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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shark_Pants (504) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2015
Black as tar with a generous coffee coloured head. Aromas of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, vanilla, leather and licorice dominate. It actually smells like itís been aged in bourbon barrels too, with tannic oak notes and the bourbon sweetness. The taste has a lot of licorice, treacle, dark chocolate and leather. Only a bit of espresso. Charred meat in the finish. I still canít shake the impression that this is barrel aged although I know itís not. Full bodied and, as the label promises, velvety smooth with a little bit of prickly carbonation as well. Fantastic imperial stout, provided it isnít consumed too cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Draft at Uber, Seattle. Thick black-brown, dark brown head. Pretty, and a smooth sip. Roasty grain. Tasty, medium body as these big RIS go. Very solid and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aniela (4207) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle at home. Black beer with a brown head. Coffee, chocolate, tar and licorice aroma. Coffee, vanilla, licorice, leather and smoked flavour. A bit too much leatherflavour for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wvhoran (455) - 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 (1240) - 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 (4503) - 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 (2459) - 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 (11836) - 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 (1523) - 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.

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