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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2640) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2013
Bottled:
Dark, brown colour. Thick, rising head. Hoppy, grainy aroma with some notes of coffee. Well balanced taste of roasted malt and hops. Alcohol bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1139) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle, 75cl - Clear black red beer with a large beige head. Aroma is fruity with notes of citrus, peaches, roasted oats and metallic hops. Flavor is toasty with notes of roasted barley, spruce, citrus and caramel. Very nice take on a Black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7671) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head and a citrus aroma. There is a rich treacle flavor that is appropriately flat and smooth with a nice bitter finish. The rye gives a nice grain bitterness to even out the hop bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12572) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours very dark orange brown with a 4 finger creamy tan head. Aroma of fruit and a little chocolate malt. Med body. Flavor is grainy chocolate with moderate floral/fruit hop. Finishes lightly rye spicy with a little fruit and a fair amount of chocolate. Very smooth, with moderate flavors. Quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4910) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a large beige head. Aroma of liquorice, caramel. Flavour is caramel, roasted malt. More of a Black DIPA than a regular Black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1810) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2013
75cl corked bottle from Rayans at cellar temp shared with ck1. Batch number 2012-3. Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Some drops of lace. Aroma has tremendous grassy hops with black patent malts. Exciting . Taste is of spicy grains, sweet toffee, some bittersweet butterscotch. Needed to be colder probably. Medium bodied. Finishes sweetly bitter and very dry. A touch disappointing after the aroma. About in line with typical Boulevard offerings.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2013
more from the smoke stack series. dark black with heavy light tan head. Aroma hits with grapefruit at first and a little mango. Taste is a soft maltiness with rye spice. slight smell and taste of being in a woodshop as i roll it in my mouth. Even bitter comes though. Besides the dark color I dont get a lot of roast chocolate malt. More a really good rye IPA

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2757) - NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle shared at The Dubliner, may 24th 2013. Black body, big tanned head. Hoppy aroma, exotic fruits, grass, spicy. Taste of grapefruit, chocolate, roasted malt and rye in a delicious blend. Not quite as fruit hoppy as many black ipas, but a really good example of the style still.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6765) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
Huge beige head. Barely translucent deep dark red body. Roasty resiny tropical fruit aroma with earthy funky notes. Dry-sweet funky tropical fruit taste with roasty earthy notes. Mid-bodied. Sharp, fizzy mouthfeel. Dryish tropical fruit and roasted malts aftertaste with resiny dusty chocolatey notes. Quite good, but the flavours don’t quite mix, and too fizzy and funky. (0.75l bottle, from Systembolaget, Nordstan.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1435) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle at home. Has a black colour with a medium light beige soapy head. Very IPA-like aroma with fruity hops, grapefruit and some soy sauce in the background. Has a rich taste with a distinct hoppy touch. Slick mouth feel, and a medium bitterness. A well-balanced Black IPA but more a rich IPA than a stout. Not much roastedness in this.


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