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Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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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.

Added by rye726 on 02-18-2010

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a brownish black with a fairly small and quick disappearing head. The first thing that strikes me about the aroma, and not surprisingly, is how boozy this is. After you get past the powerful alcohol fume, there is a strong note of molasses, caramel, chocolate, and a fairly small amount of coffee. The flavor begins with the strong burnt sugar, molasses, and even rum notes, all very powerful and very dark. Mid palate a bitter coffee ground flavor comes through to dominate the flavor, while the ending holds caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. The mouthfeel is sticky and sweet but not that full. Overall this is a really cool beer, but the booziness makes it a slow, slow sipper (this is probably for the best) I normally don't notice boozy flavors even in very high alcohol beer, but here is is unignorable. Still the complexity and depth are impressive.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours nice and dark. Pretty bug, mocha head that lasts l longer than I would expect for a barrel aged beer, especially one with this elevated of an alcohol content. It is a bit thin. I like pouring a BBA Stout and watching sticky ooze flow forth from the bottle and collect like an oil spill into the glass. Boom. Bam. The nose hits you hard. What an aroma? Complex? Yes. Enticing? You betcha. I'm talking layer upon layer of coffee, booze, wood, but it gets better because there is a strong malt presence as well. Figs, caramel, molasses, chocolate. Then you taste it. It's good. It's great. Normally, thus is a particularly sweet style, however, the coffee adds a welcome bitterness. It is perfectly balanced. Also, there is no taste of alcohol. Zero burn. That's scary. This little mother could get you in trouble. The mout feel is a bit thin. I like my beer chewy. Still, this is one of the best beers I've had. Thanks Avery for hitting home run after home run.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking side by side with Founder's KBS.
A: Very little head, no lacing, but it does have a nice almost black color.
S: Immediately upon opening I am hit with a strong aroma of coffee and alcohol. After a minute or so I am left with just the coffee aroma with undertones of vanilla and a slight chocolatey hint.
T: This is almost exactly what I want to taste from a coffee stout. I'm getting all of the notes I should from a stout with a coffee presence at its side; this is a perfect balance. The only knock here is there is a slight boozy note to this, but far less than I would expect considering the ABV.
F: Pretty low carb. Not very thick, but its not too thin either.
O: This is a dangerous beer. There is a hint of booziness to remind me that I'm drinking a heavy beer, but the coffee helps to hide it. I'm pretty sure that if it went down any smoother I would be dead. Overall, this might be my favorite coffee centered beer so far, but unfortunately with it's premium price I would still usually purchase KBS over it when available.

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Photo of Rodosman
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drink out of a Bells Brewery snifter starting at 55 degrees F.

Look: Looks pretty typical of a coffee stout. Small tan head.

Smell: The smell is of absolute chocolate, bourbon, then coffee from strongest to faintest. Also hints of dark fruit.

Taste: This thing tastes great. Nice hints of chocolate and coffee combo. Bourbon finishes with a slight burn. Well balanced barrel, not overpowering.

Feel: Mouthfeel is on the thin side, which isn't always a bad thing especially in this situation. Not Uncles Jacobs Stout thickness by any means. Quite the opposite

Overall: This is a great beer from a great brewery with a great barrel program. This thing is a beast and a sipper. Nice as it warms.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's big, it's boozy, it's bourbon, it's coffee, it's thin, it's fruity, it's almost certainly not worth $13/12oz bottle, it's not bad, it's fine for what it is, it's not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Dope
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2. Jan 25th, 2016 bottling date.

A: Pitch-black pour with a tall frothy light brown head. Decent head retention. No real signs of lacing, however.

S: Big big coffee aroma. Some light chocolate and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. But mostly coffee.

T: Ohhh yeah. Up front is a crazy perfect concoction of coffee, hershey's syrup and bourbon. That's exactly what it tastes like. Sweet vanilla in the middle makes it even more sugary. Fudgey brownies make their appearance here too. Some alcohol harshness but nothing like you'd expect (and about 10% of that in the Old Perseverance bottle I had the other day). Great lingering espresso aftertaste.

M: Super heavy and syrupy.

O: This beer is awesome. A sipper for sure but the alcohol harshness is way lower than you are thinking. With the huge coffee notes, bourbon sweetness and a great chocolate/vanilla backing it's all you'll really taste. I was blown away with how good this was.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
~3 months since bottling

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque body, some brownish hues when swirled. Fine layer of medium tan colored head,, frothy and bubbly. Tons of sticky alcohol legs, coat glass.

Aroma- Coffee grounds, sweet and earthy, espresso bean. Rich dark chocolates, fudgy brownie batter. Sweet bourbon notes, dry and spicy oak barrel, creamy vanilla and caramel.

