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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | 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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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
Photo of beagle75


2.65/5  rDev -32.7%

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.

05-10-2012 13:16:39 | More by beagle75
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2.7/5  rDev -31.5%

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.

04-27-2011 00:17:56 | More by JAXSON
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

09-22-2012 16:21:38 | More by xdefeatsy
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

09-28-2013 21:26:45 | More by EB1
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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.

03-21-2012 04:16:24 | More by Philousa
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.9%

09-05-2013 15:25:26 | More by cfalovo97
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

05-05-2014 16:59:53 | More by whitenads
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

11-23-2013 05:31:54 | More by akttr
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

07-25-2014 19:03:42 | More by GeoChase90
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

12-31-2011 04:50:18 | More by hawkmage
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

03-24-2014 18:51:53 | More by Goofster
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -23.9%

01-09-2012 00:20:19 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.08/5  rDev -21.8%

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.

12-20-2011 09:11:45 | More by peacehammer
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3.2/5  rDev -18.8%

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).

04-04-2011 02:39:11 | More by emmasdad
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

11-27-2013 04:23:46 | More by Reappropriated
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

09-23-2013 00:50:11 | More by Dawkins
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

08-13-2013 00:05:41 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

09-19-2012 23:07:35 | More by jacobdensford
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

09-06-2013 00:20:02 | More by bwarren82
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

12-22-2012 16:03:12 | More by durwood64
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3.26/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

03-08-2013 00:55:30 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.3/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

09-22-2011 01:35:56 | More by srandycarter
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3.35/5  rDev -15%

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

05-30-2011 01:15:47 | More by jcartamdg
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3.44/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

02-13-2014 00:59:56 | More by cbutova
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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.