Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19
Borg Brugghús

Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19
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Stout - American Imperial
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4.29 | pDev: 7.69%
Borg Brugghús
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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DanfromVan from Canada (BC)

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just new on the shelf, so picked a couple up. Poured into an Averbode Ccce. Rich foamy colour, head dissipates right away.
Leathery aroma, maybe a touch of licorice.
Goes down easy for such an abv heavyweight. Tastes ok, mouth feel is a little lighter than I had though it would be. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste,
I could maybe do 2 of these at a single serving, just a little too bitter for me.

Dec 20, 2020
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Complexity rules with this inky black stout. Strong at 11.5% it doesn't drink boozy. Intense roasted coffee notes layered on leather, treacle, cocoa and vanilla. Also a hint or licorice in the finish.

Aug 26, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

March 24th, 2016 - Moving from porter to stout, this calm looking brew starts with a hugely rich aroma, with a great depth of malt and the smell of charred aspen log. It's also a little dusty and shows a hint of mesquite and light creaminess, which I find unusually appetizing. The flavor is even better, alternating between sweet and savory, flickering between dessert and the main course. The slight tang facilitates this transformation, but still lets the depth and darkness of the malt shine. The aftertaste is the best part of all, echoing and evoking flavors of some of the best stouts I've had to date.

May 09, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- Inky black, thin dark tan head, not a single photon of light seems to pass through this beer.
S- Toasty, roasty, puddingy, deep.
T- Wow! Deep, *intense* coffee and chocolate. Super pungent, a thing of wonder!
F- Rich, deep, but even at 11.5% not OTT.
O- Wow, intense chocolate coffee stout. A beauty of a beast of a beer.
I visited the Vinbudin (state liquor store) in Reykjavik, my wife loves stout and chose this and I got to try it (briefly!).
No visible BB on the cap, lable or glass, but from the major liquor store in town.

Sep 16, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 7/13/14 @ Bangers & Lace.

Black hue.

Dark khaki head; a curtain of lace.

Black licorice, fresh earth & bakers chocolate nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Black licorice, candle wax & fresh earth flavors, with a bitter bakers chocolate finish.

Enjoyable, but pull up your big boy pants.

Mar 31, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A surprisingly great stout for a reasonable price. Had this sitting in my basement 2+ years - shared 4 ways, so just a taste. Pours a moderately thick black with short lived mocha head - no cloudiness but too dense for light to pass. Aroma is up front roasted coffee, dark chocolate, but definite licorice without being over powering. Do get a sense of the booze on the nose also.
Taste sweet coffee, chocolate, licorice with a little char on the finish - ends with a slightly boozy full biitersweetness balancing out very nicely.

Dec 25, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle. Tan head. Black color.

This is the expedition stout of Iceland. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, and licorice. Full bodied. Thick. A very nice stout!

Aug 18, 2018
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my friend Johann for bring this back to the states after his recent journey back to the homeland.
This is an outstanding stout. Hints of licorice, coffee and cocoa balanced out by a smooth finish and mouthfeel. Very happy to have tried it. Makes me want to go trekking in Iceland.

Jul 30, 2018
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - black thin syrup with slight lacing and slight disappearing film
Smell - very very slight dark roasted malts
Taste - black licorice booze and dark malts
Feel - pretty thin with a light carbonation
Overall - fantastic strong beer

Jul 20, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in Iceland
Black color, decent head
Nose plenty of dark chocolate, little roasty, fudge, cocoa, little dark fruits
Taste dark thick fudge, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee, some roasty char and little charred burnt roast slight acrid, fair bitterness, little licorice
Mouth thick chewy nice fizzy carb, touch of alcohol tingle

Jul 07, 2018
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smbslt from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sable brown beer with a fine head the color of chocolate frosting pulled back to leave a healthy ring and good lacing.
Faint grapes with some ash - interesting but lacks some punch.
Taste follows nose but with an unexpected herbal quality supplanting the typical sweetness. Alcohol and coffee finish.
Smooth and full with the expected warming from the alcohol.
Nicely done but strangely not picking up any of the licorice influences the brewers assert and that I have experienced with American Imperial Stouts.

Apr 15, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark fruits, roast, and molasses on the nose. Fairly standard for a stout, although the nose implies more single-digit ABV porter than big, bold imperial stout.

Roasty and bitter on the palate. Dark fruit and grapes. Char and burnt toast, toffee, and blackstrap molasses. Peppery and earthy rye.

Big and bold, but very smooth. Flavor profile more matches up with a robust porter or stout, but it's an excellent beer with plenty of depth.