Taste- Rich and spicy coffee. Sweet bourbon w/ fudgy dark chocolates, moderate roastiness, charred oak barrel. Lots of vanilla, oak, milk chocolates, caramel, almond nuttiness, and coconut.

Feel- Medium feel, not overly thick, slight stickiness and creaminess. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Incredibly rich and flavorful. Masks the high abv insanely well, can feel some warmth going down, but no off-putting fusel alcohol notes. Coffee has a certain sweetness which is very good, and just enough barrel aging to really add complexity to the flavors but not overpower. Awesome beer.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

01/2016 Bottling of Batch #2 served cold in a snifter balloon glass.

Appearance: fantastic bottle presentation. Poured very dark with a small brown head that disappeared very quickly and left no trace of head at all. It didn't seem very viscous at all.

Nose: boozy. bourbon, intense espresso coffee, sweet malty backbone, vanilla, tons of barrel character, coconut, toasted oak, char

Taste: follows the nose but with more bourbon kick. The coffee is well integrated into the brew. The how fusel alcohols are very present and quite warming but it isn't too much for this monster.

Overall: I'm happy I got to tried this beer and that I have a few more to sample. I'd like to see some of those fusels mellow out and change the beer. I believe this beer is pasteurized at the brewery (All of Avery sour and barrel beers are per their barrel master) so I'll have to rely on oxidation to take it from here.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, dated Jan 2016, batch #2, 17.5% ABV. Pours semi-opaque reddish brown with a large sized khaki head which recedes to a smaller ring; some lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, earthy hops, and licorice. The taste follows with roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, licorice, coffee, and alcohol. Mild bitterness with a fairly boozy finish; better as it warms to cellar temp. Thinner body and average carbonation. Overall, it's boozier and not quite as interesting as Avery's other BA beers, but it's still a well-done IS. One that I'll be revisiting on another batch.

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Photo of Uscjojo
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours black with qtr head. Smell: Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Taste: Amazing coffee, chocolate,and bourbon, but hidden well. Feel: Thick and clings to your mouth; coffee at first, then chocolate as it warms. The bourbon is present throughout, but not too strong. Overall: Very nice and smooth. I will buy two more, one to drink and one to cellar.

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

L - motor oil, win medium tan head, not much lacing
S - rich, complex flavor profile. Chocolate, coffee, hints of vanilla and bourbon
T - not too boozy, even without aging, taste follows the nose.
F - medium carbonation, bit of a syrupy feel, but in a smooth creamy way
O - enjoyed it off the bat and interested to see what some age does to it

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Photo of Futbolmanby
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark with hints of tan, dark khaki head that fades fast.
Smell of coffee and oak
Tastes like coffee... really solid presents with a late oak/bourbon kick
It's extremely smooth and finishes with a slight heat as expected from the bourbon

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Photo of SHerninko
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft from tap @ Butcher & Barkeep - Harleysville, PA
One of the great intense but not bitter coffee stouts out there. Tons of coffee flavor, no harshness the bourbon oak and vanilla sweeten it a bit. Real thick and creamy feel. Not too much of a burn at all. I'm aging a bottle now so I'll try to compare but even fresh from the tap it was ready to drink. 17.1% is fairly well hidden. Another home run for Avery!

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Photo of ragnar3
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a taster. Huge coffee up front in both the aroma and taste, followed by barrel notes. Hides the alcohol very well, probably due to the intense coffee flavor. Solid beer but probably won't purchase again at the price point.

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

Great Beer

Would never guess it's 17% (until your finished), does a great job opening up to the bourbon flavor. Coffee might be the key to the drinkability of the brew. Job Well Done!

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In the glass, the beer looks almost pitch black, save for a faint dark brown at the very bottom. The head was creamy and light brown when initially poured. It died fast, as was expected, but a thin half finger or so stuck around far long than expected, and leaves sheets of creamy brown lacing down the sides of the glass.
The aroma is sweet, complex, and bourbon-forward. Explosions of butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar, milk chocolate, toasted coconut, coffee cake, caramel, oak, and bourbon tear into the nostrils and immediately invite you in.
This beer tastes like candy upfront. Butterscotch, caramel, milk chocolate and toffee spread their sticky-sweet goodness over the palate. Next, the sweetness is balanced out by a bitter cocoa note, oak tannins, espresso roastiness, mocha, and burnt toast. On the finish, the bourbon takes the palate by force--although it still remains surprisingly smooth--smacking you upside the head with burnt sugar, toasted coconut, and vanilla extract notes. The retro-exhale burns the nostrils with a hot chili-like fervency. The aftertaste is fairly clean with a light caramel, butterscotch, and milk chocolate lingering sweetness.
The mouthfeel is oily, smooth, and creamy. Not quite as slippery smooth as BCBS, but close.

