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Velvet Hammer - Peticolas Brewing Company

Velvet Hammer
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109 Ratings

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.4%

Brewed by:
Peticolas Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A tribute to our favorite Brewmaster, Greg Matthews, the Velvet Hammer appears as a dark, ruby reddish-brown ale beneath a sheath of protective off-white foam. It is malt-forward with elements of caramel and the sweetness of light brown sugar, balanced nicely by a combination of floral hops and a noticeable alcohol bite. It's a sturdy brew with a smooth character which belies both an inner strength and a slightly full body, along with a moderate bitterness to round out the taste.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 03-03-2012)
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Photo of StaveHooks


3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Oak St. Pub in Denton TX
Review from notes:

A - Dark reddish brown with ruby hues on the edges, hazy with a small sudsy cap. Good lacing.

S - Strong caramel malt, tangy dark fruit, earthy hops, pine mostly.

T - Follows the nose with dark caramel malt, fruity alcohol, the fruit is generic and hard to pick out, earthy rugged flavors, pine/herbal hops. Finishes semi-dry with some alcohol and pine.

M - Medium full body, medium carbonation, alcohol shows up a bit, sweet semi-dry finish.

A malty strong ale the has enough hops to balance it out. Plenty of alcohol showing but works well with all components. Glad I had a chance to try this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 04:19:49 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of JGlitz87


3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Old Monk in Dallas.

A: deep amber, relatively translucent. Two finger cream colored head that hold well for first few sips.

S: Malts come through strong. Hints of chocolate and nuts.

T: Creamy. Lots of malt. Very flavorful. Hides the high alcohol content very well.

F: Medium Body and Carbonation. Lives up to the name velvet.

O: Strong offering from a local brewery. Creamy/smooth nature is very nice for the strong ale/stout category.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2013 19:57:28 | More by JGlitz87
Photo of sweemzander


4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first review from my notes during my week in Texas. This was a part of a sampler flight at the Common Table in Dallas.

(A)- Pours a clear reddish amber hue. Some good froth and lacing left behind.

(S)- A lightly spicy rye/wheat profile. A good sweetness underlying it with caramel and a subtle smokiness.

(T)- Similar to the smell, only more/better showing in the hops area. A big and vibrant sweet rye-like caramel spiciness with a nice finish of citrus and pine.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. A great showing of what an imperial amber can be like while still having a nice hop profile. Mildly bitter.

(O)- This is a big favorite down here since you see it everywhere. Definitely seems like an imperial red ale meets the catch-all style of an american strong. Definitely an enjoyable malty treat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 02:35:46 | More by sweemzander
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color with a very impressive head; excellent retention and a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: The caramel comes on strong, up front, and while there is a piney herbal character that develops in the middle, the finish overall is herbal and sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent offering that slants a bit too much on the sweet side for my palate, though I recognize that is a characteristic of the style

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 15:29:39 | More by brentk56
Photo of jkanavel


4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Live Oak, and at Caves.

The appearance is very dark red, plum in the middle, with crimson around the edges. Its a little murky because of the deep color.

It smells amazing, leather, mild esters. Not too much hop presence here.

Its pretty complex on the palate. Very malt forward, alcohol, red stone fruits, and plenty of chocolate.

The mouthfeel is rich, thick, creamy head. I wanna try it on nitro.

Overall, this is one of my favorite local brews these days. Big ups.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 20:48:08 | More by jkanavel
Photo of Danobold


4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely echo one of the previous posts, this is a new favorite for me. Had it on draft at Common Table in the Uptown/Downtown-ish area, and it was greatness.

Interesting imperial red ale, with a mellow mouth feel and a nice balance - it starts out hoppy but it is well balanced with the malt in the beer, and it leads to a surprisingly smooth experience. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol aftertaste, although not unpleasant by any means. I'd definitely get another one next time I'm there, and would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 22:46:26 | More by Danobold
Photo of tang214


4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my new favorite beer (until the next one). Had it a few times at various places around town. Color is reddish-orange with a slight haze. Aroma is a pungent piney-ness with a twist. I am very curious about the types of hops they have used in this brew. Good body and mouthfeel make this a very drinkable beer despite its "size" (abv and OG). Good rich malty carmaelly flavor but not at the expense of the hops. I will be drinking this whenever I can. I'd love to see more of it from Peticolas. I can't wait to try their Scottish Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 20:48:26 | More by tang214
Photo of bmwats


4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a tulip.

A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Pours a medium, white, foamy head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a ring of foam around the rim and a blanket of foam on the surface.

S: Light cinnamon-y bread. Earthy and woody.

T: Lightly bitter, licorice and cinnamon toast, pecan shells.

M: Chalky, and lightly syrupy. Bitter, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2013 06:29:21 | More by bmwats
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano. The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of sweet caramel notes with some cherries and dark fruit, as well as a little bit of pine. The flavor is more of the same. I get some pine and orange notes from the hops, as well as some caramel and cherries. The alcohol is definitely present, but doesn’t hinder the drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 22:08:44 | More by Mora2000
Velvet Hammer from Peticolas Brewing Company
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