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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 26
Gots: 47 | 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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California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-24-2013 00:47:37 | More by TerryBunch
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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-20-2013 02:53:58 | More by warrenout330
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Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-17-2013 05:02:52 | More by kevwcamp
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-12-2013 07:47:02 | More by InfernoBoss
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captaincoffee

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'll start off by saying that after 3 days of visiting SoCal microbrews recently, Iron Fist has suddenly jumped into my top 5 brewery list. All-round amazing stuff from what I assume is the youngest commercial brewer in the country.

I had the Velvet Glove on nitro as recommended by my brother (this is his favorite beer). I have to say, the beer is aptly named. With the nitro pour, it is the smoothest mouthfeel I've ever had on a beer. Dark, mostly opague, as expected from an Imperial Stout. What was surprising was the balance and not-overwhelming dark malts. I really enjoyed the intial taste/mouthfeel, which is sometimes a bit over-the-top with this style. The complexity of the malt came later, and with almost no bitter aftertaste like I was expecting. I think some would say the beer is a bit "soft", but personnally I think the softness with complexity is admirable in a beer this big and with the amount of roasted malts.

A great beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-11-2013 12:15:14 | More by captaincoffee
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OCHoundNBrewGrrl

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-11-2013 03:18:32 | More by OCHoundNBrewGrrl
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Nugganooch

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle – FW snifter glass

A: Pours a dark muddy brown that collects much darker in the glass. Raven-like with a deep maroon edge to it. Thin brown paper bag rim with tiny bubbles of fizz that settle out to a thin collar. Some weak squiggles of lace.

S: Aromas offer up a great blend of dark and semi-sweet chocolates. I get lots of dark roasted grains with some earthy minerals and dark fruits. Fig, plum, and currants. Super chocolaty like brownie batter with a bit of marshmallow mixed in and a light trailer of soft espresso notes. Really great nose.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate truffles with complimenting notes of dark fruits and dried cherries. Deliciously sweet with loads of dark roasted grains, some toasted oats, and a restrained espresso bean note. There is a very earthy component with a nice moderate hoppy bitterness. Has a bit of smoky charcoal in the finish with some dark molasses and a slight umami thing going on in the aftertaste. Creeper alcohol remains well hidden all throughout. Really nice balance of flavors. Not quite as good as the nose indicates but definitely tasty stuff.

M: Velvety smooth mouth feel. A real highlight to the overall beer. Somewhat thicker body with ample carbonation gives a much lighter feel. A slight bitter hop pucker with an oily slick finish on the palate.

D: This is a really nice Imperial Stout and my favorite offering at Iron Fist. Should be a sipper yet has some great drinkability. Reminds me of something you would find coming out of CCB with the deep rich roast flavors and silky smooth mouth feel. One I like to include as trade extras.

Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 23:59:02 | More by Nugganooch
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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-09-2012 01:54:28 | More by marine1975
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Maine

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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Farky87

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-12-2012 03:54:15 | More by Farky87
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kawilliams81

Illinois

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours a thin black, with a 2 finger light tan head. Sporadic blotches remain on the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, some roast.

T- Dark chocolate, roast, coffee, some ash, semi-sweet dark fruits and some bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A little thin, but has a nice slick feel and is very drinkable.

O- Good RIS. Again, a little thin but has very good flavors and aromas that make up for the mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 04:43:41 | More by kawilliams81
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

10-15-2012 01:07:09 | More by t0rin0
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arash1000

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

10-14-2012 20:52:45 | More by arash1000
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 17:48:41 | More by billab914
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-10-2012 03:25:57 | More by pogoowner
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

09-22-2012 16:21:38 | More by xdefeatsy
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jacobdensford

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

09-19-2012 23:07:35 | More by jacobdensford
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-16-2012 19:46:46 | More by Reagan1984
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harrymel

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk
Pours velvety ink black with a fine, mocha sheet. Smells cocoa, leather, hints of resin hops, dark nougat, some figs, raisin. Nice nose. Flavor carries the earthy, oily flavors of leather and good amounts of dark chocolate, raisins, graham, soil, wood and some bitterness. Full bodied with light, fine carb and a semi dry finish. Good beer, worth drinking if you’re in the area, but not something I would seek out strongly. A good sub for me in my neck of the woods is a year old Ten FIDY.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 06:47:38 | More by harrymel
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.