RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
We are very excited to announce the release of our first wild beer. The Velvet Hammer is a slightly tart belgian style ale weighing in around 8% abv. The base of this beer is our Phat Abbot Belgian Dubbel but the finished product bears no resemblance. We brewed the Dubbel last winter and inoculated it with a bit of Jackhammer Old Ale that has been aging for three years in an oak barrel inoculated with Hansens Gueuze. We then conditioned the dubbel for a couple of months in a serving tank before bottling it into 750s and conditioning it over the summer. The result is a medium-bodied sour ale with the vinous and sour fruit characteristics of a Flemish brown but with a sparking champagne-like effervescence. Due to the lively carbonation, this beer must be stored and served cold, uncorked slowly, and very gently decanted. The foam does not dissipate as rapidly as the head on a champagne but will subside after a few moments in the glass.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
750ml bottle from hopdog I believe. Rating #80. Very dark brown pour, for some reason I envisioned this was going to be yellow/straw colored instead. Aroma is hard to pin down, dark fruitiness (raisins maybe), caramel malts. No big sourness, a slight tartness but that was it, very light on the palate as well, pretty good stuff, not what I expected at all. (1121)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a dark, cloudy purple with a crazy beige head. Aroma of wild yeast, grape, toasted grain. Flavor has signs of dark toasted grains, tart, wild yeast. Mouthfeel is light-med. body with high, fizzy carbonation. Pretty good stuff..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2836) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2010
BCTC. Hazy brown and foamy. Tart and cocoa aroma. Tart mild cherry fruity with cocoa and dry tart mouth-coating finish. Fizzy. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2734) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a brown reddish color with a large creamy beige head. Good lacing. Nose is prunes, wood, cocoa nibs. Taste is chocolate, grapes, and cocoa powder. Moderate mouthfeel and a medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Nice looking brown beer. THin head. Somewhat tart body with malty, tart, clean flavors. Somewhat yeasty at times and nicely spritzy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2009
A very solid oaky flavor. Gushed all over the place. Started funky and nasty but eventaully became just solid oak with some funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
750 ml bottle at Woodshop. Brownish pour with smallish head. aromas were fruit and some tart. Flavor was a bit more sour. Sweet too. Not super sour but still pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle @ BCTC 2010. Brown, tan head. Nose is that of a nice brown ale along with more chocolate & some alcohol. Flavor is tart chocolate, a bit too bitter & lemony, alcohol. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Cider and Gin aroma. Soft muddy brown. Quickly tart green apple, finishes clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2009
750. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Pours cloudy dark brown with a thick and lacy beige head. Light body and carbonation. Lightly sour fig and lemon aroma and taste.

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