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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 29
Gots: 50 | 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 homebrew311


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

09-26-2011 05:12:24 | More by homebrew311
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

09-25-2011 15:42:21 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of srandycarter


3.3/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

09-22-2011 01:35:56 | More by srandycarter
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

09-08-2011 23:40:56 | More by claspada
Photo of kiddynamite920


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

08-27-2011 05:39:21 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of amphion1065


3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

08-01-2011 00:55:24 | More by amphion1065
Photo of bashiba


1.83/5  rDev -53.6%

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.

07-30-2011 23:51:43 | More by bashiba
Photo of trappistlover


3.68/5  rDev -6.6%

(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!

07-18-2011 04:39:12 | More by trappistlover
Photo of ehammond1

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

07-14-2011 16:28:47 | More by ehammond1
Photo of billshmeinke


4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

07-11-2011 22:03:30 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of teamizm


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

07-11-2011 05:13:50 | More by teamizm
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

06-19-2011 03:27:38 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of RedHaze


3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

06-16-2011 02:27:25 | More by RedHaze
Photo of SubpoenaDeuces


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

06-03-2011 06:49:05 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
Photo of jcartamdg


3.35/5  rDev -15%

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

05-30-2011 01:15:47 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of GregSVT


4.22/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

05-19-2011 02:58:26 | More by GregSVT
Photo of Bung


4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

05-14-2011 03:23:05 | More by Bung
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

04-29-2011 14:34:17 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of JAXSON


2.7/5  rDev -31.5%

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.

04-27-2011 00:17:56 | More by JAXSON
Photo of notchucknorris


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Pours black with a thin light brown head.

S: This was the strangest-smelling stout I've ever had. I'm a little worried that my bottle may have been infected because no one else is reporting the smells I experienced. When I sniffed this one, it was like walking into a Jamba Juice. I got a ton of strawberry/banana along with some guava, passion fruit and currant.

T: Big, juicy dark fruits upfront with pomegranate and black cherry taking the lead. Then, the taste changes and there's a progression to some dark chocolate flavors with a finish that's bitter and slightly burnt. The mouthfeel was big, chewy and really smooth. I liked this one a lot.

04-25-2011 21:44:12 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Retsinis


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

Had this beer in a tasting flight at the brewery with my wife a weeks back, but this review is based on the bottle I got from Green Jug, so I could review it based on a larger pour, and was able to share it with others, (my brother and his wife) and go back for seconds.

A: The beer pours black, much like a Black hole, no light penetrates or escapes. A small, dark tan, near brown colored head rose about a quarter of an inch, then settled to a ring of consistent bubbles along the sides of the glass, leaving some small lacing.

S: I get whiffs of dark roasted malt, hints of roasted espresso coffee, dark chocolate or coco nibs, some vanilla, and light oats as it warmed.

T: Great flavors, moving from smooth espresso, roasted barley, and cocoa nibs to a mild oats or wheat grain character in the middle, finishing sweet, and with little to no hints of alcohol. Very well done, and a bit dangerous, but I like that.

M: Medium to full mouth feel body, and lightly to low medium carbonation. Smooth, and viscous, but NOT sticky or cloyingly sweet, which some imperial stouts, and oatmeal stouts can be.

O: Very drinkable. Great and tasty oatmeal stout, and from what they said, and the website, this is the beer (or a slight variation) that has been barreling aging to become Dark Days, really looking forward to that. My brother really liked it too. Good stuff.

04-20-2011 18:08:11 | More by Retsinis
Photo of mithrascruor


4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

350 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a matte black color with darkish tan head. Fairly bubbly/heavy film-like head.

Smell: Quite pungent with sweet-cream and coffee. Some other roasted flavors are in there too, and I catch a hint of blueberry as well.

Taste: The flavor isn't as strong as I imagined. Roasted malts and caramel up front. Coffee and blueberries slowly float in. After a while I notice a bit of oatmeal, or at least a bit of bread. Not too much bitterness - it is pretty balanced as far as that goes. Some alcohol comes out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with mild carbonation. Medium-bodied - a bit thinner than I would have imagined.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink - there's not much alcohol in the taste.

Another nice offering from Iron First. Doesn't totally capture my attention, but I am definitely enjoying it. Billed as an Imperial Stout, it is somewhere between that and an Oatmeal Stout, but not quite either. They definitely succeed in keeping the alcohol from being an overwhelming, prominent part of the flavor, which is a good sign.

04-05-2011 00:55:14 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of emmasdad


3.2/5  rDev -18.8%

My wife picked up this bomber at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA, to serve at our tasting last night. Poured a dark brown color with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of black licorice, roasted malt, chocolate and light vanilla. On the palate, this one was medium bodied and smooth, with flavors of roasted malt, currants and chocolate. Not bad, but a huge disappointment at its price point ($11/750).

04-04-2011 02:39:11 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Vdubb86


4/5  rDev +1.5%

Served in a snifter

Thanks to injuredreserve for this beer

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a dark tan almost bordering on brown foam. The head retention is decent, but it seems to fade a touch quicker than I would have liked. The aromatics are a 2 horse show. There are oats, some of which are toasted, and a whole bag of coffee. If I dig deep on the nose I can draw upon some vanilla as well. The initial taste makes me wonder if I've served this too cold. This coffee flavor is all encompassing with this taste. There may be a touch of mocha flavor with it, but in all honesty, I think it's secondary. The oatmeal is there, but has to be searched for. It goes down pretty easy, but not as good as I would have expected for an oatmeal stout. My overall impression of this beer is that it's very good. But I don't think I could venture much farther in describing it.

03-26-2011 20:32:11 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.47/5  rDev +13.5%

Glad to see another new brewery comin up and makin awesome beers.

Pours a super dark black. Thin tan head dissipated to thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty and caramely. Maybe a bit of sweetened coffee.

Taste is good. Nice and roasty. Bit if caramel sweetness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would expect but the finish feels nice. It's the initial mouthfeel.

Overall a tasty brew. Can't wait to see what they come up with in the future. Hopefully they barrel aged some of this stuff.

03-25-2011 04:46:45 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.