Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

290 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
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.

Added by rye726 on 02-18-2010

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 290 | Ratings: 2,164
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.

 489 characters

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.

 455 characters

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.


 680 characters

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.

 573 characters

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.

 207 characters

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.

 251 characters

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.

 641 characters

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.

 155 characters

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.

 568 characters

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.

 277 characters

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.

 1,357 characters

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.

 315 characters

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

 350 characters

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.

 532 characters

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.

 229 characters

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.

 361 characters

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.

 483 characters

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.31/5  rDev -2%
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.

 1,068 characters

Photo of larryi86
3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

 605 characters

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 428 characters

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

 307 characters

Photo of WesMantooth
4.18/5  rDev -5%
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

 595 characters

Photo of Benish
3.96/5  rDev -10%
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.

 600 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

 791 characters

Photo of zac16125
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
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

 1,082 characters

Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
4.4 out of 5 based on 2,164 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.