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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

444 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 36
Gots: 36 | 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 +0.7%

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 DavoleBomb
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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, Wednesday at 11:04 PM
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

DaftPatrick, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +21.4%

chris826, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of paskinsj
2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

Way too much smoke, muted all other flavors.

paskinsj, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Soto
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Soto, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev -9%

jsh420, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%

$ 11.29/16.9 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, and bitter chocolate
Head small (1 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt and bitter chocolate with a light smoke overlay; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4.1875. Final weighted score: 4.3125
A very pleasant smoked imperial stout. The smoke is not overpowering but complements the roasted malt/bitter chocolate notes. The lack of lacing and rapid depletion of the head detract from the appearance.

Ozzylizard, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Lochnessmonster, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of TJMoney
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%

TJMoney, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of madstoutmonkee
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

This is the first smoked stout I've tried and the flavor was surprising and interesting. It wasn't too thick and the smoke crept up at the finish.

madstoutmonkee, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Satchboogie, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -9%

IPAchris, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Faroveryonder
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Faroveryonder, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Big_Dave, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of cardinals22
3.5/5  rDev -15%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Knoxrb12, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. From the land of ice.

A: Pours black with a one-inch thick mocha head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Smoke up front, roast, malts, dark chocolate, charred wood, slight peat, damp earth.

T: Smokey and roasty malts, dark chocolate. Well balanced.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Finishes creamy, dry, smokey.

O: Impressed with this one. Well balanced and clean. Try it.

wethorseblanket, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of jledge3
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jledge3, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Ralphs66, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of AlvinLin
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

AlvinLin, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev -9%

braugon, Jul 21, 2014
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Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.