Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19
Borg Brugghús

Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19
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From:
Borg Brugghús
 
Iceland
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #643
ABV:
11.5%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,868
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 7.49%
Ratings:
244
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 09:08 PM
Added:
Dec 10, 2013
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  47
SCORE
95
World-Class
Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19
Notes: 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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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L - Deep black with a tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves behind a good amount of lacing
S - roasted oats and barely, dark chocolate, hints of coffee and molasses
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

Found some bottles of this at my local bottle shop.
Pours black with tan head and no lacing on the glass.
Alcohol comes up front on the nose with some roasted malt up front as well.
The taste on this is certainly unique. Moderate alcohol, some roasted malt though not a whole lot of it, some very faint licorice, and maybe maybe some faint coffee notes here as well. The aftertaste is kind of like soy sauce which I'm personally not a fan of. For me the taste on this is a little lacking among big imperial stouts. I'm sure it's different on tap and after being cellared for some years.
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Overall, I find 95 a little high for this one. I do enjoy it and at $4 per bottle it's worth it. The soy sauce kind of character on the aftertaste put me off of this one. It isn't really soy sauce, more of a black licorice mixed with alcohol and coffee kind of deal but it manifests as a weird take on soy sauce. Still a cool beer.

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by JonnoWillsteed from England

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Black hue.

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Black licorice, fresh earth & bakers chocolate nose.

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by mothman from Minnesota

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by crotharagain from Rhode Island

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3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Borg Brugghus 'Garun Icelandic Stout 19' @ 11.5% , served from a 330 ml bottle purchased for $4.30
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a quick dissapating tan head leaving a minimal lace ring along the snifter
S-sweet
T-sweet & strong , bold boozey big swallow
MF-mild carbonation , big full body
Ov-big beer from Iceland
prost LampertLand

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S: Subdued roasted malt and chocolate, some black licorice and notes of smoke.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate covered cherry with a little tartness. Notes of black licorice and smoke.

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by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/globe glass.

Deep opaque and walnut brown body color, with a simple straight forward two finger head off classic tan and fine bubbles. Settles to a nice bowled crown on top of the brew. A simple good solid looking stout.

Excellent nose. Smoked malts with touches of roast character. Hints light firewood and a little touch of coffee bean roast mixing in. Touches a faint chocolate angle that isn't quite noticeable.

Palate is just nice and delictable. A chewy malt bill with hinting dark roast and flirts with char on first sip. Large fruit esters and almost wine like flavors in the mid palate, combining with excellent milk chocolate and light soft acidity. Fruity tones of raspberry and blueberry hit all over the palate. Milky but full bodied malt depth that coats with a real nice balancing sweetness all over. A punch of little tannic dryness, but nothing that detracts terribly.

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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 from Borg Brugghús
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 244 ratings