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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

Velvet GloveVelvet Glove

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very good

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%

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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Photo of bashiba


1.83/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:51:43 | More by bashiba
Photo of beagle75


2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Opaque black color with less than one finger of beige foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Spirituous chocolate liqueur exhibits malt in a very refined state. Dark fruit is also featured prominently, with a vinous quality suggestive of earthy Merlot.

T: Begins sweet, with early fruit that is dark but over-ripe and even cheesy. Acidity is intermediate in intensity but brief in duration, as husky roasted malt emerges into the middle along with vitamin-tincture minerality. Roast turns to burnt malt toward the finish, which ends with a boozy, drying, and scorched bitter pall.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, syrupy on the palate, with medium carbonation.

D/O: This imperial stout represents a clumsy attempt at the style, effectively cultivating a handful of appropriate qualities but then utterly failing in the effort to weave them together. Dark grain goes overboard, leaving the palate a scorched wasteland where burnt flavors linger cloyingly. The smell is pleasant by comparison, with chocolate and booze featured in decadent, dessert-like combination.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 13:16:39 | More by beagle75
Photo of JAXSON


2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, thanks Mark. Pours black with a decent amount of carbonation and a medium head. Nose is metal, sour malts, light roast, char. Flavor opens with a toasted malt and erupts with a very abrasive tinny quality that comes across as medicinal and sour. Window cleaner and metal on the finish. Obviously, not good. I don't know if this particular bottle had a problem or if this beer is grossly over rated.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:17:56 | More by JAXSON
Photo of Philousa


2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours an inky abysmal black with a good amount considering the ABV) of tan head around the rim and a thin layer over the top. Some soapy bubbles stick to the glass. The first thing I notice is a weird CO2 smell. Maybe it's not CO2, but it definitely smells like a gas or something similar. Dark chocolate and thick caramel are in there somewhere. Milk chocolate sums the taste up well. It's chocolatey and smooth. Some nuttiness, easily drinkable. Hints of vanilla. Lingering bitterness is mild, especially considering the ABV. Smooth and creamy, the mouthfeel is flirting with watery. Dry finish.

This was one weird beer. It was borderline watery and didn't show its ABV at all. very chocolatey without any alcohol burn. This is all fine, but the gassy smell really put me off. Hopefully I had a bad batch because it's really distracting.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 04:16:24 | More by Philousa
Photo of peacehammer


3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brew-ligion.

thick black. Very smooth mouthfeel. Some roasty notes. Not a ton of chocolate or coffee notes. Maybe some cocoa on the finish. Espresso aroma becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Overall a very easy to drink beer that I recommend for stout fans. The 9% is well hidden.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 09:11:45 | More by peacehammer
Photo of emmasdad


3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked up this bomber at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA, to serve at our tasting last night. Poured a dark brown color with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of black licorice, roasted malt, chocolate and light vanilla. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and smooth, with flavors of roasted malt, currants and chocolate. Not bad, but a huge disappointment at its price point ($11/750).

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 02:39:11 | More by emmasdad
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.0 A: Black color. Aggressive pour gave just a touch of head that didn't last long.

3.5 S: This one has a strong cherry vibe going on. Chocolate covered cherries to be exact. Formitable roastiness, notes of coffee, molasses, and caramel. Smells like a prototypical stout except for the emphasis on cherry and chocolate. There's also some mineral aroma in this, like in an English stout.

3.25 T: Taste is much like the nose. Chocolate and cherry are the focus with coffee, molasses, caramel, and rich neutral maltiness. Moderate roastiness with a light acridity. Overall, not bad, but nothing special.

3.5 M: Heavier body. Carbonation is far too low. Otherwise, this has a very nice velvety viscousness to it. With proper carbonation, this could easily be a 5.0 here.

3.25 D: Decent attempt. With more carbonation, I could see this being a pretty good beer. However, this is too pricey at $10 for the 750ml.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 00:55:30 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of srandycarter


3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very Dark, very small thin wisp of a ring head. No lace.

S - This is all about anise. Rootbeer, heavy. Some cocoa tries to pop through.

T - Anise, root beer, cocoa and cough syrup, the latter I didn't care much for at all. Small bitter in finish, but kinda cloying.

