hag14 (37) - Hafnarfjörđur, ICELAND - JUN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2013 Visited the Ölvisholt Brewery in the South of Iceland where Lava was the final beer sampled. Very dark and rich in flavour with strong hints of coffee and chocolate.
OKplus (673) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz served in a snifter.
A - Pours opaque with a creamy tan head that forms a thin wispy ceiling of micro-bubbles.
S - Roasted malts, burnt cocoa smoked peat, charred wood, sharp prunes, cedar and pine sap.
T - Bakers chocolate, rich roasted coffee, roasted black malts, licorice, smoked wood, dry bitter cocoa at the end, finishes with a solid dose of woody pine.
M - Light side of full bodied, smooth carbonation, creamy body.
Very balanced and the addition of the smoke gives it a little edge. The smoke shows up heavier in the nose while the malts really shine in the flavor and meld well with the smoke. Very tasty.
Serving type: bottle
edgallow (1440) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.5 oz bottle pours thick black with a tan head. Aroma of malts, smoke and coffee. Taste is smoky, malts, chocolate and coffee.
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Cunningham (3667) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Black color with a creamy brown head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and mild oak.
Palate: Medium + thick oily body. Slightly sweet and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation. Lovely creamy texture.
Taste: Mild floating chocolate and coffee. Not much roasted malt and very tiny smoked notes. More milde oak. Very well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: WoW. What a pleasant surprise. Pleasant smooth mild, and yet powerful and complex. Lovely ale. Would have been more fit in the imperial stout category. Very mild smoked notes.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with SaintMatty
malrubius (1512) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Red White & Brew Chesterfield, OH. Almost black with tan ring. (No to confident about this glass) Ashy woody smoky burnt roasted earthy aroma. Smoky ashy burnt roasted coffee and caramel and chocolate minimal raisin fruity sweetness with big burnt smoky earthy woody medium bitter finish. Oily thick but not overwhelming palate. Amazing.
superspak (1906) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, wood, smoke, toast, smoked meat, licorice, slight dark fruit, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted and smoked notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, coffee, char, smoke, wood, smoked meat, light licorice, light dark fruit, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, smoke, wood, coffee, toast, licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark roasted flavors; with moderate smoke flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent smoked imperial stout. All around nice balance and complexity of roasted flavors and moderate smoke; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
richiebeer (5) - Newfoundland, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was introduced to this very smokey stout on vacation. That was a little while ago, but its what turned me on to stout. A wonderful slow drink, with a delicious smokey, smooth taste. Wish I could buy it at home, so I could add more notes on it, but I do recall it being exceptionally good.
jmagnus87 (2033) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating 1500 and a new country tick to boot. Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with dark brown minimal head. Aroma of smoke with coffee and chocolate. Taste is light sweetish. Mostly smoke with some tobacco, dark chocolate and coffee. Full bodied with a somewhat slick texture. Lively carbonation and a very long, warming and smokey finish. Overall, awesome. I could drink this everyday.
tcane7 (1345) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Alla Spina. Pours black with thick, bubbly tan head and some lace. Nose of chocolate, burnt wood, smoked meat, roasted malt. If you like smoked beer you will probably love this. I do not
Westchesterco (669) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance dark brown with a soft tan head aroma of chocolate and fruit taste of chocolate and fruit. Lingering on the palate with a rather long bitter flavor