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RATINGS: 328   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1242) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2013
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma is cocoa, rye, nice hop presence. Taste is moderate bitterness, solid rye, some roasted malt--becomes a little sweeter and some fruit (subdued blackberry?) shows up at times. Overall, didnít blow me away, but really solid and enjoyable to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2306) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 20, 2013
On tap 10 oz. pour at The Alehouse in Columbia in Columbia, MD Opaque, mahogany-black with small pale khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of pine and citric hops, roasted malt and rye bread. Taste of pine, citric hops, roasted malt and brown bread with a nice rye finish. Medium body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours black with some streaks of redish brown on the edges of the glass. Big off-white rocky head that doesnít want to dissipate. Lacing sticks to my Boulevard tulip like sap to the trunk of a maple. The aroma is saturated with roasted malts, coffee, rye bread, cardamom and licorice.The flavor is rye throughout with hints of roasted malts. Not the most balanced beer, but pleasant none the less. Medium bodied with a velvet mouthfeel. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1211) - Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Black with red hue.Good head/retention/lacing. Resiony herbal/earthy hops dominate aroma with underlying fruit /fruit sweetness.Chocolate/nutty roast mildly intertwines. Taste is big dry hoppy,dry,roasty with chocolate,light/med body.Strong bitter and roast in finish.Long linger.Ashy roasty strong finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4231) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2013
750 ml bottle from Blanchardís in Allston, MA for $10.50. Pitch black in my Allagash chalice. Thick off white head that slowly dissipated after several minutes. Nose is indeed roasted grain with a light pine essence. When I type that the flavors are light, I intend that to be a compliment. Because a lot of different flavors are here. Chocolate, coffee notes, burnt pine needles, roasted grain and deep roasted barley. The pine bitterness is slightly lingering yet, really not intense at all. The flavors meld exceptionally well together. I shared this bottle yet I was craving more after a glass and a half. Worth the $10.50. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (629) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Hops and dark roasty rye flavor. Very smooth and somewhat sweet. A very nice black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (8910) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Blackish brown pour with a gigantic head that refuses to dissipate. Smell is citrus, herbs, cocoa, bread. Literally the head wonít die so I suppose I canít drink it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1474) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Rye is everywhere these days (3/11/2013) it seems, and the use of rye here is unremarkable, if the beer is excellent for other reasons. First, the rye is most present on the beerís finish, with a dry, roasted, black bread presence. But the aromas and front bite of the beer are bright with peach, lemon, and nectarine fruit. The depth of color belies a lightness of flavor and a fine, light palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2144) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Black with a big resilient tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma of citrus, resin, rye, and pine. Taste is roasty and spicy and resinous and mildly bitter. Smooth, medium-full bodied, and slightly dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5525) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Translucent black with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, burnt wood, floral hops, pine, and light citrus. Taste of roast, nuts, citrus, pine, and a hoppy finish.


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