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Borg Garún Icelandic Stout Nr. 19

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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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"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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackafholmes (516) - - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle from the bottleo, reykjavik. Pitch black with dark tan head. Aroma is liquorice and tar, soy and burnt toast. Taste is richly bitter and a bit salty. Thick and oily with tingly carb. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (484) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle from Sip in Tallinn. BB 01.2027. I like how the label paper feels - Kernel-ish. It pours a dark brown colour, the head is tan, huge, with good retention and lacing. The nose is roasty and very chocolaty sweet, the hops are there too, also a note of liqorice. Extremely sweet taste with intense bitterness when swallowing and in the finish. Lactic! Real nice alcoholic warmth, almost heat. Body medium plus, carbonation below average, mouthfeel quite soft. But to me it’s too sugary, and too boozy to really enjoy, and the intense bitterness in the finish is a bit too harsh. Otherwise nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3188) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
330ml bottle, deep dark black color, with a bubbly tan head, with a nice cocoa powder, spicy licorice, black coffee nose, with some dark chocolate, faint blackcurrant, black berry, roasted, chocolate, black, toasted, caramel malty accents, and a burnt toast, burnt chocolate cake, subtle molasses, toffee note in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with a warmth boozy, sweet dark brown chocolate, light sweet roasted, chocolate, black, toasted, caramelized malty character, with some chocolate pie crust, mocha, cocoa powder, molasses, coffeeish, burnt dark dried fruit, toffee flavours, leading towards a warming chocolate cake, burnt fruitcake, coffee, lingering toasted,caramel, chocolate, black, roasted malt bitterness finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
Medium brown head. Opaque black body. Earthy mineraly licorice aroma with toffee and wild berry notes. Dry-sweet licorice toffee and blueberries taste with chocolate notes. Fullish body. Mild, slightly hot mouthfeel. Dryish mineraly cocos and licorice aftertaste with toffee and alcohol notes. Nice, drinkable, and full of flavour. Tastes more like 8% than 11.5%. (0.33l bottle, Vinbudin Kringlan, Reykjavik.)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin87 (80) - - MAR 19, 2015
Pours dark and opaque as used motor oil, with thin milk chocolate head. Aroma is dark malt, with chocolate, dried fruit, coffee. Those persist on the tongue, with earthy hops and some alcohol heat, primarily on the slightly bitter finish. As with many other good stouts, the body is lighter than the appearance. Borg Garun is a very decent representative of the type, a good winter drink.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ripacio (1) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015 does not count
Appearace: black with milk chocolate color head. Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, honey. Taste: Coffee, Honey, roasted malt, chocolate, rosemary, tobacco and spices. Mouthfeel is realy sweet and prickly. Great dessert beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fdomig (489) - München, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2015
330ml bottle in Reykjavík. Aroma is malty, light metallic. Appearance is black with a very dark brown-ish foam. Taste is sweet and light bitter. A strong dryness. Malty sweetness. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2757) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
330ml brown bottle. Deep brown colour. thin layer of light brown foam with very light lacing. Nose has rich chocolate sweetness, touch of fruits, trace of alcohol. Taste has a touch of berry/fruit/sweetness, toffee, chocolate/cooca, booze. Dark chocolate aftertaste, with roasty bitterness. Body is medium, actually a little thinner than expected. Overall a nice rich imperial stout that drinks a bit lighter than its abv, just a bit sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (14471) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at K Bar. Black, bright off white head. Aroma of licorice and burnt espresso. Taste is bitter herbal coffee, over toasted brownies. Slick mouthfeel, slightly boozy. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10447) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at K-Bar. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, coffee notes, earthy hops, prunes and figs with alcohol notes. Flavor is dark malt dominant, dark fruits, earthy hops, licorice notes and alcohol with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


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