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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

428 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 32
Gots: 33 | 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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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%

09-16-2012 02:40:34 | More by crobinso
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-28-2012 18:04:40 | More by ygtbsm94
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Pours an opaque almost jet black in color with some light hints of reddish brown when held up to the light. The beer has half finger tall beige head that quickly reduces to a thick ring around the edges of the glass and a couple of patches. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The aroma has quite a bit of smoke in it along with some charred woods, toasted/roasted malts, and some light bittersweet chocolate.

T: Lots of roasted and toasted malt flavors up front along with some sweetness, then the smoke flavors come in and leave a wonderful lingering bitterness. Some very light hints of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Slightly light in the body for a Russian imperial stout but a really enjoyable beer with very nice smoke hints which do not overpower the flavors. The beer has a pretty high ABV but no hints of the alcohol in the aroma or flavor. A great sipping beer and as someone born in Iceland, really happy to have found a good beer to sample from the country.

03-25-2012 21:18:24 | More by dbrauneis
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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-11-2013 18:09:32 | More by BKBassist
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hiphops24

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-01-2013 02:49:17 | More by hiphops24
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-25-2013 01:35:17 | More by duracell
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a three finger brown head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Midnight black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Smoky, chocolate nose and flavor is similar smoky baked chocolate malts. Best so far from Iceland. $11.30 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, Me.

05-16-2012 22:15:28 | More by jdhilt
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TheBeeraholic

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-16-2013 15:20:56 | More by TheBeeraholic
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

My first Icelandic find is a smoked stout? Sometimes fortune does indeed smile upon us tickers... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a strong finger of light sienna foam. The nose comprises dark smoke, roasted malts, and what may or may not be some dark coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the darkness beneath the smoke is more varied: roasted malts, molasses, coffee, and dark chocolate. Combined with the dark, almost peat-y smoke, this is one of the blackest, most metal beers that's ever graced my tongue. The body is a strong medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice, deep, dark smoked stout, one certainly worthy to bear the name of such a powerful manifestation of our planet's inner mechanisms.

10-31-2012 14:52:52 | More by TMoney2591
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-08-2014 16:19:33 | More by Jlang2012
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-22-2012 15:30:10 | More by NickyDee21
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-08-2013 01:53:09 | More by cadaugherty
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hlaus

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-14-2012 01:54:34 | More by hlaus
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-23-2012 18:51:51 | More by bryehn
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-08-2014 20:47:24 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable texture. There was an inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, malt and a smoky quality.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit (plums), and the smoky quality. Surprisingly, not a coffee presence in the flavor (not a bad thing). A slightly more subtle, well balanced taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A well made, slightly different Russian Imperial Stout. Very drinkable.

06-06-2012 12:13:53 | More by avalon07
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-08-2013 14:27:47 | More by tobelerone
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-08-2013 17:22:16 | More by DenisKolkin
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Jefe73

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

05-10-2012 18:01:00 | More by Jefe73
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CJS

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-22-2013 20:58:19 | More by CJS
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-03-2013 18:28:21 | More by Gotti311
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AmandaSchaefer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-15-2013 23:15:42 | More by AmandaSchaefer
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KevinSP

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-01-2012 02:22:59 | More by KevinSP
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bark

Sweden

4/5  rDev -2.9%

The colour is black; the two finger head sinks slowly, leaving lots of thin lacing.

The light smell is sweet with some roasted notes and hints of fruit. No noticeable alcohol.

The taste is sweet with Grand flavours without getting heavy. Quite neutral, but not simple at all: Clean and balanced. Some dried fruits in the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable.

The carbonation is medium strong, the liquid is semi-smooth.

Surprisingly drinkable... I have heard that it should have quite a lot of liquorice, but I couldn't find any such flavours.

A beer tat probably wouldn't have reached the Swedish market if it wasn't for the crash of the Icelandic currency.

02-17-2010 21:43:58 | More by bark
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-22-2012 16:53:19 | More by orangesol
Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.