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:
#2,633
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
565
pDev:
10.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 565 |  Reviews: 193
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 vinny21bal
1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

Photo of paskinsj
2.25/5  rDev -45%

Way too much smoke, muted all other flavors.

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Photo of Testytaster
2.41/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured very nicely into a frosted 300ml glass (split for two people), deep color, and thick head. Taste on the other hand...strong to very strong licorice flavor with slight coffee and smokey accents.

I feel that if the licorice flavor was muted a little bit it would have made the beer that much better. All in all I can appreciate the flavor, but will not likely purchase again.

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Photo of SassaDog
2.49/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of evianIPA
2.49/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle from Vinhusid Reykjavik, December 2014. Best before 08.10.17

First impressions...BACON LIQUORICE!

A - Opaque black with tan crema
S - Sweet medicinal/liquorice aromas, touch of alcohol and bacon
T - Liquorice and bacon with an alcoholic finish
M - Surprisingly light, with soft lingering finish
O - I was wowed initially, as I both love smoked beers and stout, but I'm less wowed with each sip. A nice idea, but fairly one dimensional. Possibly better with age and could certainly do with more body, bitterness and malt.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of Irrationalist
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I really thought this was disgusting. So I really don't understand why this is so desired. It was just a bunch of alcoholic tasting smoke flavor.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of TX-Badger
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours black like oil with khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, smoked malt, and some raw cocoa; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with more smoke.

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2.76/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick and dark head, probably the darkest head I've seen.

Smells better than it tastes. There is so much smoke flavour that it overwhelmes all other flavours. I didn't enjoy it, my husband thought it was good. My favourite smoked oatmeal stout is Samual Smiths and this one doesn't come close to the smooth rich flavour I was expecting.

It was almost undrinkable because there is so much smoke flavour. Not burnt, just smoke.

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Photo of Moses13
2.84/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Drew26
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of bigox420
3/5  rDev -26.7%

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 thatoneguymike
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TWStandley
3.2/5  rDev -21.8%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Smoked Imperial Stout that delivers all elements of its name.

Almost black with a silky mouthfeel and lots of carbonation, pouring a decent head. Smoky aroma and taste definitely present at the back of the throat in the finish. Although the 9.4% is not hidden by any stretch, a respectable Imperial Porter - and much nicer than any beer we enjoyed while physically in Iceland last year.

Not a beer style I'd typically choose for myself, but definitely a representative of it that I'd recommend.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of oakbluff
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola with a thin mocha head and very fine lacing. Nose- sweet smokiness, dark fruit and light roast. Taste- boozy dark stewed fruit, chalky with a bitter hot finish. Less smoke in taste than in the nose. Very little malt sweetness comes through. Its a little hot for my tastes, but the smoke is a nice touch.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head, but it dies quickly to only rim bubbles. Minute spotty lace on the glass. Inky black color where no light shines through.

Relatively mild aroma for an Imperial Stout. Some cocoa, some alcohol, otherwise rather pallid.

The flavor is more impressive than the smell. Neutral body with a higher than expected carbonation level. The flavor starts soft, but comes through in swallow where an oily alcohol presence is combined with a decent hop bite and a dark chocolate taste.

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Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 565 ratings