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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3466) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a thick near-black color with a moderate bubbly tan head on it. Nose is darkly roasting with just a hint of some dark fruit in there, and reminds me of a RIS. Taste is roasty and quite smooth, with a coffee finish and just a hint of sweetness up front. Very nice brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

6/15/2011: Iron Fist Brewing Co. Velvet Glove... Aroma: Vanilla, generic chocolate, hint of grape, Appearance: Flavor: Milk chocolate, dark fruits, red grape (slightly tart); seems like it contains some lactose; Tom says "good breader" (inside joke); just a touch of cigar in the aftertaste. Palate: Medium to medium-full, ultra smooth. Overall: Tastes very much like Imperial Milk Stout; not a drain pour, but I’m not going to rave about it; The Mikkeller Beer Hop Breakfast was definitely a tough one to follow...

750 mL bottle (Alc. 9.5% by Vol.) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #127 for this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2013
750 ml bottle via trade a few years ago. No date is stamped, but it can’t be newer than mid-2011. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a finger of tan head that dissipates into a ring after a bit. Straightforward but nice aroma: rich roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate, earth, char, and brownie. Flavor is the same, after taking a little while to open up. Has thinned a little in body, and the carbonation is low, but the mouthfeel is smooth and really satisfying nonetheless. Took a while to reveal its charms, but this turned out to be a nice imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5156) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by phaleslu). Looks good; a dark and fairly opaque cola with beige lacing. Smells and tastes solid; dark malt and chocolate with some roast. Nice and smooth on the palate. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Well executed imperial stout! Onyx pour with a tightly packed latte head. Mahogany around the very out rim, a sliver really. Otherwise, not a hint of light made it through this beer’s viscous body. Brownie batter, cocoa, fudge, hint of coffee, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel reminiscent of the name...a velvet glove. Solid!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (2918) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
Brown bottle, 750 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on July 14 2013; eye: black, opaque, nice beige head that turns into a thin sheet, light lacing; nose: chocolate, molasses, roasted barley, slight burnt barley, coffee; mouth: chocolate, roasted barley, slight burnt barley, acidity, bitterness, pleasant acridness, coffee, molasses, finale in chocolate with presence of roasted barley, full body, average carbonation, lightly bitter, slightly sweet, lightly oily texture; overall: quite fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 750 ml, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 14 juillet 2013; œil : noire, opaque, belle mousse beige qui se transforme en une mince couverture, légère dentelle; nez : chocolat, mélasse, orge torréfiée, très léger orge brûlée, café; bouche : chocolat, orge torréfiée, très léger orge brûlée, acidité, amertume, âcreté plaisante, café, mélasse, finale en chocolat avec présence d’orge torréfiée, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement amère, très légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien bon

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2145) - Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle aged for at least 2 years. Dark brown/black pour with a tan head. Caramel and chocolate aromas. Chocolate, caramel, and rich roasted malt notes with vanilla lowlights. Sweet and smooth with a good mouthfeel and body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Aroma:Chocolate and raspberry. Appearance: Black. opaque with a thin but lasting reddish brown head. Flavor: Malty, roasted grain, coffee. Palate: Velvet is the perfect description. Viscous, low carbonation, smooth with a long chocolate finish. Overall: Well done. I have never had a beer so thick without being cloyingly sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (3063) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
Bouteille de 75cl. (bue en compagnie de Patrick). Classique brun très foncé avec une mousse brune collante. Un peu d’alcool au début mais qui se dissipe rapidement. Des arômes de cerises et de chocolat. La bouche est très agréable, crémeuse, chocolatée, un peu de poussière en fin de parcours. Ordinaire pour une Stout Impériale mais pas un échec comme plusieurs autres produits de cette brasserie.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3013) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
Voilà une bière intéressante proposée par cette maison. Velvet Glove montre une robe presque noire. Sa coiffe beige est bien large et laisse derrière elle une dentelle pratiquement spectaculaire. Son nez est simple mais généreux en gâteau chocolaté et en notes fruitées. Au goût, les notes torréfiées qui se joignent aux malts chocolatés et caramélisés apportent une amertume suffisante. En bouche, le liquide est bien crémeux. Son corps de bonne densité est faiblement traversé par les bulles. Sa finale est peu agressante, facilement chocolatée et goûteuse en café légèrement amer. Une surprise.


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