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RATINGS: 305   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5335) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
Aged 750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks solid; a cloudy brown with beige lacing. Smells solid too; bitter hops and malt. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Good beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rarbring (1339) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of bread, pine, resin and soap.
Appearance: A clouded black colored beer. A tan head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet dark bread, pine and grape-fruit peel. Some licorice.
Palate: Low carbonation, a soft texture. A good body with a long dry finish.
Overall: A clever BIPA, smells IPA, tastes half stout, half IPA.
Note: Bottle 650 ml at a De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2013-04-20.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4165) - Georgia, USA - APR 17, 2013
750ml bottle, caged & corked. Black pour, tan foam. Aroma of west coast hops. Roasted grains, citrus, and pine. Toasted malt, burnt grains. Huge hops bite, harsh sharp bitterness, pine citrus. Finishes with a fruity grain character, mixed berry notes, lingering hops. A great Black IPA. (3673)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6103) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2013
Tap at Happy Gnome. Dark brown pour with a clingy white head. Spicy rye, roasty malts, and a mild grapefruit hop kick. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear black with a large, frothy light tan head. Long retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy rye and spicy wheat with herbal, dank, and minty hops, roast and nutty malt with prunes and raisins. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with supporting dark malt and dark dried fruits, lightly tannic with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11940) - 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 (3335) - 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 (3194) - 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 (67) - 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 (4166) - 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,


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