Velvet Hammer | Peticolas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Peticolas Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tribute to our favorite Brewmaster, Greg Matthews, the Velvet Hammer appears as a dark, ruby reddish-brown ale beneath a sheath of protective off-white foam. It is malt-forward with elements of caramel and the sweetness of light brown sugar, balanced nicely by a combination of floral hops and a noticeable alcohol bite. It's a sturdy brew with a smooth character which belies both an inner strength and a slightly full body, along with a moderate bitterness to round out the taste.

Added by Mora2000 on 03-03-2012

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Reviews by Premo88:
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4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into tulip
(from Whole Fords west Fort Worth)

L: dark red/copper, murky to start with but it clears up to virtually crystal clear; pushes up thick head of beige/offwhite foam that has that "craft" foamy look, like thick meringue or whipped cream; some lacing and some sticking and it keeps a decent collar; beautiful

S: big malt up front ... brown sugar, even pinch of licorice and raisin, a little "darker" thank caramel/toffee; a second wave of aroma hits and it's very floral, American-hop floral ... gosh ... it's nice and complex, like a hoppy American brown ale

T: that first sip is almost all velvet, caramel/toffee malt so sweet it's like a doppelbock; the hammer of bitter hops hits in the aftertaste and then starts building and building and building, and it's piney and earthy, tastes like a mix of American and fuggle or some other kind of Old World hops

F: ale soft, decent carbonation but it's got a bit of heft and a slight slickness to it; very drinkable for a beer this big, for all of the ale qualities (soft, heavy, slick), it's lightened up quite a bit by the carbonation

O: fantastic brew; it's got enough malt presence to keep it from tasting like a mislabeled IPA/DIPA ... and it's strong, both strong in flavor and strong in ABV -- the 9% is completely hidden in the flavor but completely there

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano. The beer pours a hazy orange-brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of sweet caramel notes with some cherries and dark fruit, as well as a little bit of pine. The flavor is more of the same. I get some pine and orange notes from the hops, as well as some caramel and cherries. The alcohol is definitely present, but doesn’t hinder the drinkability. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Tylerncc
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeschaefer
1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice light brown to tan head that leaves a decent lacing. Nice deep amber reddish color. Solid taste of richly roasted caramel malts layered nicely with the hops. What's not to like!

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Photo of Dface
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RobertH50
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of En29356
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Indytruks138
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of BearMark
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of TipsyCyclist
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pandajuice22
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of J_cole
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Ryan_Hill92
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a fun beer, reminds me of Middle Ages' Wailing Wench a bit. The aroma matches floral, citrus juice hops with sweet toffee malts and bread crust. On your tongue, biting grapefruit and orange rind hit first, but then the barley rolls through with dry toasty bread, sweet toffee candy, and a light smoky roast. It doesn't feel as thick as most imperial reds or barleywines, but the malt flavor is fantastic. Get a pint next time you're in Texas.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Velvet Hammer from Peticolas Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 324 ratings.
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