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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 rolltide8425
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell is bourbon on top, coffee and caramel underneath. Creamy chocolate taste with a little bit of coffee and a lot of alcohol burn. Flavors are great, just wish the booze was toned down a bit.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big beer, sweet and oaked, molasses, dark coffee notes, black licorice, some burn. Tasty. I may like their Mephistoles stout better, but this is still top-notch stuff.

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

Batch #2, bottled Jan 25, 2016.
It looks thick and fudgy. The quarter inch of initial head fades quickly, but it settles into a light tan-colored layer with plenty of lacing.
As soon as I poured it, I can smell the coffee and the booze from two feet away. With a nose in the glass, it still smells like coffee and bourbon, but also loads of milk chocolate. It smells like pure dessert. As it warms, I get more vanilla and oak from it. It starts to smell more like a creme brulee.
Taste is sweet fudge upfront, finishing with a blast of coffee that leaves a touch of bitterness. Delicious. The coffee and the high alcohol content definitely give it a bite.
The carbonation is well integrated. It doesn't quite have the thick chewiness of one of Evil Twin's stouts or BCBS, but it's close.
This is a fantastic BBA coffee stout. I think the coffee and the high ABV combine to give it a little too much bite -- some of the complexity of the base Mephistopheles stout is overshadowed -- but it is a delicious dessert beer. Also, the label says to serve at 50-60 degrees F, but I think it really starts to open up at nearly room temperature. Take your time with this one.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark pitch black beer with a big mocha head that actually sticks believe it or not at 17%
S - coffee, bourbon, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak
T - coffee, coffee liqour, bourbon, molasses, karo syrup, dark chocolate, cocoa, slight vanilla, minimal oak
M - very heavy mouthfeel, sweet alcohol is very present, it's almost like drinking a coffee liqour. Aftertaste is coffee, coffee liqour, bourbon, molasses.
O - this is a hefty beer, but the point of these kinds of beers is to be exceptionally good, not just to be hefty. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it would be better with a lower abv. It's a little overly sweet, which makes its drinkability pretty low. I guess that's kind of a good thing at 18%abv.

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Photo of jefewyatt
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a small stein 1 month after the bottling date.

The color is extremely dark brown, slightly light red around the ages. It has a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a ring, leaving very little lacing.

The aroma starts with a huge whiff coffee. As I go on I get bit of sweetness and a hint of oak.

The taste is a big coffee flavor, with an equal amount of chocolate. This beer is SWEET! Lots of sticky molasses, a bit of vanilla. The big flavors finally recede, leaving me with a bit of warmth and traces of bourbon.

The mouthfeel has a lot of heat from the alcohol, but not unpleasantly so. It's creamy and silky, but with a medium amount of carbonation. It's quite heavy, almost syrupy.

I've never had a stout like this. Absent are any of the raisin or dark fruit flavors that are present in a lot of barrel aged beers. Instead, it has a huge coffee flavor alongside an extremely sweet flavor profile, and has a lot of the flavor notes of a bourbon. It's definitely the highest ABV beer I've had, and while you can tell, it's pleasant, like sipping a nice liqueur.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2 bottled 25JAN2016 from bottle into a tulip glass
Lovely black as tar with fair amount of light brown/reddish foam which resolves quickly. Smells strongly of coffee, cocoa, leathery with a significant alcohol aspect. Tastes incredibly sweet, strong notes of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malts, notes of coffee, molasses, brown sugar. Mouthfeel is almost like milk, little carbonation, fairly clean finish despite its malty profile.
Overall, very pleasant. ABV well hidden by the complex flavor profile. Scrumptious – an excellent winter warmer and sipper.
I love this stuff – I wish it were available all year long. . .

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Photo of k8kruk
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, bottled Jan 25, 2016 consumed Feb 20, 2016. From 12 oz. bottle into snifter.

L: Black as tar and almost completely opaque, even next to a desk lamp. A tiny bit of red-brown foam, which quickly dissipates into a narrow ring.

S: Smells of cacao, coffee and booze.

T: Tastes like coffee with cream, molasses, warm nuts and sour bourbon to round it off. Oh and alcohol. Lots and lots of alcohol.

F: Sticky sweet, almost chewy. Smooth, heavy and lightly carbonated.

O: Wow. Quite powerful. A tiny bit too boozy in flavor and alcohol content for my tastes, but otherwise fabulous, balanced and bold.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Attleboro, MA. Batch two from January 25 2016.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a light brown one finger head that reduces fairly slowly to leave spotty lacing and a layer of brown foam.

Aromas are delectable.. freshly ground coffee, vanilla, chocolate, really nicely balanced bourbon.

