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RATINGS: 314   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6743) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy. I’ll begin by looking back on my relationship with Boulevard beers. I haven’t particularly enjoyed any of Boulevard’s regular line up-- not a single one. Their Bully Porter in particular was a miss for me, despite its enormous popularity. The Smokestack series, on the other hand, has been a completely opposite experience; I think I’ve rated every one of them a four or better. So my hopes were high for this beer. Alas, this turned out to be the first "miss" in the series for me. More grainy than hoppy, and with a thinner, gassier mouthfeel than I like, I found this came up short in both the malt and hops department. After loving their Single Wide and Double Wide, I guess I expected bigger things in what I had anticipated to be a black-bodied hop bomb. Not a total failure, but certainly a disappointment.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrewFace (783) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Pours a deep dark blackish color with light tan head. Light citrusy hop aroma. Smokey up front, some mild roast behind, hop character follows but smoke flavor is dominant. Smoke mellows out after initial taste but still a bit overwhelming

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Homer321 (1887) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle share thanks to dooface. Straight up garbage chocolate and coffee with obnoxious nasty hops. Upon second visit I get a little bit of vomit and sewer water.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1213) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours a finger of tan head on a black body. The aroma is a solid burnt wood, molasses, roasted malt and lemon. Nice. The taste is grainy all over, burnt and roasted malt, mild lemon bitterness and finishes with a little honey sweetness. Nice balance. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable. The malt takes a front seat to the hops.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (918) - 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 (1516) - 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 (1110) - 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 (9101) - 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 (6038) - 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 (703) - 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.


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