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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 28
Gots: 51 | 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 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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Rochefort10nh, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of JazzIPA55
4/5  rDev +1.8%

JazzIPA55, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -23.7%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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.

womencantsail, Dec 29, 2011
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.

yourefragile, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jdmandel
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

jdmandel, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Ultraman9000
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Ultraman9000, Dec 21, 2011
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.

peacehammer, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.8%

GRG1313, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of fergster75
5/5  rDev +27.2%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
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.

Murrhey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jlb502, Dec 01, 2011
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.

Eriktheipaman, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Satchboogie, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of rhino54
5/5  rDev +27.2%

rhino54, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of emaciated
4/5  rDev +1.8%

emaciated, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev +1.8%

doughanson78, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AndresR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

AndresR, Nov 15, 2011
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!

younger35, Oct 28, 2011
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!

HoppySuds, Oct 19, 2011
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.1%
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
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.