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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (1858) - NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle shared at The Dubliner, may 24th 2013. Black body, big tanned head. Hoppy aroma, exotic fruits, grass, spicy. Taste of grapefruit, chocolate, roasted malt and rye in a delicious blend. Not quite as fruit hoppy as many black ipas, but a really good example of the style still.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
Huge beige head. Barely translucent deep dark red body. Roasty resiny tropical fruit aroma with earthy funky notes. Dry-sweet funky tropical fruit taste with roasty earthy notes. Mid-bodied. Sharp, fizzy mouthfeel. Dryish tropical fruit and roasted malts aftertaste with resiny dusty chocolatey notes. Quite good, but the flavours don’t quite mix, and too fizzy and funky. (0.75l bottle, from Systembolaget, Nordstan.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1061) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle at home. Has a black colour with a medium light beige soapy head. Very IPA-like aroma with fruity hops, grapefruit and some soy sauce in the background. Has a rich taste with a distinct hoppy touch. Slick mouth feel, and a medium bitterness. A well-balanced Black IPA but more a rich IPA than a stout. Not much roastedness in this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hovstad (2) - NORWAY - JUN 20, 2013 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Brown. Small white head. Citric hoppy aroma. Lots of flavour on the palet with balanced bitterness that lasts. Over all a great beer with great balance between malts and hops.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2013
Deep murky brown in the glass. Big offwhite head. Alot of hops in the nose, alongside a roasty maltet aroma. Rich mouthfeel with alot of carbonation. Roasty and sweet taste, medium bitter. It?s well over a year old, so probably not as bitter as it?s ?supposed to be?.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inabil1ty (24) - - JUN 20, 2013
Black and malty, but more interesting than most in this category. Do I really need to write 75 characters? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (1519) - FINLAND - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle .75. Black. Initial nose is very hoppy, all-american cascady- like. Pines with green lime citrus backing. Then the chocolate roastyness kicks in. Body is full, bitter, soft creamy. Piney hops, dark roasted maltyness. The roasted flavors are a bit thin compared to the hoppyness though. The finish is more pines than the roasted dry chocolate that’s also there. There’s some darker soft maltyness that could be the rye, but hard to say. Overall a good black IPA. But I’m still waiting for someone to perfect the style and somehow set the standard. This was (for the abv) a bit on the thinner, hoppyer, side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1442) - Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on June 13th split with Dave and Kravitz.

Appearance: Pours a black opaque with light white head.
Aroma: Aroma of faint roasted malt, rye.
Taste: Light bitterness, medium right, light roast, very balanced. Accessible.
Palate:Medium body, smooth, not carbonation, lightly chewy. Really nice.

Summary: A really nice beer, particularly in the palate. Not as bitter as I was expecting, nor as rye laden in the taste, but really nice and well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7103) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose and taste of rye, roast chocolate malt, charred banana peel, wheat malt, cocoa, pine and resin. Medium body. Finishes with abrasive rye. Bone dry.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gdubu493 (27) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Excited when purchased @ Total Wine in Chapel Hill, NC. Huge, creamy, lacy, coffee-colored head. Great aroma. Roasted, malty front. Hints of citrus, mainly grapefruit. Consistent taste throughout. Slightly bitter end. First taste did not live up to (my self promoted) hype. Enjoyed the beer, not as much as I had hoped or as much as others.


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