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RATINGS: 290   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (801) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
light beige head disappears with some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma spicy, peppers, bubblegum, hopresin, slight cheesy. taste is hoppy aftertaste long bitter and coffee. quite thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation. bottle 75 cl / bd aug-2013

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle shared at Oxford tasting Nov ’12. Pours dark rich brown with a nice tan head. Grapefruit and toasted bread aroma. Flavor tends towards malty, with roast flavors carrying the load with a dry hoppy finish. Pretty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1032) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle shared by beerboxer. Pours black with brownish head. Has a rye roasted malt with a good hop balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Flavors of rye, roasted malt, light chocolate notes, dark toasted bread. Not overly bitter, but quite tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5941) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Corked bottle and served in my GI IPA Tulip: Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights topped by an initial huge frothy head and very good lacework. First test of an Black IPA is to close your eyes and smell it. Does it smell like an IPA and then does it taste like an IPA? Well outside of some light roast and rye notes this does just that. Juicy fruity hops, hint of hop spice and some lovely overall bitterness. The rye bread like character is really more a slight addition than a major feature. I like this quite a bit but do wish it was a 12 oz bottle...oh and slightly less carbonation too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (633) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Pours dark ruby with a huge frothy tanned head. Aroma is spicy malts and hops, herbal and fruity hops. Taste is light sweet, chocolate, spritzy mouthfeel,mineralic bitter, some salt, liquorice and light roast, lingering bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (4292) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2013

Appearance: Dark ruby color with a nice big frothy tan head.
Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and hoppy.
Palate: Medium to full body. Moderate sweet with a fine bitterness. Rich carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, grapefruit hoppy and mild acidic.
Overall impression: Lovely powerful and tasty BIPA.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (124) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Big light tan head, dissipating slowly to a skim of foam over a dark, transparent espresso colored beer. Aromas of hops, fruit. Hops, apple caramel, coffee. I think rye gives a hint of spice. Surprising viscosity, not as thick as a stout or porter, but nice. Not much sweetness, but a touch.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
21st July 2013
Opaque dark brown beer with a pale tan head. Palate is light, semi dry and crisp. Mile minerals. Smooth dark malt with a touch of bitter roast. Little rye spice. Light citric hops bring up the rear and add bitterness. Whisper of malt cream and smoke. Semi dry finish. Pretty drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Pours black with big traditional boulevard head. Aromas of forest and rye bread. Flavors of some mild bitterness accented well with some roasted malt flavors. Descent bIPA.


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