BillKismet (3463) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
thegreenrooster (3499) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
moonbug (67) - Bryan, - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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Nisse666 (4941) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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,
larsniclas (5993) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GBWF13
Black with a small, tan head.
Rather light aroma with grassy, fresh hops.
Liquorice in the flavour.
rlgk (13157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Finhead (1323) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
boozedude (2181) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber into glass at deckbar... Pitch black pour wih big thick light brown head... Good pine.. Hopps.. Excellent black ipa... Really enjoyed it
bytemesis (4460) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear deep mahogany black with a medium tan creamy head that dissipates slowly with nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, a bit of roasted malts. Flavor is much the same, a bit muted however. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter, with just a touch of spiciness and a bit of warming on the finish.. Medium body, creamy and bubbly champagnelike mouthfeel. Too carbonated, which takes away from the flavor, otherwise nice.