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 stakem
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a matching Avery cervoise appears black in color with a finger khaki head that fades leaving a full wall of lace.

Aroma of coffee roast, cola, black licorice, caramel, vanilla and booze.

Tastes sweet, boozy and solvent with a licorice meets cola quality and faint coffee.

Medium to fuller in bodied with ample carbonation. A decent sipper. For the price this was fun to try but I dont need to have it again.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a solid black, just a tinge of deep mahogany around the edges. a half a finger of a tan head with weak retention but leaving behind a decent sized lacing. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: Strong chocolate hinting at fudge, some coffee, big alcohol leaning towards bourbon.

Taste: opens up with a little bit of chocolate and a good dose of coffee. chocolate returns after initial taste hinting more at fudge. towards the end alcohol burns through with quite a bit of bourbon. coffee grinds make occasional appearances.

Mouthfeel: heavy and hinting at syrupy. slight boozy astringency and alcohol hot.

Overall: very nice but I will take the regular mephistopholes over this one. not the biggest fan of coffee added to stouts but this one does well. the flavors are big and bold and the coffee is at an average level making the balance nice for me.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Benish
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
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 PDXAmbassador
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 October vintage, enjoyed May 2016.

Black Appearance, tan lingering head, looks pretty thick.

Smell is roast, bourbon, coffee, and an earthy funk (maybe from the interplay of coffee and barrel).

Taste is surprisingly bitter. Very roasty, bitter coffee, hit alcohol -- pretty rough. Not a sweet drinkable stout. A bit of caramel sweetness takes the edge off the bitterness but it's still a bit much for me.

Overall probably won't revisit this one. Maybe with even more age it'll mellow out a bit more but a pretty intense drinking experience.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick pour like 40 Weight motor oil.

Black colored beer with a thick brown colored head.

Smells decidedly boozy. Scents of coffee and grapes. Scent of chocolate and rum. Scent of coconut.

Starts out sweet and strong chocolate. Slight soy sauce taste. Strong alcohol warmth in the chest. Taste of berry and grapes. Mild bitterness. The alcohol does tend to numb your tongue.

Mouthfeel is gravy thick.

Overall worth a try once but I would buy something else in the future.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on draft at the Avery tap take-over event at the Craft Ale House.

Appears jet black, thin tan head that leaves great lacing. Smells like a cup of espresso. Monster coffee bean aroma. Taste is pretty much as expected, all coffee. roasty, but not overly bitter.
Seems thinner than the base beer, and has low carbonation.

amazingly, it hides the huge alcohol content very well, totally different than the regular Mephistophele's.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Bear Republic tasting glass. Bottled 28 October 2014. 17.81%.

A: Predictably dark. No head. Hints of clinging lace.

S: Coming right off a KBS, I'm hit by the sweetness/bourbon-ness with the coffee receding into the background but still zippy enough to perk my interest. Mmmm, and now it's flipped. Such balance. Such richness. Yum.

T/M: Hot and harsh and boozy, as is the case with many of these Avery bigguns. Granted, it's fresh, but still...Especially transitioning from such a stellar nose. Loads of ground coffee, hints and whiffs of the hard stuff, with a long, lingering, bitter toffee-chocolate-burnt finish. Surprisingly thin for such a BIG beer.

O: Good by brute force if nothing else. Might recommend.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Glass marble brown with a dark tan, foamy frothy head that is surprisingly large for such high ABV and being barrel aged. There is a lot of spongy lace.

16%? Not in smell! Aroma is nice coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, with tangy, nutty, roasted malt, sesame, and soy sauce. No booze to burn the nose.

However, taste is deceptive at the very tip up front, but the alcohol quickly reveals itself. I get vanilla, chocolate, nice fruity floral sweet coffee, becoming Baileys, with a sudden, quick, heavy hit of hot, stinging booze as it goes down the throat, all in the span of 5 seconds. A Kahlua-like element is very apparent, and at times it's almost like straight rum.

Body is relatively thin and slick, but frothy and a little sticky with a semi-dry finish. Booze is not hidden in this one, though!

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 oz. Draught served in a snifter.

Appearance: Black body. Head was a thick, dark creamy foam one-half finger deep. Lacing was absent.

Smell: Espresso, malt, plums.

Taste: Alcohol is overpowering. Espresso, chocolate, fruit and bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Dry with some bitter. Left a “fuzzy” tongue with the espresso taste.

Overall: Too much alcohol. But is should be good after 5 years in a cellar.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 12oz bottle into a snifter at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: pours an incredibly thick-looking dark brown, with a tiny amount of light brown foam.

Smell: chocolate, booze, some rye-like spiciness, oak.

Taste: coffee, chocolate, tons of booze. Not particularly sweet, with lots of other bitter/spicy flavors going on. Less "complex" than just a bit of a mess.

Feel: as thick as it looked. Pretty dry, with some bite and alcohol heat.

Overall: there are some really promising elements here, but it doesn't quite all come together for me. Too much bitterness and too boozy, both of which might settle down with some age.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Anchor steam glass.Smell is booze,booze ,and more booze.Taste is booze up front with coffee in the background.Overall this was not a big hit.I wanted to like it.I saw all the reviews but it just didn`t get it for me.This is where your stepping out of the beer category and into hard alcohol.The 17.81 ABV comes thru strong.So much I could not enjoy the rest of the flavor.Hard for me to believe a lot of people are saying there is a slight alcohol taste.Sorry,Booze bomb.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev -9.3%

- Batch 1 / Bottled 28-Oct-14 / 17.81% abv
- 12 oz. bottle poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 21-Nov-14

Nice creamy, espresso aromas with hints of chocolate!
The flavors are espresso flavors are more bittering, but not overbearingly bitter. The chocolate presence is velvety, with some molasses notes. Definitely getting some heat in the finish, but doesn't disrupt the flavors.

