Velvet Glove | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Velvet GloveVelvet Glove

Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A classic simple dark walnut black body, a bit of clarity held up to the light with a nice red edge to it also. Head is maybe a finger tall, but an interesting creamy mocha with a fascinating orange tinge to it. Neat looking, wish that head color could stick around, leaves a nice whispy top.

Nose is a little one dimensional and buried. Weak roasted grains, hints of flaky barley. Roast character doesn't travel that much, some hints of fruity esters might even be present too. Mellow charcoal to match. Not bad.

Boy on first sip, that mouthfeel is impressive. Full. Silky. Luscious and coating, but where's the character? Slight drying roasted grains. Hints of peanut butter and very light grains. Mellow finish, and a little bit fleeting on the swallow. Slight mellow fruit aftertase as well that's not very easy to distinguish.

Overall it's a real impressive feeling and silky brew, but with a palate that doesn't seem to be that exciting.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours black, there isn’t even a hint of dark brown in the corners…very dense…head is thick and mocha colored…luscious, like a cloud floating on top…big bubbles supporting small bubbles, fantastic! (4/5)

Smell: Very chalky, oatmeal heavy for sure…roasted and toasted malts, dry chocolate, very mild coffee bitterness…a touch of alcohol heat when I stick my nose in there, this is a very malt driven brew…very deep and dark and sultry…(3.75/5)

Taste: Creamy, smooth, dry oatmeal right off the bat…roasted malts, light coffee bitterness, dry cacao nibs come roaring in next…very malt driven, much like the nose…I’m also getting a bit of astringent flavor, but it’s mild…not overly complex flavor, it really does start as it finishes: tons of oatmeal and roasted/toasted malts, cacao, coffee. Done…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, it’s smooth and light on the palate, but has a complex chewiness that balances between easy drinking and a heavy hitter…carbonation is a little light, but does fluff up bringing roasted malts, light coffee bitterness and oatmeal dryness to the palate…it has a dry immediately after swallowing, then fades with rich, roasted/dry flavors…nice, but carbonation could be more…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is a really solid brew…it’s my first dip into the Iron Fist pool and I have to say its worth trying…the higher price tag ($10.99) may be a bit steep, but the flavor is solid and won’t disappoint…coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal are a nice combo and they’ve worked something nice here…not overly boozy in the drinking, this one beer is perfect for a night in with the wife while watching something on HGTV…if you’re like me…(3.75/5)

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black and viscous into the glass. Small mocha head forms with little retention and lacing though a fine ring of bubbles i seen clinging to the glass.

Rich dark chocolate, sweetened oatmeal and licorice with undertones of coffee and creamy caramel. Very inviting and strong.

Sweet roasted malt with a bit of astringency, a bit green and bitter near the finish. Other than that the flavor exudes rich dark chocolate notes and a slight tone of coffee beans. Balanced and even, the alcohol is complementary.

Creamy mouthfeel, drinkable body with a touch of alcohol that complements the flavor of the brew. Mouthcoating is sweet and fades nicely.

Color me impressed with this stout, it's smooth, rich and flavorful delivering plentiful chocolate notes with touches of pleasant complexities. The mouthfeel is velvet much like the namesake, this is as good a stout as I've ever had.

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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
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