Velvet Glove | Iron Fist Brewing Company

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349 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
Ratings:
349
Reviews:
101
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
68
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 349 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leinie13
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CA_Jim
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really smooth, sweet on the nose and tongue, medium-heavy mouthfeel. Complex. Rye malts on the nose.

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Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of kow22
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HawkFalco
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maseitz
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of schad
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

375ml bottle served in a Spiegelau stout glass.

Pours a cocoa black color, deep mocha head.

Aroma is strong chocolate malt with hints of espresso.

Taste is very rich chocolate with a hint of coffee and alcohol. Very smooth. Finishes with black licorice.

Overall a smooth imperial stout.

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Photo of dtm426
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of harrisjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bubseymour
2.2/5  rDev -44%

I let this beer age in my cellar for about 6 months. Something was really off with this beer. A sourness in there. Maybe infected? Not sure, but it was one of the worst imperial stouts I've ever had. No woder it was way cheaper than most other options (I think I paid $6.99 for a big bottle). I had about 4 oz tops and had to drainpour the rest.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 poured into a New Belgium globe glass. The Velvet Glove pours a deep black with a slightly bubbly mocha cap of foam. Black even in the light, the cap is a bit short lived but resurrects itself with a quick spin.

Nose is rich through the foam, becoming a bit more still as the cap settles between agitation. Some dark chocolate and bit of roast as well as a still darkness and a faint hint of ethanol.

Taste follows with similar light roast and coffee notes and maybe a hint of deep cherry on the close. Pleasant coarseness on the finish rounds out the flavor profile. Overall a decent offering yet nothing exceptional, though does get more complex with warming, yet only to a degree. Solid yet 'simple' in a way.

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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of RavenForBeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kvgomps
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml capped bottle. no date

pours viscous and black like used motor oil. dark tan head, but it fades fast. nice aroma that builds as it warms - roast, a little booze. taste starts slightly sweet, then acidic dry aftertaste lingers. nice mouthfeel - thick and sticky, low carbonation. overall a decent imperial stout but not anywhere near the top of the style.

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Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Cobrabob428
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%

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