Velvet Glove
Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
3.94 | pDev: 10.91%
Nov 13, 2019
Jan 15, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: You know the expression, "A Velvet Glove and an Iron Fist"? It was coined to refer to a regime that used a soft exterior to hide its punishingly unforgiving nature. This seems an apt description for our Velvet Glove. Its placid appearance and unparalleled smoothness hide the truth; this is one fiendishly strong stout. Rich, chocolaty espresso dominates the flavor profile, with a velvety smooth texture that will haunt your senses.
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
October 3rd, 2015 - Finally, a winner from Iron Fist. The Velvet Glove is a real rebound after the other tasters today, but this wine dark brew has a lovely smell with smoke, dripping with a subtle sweetness and completely compelling even coming from a taster glass. The flavor is also quite toothsome, with just the perfect level of stickiness and a fantastic blend of sweet and smoky tastes.
Nov 13, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by grapeshops from California

Jun 03, 2019
Rated: 4.2 by socon67 from New York

Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 4 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 30, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by StoutSnob40 from California

Apr 16, 2018
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Iron, raisin, carob

T: Follows the nose, some dryness, slight smokeyness up front. A littl smokeyness, vanilla, a touch of char & a kiss of booze warmth. Finishes smokey, charry , dry with a little roastyness

MF: Medium body/thick, very creamy,

One of the best of this style with an Oatmeal slant I have had in a long time. Well done Iron Fist!
Mar 14, 2018
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Mar 10, 2018
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Reviewed by jonnydas from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Very chewy, sweet, hoppy undertone, not complex, high alcohol content is barely noticeable. Bought 22 oz bottle at an international supermarket which sells overstock beers for $1.99. WILL go back tomorrow and pick up a few more, maybe more than a few ;D
Nov 11, 2017
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle. Tan head. Lace. Black color.

Rich, roasted, smooth. Dark chocolate, caramel, and espresso. Some heat showing. Dark fruits and molasses.

Medium to full bodied. Ends roasted.

Solid offering.
Nov 02, 2017
Rated: 4 by mrcraft from California

Sep 22, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by Zach136 from Georgia

Jul 30, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by dertyd from California

Jul 24, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by egrissom from Georgia

May 31, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 24, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by akopczyk from Ohio

Jan 11, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 19, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by soco89ziegler from California

Jul 31, 2016
Rated: 4.59 by King_Lich13 from Mississippi

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by SoCal_Matt from California

May 24, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by d_kizzle from California

Jan 28, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Dec 24, 2015
Rated: 4 by TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

Dec 21, 2015
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Reviewed by Skor from California

4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
12.68 oz bottle served at 43 degrees. later warmed to ~55-60 degrees fahrenheit.

Look: Pours Jet Black with a Dense 1" caramel head. The Head retention was phenomenal as it never went away during my session of 30 minutes +. At its smallest 1/4". Creamy and dense Lacing.

Smell: Sweet aromas, roasty,toasty, and followed by dark chocolate and toffee scents. Smells of Dank, heavy, bitter dark chocolate. When warmed the scent of alcohol was present, but still subtle.

Taste: Nose is sweet and chocolaty, palates into a toffee and dark chocolate taste, followed by the bitter raw cocoa flavor. The Finish of raw cocoa is more present as the beer warms and opens up to you. Its a shy stout that needs to warm up for the best of all its flavors. Chocolate Dominates the flavor, but has an even and welcoming toffee and roast texture and flavor. Thick viscosity stout, and creamy. The Head adds tremendously to its overall flavor. I can't help but add that i felt it was somewhat chalky in the after taste as it warmed. Very Rich flavors.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, Smooth on the palate, very drinkable at 9%. Alcohol presents itself as the stout warms. Thick viscosity as previously mentioned, but not overpowering. Warm, inviting, creamy, gorgeous stout poured into a goblet.
Dec 20, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by WesM63 from Ohio

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by corywalston from North Dakota

Dec 08, 2015
Rated: 4.06 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by Dilbert65 from Maryland

Oct 02, 2015
Rated: 3.69 by tbone1384 from Wyoming

Sep 12, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by AleHunter805 from California

Sep 10, 2015
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Reviewed by beveragebattle from California

4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Round 1-Value

Iron Fist @ $11.99 with 9.0% ABV

Round 2-Aroma

Iron Fist: Unsweetened chocolate and espresso notes

Round 3-Flavor

Iron Fist: Dark chocolate covered espresso beans

Round 4-Finish

Iron Fist : 1:30-2:00 minutes

Round 5-Packaging

Iron Fist: Champagne bottle (25.4 ounces) with nice Communist-esque artwork


Iron Fist came in at $11.99 with a 9% ABV, which is a little pricey for 25.4 ounces of beer. With that being said, the beer is so rich, complex, and memorable that the price becomes an after thought. I treated this craft beer like a bottle of wine and sipped it all night. Velvet Glove is a quality Imperial Stout.
Sep 01, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by brycevolk from Ohio

Sep 01, 2015
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Reviewed by braker649er from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I was highly impressed--from the thick, generous head to the trailing warm alochol aftertaste, through the smooth-drinking middle.

L - Tan head, opaque brown to black.
S - There was lots more in the taste and feel than the smell of this one for me, but I certainly smelled coffee and chocolate.
T - Alcoholic Hershey's syrup was my first impression--in a good way: for its luscious chocolate and its smoothness backed by booze. Definitely coffee taste in there. maybe raisin or licorice for me.
F - It's not usually the mouthfeel that stands out for me, but this time it did. Noticeably smooth, especially out of a bottle--not to the level of nitro, but very close. A little more syrupy than creamy, but in a good way. A very good way.
O - The name is very apt. It is smooth and also packs a punch. I was impressed.
Aug 31, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by shadwow13 from Ohio

Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Aug 29, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by Vylo from New Jersey

Aug 27, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by samEBC from Belgium

Aug 22, 2015
Rated: 4 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by JsBeers from Illinois

Jul 29, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by largadeer from California

Jul 27, 2015
Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
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