Velvet Hammer
Peticolas Brewing Company

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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #29
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,028
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 13.08%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
355
From:
Peticolas Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  32
Gots
  132
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 355
Reviews by tempest:
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Velvet Hammer from Peticolas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 355 ratings