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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

421 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 33
Gots: 32 | 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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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours black as...well...an Icelandic night. Absolutely pitch black with no light emerging with backlighting. 1/4 inch dark mocha head quickly dissipates. Heavy and viscous appearing. Faint lacing. This is one serious looking brew.
S: Beech wood smoke, roasted caramel malt, dark chocolate, peat, vanilla, mild coffee, and a hint of anise and hop bitterness. Wow...wonderful aroma!
T: Milder than the powerful aroma. Beech wood smoke, char, bitter chocolate, medium roast coffee, sweet caramel malt (slightly burnt), anise, and a hint of nuts (hazelnut?). Nice complexity.
M: Medium-heavy feel. Sweet and smooth up front, then bitter and burnt which continues into the finish and after. Smoke especially in the finish and lingers on the palate.
D: Excellent complexity in an all-around solid brew. Lighter and more drinkable than you would think coming into this one. Seek it out! Drinking this makes one think of sitting in a low-roofed wood and earthen Icelandic house in the dark of winter with a warm fire keeping the chill at bay. Time to pull out the Icelandic Sagas again...

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:57:23 | More by mwilbur
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4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Stone IRS tulip. Jet black with only the silghtest traces of red along the edge when held up to the light. Solid finger of frothy brown head with moderate retention, that drops down to a chocolate milk like crown. Thick layers of creamy lacing.

The aroma is definitely dominated by smoke. Smoked malts that are almost Scotch-like and kippery. Dark roasted and bitter chocolate along with a woodiness are evident.

The nose is extremely smoky, but the flavor is only moderately. Bitter unsweetened chocolate and dark roasted coffee take over. Heavily roasted and smoked malts. Very little alcohol presence and minimal dark fruity esters. Bitter finish with a touch of smoke.

Low-moderate carbonation and a heavy body. Thick, chewy, but a little more slick than velvety like is typical in the style.

Overall, this is a little rough and likely could improve significantly with age. The finish is a bit too bitter and the mouthfeel isn't as creamy as it should be, but the level of smokiness is executed perfectly. Very savory; if you're unclear on what "umami" is, drink this beer and you'll understand.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with one finger khaki colored head with minor lace and a mostly smoked malt aroma with some roasted, dark chocolate notes as well. Love the dark chocolate sweeetness in the beer as it keeps the mostly smoked (not meaty) , roasted malts that comprise the body of the beer. Beer is not only well balanced but has smoothness to it that is almost slick and there is even a hint of some dark fruit like figs or raisins in there. All around simple but well executed beer.

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Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.