adnielsen (7583) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
3fourths (7529) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-conditioned 750ml. deep brown body with a rocky and foamy light tan head with heavy lacing. for neuvo-American black IPA they seem to have produced quite a nice nose of aromatic American hops (citrus / fresh cut grass / dank bud / light resin, just barely bleeding over into shallot and cheese rind territory), the experience made richer by the play between malt and yeast (bakers chocolate, lightly sweet / spicy licorice black malt, spiced bread / seeds / black pepper). medium-full body with frothy, full and soft carbonation. the medium-low sweetness, matched well with hop acids and soft malt and carbonation is what brings this to another level. Boulevard once again gets bottle-conditioning right, something that the majority of American brewers either don’t try or can’t do well.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a light beige froth of head. Has a fresh resiny piny hop nose with some dark caramel malty sweetness. Starts with good fullness and effervescence with a touch of toasted dark malts and appropriate sweetness dripping with hop flavor and good bitter balance before a clean bittersweet finish. True to style and very drinkable.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewvival Trip Beer 120. 750 mL bottle from Green’s Buford. Pours a hazy dark reddish brown color with a large foamuy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, herbal hops, spicy rye. The taste is rye, herbal hops, roasted malts, nutty notes. Medium bodied.
gnoff (7036) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled bottled at "En öl & whiskymässa" in Göteborg, on April 13, 2013.
Dark brown color, tan head. Hoppy herbal scent. Sweet, herbal, bitter taste. Minerals, salty. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL thanks to dfroms! Pours clear, deep ruby mahogany, medium tan foam. Rocky. Nose is savory, smokey, melon hops, fruity hoppy. Taste is tangy, bitter, spicy, dark chocolate. Thick, dense, dark chocolate. Rich, bitter, really nice.
jtclockwork (6229) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose and taste of rye, roast chocolate malt, charred banana peel, wheat malt, cocoa, pine and resin. Medium body. Finishes with abrasive rye. Bone dry.
blutt59 (5913) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, black pour with tall tan foam, aroma is hoppy pine and chocolate, flavor is malty pine, licorice, prickly earthy hops
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
I gotta say the flavor balance and mouthfeel are excellent especially considering the style...non-abrasive and clean, with the right amount of bitterness to counteract the residual sugars, and a delightful fluffy mouthfeel. Looks great too, with a large and lasting billowing head. Sadly, the nose is pretty simple and uninspiring, both in the malt and hop departments...non-offensive and reasonably pleasant, but rather mild and lifeless. With a more interesting nose, this could have been truly excellent.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: Toasted rye bread in harmony with piney-grapefruity hops. Very good well balanced beer.
How: 2 x 750ml bottles I shared with Montreal friends, fresh, less than a week after purchase from a Kansas store.
The look: Very dark mahogany body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is on the piney side, grassy notes and toasted rye bread. This is not an uber-aromatic-hoppy beer so the toasted rye really comes through in the aroma. Same can be said about the taste. Lots of toasted freh rye with its usual accompanied juicy-spicy flavors, distant nutty coffee notes, grapefruity-piney hops, bitterness of medium intensity. This beer has less of a roasted character than most Black IPAs, here it is more like just toasted like a dark-copper IPA. Not a hop-bomb, this is a well balanced beer. Well carbonated with a pleasant mouthfeel. I really love rye-based Black IPA, I think it is a perfect combination, this Grainstorm is ot quite to the level of a Firestone Walker Wookey Jack (the measuring stick for this rye black ipa stub-style) but it is still pretty damn good. Often the day after a tasting I wake up with a massive hangover, I can’t barely walk, I suffer all day and through the window I see some happy people having fun outside, when this happens I can’t help but to think to myself “wow, that was some good beer we had yesterday”.