Ölmönger: Ölbeat 288: Borg Garún Nr. 19 Icelandic Stout

Brewery: Borg Brugghús (in Icelandic)
Country: Iceland
Style: Imperial Stout
Abv: 11,5 %— 

What about the beer?
Colour is black with a small beige head. Aroma has smoky roasted malts, sweet black coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Taste begins with bitter boozy roast. Sweet charred-roasted bready malts take over with dark chocolate and coffee. Towards the end sweet burned coffee and spiced chocolate come through with tingling boozy bitterness. Aftertaste has sweet dark chocolate and bitter roasted coffee, which turns to lasting rye-bready dryness.
Sweet and malty Imperial Stout. Chocolate, coffee, roast, spices, booze – all there. But. The brew lacks a little bit power, a little bit smoothness and a little bit flavour. Good beer, anyway. And the first visit to beer country Iceland.


Named after the deacon’s girlfriend Guðrún (Garún by the deacon’s ghost) in a traditional Icelandic ghost tale of the Deacon of the Dark River, the brew shows some darkness but leaves one craving for more. So the song choice is a lady-themed soft metal track, although at the time this probably was heavy metal.
Saxon: Princess of the Night (YouTube)
From the 1981 album Denim and Leather, the song was written by Saxon.