Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 322
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 30
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
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Iron Fist Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Sideswipe on 01-15-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Fist Brewing Company in Vista, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malt and some chocolate chip cookie dough flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout with some nice aromas and flavors. (476 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of licorice and hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of dark chocolate and slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer hides its also hides its alcohol rather well and isn't that too difficult to drink. (610 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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 (727 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Iron Fist" and "Velvet Glove"- seemingly an oxymoron, but one sip and it all makes sense. The beer has a softer and silkier tone that glosses over its masculine strength and abrasive char underneath. The beer is its own yin and yang.

Jet black in its pour, only crimson low lights permit at the beer's widest angles. Yet a creamy off-white head builds upon the beer and caps it firmly throughout the vast majority of the session. It trails with broken lace as the beer slowly fades.

Leading notes of chocolate are backed by sweeter aromas of molasses, burnt toffee and vanilla milkshake. Yet heartier and more robust scents of smooth espresso, charred toast and roasted nuts are a counterpoint to the sweeter overtones.

Its not-so-delicate flavors are roasty with fresh-ground espresso, yet its taste of malt bring about a sense of heavy whipping cream, vanilla milkshakes, bittersweet chocolates and mocha latte. As the sweetness easily handles the roast, the beer's spicy alcohol provides further balance with a peppery taste to assist the char.

Silky-smooth in texture, the beer's deeply embedded carbonation gives a lush creaminess to the beer, making it feel truly like velvet on the palate. Its milky mouthfeel coats the mouth like decadent desserts and leads to a long and smoothly roasted finish.

The beer's Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde dialogue works well. There's enough gusto to appease the staunch lovers of dry roast in stout. But there's also enough decadent sweetness to appease the sweet tooth as well. (1,517 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted dry malt notes with nice rich chocolates notes with a side of molasses. Taste is a very nice balance mxi between some roasted malt notes with some dry notes which are offset by creamy chocolates notes with medium sweetness notes of green molasses. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and probably one of my favorite beer from Iron Fist. (531 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. I gotta say, I actually like the marketing babble's 'velvet glove' explanation, and how it pertains to an Imperial Stout. After that, though, I just stopped reading.

This beer pours a solid, unforgiving black oil, erm, 'colour', with the barest of trace basal highlight detritus, and three chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, foamy, frothy, chunky, bubbly, and in other words, clearly awesome chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some pleasantly random-shaped webbed lace around the glass as it slowly, gradually dissipates.

It smells of milky, bittersweet Irish cocoa, burnt coffee, neutered vanilla beans, wet cigar ash, a mildly yeasty dark fruitiness - one indistinct in its sourness - toasted caramel malt, a bit of star anise, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big semi-sweet chocolate, somewhat bashful caramel malt, testy dry orchard fruit, smoky, charcoal-flecked leather, well sauced-up cafe-au-lait, a bit of early-morning oatmeal graininess, and a blended stale nutty/leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly understated, and just barely up for its quotidian duties, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and smooth, in a tempered, sort of bristling from imminent threats manner. It finishes less sweet than I might have initially gathered, a certain thinning of the herd apparently going on right now, as the cocoa, coffee, and muddled malt all pull back to some degree, allowing the metallic alcohol and ride-along hops to inform on my experience as such.

A flavourful, if not overly dense (in the expected good way) Imperial Stout, the big promise at the outset fading to a more plain, inoffensive dryness of being. It appears that the velvet of the titular glove might have attained too much of an, um, upper hand over the iron fist that many of us prefer in our big, bad, and well, Imperial stouts. Sometimes (ok, most times), I prefer that the taste and mouthfeel, and not just the booze, use and abuse me at will, at least for this particular style. (1,995 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a thinner but well sustained lighter mocha colored head atop,full on dark fruits and French roast coffee in the nose,the dark fruit notes have a brandy dipped element to them.Flavors of bitter chocolate and raisins,the alcohol provides sweetness that goes well with the chocolate flavors,alot of dark fruit and alcohol in the finish.It's big and somewhat alcoholic but the sweetness stays in check,big in the dark fruit department. (452 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Essentially black in color with a brownish head. A strong scent of vanilla and chocolate. A bit of coffee and quite a strong roasted malt note. Some sweet graham cracker notes in the background. Intensely chocolatey on the flavor, almost like milk chocolate. Quite a bit of cocoa powder, some vanilla, and a nice combination of graham cracker and coffee. The roast sort of comes through on the finish. Medium in. Key with a smooth carbonation. (472 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Seems to be pretty much no head on this one. Pours pretty much pitch black though. First off, I like the viscosity of this one. Beyond that, it has a nice thick malt character to match. Kind of a mild molasses tone in flavor, but matching the feel. Which is fine by me. Mild roast. Very mild chocolate. Overall, it's a well bodied and consistent stout. To be rated any higher it would need to bring some variance of character and more oomph in the unusual department. But it's a nice drinker. (492 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/08/12 notes. Thanks to Nugganooch for this one; thanks Dane! 750ml bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of very dark tan head and moderate carbonation. Looks like a great stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, rich sweet chocolate, and some light coffee.

