Tweak | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,306
Reviews:
321
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
7.71%
 
 
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467
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812
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Ratings: 2,306 |  Reviews: 321
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #2, bottled Jan 25, 2016. Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. A short, short-lived beige head formed and left a single wisp of lacing. Pretty standard for a beer this huge.

3.5 S: Very surprisingly smell in terms of intensity. For a 17% beer with coffee and barrel treatments, this is tame. Even more crazy is that the booze isn't detectable at all. Roasted barley, milder coffee, peaty bourbon. Molasses, leather, touch of woody oak. It smells good, but it's not impressive.

3.25 T: The flavor definitely picks up in the taste. For starters, the booze show up and in a big way. A ton of roastiness gives a hefty bitterness. Leathery and peaty bourbon with a mild tannic astringency. Coffee, light vanilla, molasses, caramel, and hints of licorice. I get the feeling that the complexity and intensity of flavors found in this beer could easily be achieved at 10 or 12%. The added alcohol seems unnecessary and only distracts from what the beer should be aiming for. Bitterness lasts into the aftertaste. I'd rather have a more formidable maltiness to balance it out.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy. A bit sticky, but much less chewy than a beer this big should be (which I tend to like at times).

3.5 D: Eh, I'm really not that impressed. The high ABV does nothing to pack in more flavor or complexity.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of iceburrg
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Wayne17
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of yspiff
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of balinor
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of MikeWoj
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty but way too hot

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ajm5108
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opticals are as expected. Aroma is very coffee forward - lots of husky south American vibes going on - with a little bit of vanilla and oak. I lost more of the coffee than I'd like on the tongue, with more of the bourbon flavors jostling for supremacy. It is fairly "hot", especially as it opens up, and that pushes the coffee flavor aside even more without pulling through the more elegant bourbon notes. You get just a kiss of vanilla amd some chocolate malt, but the boozeyness reigns supreme. it isn't so overwhelming that it makes the beer undrinkable or anything, just washes out a lot of the other flavors, which is dissapointing.

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Photo of JKV96
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of sobeleg
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of thedifferencemaker
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutFest
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of rjvanston
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of topdown
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch 3 bottled 11/14/2016 - 16% ABV. Pours dark brown black with a creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is roast chocolate malt, sweet vanilla and lots of bourbon with a little coffee and a bit of fusel alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fudgy chocolate malts with vanilla and a big roast finish with quite a bit of harsh but warming alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, lots of interesting things going on. Pretty sweet, harsh and boozy. I remember the original Meph Addict being so much better with less harsh alcohol and a lot more coffee.

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Photo of SveNss0N
3.55/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snakeayes11
3.55/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.56/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass with gold foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap. Appealing label design. Bottled 10/28/14. Batch No. 1.

Served cold into an Avery stem-tulip in high altitude Fort Collins, CO and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 17.81% ABV.

Thanks to Blakelive784 for the share. Expectations are pretty high, but in fairness I wasn't that big Mephistopheles - which I understand is the base.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Dark khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Retention is damned impressive considering the ABV - about 3 minutes, not including the retreat to a floater ring. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark black - not an ink or jet black, but a dark black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears aptly carbonated. Not unique or special appearance, but good for the style certainly.

AROMA: Dark malts, chocolate malts, marshmallow. I pick up on faint coffee when I look for it, but the coffee isn't rich or evocative, and lacks the roastiness and java characteristics I seek in a good coffee stout. The bourbon notes are mild - some mild vanilla but not much oak. Cream.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of average strength. I'd like more of a bourbon-forward profile, with more evocative rich notes of vanilla and coffee. Adding (more) chocolate would be a good call. Sweetness seems perfectly dialed in based on the aroma.

Seems a biteen reticent overall. The notes don't jump out at you; they're rather contained, but in fairness they don't seem muted or subdued. Just mellow - which at ~18% is unexpected.

