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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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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Borg Brugghús visit their website

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: metter98 on 12-10-2013)
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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 seen.

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 char and booze here.

Wow, one deftly authored Imperial (or in this case, Icelandic) stout - robust flavours abounding. Scary as the oral sensation that this beer 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.

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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

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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 from Borg Brugghús
95 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.