Friday, 16 March 2012

Lava Smoked Imperial Stout

Lava is a bold pint brewed by Ölvisholt Brugghús, out of Ölvisholt, Iceland. It's a smoked imperial stout, which is a pretty badass style--definitely not for the faint of heart.  It is sold in 500mL bottles and is a virile 9.4% alcohol. 

The brew pours very black with about an inch and a half of thick tan head.  It has a highly smokey aroma, underscored with rich molasses.  Lava comprises a strong combination of flavours.  It starts with a malty and sweet initial taste of brown sugar and molasses.  The body, however, is extremely smokey.  There is also a pleasant dose of bitterness and a slight flavour of anise.  There is also considerable alcoholic kick. The aftertaste remains highly smokey.

Lava is definitely not easy-drinking--it's big, robust, and smokey as hell.  Chalk full of character, this beer is definitely worth a try.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Olvisholt Lava has become one of my favourite beers. Aside from being a great smoked beer, it also has this wonderful flavour of chocolate in it. This smoked stout is listed on the LCBO website, but as of today, there's no stock available anywhere in Ontario. As soon as they start stocking the shelves, I'll be there to pick up a bottle. The only downside is that at $5.85 for a 500 ml. bottle, it certainly isn't cheap, so unfortunately I won't be buying as many as I'd like to for the autumn and winter seasons.