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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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. Had no idea Iceland exported beer, neat. As someone with a degree in geology, yah, this bottle is going right up on the shelf.

A - Poured a nice very, very dark brown with thin mocha head that even with a vigorous pour never really got more than a quarter inch. Very light side lacing.

S - Aromas of tons of smoke. Holy shit. A LOT of smoke. Faint chocolate and as someone else said salted nuts, big big smoky roasted malts. Light sweetness too.

T - Taste is almost kvass meets smoked meat and campfire. Weird. So yah, sweeter black bread, caramels, chocolate if overpowered by the big, smoky malts. Can't stress how smokey this is. If you can dig past the smoke you get nailed with some nice silky dark chocolate. Hard to get through all this smoke though.

M - Mouthfeel is really, really nice. Not quite silky but with a great full body feel and not a trace of alcohol.

O - Overall, this was a unique beer for sure. Easily the second smokiest beer I've ever had, second only to Rex Attitude by Yeast Boys which drinks like Lagavulin in beer form. This stout will definitely ruin your pallet with all the smoke so if you plan on having multiple beers end with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:20:01 | More by rudzud
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erha2

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-17-2014 20:06:40 | More by erha2
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: low carbonation, 1/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: earth, dark and milk chocolate

Taste: dark and milk chocolate--smoke is present throughout

Mouthfeel: sweet and smoky with light bitterness, medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall: Wow. What a pleasant surprise. As a rauchbier fan, this rivals German versions of the style. This one is highly complex and takes the best parts of a RIS as well. I will certainly be looking for this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 19:59:36 | More by tigg924
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LJWalker

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-14-2014 02:32:33 | More by IronTom
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-09-2014 17:20:23 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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Pearlstreetbrewingco

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-08-2014 20:47:24 | More by Pearlstreetbrewingco
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-04-2014 04:55:32 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Drknight

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-02-2014 18:32:37 | More by Drknight
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JMS1512

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-02-2014 13:49:35 | More by JMS1512
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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

01-01-2014 17:27:47 | More by LoveStout
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cwc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-25-2013 17:13:13 | More by cwc
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Vinylboy20

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-24-2013 03:44:36 | More by Vinylboy20
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kingmaker

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-23-2013 04:11:02 | More by kingmaker
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Porter

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9%

12-22-2013 22:13:54 | More by Porter
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

12-22-2013 17:22:56 | More by msondel
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sveinnbirkir

Iceland

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Stout done right - or at least to my liking.

Black as sin, thick and slightly caramelly. Smells of licorice, chocolate and sin. Feels a bit syrupy on the tongue. A very healthy 9.2% alc. level. The head dissipates a little too quick, but otherwise as close to a dream stout as anything I've tried. I am slightly hesitant to put down a perfect score, in case there is something better out there that I haven't tasted. This is excellent, however.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 16:56:19 | More by sveinnbirkir
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black, with only a slight amount of tan carbonation. Virtually no lace.

Nose is nice smoky malts -- lots of dark chocolate and mocha notes. An appealing amount of smoke, though, is foremost.

Taste is charry and smoky, with some coffee notes popping through. The high ABV (9%) is well submerged, and this is a deliciously complex and enjoyable stout that I'd return to anytime. Loved it!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 16:46:50 | More by secondtooth
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Pens1967

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-14-2013 02:51:39 | More by Pens1967
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MystikCelt

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-13-2013 07:59:32 | More by MystikCelt
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-08-2013 23:09:05 | More by djrn2
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Hellpop65

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -15%

12-08-2013 17:06:44 | More by Hellpop65
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doc17325

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-08-2013 05:02:20 | More by doc17325
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jmgidicsin

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Asphalt black with thick, bubbly head of dark brown. My only gripe was that the head didn't last long and didn't lace as I expected it to.

Smell - Dark chocolate, espresso and licorice with some warm malt in the background

Taste - Sweet, dark chocolate -- but not cloyingly so -- on the entry, rounding out to warmer flavors of smoky coffee in the middle with a malty finish

Mouthfeel - Thick, full-bodied and syrupy, almost like what I would expect Texas crude to feel like. A beautifully lush and rich feel.

Overall -- An exceptional beer. I enjoyed it on my birthday and hope to enjoy it again on less-than-special occasions!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 00:08:53 | More by jmgidicsin
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-04-2013 04:42:15 | More by yancot
Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
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