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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Ölvisholt Brugghús visit their website

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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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big ups to BA andrenaline for including this in a trade
A - jet black with a thumb of mocha head that retained at a thin covering, thin line of consistent lacing
S - peaty and smoky dominant, roasty and chocolate aromas in the background
T - WOW, a total smoke show, peat and charcoal with big roasty and mocha maltiness, a touch of sweetness on the tail end
M - relatively light for a stout, smooth with some prominent ABV warmth with a little bite, finishes with a dry charred feel
O - it delivers on all three descriptors: Smoked, Imperial, and Stout. Glad I had a chance to try this one, a treat for sure

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 02:47:42 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

11-10-2012 21:44:45 | More by shigg85
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-28-2012 06:03:02 | More by FreshHawk
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and minimal lacing

S-coffee and mild chocolate and smoky notes

T-dark roasted malts, coffee, charcoal and some chocolate

F-medium body with light carbonation, nice smooth feel

O-a decent RIS, but needs a little more sweet chocolate to balance the smokiness

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 01:23:53 | More by MDDMD
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-25-2014 05:44:57 | More by Hopmodium
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a tbin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of smoked meat and campfire notes on the nose with undertones of roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of smokey flavors with roasted malts and bitter cocoa.

M: medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, this beer is surprisingly light-bodied for the style, but it works well with the smoke flavors

O: a good beer overall. Not terribly complex, but quite tasty and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 01:16:00 | More by n2185
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.9%

10-16-2013 19:47:13 | More by ncstateplaya
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-22-2012 19:06:29 | More by BeerHunter76
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-26-2013 13:07:40 | More by krome
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my first beer from Iceland, although I had to go to Ohio to find it. Smoked Icelandic RIS named after the nearby mountain and it's molten flame, game on. Looks the part with a thin creamy head atop an obsidian chunk. The nose is smoky, starting with porkfat and ending in a familiar peat bog.

The taste is a pleasant melange. The smoke hits first, along with a dark rich malt flavor, colored with baker's chocolate and dark fruit notes. There is steady hop presence down to the aftertaste, along with a moderate dose of booze. The texture is thick and luxuriant, and very smooth throughout, despite the abv. This is an awesome stout with plenty of character, and real aggressive smoke flavor. Not cheap but highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 01:48:11 | More by daliandragon
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Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never had a beer from Iceland. Thanks kjyost!

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, best before 240912.

Appearance: A dark brown body, almost black. Half the glass fills with brown foam but retention is average as it doesn't stick around too long. Clumps of lacing on the sides.

Smell: Strong smoke mixed with hickory and some coffee beans.

Taste: The smoke is felt more in the finish ans aftertaste. Flavor of meat smoked on a fire. Roasted notes mesh with some sweet BBQ sauce and a bit of charred wood.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy feel with low carbonation and easy to drink.

Overall: Found the flavor to be more in the finish. Starts very slow but good at the end. Decent overall the it is not have a great depth.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:39:08 | More by papat444
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

06-03-2012 05:34:54 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes.

16.9oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane, Washington, for $9.99. No obvious freshness date. My first Icelandic beer.

Poured a viscousy dark brown color, looking virtually black in the glass. No light could penetrate this beer. There was a thick finger's worth of mocha colored head. Said head dropped to a foam collar after a few minutes.

The aroma of this beer featured smoke, coffee, and chocolate - pretty much in that order. Happily, the smoke aroma was not overpowering, but rather nicely balanced with the other above-listed attributes.

Although the smokiness was stronger in the taste than in the aroma, there were still some chocolaty, dark malt flavors cutting through. There was also a more bitter, coffeeish flavor, but it still balanced well. There was a hoppy zap to the palate at the swallow.

Full-bodied, with a mouthfeel that was oilier than I expected, but not to a disturbing degree.

Not destined to be my favorite Impy Stout, but not bad at all. Apparently they brew good beer in the land of Bjork and perpetually active volcanoes.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:54:31 | More by woemad
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-09-2014 18:05:46 | More by morebeergood
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-25-2013 13:34:12 | More by DRBiser
Photo of Cresant


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 1 pt .9 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops Glass. No date. The body was brown/black with a rich tan head. Specks of lace remained.

The smell was of Band-Aids and molasses. Chocolate and hints of smoke. I was expecting more smoke, but there was enough.

The taste was gentle roasted malts and a nice lingering bitter aftertaste. Very nicely balanced. Understated smoke and lightly sweet. Chocolate and a bit salty.Very well hidden alcohol. All the characteristics seem to work very well here.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and silky.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 13:20:54 | More by Cresant
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-30-2013 01:23:03 | More by tbryan5
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-17-2014 04:05:31 | More by LJWalker
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with nice 1 inch creamy, foamy head, and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Smoke, dark roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, molassess, honey, brown sugars. Plum, rasin, some cherry. Smells really nice.

Taste - Starts off very smokey, with a nice sweet, fruit and sugar sweetness. Lots of roasted malts, cherry, honey, brown sugar and molassess. Very smooth, balanced and almost no alcohol present. Roasted malts add a nutty taste to the smoke. Finish has a little alcohol and a chocolate note.

Mouthfeel - Malts, sugars and smoke coat tounge with mild, yet bold flavors. Palate gets more of the same, along with some chocolate and a little alcohol. Aftertaste is smokey, malty and chocolate.

Overall - Excellent, balanced, flavorful, and really smooth and easy to drink for being 9.4%. Its sweet yet not over the top, malty and smokey, yet not overboard. Second only to alaskan smoked porter as my favorite smoked style beer. World class, try this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 01:42:21 | More by wvsabbath
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-17-2012 02:24:54 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque ebony body with a rich, sticky tan head. Excellent lacing and rings down the glass.

Robust, rich grains bringing to mind black coffee and bitter chocolate with a touch of smokiness that tries to hide the alcohol (but not quite succeeding!).

Wow! The smoked malt hits you right off the bat, quickly bringing dark chocolate, mocha, and dark roast coffee. Alcohol warmth becomes noticeable but is quickly tamed with an excellent combination of smooth malt sweetness and touch of mild bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth and silky at first, giving way to a soft carbonation on the tongue.

A very fine imperial stout. The upfront smokiness really sets this one apart. Although intense, at first, the smoke blends in well with the rest of the malt character. Rich and complex, high ABV, intense from all angles, this beer is well-suited for lovers of smoked beers and/or imperial stouts.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:26:05 | More by beergoot
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-12-2014 14:04:36 | More by trevorpost
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

05-13-2012 06:29:51 | More by PatGreer
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4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- It looks goddamn awesome, pours pitch black, a rough pour produces a huge two-inch head, thick and cake-like, light mocha brown in color, good retention and nice lacing.

S- Interesting aroma, lots of the expected chocolate cake and roasted malt, but also a nicely integrated meaty campfire smokiness.

T- Chocolatey sweetness and roasted malt, alcohol is more noticeable here, although still marginally so. The chocolate, booze and a bit of dried fig flavors contribute to a mild sweetness that competes with a roasty, charred wood and smoke flavor.

M- Medium-to-full bodied, has a nice smooth feel.

O- A very good beer overall, the smoke and chocolate work nicely together, it's also cool to try such a good beer from Iceland, although it's a bit pricey for the same reason. Still, definitely pick this up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 21:40:01 | More by WillCarrera
Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.