Not quite as good as BCBCS or Mocha Wednesday (not a good price point either $13) but this is worthy of at least ticking. This is my 2nd favorite from Avery's Barrel Series after 5 Monks.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a brandy snifter

Appearance: Pitch black, tan creamy head lingers, completely disappeared. Very thick, oily, sloshes around the glass, very little carbonation.

Aroma: Bourbon, alcohol, I am not getting anything else.

Taste: Bourbon, some coffee bitterness, then right into some big alcohol burn, the alcohol is the most prominent flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, dry, alcohol burn, little to no carbonation.

Overall: This is a big beer, lots of alcohol, there's not a lot of bourbon, there's more in other BA stouts, there's a slight, passing coffee bitterness right before the alcohol burn starts. This leaves a really dry finish, just a little too much alcohol for me, I bet this ages really well.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullet
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Dec. 13, 2014
Misc.: Batch No. 1; Bottled Oct. 28, 2014; Gold foiling

Thanks Nick!

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark tan frothy head that thinned up rather quickly. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled rich, roasty coffee beans, wet cocoa, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, some smokiness, bourbon, chocolate fudge and crayon. (Smell - 4.00)

Definitely a unique taste. The 17.81 percent ABV comes in right away, followed by black coffee, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, wet cocoa, crayon, chocolate fudge, toffee, caramel, bourbon, Kahlúa and dark chocolate milkshake. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

A pretty damn good beer and perfect for the winter. Looking back, I may have underrated it a tad. I keep thinking about it. Oh well. (Overall - 4.00)

4.02 | 90 | A-

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Photo of mverity
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2012 15.4% abv. Black in color with a good amount of deep tan head, very good lacing and a thick collar. Aroma is deep malt, coffee, earthy woodiness and some bourbon. I would swear this is barrel aged. Maybe it is... Taste is that great malt up front, coffee and tobacco at the end with a aged hop flavor in the middle. Great thick mouthfeel, chewy almost. Low carbonation. Great coffee stout, but I feel like the coffee was a bit too much of the focus.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/28/14. Shocked that I happened upon this brew. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

This massive brew pours a 1 finger dark mocha colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is viscous and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and patchy with little stick. Immense oily legs coat the glass. Pretty enticing.

Nose is exactly as predicted. Huge hints of coffee covered by waves of booze. Some notes of dark fruit, sweet soy sauce, fudge and vanilla smooth out the experience but this one is hugely aromatic.

Opens chocolate, leather, tobacco, soy sauce and booze. Hints of fudge, cocoa powder, and more sweet soy sauce in the middle with big helping of booze and just the slightest dash of coffee in the end and aftertaste. Finishes hot and messy with a lingering, molasses, prune, and chocolate and vanilla aftertaste. Solid.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Boozy and hot in the mouth and burns the throat going down. Super rich and viscous. Messy finish with an aftertaste that sticks to the palate seemingly forever. Maybe a touch over the top but appreciatively rich and delightful.

I'm a fan of Mephistopheles stout but the coffee infusion is a bit lost in this one. A really over-the-top beer that is well appreciated as a nightcap but this isn't that different from the original.

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

Got on trade! 12oz bottle served at 13deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours next to no head and it was gone in seconds. Very dark brown colour.

S- Tons of heat. Coco, coffee and yup you guessed it, heat

T- Heat. Lots and lots of heat. The chocolate and coffee is there but the heat is not masked in any way shape or form. The heat overpowers whatever bourbon barrel aging that was there. Just a hot mess

M- Yup you guessed it again! Heat.

O- Not so good. Way too hot and light on flavor. Heat and alcohol bomb.

Food Pairing

This boozy mess was so hot that it was difficult to pair but it did go well with...... Vanilla ice cream. Creamy, high end like Ben and Jerry's then this one the side. Helps kill the heat down a touch and brings the bourbon up a bit which is nice since there is not much there.


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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1, 10/28/14, some age on this puppy

Pours thicker and darker than year old used motor oil, fizzy super dark head about 1/3 finger, legs that just congeal into single thick layer slowly falling down the sides of the glass, practically stains the glass.

Nose starts with fresh coffee, still there somehow, very nutty, earthy coffee with some roast, mild fudgey cocoa and dark chocolate, into a little bourbon and vanilla toasted oak barrel, touch of booze warmth, peanut butter and nougat, a little roasted malt and touch of char.

Taste brings a little roasted malt, big coffee, coffee syrup and charred roasted coffee, roasted malts, into booze, plenty of hot tingly booze, little phenol too and fusel alcohol, little fudgey cocoa and nougat chocolate ganache, mild bourbon juice, a little vanilla barrel and toasted oak, quite nutty too, and a little vanilla and baking spice.

Mouth is fuller bod, thick fudgey with lots of hot alcohol, decent carb

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Talk about a massive improvement through the use of bourbon barrels and coffee. Black beer, plenty viscous. 1/3" brown head on top. Aroma is plenty boozy, but its not just booze, there is plenty of coffee, a small amount of bourbon competing for your nose's attention as well.

Taste, geez its a sipper. I sat and drank my 12 oz for about 70 minutes. Just right. Its strong, its a lot like Mocha Wednesday. Its deep dark chocolate malt on this one. Is there actual chocolate added? Seems like it. Perhaps thats just how dense the black roasted malt is. Small bit of vanilla to it.

I like the 12oz format for such a big beer, but it is plenty pricey. But it is that giant stout model for sure.

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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 Spinaltapped
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
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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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 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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