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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 ale207
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

ale207, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Badger6
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a snifter.

A: Deep black pour, deep brown head receded quickly to a think layer not he surface.

S: Smokey, roast malts. Hints of dark chocolate.

T: Immediately smokey in the front. Roasted malts follow in quickly, slightly bitter finish with hints of chocolate and booziness. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

M: Very velvety mouthfeel, medium body with light carbonation. Slightly warm at the finish form the alcohol.

O: Not a fan of smoked beers, because so many are too smokey and taste like a wood fire in your mouth. Not this. Nicely smoked, distinct on the nose, but subtle and complementary in the taste. The smoke beautifully combines with the roasted malts. Really fine imperial stout, and unique flavor.

Badger6, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of dbkdev
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

dbkdev, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of 420Rick
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

420Rick, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: jet black with a bit of crimson around the edges when held to light. A sparse mocha head.
Smell: as advertised smoke is front and center with a rich semi-sweet chocolate foundation. Pleasant and interesting.
Taste: profile is much like the nose though the layers of smoke and chocolate are more blended.
Mouthfeel: full and creamy.
Overall: really dug this stout. Smoke and chocolate worked. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice job.

cindyjeffsmith, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

woodchip, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of javahead71
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

javahead71, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Stoutmeister
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Stoutmeister, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Stoutfan23DJ, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Zonian1, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of SaxmanRick
4/5  rDev -2.9%

SaxmanRick, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of drew74
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

drew74, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of jfcaa193
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

jfcaa193, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Ristaccia, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of Nostrajonus
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black pour with a thin brown head that vanishes rapidly leaving moderate lacing.

S- I can smell the smoke right off the bat, Its quite overwhelming but expected. There is some background sweetness with hints of chocolatey roasted malts.

T- Excellent. The smoke really comes through up front, but it doesn't overpower the other flavors. Rich roasted malts follow the smokeyness, and the finish leaves a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

M- If I thought perfection was attainable...I would have given this a perfect score for mouthfeel. It is smooth and silky; this drinks wonderfully.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. They didn't over-do the smoke. I have tried other smoked beers that tasted, well...meaty for lack of a better word. The smoke came through heavily on the nose, but it was much more gentle on the palate. If I see this on-tap I will surley give it another go.

Nostrajonus, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice, elegant, delicately-smoky, lightly roasty, decidedly Scandinavian-tasting double stout.

Something about the overall yeast profile, full, satiny malt body and flavor, with a healthy hint of black licorice and floral-medicinal phenolics that immediately brings to mind other regional stouts and porters like the ones from Haand and Nøgne Ø.

The beer was poured into a Teku glass from Rastal (one of my new favorite beer glasses). Jet black liquid, with a tall, open-structured dark cocoa brown foam. The aroma didn't pop quite as much as I'd hoped, even after taking about 30 minutes to finish it off. The smoked malt was somewhat overtaken by the alcohol and cake-ish malt at first, later emerging from below to establish a fine balance. Not much bitterness, from either hop or roast. Medium-bodied with a pillowy flow. Very nicely constructed, yet ripe for enhancement (herbs, juniper maybe?)

Bouleboubier, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with a large size frothy light beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and a far amount of smoke. There is also some coffee and a bit of a nuttiness.

Overall - Solid RIS and the smoke doesn't overwhelm the beer. Bottle says best before mid 2013, and it's holding up very well.

spinrsx, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

trevorpost, Feb 12, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

vinny21bal, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

thegerm87, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Casterbridge, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

jera1350, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Hopmodium, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of rdickey
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost jet black into my tulip. A very thin, brownish head disappears almost immediately, although some spotty lacing remains.

Smell: A big snootful of liquorice and smoke – like I dumped a bushel of liquorice on my grill, waited ten minutes and stuck my head under the cover. Pretty intense.

Taste: In many ways this is a simple beer, but it’s very well done. The liquorice is joined by chocolate and, particularly as it warms, some coffee notes. The smoke surrounds everything, but doesn’t overwhelm anything. Well done, Iceland!

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, and almost creamy. Despite the massive flavors and significant ABV, though, it doesn’t feel heavy at all. In fact, the alcohol warmth doesn’t really hit until its in your chest.

Drinkability: It’s a sipper, but a highly drinkable one.

rdickey, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. Had no idea Iceland exported beer, neat. As someone with a degree in geology, yah, this bottle is going right up on the shelf.

A - Poured a nice very, very dark brown with thin mocha head that even with a vigorous pour never really got more than a quarter inch. Very light side lacing.

S - Aromas of tons of smoke. Holy shit. A LOT of smoke. Faint chocolate and as someone else said salted nuts, big big smoky roasted malts. Light sweetness too.

T - Taste is almost kvass meets smoked meat and campfire. Weird. So yah, sweeter black bread, caramels, chocolate if overpowered by the big, smoky malts. Can't stress how smokey this is. If you can dig past the smoke you get nailed with some nice silky dark chocolate. Hard to get through all this smoke though.

M - Mouthfeel is really, really nice. Not quite silky but with a great full body feel and not a trace of alcohol.

O - Overall, this was a unique beer for sure. Easily the second smokiest beer I've ever had, second only to Rex Attitude by Yeast Boys which drinks like Lagavulin in beer form. This stout will definitely ruin your pallet with all the smoke so if you plan on having multiple beers end with this one.

rudzud, Jan 19, 2014
Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.