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RATINGS: 183   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Busick (350) - 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!

4.5
   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 (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2011
750 from Frank Smithís. 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - 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 (3452) - 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.

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. Iíve had both tap and bottle and this itís 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 Iím in or around Vista California.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chribban (160) - 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 Iíve 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 - Iím going to get more of this lovely beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zekada (40) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle from systembolaget. A complex smell of liquorice, chocolates, raisins and espresso coffee. Pours a solid black with a rich dark brown head. The taste is as good and as complex as the aroma. A richness in body and a well preformed mix in tastes makes it very enjoyable. However it lacks a bit of the creaminess which is common and so desirable in imperial stouts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Aroma: Raisins, roasty malt, yeasty notes. Appearance: Black, still pour with a fine tan head. Decent lacing. Taste: Rich malty front end. Raisiny dark fruit. Slightly woody note. Coffee, earthy, blue cheese (?) funk in the finish. Nicely hopped. Palate: Medium-full. Satisfying and rich without being cloying. Overall: Very nicely done Imperial Stout. While not over-the-top, it was well balanced, tasty, and only hinted at the alcohol within as the name implies. The blue cheese note in the finish was really odd but not unpleasant. Not sure if this was from the yeast used or what. Iíd certainly drink it again.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10692) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Capped 750 from Freddie at B 4 L in Santee. Pours really dark brown/black with a 3 finger creamy/foamy dark tan head. Anise wafts from a foot away. Some rich chocolate from up close. Full bodied. Lots of chocolate, burnt toast and some hi quality dark coffee. It is smooth indeed. It has characteristics of a BA IS. They should put this in 6 or 7 different kinds of barrel. I vote for scotch, port and cab to start.


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