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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 vinny21bal
1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

vinny21bal, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of paskinsj
2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

Way too much smoke, muted all other flavors.

paskinsj, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Testytaster
2.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured very nicely into a frosted 300ml glass (split for two people), deep color, and thick head. Taste on the other hand...strong to very strong licorice flavor with slight coffee and smokey accents.

I feel that if the licorice flavor was muted a little bit it would have made the beer that much better. All in all I can appreciate the flavor, but will not likely purchase again.

Testytaster, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of hotsudge
2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick and dark head, probably the darkest head I've seen.

Smells better than it tastes. There is so much smoke flavour that it overwhelmes all other flavours. I didn't enjoy it, my husband thought it was good. My favourite smoked oatmeal stout is Samual Smiths and this one doesn't come close to the smooth rich flavour I was expecting.

It was almost undrinkable because there is so much smoke flavour. Not burnt, just smoke.

hotsudge, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

Dave_Treat, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Drew26
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Drew26, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -27.2%

cfalovo97, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -27.2%

oldp0rt, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -27.2%

erlenmeyer, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.2%

bigox420, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Smoked Imperial Stout that delivers all elements of its name.

Almost black with a silky mouthfeel and lots of carbonation, pouring a decent head. Smoky aroma and taste definitely present at the back of the throat in the finish. Although the 9.4% is not hidden by any stretch, a respectable Imperial Porter - and much nicer than any beer we enjoyed while physically in Iceland last year.

Not a beer style I'd typically choose for myself, but definitely a representative of it that I'd recommend.

hopsolutely, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of jryanj927
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

jryanj927, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of oakbluff
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola with a thin mocha head and very fine lacing. Nose- sweet smokiness, dark fruit and light roast. Taste- boozy dark stewed fruit, chalky with a bitter hot finish. Less smoke in taste than in the nose. Very little malt sweetness comes through. Its a little hot for my tastes, but the smoke is a nice touch.

oakbluff, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head, but it dies quickly to only rim bubbles. Minute spotty lace on the glass. Inky black color where no light shines through.

Relatively mild aroma for an Imperial Stout. Some cocoa, some alcohol, otherwise rather pallid.

The flavor is more impressive than the smell. Neutral body with a higher than expected carbonation level. The flavor starts soft, but comes through in swallow where an oily alcohol presence is combined with a decent hop bite and a dark chocolate taste.

smcolw, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with glimpses of brown when it catches the light almost no head to speak of here. Smoked coffee and dark chocolate are the first things I could smell followed by a slight alcohol/medicinal scent. Tastes of smoked chocolate, roasted coffee beans and finishes on a semi dry smokey note. Mouthfeel is good not great, a little too much carbonation that I found hard to get past. I would have this again but wouldn't go out of my way ABV is barely noticeable and its pretty unique. Overall I will say that this is above average.

peensteen, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $12.00. 9.4% ABV confirmed. 1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served after a brief rest following its removal from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzel twists.

A: Pours a half finger rich tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, but below average (~1 minute) retention. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing, if not up to par with recent examples of the style I've had. It looks as it should. No lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Wood smoke, light bacon, dark malts, and maybe chocolate malt. The smoke is overwhelming. Licorice, charcoal, campfire. A light vinous note. My broken nose has trouble detecting anything beneath the dominant smoke; all apologies, lads. An appealing aroma of moderate strength.

T: Dominant smoke - but it's subtle and works well throughout, never overwhelming the palate or destroying the balance. Nice subtle woody tones throughout. Creamy chocolate notes help balance the rough smoke. A bit of coffee, but relatively little. No real caramel, which is a refreshing change. Not at all ashy. I get a hint of licorice/anise, but it fades. The wood notes are a highlight here, working well with the sweet chocolate. Pretty well balanced, with notable complexity and even subtlety - a rare trait in a smoked beer. I like it. In terms of flaws, there is a smoky wood rot note in the late second act that bothers me. This really holds it back, but it's still an enjoyable beer. It's too bitter, more from the roast and smoke than from its rather modest hopping.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Even a touch creamy. Good carbonation. Pretty good palate presence. Suits the flavour profile generally, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, especially for a smoked beer. I think they fused the rauchbier and imperial stout elements well, but it didn't come off fantastic. An intriguing beer and one I wouldn't mind revisiting with some age on it, but I doubt I'll buy it again. Well priced for what it is, especially as an import. I'll have little trouble killing the bottle by meself.

High B-

kojevergas, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Zonian1, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Bunuelian, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

trevorpost, Feb 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

bostonryan, Sep 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

scottiethebody, Sep 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Woofer, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Phillyz, Jun 22, 2013
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Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.