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RATINGS: 320   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (2810) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
750 from Kahn’s. Best by 08-2013. Pours black with a very tall head. This has a great aroma on it, one of those black IPAs with a real hop bouquet on it. Sharp citrus accents the spicy rye and there is a smooth espresso/chocolate body all the while. The flavor packs plenty of citrus bite with great, developed hop notes, pumpernickel, dark chocolate. This is another winner from Boulevard.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3808) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose has some nice floral hoppy elements to it with some subtle roasting underneath. Taste is light and slightly bitter with some muted roasted malts coming through at the end. A really nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown / black with a large beige head. Aroma of rye malts, dry roasted malt and citrusy hops – quite dry and bitter. Flavour brings out loads of rye, bitter roasted malt and pungent earthy hops. Quite bitter, dry, roasty and rye-dominated. Finishes dry and roasty, with a fairly large astringency. Slightly harsher than the average black IPA. Very good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours pitch black with a soapy white head. Aroma is citrus and pine with some dark roasty grain. Taste is more pine and citrus with some toasted malt and grapefruit. Nice creamy mouth feel with a bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2013
My Shawn McCarthy beer flight #1
Pours a very dark reddish block with a small but well retained head with good lacing on the glass.

The tropical fruit and citrus forward hops are dominant. Some citrus rind and some light resinous character. The hop character is very fresh and very pleasant.

The flavor is a touch soapy but certainly has some great fresh hop flavor, The beer is pretty bitter but mildly astringent tasting, nicely fruity, and not especially sweet.

The carbonation is nice but the light astringency hurts the mouthfeel a bit.
Pretty nice beer all together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1622) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2013
From the bottle, dark black pour with a frothy off white head, roasty and rye aroma with taste being hoppy and rye forward and a nice citrus bitterness overall. Tatsty and good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5074) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
Sampled at Dice’s going away party. Dark wirh some red. A nicely hoed aroma with roasted grain. A nicely balanced black ipa by flavor. Rye grain, citrus hops, roasted malts all work well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 3, 2013
750ml bottle. Dark brown with a big foamy head. Aroma of cocoa, pine, citrus, rye and coffee. Flavor is dry cocoa, bitter hops, light roasty ash and no alcohol. Medium body with a long, dry, bitter finish. Really nice Black IPA, lots of dry cocoa, hops and very well balanced. Only problem is the price on this, $15.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours a very dark burgundy with a bubbly creamy brown/khaki head. Lots of hops on the aroma, mostly a piney hop as well as a little bit of lemon rind and other citrus notes. A faint toasted malt note there too, and some spiciness from the rye. Plenty of floral and citrus hop bitterness up front on the taste, a slight breadiness, and a bit of a coffee and chocolate bitterness on the finish. Fairly spicy finish too. Medium bodied, active carbonation. Very interesting, tasty, but not quite as good as Wookey Jack.


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