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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sideswipe on 01-15-2011)
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Reviews by Nugganooch:
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Nugganooch

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

750ml bottle – FW snifter glass

A: Pours a dark muddy brown that collects much darker in the glass. Raven-like with a deep maroon edge to it. Thin brown paper bag rim with tiny bubbles of fizz that settle out to a thin collar. Some weak squiggles of lace.

S: Aromas offer up a great blend of dark and semi-sweet chocolates. I get lots of dark roasted grains with some earthy minerals and dark fruits. Fig, plum, and currants. Super chocolaty like brownie batter with a bit of marshmallow mixed in and a light trailer of soft espresso notes. Really great nose.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate truffles with complimenting notes of dark fruits and dried cherries. Deliciously sweet with loads of dark roasted grains, some toasted oats, and a restrained espresso bean note. There is a very earthy component with a nice moderate hoppy bitterness. Has a bit of smoky charcoal in the finish with some dark molasses and a slight umami thing going on in the aftertaste. Creeper alcohol remains well hidden all throughout. Really nice balance of flavors. Not quite as good as the nose indicates but definitely tasty stuff.

M: Velvety smooth mouth feel. A real highlight to the overall beer. Somewhat thicker body with ample carbonation gives a much lighter feel. A slight bitter hop pucker with an oily slick finish on the palate.

D: This is a really nice Imperial Stout and my favorite offering at Iron Fist. Should be a sipper yet has some great drinkability. Reminds me of something you would find coming out of CCB with the deep rich roast flavors and silky smooth mouth feel. One I like to include as trade extras.

Recommended.

01-07-2013 23:59:02 | More by Nugganooch
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oberon

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +3%

Pours jet black with a thinner but well sustained lighter mocha colored head atop,full on dark fruits and French roast coffee in the nose,the dark fruit notes have a brandy dipped element to them.Flavors of bitter chocolate and raisins,the alcohol provides sweetness that goes well with the chocolate flavors,alot of dark fruit and alcohol in the finish.It's big and somewhat alcoholic but the sweetness stays in check,big in the dark fruit department.

11-25-2013 23:37:03 | More by oberon
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freshflesh

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-22-2014 05:22:26 | More by freshflesh
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

09-22-2012 16:21:38 | More by xdefeatsy
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ehammond1


4/5  rDev +1.5%

Cask **Special cask version with additions**

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

**
"It's a version in which, after our regular Velvet Glove goes into the cask, I add vanilla bean, nutmeg, and allspice."
-Brandon Sieminski-
Iron Fist Brewmaster
**

A very dark brown, like melted milk chocolate chips.

A powerful and complex aroma. The nutmeg and allspice really stand out in the nose...perhaps even a little too much for my liking. Smells a bit peppery and of licorice with the chocolate aromas slightly hidden behind those of the spices.

The chocolate is found in the flavor though, along with a bit of warm spice notes from the cask additions. I don't taste much vanilla, but certainly can find the nutmeg and allspice. Like a delicious oatmeal, chocolaty cookie--in the form of beer. Sign me up!

Rich, smooth, thick mouthfeel. Somewhat grainy even, but I like it.

A delicious cask version of a big oatmeal stout. Looking forward to trying more Iron Fist beers on cask.

07-14-2011 16:28:47 | More by ehammond1
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-01-2013 02:42:02 | More by Cynic-ale
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

01-26-2014 19:44:10 | More by TKEbeerman
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-07-2013 22:27:19 | More by WVbeergeek
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kevwcamp

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-17-2013 05:02:52 | More by kevwcamp
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Reappropriated

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

11-27-2013 04:23:46 | More by Reappropriated
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-12-2013 07:47:02 | More by InfernoBoss
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -2%

750ml bottle. I gotta say, I actually like the marketing babble's 'velvet glove' explanation, and how it pertains to an Imperial Stout. After that, though, I just stopped reading.

This beer pours a solid, unforgiving black oil, erm, 'colour', with the barest of trace basal, well, light detritus, and three chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, foamy, frothy, chunky, bubbly, and in other words, clearly awesome chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some pleasantly random-shaped webbed lace around the glass as it slowly, gradually dissipates.

It smells of milky, bittersweet Irish cocoa, burnt coffee, neutered vanilla beans, wet cigar ash, a mildly yeasty dark fruitiness, one indistinct in its sourness, toasted caramel malt, a bit of star anise, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big semi-sweet chocolate, somewhat bashful caramel malt, testy dry orchard fruit, smoky, charcoal-flecked leather, well sauced-up cafe-au-lait, a bit of early-morning oatmeal graininess, and a blended stale nutty/leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly understated, and just barely up for its quotidian duties, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and smooth, in a tempered, sort of bristling from imminent threats manner. It finishes less sweet than I might have initially gathered, a certain thinning of the herd apparently going on right now, as the cocoa, coffee, and muddled malt all pull back to some degree, allowing the metallic alcohol and ride-along hops to inform on my experience as such.