Tastes just as good as it smells.. starts off with bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, nicely balanced ground coffee, ends with a delicious roastyness. Not too sweet. Medium heavy body but not chewy. Medium low carbonation. A little alcohol but I would NEVER guess this is 17.5%. So damn drinkable.

Finally.. a world class, delicious bourbon barrel coffee stout that I have access too.

This stuff is amazing. Not too sweet, amazing balance of coffee and bourbon, nice vanilla, excellent complexity. So impressed.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. Bottle
Gold Foil/Capped
Batch No. 2
Bottled: Jan 25 2016
ABV: 17.5%

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which leaves a very nice HUGE thick/creamy island and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, very nice coffee note, vanilla, some dark fruits. The taste is very nice malty, very nice sweetness, vanilla, very nice chocolate/toffee notes, very nice touch of coffee, some dark fruits. Full Body, with a nice slightly dry/bitter finish, ABV is hidden very well, for a Impy it is pretty complex. Overall, this is an exceptional brew. Glad to have it available to me near by. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Slater's 50/50 on 02/18/16.
Pours opaque pitch black with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of freshly brewed coffee and sweet bourbon. The taste is a balanced mixture of coffee, cocoa, vanilla and pleasant bourbon accents.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I acquired batch No. 1 of Tweak that was bottled Oct 28 2014 and consumed Feb 16 2016. Even after a year and quarter of aging, there is still about 1/3 inch of tan head after pouring. There is minimal lacing but it is dark as the other big name stouts. This beer packs a punch at 17.8%. I never had a beer so boozy. It has the very same end notes as high-end bourbon coming most likely from the abv and or the barrel. It is certainly bitter from the coffee and dark chocolate but it isn't nearly as balanced as Bourbon County Coffee. It steps from bitter coffee to overbearing whiskey. Definitely worth a try, but certainly a sipping beer. I'm not sure how much age if any would be required to mellow this monster of a stout

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch no. 1 Oct/28/14. Sweet boozy coffee! Continue to keep this in the cellar. Coffee is still there as is the booze. Viscous pour with 1 finger of head. Strong boozy coffee scent. Taste is the same but sweet as all hell. Mouthfeel is a hearty medium feel approaching the thick spectrum...perfect! O: I need to acquire another.

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Photo of ryanmextorf
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a teku.

L: Pours a mahogany brown but pitch black in the glass. Half a finger a a creamy mocha head that dissipated very quickly.

N: Wow. HUGE espresso, coffee, chocolate, some roasty almonds, bourbon, and a bit of oak. Somehow not a single hint of alcohol on a 17.5% beer.

T: Boom. Follows the nose quite well. Up front is the espresso and chocolate melding beautifully. On the back end you get the barrel, more coffee, and a touch of vanilla to round out the beer. I get a bit of heat on the way down but certainly nothing offputting.

F: Great. Perhaps a tiny bit overcarbonated for my liking but a great medium to medium full mouth feel goes very well with the beer.

Overall: Faaaaannntastic beer. I was expecting this thing to be overly sweet with the abv but Avery knocked this one out of the park. Gives BCBCS a big run for its money.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours pitch black with a single finger mocha head. S: Fudge, coffee, brownies, vanilla. T: Initially I get rich milk chocolate that's immediately followed by the heat from the booze, accented by the bitterness of coffee. Finish is vanilla, caramel, and touch of oak. It all lingers on the tongue for a good minute. F: Chewy and viscous like motor oil. O: A really good BA imperial that could be even better if they dialed back the ABV.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 2, bottles 1/25/16. Pours dark mahogany/espresso from 12oz bottle. Small tan head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is somewhat muted and really hard to pick out. Its definitely sweet - and my wife pins it as butterscotch - but its hard to isolate. Surprisingly, I don't get a lot of coffee or bourbon.

Okay, taste... There's so much going on and I feel unqualified to break this down, but here it goes. Its very sweet, I've had the mephistopheles and it was nothing like this. Whatever coffee and barrels they used for aging, I want them. Its absolutely delicious. Definitely some caramel and butterscotch on the front end, boozy bourbon show up later.

The body is nice and chewy, and I enjoy the developing flavors so much I have a hard time swallowing.

Overall, this is definitely one of the most unique, complex stouts I've had the pleasure of tasting, and its going to be really, really hard to let the rest of these bottles age in the cellar.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that was bottles about 14 months ago.

Very little head. Smells great. Bourbon, coffee, and a bit of vanilla.

Lots of booze up front, but it's surprisingly smooth.