M - Low carb as expected on cask, medium body and not great balance.

D - Was happy to try.

Serving type: cask

09-22-2011 01:35:56 | More by srandycarter
Photo of jcartamdg


3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my bruery tulip. Dark black with a one finger brown head, looks highly carbonated. Aroma is light, coffee and alcohol. Taste follows the nose, coffee,malts and alcohol. This is very sweet, definitely a sipper. The mouthfeel, makes you want to drink it faster because of how smooth it is but the sweetness slows you down, not a bad stout just not very complex. Leaves me feeling a bit indifferent. Would I drink it again? Yes. Would
I buy/stock up on this? No

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 01:15:47 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of cbutova


3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

One of the last beers I have left beyond a few obvious aging candidates from San Diego last November. Opening as a celebratory brew.

A- Poured out of the 750ml bottle into a snifter with an appearance similar to spent motor oil. Super thick and oily and black as night. The bottle did let out a small hiss but I didn't think it would be this under-carbonated. No head, no bubbles, no legs, no lace, no sign of carbonation.

S- Fudgey and chocolatey with some underlying notes of a higher ABV fermented American Ale yeast, a bit of dark red fruits. Mostly dark, heavily roasted malts though.

T- Roasty and malty like the nose but the yeast gains some strength compared to the aroma. Rich dark roast grains, cocoa powder, toasted nutty and caramel malts atop a yeast fruit feel that gives the beer a bit of a cherry truffle hint without feeling artificial, it is a good thing.

MF- The lack of carbonation hits you immediately. Bubbles are here but at an almost minimum level. The body itself is very thick and has an oily, slick texture. Finishes with a tiny hint of alcohol warming and some roasty bitterness. (One thing must be said, the flavor allows the mouthfeel to be the way it is so I can't totally destroy it.)

The lack of carbonation hurts the appearance and mouthfeel a lot but the flavor is actually quite pleasant nonetheless and really not hurt by the carbonation level. Solid roast malts with some underlying yeast influence. When I am back in San Diego, I will give this another go.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:59:56 | More by cbutova
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts with sweet cocoa notes. Some peat and char notes toward the finish.

T: lots of roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, chqr, and peat. The finish is slightly bitter with no alcohol burn.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't creamy, but is nicely carbonated.

O: a decent stout overall, though it doesn't stand out from the crowd much.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:17:34 | More by n2185
Photo of bump8628


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter. Pours black with a dark khaki head that completely disappears in a few minutes. Dark fruit heavy with fig and raisin notes almost taking precedence over the roasted flavors. Dark malts come out more as it warms - espresso, char, and even a hint of smoke on the finish. A bit hot in terms of alcohol even considering the ABV. Flavors are nice, just a bit disjointed. I guess with the number of imperial stouts on the market my bar has been raised.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 16:20:10 | More by bump8628
Photo of smakawhat


3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A classic simple dark walnut black body, a bit of clarity held up to the light with a nice red edge to it also. Head is maybe a finger tall, but an interesting creamy mocha with a fascinating orange tinge to it. Neat looking, wish that head color could stick around, leaves a nice whispy top.

Nose is a little one dimensional and buried. Weak roasted grains, hints of flaky barley. Roast character doesn't travel that much, some hints of fruity esters might even be present too. Mellow charcoal to match. Not bad.

Boy on first sip, that mouthfeel is impressive. Full. Silky. Luscious and coating, but where's the character? Slight drying roasted grains. Hints of peanut butter and very light grains. Mellow finish, and a little bit fleeting on the swallow. Slight mellow fruit aftertase as well that's not very easy to distinguish.

