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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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268 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: Sideswipe on 01-15-2011)
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

doughanson78, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

AndresR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a extra from my main man out in Philly. I’ve never heard of Iron Fist brewing but I’m always happy to try a new brew. Drank from my Darkness snifter while watching game 6 of the 2011 World Series (St. Louis vs. Texas).

Appearance- Pours a deep dark black with a huge one finger cinnamon brown head that is fluffy and rich. The cap eventually disappears all together leaving a thin collar with nto much lacing.
Smell- Everything you’d expect from a nice Imperial Stout. Very roasted smelling that borders on espresso with a subdued sort of intensity. A bit of chocolate and/or fudge makes its appearance as it very much smells like Tootsie Rolls. Maybe a touch of caramel but it’s fairly light but a definite raw grainy thing is lingering. I don’t get much in the way of hops except maybe just a hint of some grassiness. The alcohol is pretty potent as well.
Taste- Starts with tons of raw chewy brownie batter that is dark and rich and very intense. Not overly sweet which I love but there is a nice touch of caramel mixed in with all that chocolate. I don’t get much in the way of super deep dark roast or coffee. Maybe a touch of vanilla mixes in for an almost cream like flavor and just a hint of licorice. Sort of a deceiving bitterness too with a few citrus tones every now and again. A touch of alcohol in the end but not near what I thought it would be from the nose.
Mouthfeel- Thick rich and smooth as silk. Nice light carbonation with a touch of warming.
Drinkability- Very surprised by this beer! It’s super chocolaty and nicely balanced. This went down really easy, almost too easy. I love a good Imperial Stout that isn’t overly sweet or overly hoppy. This fits the bill perfectly. Thanks much Jeff!

younger35, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of HoppySuds
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip glass.

Pours black with a nice brown head. Leaves nice lacing on the glass as the head dissipates.

Wow, the smell is amazing. Sweet chocolate and oatmeal stand through on the nose.

It starts sweet and fills the mouth with a rich full flavor. Just enough carbonation to keep it moving around and from feeling like I'm actually drinking a chocolate shake.

Overall this is now one of my favorite stouts to drink. It's nice that it's pretty easy to find here is SoCal. I would love to see this get some age on it. In the end it's another great beer from a great brewery. Cheers!

HoppySuds, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

aasher, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MrTopher for sending this one as an extra.

A: pours thick black, typical imperial stout appearance, thick and creamy tan head, good head retention, thick lacing

S: notes of licorice, dark chocolate, and molassess, touch of earthy hops on the finish

T: chocolatey malts, again a slight amount of licorice and molasses sweetness, finish is roasty, notes of coffee, nice balance.

MF: thick body, creamy texture, medium carbonation

O: this is a nice representation of an Imperial Stout. It features all of the flavors you would expect for the style, it is well balanced... nothing too unique here, just a solid brew.

homebrew311, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split around the fire with milwaukeeclassic and shakeyhands. Glad you guys could make it over. Thanks for this opportunity go to Rich, a good guy who's not on BA, but is certainly an advocate after sending this to me in the mail this past spring. Cheers to you bud!

Midnight around the fire is neither the best time nor place to view this beer, but appearances seem to reveal a dark brown pour with a cinnamon colored head that displays decent retention and some spatter.

Smells of iced latte, light but not bitter roast, touch of vanilla, and tons of fresh cream. Going into this I did not know this was an oatmeal stout. It makes sense now.

Taste is very interesting. The soft hop bitterness is washed over by waves of light bright coffee addled by rich cream. Neither harsh nor abrasive, this beer carries its abv well. Some light milk chocolate comes into play along with a pleasant grainy quality that peppers the back end.

The mouthfeel, a bit light, and creamy. I am really happy to see this as a big oatmeal stout, as I stupidly have to continually remind myself that I really enjoy these stouts. This beer presented itself quite well and was a a surprise and welcomed treat. Thanks again Rich and well done Iron Fist.

BarrytheBear, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 claspada
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black, with no visibility and a nice brown fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Aromas begin with roasted malts and baker's dark and milk chocolate notes. A nice soft, creamy oatiness and slight dark fruits emerges as it warms slightly.

The tastes begin with a distinct dark coffee/espresso flavor that I did not distinctly detect in the aroma. Wow what a surprise. Next I get the nice creamy, slightly sourish flavors you get from the non-typical malts like wheat or in this case oat malt. There is also some dark chocolate and slight bitter roasted malt character, not too over the top though. Creamy oatmeal stouts flavors melded with mocha java coffee roasted qualities.

The mouthfeel is very full bodied with plenty of carbonation. The finish and aftertaste are slick and sticky from the crazy amounts of oat malt they must have used in this. It's silly how it is so creamy and still carbonated for an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer from Iron Fist. It was definitely different and basically delivered what it claimed to be; an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I enjoyed this much more than the Hoppin' Frog Boris which I found to be too cloying and thick. The adequate carbonation really helps to improve the drinkability while still staying true to the hefty Imperial Stout flavor profile.

claspada, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the always wonderful Capone's.

A: Looks like quite a beast for an oatmeal stout. Very dark with a beige, tan head that develops a nice froth with a swirl of the glass.

