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Brewed by Ölvisholt Brugghús
Style: Smoked - Other
Selfoss, Iceland
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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Lava is a full bodied, pitch black smoked imperial stout with a thick brown head. Sweet with chocolate and roasted malt in the flavor. The aftertaste is roasted malt, smoke and warming alcohol. Aroma is smoke, chocolate and bit of alcohol.

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Senap (828) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2020 Ordentlig med choklad och kaffe med en sväng fikon men ingen tydlig rök. Trevlig!

3.1
GarrettB (2235) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2020
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2020 March 24th, 2016 - Bursting with lava on the label, this beer bursts with smoke in the flavor. It's a little bit like Iceland's rauchbier, with a huge puff of smoke in the aroma, and ham, though not as deep as the style it might be imitating. The flavor is a tad sweeter than the aroma, with plenty of smoke and ham here too, but pared back compared to the aroma. The long aftertaste echoes these flavors, but with some mashed pea taste and body, and just a slight flavor of toasted coconut. The flavor is much better than the aroma, though still appreciably smoke riddled.

3.7
jinroh (4530) - ESTONIA - APR 7, 2020
UPDATED: APR 7, 2020 Icelandic staple, from Reykjavik Airport. Dark black pour, some foam but not that much. Nose is thick, light asphalt, black leather and a bit of smoke there. Medium bodied, not too sweet and not too dry. Taste has more of that light bitter smoke character, medium sweetness, bitter linger n the finish. Tasty and solid beer but not something that would really knock you out of your socks.

4
dnstone (5531) - Saarland, GERMANY - MAR 18, 2020
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2020 Pours black in color with tan head that settles off. Smoke forward with chocolate aroma. Strong smoke and chocolate character. Medium bodied. Notes: bottle picked up at Leroy Montgomery AL, Dec ‘19, opened Mar ‘19.

3.9
KevinReddirt (787) - Midland, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2020 I've had this 330 ml bottle of Lava put away since our summer visit to Reykjavik. Pulled it out of the stash and am ready to sample now. I've got a Teku glass ready to go, You cannot get much blacker than this one, a smallish circle of medium tan foam surrounds the glass. It has a promising scent, chocolate, red fruit and some of the smoke coming through. And speaking of smoke, I usually find it distracting to an imperial stout. In this case, not as much. Baking chocolate, wheat bread, tobacco, a fruit sweetness and a small but obvious smoke presence. Very drinkable.

3.9
ricardostercios (1014) - Castelló de la Plana, SPAIN - DEC 16, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2019 Color negro, opaca. Espuma marrón claro de apenas un dedo de espesor y corta retención. Aroma a humo y maltas tostadas, ligero café y chocolate al atemperar. Sabor mucho más intenso, humo, cenizas, madera quemada, leves maltas tostadas, notas a café al atemperar, final medio, ahumado, seco, alcohol bien integrado. Textura oleosa. Carbonatación baja. Un muy buen ejemplo de cerveza ahumada. Intensa, de cuerpo denso y no cansa en absoluto.

4.3
Suco (1142) - Castellon, SPAIN - NOV 12, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2019 Color negro, opaca. Un dedo de espuma marrón con retención media. Aroma a malta tostada, humo, café y chocolate negro. Gusto a malta tostada, chocolate negro, café, humo, ceniza, ascuas, inicio de trago dulce y final amargo, gusto intenso y duradero, alcohol totalmente integrado. Cuerpo oleoso. Que bien jugada está esta birra, un poco de todo y en su justa medida, excelente.

3.9
OminouSC2 (2250) - Mora, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2019 Black color, small beige head. Aromas of smoked meat, chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Taste of smoke, chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol.

3.9
Marko (9984) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 28, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2019 Bottle, shared with heavy. Enormous thanks Kristina! Almost pitch black body, off white head. Smooth, damn smooth aroma, smoke, light chocolate, sweetish and pleasant. Smooth sweetish smokey taste, fruity touches, light chocolate. Very balanced, very silky, just light alcohol touches. Simply put - a very classy beer worthy of the hype!

4.1
MarcoDL (7615) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2019 Bottle. Black pour. Aroma of delicious smoked malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee and burned caramel. Taste has rich smoke, burned caramel, bitter chocolate, licorice, smokey meat, malt and some bitter hops for balance. Really good smoked beer with a strong body. Bamberg quality from iceland.


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