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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

420 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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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California

5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Jonbw

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +21.4%

09-18-2013 02:23:13 | More by Jonbw
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lwadd

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +21.4%

12-29-2012 02:59:31 | More by lwadd
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6demonbag

Missouri

5/5  rDev +21.4%

10-18-2012 03:22:27 | More by 6demonbag
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NOLANDMAN

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.4%

12-06-2012 02:26:37 | More by NOLANDMAN
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Sweden

5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Deltrus

Illinois

5/5  rDev +21.4%

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sneezye

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +21.4%

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volta

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.4%

07-31-2013 23:12:35 | More by volta
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Tblecptn

Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark smokey beer and 9.4%. Smokiest beer I have ever had, so much so that its like drinking a campfire. That's the best comparison I can make. The taste of the beer goes through so many many flavors ending on a smokey flavor. Don't try drinking a different beer after having the lava. It won't compare and you be left wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:58:07 | More by Tblecptn
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fabulous beer! Poured at a good temperature with massive light brown head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is (apparently) a clear, dark, almost, black ruby red. Aroma is malt, roast, smoke, vanilla. Flavor's like nose, with a subdued but very good balance between sweet, bitter, and carbonic tang. Also cocoa; smoke is there but very complimentary. Body is soft, full, lush, round with carbonation just right. Finish is surprisingly of average length despite the bold style of beer, making this exceedingly drinkable; slight booziness.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 01:24:33 | More by drpimento
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Florida

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Texas

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Washington

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12-10-2012 01:09:48 | More by kmahe
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ncelauro

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Luckytiki

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

03-25-2012 02:35:24 | More by Luckytiki
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psm90

United Kingdom (England)

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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Arizona

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Japan

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Arkansas

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Massachusetts

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sveinnbirkir

Iceland

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stout done right - or at least to my liking.

Black as sin, thick and slightly caramelly. Smells of licorice, chocolate and sin. Feels a bit syrupy on the tongue. A very healthy 9.2% alc. level. The head dissipates a little too quick, but otherwise as close to a dream stout as anything I've tried. I am slightly hesitant to put down a perfect score, in case there is something better out there that I haven't tasted. This is excellent, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 16:56:19 | More by sveinnbirkir
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devlishdamsel

Washington

4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This was amazing. Let me begin by saying that I absolutely have hated every smoked beer I have ever had prior to this one. Perhaps something regarding the lava and natural way this one was created made a huge impact? This is one of the best stouts I have ever imbibed. So very textural and viscous. It was the satin of beer; the texture was perfect. The taste was almost as good. I got some slight smokey notes but unlike the abrasive smoky beers i had prior, these were subtle hints. There was a huge malty, chocolate presence with a hint of salt( in the best way possible) as well. As far as a stout goes, does it really get better than this? I understand this was a rare beer, but id be in heaven if it was a regular occurrence!

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 08:18:17 | More by devlishdamsel
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bottle numbered 240912. Poured into a large snifter / tulip - like glass.

Pours a thick oily black stout with a reddish-mocha head that recedes too quickly and only laces lightly. Aromas of molasses, licorice and a bit of smoke are prevalent, with a distinct chocolatey sweetness above it all. The first thing that hits you is the smoke, but it is nowhere near overpowering the other flavors that you would expect from an RIS. The licorice and molasses couple beautifully with the smokiness that almost disappears over time. The carbonation is too strong IMO for the style, but it is a fantastically drinkable RIS to sip on, especially because you can't notice the almost 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 04:01:52 | More by kjyost
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Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.