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RATINGS: 305   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (669) - 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 (4426) - 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 (163) - 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 (14711) - , 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1342) - Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle - huge thick creamy head, almost black color with slight red hues around the edges, big piney fruity hop aroma and flavor with a fair roasty malt aftertaste - really good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2209) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Fabulous beer? mmmm the penultimate fab beer. Whatever; pretty friggin good brew. In most of my scores it was just a hair under the next up rating. Anyway, poured at a great temperature with giant, foamy, frothy, medium tan head that never settles and a bit’o lace. Aroma is slightly gamey, hops, dark roast malt, weed, dry forest, mustiness. Appearance is a very dark but clear cherry garnet with a few bubble trails. Flavor’s a slightly sweet acid at the very first and quickly followed by bitter and the resin & citrus flavors . Roast is also predominate and include dark ripe fruit. Finish is like flavor, tapers slow, and is fairly drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3650) - Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottle shared, poured alight brown color with aromas of rye, chocolate, spice, light citrus, and some roasted malt. Flavors follow suit, chocolate, roast, pine, citrusy hops, and a light spice in the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1467) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Spicy rye bread, ropey resin and dried grapefruit aroma. Very sinister. Jet black, unstable brown head. Grassy, palate slicing bitter, also burnt sweetness. Slick foamy body, not especially heavy for all its other attributes. A quality brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2013
Sampled at GBWF 2013, from my huge backlog. Completed with bottle rating from home. Dark with a beige head leaving lacing. Aroma: hoppy and fruity with grapefruit, lemon, peach, spices, roasted. Taste: Fruity with peach, strawberry, grapefruit, lemon, pine, spices, some chocolate and licorice. Medium bodied. Very nice.


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