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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19534) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a dark amber brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy weak piney caramel aroma. Fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grapefruit finish with hints of caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CopterScott (203) - Kansas, USA - AUG 1, 2013
From a champagne bottle. Pours dark brown with a big chunky cream colored head. malty aroma. hoppy roasted flavor. medium body medium carbonation. lingering bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2171) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Bottle..pour is dark black with a light tan head..Nose is rye, roast,spice, sweet, pine, fruits...Taste is roast, sweetness, spice, rye, chocolate..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mczee (21) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle shared with ClubGonzo. Creamy head. Malty, licorish aroma. Lovely body, licorish with hints of rye. Tasty! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4753) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen, shared with Mczee. Near-black brown body with a massive creamy off-white head. Nose is dark malts, pine, resin, rye, hints of herbs, grains and wet grass. Taste is dark chocolate, pine, licorice, resin, pine and hints of rye, grains and straw. Full body, medium to high carbonation. A nice and straightforward Black IPA with a smooth rye profile. I quite like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (12622) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle at Tilt. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, pine, grapefruit, malt. Flavour is coffee, pine, malt, grapefruit, chocolate. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (16417) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle. Amost completely black. Massive fine bubble brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of spiced pine, roasted coffee beans, burnt toast. Taste is rich roasted coffee, spiced black bread. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2013
750ml served in a Sam Adams perfect pint A - Pours a very dark brown body with thick 2 finger head that has very nice staying power. Average lacing. S - Roasted malts, pine, sweet toasted bread, rye and alcohol vapors. The aroma is faint. T - Pine and roasted black malts, spicy rye shows up well, dry and bitter with a sharp spiciness. The spicy bitterness continues into the long dry finish. M - Moderate foamy carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Very focused flavors here. It’s not overly roasted and the rye seems to be well incorporated. The aroma was a little weak but all in all a solid Black. Serving type: bottle 03-16-2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
750 ml bottle. Yay! A new Smokestack beer for summer! This one pours a deep brown with reddish highlights in the light and a big frothy tan head that eventually dies down to a thin film. Aromas are kind of dank and reminiscent of autumn leaves or something. A bit of a cola aroma and a little faint chocolate are present too if I use my imagination and really concentrate, but they aren’t a hit you over the head type thing. Flavor is very nicely done. This isn’t an abrasive hop-bomb BIPA, but rather it sports a little bit of chocolate and a cola like effervescence and maybe even a bit of a cola flavor before giving way to hops that are mildly tropical with just a touch of resin. The whole thing comes together very, very nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2013
In short: Toasted rye bread in harmony with piney-grapefruity hops. Very good well balanced beer.
How: 2 x 750ml bottles I shared with Montreal friends, fresh, less than a week after purchase from a Kansas store.
The look: Very dark mahogany body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is on the piney side, grassy notes and toasted rye bread. This is not an uber-aromatic-hoppy beer so the toasted rye really comes through in the aroma. Same can be said about the taste. Lots of toasted freh rye with its usual accompanied juicy-spicy flavors, distant nutty coffee notes, grapefruity-piney hops, bitterness of medium intensity. This beer has less of a roasted character than most Black IPAs, here it is more like just toasted like a dark-copper IPA. Not a hop-bomb, this is a well balanced beer. Well carbonated with a pleasant mouthfeel. I really love rye-based Black IPA, I think it is a perfect combination, this Grainstorm is ot quite to the level of a Firestone Walker Wookey Jack (the measuring stick for this rye black ipa stub-style) but it is still pretty damn good. Often the day after a tasting I wake up with a massive hangover, I can’t barely walk, I suffer all day and through the window I see some happy people having fun outside, when this happens I can’t help but to think to myself “wow, that was some good beer we had yesterday”.

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