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Lava - Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

436 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 36
Gots: 34 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Vinylboy20, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

msondel, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of sveinnbirkir
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.

sveinnbirkir, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
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!

secondtooth, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Pens1967, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

MystikCelt, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

djrn2, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Hellpop65, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

doc17325, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of jmgidicsin
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!

jmgidicsin, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

yancot, Dec 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours black as...well...an Icelandic night. Absolutely pitch black with no light emerging with backlighting. 1/4 inch dark mocha head quickly dissipates. Heavy and viscous appearing. Faint lacing. This is one serious looking brew.
S: Beech wood smoke, roasted caramel malt, dark chocolate, peat, vanilla, mild coffee, and a hint of anise and hop bitterness. Wow...wonderful aroma!
T: Milder than the powerful aroma. Beech wood smoke, char, bitter chocolate, medium roast coffee, sweet caramel malt (slightly burnt), anise, and a hint of nuts (hazelnut?). Nice complexity.
M: Medium-heavy feel. Sweet and smooth up front, then bitter and burnt which continues into the finish and after. Smoke especially in the finish and lingers on the palate.
D: Excellent complexity in an all-around solid brew. Lighter and more drinkable than you would think coming into this one. Seek it out! Drinking this makes one think of sitting in a low-roofed wood and earthen Icelandic house in the dark of winter with a warm fire keeping the chill at bay. Time to pull out the Icelandic Sagas again...

mwilbur, Dec 01, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

johnnnniee, Nov 26, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes.

16.9oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane, Washington, for $9.99. No obvious freshness date. My first Icelandic beer.

Poured a viscousy dark brown color, looking virtually black in the glass. No light could penetrate this beer. There was a thick finger's worth of mocha colored head. Said head dropped to a foam collar after a few minutes.

The aroma of this beer featured smoke, coffee, and chocolate - pretty much in that order. Happily, the smoke aroma was not overpowering, but rather nicely balanced with the other above-listed attributes.

Although the smokiness was stronger in the taste than in the aroma, there were still some chocolaty, dark malt flavors cutting through. There was also a more bitter, coffeeish flavor, but it still balanced well. There was a hoppy zap to the palate at the swallow.

Full-bodied, with a mouthfeel that was oilier than I expected, but not to a disturbing degree.

Not destined to be my favorite Impy Stout, but not bad at all. Apparently they brew good beer in the land of Bjork and perpetually active volcanoes.

woemad, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
92 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.