Velvet Glove | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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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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Photo of captaincoffee
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying that after 3 days of visiting SoCal microbrews recently, Iron Fist has suddenly jumped into my sights as a seriously good brewery. All-round amazing stuff from what I assume is the youngest commercial brewer in the country.

I had the Velvet Glove on nitro as recommended by my brother (this is his favorite beer). I have to say, the beer is aptly named. With the nitro pour, it is the smoothest mouthfeel I've ever had on a beer. Dark, mostly opague, as expected from an Imperial Stout. What was surprising was the balance and not-overwhelming dark malts. I really enjoyed the intial taste/mouthfeel, which is sometimes a bit over-the-top with this style. The complexity of the malt came later, and with almost no bitter aftertaste like I was expecting. I think some would say the beer is a bit "soft", but personnally I think the softness with complexity is admirable in a beer this big and with the amount of roasted malts.

A great beer.

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

750ml bottle – FW snifter glass

A: Pours a dark muddy brown that collects much darker in the glass. Raven-like with a deep maroon edge to it. Thin brown paper bag rim with tiny bubbles of fizz that settle out to a thin collar. Some weak squiggles of lace.

S: Aromas offer up a great blend of dark and semi-sweet chocolates. I get lots of dark roasted grains with some earthy minerals and dark fruits. Fig, plum, and currants. Super chocolaty like brownie batter with a bit of marshmallow mixed in and a light trailer of soft espresso notes. Really great nose.

T: Tastes of dark chocolate truffles with complimenting notes of dark fruits and dried cherries. Deliciously sweet with loads of dark roasted grains, some toasted oats, and a restrained espresso bean note. There is a very earthy component with a nice moderate hoppy bitterness. Has a bit of smoky charcoal in the finish with some dark molasses and a slight umami thing going on in the aftertaste. Creeper alcohol remains well hidden all throughout. Really nice balance of flavors. Not quite as good as the nose indicates but definitely tasty stuff.

M: Velvety smooth mouth feel. A real highlight to the overall beer. Somewhat thicker body with ample carbonation gives a much lighter feel. A slight bitter hop pucker with an oily slick finish on the palate.

D: This is a really nice Imperial Stout and my favorite offering at Iron Fist. Should be a sipper yet has some great drinkability. Reminds me of something you would find coming out of CCB with the deep rich roast flavors and silky smooth mouth feel. One I like to include as trade extras.


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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours a thin black, with a 2 finger light tan head. Sporadic blotches remain on the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, some roast.

T- Dark chocolate, roast, coffee, some ash, semi-sweet dark fruits and some bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. A little thin, but has a nice slick feel and is very drinkable.

O- Good RIS. Again, a little thin but has very good flavors and aromas that make up for the mouth feel.

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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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Velvet Glove from Iron Fist Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78.6% out of 100 with 350 ratings
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