TASTE: The coffee isn't very rich or evocative; I get some grounds but no real roastiness or fresh java. The base is as you'd expect: plenty of dark malts and chocolate malts, but not too much sweetness. It's not cloying. I pick up on no yeast or off-notes, but judging by the sweetness (or lack thereof) the yeast has an unnaturally high attenuation.

Tame marshmallow. There're hints of bourbon, but they're mild. I get a kiss of vanilla or vanillin, and maybe a bit of charred barrel wood. No rich toasty white oak or genuine vanilla bean. Maybe a brief kiss of coconut?

There's alcohol warmth, but I'd never guess this was 17.81% if I tried it blind.

Is it balanced? I guess...the alcohol - well hidden as it is - is still disruptive, and I just don't feel like the barrel notes accentuate natural characteristics of the base, nor are the barrel notes prominent enough for my tastes. Mephistopheles may be too aggressive a base beer to start with, and the coffee just didn't take. I'd recommend richer more distinctive coffee and a longer barrel aging period. But I could see this mellowing out with age.

It's complex, sure, but compared to the best beers in the style it's not horribly intricate. While it's carefully handled for a 17.81% ABV beer, I wouldn't call it subtle or nuanced.

I do like it, but it never feels like a gestalt whole and there are obvious areas for improvement. The bitterness/sweetness tug-of-war is never resolved, and the barrel isn't well-tailored to the base.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, plump, wet, supple, full-bodied, thick, and chewy.

Should be softer. I love that the ABV is as well hidden as it is, but I also wonder why Avery skews so high on their ABVs in general; this would be more drinkable and approachable at a more reasonable 10-12% ABV. Thankfully, it's not too sticky, syrupy, or viscous.

It does have a harshness to it, an aggression that unsettles. But it's not boozy.

Overall, this texture is a decent companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer and doesn't seem tailored specifically to this flavour profile.

OVERALL: It's got some alcohol warmth, but nowhere near what you'd expect at ~18%. Admittedly, I wasn't huge on the base beer (Mephistopheles), and I don't taste a natural harmony between the bourbon barrel notes and the base. It's surprisingly drinkable for its monstrous ABV, but I think Avery goes big on alcohol to a fault, and gains little in the process. I'd like to see the alcohol dialed back, the bourbon aging period extended, and some nuanced notes added - coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, et al. Worth trying, but not world-class.

Huge thanks to Blakelive784 for the share.

Low B / GOOD

***
2nd impression on-draught at Avery's taproom 11/09/15:

High B- / WORTHY

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Photo of Brabander
3.57/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Very disappointing beer. I had high expectations, maybe too high.... The alcohol is much too strong in this one.

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Photo of T-Schroeder
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

5.5oz snifter Lville Hopcat
Smell: bourbon, bourbon, and bourbon.. I like, I do pick up coffee after initial taste but not really distinct
Taste: Bourbon up front, with vanilla midway, finish with charred/tobacco flavor..not much coffee though
Mouth: heavy at first, but light at end
Overall: Bourbon Lovers dream. Kind of underwhelming though. I felt it was over priced(both on draft and in bottle at liquor stores), particularly because there wasn't much coffee presence

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Photo of DCgolfpro
3.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

I'll take a bomber of Big Bad Baptist all day over this boozy mess.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny ~2010.

Pours a standard pitch black, opaque and a thin tan head. Intense roast espresso nose, light bitter chocolate and intense alcohol. Very smooth, creamy and chewy body, minimal carbonation and surprise surprise, a potent wallop of warming booze. Coffee is a little less intense in the nose with molasses and dark fruit adding some sweetness, but this is still an intense coffee bomb with a ton of booze. Easier to drink than expected (or than I probably described), but this was a chore and I'll pass on revisiting.

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Photo of Fahmie25
3.61/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nichols33
3.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Too boozy for my liking, but appreciate the goodness. Not for non bourbon lovers

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Tweak from Avery Brewing Company
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