Leifur Nordic Saison – Borg Brugghus (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Leifur Nordic Saison – Borg Brugghus (brewed at Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson), 6.8% ABV, 330ml., (Reykjavik, Iceland)


on the back label:

“LEIFUR is named after t he Icelandic explorer Leifur (the Lucky) Eiriksson the first European to land in North America – almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Leifur landed in a luscious place with plentiful salmon, vines and grapes so named the land Vinland.”

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  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Heavy honeyed chamomile slight salty tangy candi barley malt
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $3.95 (after 12.5% off) – 330ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours bright marmalade orange with a smallish dissipating head, ringed with spotty island retention, clusters of micro steady streams.

Nose: heavy honeyed barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, light tingly-fizz, dense honey malt impression

Mid-palate: honey-chamomile, (lvl-5-sweetness), almost salty alcohol detection, slight tanginess, light candi barley malt

Finish: residual honeyed barley malt

Summary: This drinks more like a Belgian tripel with it’s chamomile honey profile as opposed to the banana-citrusy wheat malt I usually find in typical saisons. There’s also a bit of saltiness in the mids which I found distracting.

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!”

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  • 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.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #10 – Gæðingur Stout

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The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #10

Gæðingur (Gaedinger) Stout  – Gæðingur Brugghús, 5.6% ABV – 330ml., (Skagafirði, Iceland)

Ingredients: Water, malted barley, hops, licorice

  • Style: (licorice) flavoured stout
  • Taste: roasted malted barley coffee
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a try if you can find it

Visual: Pours coffee black with a small long-lasting ultra foamy head, tightly knit clustered fast streams, very sticky lacing.

Nose: caramel malt, roasted coffee, charcoal. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: incoming thick malts

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, underlying restrained light sourness, (MAIN) roasted barley malt, coffee, cola

Finish: licorice root mild dryness, bittersweet malt, light burnt bitter finish.

Summary: Medium-roasted bittersweet stout goodness. Very round and all around drinkable.