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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

435 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 35
Gots: 34 | 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 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, Yesterday at 12:18 AM
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, Wednesday at 05:11 PM
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%

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
Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Todd, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

stumac, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Phocion
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Phocion, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -9%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

PTEdelman, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Chronark, Jun 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

EndersDrift, Jun 21, 2014
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Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.