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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 29
Gots: 49 | 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 captaincoffee:
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

I'll start off by saying that after 3 days of visiting SoCal microbrews recently, Iron Fist has suddenly jumped into my top 5 brewery list. All-round amazing stuff from what I assume is the youngest commercial brewer in the country.

I had the Velvet Glove on nitro as recommended by my brother (this is his favorite beer). I have to say, the beer is aptly named. With the nitro pour, it is the smoothest mouthfeel I've ever had on a beer. Dark, mostly opague, as expected from an Imperial Stout. What was surprising was the balance and not-overwhelming dark malts. I really enjoyed the intial taste/mouthfeel, which is sometimes a bit over-the-top with this style. The complexity of the malt came later, and with almost no bitter aftertaste like I was expecting. I think some would say the beer is a bit "soft", but personnally I think the softness with complexity is admirable in a beer this big and with the amount of roasted malts.

A great beer.

01-11-2013 12:15:14 | More by captaincoffee
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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-22-2014 05:22:26 | More by freshflesh
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

09-22-2012 16:21:38 | More by xdefeatsy
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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-01-2013 02:42:02 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-07-2013 22:27:19 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-17-2013 05:02:52 | More by kevwcamp
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

11-27-2013 04:23:46 | More by Reappropriated
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-12-2013 07:47:02 | More by InfernoBoss
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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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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

12-05-2012 10:26:10 | More by TLieu
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

09-23-2013 00:50:11 | More by Dawkins
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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-13-2013 01:21:26 | More by MADPolo
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-24-2014 19:45:45 | More by Tyrus
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

12-15-2013 01:18:26 | More by qcbrewer
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

08-13-2013 00:05:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-17-2013 03:35:50 | More by jmccraney
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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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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 260 ratings.