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.

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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. 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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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle poured into Belgian ale glass.

Alternately, you could just slice into wedges and serve...

Very dark brown, with foamy tan head that lats as a halo and some lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and yes, Mr. Alcohol

Lots of coffee and chocolate up front. Bourbon comes in later and long dry alcohol finish.

Had to dock it a bit because alcohol just overwhelms balance. Very thick and chewy, significant burn. Not much carbonation, as you'd expect.

It's unlike anything I've had before. In a year, I might want one again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with some light alcohol, some roasted malt and some residual sugar notes. Taste is an extreme mix of huge floral coffee notes with some dry bitter roasted malt, some alcohol and some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation and some alcohol was apparent. Not sure I need to drink this on a regular basis but still quite drinkable considering the ingredients used in this beer.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell is of coffee and cardamom, with a little green peppercorn. The beer itself tastes of dark fruit, coffee, and more dark fruit. There are hints of mint lingering in the palate. The balance is incredible considering the ABV. Such a great beer.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Beer pours a very opaque black with the very slightest tinge of cherry on the edges. About one finger of bubbly head that dissipates quickly to a halo around the glass.

Smells strongly of bourbon and coffee. Very slight hint of chocolate in the nose, but ever so subtle.

Flavor is very strong of coffee up front. Coffee flavor dissipates and is followed by bourbon flavors. There is a hint of onion on the swallow.

Feel is strong on the bourbon. Feels like one is drinking hard alcohol rather than a beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014
(A)- Pours pitch black with a minimal tan colored frothy head
(S)- Some huge roasted coffee meets subtle cocoa richness. VERY rich smelling
(T)- Big on coffee and cocoa. Some great caramel and oaky vanilla on the finish
(M)- A HUGE beer. Big on alcohol and big on flavor. Bitter, but so rich and sweet that, you barely notice
(O)- This is not a shy beer. Big on everything, it is a barrage to the senses. Share with a friend or two cause this will kick your ass. A great stout nontheless, just not one I could enjoy all the time

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.96/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Just ungodly harsh and notes meagerly call out while being punished unmercifully by the long arm of overly oaked Boozesaurus. Nearer shots than beer. A rough ride my friends.

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Photo of mabermud
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark, opaque, pitch black body. Fine and creamy, darker mocha head that is very persistent. With a twirl of the glass, slick curtains and legs easily melt from the sides of the glass. This is a very fine looking imperial stout.
Smell: Sweetened dark chocolate and dark roasted malts. French press. Bourbon followed by some wood. The aromas coming from this stout are heavy and robust.
Taste: I had to sip on this beer a little while and let it warm more than usual, before the full flavors began to blossom. It took my palate a little bit to accommodate the strong flavors. The taste follows the smell. Big and robust. I sense a touch of cinnamon.
Feel: The feel is characteristic of a finely made stout. This is thick, dense, and heavy in the mouth, with a nice amount of chewiness. The lather is ultra fine and creamy. This beer seems like it has two phases and transforms in your mouth after settling in. It goes from a dense and heavy liquid to a semi-liquefied whipped cream in the bottom of your mouth.

Overall - A rare treat that I would not have too often.

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

This beers description is everything you could ask for in one. I think the hardest part of enjoying it is the high ABV. That coupled with the astringency of the coffee can make this beer hit or miss. But if it's served on the right night at the right temp, then beautiful things will happen.

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Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jesus! These guys at Avery do not mess around! This beer, like their other barrel-aged stouts is intense from start to finish! Great coffee stout with tons of flavor, perhaps a little unbalanced due to the high ABV, but what Avery BA stout isn't that way?! Pairs very well with a slice of NY cheesecake so give that a try the next time you crack one of these open!

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Photo of South2NW
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night, with a very thin brown head that leaves a thin ring as you drink. So much espresso and bittersweet chocolate in the nose. Delicious. Taste does not disappoint either. Loads of espresso and coffee flavors throughout each sip. Even some sweetness of caramel and molasses. Supremely drinkable, even at almost 18% ABV. Very silky and smooth. I cant wait to enjoy this beer again.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Avery's Brewpub.

