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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (615) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours pitch black with a soapy white head. Aroma is citrus and pine with some dark roasty grain. Taste is more pine and citrus with some toasted malt and grapefruit. Nice creamy mouth feel with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (546) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (522) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
Dark cola brown with generous off white head. Rye on the noise with some grass, wheat, hoppy pine, horse blanket. Salty hop bite with a grainy wheat with rye finish. It could use a tiny bit of sweet to balance it but overall a fairly interesting taste that gets better after your taste buds get accustomed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2013
750ml bottle poured into my ipa glass. Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a thick Khaki head that leaves great lacing. smells of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, grapefruit and rye. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with the rye and oats really prevalent in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with great carbonation and a dry finish. I think this is the best black ipa ive had to date. Everything works so well together. Too bad its only a seasonal beer. I’m really liking all Boulevard’s smokestack series beers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AbbeyRoade (509) - Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Too bitter! Kind of a diluted IPA with hints of rye, wheat, and resinous hop. Flavor has no sweetness and a plain sour malt note. Kind of hard to drink with the flavor and high carbonation combined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours black with some streaks of redish brown on the edges of the glass. Big off-white rocky head that doesn’t want to dissipate. Lacing sticks to my Boulevard tulip like sap to the trunk of a maple. The aroma is saturated with roasted malts, coffee, rye bread, cardamom and licorice.The flavor is rye throughout with hints of roasted malts. Not the most balanced beer, but pleasant none the less. Medium bodied with a velvet mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
This one was a little different it reminds me of a hoppy guiness beer. Not the best black ipa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
On tap and served in paint glass. Pours a very dark brown with a finger and a half tan head and very good lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, and rye. Taste is citrus, fruity, roasted malt, rye, and grainy. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (427) - Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2014

As fresh as it gets from a bomber. Massive four finger, tightly structured, slightly desaturated khaki head. Cool whip textured cap with a few much larger bubbles. Head slowly dissipates to a solid smooth sheet. Fiery amber highlights sit below a dark brown-black mahogany body. A couple islands and narrow paths of lace.

Nose is nicely complex for a beer this size. Sweet tropical fruits, lime, and grapefruit intertwine with bright, spicy dark malts to bring about s’mores and blackberry nuances. Transitions are smooth throughout. Very soft notes of leather build as this warms and the glass empties.

Taste follows with more prominent dark malt notes on a med-light body. The mouth dries out over a thin silky coating of spicy dark malts and sharp carbonation. This one really walks the line of bright and lively while offering solid complexity with plenty of dark influcences

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