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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14029) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ GBBF. Dark brown to black color, medium sized beige head. Aroma is lightly malts, lots of hops. Taste malts, very hoppy, but just a slight roastyness. It’s a lovely beer, but there’s not enough roast to make it a top Black IPA imo. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16854) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown wuth a big old light khaki tan covering. Nose carries big roasty tones, light spice, red berry fruit, earthy hops. Taste comprises red berry jam, pine bite, spice, light charr, cocoa rub, liqourice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close coated with earthy hop bitterness. Decent enough CDA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (2419) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle at GBBF thanks to Colin. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Aroma has grass, lemon, toffee, treacle. Fairly dry with light woody resin, lemon, pine, light choc, caramel, light coffee. Lovely balance and really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
At GBBF 2014. Dark brown beer lasting tan head. Lime roasted malt. Some chocolate. Good sherbert on finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12504) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at GBBF thanks to Colin. It pours hazy dark with a small tan head. The nose is rich roast, toast, dried fruits, peppery grapefruit, pine, varnish and cocoa. The taste is bitter, resin, varnish, cocoa, pine needles, grapefruit, lemon peel, earth and light alcohol with a lingering bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Decent black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at GBbf thanks to Colin. Murky mahogany brown with a massive cream coloured head. That lasts. Earthy pine and fruits, tropical. Flavour is big grapefruit bitterness, burnt toast, caramel and touch of ashy roast. Really good. Some warming alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1676) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (1254) - , CYPRUS - AUG 1, 2014
On tap. Black colour. Roasted malt aroma, chocolate, lots of citrus hops, finishes bitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8539) - 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.

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