Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +1.5%
Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured a massively dark brown (basically black) with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, bread, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, sweet alcohol, and sublte earth. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The balanced flavor on this one was quite nice on this one and very inviting. Nice notes of dark chocolate and dark fruit going on here that made it quite easy to drink this one in large gulps without even noticing the alcohol content at all. The aroma was quite nice as well and very well balanced. Went into this one not really knowing what to expect and ending up being quite surprised overall. Well done on this one guys.
03-31-2013 00:19:59 | More by thagr81us
4.09/5 rDev +3.8%
Got a half a growler of this filled by my good friend Passow at The Wine Spot where he works. We split a bottle of this about a month back as well and I really liked it, so when he told me they had it on-tap I had to swing by and get some. Poured into my snifter, this beer is a very solid dark brown, almost black color with a tan head that is about 1/2 inch thick when poured. Quickly settles to a thin ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing unfortunately. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and perhaps a hint of dark fruit. Has a sweet, slightly roasted caramel, malt sweetness upfront that gives way to chocolate sweetness and is rounded out with some nice black coffee bitterness on the back end. Also the taste of alcohol is present, but not overly bearing at all. The flavors certainly blend well as the beer sits and warms up a bit. Has a slightly crisp, smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. I wish the aftertaste and finish were a bit stronger and lingered more though. Becomes quite easy to drink in the way good beer ought to be, especially as it sits and warms up a bit. Certainly worth a try. I'd drink this again, but there is room for improvement with this beer.
03-25-2013 04:09:44 | More by neenerzig
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Pours black and opaque out of the bottle with a brown-dark brown foam.
Smell: Heavy milk chocolate and coffee with more subtle butterscotch.
Taste: Dark chocolate, rich coffee flavors to match the aroma and coloring.
Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as I would have expected from everything else going into it. Still a full bodied hefty dessert style stout that feels like its 9 percent ABV but it also has a softness on the palette that rounds the beer out nicely.
Overall: If I have any type of complaint about this beer it's that the finish ends too quickly after the strength and power that the beer has throughout the rest of the tasting process. Excellent beer that would go well with chocolate or blue cheese or on its own.
03-21-2013 00:12:07 | More by Jree261
4.18/5 rDev +6.1%
poured a beautiful black, huge delicious nestle chocolate milk head. awesome!
smell is beautiful chocolate, some fruits, some earthiness.
taste is the same. roasted malts with the chocolate and fruits. almost a warming hint of the 9% alcohol.
overall, decent, but feels thin in flavor at the end. still a great flavor and a nice abv. i have another from this brewery i am eager to try. the pour, the appearance, the aroma is all great but the taste just doesnt carry it through. still a great brew. i'd do this one again...
03-11-2013 03:33:35 | More by pkalix
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
01-11-2013 12:15:14 | More by captaincoffee
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
01-07-2013 23:59:02 | More by Nugganooch
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.