RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (3121) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Rich and creamy with plenty of chocolate and coffee, not overly sweet and just the right amount of bitter and roasty notes. Nothing unusual but very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Nitro draft. Pours deep brown with creme colored head. Chocolate aroma over mild carbonation. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness with a bit of heat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (272) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at the pine box. Black, thick dark tan head. Scent is molasses and dark chocolate. Taste is alcohol, dark cherry, some chocolate. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheSilentSaint (98) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Chocolate stout. Rich creamy mouthfeel. A good finish. Good overall stout.. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Keg at Capital Ale House Innsbrook. Pours a dark brown with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, leather, smoke, tinny hops. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, raisin, citrus hops. Medium bodied mild lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (2071) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2015 Growler thanks to Eugene. Clear dark ruby-highlighted brown, minimal head. Sweet, graham cracker with roasty, balanced finish. Lasting bitterness mixed with lingering sweetness. Not quite an iron fist / velvet glove combo, but maybe a ... brass knuckles / soft winter glove? Okay, nothing too exciting but not gross. [7/4/7/4/14]

Blind RIS experiment [Sample 9/20, 4/17/2015] Dark brown pour, nearly black (the usual color. I can pretty much stop commenting on this aspect I think). Brown head, moderate duration, some sorta lacing. Aroma starts full of chocolate, but is quickly followed with astringent slightly sour cherries in a metal can. In the mouth theres a somewhat ashy roast. In my mouth its chalky and astringent. Surprisingly dry, given my expectation based on the chocolate nose. Harsh alcohol presence in both taste and feel as it warms. Overall: Middle of the road, excepting the astringent metal. Which is not good. Not a fan.

Guess: No idea, hope its not one of my regulars though.
Would pay: $0.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1548) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2015
On tap @ Chucks CD. Pours inky brownish black with thin mocha head. Aroma is dark roasty chocolate malt. Taste is big rich roasty dark chocolate malt, fresh earthy body, boozy and oaky on the finish. Very smooth and rich, lots of flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Broncowaldon (129) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (4795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2015
On tap at Daily Growler, UA: blackish pour, brown head. aroma of sweet roated malt, coffee, licorice. tastes of same with dark malt, chocolate. thin syrup palate. ok. not that into it. - 6.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shark_Pants (714) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2015
Black as tar with a generous coffee coloured head. Aromas of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, vanilla, leather and licorice dominate. It actually smells like its been aged in bourbon barrels too, with tannic oak notes and the bourbon sweetness. The taste has a lot of licorice, treacle, dark chocolate and leather. Only a bit of espresso. Charred meat in the finish. I still cant shake the impression that this is barrel aged although I know its not. Full bodied and, as the label promises, velvety smooth with a little bit of prickly carbonation as well. Fantastic imperial stout, provided it isnt consumed too cold.

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