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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2609) - 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”.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2013
750 mL bottle from Tasty Beverage Company, Raleigh, NC. Dark brown pour with a foamy khaki head. Aroma of clean, floral hops and little else. Taste is of grapefruit rind and roses and finishes with just the right amount of cocoa. The rye adds a sweeter taste than I am used to in most black IPAs but it works well here. Boulevard does not disappoint with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (6909) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours dark ruby with a huge frothy tanned head. Aroma is spicy malts and hops, herbal and fruity hops. Taste is light sweet, chocolate, spritzy mouthfeel,mineralic bitter, some salt, liquorice and light roast, lingering bitter, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14659) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear dark brown - white head. Roasted, ryebread, red berries, ok hoppy, oiley notes in the body, grassy, grape fruits, citrus, crispy, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (2705) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2013
Sample from 75 cl. bottle. Dark brown colour with a reddish hue. Medium sized, off-white head. Toasted, fruity aroma with caramel malts, rich licorice, grapefruit, pines and grasses. Taste is light sweet. Medium body, creamy texture, and a soft carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter with toasted malts and citrus. Some sweet fruit. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (1041) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2013
Deep brown color, light tanned huge head. Aroma has hints of coffee, mild roast and a floral, zesty twang from the copious amounts of hops used. Taste is bitter, with citrus and hints of alcohol, bone dry with a lasting bitterness. The small amounts of roast is well hidden in the veritable hopstorm. Light to medium body, medium to high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - JUL 2, 2013
Dark brown pour with a clingy white head. Spicy rye, roasty malts, and a mild grapefruit hoppyness. Pretty nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11065) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Dense light beige head. ARoma: Herbs, flowers, caramel, sweetness, light roast, chocolate. Flavour: Herbs, flowers, light roast, caramel, sweetness, chocolate. medium to full bodied. Ends herbal bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (24434) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle at yespr. Clear orange-brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Fruity and light roasted aroma of hops and licorice. Fruity and light roasted flavour of licorice, hops and grass. Roasted finish.

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