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Velvet Hammer - Peticolas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 277
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 22
Gots: 94 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Mora2000 on 03-03-2012

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.
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 277
Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a fun beer, reminds me of Middle Ages' Wailing Wench a bit. The aroma matches floral, citrus juice hops with sweet toffee malts and bread crust. On your tongue, biting grapefruit and orange rind hit first, but then the barley rolls through with dry toasty bread, sweet toffee candy, and a light smoky roast. It doesn't feel as thick as most imperial reds or barleywines, but the malt flavor is fantastic. Get a pint next time you're in Texas. (447 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy copper/mahogany body topped off with a crisp, velvety tan head. Beautiful from above.
Caramel malts come in big up front with some spicy hops. Sweetness that I can't quite tag, hints of raisin and chocolate, but really more the caramel/spicy/piney hops.

Flavour is an interesting blend that comes in waves. Starts out soft with some rye-like spice and the caramel. Waves of tobacco and brown sugar come through and escort you to the finish which emerges from behind the curtain with a definite pine bitterness that gathers and carries through the finish.
Medium body, like a comforter. Appropriate carbonation, The alcohol blends into the other flavours well, and the finish is long and bitter.
Another tasty Texas brew from @Bulldoza, thanks Nick!! (757 characters)

Photo of ATM_BMB
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a bond no molecule could break, a bond so strong, the mighty zeus couldn't muster up the strength to hit you this hard after 1 let alone 2. 3 beers and goodbye. (168 characters)

Photo of Donfloridasmith
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Name is appropriate. Goes down really smooth and after a couple pints, it hits you like A hammer. Great finish. An outstanding beer that I suggest everyone try. (160 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - cloudy dark auburn with a white head
Smell - sweet Carmel malt w piney hop
Taste - similar to the smell but much more hop forward
Feel - crisp carbonation and a full body
Overall - strong but not over bearing string ale, really good. (240 characters)

Photo of qcghost
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Holy Grail in Frisco. Tasted like cough medicine. Maybe it had gone bad but whatever it was, this was not at all what I had expected. (156 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler fill from Taps & Caps.

Color is a pristine burgundy. The tan froth leaves a few veins of lace. Has an understated aroma consisting of fruit juice and candied sugar. Tastes of grape and prune juice, grain, allspice and taffy with a slightly floral background and piney aftertaste. Medium-bodied and mostly lifeless.

One of those beers that has nothing particularly wrong with it, but doesn't have anything particularly right with it either. (457 characters)

Photo of ranger7
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice. Somewhat hoppy, but nice malt notes too, similar to a amber/red ale in that respect. Medium bodied. Nice taste. Terrific with my fish and chips. One of the best offerings in Texas. (191 characters)

Photo of doombuddha
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is delicious. I mean absolutely, positively a go-top beer. This beer is the first beer I think about when I am out and about. Do yourself a favor and get this beer.

It is a flavorful beer with quite a lot going for it. The flavor definitely is a good one, but in a way that it changes as you drink it. Some beers have only one note. This is an exception. Enjoy! (372 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of JGlitz87
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
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 (507 characters)

Photo of jkanavel
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of Danobold
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of tang214
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (440 characters)

Velvet Hammer from Peticolas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.