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Velvet Glove | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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3.93/5
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353 Ratings
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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:
#6,395
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
353
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
69
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 353 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Fist Brewing Company in Vista, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee. Taste is of dark roasted malt and some chocolate chip cookie dough flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout with some nice aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of licorice and hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of dark chocolate and slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer hides its also hides its alcohol rather well and isn't that too difficult to drink.

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

"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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle. I gotta say, I actually like the marketing babble's 'velvet glove' explanation, and how it pertains to an Imperial Stout. After that, though, I just stopped reading.

This beer pours a solid, unforgiving black oil, erm, 'colour', with the barest of trace basal highlight detritus, and three chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, foamy, frothy, chunky, bubbly, and in other words, clearly awesome chocolate milk brown head, which leaves some pleasantly random-shaped webbed lace around the glass as it slowly, gradually dissipates.

It smells of milky, bittersweet Irish cocoa, burnt coffee, neutered vanilla beans, wet cigar ash, a mildly yeasty dark fruitiness - one indistinct in its sourness - toasted caramel malt, a bit of star anise, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is big semi-sweet chocolate, somewhat bashful caramel malt, testy dry orchard fruit, smoky, charcoal-flecked leather, well sauced-up cafe-au-lait, a bit of early-morning oatmeal graininess, and a blended stale nutty/leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly understated, and just barely up for its quotidian duties, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and smooth, in a tempered, sort of bristling from imminent threats manner. It finishes less sweet than I might have initially gathered, a certain thinning of the herd apparently going on right now, as the cocoa, coffee, and muddled malt all pull back to some degree, allowing the metallic alcohol and ride-along hops to inform on my experience as such.

A flavourful, if not overly dense (in the expected good way) Imperial Stout, the big promise at the outset fading to a more plain, inoffensive dryness of being. It appears that the velvet of the titular glove might have attained too much of an, um, upper hand over the iron fist that many of us prefer in our big, bad, and well, Imperial stouts. Sometimes (ok, most times), I prefer that the taste and mouthfeel, and not just the booze, use and abuse me at will, at least for this particular style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A viciously dark pour, with a rocky mocha head capping the liquid; a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Sweetened chocolate with some roast, coffee and pipe tobacco tones

Taste: Sweetened chocolate overwhelms the palate, bringing the "velvet" before the "fist" though the roast, coffee and ash tones build into the mid-palate; perhaps there is a bit of raisin in the mix but the sweetness is so dominant that it makes it hard to discern any other flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and velvety smooth; moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: My bottle has a year, maybe two, of age on it and, given the sweetness, I would recommend that others drink it fresher so as to preserve the balance from the hops

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, oatmeal, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, oatmeal, coffee, dark bread, light char, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, oatmeal, dark bread, light raisin, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some very dark cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted dark malts with some hints of vanilla, cocoa, and coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted dark malts with some light to moderate notes of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness (hints of raisin). There are some hints of vanilla and coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that lingers slightly.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This has some nice flavors with a decent amount of complexity and it pretty enjoyable - alcohol is well hidden. Fairly easy to drink but a nice sipping beer.

Thanks to my wife for bringing this one back from her business trip to the LA area.

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

Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mdfb79 for sharing this bottle. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a good off-white to tan head and a cap and collar. The nose has some roast and chocolate along with a bit of coffee and vanilla. Flavor has a nice coffee and roast balance with a touch of coffee. Medium-full body with good carbonation. An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured close to black in color with a thin tan head to it. Pretty nice looking beer overall.

In the aroma I get notes of dark chocolate, smoke and a little caramel. I really like the smoke to it. Very nice aroma to it overall.

In the taste it shows a little more chocolate and a little less of the smoke. Some darker, roasted malts come out in the finish. The chocolate flavors are very nice in it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate for the style. Overall, it was a very solid beer of the style. The flavors all came together very nicely. I liked the little bit of smoke I got in it as well.

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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 mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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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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