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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 29
Gots: 54 | 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:
Beer added by: Sideswipe on 01-15-2011

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Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 100
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

DOA

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.52/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pitch black in color with a deep dark tan head that disappeared besides the edges.

S: nice deep roasted notes mixed with dark raisins and figs.

T: not to roasty but a pretty good chocolate and raisins that linger on the back of the tongue.

M: Mot to thick and not to bold for the style. I think a new comer to Imperial Stouts would enjoy starting out in this.

O: Very solid Imperial Stout.

Photo of Merkur
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Yard House in San Diego.

Beer pours a nice dar brown with a thin amount of lighter brown head.

Beer smells of dark, roasty chocolate.

Beer tastes much like the smell. Very roasty and a bit bitter. Notes of coffee and chocolate.

A bit syrupy and thick, but not too bad.

Very solid imperial stout.

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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%

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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
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.