Lava | Ölvisholt Brugghús

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BEER INFO

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:
#2,480
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
563
pDev:
10.51%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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59
Gots:
61
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Ratings: 563 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of JarradMusgrove
4.82/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of toothirsty
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

I had this beer on-tap in a snifter at Brave Horse Tavern in Seattle.

Appearance: completely black color; dark, deep, cloudy, everything you want in the style. There's a slim ring of dark tan foam atop; quite attractive indeed.

Smell: sweet, fruity and smoky. There's a light alcohol fruitiness and some dark fruit from the malt; roasty with a little bit of chocolate, and a low but distinct smokiness in the aroma. Complex and intriguing; I love it.

Taste: very rich and very sweet. Roasty with a nice bitterness and a little bit of an astringency toward the end, but mostly it's a bit syrupy and sticky. Chocolate, dark fruit, raisin, date; the smokiness is more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. I quite like it.

Mouthfeel: big, rich body with a nice carbonation and a silky texture. This is a rich and creamy beer indeed.

Overall: smoked Russian imperial stout -- there's not much more to know about this beer. It's rich, black and tasty.

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Photo of Domvan
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of yeaprolly
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Duffman79
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of The_Dude_710
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber. Very good smoked RIS. Not overly smokey, but just enough to add to the beer not subtract from it.The smoke and the body hide the 9.4% abv very nicely.

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Photo of Westyn
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdix106
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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2.84/5  rDev -30.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Daniellehto
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Lava from Ölvisholt Brugghús
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 563 ratings
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