This is absurdly good. It's just about as good as BCBS. This is a world-class BBA stout.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There's currently a huge glut of bourbon barrel aged stouts, coffee stouts, and of course the hybridization of both. A lot of them are great. BCBCS, KBS, Big Bad Baptist, Sunday Morning Stout, et al, are all fine examples of the style, and if you like any of them, you'll likely enjoy the others. But how do they stand out? BCBCS is one of the thickest, densest beers you can imagine; SMS has a sweet, fudgey character that is almost addictive; KBS has a strange, chalky texture that I literally dream about.

And Tweak is remarkably, crazily smooth. Seriously, I don't know what kind of witchcraft Avery uses to make the smoothest extreme beers around, but this is 17% alcohol that you would never know existed. Nose and taste hit all the classic notes of the style, leaning slightly towards a less bitter coffee flavor than others, while the barrel qualities are more pronounced. But while Bourbon County or others knock you to your feet with about 5% less booze in them, this is as smooth, easily drinkable a rendition of the style as you could want...so be careful not to drink too fast!

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

pours a almost black color with minimal tan head. This beer is loaded with coffee on the nose. Taste is also big on coffee with a sweet chocolate finish. For a 17.5% beer, the booze is very well hidden. A great barrel aged stout! 2016 bottle.

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Photo of TJSoundguy
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black, with almost no head. Coffee, vanilla & caramel deliciousness. Rather thick mouthfeel - richness abounds. Surprisingly smooth, given it's high ABV (17.5%!). Pricy, but completely worth it.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jet black and opaque. thin mocha cap, settles into a fine ring around the glass. Heavy coffee in the nose, with lots of sweetness balancing it out. Vanilla, molasses, tobacco, oak all in the aroma blending together harmoniously. This has one of the most pleasant aromas I have ever come across. The flavor follows suit quite well everything is there, everything is in balance, with coffee being the star of the show. Full bodied, bordering on syrupy, but never gets unpleasant, alcohol is warm throughout. Wow, this beer if great!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Avery's high-grav beers are pricey ($14.99 for this one), but reliably good. The chocolate is like syrup, the bourbon casting vanilla vapors all over it; coffee radiates throughout, amply sweetened as if by boozy molasses. The body is medium-full, a little bit of stick on the finish, and nary a hint of char or rough flavor. the alcohol does sing through, adding a tingle not of carbonation but of heat, and for my tastes, exactly what I expect. A little on the sweet side, but representing all the advertised elements in a big drinking stout. Worthy of the ratings...

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

Batch No. 2 Bottled 1-25-2016

A: Deep black in color with a dark tan head. I'm actually surprised by the amount of head on it.

S: Thick rich coffee aroma with vanilla bourbon and oak. In the finish there is a hint of molasses, and a touch of booze. But for how much alcohol is in this it really doesn't have much of a booze aroma.

T: Holy hell. Huge rich coffee, and amazing bourbon barrel flavor. There is an almost earthy like bitterness in the finish, but that seems to diminish a bit as it warms up. And it develops a bit more of a chocolate thing.

M: Thick body with a syrupy feel, but the fairly heavy carbonation lightens it up a bit.

O: Overall this beer is pretty damn amazing. Huge, bold, and delicious.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is big and boozy with coffee and chocolate. Body is lighter than I thought it would be. Overall I really like this a lot.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy coffee and bourbon! If you don't like coffee in your beer, sorry. If you do, one of the best BBA Coffee stouts ever! Absolutely delicious and something to remember, and compare all others to. Cheers!

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Looks good. Obsidian black with a healthy khaki head.

Smell: Irish coffee, vanilla, roast, a bit of booze soaked dark fruit.

Taste: Interestingly not filled with what I would call determinable black coffee flavor, but tons of spikes of components that make up coffee flavors. Not bitter roast, vanilla, a touch of dark fruit. You get a bit more as it warms, but it's more of the aforementioned flavors that pop. It's like a deconstructed coffee stout. Tons of booze as goes without saying, but a surprising amount of barrel as well. Pretty sweet, but the roast keeps that in check.

Feel: Heavier end of medium bodied/lighter end of heavy. Maybe a 7/10. Really slick and oily, coats the tongue. Usually go for the thicker stouts, but with all the residual sugars, this works well. Also, an interesting dry finish. Maybe the oak coming to play a bit?

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.
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