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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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Reviews: 22
Hads: 140
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely the smoothest tasting Imperial Stout I have ever had.

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Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of tappangordo
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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

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Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sjones5045
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gillagorilla
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Photo of Danimal25
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of enelson
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Westyn
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hockeypuck
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Torst in Brooklyn, NY.

This one pours a dark silky looking black color, with barely any head, and basically no lacing.

The beer smells like dark fruit, mainly raisin, with additional aromas of silky chocolate, slight coffee, licorice, and roasty malt.

It really helps that this beer was poured at the exact right temperature at Torst. I got a lot of nice complexities out of it, with the three main flavors being dark fruit, dark chocolate, and licorice. There's a little bit of roastiness and coffee, but the three aforementioned flavors are more strong, making the flavor profile unique, as I feel more stouts lean more towards coffee flavors.

This has a very silky smooth mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. Very drinkable, even with the more intense flavors and higher ABV here.

Only my second beer from Iceland, Lava being the other one, but it seems that they know how how to do stouts up there.

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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.

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Photo of tommy5
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 from Borg Brugghús
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