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Velvet Glove | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States
ironfistbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Sideswipe on 01-15-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,494
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
353
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
69
Trade:
1
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Photo of jonnydas
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of mrcraft
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zach136
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of egrissom
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akopczyk
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soco89ziegler
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of King_Lich13
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of d_kizzle
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skor
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of WesM63
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dilbert65
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbone1384
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AleHunter805
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beveragebattle
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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


Results

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.

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Photo of brycevolk
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of braker649er
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 353 ratings
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