overall
91
70
style
RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Its 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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (2025) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24340) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2017
Keg at Ginger Man, Plano. Cloudy copper colour, mid sized creamy head. Perfumy nose with figs and toast. Mid sweet with full body and dense, packed mouthfeel. Toast and dates, some pine. Resiny very bitter finish. A brutal, straight forward beer. Think Ace of Spades or Jesus Built My Hotrod.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13752) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Draft. Clear dark amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some cherry, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, light orange, alcohol. Medium body, some stickiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Sampled at Thirsty Growler. Mild malty nose, a lot of caramel with thin grainy character. Herbal hop notes. Coppery amber clear with thin head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Nice hoppy red ale, moderate bitterness throughout with carbonic fizz/bite at the finish. A little warming. Bitter finish and lingering bitter after.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12314) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2016
On tap-offwhite head with trailing lace-dk amber. A-roast/some caramel, herbal/pine. T-follows with some bite.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (1527) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Tap at Brass Tap, Fort Worth. Pours deep ruby copper, white head. Aroma is lots of caramel, sort of that red ale aroma, with some pine and citrus. Flavor is malty, citrus, kind of a nice caramel malt. Yea, this is a great balance between hops and malt for a hoppy red.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4297) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2016
Pours hazy red with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of rye, grapefruit, citrus, light caramel. Taste is medium to rich medicinal bitter with bitter finish. Light bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5062) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2015. Denver. In the tasting glass a red brown with a beige head. Nose of dark ripe fruit. Full body. Flavor is big on the malts and there are floral hops. Bitter finish but not too bitter. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (637) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Draft at FS Addison. Dark reddish brown with a thin head. Malty backbone with a hoppy aroma and finish, a little citrus and pine. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lownote (564) - Austin, Alabama, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Nice spicy rye aroma. Nice hoppy flavor. On the resiny side. Bitter lingers. Dry. Pours dark red with a lacy head. Thin bodied, which is nice but I dont think particularly stylistically appropriate. This is all right. Deceptively high in abv. Dont like how long the bitter lingers, but do like the spice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7678) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Plano, Tx. - Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar - on tap. Dark copper pour, light off-white head. Roasted, nutty aroma. Pomegranate fruitiness, some nutty accents, slight booziness, slight bourbon burn. Slick mouthfeel.


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