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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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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

09-01-2013 10:14:48 | More by bigred89
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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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Snow81

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-22-2013 04:21:01 | More by Snow81
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

08-20-2013 02:53:06 | More by Dave_Treat
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Arherring

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-19-2013 16:39:55 | More by Arherring
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SimonTja

Sweden

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-17-2013 13:03:39 | More by SimonTja
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-13-2013 22:44:20 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Monk, in Buffalo, NY.

Pours black. Not the darkest beer I've ever had, some light might penetrate the liquid, but not much. 3 inch head, mocha-colored, forms on top of the beer.

Smells like roasted malt and chocolate- not much smoke in the aroma.

Much more smoke in the tastes. Sort of a campfire marshmallow taste, with some ash, chocolate. The smoke is restrained, and doesn't take over from the other flavors of chocolate, oak, and a bit of coffee.

Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation as well.

A great find, this wasn't on my radar at all, and I quite enjoyed it. Not the hugest fan of smoked beers usually- this struck a really nice balance for me. The bottle I bought later on was definitely smokier than the on-tap version.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2013 03:10:30 | More by GreesyFizeek
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-10-2013 16:20:16 | More by pknyc
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kmoen

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-10-2013 06:09:40 | More by kmoen
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-10-2013 06:08:55 | More by BAsbill
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-09-2013 07:27:13 | More by largadeer
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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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blange3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-06-2013 13:29:12 | More by blange3
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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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APBTMarcel

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-29-2013 05:27:34 | More by APBTMarcel
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soju6

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: 500 ml bottle. Pours an almost black color with a small tan head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee and just a bit of smoke.

T: Taste of roasted malt, almost burnt, dark chocolate some coffee, bit of caramel sweetness and a trace of smoke. Has a distinct bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fully body, smooth with a rich texture. A well crafted beer, with the 9.4% ABV very well hidden.

Excellent beer. I did not associate world class beer with Iceland until now.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:55:52 | More by soju6
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kaufmaal

Alabama

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black color once poured with a dark tan, 1/2 inch head that went to a thin one as drinking continued. Smells of anise, bitter chocolate, coffee, dark cherries, some smoke, toasted marshmallows. The sweet taste is up-front and a bit too pronounced. That said, there's a nice wood-grilled taste, malt, more of a milk chocolate taste. The alcohol is there, and flavors of Kahlua come through, coffee, too. The carbonation is minimal, and it is not overly syrupy in consistency. Not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 11:31:39 | More by kaufmaal
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-27-2013 04:17:11 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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krome

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-26-2013 13:07:40 | More by krome
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Blackish brown with a tan half-finger head that whittled down to big bubbles. Curtain-y lacing.

S: Chocolate and malts pour down the mountainside in a torrent of toffee and caramel. Mmmm.

T: Follows nose with a smooth, sweet and smokey essence. A definate sipper. Warming. Smoke is not overwhelming. Alchohol seeps in for a pleasant mellowness.

M: Medium to heavy with a frothy carbonation. Let this one play on your tongue a while.

O: A bit pricy, but I was using a gift certificate, so well worth the indulgence. Great with a chocolate chip cookie. And being a stout, it only gets better as it warms. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 19:45:00 | More by brewskifan55
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illidurit

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-17-2013 05:23:16 | More by illidurit
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.9%

07-16-2013 02:13:39 | More by pathman
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Bubbles

California

5/5  rDev +21.4%

07-13-2013 14:16:45 | More by Bubbles
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Pours without a head. Black with slight transparency at the edges.

Smell - Quite smokey. Chocolate. Caramel.

Taste - Markedly less smoke. More dark chocolate and a rich caramel base. Some smoke definitely present, but nothing like the nose.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe pushing the light side. No booze. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I like the smoke balance. A lot in the nose, but more of the base stout in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 03:33:52 | More by Alieniloquium
Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.