Lava | Ölvisholt Brugghús

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Brewed by:
Ölvisholt Brugghús
Iceland
brugghus.is

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

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.

Added by stulowitz on 12-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,765
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
570
pDev:
10.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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59
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Ratings: 570 |  Reviews: 196
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - black syrup with no real head
Smell - Smokey toasted malts
Taste - very Smokey, toasted malts slight cocoa
Feel - fairly thin with a light carb
Overall - pretty good if you like smoked beers

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, creamy, and easily drinkable for 9% RIS but smokiness was very mild. I would've preffered a stronger Smokey flavor. Nevertheless best Iceland beer I've had to date.

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Photo of leaddog
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from the duty free at the airport in Keflavik on a recent trip to Iceland.

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Smell - Roasted malts, earthy and leafy hops, smoky aroma, hint of dark fruits, woody char, and cocoa.

Taste - Smoky roasted malt flavours along with bitterness from the earthy & leafy hops. Lingering bitterness and flavours of smoke/charred wood. Subtle touch of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light to moderate carbonation. There is a warmth, I suspect from the alcohol. Smooth finish.

Overall - A well executed RIS that utilizes the smoke flavour to its advantage. Considering that craft beer production in Iceland is still in its infancy, I'm highly impressed by the quality in the execution of this brew.

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Photo of npendres
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by a friend. Dark black, almost no head. Aroma is a tinge of smoke. The smoke dances on teh flavor but there is also a nice malty sweetness to this. I usually do not like smoked beers but this was kind of tasty.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
1.75/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Cannot do Smoked beers, taste like dip spit.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L: Pours a pitch black color with a small white head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Dark roasted malts, notes of smoke, cherry, stone fruit, and a strong aroma of booze.

T: Booze and cherry is forefront with notes of slightly bitter and earthy smoke in the background. Very little chocolate or roasted malt. Booze is very overwhelming here and leaves the beer very one dimensional.

F: Not as creamy as expected, a bit acidic and cola like carbonation.

O: The booze really takes over this beer and ruins any complexity or flavor development this beer would have.

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Photo of ASoftMachineMan
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from vínbúðin in Reykjavik, poured from bottle to milk glass (no snifter on hand)

Look: Pours dark brown to form a solid black body with a one-finger mocha head.

Smell: Black coffee, peat, and chared hardwood all on the front. Back of the nose is sweet chocolate and malt.

Taste: Very well balanced with sweet malt, peaty smoke, and black coffee all forward with back notes of dark chocolate and and bitter tobacco smoke.

Feel: Medium body with notable carbonation. Mild coating on the tongue.

Overall: A very drinkable and well-balanced imp. stout. Definitely worth the price for any imp. stout fan.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of braican
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by two fingers of dense tan head that fade to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of smoked malts, charred wood, dark chocolate, and some burnt marshmallows
T: Taste is a little smokey up front with some dark chocolate and charred wood. Slightly meaty with some light coffee and some burnt sugars. Bitter roasted malts toward the end too. Swallow is more smoke, charred wood, and bitter dark chocolate.
M: This beer is fairly full and smooth in the mouth with soft carbonation and a dry finish
O: Overall this one is pretty good. It has some nice smokeyness to it which complements the base beer well. Definitely an interesting take on the style that may not be for everyone.

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Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whatup14
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Evilyak
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

well this one delivers. pours black and inky. smells, and tastes, of smoke and mores smoke. maybe some overly-toasted grain in there too.

i'm not getting all the meat as referenced below - at least nothing porcine. there is what feels like some subtle saltiness. definite sweetness with just a hint of a tang to it.

mouth is creamy, but a bit overwhelming. as you'd expect from the pour, it's viscous and coats your mouth pretty well. booze is well hidden.

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Photo of jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gibgink
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oil black. Just beautiful. Tons of head.

The aroma has tons of smoke of Rauchbier levels. Lots of meats...salami, smoked pork, dark liqueur.

Taste is the flavor of well-smoked meats, salami, chocolate, milk...just amazingly perfect.

Feel is creamy and large, just doesn't quit.

I'll gladly have more of this if I can find it someplace other than on tap. What a fabulous and amazing beer. Top of its class.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap:
Near black, if not. Light brown head that I watched build from a lighter tap pull. Creamy cap stares at me a while.

Nose is a nice sweet smoke. Smoked meat, but definitely more like a sweet sausage. Level of smoke rivals classic Schlenkerla smokiness, but the malts come into play yielding a cedar-like note.

Sweetness comes in a slightly burnt caramel note. There's a hint of salinity that may be entirely my perception.

To me, the smoke is strong enough to cross the boundary this beer is straddling. As an RIS, straight up, it's too smoky. As a smoke beer, it's too malty sweet. What to do? Warmth seems to quell the smoke a tad, leading to more generic roasted malts coming out. Sill seems a tad sweet for the style, though. The smoke adds a light saline/cured meat note as well.

Taste reminds me of a fuller, yet sweeter Urbock from the Bamburg brewery I mentioned earlier. Guessing if I did a side-by-side, I'd find Schlenkerla's beer much more smoky. That said, I liked the malt balance against a decent dose of smoke.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, coffee colour (very black). Smells smokey, burnt grains, and not much else is getting through the intense smokiness. Tastes burnt grains initially, then the warming smokiness slowly build up, with a balanced, smokey/burnt grains finish. Full of flavour, balanced, great beer.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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