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style
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle, caged and corked. Fight up front, I’ll admit I’m not a fan of this "style" ... nor its sudden prevalence. This one pours a meaty dark brown color with a big, sticky head of tan foam. This doesn’t have much of a distinctive nose. But the drink is pretty flavorful, delivering the newly expected blend of roasty porter-like grit. That alone would’ve made this a great beer. But then we get the aggressive burst of fruity hops that to me just doesn’t go with the base. Of course, I still lapped it up happily, so who am I to complain? (#5607, 8/6/2014)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1443) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Tap. Pours dark opaque brown with a thick layer of beige head. Aroma and taste of malts, hoppiness, and coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1099) - , CYPRUS - AUG 1, 2014
On tap. Black colour. Roasted malt aroma, chocolate, lots of citrus hops, finishes bitter

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a big tan head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with chocolate. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light chocolate and light earthiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5571) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Black pour with a tall, dense, fluffy brown head. Strong pine, floral hops and citrus amongst roasted malt, coffee and dark bread. Taste is pine and floral hops, chocolate oranges, spicy rye, dark bread, coffee and roasted malt.Body is medium with lots of bubbly carbonation. Ends with more citrus, pine, floral hops, spicy rye notes, burnt caramel, roasted malt, dark bread and chocolate notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2014
A decent black ipa. Really strong alcohol flavor and not super hoppy. Pours dark re almost brown. Had a tulip glass at local option ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4249) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with frothy beige head. Aroma is roasted and chocolate malts, earthy notes, light ash, and faint raisins. Flavor is dry, roast malts, dark chocolate bitterness, light coffee, light ash, and some earthy bitterness; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pours black with a tall tan head. Aroma is roast and cascade hops. Flavor follows and is very bitter. Some wheat evident. I'm bit a fan of black IPAs but this one is good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2538) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2014
Dark brown with a medium tan head. Malty and hoppy tones. Malt, coffee, fruit and hops. Medium to full body with a nice dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
Corked bottle, courtesy of Keir; batch G14035-1, bb 11-2014
Near black color; compact beige head. The aroma is surprisingly fruity, with grains, cereals, bread; lovely (8+). Smooth mouthfeel, dry; strong roasted malt flavor, the acidity from the dark malts is a bit too high; strong bitterness, but any incidental hop quality is hidden. Too much ashes in the final.
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