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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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!"


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirstyrabbit (1102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle. Dark body, medium to small tan head. Aroma has roasted pecan nuts, dark chocolate, whiskey barrel. So good. Silky mouthfeel with smooth alcohol warmth. Taste has roasted nuts, well roasted coffee, dark chocolate and some peaty whiskey. Smooth warming finish, the high level of alcohol is well covered and not distracting at all. One of the best Imperial Stouts that I’ve had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaroonOrange (129) - - JUN 22, 2014
Opaque black. Rich, sweet, smoky aroma. Raisins, prunes, and molasses up front. Smoky peat and cocoa balance out the sweetness at the end. A big well-balanced beer with a lot of flavor. Very rich - excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
suurjuust (1065) - ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2014
Pitch black beer, brown head. Nose is milk chocolate, roast, malt. Flavor is chocolate, roast, coffee, some licorice, a touch of alcohol. Dry finish with chocolate notes. Very enjoyable. Shared by martjoobolut, thanks!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1306) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Pitch black, oily pour with a nice brown lacing head. Incredibly nice aroma, molasses, some earthy notes, tiny hints of vanilla, big malts, mocha and liquorice candy. Falls a bit flat on the tongue, not too roasty and too sweet but is a bit lacking in the finish. Tasty imperial stout nonetheless. 01/04/2013 Has evelved since I last tasted this. Still that awesome molasses in the nose, body is bigger, finish is deeper. Awesome brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1631) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Draft at Eulogy. Thick cloudy dark brown pour with a tight tan head. Silky smooth complex chocolate character. Fantastic stout! Major notes of cocoa, liquorice and ash. Minor notes of brown fruit, coffee and spice. Creamy on the tongue. Dark toffee caramels. Black leather. Charcoal. Burnt cinnamon. High ABV is well hidden. Very nicely balanced. Feels a bit of a mix of a Russian Imperial and a Baltic Porter. Delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (1435) - - MAR 18, 2014
Bottle. Oily jet black with a 1 finger khaki head. Aroma is dark fruit, burnt sugar and chocolate. Taste adds charred malt, coffee and a hint of marshmallow. Thick, sticky palate that really coats the mouth. This is everything you look for in an imperial stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6517) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
33cl bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a complex flavor that includes chocolate, anise and coffee. A very intense tasty brew that finishes dry and bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
panacea (77) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2014
Pours pitch black with frothy white/brown head. Nose is sweet yet smokey and some liquorice. Taste dominated by salty yet sweet liquorice. Some black malts aswell but not at all as pronounced. Really tasty beer, world class!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (447) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle pour. Thanks Keven. Good stuff here. Pours black with a tan head to it. Licorice on the aroma. Smokey, roasted flavors with some sweetness to it. A little vanilla too. Solid stout here, and super smooth flavor. Really good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to almost black. with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate and vague liquorice. Thick malty, roasted malty and chocolate. Nice roasted and liquorice note. Lingering dark malty finish.


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