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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sathorael (153) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aromas of rich dark fruits. Plum, raisin, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is much of the same with a little spice, nutmeg and coffee. Finish is sweet with a little touch of bitter chocolate. Good flavors, but feels a little off balance.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
Aged I think 4.5 years. Muted flavour, I like bolder, but still drinkable and smooth. Much licorice character remained.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hawthorne00 (2816) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle, 12C. Black with a large light tan head that lasts well. Aroma of mocha, alcohol, tar, molasses. Much sweeter and more chocolatey than suggested by the aroma. Molasses, oak, an odd but not unpleasant herbal note. There’s a little tar and coffee astringency at the end but the main chocolatey sweetness hangs around. Unfocussed stout smudged by loads of sweetness and booze.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2120) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2015
bottle sample, poured a dark brown colour with a slight beige head. nose of sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, char, raisins, licorice, and a clear alcohol notice in the end, some dark coffe notes, with a hint of vanilla, pretty classic imperial stout

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Paigeturner (63) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Multi dimensions here. Big coffe and toffee aroma with a neat Belgian yeast aroma. Flavor is big and chewy with a wonderful full body experience.finishes with some warmth that was another great dimension to it.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nealblind (1092) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Very dark pour. Aroma char carob wood. Tastes char, peat, wood, oaty. Very slight carb silky, sludgy from the oatmeal.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2256) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Rich and creamy with plenty of chocolate and coffee, not overly sweet and just the right amount of bitter and roasty notes. Nothing unusual but very well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (454) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Nitro draft. Pours deep brown with creme colored head. Chocolate aroma over mild carbonation. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness with a bit of heat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (242) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at the pine box. Black, thick dark tan head. Scent is molasses and dark chocolate. Taste is alcohol, dark cherry, some chocolate. Tasty beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheSilentSaint (98) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Chocolate stout. Rich creamy mouthfeel. A good finish. Good overall stout.. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Keg at Capital Ale House Innsbrook. Pours a dark brown with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, leather, smoke, tinny hops. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, raisin, citrus hops. Medium bodied mild lingering bitterness.


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