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Ölvisholt Vatnajökull Frozen in Time

Brewed by Ölvisholt Brugghús
Style: Belgian Ale
Selfoss, Iceland


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle in Hofn. Clear and deep brown with a quickly fading head. Rather malt forward with a light sweetness (toffee) and some toasted elements. Very mild bitterness. Yeast influences were disappointingly faint. Overall, the beer was very drinkable, but it left me no more excited than your typical amber ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mmargarucci (261) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - JUN 10, 2015
Pours a pale color. Aroma is herbal and filled with yeast. Taste has lots of roasted malt with slightest hint of thyme and herbs. Decent but nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxodom (47) - - MAY 11, 2015
Drank on the glacier for which it is named. not much thyme, but overall a good drinkable beer. probably enjoyed more given the surrounding terrain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsga (7226) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2015
Small beige head. Clear brown body. Earthy caramelly spicy aroma with wooden notes. Dry-sweet caramelly herbal spicy taste with earthy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish spicy herbal licorice aftertaste with earthy notes. Nice, drinkable, unusual. (0.33l bottle, at Pakkhusid, Höfn.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2015
UPDATED: APR 19, 2015 Bottle best by August 2015, from Hotel Skaftafell. Clear copper red with a thin ring of a head. Malty and estery aroma of red delicious apples, perfume, bread, and caramel malt with phenols that resemble flint and rubber. Medium-full body, rich and sticky and moderately sweet with low bitterness. Flavor profile resembles apple bake with nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice that doesn’t show in the nose. Thyme doesn’t seem apparent. Finish is syrupy and chewy with sublte herbal hop bitterness. Pretty plain and dull overall, doesn’t objectively seem Belgian in character, but it drinks okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gyllenbock (7317) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle at Bishops Arms Savoy, Malmö. Dark amber with a medium head. Quite sweet with caramel, honey, some dried fruit and berries. The body was medium and the bitterness light. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyit (3753) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Amber of color with an off white head. An aroma of mint, sweets and caramel. A flavor of sweet malt, mint, toffee and perfume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6520) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: The Bishop’s Arms Sundbyberg.
Appearance: Clear amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Sweet, honey, tea, sweet fruit.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, raisin, fruit, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23017) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2014
Bottled, at Bishop’s Arms, Sundbyberg. Clear deep amber, small coarse head. Floral nose with strawberry jam, almonds and orange marmelade. Sweetish with medium body and rounded moutfeel. Estery strawberry jam, marzipan and arctic raspberries, some caramelly malt. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Exnihil (1) - - APR 8, 2014 does not count
Drunk on site at Skaftafel, South Iceland. Tastes better when taken while looking at the Vatnajokull glacier from whence it came and surrounded by the thyme that goes into it. Fairly heavy with hay, bread, grass, herbs, earthy. A rather special beer but need to understand the environment to appreciate it.

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