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Photo of LouZ
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft pour; dark, black. Minimal head with no retention. Aroma was not very strong; mostly notice the coffee and not much of the bourbon, surprisingly. Taste was okay; got the coffee, but the lasting impression here is how hot this brew is. You taste and feel all 18% of the ABV. Alcohol presence is quite strong. Think of black coffee with booze instead of creamer. This is closer to liquor than to beer. Overall, it's an okay novelty to me. Glad I got the 4oz poor as that is more than enough in my humble opinion.

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Photo of PVMT
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a bottle dated 10/28/2014. Dark brown pour with a mocha head. Smell is coffee and bourbon. Flavor follows the nose along with an overwhelming booze burn. The beer does nothing to hide the 18% abv, but gives it a silky mouthfeel. There are way better bourdon stouts; I expected more from this.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, an "in your face" explosion of coffee and bourbon. I suppose I should have expected this with a beer that was pushing 18% abv. Alcohol well hidden but the intense flavors make this something you have to sip very slowly.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split between a pair of Georgetown samplers. Bottled October 28, 2014. Batch Number 1.

Pours black with a moderate-sized (large for a barrel aged imperial stout) brown creamy head. Smell is yeasty, coffee, roasty, smokey. Lots of coffee. Moderate alcohol presence.

Taste is a blast of sweetness and alcohol that pops my eyes out. Definitely some charcoaly smoke, definitely coffee, just a hint of butterscotch (that I wouldn't have picked out if my wife hadn't mentioned caramel). Coffee seems to come out more as I sip it a few more times, and balances out the sweetness a bit better. Makes it actually quite delicious, but the alcohol is just a bit of a detractor.

Mouthfeel is silky and gritty simultaneously. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of Nurhyme21
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tweak is an "in your face", agressive kind of beer with an ABV hovering around 17%. Pours like a dark nightmare with little to no head. Smell is very boozy with coffee notes & chocolate to keep it honest. Taste is very good if you don't mind the bite of that 17%. You can only mask so much. Definitely a sipper. I would definitely get this again tho! A nice brew for watching a movie by the fireplace or sharing with a friend.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I can't believe I actually am getting a chance to try. Actually at the brewery and paid $5 for a 5 ounce draft. My wife took off with it and I just got a so so here it goes. The bourbon up front and center. Smell and taste is awesome. Pours thick with an awesome nutty head. Taste...as good as bcbs. Going to stop and get back to drink.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black body with a solid half inch of caramel brown head. Nose is of fresh ground coffee, bourbon and dark almost burnt toffee. The flavor is well coffee infused bourbon. No really it is hot and huge bourbon witch sits very well with a bourbon fan. This beer is hot but would age for a decade or so.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aged over a year - 2014 Version - Bottled 10/28/2014

Look: Motor oil black with a tan head. This beer just looks heavy.

Smell: Bourbon is immediately noticeable. Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and oak as well.

Taste: Follows the smell pretty closely. The bourbon is not as dominating as it was in the smell. Even with a year on it, the coffee still came through significantly. Chocolate and vanilla as well.

Feel: Heavy bodied and creamy. Bourbon leaves a little burn on the back-end. I thought it mellowed out considerably over the year. Not too much carbonation.

Overall: One of the better bourbon stouts I have had. Really big at almost 19% ABV - definitely split this one with a friend if you can. I think it was worth the $12 price tag.

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Photo of maximum12
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to jakehoodlum for this, a beer I missed when it passed through shelves in MN & have lusted after since two small pours at the brewery in July. 12 oz. gold-foiled bottle about to penetrate me. The beer, not the bottle.

The sound it makes glugging into the glass is identical to the many quarts of Valvoline I poured into my hapless 1980 Pinto many, many years ago. Looks like Quaker State, though. The head is small & banished quickly. The nose is canyon-deep bourbon, attendant vanilla, & large swath of sweetness. Good.

Tweak fuckin’ rocks. The alcohol warms my lips, mouth, tongue, & everything it brushes against all the way down to my ureter. I instantly toss my car keys behind the dresser. Towering vanilla notes are offset by a blast of bourbon. The coffee/roast only arrives mid-palate, & there must be an entire small Central American bean plantation thrown in to make it evident against this crazy background. Big oak arrives late & sticks around, along with an indelible impression of sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is just this side of Wisconsin maple syrup. Drinkable? Yes. I’d drink another tomorrow if I had one. Then another, if I could still find my fridge. Where are my car keys?

That sound you hear is brain cells screaming as they perish; but a few must die, that many would feel joy. This is a poster child for everything that is wrong – and right – with the current state of beer. Huge, complex, delicious. Simply magnificent.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 2,075 ratings.
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