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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rhsiung (720) - USA - MAR 31, 2013
super tasty. glad i bought a second bottle by mistake. and, it set a new record for distance flown by the cork when popped. another home run from boulevard!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2013
750 ml bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Pours pitch black with a huge foamy head that fades obnoxiously slow, leaves minor lacing. Aroma is a bit faint but I love it. Spicy with rye and black pepper, some roasted coffee, flowers, and some burnt wood. Taste is delicious and more complex than the aroma. So many tastes including rye bread, black pepper, coffee, pine, citrus, chocolate, flowers, burnt wood, grass, and tropical fruit. Finish is smooth and creamy, black pepper and floral aftertaste. A tad thin on the mouthfeel but itís still very creamy and a little oily too. One of the better black IPAís Iíve had. Thanks Mike!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wxman (1417) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a dark opaque brown/black with a light tan head. Aroma is pine resin. Taste is sweet roasted malt, pine and citrus. Some coffee breaks through in the background. Well balanced and pretty good, but for truth in advertising purposes it should have been called Hop Storm. I didnít taste much grain.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Yep, another winner from Boulevard. Pours very dark brown with a large dense tan head. The aroma has very floral hops, pine, grapefruit zest, somewhat sweet malt, but plenty of hops to offset that sweetness. It has a medium body with lots of semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with pine, earth, peppery spice, mild fruit, non-bitter coffee notes, spicy rye and fairly sweet malt. The finish has a bright citrus character, pine and minor roast. Really well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Black pour with a frothy off white lace that shrinks to a considerable lace - nose of pine, resin, and grass melds well with the mild spiciness of the rye and the lightly bitter bakerís chocolate of the darker malts - very soft carbonation - lovely texture in the mouth - light notes of anise, bitter chocolate, light woodiness, a very light touch of smoke - finish has a nose balance of mild sweetness and lightly peppery hops - this is an excellent beer - ranks right up there with wookie jack among the best black ipas on the market.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2199) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 29, 2013
Black body, with nice head and lacing. Taste is citrus bitter resin. A quality black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3408) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 27, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of citrus, malt, yeast, and pine. Taste is grapefruit, malt, yeast, grain, and pine. Nicely balanced. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bricktop86 (562) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours dark red brown with tan head. Aroma is spices, pine, some fruits and caramel. Taste is spicy rye, piney hops, some sweet malt with wood and smoke. Excellent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (457) - , Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Black pour with a very thick tan head. Slightly sweet light hoppy aroma. Smooth with a big initial citrus hop bitter. Full bodied well balanced slightly roasted finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bottle: Pour is dark cola brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is citrusy hop and chocolate malt. piney resin and rye spice under that. Flavour is medium roasted malt, piney hop presence and lingering rye spice finish.


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