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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

256 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 29
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-11-2012 19:49:34 | More by fountainofyouth
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DRouth

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-30-2014 02:34:45 | More by DRouth
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I read a few reviews before trying this, and have to say I expected a little more, but can't say I was very surprised by the things I noticed.

A: black with thin edge head, seeming a little light on carbonation
S: probably the most surprising part versus reviews. I get very little overall, but I do get some sweet coffee and molasses, maybe some licorice.
T: first few sips (when a not cold), I mostly got molasses tastes. As it warmed I got more flavors, vanilla and that coffee from the nose. The transition to the end brings a little alcohol burn, bringing about the licorice notes I noticed in smell.
M: as others have stated, a bit watery for a stout
O: initial impressions before it warmed were lukewarm. They improved as the beer came to temperature. Still, overall I think it's at best an just-better-than-okay version of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2014 23:25:26 | More by cjgiant
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Bonsall_Phil

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-27-2014 14:12:50 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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GeoChase90

California

3/5  rDev -23.9%

07-25-2014 19:03:42 | More by GeoChase90
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Idrankitall

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-25-2014 06:35:00 | More by Idrankitall
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retry4z

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

07-19-2014 21:36:53 | More by retry4z
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Bwagner1122

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-19-2014 05:37:45 | More by Bwagner1122
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SidDuffman

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

07-14-2014 14:31:30 | More by SidDuffman
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mkirkland80

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-08-2014 19:14:51 | More by mkirkland80
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carlmoberg

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-08-2014 04:09:57 | More by carlmoberg
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A viciously dark pour, with a rocky mocha head capping the liquid; a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Sweetened chocolate with some roast, coffee and pipe tobacco tones

Taste: Sweetened chocolate overwhelms the palate, bringing the "velvet" before the "fist" though the roast, coffee and ash tones build into the mid-palate; perhaps there is a bit of raisin in the mix but the sweetness is so dominant that it makes it hard to discern any other flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and velvety smooth; moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: My bottle has a year, maybe two, of age on it and, given the sweetness, I would recommend that others drink it fresher so as to preserve the balance from the hops

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 20:46:15 | More by brentk56
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heysuz

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-04-2014 01:38:33 | More by heysuz
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cwreay90

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-01-2014 21:45:16 | More by cwreay90
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madtrixter787

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-30-2014 17:01:26 | More by madtrixter787
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Jeysun23

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

06-16-2014 01:45:40 | More by Jeysun23
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Boone757

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-14-2014 23:27:40 | More by Boone757
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hbchrisg

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-08-2014 16:22:27 | More by hbchrisg
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-31-2014 05:17:07 | More by watchnerd
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-13-2014 03:23:57 | More by oriolesfan4
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MEO89

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-11-2014 03:14:02 | More by MEO89
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

05-10-2014 22:23:42 | More by Evil_Pidde
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whitenads

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.9%

05-05-2014 16:59:53 | More by whitenads
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KingSlayer

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-05-2014 04:11:46 | More by KingSlayer
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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.