S: Definitely has the great sweet and roasty notes of an oatmeal stout, but this also has great qualities of an imperial stout. The roast is definitive, with a good deal of bitterness and there happens to be a bit of sweetness as well. Sweet notes of vanilla and toffee with some deep and dark roasted malts. Very nice.

T: This is a very large oatmeal stout for sure. Great roasted malt followed by a sweet chocolate, caramel flavor. Has that great grainy quality of a sweet stout with much more roast. For a regular oatmeal stout this would be phenomenal, but for a beefed up one it is just a bit under the mark.

M: A bit chalky and thin. Lacks that oatmeal body.

O: I am very impressed with this beer. Another west coast oatmeal stout that goes to the top of my list.

kiddynamite920, Aug 27, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Brian, this one was quite curious. 750 mL bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Pour is black - deep, dark, light-absorbing black. After holding my glass up to the light, I can see some deep maroon highlights. There's a one-finger khaki head with some-staying power. Great lacing - this is a very pretty beer.

I took some time making my way through this bottle, and I felt that this beer's aroma changed every time I went to take a sip. In rough order, I noticed: chocolate, smoke, port wine, dark fruit and cherries. About halfway through the bottle, at which point it had warmed to near-room temperature, I detected a sharp fusel alcohol note. Honestly, it reminded me of vodka - I've never gotten that smell from a beer before.

Ashen, roasty malts dominate the taste. There is a distinct sour note, imparting a wine-like flavor. Some chocolate, too - very dark, very bitter chocolate. That bitterness is matched by a pronounced hop profile, and there's definitely a detectable hoppy note to this - quite bitter in the finish. Quite surprisingly, there's virtually no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is the weakest component of this beer. It's far, far too thin, and with so many flavors at work it's tough to have such a wan mouthfeel. A little undercarbonated, too.

Days after trying this beer, I'm still a little fascinated by it. It's certainly genre-bending, and I'm pretty sure I won't make an effort to seek it out. That said, it is at the very least an interesting experience.

amphion1065, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of bashiba
1.83/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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 trappistlover
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle from El Cerrito Market). Pours dark brown, almost black with a khaki head. Aroma has some nice chocolate, coffee notes and some dark pit fruit. Taste has a bit of a sour twang with some semi-sweetness and light roasty bitterness. Full bodied with slick, oily texture. Dry finish. Very good balance between sweetness and roast. Pretty nice stout!

trappistlover, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask **Special cask version with additions**

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

"It's a version in which, after our regular Velvet Glove goes into the cask, I add vanilla bean, nutmeg, and allspice."
-Brandon Sieminski-
Iron Fist Brewmaster

A very dark brown, like melted milk chocolate chips.

A powerful and complex aroma. The nutmeg and allspice really stand out in the nose...perhaps even a little too much for my liking. Smells a bit peppery and of licorice with the chocolate aromas slightly hidden behind those of the spices.

The chocolate is found in the flavor though, along with a bit of warm spice notes from the cask additions. I don't taste much vanilla, but certainly can find the nutmeg and allspice. Like a delicious oatmeal, chocolaty cookie--in the form of beer. Sign me up!

Rich, smooth, thick mouthfeel. Somewhat grainy even, but I like it.

A delicious cask version of a big oatmeal stout. Looking forward to trying more Iron Fist beers on cask.

ehammond1, Jul 14, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pitch black body with a two finger dark beige head. The head sort of cascades when first poured. Really nice lacing left behind, and great retention. I really don't see how this could look any better.

Smells of fruity esters reminiscent of raisins and dark cherries, dark chocolate, coffee notes as well.

This beer is pretty massie in the flaor department. Huge notes of chocolate, hints of dark cherries, espresso, brown sugar and some silky/chewy oat notes as well. Finishes smokey and chocolatey.

Full bodied, low carbonation, smooth, silky (almost buttery), with a firm but subtle carbonic bite on the end that dries it out a tad. Really nice.

Just an incredibly smooth and drinkable stout with really nice flavors.

billshmeinke, Jul 11, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Far Bar in Downtown LA

A - Pours an espresso brown/black with a nice brown fluffy head. Some nice lacing as well.

S - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and a tad bit on vanilla as well.

T - Great chocolate and roasted coffee notes - almost like chocolate milk spiked with coffee. The oatmeal rounds off the flavor very well. Bit of heat as well.

M - Very nice. The oatmeal just adds a lushness to the beer, along with the low carbonation. Almost a nitro like mouthfeel.

O - Great oatmeal stout and probably one of the better beers I've had from Iron Fist.

teamizm, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at one of my favorite places in L.A., The Oaks Gourmet.

Pours a toasted golden head, a gorgeous thing while it lasts, but it fizzles quickly. Utterly dark brown liquid, reaching toward coal black.

Deeply chocolate aroma with delicate notes of toasty malt/grain (oat?). Subtle but entirely satisfactory.

This beer hits the target on the tongue, where it counts most. Dark chocolate, bittersweet baking chocolate, dark roast coffee, mineral notes, toffee, cola. Mmm. Yeah.