Overall it's a real impressive feeling and silky brew, but with a palate that doesn't seem to be that exciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 22:16:59 | More by smakawhat
Photo of trappistlover


3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle from El Cerrito Market). Pours dark brown, almost black with a khaki head. Aroma has some nice chocolate, coffee notes and some dark pit fruit. Taste has a bit of a sour twang with some semi-sweetness and light roasty bitterness. Full bodied with slick, oily texture. Dry finish. Very good balance between sweetness and roast. Pretty nice stout!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 04:39:12 | More by trappistlover
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:59:15 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of SerialHiker


3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours black, there isn’t even a hint of dark brown in the corners…very dense…head is thick and mocha colored…luscious, like a cloud floating on top…big bubbles supporting small bubbles, fantastic! (4/5)

Smell: Very chalky, oatmeal heavy for sure…roasted and toasted malts, dry chocolate, very mild coffee bitterness…a touch of alcohol heat when I stick my nose in there, this is a very malt driven brew…very deep and dark and sultry…(3.75/5)

Taste: Creamy, smooth, dry oatmeal right off the bat…roasted malts, light coffee bitterness, dry cacao nibs come roaring in next…very malt driven, much like the nose…I’m also getting a bit of astringent flavor, but it’s mild…not overly complex flavor, it really does start as it finishes: tons of oatmeal and roasted/toasted malts, cacao, coffee. Done…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, it’s smooth and light on the palate, but has a complex chewiness that balances between easy drinking and a heavy hitter…carbonation is a little light, but does fluff up bringing roasted malts, light coffee bitterness and oatmeal dryness to the palate…it has a dry immediately after swallowing, then fades with rich, roasted/dry flavors…nice, but carbonation could be more…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a really solid brew…it’s my first dip into the Iron Fist pool and I have to say its worth trying…the higher price tag ($10.99) may be a bit steep, but the flavor is solid and won’t disappoint…coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal are a nice combo and they’ve worked something nice here…not overly boozy in the drinking, this one beer is perfect for a night in with the wife while watching something on HGTV…if you’re like me…(3.75/5)

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:45:47 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of charlzm


3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, Ca on March 14th, 2011.

The beer appears black in the glass with no discernible highlights. In just a couple of minutes, a one-finger light tan head subsides to a crown that barely rings the edges of the glass.

Aroma is dark, roasted malts.

Flavor is surprisingly smooth for a beer of this ABV. Dark roasted malts up front on the palate, followed by a dash of sour cherry. A lingering coffee bitterness finishes things up. Oats not noted.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly dry.

Stupidly drinkable but not delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 12:25:49 | More by charlzm
Photo of amphion1065


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Brian, this one was quite curious. 750 mL bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Pour is black - deep, dark, light-absorbing black. After holding my glass up to the light, I can see some deep maroon highlights. There's a one-finger khaki head with some-staying power. Great lacing - this is a very pretty beer.

I took some time making my way through this bottle, and I felt that this beer's aroma changed every time I went to take a sip. In rough order, I noticed: chocolate, smoke, port wine, dark fruit and cherries. About halfway through the bottle, at which point it had warmed to near-room temperature, I detected a sharp fusel alcohol note. Honestly, it reminded me of vodka - I've never gotten that smell from a beer before.

Ashen, roasty malts dominate the taste. There is a distinct sour note, imparting a wine-like flavor. Some chocolate, too - very dark, very bitter chocolate. That bitterness is matched by a pronounced hop profile, and there's definitely a detectable hoppy note to this - quite bitter in the finish. Quite surprisingly, there's virtually no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is the weakest component of this beer. It's far, far too thin, and with so many flavors at work it's tough to have such a wan mouthfeel. A little undercarbonated, too.

Days after trying this beer, I'm still a little fascinated by it. It's certainly genre-bending, and I'm pretty sure I won't make an effort to seek it out. That said, it is at the very least an interesting experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:55:24 | More by amphion1065
Photo of kiddynamite920


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the always wonderful Capone's.

A: Looks like quite a beast for an oatmeal stout. Very dark with a beige, tan head that develops a nice froth with a swirl of the glass.

S: Definitely has the great sweet and roasty notes of an oatmeal stout, but this also has great qualities of an imperial stout. The roast is definitive, with a good deal of bitterness and there happens to be a bit of sweetness as well. Sweet notes of vanilla and toffee with some deep and dark roasted malts. Very nice.

T: This is a very large oatmeal stout for sure. Great roasted malt followed by a sweet chocolate, caramel flavor. Has that great grainy quality of a sweet stout with much more roast. For a regular oatmeal stout this would be phenomenal, but for a beefed up one it is just a bit under the mark.

M: A bit chalky and thin. Lacks that oatmeal body.

