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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

420 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-11-2014 19:05:48 | More by SkinniePost
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ale207

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-29-2014 14:29:35 | More by ale207
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Badger6

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 00:22:55 | More by Badger6
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dbkdev

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-16-2014 02:45:04 | More by dbkdev
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420Rick

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-13-2014 18:58:04 | More by 420Rick
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 22:57:08 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-09-2014 23:03:27 | More by woodchip
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javahead71

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-09-2014 15:59:25 | More by javahead71
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Stoutmeister

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-09-2014 14:35:53 | More by Stoutmeister
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-09-2014 08:18:14 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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Zonian1

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15%

03-03-2014 03:48:33 | More by Zonian1
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.9%

03-02-2014 16:56:50 | More by SaxmanRick
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drew74

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-26-2014 22:45:36 | More by drew74
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-26-2014 01:33:14 | More by jfcaa193
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-24-2014 07:57:28 | More by Ristaccia
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Nostrajonus

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 02:21:19 | More by Nostrajonus
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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?)

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 18:53:22 | More by Bouleboubier
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:33:38 | More by spinrsx
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-12-2014 14:04:36 | More by trevorpost
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vinny21bal

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -57.5%

02-07-2014 22:57:02 | More by vinny21bal
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-06-2014 02:17:01 | More by thegerm87
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-03-2014 23:48:59 | More by Casterbridge
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-02-2014 16:27:23 | More by jera1350
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-25-2014 05:44:57 | More by Hopmodium
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rdickey

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 01:59:01 | More by rdickey
Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.