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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of bashiba
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.

bashiba, Jul 30, 2011
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.

beagle75, May 10, 2012
Photo of JAXSON
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.

JAXSON, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

xdefeatsy, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of EB1
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

EB1, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Philousa
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.

Philousa, Mar 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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

cfalovo97, Sep 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

akttr, Nov 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

GeoChase90, Jul 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Goofster, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of peacehammer
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.

peacehammer, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
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).

emmasdad, Apr 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Dawkins, Sep 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Gonzoillini, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

jacobdensford, Sep 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

bwarren82, Sep 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

durwood64, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of srandycarter
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.

srandycarter, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
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

jcartamdg, May 30, 2011
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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.