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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1092) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Dark black brown but translucent edges. Floral slightly dank hops and burnt dark roast malt nose. Taste follows. Very nice balance even tension between the hops and roast malt bitterness. Nails the style for my money.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lupulucid (187) - - JUN 7, 2013
Sweet roast malt plays second to bitter hops. Complex malt notes but not quite integrated with hops. Pleasant sweet roast nut aroma is mild.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2013
Pours blackish brown with a large, rapidly diminishing foam head. Aroma is roasted grain with fruity notes along with some honey and spices. Taste is slight coffee, lightly roasted unsalted almonds, some citrusy notes. Quite subdued but well balanced! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle: Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothy tan head that is fully lasting. Sweet malty aroma has a burst of rye and pine with grain notes. Malty flavor is sweet and roasty with hints of grapefruit and fruit notes. Has a creamy texture with a spicy mouthfeel and a mild bitterness in the finish. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3009) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very dark brown with a frothy tan head. The nose jumps right out at you with notes of rye, slight resin and citrus notes, and a little toasted malt. The taste is a nice blend of the various malts with a bit of pine and grapefruit rind to even out the slightly roasted sweetness. Medium to full body with average carbonation. A deliciously different brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2013
20130528 750ml bottle from Honeygo. Cola brown, mostly clear, with massive tan head that clings and clumps on the glass. Lovely stuff. Aroma is muted piney hops and slight curacao with mild grassiness and hay above more subtle caramel and burnt toast, maybe some green apple, ginger. Palate is generally dry but muddled on the back end with some stickiness coming on. Not at all sweet tasting and even a bit astringent with a definitely lasting and palate scorching resinous note. I bet a few months ago this would have been unremarkable, but right now it’s a pretty intense beer; more than expected, for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (582) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours a solid black with a foamy tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma has some earthy, slightly piney hops, along with some roasted malt and a small amount of coffee. The flavor is roasted and dark malts up front with an earthy hop background leading to a balanced middle and finish over a slightly spicy but smooth mouthfeel over a medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (1890) - NORWAY - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget enjoyed at home
Pours quite dark, black in glass, huge tanned head. Smells of citrus, peach, zests and hints of roast. Medium sweet, roast and toast, some fruityness, citrus and zests. Heavy bitter, resins and zests. A very nice black ipa, balanced on the right side, the hops plays first violin and the dark malts just fill in where they’re needed. I like it very much; one of the best Boulevard’s i’ve tried

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (689) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle at Carneys: pours dark brown, dense khaki head that persists forever. Nose is resinous hops, pine, rye, some grain, a slight citrus hop presence as well. Chocolate malts and resin hop bitterness adding complexity on a nice, full palate. Grew on me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (2483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2013
This puppy is awesome. Black pour from draft at bait shop. Chocolate. Super good IPA. Perfect balance of hops and stout


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