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Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 | Borg Brugghús

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

Brewed by:
Borg Brugghús

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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!

Added by metter98 on 12-10-2013

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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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 aquazr1
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chickenm
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -1.2%

Photo of Haukurtor
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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 +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -12.1%
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 jcubz
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of woodchip
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sjones5045
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev -7%
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 shoretaxi
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mscudder
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gillagorilla
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of puboflyons
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
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..

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of liquorpig
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Danimal25
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Catracho5
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pour pitch black with a mocha colored head, no head retention, some lacing, low carbonation, looks really oil, made that lovely gulping sound when I poured it out of the bottle, no light comes through whatsoever, looks very nice.

A: Dark fruit bomb, figs, plums, raisins, lots of roasted smells, lots of aroma, hint of coffee and chocolate, alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming, smells pretty big.

T: Like the nose, getting lots of dark fruits, figs, plums, dates, raisins, hit of moderate coffee and dark chocolate like bitterness in the middle, then those dark fruits reemerge with a big dry finish, lingering dark fruits, very tasty, very smooth and drinkable.

M: Nice big creamy mouthfeel, balanced carbonation, big dry finish.

O: This reminds me of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout but with more aroma, flavor, and alcohol, not as drinkable as SS Imperial Stout, but definitely bigger. If you like imperial stouts that are very dark fruit forward with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, this is your stout, cheers!

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Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev -7%

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