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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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very good

268 Ratings
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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | 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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5/5  rDev +26.9%

rhino54, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

goatas4, May 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

ineva, Jan 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

TLieu, Dec 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

PriorDoubleDark, Sep 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Jeysun23, Jun 16, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +19.3%

Looks completely black/opaque, but the thin head gives it a bit of a super-dark brown appearance. Little head retention or lacing. Smells of dark roasted malt & chocolate with a hint of coffee. The velvet name is apt, as it feels like liquid velvet in the mouth. The aromas carry through nicely in the flavor. I don't really pick up the mealy hints that I associate with an oatmeal stout, but I think with a little tweaking and a higher ABV, this would turn into a great IRS. And this would be a great candidate for bourbon barrel aging.

I've tried two Iron Fist brews so far, and I can't wait to try more. Right now they are so new that they're a shooting star. I hope they hit the Earth and make a crater for themselves.

djaeon, Feb 12, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +18.8%

jaramilr, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of DM1293
4.65/5  rDev +18%

My word.

Appearance - Poured an incredibly dark coloration, with a thin but lasting head. Hardly any light could pierce this dark concoction.

Smell - Lovely notes of chocolate and coffee, with the typical malty roast accompanying it. Smelled delicious.

Taste - Personally? I'd rate this a touch higher but this feels like an interpretation spot. I asked others who were trying this beer alongside me, and some said it should be less carbonated, I felt like it should be a little more carbonated, to bring the flavors a little more liveliness.

Whats here however is still really dang tasty. Really good chocolately-sweet taste, coffee and roasted malts in the body to bring a little bitterness in and round it out. REALLY balanced, and the finish isn't bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy. Even without that little extra carbonation, the mouthfeel is grand.

Overall - It blows every other stout I've had so far away. I asked about the price, and around here it clocks in at $12 bucks. The price of admission to try this is high; but I'm extremely curious how this would play off of a nitro tap now.

In my opinion, still worth every penny of that $12, and makes me curious how their other stuff holds up too...

DM1293, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jdmandel, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

KevT, Oct 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

SidDuffman, Jul 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

On tap @ brewery. Listed as an "Imperial Oatmeal Stout". Also purchased a bottle to age

A- jet black. the faintest creamy coffee colored head left nice lacing

S- dark fruit, coffee, and bitter chocolate

T- killer taste that follows the nose. Simple, to the point, and very nicely executed

M- medium body. Velvety smooth... Chocolate and fruit sweetness linger on the palate nicely

D- drinks like a much smaller beer. So smooth and awesome.

imagese, Feb 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

ScottHeidrich119, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

madtrixter787, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

JMM0414, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Lynn, Apr 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

BillHem, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

TerryBunch, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

jsmith6051, Jun 04, 2013
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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.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 25, 2011
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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.