Lava | Ölvisholt Brugghús

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Ölvisholt Brugghús

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

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of decimator
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 9.4%.

A - Poured a near black with a 1cm brown head. One of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Head reduce to some surface bubbles. No lacing.

S - Coffee and charcoal.

T - Standard stout flavour with lots of smoke. I'm having a hard time picking out the various flavours because of its smokiness. Burnt toast and hops in the finish. The ABV is very well hiden.

M - Medium-heavy body, average carbonation, nice thick syrupy texture that isn't too sticky, dry finish. Very nice mouthfeel overall.

O - Easy to drink for sure. I think the mouthfeel helps this beer a lot.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent stout with nice, well-rounded character that has a lightly boozy rummy quality without being too boozy.

Black, it has a medium light brown head soon thinning to a foamy ring.

Aroma is very nice lightly rummy, faintly smoky prunes and charcoal, roasty barley.

Taste is excellent lightly rummy coffee candy, bitter chocolate, dried figs and prunes, and a nice dry roasty bread element strong in the finish.

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Photo of oline73
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark, almost black color with a finger of creamy tan head that fades to a decent sized ring around the glass.

Smell: This is a very smokey stout with a sweet, dark fruit undertone. Hints of dark chocolate and smoked meat.

Taste: Just as smokey as the smell. This has a perfect taste for a land of volcanos. Dark fruit notes remind me a bit of barbecue sauce. There are some sweet notes, but I wouldn't say this is a sweet beer at all. The finish is quite smokey and a bit burnt.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side, but it isn't syrupy. The carbonation is very fluffy with a dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. The smoke and dark fruit notes went well together. They were out of this one when I was in Iceland, so I was excited to see it at Capones.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a one-and-a-half-finger, tan, creamy, foamy head that lasted a couple minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Dark chocolate and coffee. Really (really) smokey finish - it actually does taste like beef jerky as others have mentioned.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Creamy.

O: I like the look and smell of this Russian Imperial and the smokey was flavor was interesting.

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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black bodied beer with a rich crayon brown head.

S - Salty smoked meats come to mind. Smoked fish and cured meats. Toasted, roasted grains and burnt wood.

T - Very smokey on the palate like the nose eluded. Akin to liquid smoke. Notes of charcoal, beef jerky, and firewood. Roasted blackened grains mixed with espresso. Plenty of bitter black flavors with a little hint of hops. The black roasty character is the star here.

M - This beer is dry and roasted to the max. This is close to drinking charcoal.

O - They certainly hit the mark with the amount of smoke this beer has. Put liquid smoke in a cup of espresso.

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

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with nice 1 inch creamy, foamy head, and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Smoke, dark roasted malts, cocoa, chocolate, molassess, honey, brown sugars. Plum, rasin, some cherry. Smells really nice.

Taste - Starts off very smokey, with a nice sweet, fruit and sugar sweetness. Lots of roasted malts, cherry, honey, brown sugar and molassess. Very smooth, balanced and almost no alcohol present. Roasted malts add a nutty taste to the smoke. Finish has a little alcohol and a chocolate note.

Mouthfeel - Malts, sugars and smoke coat tounge with mild, yet bold flavors. Palate gets more of the same, along with some chocolate and a little alcohol. Aftertaste is smokey, malty and chocolate.

Overall - Excellent, balanced, flavorful, and really smooth and easy to drink for being 9.4%. Its sweet yet not over the top, malty and smokey, yet not overboard. Second only to alaskan smoked porter as my favorite smoked style beer. World class, try this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a beer I had been looking to get my hands on for a while. Managed to get a bottle at Capone's bottle shop yesterday. Gave this one a pour and it came out as a very nice looking rich black color with a light brown colored head on top. The retention is really good and the lacing is minimal. The smell of the beer is smokey, roasted and slightly sweet also. The taste of the beer lightly smokey with a nice roast roasted malt flavor, some subtle sweetness and bitterness working well together. The mouthfeel of the beer is nice and thick, it's very smooth and creamy. Overall I'm enjoying this beer a lot. I think it was worth the wait, I would drink it again if the price was right.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours very black. Almost no light penetration. Head is frothy and tan. Head leaves a ton of lacing. Looks sludgy.

S-Very smoky and salty. Bonfire. Charred malts. Cured meat. Burnt coffee. Burnt chocolate chips. Light alcohol. Burnt rubber and leather.

T-Salty and smoky. Cured meat and leather. Tobacco. Scorched coffee. Burnt brownies. Lighter bitterness from the dark chocolate. Impressed by its leathery taste.

M-Fuller bodied. Soft carbonation. Mild bitterness. Booze well hidden.

O/D-Pretty cool. Not my style, but worth a trial. I feel slightly unimpressed by a $10.50 1pint.9oz. offering. I would recommend it to anyone who loves smoky beers. I would take this over any Rauchbier.

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, smokiness, some dark fruit, chocolate and coffee along with a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild smokiness followed by flavors of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Then a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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