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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 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 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 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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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a tan head that disappears quickly. Nose is all coffee and bourbon, and the alcohol heat is notable even in the aroma. Taste is no surprise after the nose. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a LOT of alcohol burn. Finish is mainly coffee. t's a nice flavour- the coffee and bourbon are quite balanced, which is good - but the booze prevents it from being particularly drinkable. Like other beers of this strength, it is hard to understand why it needs to be quite so absurdly strong. Wouldn't a nice sedate 12% do the trick?! That said, other than the heat, the beer feels great- thick and velvety. Would be great if dialed down.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured a black body with no head and just little brown dots along glass for lace.
Given the high ABV and bourbon barrel aging, there is naturally a boozy and wood aroma, along with coffee and roasted malts, some vanilla thanks to bourbon and a touch of cocoa.
Thick, full bodied, chewy, the beer is smooth thanks to the barrels and the high ABV gives off a touch of heat on finish but never turns the beer medicinal or hot.
Balance is kept and it's like drinking a boozy, vanilla coffee (or a vanilla creamer filled java) with touches of chocolate thrown in as well.
Not the most complex or cheapest beer but pretty good one to try.

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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 mcallister
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tribes Aleshouse.

Pours deep black with a thick creamy mocha head with long retention. Very surprising considering ABV.

Thick deep roasty Chocolate and cocoa aromas, vanilla, black fruits, red currant ant layers of coffee, latte, mocha, espresso, burnt caramel and rum soaked raisins, black cherry, and licorice.

Thick, rich, good sweetness yet not copying and delicious. Deep dark chocolate, roasted charred malts and caramel, layers of complex tannic coffee, run soaked raisin, not as much alcohol burn as anticipated. Abuse, black cherry, black fruits, burnt marshmallows and a bit of vanilla and lots of espresso. Delicious.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2013! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler shaker. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, coffee, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, wood, and sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I saw this one pop up on this list available at the festival I was rather excited to say the least. For the ABV level of this one I was really expecting this one to be an absolute booze-bomb. However, what I found was a pretty well balanced and rather enjoyable brew. The coffee added a nice touch to this one and definitely took it to a new level. Really well done high ABV brew that I would not hesitate to have again at any time it is put in front of me.

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Photo of papat444
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at EBF 2014.

Very dark body but the feel in the palate is very smooth and non aggressive. Lots of grainy coffee, cocoa with hints of vanilla. Bit of heat but not too much, dangerously drinkable all the same. A very nice offering that we have from Avery.

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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 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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