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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

This stout pours black as sin from the 12 oz bottle. A very thin brown head quickly disappears
to give a brew with very light lacing. The nose is unobtainable cold. warm it has a rich
chocolate smell, like a dark bakers chocolate, a little coffee, deeply roasted grains, and sweet
malts. Taste is chocolate up front and on the back. Like an oil slick on the taste buds, this one
has light notes of black licorice, earth deeply roasted grains, and a smooth as silk mouthfeel.
A light souring comes through on the aftertaste like a mix between dark cherries and almost a
cranberry like flavor, far from unpleasant. Highly quaffable imperial stout. Very nice.

Brutaltruth, Sunday at 10:31 PM
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3.36/5  rDev -14.7%

mbbransc, Saturday at 07:16 PM
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

CraftFan5, Sep 08, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

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4.68/5  rDev +18.8%

jaramilr, Aug 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

masterofsparks, Aug 31, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Jenebauer, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

wrightst, Aug 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Mikus, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

2dogbrew, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

GreenMind, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

DRouth, Jul 30, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

cjgiant, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bonsall_Phil, Jul 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

GeoChase90, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Idrankitall, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

retry4z, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

SidDuffman, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

mkirkland80, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

carlmoberg, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.86/5  rDev -2%

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

brentk56, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

heysuz, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

cwreay90, Jul 01, 2014
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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.