Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pitch black pour with a eggshell white head. Big chocolate, roasted malt, spicy rye and aromatic piney and earthy hop notes. Spicy chocolate covered coffee beans in the flavor with a piney hop bite in the finish. Nice body and good carbonation. Damn tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4595) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Black in color with a large beige head. Aroma is pine, foliage, light citrus. Taste is citrus, light roasted malt, pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4851) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle. Big head, foamy beige head, dark, brown to black in color. The smell is hoppy, pine, herbal, citrus, and good. The taste is lighter bitterness, pine, hops, citrus, and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
On tap and served in paint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a finger and a half tan head and very good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, and rye. Taste is citrus, fruity, roasted malt, rye, and grainy. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Tap @ The BeerMongers... Poured near black with a moderate forming tan head. Nose had floral malt. Tasted of line and floral hops, somewhat bitter but very balanced. Rye spice and bitterness was there. It worked well with hops and other sweetness and wasn’t too intruding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
750 ml bottle. Black pour with a HUGE tan head. Aroma of pine, citrus, chocolate, roast, and light rye. Flavor is fairly bitter, hop forward, the roasty, strong chocolate and coffee notes are secondary to the big pine, citrus, and tropical fruit hops. Full bodied, long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2014 Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting. Thanks, Eugene. Pours clear, deep brown with a light, creamy tan head. Dark pine in the nose, sweet grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, some burnt pine, earth, grapefruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, toasty pine, ripe grapefruit. Decent stuff. Balance is fair. (2/23/2014, Score: 3.7)

Bottle at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Pours brown with a creamy tan head. Light tangy dark malt, citrus fruits, burnt pine, bitter cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation. OK balance on the finish, some earthy bitterness, more cocoa. Not bad. (GBBF 2014, Score: 3.4)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2013
750, corked and baled. Pours a murky dark brown with a gigantic surging foamy light tan head. Gorgeous bright piney nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty dark rye, darkened caramel, and bright sweet pine on the mid palate. Long dark toasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2013
(bottle) black with tan head. Aroma of pine hops and rye. Flavor is toasty grains and pine/grassy hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2013
bottle-conditioned 750ml. deep brown body with a rocky and foamy light tan head with heavy lacing. for neuvo-American black IPA they seem to have produced quite a nice nose of aromatic American hops (citrus / fresh cut grass / dank bud / light resin, just barely bleeding over into shallot and cheese rind territory), the experience made richer by the play between malt and yeast (bakers chocolate, lightly sweet / spicy licorice black malt, spiced bread / seeds / black pepper). medium-full body with frothy, full and soft carbonation. the medium-low sweetness, matched well with hop acids and soft malt and carbonation is what brings this to another level. Boulevard once again gets bottle-conditioning right, something that the majority of American brewers either don’t try or can’t do well.

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