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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 28
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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 ralphw56
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

Photo of yourefragile
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of jdmandel
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Ultraman9000
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of peacehammer
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Brew-ligion.

thick black. Very smooth mouthfeel. Some roasty notes. Not a ton of chocolate or coffee notes. Maybe some cocoa on the finish. Espresso aroma becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Overall a very easy to drink beer that I recommend for stout fans. The 9% is well hidden.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of fergster75
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Murrhey
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had in a taster at the Bruery Provisions in Orange. Poured in a 2 oz tulip glass.

A- Thin tan head. Spotty lacing. Black as night.

S- Coffee, chocolate, caramel, roast malts, and booze.

T- Sweet, roast malts, dark as hell. Wine sort of finish from the booze.

M- Thick, almost syrupy. Finishes surprisingly clean. Little linger.

O- Yum! The smell was strong, but the taste was ideal for the type.

Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with brown hues around the edge. Nice brown head on this one.

The smell consists of raisins, chocolate, and a little alcohol. There are a decent amount of dark fruits coming through.

The taste is mellow chocolate on the front as it glides down with its thick silky mouth feel. But when the back hits, HOT DAMN! Big chocolate notes. Almost a fudge aftertaste.

This is an awesome beer an while it isn't one of those big bitter roasty Stouts (which we have enough of already), it hits the style hard and does it well.

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of emaciated
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of AndresR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of younger35
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of HoppySuds
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

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.

Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.