Jan 27, 2018
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque black color. Creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with no legs and swirl reaction but strong lacing. Flavors of dark grains, prunes, raisins, clove, wood, spices, coffee, and herbal hops. Slick and oily medium to full body with light carbonation. Strong strength finish, rich deep roasted and dark fruity feel, with a soft smoky Rauchbier and light barrel effect. Good intensity, balance, and complexity. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall very good quality craft.

Jan 07, 2018
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
T-sweet & strong , bold boozey big swallow
MF-mild carbonation , big full body
Ov-big beer from Iceland
prost LampertLand

Dec 06, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours as black as the soil of Iceland, with a small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

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.

F: Creamy but a bit of prickly carbonation with a pretty syrupy full body.

O: A very nice stout

Oct 27, 2017
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BeerHere978 from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice find in the Reykjavik airport. Dark and intense, yet at the same time well balanced. Very smooth and drinkable, no burn despite the high alcohol content.

Oct 25, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

A real classic rich and just delicious warming imperial stout, with excellent fruit hinting quality. Love the hinting fruit thickness on this brew.

Oct 08, 2017
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ASoftMachineMan from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours dark brown with visible viscosity to form a black body with a one-finger dark-brown head.

Smell: Mild for the class with black coffee, malt, and fresh topsoil all forward.

Taste: Smooth and dry with smoke, black coffee, dark chocolate and roast grain all forward. Sips like a nice espresso with sweet malt on the back rounding out and finishing the palate nicely.

Feel: Super smooth and creamy with light carbonation, moderate syrup lingers on the tongue with every sip.

Sep 23, 2017
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PascalMotard from Canada (QC)

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very opaque dark brown/black. Dark beige foam but poor head retention. Smells like molasses and tobacco. The taste starts very sweet with chocolate and coffee character but the warmth of the alcohol is quickly felt by the palate, along with a distinctive roastiness and a thorough after taste.
This a great beer, maybe one my favorite imperial stout.

Sep 20, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from 2015. Served in a snifter glass. One of the several bottles I bought home from my trip...

Pours a dark black body, one finger thick brown head, tons of retention, bits of lacing. Smell is rich licorice, baker's chocolate, mild roast, espresso, cocoa powder, touch of smoke, dark fruit and trace burnt oak. Flavour follows, a nice complex mixture of chocolate, cocoa, espresso, roast. Not as much licorice as the nose would have. A bit of milk chocolate sweetness also, it's not a giant acrid bomb. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, substantial, perfect medium carbonation for the style, easy to sip on, slight dry earth and toasted oak on the finish. A nice complex big stout with a great mouthfeel to it that brings me back to my times traipsing around Reykjavik and the southeastern parts of the island.

Jul 22, 2017
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This a good reason to visit Iceland for sure. Screw the potential for icebergs and volcanos. I would buy this beer over and over again. Smooth, tasty and just very very good.

Jun 04, 2017
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Easton70 from Canada (ON)

4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. I picked up a bottle at Spirit of Seymour asa last minute impulse buy amd I'm glad I did. Despite the heavy ABV, this has a nice creamy off-white head and a thick black body. It poured like oil. The aroma is chocolatey and boozy but the flavour and mouth feel is amazing. I had it as my first beer of the night (probably a mistake) so I benefitted from a clean palettte. I will definately get this one again if I see it.

May 20, 2017
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g_rat from Louisiana

3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Jet black, small brown head with moderate retention & no lacing

S: Roasted malt, syrup, licorice, hints of dried fruit

F: Medium bodied, a little bit sticky, minimal carbonation, mild alcohol burn. Somewhat creamy; Surprisingly smooth for such a high abv stout.

T: Black coffee prominent, followed by licorice, sweet caramel balances out the bitterness, and finished with spiced rum

O: Good all around no BS stout. Not very complex. Suprisingly smooth for 11.5% abv

Nov 22, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From the 330 ml. bottle Lot no. 012027. Sampled on June 27, 2016. My first beer from Iceland.

The pour is jet black but there is not a lot of head.

The aroma has an abundance of dark roasted caramel, black licorice, dark fruit, and some alcohol.

Full body and also creamy.

The taste has the same pointed dark malt and dark fruit character with the booze still in the mix. There is a semi-dry finish. I bet this one could sit for a couple years and still be good..

Jun 27, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL on tap into a pint glass at Micro Bar in Reykjavik
A: Pitch black with a one-finger tan head
S: Tons of cocoa, dark malts, licorice and coffee
T: Matches the nose, primarily cocoa with licorice in second place and dark malts/caramel/coffee to finish
M: Full-bodied, quite bitter with noticeable alcohol
O: Impressive. This would definitely drink well during the endless nights but was enjoyable during the midnite sun also. I just wish it were a bit less alcoholic/bitter

Jun 11, 2016
Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 from Borg Brugghús
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 242 ratings