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RATINGS: 294   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (588) - 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 (1908) - 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 (690) - 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 (2535) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (3800) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Location: 750 ml bottle from State Line, 5/13/13

Aroma: The aroma has some grapefruit and pine hops, roasted malts, and toasted rye bread
Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a foamy brown head and some drippy lace
Flavor: Tastes lightly sweet, with lots of roasted/toasted rye mats, and a medium bitter hoppiness
Palate: The body is medium-plus, it has average carbonation, and a dry, tingly finish
Overall Impression: This is a tasty Black IPA, or Cascadian Dark, or whatever you want to call it. I enjoyed it. The rye component works well in this one. I found it to be both drinkable and on style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2013
On tap at Sam’s, Durham. Thanks also to hopsleeroy for splitting a bottle at the Omani Feast Day! Not on record as being a hater of this style, though it certainly has never inspired *too* much enthusiasm. This one was pretty damn tasty though. Espresso with lemon peel in the nose, bitter hops and fruit that knows its place. Nothing ashy or ill-considered in the taste, a genuine hop bomb with meaningful dark accompaniment: toasted malts, mild rye spice, and a lengthy bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Nice citrus and roasted malt. Amazing balance between sweet roasted malts and piney citrus hops. Finish is nice bitterness

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (595) - örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Ölen är mörk, mörk röd så den nästan är svart. Stort, fast, lätt begie färgat skum. Doft: Humle, mammas nybakade bröd, gräs, skogsjord, mix frukt juice. Smak: Rostat bröd, humle, hallon, choklad, körsbärs kärnor, lätt lakrits & kaffe smak, svart te, milda runda trä toner.--Är lätt snuvig när den intas.--

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19220) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Near black rich firm head. Rich licorice and grapefruit. Mid sweet with medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Feels light and aromatic, mildly roasty plenty of grapefruit. Quite bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1878) - 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


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