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RATINGS: 236   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (121) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Their best beer for sure, may be f I had a chance to do a barrel aged glove it would be great too. Chocolate roast malt. Very smooth mouthfeel, some heat. From alcohol caramel rich finish and great stout like carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Extremely smooth stout that tastes of rich chocolate and expresso that hides the 9% ABV. A excellent beer to sip on in great company!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Runningonempty (14) - cucamonga, California, USA - OCT 22, 2014
I love the way this pours: deep dark and very opaque. There’s a black-strap molasses aroma once the rich brown bubbly head gives way a bit. The head from a second swirling has a much darker richer tone (once the initial head already faded). Its got a big velvety mouth-feel (as promised) and a beautifully complex palate of espresso, chocolate, roasty malt. I love this. it reminds me of the really thick part of monkey bread from the bottom of a dutch oven.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChopinChef (1) - USA - JAN 22, 2011 does not count
Pours super dark from the bottle. Carbonation light, but appropriate for style. Aroma: Coffee, roasted, sweet. Taste: Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Drinks much cleaner and dry-er than the nose would suggest. Nice complexity. Smoothness nicely conceals the alcohol. Overall: VERY nice stout. I have to admit, after reading a couple of less than flatering reviews, I had my doubts. But it seems some people are fond of licking the asses of cats prior to reviewing beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2011
750 from Frank Smith’s. Pours turbid onyx with 1-finger deep brown head and tons of lace. Definite 5 for appearance. Nose is rich, roasty chocolate malt, mild coffee, blackberry. Tastes rich, truly velvety and super smooth. Feels nitrogenated it is so smooth, with big roasty chocolate malt flavor up front, some mild coffee, blackberry, and hops late, and very complex with very well hidden alcohol. This one is exquisite.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (160) - Östersund, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
Fruktig, kakaotät arom. Inslag av kavring, lakrits och mörkt rostad malt. Varken stor eller komplex arom men mycket välbalanserad och trevlig. Helt svart brygd och ett tämligen stort skum med lång halveringstid och finfina rester. Smaken är kraftigt rostad och rejält besk. Salt lakrits, och kaffe är dominerande, vilket är något förvånande med tanke på doftpaletten. Men visst, där finns även en giva kakao som gör sig påmind. Otroligt sammetslen kropp med elegant fyllighet. Gör verkligen skäl för namnet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2013
750mL bottle pours with a pure darkness supporting a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up big black licorice, lots of chocolate, some molasses and some dark roasted malts. The taste is indeed velvety smooth with rich dark chocolate goodness and then it gets into more chocolate, some dark roasted malts and ribbons of spicy black licorice knitted about ribbons of sweet molasses. Great stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4097) - Snohomish, 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 3, 2014
Had this on nitro at iron fist brewery. I’ve had both tap and bottle and this it’s way more velvet glove on nitro. Pours black with a deep brown/tan frothy head. Very smooth coffee aroma with hints of chocolate on the nose and an unbelievably smooth chocolate coffee flavor for taste with a enduring chocolate flavor on the back end. One of my go to stouts when I’m in or around Vista California.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (279) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
Almoust black liquid with a three finger high, brownbeige, fluffy head.

Nose: Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, smoke, ash, oak, rubber and roasted malt.

Taste: Smooth, really smooth taste! For an Imperial Stout - almoust a little bit waterish. Coffe, dry cocoa, smoked ham, ash, dark fruit, soy sauce and molasses.
Where have I’ve sensed this before? Yep! It makes me thining about Alaskan Smoked Porter! I get the same notes here!

Mouthfeel: A rich texture and well enbedded carbonation with almoust no alcohol taste. Really well hidden! Oily, smooth, complex and still very easy drinking!

I like this! But then I really like Alaskan Smoked Porter also...

Today I only bought two bottles - I’m going to get more of this lovely beer!


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