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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Hoppy nose with some caramel. Medium amber with a little bit of cloudiness, Taste is spicy with caramel, not overly hoppy at first but the hops build quite a bit with this beer. It’s bitter finish is as much alcohol as hops. I think I’d like this beer much much more if the abv was less aggressive. Good stuff.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
commonmac (611) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2015
Tap in Dallas at the Rodeo Goat. Pint glass. Deep ruby/copper with some really nice lacing. White persistent head...about 1/4 finger. Aroma has malty and sugary elements. Dark fruit comes through too. Taste has a strong alcohol presence that lingers well into the aftertaste. Some bitterness appears during the middle with a malty backbone. Almost an imperial red feeling to it. First beer of the TX two-step trip. It’s a decent way to kick things off!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2895) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Draft. Pours a medium ivory head, with moderate lacing, over a clear, copper Amber (SRM 18) body.....nose is raisin, plum notes, cereal, light pine, resin, balance to the malts.....taste is slightly sweet to start with licorice, anise tones, slight American hop notes with light pine, resin, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, medium body, slight stickiness, alcohol warmth present, carbonation low. Some aspects of the hops are fairly harsh for the style, but the malts correct for this. The overall complexity is quite good. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Draft: Poured a dark brown Amber with tan head. Nice underling hops and malt aroma. Taste is hops, toasted malts very balanced and yet hides the 9% well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (211) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 18, 2015
From tap at a restaurant. Great spicy nose. Nice deep amber color. Hops are a bit assertive, mask the other flavors. Good spice taste in the back. Creamy mouthfeel. Satisfying overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttutony (759) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Reddish color with an off-white head. Caramel malt aroma with some resiny hop notes. Slight sweetness on the palate. Medium-full body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mysticbrew (54) - - NOV 23, 2014
This one is such a favorite which causes me to maintain a growler or two in my frig, since it's only available on draft. Pours a darkish red amber with an off-white head. The nose is caramel and spice. The flavor has a subtle smokiness with a bit of pepper supported by a clean caramel. There is a nice fizz and bitterness, if swirled the in the mouth, which also releases a the floral hops through the nasal cavity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
darb85 (138) - Canton, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Smooth worth malt lead. Brown sugar finish written a hint of cinnamon. A bit of bitter hop lingers. Over all beer decent, dangerously drinkable at 9%

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
Almost by accident I have been chasing this beer across Dallas and here I am back at Mellow Mushroom and it is available. Beer is light on velvet and big on hammer. Red colour. Light, head. Heavy glass, though an irrelevant fact. Moderate hop nose. Big hop flavour, some malt and big fruity ABV.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - 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.

4
   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.


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