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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (594) - Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2014
A dark brown with a medium brown head. The aroma is pine, roasted malt, and rye. The flavor is the same with a little citrus in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3546) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
0.75l corked bottle. A massive head on this one! Deep milk chocolate milkshake colored. This on top of a deep dark brown near black body. Smells nice with traces of licorice, gunpowder, fresh hops, citrus, a little bit of coffee and dark near roasted malts. Smells quite good. Sweet dark flavors. Some hops shines through the darkness in the end. It has a light oily mouthfeel with a average carbonation level. Sweet licorice, rask roasted malts, pumpernickel bread and it feels smooth not to overpowering and really well balanced. Enjoyable. 10.08.2013

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle: Deep brown-red, tall thick, tan head. Rye malt, citrus...spruce...taste. Christmas tree water aroma..slightly sickly, tangy.....................but good. Creamy light rye malt flavor. Pretty good, actually, but I expected more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3014) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle. Sweet chocolate malt, spicy woody pine aroma. Black brown with a huge tan head. Sweet roasty chocolate malt, subdued spicy piney hops flavor. Medium body, soft carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gururyan (632) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2013
A bit disappointed as usual. I was really hoping this would be one I dug, but Boulevard is overrated and depends on marketing to make the sales vs. actually good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7942) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Orange, rye malt, and pine aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet orange rye malt and moderately bitter spruce flavor. Pretty tasty but would have liked if the rye came out more.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Iíll begin by looking back on my relationship with Boulevard beers. I havenít particularly enjoyed any of Boulevardís 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 Iíve 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 (882) - 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 (2117) - 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 (1381) - 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.


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