Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 - Borg Brugghús

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

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 6.25%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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 Haukurtor
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A licorice beer with some stout

Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice blend of chocolate dark chocolate and bourbon nice.after burn solid mouth fill a very well done stout great work

Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
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 metter98
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
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 beerwithbears
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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 mrhartounian
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of EdwardK77
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious stout, tons of flavor that remains well balanced. I'll be looking for more of this.

Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice tan head, no retention, some leg. Boozy aroma, great flavour, thick body, light acidity, drying alcohol finish.

Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and something sweet.

T: Tasted of dark chocolate, some roasted malt, coffee and a bit of licorice as well. A complex, forceful, yet not overwhelming flavor. Not very boozy considering its high ABV% Very well crafted.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, creamy finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a stout of the classic style. An extremely likeable, drinkable beer.

Photo of dar482
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
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 ElviraS
5/5  rDev +15.7%


Photo of timfc
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My favorite season is imperial stout season. I love them big, chewy, and to coat the tongue.

A: great. In an 11oz tulip on tap. It's got a dark brown, more than rootbeer but not black color. Good tan lacing that fell back to a persistent ring. There are lots of CO2 bubbles along the side of the glass making it lighter in color.

S: there's just not much. I expected more. A little malt and alcohol.
T: builds... First it looks with some roast in the middle of the tongue and then spreads into malt, warming from the alcohol, and depth across the tongue and palate. 30 seconds afterward and I'm still getting new flavor.

M: personal preference, I'd like more body. But, it's easily supporting what's here.
O: I'd drink this whenever I saw it on tap. It's a great beer. Not top 10 for imperial stouts, but that's a hard list to crack. But I'd rate it with Luscious.

Photo of BFCarr
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft in tulip glass. Very drying/astringency with dark fruit/prune notes. Doesn't taste like a 12.5% beer. If you're a fan of imperial stouts, give it a try. Makes me want to go to Iceland.

Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lot 012027.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, bitter cocoa, char, earth, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, dark fruit and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great balance between roast and dark fruit aspects that make this quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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 Trifecta1
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Garún from bottle from 2011. Purchased for 4.99.

A - Exactly what I like to see. Staining brown, thick, almost no head, opaque darkness.

S - Soy, licorice, dark chocolate, alcohol.

T - Wow. Incredible. VERY big flavor, very aggressive flavor profile, but very smooth. No alcohol taste, big on the black licorice and burnt chocolate. Interesting lasting taste, bitter and acidic. Unique, and fantastic.

M - Thick, sticky, moderate carbonation. Reminds me of a slightly more carbonated Dark Lord or Darkness.

O - This gets a high A. Fantastic stout, really sticks out. Deserves higher ratings.

Photo of FalconCount
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft in Iceland at the airport on a layover.

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
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 DrStiffington
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
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 bball208
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! This beer is REALLY impressive. pours PITCH BLACK with a brown head. Where do I begin with this one? The smell is of intense chocolates, dark and milk chocolate in one it seems. It was so packed with chocolate that I could almost chew the beer. Really rich mouthfeel, delivering on all levels of a chocolate stout. The warmer it got in my glass, the tastier it became. Carbonation was medium/light, complemented the flavor and style of the beer perfectly. I'm sure there are other things going on in this beer, but from what I remember (last night) it was a very chocolate forward, out of this world stout. at 11+ abv i didn't taste ANY alcohol. I wish i could get this one in a bottle and let it age for a while. This is top 5 in stouts for me.

Who knew Icelandic stouts were this amazing? I will bet this one will become well known in time.

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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 from Borg Brugghús
95 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.