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RATINGS: 205   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2636) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8149) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5793) - Montréal, 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)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (636) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Very dark, very little head. Very thick nice full palate. Taste at the beginning is incredibly strong. One of the strongest tastes I’ve had. After a few sips, though, the taste mellows a bit and becomes slightly sweet with a bit of a bitter bite. Very nice, but....for the price point, there’s better stuff out there. Ahem, Sweet Josie...cough cough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7651) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
Draught @ Stone 17th Anniversary
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and hint of coffee. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3681) - 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 (3013) - 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 (6555) - 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.


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