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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (1675) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Black pour, small brown head. Fresh hop aroma, spicy happy flavor with roasty notes. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2013
From the bottle, dark black pour with a frothy off white head, roasty and rye aroma with taste being hoppy and rye forward and a nice citrus bitterness overall. Tatsty and good!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1650) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Tap. Pours dark opaque brown with a thick layer of beige head. Aroma and taste of malts, hoppiness, and coffee.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlovell2 (1620) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Pours dark brown almost black, amber tint when held up to light. Big tan head. Citrus, resin, pine aroma with hints of roasted malt, chocolate and rye. Sweet malt start, quickly disappears. Followed by sharp bitter resiny pine flavor and finishes with a roasted malt flavor and a hint of rye. Really enjoy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1617) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zebra (1616) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2013
super tasty. glad i bought a second bottle by mistake. and, it set a new record for distance flown by the cork when popped. another home run from boulevard!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1610) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2014
750 ml bottle, best by 11/2014. Pours brown with a huge and growing creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roast, sweet chocolate malt, rye and piney hops.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, spicy rye with big roast piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a nice black IPA with lots of piney hops, roast and some rye.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1604) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Rye is everywhere these days (3/11/2013) it seems, and the use of rye here is unremarkable, if the beer is excellent for other reasons. First, the rye is most present on the beer’s finish, with a dry, roasted, black bread presence. But the aromas and front bite of the beer are bright with peach, lemon, and nectarine fruit. The depth of color belies a lightness of flavor and a fine, light palate.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1596) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
The nose is grapefruit and pine with notes of malt. Pours a Coka-Cola brown with a large mostly lasting tan head and some sticky lacing. The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit, some pine, hints of malt, rye pepperiness, and a grainy aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, a mellow black IPA which is very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1571) - Arlington, Texas, 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.


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