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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wvhoran (454) - Tasmania, - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at Lake Youl with JK, James, Poet. Looks black enough, with a thick and foamy light brown head. The aroma has chocolate, roasted malt. The body is nice and full with an oily texture. The flavour has roasted malt and cocoa bitterness. Without being one of the best, itís good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1167) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Aroma is rich sweet malts with hints of espresso and chocolate. A light bitterness comes through that is somewhat unpleasant. Taste is again fairly rich sweet malts with some caramel and espresso character. Slightly metallic aftertaste. Appearance is black with a medium brown head that retains well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours a deep black with a very small tan head. Aroma of tobacco, nuts, roasted malt, caramel and light coffee notes. Flavor of tobacco, brown sugar, milk chocolate, nuts and toasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (4203) - Reval, ESTONIA - DEC 2, 2014
750ml bottle (tasting @VastActive place, thanks). Pitch black color. Tiny size, brown head, stays. Sweet, roast, cocoa, licorice, plums in aroma. Massive roast, nutty taste. Nice bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden. All flavors are mellow. Nice one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (2390) - NORWAY - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle shared by daje
Pours almost black with a creamy tanned head - which was a quite big surprise since daje had claimed that this was an IPA.... :-) Smells of dark malts, roast, coffee and spice tendensies. Following up with heavy sweetness, coffee and cocoa, dark dark fruits, elements of toast and soil. Ends with a medium bitter finish. A descent imperial stout for sure!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11501) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2014
750ml bottle - thanks mjs, VastActiv and the rest of the Hel crowd!
Sticky marmitey aroma. Very dark, small tight tan head. Taste full of rich roasts, but burnt and a bit ashy. Still malty though. Interesting wineyness in the finish. A bit harsh and aggressive, despite the obvious sweetness that ought to cover such things up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1504) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours an opaque black with a layer of toffee colored head. Aroma and taste are great, slightly dank, chocolates and coffee with roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiarasummer (11) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
Pours a deep coffee brown with a creamy tan head, nice lacing. Nose of cocoa, roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Very creamy on the palate, best brew Iíve had from Iron Fist so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6836) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of vanilla, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Very simple aroma of the usual stout suspects: chocolate, vanilla, and some roast. Very sweet in the mouth; kinda decadent/rich mouthfeel but kinda syrupy too. Difficult to drink much of and not very interesting to nose, so...yeah, just mediocre.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (5458) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
(Bottle, 0.75 l - BB 1-1-16, from Systembolaget, 20141122) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had saltiness, liquorice and burnt malts. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were saltiness, liquorice, sweetness, burnt malts, ash and bitterness. Afteraste had liquorice, saltiness, ash and bitterness. A nice balanced imperial stout.

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