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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Black pour, small brown head. Fresh hop aroma, spicy happy flavor with roasty notes. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (525) - Collinsville, USA - JUN 12, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours blackish with a tan head. Taste roasted malt, earthy. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (847) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Good blend. Decent roasted and hoppy aroma. Dark coffee brown color with a slightly tan head. Medium weight with strong carbonation. It had a nice blend of flavors consisting of roasted malts, spicy rye and bittering hops. It had some piney and floral hop notes as well. It’s finished somewhat dry. A beer to definitely try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (2810) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Light rye, dark malt, grassy and herbal aromas. Grassy and earthy with light herbal hop aromas, some rye and malt flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (984) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours dark brown to black with a fair khaki head, leaving some intricate lace. Nose involves pine, olives, dark chocolate, and toast. Somewhat sweet, quite bitter. Light to medium body, astringent, somewhat oily, fairly active, with a toasty bitter finish. Not bad, but a little overwhelming in some ways, unbalanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Malaclemys (360) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Rocket City Brewfest, Brown with a tan head. A: spice, tropical fruit, resin. T: smoke, tropical fruit, alcohol. Bitter finish with a medium light body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rweingarten (46) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 Nice pour, but overall taste and palate was less. Would try again. The sweetness was a bit overpowering for a lighter beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1609) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
A great black IPA. Great aromas of earth, fresh pine needles. Beautiful black pour... With fluffy tan head and lacing. Flavors are earthy coffee and fresh hops. A touch thin on the palate but otherwise a great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (257) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Big bottle from Elevated. Black in color. Frothy, steady head. Aroma is hoppy but understated. A nice hop bitterness with a really good rye addition. A near earthy middle followed up by an enjoyable finish. Bitter but palatable. Another solid performance from this brewery.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kathouse (917) - Nevada, USA - MAY 23, 2014
More reddish brown than black. Very prominent citrus and rye spice. Medium body with lots of rye flavor. Hops show up in the finish. Marginal compared with others.


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