t - Tastes of of roasted malts, coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and sweet dark fruits. More vanilla than the nose, a step up for me.

m - Thick, full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth; a great body.

o - Overall a very nice stout. Looks great and a grat mouthfeel. Some nice vanilla in the taste as well. Much better than the Resistance by Iron Fist; would like to have again. (705 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, oatmeal, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, oatmeal, coffee, dark bread, light char, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, oatmeal, dark bread, light raisin, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,320 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some very dark cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted dark malts with some hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted dark malts with some light to moderate notes of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness (hints of raisin). There are some hints of vanilla and coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that lingers slightly.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This has some nice flavors with a decent amount of complexity and it pretty enjoyable - alcohol is well hidden. Fairly easy to drink but a nice sipping beer.

Thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from her business trip to the LA area. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

The beer appears a near black shade with a lasting beige cap. The aroma offers dark fruit, roast, chocolate, respectively. The flavor follows suit, with prominent dark fruit and some roasted malt. Silky smooth and palate coating. Overall, a very pleasant and drinkable imperial stout. I would definitely have this again. Recommended. (371 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a fair amount of brown head, good lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate and licorice, definitely malt oriented.

T: Full semi-sweet chocolate flavour with that oatmeal sweetness that never holds back. Lightly hopped this is all about the dark malt. Full-flavoured and very tasty.

M: Velvet Glove fits it well, velvety smooth, silky, with a light carbonation.

O: This is a very good straight up Imperial Stout, with a little twist from the oatmeal. I liked it a lot. (504 characters)

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured close to black in color with a thin tan head to it. Pretty nice looking beer overall.

In the aroma I get notes of dark chocolate, smoke and a little caramel. I really like the smoke to it. Very nice aroma to it overall.

In the taste it shows a little more chocolate and a little less of the smoke. Some darker, roasted malts come out in the finish. The chocolate flavors are very nice in it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it was a very solid beer of the style. The flavors all came together very nicely. I liked the little bit of smoke I got in it as well. (677 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle shared with a few friends.

Black body with a couple fingers of beige head. Very nice lacing and retention. Roast coffee, dark fruit, raisin, oatmeal, dark chocolate on the aroma. Mild flavor that tends to be a little sweet like a milk stout, with roast coffee and dark chocolate notes. Light smoke and oat as well. Silky, full body with light carbonation. Surprised; really enjoyed this though nothing wow about it. (431 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/16/2011

6oz on tap at Iron Fist and served in a snifter. This is called Velvet Glove, not Velet Glove.

A: Deep brown with auburn highlights and a big frothy light brown head.

S: Rich dark chocolate, oatmeal, molasses, brown sugar. Roasted malt is at a moderate level. The chocolate profile is great. There's a dash of coffee in there. Alcohol is undetectable. Very nice aroma.

T: Dark chocolate with some milk, accompanied by brown sugar and molasses. An upper low bitterness is present. There's a moderate roast and a low level of coffee. Finish is bittersweet chocolate with some warming.

M: Lower full body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and creamy, though not quite as thick and creamy as I'd hoped.

Overall: A very nice Imperial Oatmeal stout, and the best beer Iron Fist has made (IMO, of course). Reminiscent of BORIS the Crusher. A great representation of the style. (901 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was courtesy of BrewerB in a recent box. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a heavy bodied midnight black in color with a light khaki lacing around the glass. It smells of smooth oatmeal, soft coffee, and sweet chocolate. The flavors too consist of smooth oatmeal, sweet chocolate, and some light dark fruits. Very solid, rich, and smooth. It drinks smooth and has a nice sweetness to it. It's velvety even. Overall this is a really nice beer. It does everything the style should and it does it well. Good beer. (518 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours opaque black with a finger of fine, medium brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Rich aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. Flavor is initially sweet with light and dark fruit elements, with roasted malt and chocolate developing then finishing with roasted and charred malt. The flavors are not as intense as the aroma, but I liked the flavor progression and enjoyed this imperial stout. Smooth medium to heavy bodied with pleasant creaminess. A little on the sweet side for an imperial stout, but that works well for me. (596 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 21/9/14

A nearly jet black, thin cola edge, three fingers of dark foam has great retention but somehow manages to leave no lace, kinda strange, I'd say it was a dirty glass but the foam stuck around time wise just not to the side of the glass

S coco powder, bakers chocolate, licorice, faint char, leafy, earthy notes, sour plum, maybe a mild infection setting in, not quite funk but a faint sour aspect is in the background and I don't think its intentional

T some sweetened coffee I didn't smell, chocolate syrup, prune, raisin, plum, still has a little sour thing going on, a hint off booze but well concealed for 9%

M fairly full and creams up from the bubbles, slick in the mouth but a little sticky on the lips, sour char lingers

O I feel like this one just stops short of something great, I'm guessing there's a mild infection but still leaves a decent beer behind just not one living up to its full potential

teetering between respectable and "off", I'm thinking this would score lower as time progresses, worth a try but I wouldn't go to far out of your way or sit on one if you already have one on hand (1,158 characters)

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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.