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RATINGS: 320   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2014
On tap at Après Handcrafted Libations in Breckenridge. Pour is deep brown with a small cream head and great lacing. Big hoppy, spicy, grapefruity, orange peel, weedy, and roasty aroma. Taste is fresh grassy, grapefruit peel, grass, light toast, weed, and bread with a big bitter finish. Medium body with medium-to-soft carbonation. Nice black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
STLGoldendog (60) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Pours dark brown color with a thick bubbly head. An aroma of oats and nuts. A light palate but surprisingly very complex flavor for not being heavy. Very sweet earthy taste. A delight!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nero55 (772) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle at Rocketcity Brewfest. Brown/black with medium tan head. Aroma of resinous hops and roasted malts. Medium body, resinous hop bitterness without much roasted malt on the flavor. More of an IPA than BIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7017) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2014
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a near black with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces. Aroma has notes of light dark grains with some earthy pine and a hint of rye and roasted malts backing. Flavor is similar with a bit of dark grains, rye, roasted malts backed by earthy pine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maltser85 (316) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours black with tan head. Well carb. Red tinges around the edges. Grapefruit and pine up front with a roasted nutiness. Taste is nice pine with some grapefruit. Mild roast. Nice body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11612) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
On tap @ Haven Gastropub. Dark brown in color with a tall khaki head. Roasted malt, hints of coffee, and lots of piney hops on the nose. Hints of honeydew, orange peel, and herbs. A little bit of a grass and pine bitterness to the flavor. Lots of roast and herbs, too. Citrus peel, melon, and a bit of burnt sugar sweetness. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (2578) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters showing a cloudy, dirty brown hue, with persistent, frothy, light tan head foam, and waves & spots of clingy lacing. The aroma was subtle, with mellow roast, dankness & grain, light spice, and malty creaminess. The taste was malty, along with notable, dry & earthy bitterness, and lively carbonation that gave some false sense of heft to the body, which I perceived as light to medium. Have enjoyed better style examples, and didn’t really wow me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nearbeer (3847) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Couple of 12 oz. on tap at Alewife. Black with a lasting ring of creamy foam. Big nose of spicy citrus, toast and a touch of mocha. Tastes of fresh orange and grapefruit, caramel, spicy dark bread, resin and a touch of coffee and chocolate. Medium body is smooth with medium carbonation and has a very nice balance and drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3652) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear dark cola with a massively thick ecru head. Aroma of roasted nuts and pine. Flavors of pine resin with some licorice and burnt caramel. Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (343) - USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours black with a lot of beige slowly dissipating head. Raisin and spice in the nose. Taste has some dark fruit, chocolate, and burnt toast. Interesting and complex.


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