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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

463 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 38
Gots: 38 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Ölvisholt Brugghús visit their website
Iceland

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The active volcano Hekla is visible from the brewhouse door and occasionally, eruptions are visible from the Ölvisholt farm. The illustration resembles the view from the brewhouse door when an eruption occurs. Full-bodied, pitch black beer with a dense brown head. Richly flavored with notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt and smoke.

(Beer added by: stulowitz on 12-01-2008)
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Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev +1%

A - Black. 1 finger head that dissipates to a very thin lacing. Head is dark tan. Reddish tint to beer around edges. Beer is opaque. Moderate carbonation visible. 4/5

S - Moderate smokiness with bit of chocolate and espresso. A bit of sweet malt as well as vanilla bean as well. 4.25/5

T - Flavor follows exactly what the nose suggests except that the smoke is more subdued here. Smoke balances with chocolate and espresso with a slight alcohol on the back end. Grassy and earthy bitterness as well as a nice touch of vanilla bean. 4.25/5

M - Very thick and viscous. Chewy. Smooth and creamy. Somewhat of a dry finish. Moderate carbonation. 4.25/5

O - Well balanced stout that has a nice complexity. Smooth and creamy but dry at the same time resulting in a nice dichotomy. 4/5

bwood06, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Kelp, Friday at 05:37 PM
Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Kramerwtmf, Thursday at 05:02 AM
Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.7%

a77cj7, Wednesday at 08:32 PM
Photo of fourstringer
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped a cryptic 20:59C3L038/12.

A: Very dark brown body on the pour and opaque black in the glass. 1/2 finger of mocha-colored head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Roasted malts with notes of woody smoke, toasted almonds, dark chocolate, coffee. Trace raisin.

T: Tangy, smoky malts open and persist throughout. A touch of bacon at times. A cacao-type bitterness slowly builds to a fairly dry finish. Alcohol presence is well hidden for 9.4% ABV. Lingering tobacco, dark chocolate, roasted malt and smoke in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a medium body for style. Slightly prickly, but overall nice.

O: Nicely balanced imperial stout with a tasteful degree of smoke. Rich, but very drinkable. Color me impressed.

Prost!

fourstringer, Wednesday at 05:59 PM
Photo of capes
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

capes, Monday at 06:14 PM
Photo of Flounder57
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smokey, caramel, molasses, roasty, chocolate, warm alcohol, and bready malts.

Taste: Nice smoked malts, molasses, caramel, leather, chocolate, roasty, a little soy, dark fruits, alcohol, and bready malts. More flavors opened up as the beer warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, smokey, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and deceiving warm alcohol.

Overall: I think I enjoyed this one more on draft. Still a solid and smoked imperial stout. I'll definitely revisit this one again.

Flounder57, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dicers, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of TX-Badger
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

TX-Badger, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of AndyEdgar
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

AndyEdgar, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

tommy5, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of TWStandley
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%

TWStandley, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

StoutItOutLoud, Nov 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SteveD082791, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of Applejacksteph
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Applejacksteph, Nov 12, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%

Leag0002, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Zekenyce, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

bulldogg915, Nov 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

cathomae, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

R_Kole, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Just about one finger of frothy medium brown head. Retention is a touch below average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

4.25 S: The smoke in this is just great. It offers both the porcine meatiness and the campfire thing. Quite earthy with a big mineral component. Tangy molasses and dark fruits. Underneath is the typical chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Just a touch of char as well.

4.0 T: Much like the nose. Smoke again leads the way as described above. Strong mineral earthiness. Chocolate and caramel come to the forefront to join the molasses. On the drier side for a beer this big. Coffee and a light char aftertaste to round it out.

3.75 M: Not quite as viscous as I would have guessed. Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth. The booze is barely detectable.

4.0 D: Good beer all around. Pick it up if you stumble upon it like I did.

DavoleBomb, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.15/5  rDev +1%

DaftPatrick, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A huge aroma, with lots of smoke and ash. Smells like a real volcano, but with dark chocolate and black malt. The flavor is very strong. Lots of dark chocolate, smoke and licorice. Finally, a hearty, yet not intrusive alcohol warmth. I am very impressed by this beer.

Alex-Alkis, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of chris826
5/5  rDev +21.7%

chris826, Sep 28, 2014
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Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.