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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 49
Gots: 40 | FT: 3
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Ölvisholt Brugghús visit their website
Iceland

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stulowitz on 12-01-2008

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.
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Photo of John_M
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of these guys or this beer. No matter. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is impresive and unusual. I get considerable smoked meat, along with light coffee, vanilla and tobacco. I'm a sucker for smoked beer, so this is making me very happy. The flavor profile is every bit as good, and I'm amazed by how well the brewer has managed to interweave the smoked meat flavor into the dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. There's even something of a light blueberry flavor in this beer that is intriguing, as well as a hint of licorice on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and this beer is very soft, long and smooth (it has almost a silk, satin-like mouthfeel that is unusual and impressive). Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though certainly you can tell it's up there a bit.

An unusual, very impressive beer.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, into a snfiter. Best before date of September 2013.

Pitch black in the snifter, with several fingers of creamy khaki head. Nose of smoked dark chocolate, roastiness and a hint of coffee. Taste is a heavy bitter dark chocolate and smoke, both of which dominate the palate. A bit of vanilla and brown sugar sweetnesss comes in around the late-middle/end of the mouth along with a hint of the alcohol. The alcohol is more pronounced as it warms. Thick and full body, really how I like my imperial stouts. A tad more than a sipper, but smooth going down regardless. Nice surprise to have picked this up.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Black beer with the faintest of ruby edges. A thin skim of fine, dark brown bubbles formed on the surface of the beer during the pour. A bit of transient lacing formed, but didn't last beyond a couple of sips. Smoky aroma, roasty and sweet with a bit of licorice. Sweet up front, dark chocolate and brown sugar, smoky and roasted malts, dry roasted nuts, light alcohol in the finish. Decent texture, medium plus body with lowish carbonation, light astringency with some alcohol warmth. Enjoyable overall. It had an interesting character and wasn't over the top in any one area, which kept it fairly drinkable for a big stout.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Solid dark brown with faint garnet at the edges with a long lasting somewhat small khaki head. Aroma is smokey with roast, chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar underneath. The flavor gives a solid hit of smoke up front with plenty of dark sugary sweetness to go around. Light chocolate and roast with just a hint of earthy hop flavor. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy silky smooth mouthfeel. Wow this is a really nice smoked imperial stout that I picked up on a whim. Thanks Todd.

Photo of Derek
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a tan head, very thin ring of retention, leaves a bit of lace.

S: Light smoke (in a smoked ham sort of way), coffee and roasted nut, hints of demerara and licorice.

T: Very nice smokiness, not overdone, really compliments the roast. Roasted nut, coffee, molasses, licorice, generous use of fuggle hops, with a light peppery spicing as well. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. A brew this big, with this much flavour and balance truly is exceptional!

M: Well-attenuated, full body has only a hints of acidity and alcohol warmth in the finish. Extremely well-crafted.

D: Incredibly well balanced and flavourful, though the strength and smoke may limit the drinkability a bit. I love it.

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. One finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma a pleasant roasted malt, chocolate, wood smoke and mild dark fruit. Taste follows with roasted malt, smoke, chocolate, dark dried fruit; finishes with light hop bitterness, smoke, malt and a hint of chocolate, nice. Well integrated and flavorful. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An excellent smoked imperial Russian stout. The high ABV is well hidden. Well done.

Photo of flagmantho
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this beer on-tap in a snifter at Brave Horse Tavern in Seattle.

Appearance: completely black color; dark, deep, cloudy, everything you want in the style. There's a slim ring of dark tan foam atop; quite attractive indeed.

Smell: sweet, fruity and smoky. There's a light alcohol fruitiness and some dark fruit from the malt; roasty with a little bit of chocolate, and a low but distinct smokiness in the aroma. Complex and intriguing; I love it.

Taste: very rich and very sweet. Roasty with a nice bitterness and a little bit of an astringency toward the end, but mostly it's a bit syrupy and sticky. Chocolate, dark fruit, raisin, date; the smokiness is more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: big, rich body with a nice carbonation and a silky texture. This is a rich and creamy beer indeed.

Overall: smoked Russian imperial stout -- there's not much more to know about this beer. It's rich, black and tasty.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a tulip. no bottling date apparent.

Pours a pitch black color with an inch thick beige head. Pretty attractive pour. Smell is smokey chocolate malts. Taste is an intense smokey taste. A bit too smokey in my opinion. The chocolate malts are still there but are overshadowed by the smoke. Not so easy to drink. Heavier side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. An almost creamy texture. Definitely not syrupy like other imp stouts.

Overall it's different, but not my favorite. I wouldn't have another but i'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into tulip 29/4/12 bottle sent by liamt07 thanks for the long standing want

A shes pretty black with deep cola edges when held to the light, a large 3 finger mocha head falls fairly quickly and leaves no lace

S licorice, black-strap molasses and pipe tobacco come out right away, its a little smokey but not what I would expect from a smoked malt stout as its pretty mellow, some chocolate covered cherry, a little espresso and a fair amount of booze being my only major complaint

T some charred wood adds to the dark roast, less booze and more burnt espresso and bakers chocolate, everything I smell is still there but stronger, some burnt brown sugar on the finish

M a little thin but bubbles give it creamy feel, some heat and a long aftertaste of burnt caramels and char lingers for ages

O solid beer with awesome depth of flavors, it could use some age but still very nice

My first beer from Iceland and It's something I'd look for again, give it a try if you like the dark stuff. Thanks again liamt07 for sending it out my way

Photo of tone77
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very smoky, some roasted malts. Taste also has a considerable amount of smoke, some chocolate, roasted malts, complex and full of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is defiantly worth a try.

Photo of bark
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like smoked malt/meats, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like smoked malt/meats, milk and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt and little bit of licorice. There's also a nice lingering bittersweet smoky finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid overall beer, and it's definitely worth a try. $11.49 a bottle.

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.