O: I am very impressed with this beer. Another west coast oatmeal stout that goes to the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 05:39:21 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of Thorpe429


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mdfb79 for sharing this bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a good off-white to tan head and a cap and collar. The nose has some roast and chocolate along with a bit of coffee and vanilla. Flavor has a nice coffee and roast balance with a touch of coffee. Medium-full body with good carbonation. An enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 23:46:13 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of PatrickSwayze


3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black in color with a deep dark tan head that disappeared besides the edges.

S: nice deep roasted notes mixed with dark raisins and figs.

T: not to roasty but a pretty good chocolate and raisins that linger on the back of the tongue.

M: Mot to thick and not to bold for the style. I think a new comer to Imperial Stouts would enjoy starting out in this.

O: Very solid Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 02:57:16 | More by PatrickSwayze
Photo of Zorro


3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black colored ale with a very small brown colored head.

Smells smells of patent malt and berries with a little chocolate and caramel. Slight sour scent and a slight milk scent.

Starts out fairly sweet with a charred grain after taste. Bittersweet with a clear taste of milk sugar. medium bitterness but the lactose really softens the taste. the one thing I don't taste is berry. Chocolate and caramel but not really coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a tasty easy to drink beer. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for with smooth and pleasant flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:39:28 | More by Zorro
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black, with no visibility and a nice brown fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Aromas begin with roasted malts and baker's dark and milk chocolate notes. A nice soft, creamy oatiness and slight dark fruits emerges as it warms slightly.

The tastes begin with a distinct dark coffee/espresso flavor that I did not distinctly detect in the aroma. Wow what a surprise. Next I get the nice creamy, slightly sourish flavors you get from the non-typical malts like wheat or in this case oat malt. There is also some dark chocolate and slight bitter roasted malt character, not too over the top though. Creamy oatmeal stouts flavors melded with mocha java coffee roasted qualities.

The mouthfeel is very full bodied with plenty of carbonation. The finish and aftertaste are slick and sticky from the crazy amounts of oat malt they must have used in this. It's silly how it is so creamy and still carbonated for an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer from Iron Fist. It was definitely different and basically delivered what it claimed to be; an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I enjoyed this much more than the Hoppin' Frog Boris which I found to be too cloying and thick. The adequate carbonation really helps to improve the drinkability while still staying true to the hefty Imperial Stout flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 23:40:56 | More by claspada
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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What? ANOTHER San Diego regional brewery? My buddy loves stouts, so finding this as a new arrival at Stefano's made his mouth water. Coming out of the 750 ml format and shared with me, on to the beer:

This is obsidian colored nectar. Not much of a large head forms on top. Dots of lace hit and linger on the glass. You never know what you're going to get in a strong stout, but the nose, while soft, is pleasant to smell. It's singular, but who doesn't like the smell of milk chocolate powder?

It's a deceiving beer. The beer is listed at 9% ABV, yet it features the characters of a beer that's around 6%. that's not an entirely bad thing though. Soft licorice hits, followed by powdery chocolate and cocoa flavors, mocha follows. There also seems to be a "minty" note. The beer is medium bodied, on thee smooth side, with the alcohol hidden well.

In some markets, Velvet Glove would be placed near the summit among strong stouts. In an already crowded market in Southern California, this may get overlooked as a quality beer, which it is. It's my first from Iron Fist, and this should (slowly) jumpstart the engine for trying other Iron Fist beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:05:22 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of RedHaze


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up just outside of Honolulu.

Pours fairly black, with some chestnut highlights. The head crests at about two fingers, then falls to a nice layer of foam that leaves a thin webbing behind.

Smell; pretty subdued in the aroma department. Faint coffee and chocolate malts. Not really much going on aroma wise.

Taste; coffee and chocolate are more present than they were in the smell, though neither really dominate. Mildly sweet, giving this a slightly milk stout quality, with just some hints of licorice in the bakcground.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a really nice beer, and I really like that feel that the oatmeal provides. For the money though, there are other beers I would choose before this. I think I paid right about $13 for my bottle, though I'm sure purchasing it in Hawaii had a bit to do with that price.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:27:25 | More by RedHaze
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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.