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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 - Borg Brugghús

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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 6.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Borg Brugghús visit their website
Iceland

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 12-10-2013

Garún is named for the strong and brave heroine of one of Iceland's most popular folktales "The deacon of Dark River (Myrká)." A tale of ghosts, undying love, and life triumphing over death told against the backdrop of elements essential to Iceland's character: ice, snow, and flooding waters whirling dark and mysterious. The same elements that inspire this rich, intense, bold and swirlingly varied Icelandic stout.

Garún is a dark aura of intense richness and haunting aroma with notes of chocolate, licorice and coffee. Skál!
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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schaffer9252
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jingle
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of thampel09
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of noproduction
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of dense mocha head.

Smell - roasted malts, coffee bean, hint of licorice, cocoa, mild earthy and leafy hops.

Taste - Starts off with the roasted malts then goes into the coffee bean, hint of licorice, cocoa and finishes with the mild earthy and leafy hops.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with the coffee bean and cocoa.

Overall - A stellar stout. All flavours work in unison together. I liked the coffee bean flavour along with the cocoa. Worth seeking out this brew as it won't disappoint.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like your excellent imperial stout. It hits all the right notes. Well done.

Photo of liquorpig
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Westyn
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Oh, that's pretty good. There are some really interesting flavors here, almost like a mix between a barleywine and a barrel aged stout. Complex flavors with just a touch too much carbonation. The high ABV is completely masked. I wish this had more coffee/ roast qualities, however. Some interesting sweet notes, reminiscent of coca cola, is what gives this a barleywine quality

Photo of Giggy
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma has a hint of smokey meat, coffee, and roasted malt.

The flavor has rich chocolate, licorice bitterness, the beer then flies on the mid palate. Dark fruit on the finish, but the beer has issues of being watery despite its ABV.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A licorice beer with some stout

Photo of Michael_B_Friesen
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big beer, Poured black and thick, with a two finger creamy tan head.
Coffee, rich dark malt and dried figs from the nose.
The palette I got espresso, licorice, toasty, cocoa, caramel and very malty, but not as sweet as I was expecting from a beer this big. It went down quick... too quick... now I need more. The alcohol is hidden too... until it's already down.
over all impression was this was serious, big, malty imperial stout, that wasn't sickly sweet. A great example! I want more, and will seek it out.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of fingerflinger
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle - nice to see a strong stout from Iceland make its way here, beyond the basic pilsners we've already received.

This beer pours a solid black hole, with the barest of basal amber edges, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly brown head, which leaves some broken cobwebbed lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of creamy milk chocolate, dense caramel/toffee malt, black licorice, milky coffee, mild wet ash, and earthy, herbal, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is quite consistent - lush candy bar chocolate, bready caramel, toffee pudding, a hint of nougat, sweetened coffee, Nordic anise 'treats', and a hint of toasted wood, one that may actually be due to the crazily understated alcohol warming.

The carbonation is mostly under the radar, providing support as opposed to fizz, the body a rich medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, a slight metallic twang growing as things slowly warm. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as all that cocoa, caramel, and creaminess can only be bridled so much by the attendant char and booze.

Wow, one deftly authored Imperial (or in this case, Icelandic) stout - robust flavours abounding. As scary as the overall sensation that this beer evokes is, that pales in comparison to the fear I have that I won't be able to stand up after killing this small bottle, given the near-complete integration of the 23-proof alcohol. Skál, indeed.

Photo of PorterThwarter
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 11/11/14

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, two fingers of dark mocha foam quickly falls to a thick film that has staying power but leaves no lace

S chocolate syrup, licorice, coffee, almonds, just a hint of booze, coco powder, earthy notes, pretty solid

T more dark roast, charred wood, espresso opposed to coffee, darker licorice, just darker in general, I'd never guess 11.5% but there's a little booze, rich and intense, I'm grooving on this one

M thick and creamy, just a little sticky on the lips, faint heat and a heavy dark roasty finish that just keep going

O I didn't know what to expect but this ones great, big and bold, full and rich, I want to try some more brews from these guys

A great beer I never knew existed, a great value at 4 and a half bucks, with some bang for your buck as well I'll be buying more of this for sure

Photo of JoeMans
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 from Borg Brugghús
95 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.