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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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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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Photo of bluejacket74


4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and some burnt/charred malt. Taste is mostly just like the aroma but the flavors seem stronger in comparison, and there's also the addition of some anise. There's a nice balance between the sweet and bitter flavors in this stout. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with good carbonation. This is the first Iron Fist beer I've had (since I think they're new to Ohio), and I thought it was good. I'll have to pick up some of their other brews now. $9.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 21:42:05 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of DirtyBikeBrewing

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer when I was in San Diego for Comic con. It was really high abv and it tasted like adult chocolate milk. Great beer overall. I would totally recommend that everyone give it a try. It goes down smooth but it packs a punch.

A - Poured super black.

S - Smelled of chocolate and smoky coffee

T - smokey chocolate and vanilla

M - Great mouthfeel. Full body beer.

O - Great stout. Next time I'm in San Diego I'm going bring back a couple of bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2012 19:04:34 | More by DirtyBikeBrewing
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

08-31-2012 02:54:45 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of stevevictor

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-22-2012 04:27:55 | More by stevevictor
Photo of MickeyHops


4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-12-2012 05:12:48 | More by MickeyHops
Photo of mwayne

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-10-2012 04:35:26 | More by mwayne
Photo of JohnK17


4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-08-2012 20:09:03 | More by JohnK17
Photo of bump8628


3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter. Pours black with a dark khaki head that completely disappears in a few minutes. Dark fruit heavy with fig and raisin notes almost taking precedence over the roasted flavors. Dark malts come out more as it warms - espresso, char, and even a hint of smoke on the finish. A bit hot in terms of alcohol even considering the ABV. Flavors are nice, just a bit disjointed. I guess with the number of imperial stouts on the market my bar has been raised.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 16:20:10 | More by bump8628
Photo of hoppymcgee


4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-31-2012 19:32:45 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 03:22:00 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of beagle75


2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 13:16:39 | More by beagle75
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-25-2012 03:31:15 | More by Irrationalist
Photo of DM1293


4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My word.

Appearance - Poured an incredibly dark coloration, with a thin but lasting head. Hardly any light could pierce this dark concoction.

Smell - Lovely notes of chocolate and coffee, with the typical malty roast accompanying it. Smelled delicious.

Taste - Personally? I'd rate this a touch higher but this feels like an interpretation spot. I asked others who were trying this beer alongside me, and some said it should be less carbonated, I felt like it should be a little more carbonated, to bring the flavors a little more liveliness.

Whats here however is still really dang tasty. Really good chocolately-sweet taste, coffee and roasted malts in the body to bring a little bitterness in and round it out. REALLY balanced, and the finish isn't bitter at all.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy. Even without that little extra carbonation, the mouthfeel is grand.

Overall - It blows every other stout I've had so far away. I asked about the price, and around here it clocks in at $12 bucks. The price of admission to try this is high; but I'm extremely curious how this would play off of a nitro tap now.

In my opinion, still worth every penny of that $12, and makes me curious how their other stuff holds up too...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 18:27:20 | More by DM1293
Photo of BillHem


4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-13-2012 11:21:34 | More by BillHem
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-30-2012 22:22:09 | More by jwat
Photo of DoubleJ


3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 02:05:22 | More by DoubleJ
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

03-21-2012 04:16:37 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Photo of Philousa


2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 04:16:24 | More by Philousa
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-18-2012 05:17:48 | More by yokken
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-15-2012 18:19:10 | More by franklebert
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

03-11-2012 19:49:34 | More by fountainofyouth
Photo of Drinkerofales


4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by my fellow beer enthusiast at the local BevMO.

The huge bottle is somewhat daunting, since I knew I would be drinking this by myself.

There is some brown in the pour, but otherwise, a black beer with no light passing through. A dense milk chocolate head leaves some lacing and is still floating when I finished the snifter.

Smell is big on chocolate and coffee beans. There is a hint of what could be anise, or could be booze, and some currant and roasted malt as it warms.

Taste is a little less complex, 60% cacao, roasted malt, hint of raisin and coffee.

The texture has a tiny bite to it, but otherwise, chewy and smooth.

While not quite velvety as the name, the iron fist is in there. This packs a punch, pretty good all around.


Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 21:27:17 | More by Drinkerofales
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 00:47:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-04-2012 22:02:06 | More by nmann08
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of roasted malts with sweet cocoa notes. Some peat and char notes toward the finish.

T: lots of roasted malts with semi-sweet chocolate, smoke, chqr, and peat. The finish is slightly bitter with no alcohol burn.

M: thick body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't creamy, but is nicely carbonated.

O: a decent stout overall, though it doesn't stand out from the crowd much.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 04:17:34 | More by n2185
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.