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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium foamy beige head. Aroma of toasted rye, grapefruit, pine, caramel, chocolate, and roasted grain. Flavor of roasted malt, grass, caramel, grapefruit, and pine with a dry, bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2013
Deep brown black chocolate with a decent head. Grainstom masterfully executes on the Black IPA base beer, but then takes it a step or two further with a twitch of rye and a shake of oats for an explosion of juicy piney hop forest and smooth roasty aromas and flavors. The oats impart a wonderful depth and added complexity. It’s been a while since I’ve met a beer that has been at once so delicious and taste-forward, yet so sessionable, that I will be longing to refill my growler with Grainstorm, long after the last drops have been enjoyed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (3159) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pour is a black with a huge tan head. Aroma is hoppy with a nice dark malt and spicy rye. Flavor is even better. Big creamy dark malt mouthfeel with a decent hop in the backround. Finish is where you get the rye used along with a nice roasted malt. This was a fine example of a black IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
moonbug (66) - Bryan, - APR 13, 2013
Crackly foamy head that rises like a thundercloud...ominous and dark appearance like the heart of a category 5 tornado. Aroma is rich with grain. The taste lingers with dry rye and a pleasant hoppiness. Light on the palate & refreshing like a thunderstorm after nourishing a field of sunflowers luminescent against a fade of black sky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (4036) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
Sample from big bottle at ÖWGBG cons 2013-04-12 Göteborg AR: tropical fruits, dry, apricot marmelade AP: transp brown wee frothy head F: sticky carbonation, heavy grape fruit bitternees, grape,

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5527) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Sampled at GBWF13 Black with a small, tan head. Rather light aroma with grassy, fresh hops. Liquorice in the flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10061) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Sample at En Öl&Whiskymässa 2013. Almost black beer with a nice beige head. Hoppy chocolate aroma, roasted, cocoa powder, hay, some perfume, tar, licorice notes. Hoppy perfume flavor, dark chocolate, grass, licorice, some floral notes. A nice black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1147) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
Deep brown with a white head. The aroma has some light floral hops with mild rye. It has a full, creamy body with with lively carbonation. The taste is bitter with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours a brown black with a very carbonated khaki sudsy head that lasts and lasts. Aroma has pine spruce and chocolate malt and subtle rye scents. Taste is bitter pine hops and rye with a chocolate roasted malt that smooths everything out quite nice. Palate is medium fizzy and dry. Good one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (1665) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bomber into glass at deckbar... Pitch black pour wih big thick light brown head... Good pine.. Hopps.. Excellent black ipa... Really enjoyed it


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