Garún Icelandic Stout NR.19 brewed by Borg Brugghús in Iceland
Borg is led by
brewer Valgeir Valgeirson. They are a small, dedicated and intensely
beer-loving bunch. Valgeir was the original brewer at Olvisholt. GARUN is
Borg’s 1st offering for export. At 11.5%, it’s an ‘Icelandic Stout’ which
makes sense since it seems obvious that a stout coming from the land of fire
and Ice would be, shall we say extremely stout! Intensely aromatic, full of
roasted coffee notes, a very rich, almost unctuous body that finishes
remarkably clean with just the right balance of bitter-sweetness. It reminds
you as much of a coffee liqueur as beer. Remarkable! The ideal winter ale.
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.
Review from Beer Advocate:
Pours near black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin, light brown
head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet toasty dark malt,
licorice, hints of dark dried fruit and chocolate. Flavor follows, with sweet
dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, light molasses, lots of licorice, clove,
unusually spicy for a stout. Finishes with a moderate hop bitterness and
residual licorice. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A quite different take
on a stout, with more light spicing flavors and less dark malt than usual.
Although the licorice forward, it is very well balanced and the spice flavors
complemented the overall taste. The ABV was well covered, very impressive as
this one is quite warming otherwise. A flavorful and different stout that was
very enjoyable. Good job.
History of Borg
Brugghús and Brewery Egill Skallagrímsson
Egil Skallagrímsson is probably the single most famous Viking of all time. He
was born in 910 and his parents soon saw that he was a person who would have a
great impact on his country, though his parents were divided about whether it
would be for good or evil. He was high-spirited, stubborn and not the most
handsome of men. He left at a young age on many successful Viking voyages with
his brother Thorolf, and when he returned to Iceland he was made chief.
Egil was a great lover of mead and there are many stories detailing his penchant
for drinking. He always a appreciated a good nip of liquor, and would no doubt
have liked the ambitious beers of Borg Brugghús. It is therefore appropriate
that the brewery bears the name of this warrior and poet.
Brewery Egill Skallagrímsson was founded in 1913 and today employs many
world-class champions and has won numerous awards for its beer. To allow the
staff’s talents and creativity to flourish in full, it was decided that they
would open Borg Brugghús, which intends to improve the beer culture in Iceland.
It will offer a wide variety of beers which will be constantly evolving.
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