was intense. Although the beer was super boozy, I might guess this to be 3-4 percentage points lower than its actual ABV. Dark roasted coffee was immediately apparent. Boatloads of sweet caramel malts, molasses and brown sugar. Vanilla came through strong. Good dose of dark chocolate. The beer was definitely more mocha-like than I anticipated. Bourbon notes appeared on the back and and in the finish. Quite oaky. There was a moderate amount of roast (and a touch of char) here as well. Some unexpected, earthy hops were also detectible. An intense booziness lingered long after every sip.

On the palate, the liquid was super frothy and milk shake-like. Tongue blanketing. Full bodied for the style, yet perhaps more rich and creamy than thick and viscous.

Tweak is a terrific bourbon barrel-aged and coffee-infused imperial stout that truly lives up to the moniker of "extreme." This twelve ounce bottle would be a perfect nightcap to share with a couple of friends.

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Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This poured an opaque black with thick dark tan head.
S: It smelled like sugary molasses and rich mocha, with some toasted coconut and vanilla and oak and fig.
T: It tasted like sugary espresso and rich dark chocolate, with some fig and toasted coconut. It had a lasting mostly sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was very thick with a little carbonation. Excellent gigantic body.
D: This was a great brew, with bold and beautiful scent and taste. The body was perfect, and the finish was relatively smooth considering the ABV. Should be sipped and savored anyway. Surprisingly drinkable fresh, but it could surely last a long time in the cellar. Somewhere between WWS and Black Tuesday.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.
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