LAVA – Smoked Imperial Stout

The first time I tried this beer was on draft at a local tapas bar called Mediterraneo in Hermosa Beach. That was my first time ever hearing of the beer and brewery so out of curiosity, went ahead an ordered it. My first impression was ‘Heaven in a glass’ because of this smoky, chocolate, easy-drinking stout. They served it as an 8oz pour in a 12oz Citation Red Wine glass which really opened up the smokiness aroma. I let it breathe for a little bit before taking a sip and that is exactly the way to have this beer.

I’m writing this review because I recently had it in the bottle for the first time but it sadly didn’t jolt my memory back to that very first experience I had. That doesn’t mean I don’t love this beer because I do but there are just plenty of ways to drink any particular beer and for me, Lava needs to be on draft.

This beer has a nice, dark chocolate color to it. About a finger of creamy-tan head on it and minimal lacing throughout the whole glass. I love the smokiness in it because it doesn’t overpower the other flavors that are present in this beer, unlike a rauchbier that can taste like you slept in a campfire all night. Lava comes in at a 9.4% abv but it is extremely hard to tell because it is so easy to drink than many imperial stouts.

Overall, this is a great beer that I would recommend to just about anyone but especially if you love dark, smoky  stouts. Seek this out and enjoy!


  • Reply August 28, 2012


    Sounds delicious! Do you still have the bottle? Can you tell us who the distributor is. I’d like to ask my local shop to order a case.

    • Reply August 28, 2012

      Matthew McIvor

      Hey, thanks for the feedback. I know two distributors in the U.S. who deal with the Iceland Brewery and they are Union distributors and Bella Vista distributors. Hopefully that will help you out.


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