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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A tribute to our favorite Brewmaster, Greg Matthews, the Velvet Hammer appears as a dark, ruby reddish-brown ale beneath a sheath of protective off-white foam. It is malt-forward with elements of caramel and the sweetness of light brown sugar, balanced nicely by a combination of floral hops and a noticeable alcohol bite. It’s a sturdy brew with a smooth character which belies both an inner strength and a slightly full body, along with a moderate bitterness to round out the taste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (976) - The Colony, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pretty decent brew. Mild malty aroma, a little fruity and grainy. Amber or tea color with a small head. It had a heavy palate and sat pretty heavy in my stomach. Average carbonation. Malty and alcohol presence up front with a bitter hop finish. Not necessarily recommended with food. A little wood essence as well as I reached the end and it warmed a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2340) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2014
8/7/2014. Clear dark amber with an off-white head. Sweet malty aromas with caramel, toffee and light fruit. Very smooth and soft. A little bit of alcohol burn, but smooth all the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JUL 19, 2014
Good stuff. Well crafted and malty. Hops backup this nice hefty brew. Good full mouthfeel with doughy, malty goodness. It reminds of a nice belgian brown made with american yeast and without the spices. Good brew overall nothing too overpowering but has some alco in the sip but balanced.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (999) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Pours a deep purple brown color with a slight floral aroma. Taste is a bit brown sugar mixed with hops which doesn’t hide the alcohol content. A decent raisin and sugar mixture that allows the beer to feel smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1421) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pours a nice dark amber color with white head. Caramel malt, alcohol, floral notes, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some nice bitterness on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TxDrewski (8) - - JUN 3, 2014 does not count
Without a doubt, the best Dallas craft beer out there. Fantastic appearance and palate. Superb balance of malt and hops. Will even win over non- beer drinkers- the only time I have ever had someone say "I'll have what she's having". If you are in North Texas and you're not drinking this, you're missing out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (632) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 31, 2014
On tap. It has a sweet, dark malt aroma and flavor with a smooth, heavy body and a sweet malt and alcohol finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (873) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Tap. Copper pour. Caramel, medicine, metal. Medium body with long bitter finish. Surprisingly good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4031) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2014
750ml growler in a tulip. Pours ruby/brown with a lacy off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee, light chocolate notes, floral hops, and light alcohol. Flavor the same. Average to smoother texture. A decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haslinger (865) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2014
on tap at Stanleys BBQ in Tyler, dark reddish copper color with a small but frothy head. Very sweet smelling, some burnt sugar or cotton candy, extremely good smelling, the taste is sweet as well with some frosting like alcohol in the initial taste. Very solid beer could and have drunk again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (4480) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
Draft - Sweet candy floss. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Orange, booze and caramel. Rich and liqueur like. Exactly as described.

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