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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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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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:
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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Reviews by KTCamm:
Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Year's Day 2014. Served from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours intense full on black. A little foaming, of a medium brown color. Warm coffee nose. Burnt bitters. Licorice hints. Hearty heavy taste. Deep impassioned bitter. Alcohol burn. A sipper for sure. Black licorice all over. Pace yourself.

More User Reviews:
Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Haukurtor
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured with a think tan head, dicipated after only a few minutes.
Aroma of licorice and dark chocolate.

Tastes of burnt caramel,licorice, strong coffee and dark chocolate, warm alcohol.
Slight sherry notes. Surprisingly dry with a rich roasted malt character.
Quite impressive.

Photo of biboergosum
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A licorice beer with some stout

Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sjones5045
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch Black, thin tan head. Extremely strong nose, able to smell it from quite a distance. Lots of rich dark and sweet cocoa on the nose, touches of anisette and licorice.

Extremely rich, decadent and velvety. lots of cocoa and licorice flavors up front. Well aged port line wine flavor and acidity through out the beer including up front are lots of port and rum raisin flavors along with chocolate covered raisin flavors. Surprisingly subtle yet interestingly savory. Deep and complex. Bristly carbonation, slick heavy body. A unique beer in terms of sweetness, acidity and savor. An 11.2oz worth sharing, a little boozey but so so good.

Photo of gillagorilla
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Danimal25
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of enelson
4.72/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours near black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin, light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet toasty dark malt, licorice, hints of dark dried fruit and chocolate. Flavor follows, with sweet dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, light molasses, lots of licorice, clove, unusually spicy for a stout. Finishes with a moderate hop bitterness and residual licorice. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A quite different take on a stout, with more light spicing flavors and less dark malt than usual. Although the licorice forward, it is very well balanced and the spice flavors complemented the overall taste. The ABV was well covered, very impressive as this one is quite warming otherwise. A flavorful and different stout that was very enjoyable. Good job.

Photo of tommy5
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Bubbles
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color—no traces of color are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with the consistency of motor oil with a short dark tan head consisting of large bubbles that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of licorice are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate and dark malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that all of the flavors—particularly the licorice—are a lot stronger.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really nice stout if you like the taste of black licorice. It is also quite drinkable because any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Photo of Paul_PABrewNews
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of beerwithbears
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer was served in a standard pint glass. Appearance was dark and very dense. Notes of roasted nuts, creaminess, and alcohol on the nose. Head is a light beige color. Overall an excellent beer from Scandinavia. However, my bottle was a whopping $9.50. I'm still trying to decide if the beer was worth that much.

Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mrhartounian
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This was a very nice surprise. I had never tried an Icelandic beer and wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I got was one of the better non-barrel aged stouts I have ever had. Aroma of a cross between milk and dark chocolate along with plenty of coffee. The taste followed the aroma perfectly. Only a bit surprised by the slightly watery mouthfeel, but I mean only slightly. Just fantastic. Price is not cheap, but then again almost half of a DFH WWS. Highly recommended.

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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 from Borg Brugghús
95 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.