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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1496) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottled: unk Pours velvety ink black with a fine, mocha sheet. Smells cocoa, leather, hints of resin hops, dark nougat, some figs, raisin. Nice nose. Flavor carries the earthy, oily flavors of leather and good amounts of dark chocolate, raisins, graham, soil, wood and some bitterness. Full bodied with light, fine carb and a semi dry finish. Good beer, worth drinking if you’re in the area, but not something I would seek out strongly. A good sub for me in my neck of the woods is a year old Ten FIDY. Serving type: bottle 09-14-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Very smooth stout. No sweetness. Strong coffee notes. Ends in a roastiness. Surprisingly thin; even more surprising is that this aids drinkability. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (862) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Pours nearly pitch black with a rocky one finger khaki head with some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, bakers coco, espresso, and some licorice. Taste is roasted malts, espresso, bakers coco, licorice, molasses, dark fruits, and some light anise. Has a medium-full body with a slightly creamy, slick, oily mouthfeel and a slightly dry, moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty nice imp. stout that remind me of Stone RIS but just lighter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1885) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Opaque, near black with a dark tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate. Taste of vanilla , roasted malt , coffee, chocolate and molasses. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (374) - Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bomber bottle. Aroma is coffee, dry dark malt, and booze. Appearance is black with a little tan head. Taste is dark malt with some sweetness then finishes a dry coffee. Palate is dry. Overall, a good stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2543) - Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2013
750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, oatmeal, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, toast, toffee, oatmeal, coffee, dark bread, light char, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, toffee, oatmeal, dark bread, light raisin, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7894) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
On draught at the hotel in San Diego. Black pour with a medium foamy beige head that recedes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Chocolate, coffee and malt in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted coffee, dark malts and semisweet chocolate. The finish is chocolatey with a burnt malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9588) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Tap at Victoria Gastro Pub. Pours opaque black with a total, frothy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt prunes and figs with spicy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5700) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
Bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque avec une faible densité de bulles. Présence d’un moyen col brun mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe de café torréfié et de fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de chocolat en arrière goût. (Rating #5139)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (632) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Appearance was clear jet black with tan creamy diminishing 1/2 head, spotty lacing. Aromas are coffee, cocoa, roasted toasty malty, hops are nonexist and no alcohol present. Taste are roasted chocolate, Munich, pale malts backbone with coffee, vinailla bean and no alcohol. Palate was creamy soft CO2 with medium body, then rich oily lasting roasty chocolately, coffee finish. A good American stout.

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