Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús
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British Columbia (Canada)
4.53/5 rDev +10%
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.
01-24-2011 01:34:44 | More by Derek
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
12-10-2010 20:46:48 | More by liamt07
3.85/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
11-26-2013 01:47:08 | More by johnnnniee
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
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
04-30-2012 05:51:07 | More by wordemupg
3.79/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-13-2013 03:33:52 | More by Alieniloquium
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
02-17-2010 21:43:58 | More by bark
4.43/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
07-22-2012 00:33:28 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
06-06-2012 12:13:53 | More by avalon07
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
Shared this one with aasher during his wedding week in Destin, FL! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, smoke, smoked meat, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, smoke, ham, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. There was quite a bit of smokiness going on in this one. Makes sense since this brew is called ‘Lava’. It was fairly well balanced, but wasn’t the best from the style. Worth trying if you get the chance, but I doubt I would go out of my way to do so again.
07-03-2012 11:02:22 | More by thagr81us
3.98/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
05-27-2012 21:10:00 | More by bluejacket74
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
11-05-2012 22:17:24 | More by tone77
3.93/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
02-16-2014 01:33:38 | More by spinrsx
4.5/5 rDev +9.2%
A - Thick tan head. Black and opaque like an Impy Stout should be.
S - Boozy but not over the top. Lot's of coffee and roasty aromas. Sort of like a BBQ in a way, a little smokiness too.
T - Alcohol is there but just enough to let you know what you're in for. Rich flavours, sweet. Finishes really smooth and pleasant.
M - Medium bodied. Velvetty and smooth.
D - Excellent. Alcohol is well masked but not non-existant. I could have a few easily. Easily the most drinkable Imp Stout I've had.
09-04-2010 05:43:14 | More by tbeckett
3.58/5 rDev -13.1%
Pours black with a small tan head. The aroma has medium to light smokiness. The smoke is somewhere between meaty and peaty. Not super interesting but good. Roast is quite strong and dominates a bit much. There's also a healthy coffee note and a touch of dark chocolate. It sorta smells like a meaty dark roasted coffee. The taste is medium sweet with a hefty dose of roast bitterness. Hops chime in a bit. The finish is dark and meaty. Feel is smooth and nice, though there's a bit too much booziness at the end. It's a pretty good beer, but since trying MS Bar Fly, I haven't been overly impressed by another smoked imperial stout. Lava just doesn't have a tasty enough smoke flavor and needs more chocolate sweetness in the mix.
04-27-2012 22:15:04 | More by popery
4/5 rDev -2.9%
This beer is a thick inky black, perhaps some light creeping in just at the edges, very much appropriate for the style. A nice, compact but fairly sizable tan head displays good retention and leaves equally good lacing on the glass.
Peat and smoke lie in the foreground the whole way without detracting from the nature of the brew as an RIS or going charred or astringent. It's just a nice addition of smoke in an otherwise good stout, with all the bigness the style should have. It's not as huge, bold and heavy as its American counterparts, but it's very balanced without lacking. Malts lay a solid backbone with a roasty element and never fade. It offers the dark cocoa notes I would expect with a touch of dark fruits.
This beer is full-bodied but not too heavy. Some may want an RIS to go down like molasses and sit like a cement block, but this beer offers a nice, even, balanced, smooth feel.
09-10-2012 13:31:46 | More by Brenden
4.78/5 rDev +16%
Fabulous beer! Poured at a good temperature with massive light brown head that settled after a bit and some lace. Color is (apparently) a clear, dark, almost, black ruby red. Aroma is malt, roast, smoke, vanilla. Flavor's like nose, with a subdued but very good balance between sweet, bitter, and carbonic tang. Also cocoa; smoke is there but very complimentary. Body is soft, full, lush, round with carbonation just right. Finish is surprisingly of average length despite the bold style of beer, making this exceedingly drinkable; slight booziness.
06-11-2012 01:24:33 | More by drpimento
3.76/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
06-16-2013 01:41:45 | More by Axnjxn
Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
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