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Velvet Glove - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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very good

268 Ratings
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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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Photo of cbutova
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%

One of the last beers I have left beyond a few obvious aging candidates from San Diego last November. Opening as a celebratory brew.

A- Poured out of the 750ml bottle into a snifter with an appearance similar to spent motor oil. Super thick and oily and black as night. The bottle did let out a small hiss but I didn't think it would be this under-carbonated. No head, no bubbles, no legs, no lace, no sign of carbonation.

S- Fudgey and chocolatey with some underlying notes of a higher ABV fermented American Ale yeast, a bit of dark red fruits. Mostly dark, heavily roasted malts though.

T- Roasty and malty like the nose but the yeast gains some strength compared to the aroma. Rich dark roast grains, cocoa powder, toasted nutty and caramel malts atop a yeast fruit feel that gives the beer a bit of a cherry truffle hint without feeling artificial, it is a good thing.

MF- The lack of carbonation hits you immediately. Bubbles are here but at an almost minimum level. The body itself is very thick and has an oily, slick texture. Finishes with a tiny hint of alcohol warming and some roasty bitterness. (One thing must be said, the flavor allows the mouthfeel to be the way it is so I can't totally destroy it.)

The lack of carbonation hurts the appearance and mouthfeel a lot but the flavor is actually quite pleasant nonetheless and really not hurt by the carbonation level. Solid roast malts with some underlying yeast influence. When I am back in San Diego, I will give this another go.

cbutova, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

BuckTuckian, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.5%

"Iron Fist" and "Velvet Glove"- seemingly an oxymoron, but one sip and it all makes sense. The beer has a softer and silkier tone that glosses over its masculine strength and abrasive char underneath. The beer is its own yin and yang.

Jet black in its pour, only crimson low lights permit at the beer's widest angles. Yet a creamy off-white head builds upon the beer and caps it firmly throughout the vast majority of the session. It trails with broken lace as the beer slowly fades.

Leading notes of chocolate are backed by sweeter aromas of molasses, burnt toffee and vanilla milkshake. Yet heartier and more robust scents of smooth espresso, charred toast and roasted nuts are a counterpoint to the sweeter overtones.

Its not-so-delicate flavors are roasty with fresh-ground espresso, yet its taste of malt bring about a sense of heavy whipping cream, vanilla milkshakes, bittersweet chocolates and mocha latte. As the sweetness easily handles the roast, the beer's spicy alcohol provides further balance with a peppery taste to assist the char.

Silky-smooth in texture, the beer's deeply embedded carbonation gives a lush creaminess to the beer, making it feel truly like velvet on the palate. Its milky mouthfeel coats the mouth like decadent desserts and leads to a long and smoothly roasted finish.

The beer's Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde dialogue works well. There's enough gusto to appease the staunch lovers of dry roast in stout. But there's also enough decadent sweetness to appease the sweet tooth as well.

BEERchitect, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bobhoya, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +1.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of NorthSideSean
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

NorthSideSean, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +1.5%

outoffocus, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Snellgg5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Snellgg5, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of gbrill
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

gbrill, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

TKEbeerman, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted dry malt notes with nice rich chocolates notes with a side of molasses. Taste is a very nice balance mxi between some roasted malt notes with some dry notes which are offset by creamy chocolates notes with medium sweetness notes of green molasses. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and probably one of my favorite beer from Iron Fist.

Phyl21ca, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +1.5%

UltimateLivewire, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of JMM0414
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

JMM0414, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of qcbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

qcbrewer, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +1.5%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of speedvagen
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

speedvagen, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%

Black colored ale with a very small brown colored head.

Smells smells of patent malt and berries with a little chocolate and caramel. Slight sour scent and a slight milk scent.

Starts out fairly sweet with a charred grain after taste. Bittersweet with a clear taste of milk sugar. medium bitterness but the lactose really softens the taste. the one thing I don't taste is berry. Chocolate and caramel but not really coffee.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a tasty easy to drink beer. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for with smooth and pleasant flavor.

Zorro, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

MarkJBurch, Nov 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Reappropriated, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of toomuchhops
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

toomuchhops, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +1.5%

ZEB89, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +3%

Pours jet black with a thinner but well sustained lighter mocha colored head atop,full on dark fruits and French roast coffee in the nose,the dark fruit notes have a brandy dipped element to them.Flavors of bitter chocolate and raisins,the alcohol provides sweetness that goes well with the chocolate flavors,alot of dark fruit and alcohol in the finish.It's big and somewhat alcoholic but the sweetness stays in check,big in the dark fruit department.

oberon, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -23.9%

akttr, Nov 23, 2013
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.