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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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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 6.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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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Reviews by Trifecta1:
Photo of Trifecta1
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Trifecta1, Feb 19, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Haukurtor
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Haukurtor, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +3%

woodchip, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of sjones5045
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sjones5045, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

KTCamm, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.

jtierney89, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%

gillagorilla, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Danimal25
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Danimal25, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev -8.5%

n2185, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of tommy5
4.5/5  rDev +3%

tommy5, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Bubbles
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Bubbles, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -8.5%

DrBier, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

metter98, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Paul_PABrewNews
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Paul_PABrewNews, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of beerwithbears
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

beerwithbears, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

DrewShalvoy, Jan 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

BeerBucks, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Maillard, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of mrhartounian
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

mrhartounian, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Kurmaraja, Aug 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

geocool, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

DudMan, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

avalon07, May 24, 2014
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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 from Borg Brugghús
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