Garún Icelandic Stout – Borg Brugghus (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Garún Icelandic Stout – Borg Brugghus (brewed at Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson), 11.5% ABV, 11.2 fl.oz., (Reykjavik, Iceland)

on the back label:

“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!”


  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Easy sweet roasted chocolate barley malt some coffee licorice
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $4.15 (after 12.5% off) – 11.2 fl.oz., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: easy for 11.5%

Visual: (cellared for 1 year). Pours jet black, barely any head, a super thin ringed retention, a few small islands and a few bubbles here and there.

Nose: sweet dense roasty-toasty barley malt, molasses, light coffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: much thicker viscosity, trace tingly-fizzy

Mid-palate: background subdued tangy alcohol, chocolate, (lvl-6-sweetness), liquid roasted barley, intermixed coffee notes, subtle sweet licorice

Finish: residual chocolate barley malt

Summary: Wow, drinks a lot smoother than a 11.5% should. It goes down easy but I feel it’s missing some pop to make it really stand out.