This is possibly my favorite barrel aged offering from Avery. Pitch black with a small tan head. Wonderful coffee aroma. There is an excellent sweetness to the beer which pairs nicely with the coffee flavor. As boozy as it is (and it hits like a truck), the alcohol is nicely hidden by the richness of the beer. The bourbon is present on the finish, but its not the star of the show as with KBS,BCBS, etc. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had at such a high ABV. Hats off to Avery for this gem.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with thin tan head; foam dissipated quickly. Roasted coffee beans with bourbon, chocolate, and raisin aromas. Espresso on flavor steroids - bourbon, chocolate, and raisin flavors; big boozy middle; cocoa powder finish with alcohol bite on tip of tongue. Velvety full mouthfeel; very warming, my tongue is abuzz with flavor and alcohol; more creamy chocolate and booze as liquid warms. Overall excellent blending of flavors sustaining big alcohol - outstanding.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split between two snifters from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is completely black with a thin khaki head that fades quickly. Nice lacing. Smell is coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and most definitely booze. Flavor is really good - a nice blend of coffee, anise, some vanilla. The alcohol bites at the end and makes it a sipping drink, but it is a very good sipper. Body is medium-full - mouthfeel is sharp, due to the alcohol. Overall, it's very tasty and full of flavor.

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Photo of tomfitz18
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's thick and dark black with a rich golden mocha head
smells strongly of bourbon of faintly of coffee and chocolate. The smell is not overpowering though.
feels warm and creamy and then a faint burn of bourbon on the way down.
I taste the bourbon right away and then notice the coffee, chocolate, and a slightly salty finish.
I really like this beer and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of 2ellas
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is deeeep black with the darkest tan head I've ever seen
smell is intensely bourbon with hints of coffee and chocolate
taste bourbon first, chocolate and coffee second. Almost tough to get the coffee on the flavor
Feel is a bit thun but to be expected with the high abv
overall an ass kicker of a coffee stout. Wish I had another to age for a year and see what this can be. But alas, I'm thirsty now.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a deep black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The bourbon leads the way with coffee and sweet malts in the back.

Taste - The bourbon is in a perfect symbiotic state with the coffee. The coffee is some hard core expresso. It is perfectly bitter black coffee. Also, notes of vanilla, oak, and sweet malts appear before the warming syrupy finish.

Mouthfeel - Aside from being thick, the sweetness is sticky. Sweet and bitter coffee coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - I love this. Since I love bitter black coffee, this is a homerun for me.

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Photo of Sir_Whats-his-face
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2014 reserve, served in a Speigelau Stout Glass

Look: This is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen, with a gorgeous dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a river of hellish blackness through which no light shines. I don't often remark on the aesthetics of beer, but this is a sight you don't see every day.

Smell: Bourbon and alcohol. Also a few subtle hints of coffee, but mostly alcohol and bourbon.

Taste: This is one hell of a beer. The bourbon hits you straight out of the gate like a wrecking ball, but I was expecting that based on my experience with other barrel aged stouts like Parabola and Bourbon County. That said, after that initial gut punch, Tweak really opens up in a way that those other beers don't. Behind all this thickness lies a surprisingly complex beer. There's a whole lot to this beer, with bourbon, malts, and chocolate hitting the tongue one after the other, ending with subtle coffee notes that keep it from having the same sort of harsh, boozy aftertaste that plague most other barrel aged beers when they're new. It's the sort of taste that lingers for days, but with a taste like this, I eagerly look forward to that.

Feel: This is a brick. The next thickest beer I know of is Bourbon County, but that's nothing compared to this. But oh, what a brick it is.

Overall: At $12.50 for a 12oz bottle, this is a very expensive beer, and I took a big risk buying it. But- and I can't believe I'm saying this, given the ludicrous price- it's worth it, and I'll definitely see if I can find another bottle next time I'm near the bottle shop where I found it.

I don't rate a lot of beers here, but this is something else. A tremendously exciting beer hiding in a familiar shell, Tweak is something I'd recommend to any stout lover. It only gets better as it warms, which is a great thing- after all, given it's extreme richness and its 17.81% alcohol content, it's going to take me hours to finish this thing. Could this be the best beer I've ever tried? Maybe it could.

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.
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