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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sideswipe on 01-15-2011)
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

madtrixter787, Jun 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Jeysun23, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Boone757, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

hbchrisg, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. I gotta say, I actually like the marketing babble's 'velvet glove' explanation, and how it pertains to an Imperial Stout. After that, though, I just stopped reading.

This beer pours a solid, unforgiving black oil, erm, 'colour', with the barest of trace basal, well, light detritus, and three chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, foamy, frothy, chunky, bubbly, and in other words, clearly awesome chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some pleasantly random-shaped webbed lace around the glass as it slowly, gradually dissipates.

It smells of milky, bittersweet Irish cocoa, burnt coffee, neutered vanilla beans, wet cigar ash, a mildly yeasty dark fruitiness, one indistinct in its sourness, toasted caramel malt, a bit of star anise, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big semi-sweet chocolate, somewhat bashful caramel malt, testy dry orchard fruit, smoky, charcoal-flecked leather, well sauced-up cafe-au-lait, a bit of early-morning oatmeal graininess, and a blended stale nutty/leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly understated, and just barely up for its quotidian duties, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and smooth, in a tempered, sort of bristling from imminent threats manner. It finishes less sweet than I might have initially gathered, a certain thinning of the herd apparently going on right now, as the cocoa, coffee, and muddled malt all pull back to some degree, allowing the metallic alcohol and ride-along hops to inform on my experience as such.

A flavourful, if not overly dense (in the expected good way) Imperial Stout, the big promise at the outset fading to a more plain, inoffensive dryness of being. It appears that the velvet of the titular glove might have attained too much of an, um, upper hand over the iron fist that many of us prefer in our big, bad, and well, Imperial stouts. Sometimes (ok, most times), I prefer that the taste and mouthfeel, and not just the booze, use and abuse me at will, at least for this particular style.

biboergosum, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

watchnerd, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

oriolesfan4, May 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

MEO89, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Evil_Pidde, May 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

KingSlayer, May 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

markgugs, May 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

john0721, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kramerwtmf, Apr 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Goofster, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

freshflesh, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

jeff1973, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Seems to be pretty much no head on this one. Pours pretty much pitch black though. First off, I like the viscosity of this one. Beyond that, it has a nice thick malt character to match. Kind of a mild molasses tone in flavor, but matching the feel. Which is fine by me. Mild roast. Very mild chocolate. Overall, it's a well bodied and consistent stout. To be rated any higher it would need to bring some variance of character and more oomph in the unusual department. But it's a nice drinker.

RblWthACoz, Mar 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

letshaveanother, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of craftbeersweden
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Almoust black liquid with a three finger high, brownbeige, fluffy head.

Nose: Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, smoke, ash, oak, rubber and roasted malt.

Taste: Smooth, really smooth taste! For an Imperial Stout - almoust a little bit waterish. Coffe, dry cocoa, smoked ham, ash, dark fruit, soy sauce and molasses.
Where have I've sensed this before? Yep! It makes me thining about Alaskan Smoked Porter! I get the same notes here!

Mouthfeel: A rich texture and well enbedded carbonation with almoust no alcohol taste. Really well hidden! Oily, smooth, complex and still very easy drinking!

I like this! But then I really like Alaskan Smoked Porter also...

Today I only bought two bottles - I'm going to get more of this lovely beer!

craftbeersweden, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

sia478, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

gueuzegossage, Feb 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Tyrus, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.