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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the root cellar, along comes Grainstorm, a big, wet wallop to the senses. Dark clouds gather on the horizon of your glass. A high-pressure system of pungent hops collides with a stationary front of barley, oats, wheat, and rye. The forecast: a monsoon of flavor with surges of roasty malt, microbursts of fruity notes, and a chance of golfball-sized hail. The extended outlook calls for unseasonably pleasant enjoyment.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1467) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Black pour with fairly tall frothy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, light hops and citrus. Taste is coffee bitter with subtle sweetness. Lingering hoppy finish. Light to medium body, fairly creamy with average carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1466) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Big hoppy roasty rye filled nose, and transfers right over to a very smooth and creamy-like body and flavor. Just thick enough, and not too thin. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (944) - New York, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle, 05/04/2013. Pours black, towering frothy off-white head resides to a nice frothy surface, lacing left on the way down. Aroma is fruity grapefruit and piney hops, melds smoothly into pleasant chocolate notes, mild roast and rye around the edges. Taste is sharp piney bitterness, touch of citrus, strong dark roast with just enough sweetness coming through to balance, toasted grain in the finish. Enjoyed this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2089) - Connecticut, USA - APR 29, 2013
Good stuff. A bit thin but full of flavor with spicy rye and great resiny hop bite that lingers a bit. Some ash and tar flavors detract a bit but very good.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 28, 2013
Tap at global brew Pours pitch black with a small tan head nose hoppy citric nose lots of floral notes and lite roast moderate chocolate flavors are lite oine lite citrus with roasty char underneath it all palate is somewhat lite body long lingering finish of pine and roast a very good black ipa one of the better ones very decent

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2013
Good roasty and delicious aroma, spicey and bitter, good black ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Awktoberfest (258) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 26, 2013
Strong aroma... Smells and tastes like young hops... Is that a thing? ..little bitterness at the end but drinks pretty smooth ... Definitely the best black ipa I've had in a while ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured black color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted rye and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2013
ours dark drown with a massive tan head that fades slowly. Aromas are rye, roast, cigar ash and finally some pine/grass hops. Flavor is mainly rye and roast with some semi-sweet malt flavors (caramel and burnt sugar) these are layered atop a very minimalistic hop backbone that is citrus fighting pine bitterness. The palate is probably the only part that really makes the cut and is just heavy enough to hold up to the roast in this beer and not be overwhelming. Overall, this beer fails to really pull me in, and I absolutely love BIPAs. It doesnít have a strong enough hop character rather the roast and a muddled bitterness really take over the flavor in this beer. It isnít bad but not even in the same conversation as FW Wookey Jack. (Batch 02-2012, BestBy 08-2013)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
750mL cork&cage bottle poured into a Blvd tulip glass. Batch #2012-2, curious - there was only one batch of this brewed, maybe a double batch? Best buy 08-2013, that is an extremely far out date for a hopcentric beer.
Appearance: Despite an attempt to pour gentle, after filling the bulbous portion of the glass the greyish side of kahaki colored head foamed all the way up. Needed to slurp a bit off before it foamed out. With so much head the retention is pretty good while the lacing is not as stick as expected. Color of the beer is almost black but actually a very very dark brown.
Aroma: I have had this beer the week it was released on tap and now in bottle (refrigerated since the release). The tap version blew my mind and it was a good deal different than this bottles. The nose on this bottles is dominated by pine, wet pine and resinous. Wet cut grass comes next then its followed by sweet , chewy bitter hoppiness. The pine hops dominate but as you let the aromatics settle some faint bakerís chocolate arises but not much maltiness present in the beer. I do not get any roast (thank goodness for my tastes). My memory of the very fresh draft version included more hop dimensionality to the beer. There was a bouquet of sweet and juice hops along with some citrus. It may have been the time, format, or just general lying to my sense that makes the difference.
Flavor: Flavor begins with wet pine and green hops than a moderate dosage of hop bitterness that sticks around. The end of the flavor and aftertaste is some gentle and sweet dark malts (again, light unsweetened cocoa). Slightly drying hops in the finish as well. Bitterness sits at the back of the throat for a little while.
Palate: Medium to full bodied but with a moderate yet naturally delicate carbonation.
Overall: Blind I would not have guessed it was a Black IPA. No roast for me and no rye (but I am bad at identifying rye). Mainly, a piney beer, well balanced (for a hoppy beer). Enjoyed the fresh tap version even more than the bottles at about 2 months old (duh!).


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