A flavourful, if not overly dense (in the expected good way) Imperial Stout, the big promise at the outset fading to a more plain, inoffensive dryness of being. It appears that the velvet of the titular glove might have attained too much of an, um, upper hand over the iron fist that many of us prefer in our big, bad, and well, Imperial stouts. Sometimes (ok, most times), I prefer that the taste and mouthfeel, and not just the booze, use and abuse me at will, at least for this particular style.

06-07-2014 05:51:55 | More by biboergosum
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TLieu


4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

12-05-2012 10:26:10 | More by TLieu
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

09-23-2013 00:50:11 | More by Dawkins
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Picked this up at one of my favorite places in L.A., The Oaks Gourmet.

Pours a toasted golden head, a gorgeous thing while it lasts, but it fizzles quickly. Utterly dark brown liquid, reaching toward coal black.

Deeply chocolate aroma with delicate notes of toasty malt/grain (oat?). Subtle but entirely satisfactory.

This beer hits the target on the tongue, where it counts most. Dark chocolate, bittersweet baking chocolate, dark roast coffee, mineral notes, toffee, cola. Mmm. Yeah.

Velvety feel (and I swear I wrote that while momentarily forgetting the beer's name)...on the gentler side of gooey.

This imperial stout doesn't offer the impressive razzle dazzle of a Sexual Chocolate or a Dark Lord, but my oh my, does it get under the skin slowly, with subtlety and more than a hint that this was truly made with love. Great stuff.

06-19-2011 03:27:38 | More by Metalmonk
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augustgarage

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Bistre, motor-oil brown liquid with a small finger of light khaki foam which recedes to a lasting cola rand slick fairl rapidly despite a vigorous pour. Sandy amoebic lacing with thin legs.

Lots of roast notes (coffee, chocolate, barley, and maybe some black malt?) along with a light vanilla aroma.

Smooth espresso, roast barley, cocoa nibs, and a mild grainy character on the palate. A touch of licorice and demerara sugar come forward next; the finish is somewhat sweet with a glimmer of marzipan, though it slowly begins to dry out a touch with the help of the alcohol.

Medium-full bodied, creamy (more so than velvety if you want to nit pick), slightly sticky, with moderate carbonation. ABV is very well hidden.

Quite a tasty stout - looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

03-07-2011 05:17:56 | More by augustgarage
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MADPolo

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-13-2013 01:21:26 | More by MADPolo
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Tyrus

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-24-2014 19:45:45 | More by Tyrus
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somnus

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-19-2012 01:06:18 | More by somnus
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qcbrewer

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-15-2013 01:18:26 | More by qcbrewer
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

08-13-2013 00:05:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Glad to see another new brewery comin up and makin awesome beers.

Pours a super dark black. Thin tan head dissipated to thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty and caramely. Maybe a bit of sweetened coffee.

Taste is good. Nice and roasty. Bit if caramel sweetness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would expect but the finish feels nice. It's the initial mouthfeel.

Overall a tasty brew. Can't wait to see what they come up with in the future. Hopefully they barrel aged some of this stuff.

03-25-2011 04:46:45 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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jmccraney

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-17-2013 03:35:50 | More by jmccraney
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a viscous black. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Whoa. Lots of red wine fruity aromas. Deep chocolate. Vanilla. Impressive.

Taste - The fruitiness is a little too strong. A bit oxidized. Chocolatey. Finishes with a bit of sherry.

Mouthfeel - Thick. A little chewy. Low carbonation.

Overall - Seems like a red wine barrel, but it's not. Just a little too strong on some of those flavors.

06-25-2013 02:59:15 | More by Alieniloquium
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bashiba

Iowa

1.83/5  rDev -53.6%

Instant foam everywhere, oh no looks infected! Finally settles down to a light headed black beer with no lacing or retention.

Smells like sour cherries and burnt rubber.

The taste is very astringent with a big burnt flavor and a long lingering medicinal rubber quality. Not good, tastes very off, and looking like a drain pour.

The mouthfeel is very thin and under carbonated for a beer that almost exploded at opening. Not much viscosity for a beer of this size.

Bad, just bad, I hope this an isolated problem with this bottle as its not even drinkable.

07-30-2011 23:51:43 | More by bashiba
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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.