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RATINGS: 255   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured black color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted rye and hop aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good complex beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle. Amost completely black. Massive fine bubble brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of spiced pine, roasted coffee beans, burnt toast. Taste is rich roasted coffee, spiced black bread. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (9903) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle at Tilt. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, pine, grapefruit, malt. Flavour is coffee, pine, malt, grapefruit, chocolate. Full body. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: APR 26, 2013 Bottle at RBWR 2013 Grand Tasting. Thanks, Eugene. Pours clear, deep brown with a light, creamy tan head. Dark pine in the nose, sweet grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, some burnt pine, earth, grapefruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, toasty pine, ripe grapefruit. Decent stuff. Balance is fair.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9646) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Dense light beige head. ARoma: Herbs, flowers, caramel, sweetness, light roast, chocolate. Flavour: Herbs, flowers, light roast, caramel, sweetness, chocolate. medium to full bodied. Ends herbal bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9430) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Sample at En Öl&Whiskymässa 2013. Almost black beer with a nice beige head. Hoppy chocolate aroma, roasted, cocoa powder, hay, some perfume, tar, licorice notes. Hoppy perfume flavor, dark chocolate, grass, licorice, some floral notes. A nice black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9071) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours clear black with a large, frothy light tan head. Long retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy rye and spicy wheat with herbal, dank, and minty hops, roast and nutty malt with prunes and raisins. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with supporting dark malt and dark dried fruits, lightly tannic with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, rye, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, rye, pine and grapewfruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty grapefruit finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8537) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a hazy, dark brown appearance with a big brown head. Quite spicy rye, slightly charred malty, light oaty, spicy herbal, light piney hoppy, somewhat bready yeasty, light fruity aroma. Baker’s chocolate, nicely toasted chocolate malty, lightly sweet but well balanced with some piney, slightly resiny, herbal hops. Nice spiciness from the rye and hops also. Enjoyable.


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