Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

472 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 41
Gots: 38 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rarbring
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is pitch dark, almost oily, a brown head, leaving little lacing but some curtains.

The smell is roasted malts, dark bread, burnt wood and smoked sausage.

Starting with a sweet taste, Madeira, then dark bread, and chocolate and coffee beans. The finish is bitter.

Low carbonation, a complex beer, smooth and harsh.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In a Delirium glass. Pitch black color with almost a finger of tan head. Looks great.
Strong chocolate smell with roasted malt in the background. Hint of burnt wood.
Silky/creamy texture. Burnt taste, roasted malt, chocolate and burnt again. Tasty.
Low carbonation and a heavier body.
Outstanding, a pleasure to have.

Photo of DIM
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This had a pitcj black body and it poured with a big, sticky tan head.

s: Smoke, with a hint of sour poter, sweet bread, and a little dark fruit.

t: More chocolate than the smell suggested. Sweet dark bread with smoke throughout, getting stronger at the end.

m: Full bodied and creamy.

o: Very enjoyable, why aren't there more smoked stouts?

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lava pours black with a tiny, thin head on top. The foam dissolves down to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and smoke. A touch of pine is also present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth, creamy with a moderate carbonated fizz. Seems a tiny bit thin for nearly 10% abv. The flavor is sweet with rich notes of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and smoke. Nuttiness and grassy notes finish off each sip. Once gone the grass and chocolate lingers on the palate.

Quite an enjoyable beer that has a well balanced flavor. Sweet with enough bitterness to make it nice.

Photo of Offa
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent stout with nice, well-rounded character that has a lightly boozy rummy quality without being too boozy.

Black, it has a medium light brown head soon thinning to a foamy ring.

Aroma is very nice lightly rummy, faintly smoky prunes and charcoal, roasty barley.

Taste is excellent lightly rummy coffee candy, bitter chocolate, dried figs and prunes, and a nice dry roasty bread element strong in the finish.

Photo of JayQue
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Iceland...very nice. Pours a totally dense brown color with no light getting through...takes a hard pour, but you get a medium size brown (ten fidy colored) brown head. Some lacing and average head retention for such a strong beer.

Smell is excellent, smoky roasted malts and some chocolate. very pleasant. Taste is similar. The smokiness is prominent but not overpowering. Flavor is more of the same. Big smoky malty flavor, some chocolate and a little bit of bitterness in the finish. The smokiness is not overpowering. Just blends in with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich and fairly smooth. There is a very slight bit of alcohol harshness, but not much. Goes down real easy.

An outstanding strong stout.

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Chugs13
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of peensteen
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of Oakenator
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark black color with some head. Veiled lacing leads to simple spotted.

S: Chocolate with a subtle sweetness.

T: Chocolate sweetness up front leads to a strong smoky flavor on the back. Some spices.

M: Has lots of body - malts provide a richness.

O: Really nice.

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of waiting4lunch
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.