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 ajm5108
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opticals are as expected. Aroma is very coffee forward - lots of husky south American vibes going on - with a little bit of vanilla and oak. I lost more of the coffee than I'd like on the tongue, with more of the bourbon flavors jostling for supremacy. It is fairly "hot", especially as it opens up, and that pushes the coffee flavor aside even more without pulling through the more elegant bourbon notes. You get just a kiss of vanilla amd some chocolate malt, but the boozeyness reigns supreme. it isn't so overwhelming that it makes the beer undrinkable or anything, just washes out a lot of the other flavors, which is dissapointing.

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

Bottled Nov 14 2016. Nice and fresh so I should get the most coffee flavor. Dark and thick fluid with a finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Spotty lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of alcohol and bourbon and that is about all. But the flavor is where it counts and this does not disappoint. Bourbon and vanilla upfront before opening up to reveal flavors of chocolate, coffee, before eventually leaving a alcohol flavor and burn to cleanse the palate. Thick body with lovely carbonation that gives a full, smooth texture. I sort of expected more coffee and I imagine with age that flavor would all but disappear but the alcohol would probably mellow out. So it would be a tradeoff.

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Photo of do_ob
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a teku glass. Poured relatively aggressively, produced a 1 finger head of foam, dark khaki in color. The beer itself is black as oil. Nose is syrupy bourbon, dark chocolate, expresso, molasses, candies sugar, vanilla, lactose, and light baking spice. Surprisingly little booziness to the aroma. The taste is very sweet, like liquid chocolate and home-made candy. Modest, balanced bourbon - present but not overpowering. Notes of coffee, vanilla, molasses, oak, ginger, and honey throughout, especially on the aftertaste. The feel is full and dense, but not really chewy. The alcohol thins this out a bit, but not too much. This is definitely a sipper, but it's easy enough to drink that it could get you in trouble pretty quick!

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellared 1 yr, 4 mos.

Poured into a tulip.

Aroma: wonderful! Chocolate, flourless chocolate cake, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Very inviting.

Appearance: luxurious. Velvet obsidian. Thick. The head is a dark tan (espresso crema).

Flavor: this is a big beer - a detonation of bold flavors on your palate. Coffee is the initial flavor, and the alcohol is certainly present - duh @ 17.81 % abv, but it is in no way hot. This is such a big beer 25 cl is all that I want. This beer is so strong that it almost needs to be categorized as a double imperial stout / triple stout.

Mouthfeel: right in line with what is need to carry this beer's alcohol content and big flavors.

Overall: good > very good, but I think Avery's Vanilla Bean Stout is better. This beer is too strong to enjoy. As I sip on this beer, "booze bomb" comes to mind. I drank this beer the day after an Odell's Woodcut #7 (Imp. Stout). The Odell's was better.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from local bottle shop for $14. Dated Nov 14 2016.

Black, opaque elixir poured into snifter. One finger light brown head to thick collar with copious lacing as the tasting proceeds.

Coffee predominates with roasted malt, char, molasses, barrel and a nice bourbon aroma layering over the top.

Coffee forward, dark chocolate, charred malt and bourbon.

Full bodied, chewy and a bit slick on the finish. A bit of alcohol burn mellows as the liquid hits the back palate.

A well made BA imperial stout. A pleasure to finally be able to buy "on the shelf" in OH.

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Photo of vic21234
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 11/14/16.

A- Pours pitch black with a small amount of khaki head which hangs around awhile. Plenty of sticky lacing is apparent with this one.

S- Smell is tons of coffee, some chocolate, and dark malts. I surprisingly don't get much bourbon.

T- The initial sip brings huge coffee notes along with some sweet chocolate. The bourbon barrel kicks in after but isn't as prevalent as I expetced.

M- Thick, chewy, coffee-forward, slight warming with each sip but drinks easier than you'd think at 16% ABV.

Awesome BA coffee stout, well done by Avery.

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Photo of fireazzi
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light coffee notes, very dark look. almost a coffee bourbon taste. Nice thick body. Nice carbonation and the mouthfeel is smooth. Not as boozy as I expected it to be.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tweak bottled 2014.
A - Pours black with a thick tan head.
S - Aroma is sweet, bourbon, with some chocolate.
T - Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and bourbon.
M - Low carbonation, mouth feel is thick and chewy.
O - An excellent BIG beer.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black in color, ample light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Huge aroma of bourbon hit you first. Richly complex nose follows. Notes of chocolate, malt, oak. Coffee is fairly subtle, but I am drinking this almost ten months after bottling. On taste, again, the big flavors of bourbon lead the way. Waves of chocolate, coffee, fudge, barrel, molasses, and brown sugar. Body is full, low carbonation, and a hot alcohol finish. Excellent beer overall. Definitely a slow sipper.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma is quite bourbon heavy, some black coffee in the background, surprisingly not so much booze as expected. Taste starts sweet and chocolatey with some dark fruits, bitter cacao on the finish and even some hops or green pepper flavor. Aftertaste lingers with bourbon and the "green" bitterness as well. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is more boozy, not really easy to drink. But it makes sense for such a high ABV.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (01/26/16) to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, medium tan head, fades to lacing, thick viscous looking.

AROMA: bourbon, dark chocolate, toasted malt, coffee is there but faint. Maybe I waited too long to try this to get the full coffee.

TASTE: malty bitter stout and hot bourbon, dark chocolate lingers, a touch of some dark fruit....blackberry, blueberry, plum, dates.

FEEL: carbonation is excellent for such a thick beer. Small bubbles. Keeps roiling in your mouth while tasting.

Excellent Beer. Next time I need to drink sooner to see if the coffee shows up; not that that is really required, but with a name like Tweak.....well, good job Avery.


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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.49/5  rDev +2%
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 +5.2%
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 -2.3%
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 +7%
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 +2%
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 +1.6%
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%
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 -2.3%
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 -1.4%
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 +7.5%
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 +13.6%
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 -4.1%
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 +13.4%
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%
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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