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Velvet Fog - Sun King Brewing Company

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 61
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aasher on 03-08-2012)
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Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Velvet Fog was poured from the can into a snifter, appearing a murky brown color with a modest mocha head hugging the rim of the glass. The aroma smells of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, and a hint of sweet berries. Before I describe the taste, I must state that the taste is really good. The initial taste is incredibly smooth and warming. Notes included in the taste were dark cherries, sweet malts, dry apple, and an amaretto hints. As the taste melts, it is a but warming smooth brandy like note. My one real disappointment comes in the fact that I do not think this one is as thick as it should be. It runs a little too thin in a manner that is uncharacteristic for the style. This is still a very good beer.

JohnnyHopps, Jun 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

2012 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles, CA

Nearly brown in color with ruby, crimson edges and a small khaki colored head.

Very nice, complete aroma of dark fruits, wood, mild bourbon, and some dark bread crusts. Very appropriate for the style, and the bourbon character is a very nice addition.

The flavor is similarly good as the aroma, with the dark fruits, bready malt, a bit of brown sugar and caramel, and hint of bourbon combining for a surprisingly and marvelously flavorful, though balanced, drinkable quad.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. This is where I judge my quads the hardest, and this one simply doesn't have the airy, ethereal quality like the Belgian masters' versions.

One of the big surprises of the festival for me, and I would have had more, if it wasn't 90 degrees in the non-existent shade the day of the festival.

ehammond1, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -30.9%

acurtis, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mdaschaf, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of FalconA
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

FalconA, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of dsgolovin
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dsgolovin, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of bkonk10
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

bkonk10, May 09, 2014
Photo of jmarsh123
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours reddish brown with a small beige head. Little retention or lacing.

Smells like bourbon and candied fig. Caramel, raisins and other similar fruits on the nose too with a little vanilla. Smells decadant.

Sweet caramel hits the palate first then the darker fruits start to come into play. Typical quad notes of raisin and cherry are present, but I get fig most of all as I did in the nose. Vanilla and some warming bourbon creep in at the backend. Wonderfully complex somewhat akin to a chocolate covered bourbon cherry.

Thick mouthfeel, but never got too syrupy as the bourbon did a good job of keeping the sweet flavors in check. Bourbon is well integrated and is a bit component, not the main feature. Finishes very sticky with just a dash of heat.

Wow I was floored by this. I feel several other Indy breweries have passed up SK recently, but if they start knocking more releases out of the park like this one, they'll be right back on top. Beautifully integrated flavors and just the right amount of bourbon to play nicely with the base quad. Definitely a sipper, but a great one at that.

jmarsh123, Feb 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

largadeer, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of santa216
5/5  rDev +15.2%

santa216, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of atoulouk
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

atoulouk, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Etan, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of HumanParaquat
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

HumanParaquat, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Rhettroactive, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of aasher
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a Belgian Quad aged in bourbon barrels. It was a very small batch and available at an event at Flatwater as well as the Battle of Belgium at Kahns.

This beer pours a light to medium bodied cherried wood brown with great amber highlights and an off white lacing around the glass. The nose consists of sweet malts, cherries, plenty of oak, vanilla, and a nice amount of bourbon. The nose is phenomenal. The flavors consist of brown sugar, molasses, candied cherry, oak, a good amount of vanilla and features plenty of bourbon with a slight alcohol finish. It has great flavor. This is a really unique beer. It drinks medium in body and has a nice and complex after taste. Overall this beer was great, a phenomenal quad. The barrel aging did wonders for this beer. This is a must try if it's ever released again.

aasher, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Justin_Neff
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark, reddish brown. 1 Finger head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing on glass or top of the brew.

S: Strong malty whiff. Heavy bourbon scents, toffee notes and dark figgy fruit smells.

T: More caramel than the nose would suggest. Mostly bourbon but its awesome. The dark fruit tastes work well.

M: The creamy, medium-full body is great. Higher carbonation than anticipated but its not terrible.

O: Strong hype, and might not be worth the price, but overall a good beer. Glad I have a second, so that I can let it sit for a few months and see if it changes. Hoping the bourbon mellows out a bit, but overall still a very good brew.

Justin_Neff, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -53.9%

smartassboiler, May 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

krl2112, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of indytdmiller
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got the opportunity to try this beer at a charity beer tasting event in Indianapolis. to my knowledge, this is only the second time Velvet Fog was released, with the other being the night before at the SK Isis tapping party at Flatwater in Broad Ripple. That being said, I spoke with Sun king's brewer who neither confirmed nor denied Velvet Fog being on the list for a specialty canning run in the near future.

Appearance
I would call this beer a ruby highlighted light brown with a light tan head that did not linger for long.

Aroma
Smelled of vanilla and Bourbon with a hint of cherry. The presence of the Belgian candy sugar was noted and just a touch of floral hop aroma rounded it out.

Taste
Delicious Quad. appropriate to style. Nothing stuck out too much save for the bourbon presence and then a really nice tart cherry finish.

Mouthfeel
I dont remember this beer being particularly heavy, which was a different way to experience a bourbon beer as many are imperial stouts. Lightly carbonated.

Overall
I cannot wait to get more of this beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very unique take on a Quad.

indytdmiller, Mar 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

IrishColonial, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Tittles, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Docrock, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jiatlas, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

zrab11, Apr 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

eyeenjoybeer, May 16, 2013
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Velvet Fog from Sun King Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.