NR. 19 GARÚN (Imperial Stout) – Borg Brugghús

I had never seen a beer available in Canada from the Country of Iceland.  This has all changed now as I have found a beer from the brewery Borg Brugghús called the “NR. 19 GARÚN” which is an Imperial Stout.  The Imperial Stout pours an opaque black colour with a brown head.  The aroma consist of roasted malts and some chocolate but the aroma is not all that prominent.  The flavour is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, bitterness and some alcohol in the finish.  The alcohol content comes in at 11.5%.  I would have to agree with sites like Beer Advocate and Ratebeer that call this a world class beer as it hits the spot in just the way an Imperial Stout should.

Commercial Description:  “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!”