Velvety feel (and I swear I wrote that while momentarily forgetting the beer's name)...on the gentler side of gooey.

This imperial stout doesn't offer the impressive razzle dazzle of a Sexual Chocolate or a Dark Lord, but my oh my, does it get under the skin slowly, with subtlety and more than a hint that this was truly made with love. Great stuff.

Metalmonk, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up just outside of Honolulu.

Pours fairly black, with some chestnut highlights. The head crests at about two fingers, then falls to a nice layer of foam that leaves a thin webbing behind.

Smell; pretty subdued in the aroma department. Faint coffee and chocolate malts. Not really much going on aroma wise.

Taste; coffee and chocolate are more present than they were in the smell, though neither really dominate. Mildly sweet, giving this a slightly milk stout quality, with just some hints of licorice in the bakcground.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a really nice beer, and I really like that feel that the oatmeal provides. For the money though, there are other beers I would choose before this. I think I paid right about $13 for my bottle, though I'm sure purchasing it in Hawaii had a bit to do with that price.

RedHaze, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Iron First Brewing - Velvet Glove 9% stout

A: Murky black with some dark brown notes on the pour, nice 1 inch head with a murky brown foam and tiny bubbles, very little lacing, great coating on the glass

S: Tons of coffee on the nose, I was expecting more chocolate but the coffee dryness is welcome

T: The coffee subsides from the nose and the chocolate shines through in a huge way, much like chocolate rain without the heat and big body. Great sweet taste with chewy maltiness and sweet finish that’s supported by a mild hoppy profile.

M: The tiny bubbles deliver an piquant effervescence that carries the chocolate malt delicately. The coating is awesome, not in a thick oppressive way, It carries a huge beer character with the accessibility of a thin middle body to it. I am not sure how they did it but it straddles two worlds without feeling one note.

D: Usually with imperial stouts this is where I make obvious statements about how big the beer is and after one it’s an unwelcome Saturday morning houseguest, but, I simply cannot in this instance. The drink ability is fantastic due to the chocolate profile, tiny bubbles, and fantastic mouthfeel. This ascends to the “wish it was packed in 12oz bottles” category. This would be a great introductory imperial stout to transcend people beyond their Guiness fancies into the world of obfuscating darkness.

Narrative: Being an accountant for brigand gypsies didn’t seem like an altogether waste of Jeff Deyoung’s time, it just felt a little misplaced. Well first there was the problem with appraising the value of stolen VCR’s and then amortizing them over a S corp structure. Then he had to figure out a way to write off all Robitussin and knife hits that his company of rogues was imbibing at a breakneck pace. All in all, Jeff was a black hearted scoundrel with the rest, but with a cunning ability to ease his way below the subterfuge. Sure, he might be figuring out ways to liquidate bootleg DVDs, but his coal black hair and khaki suit gave you the air that inspire confidence in his less than scrupulous dealings. If you invited him over for dinner, he would tell your family that he arranged government contracts and owned several mobile unilateral pawn shops. A tongue in a velvet sack, that old Jeff. You can’t quite trust him, but at the same time you feel at ease, until your iPad is gone. Now you need to buy a new iPad.

SubpoenaDeuces, Jun 03, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of GregSVT
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a deep dark black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring and leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose isn't too much of anything besides a slight milky chocolate and some roasted malt. As it warms there's a slight licorice aroma as well.

T: The taste is pretty damn good. Silky chocolate and vanilla with a slight roasted malt flavor on the background. Seriously creamy and smooth and the 9% alcohol is no where to be seen. As it warms you get a nice licorice flavor.

M: The feel is incredibly creamy and medium bodied. One of the nicest bodies on an Oatmeal Stout I have ever had.

O: The nose worried me but the flavor and body were amazing. I would definitely buy this on occasion if it was available in my area. Big thanks to Mike for hooking me up with this "should want" in our last trade.

GregSVT, May 19, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml Dark black pour, brown/ruby around the edge. Half finger of light tan head.

Very light roast and grainy oat. Some chocolate and caramel. A bit subdued.

Nice roast, caramel, some chocolate. Very nice oat presence, maybe some molasses. Finishes shortly after the oat with caramel, toffee light roat and coffee. This was borderline 4.5.

Body is just what I want, high side of medium. Very kind carbonation, nearly creamy. Coats very well. Alcohol is very well hidden, had an 8% oatmeal stout before this that exibited much more heat.

Very pleased with this one. If I lived near or had access to this brewery, I would seek out more.

Bung, May 14, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

C: Little Dark to Tell
H: Dark Brown/Light Black
N: Chocolate, Molasses, & Hints of Brown Sugar

Dark and Sexy this beer was. The nose was led to hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Pretty standard for an Imperial Stout. The flavor was one of the more balanced stouts that I have had in a very long time! Today we seem to have stouts that are over malty, hoppy, or just have some really unusual flavors….this is not any of those. Nice hop/malt balance. At 9% it hides the alcohol very well…it’s almost dangerous. While I personally enjoy the over hopped or malty stouts…this beer was quite a change.

If you can find it, I would recommend snagging it and savoring, while it is nothing special it is a very well made beer!

DosBeerigos, Apr 29, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.