Ernest (6031) - 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.
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, moderate foamy tannish head, nice lacing.   Soft citrus peel, a little candied, also
soft roast.   Lots of citrus peel and pith, candied, on the tongue.   Not all that hoppy, or roasty.   Has a
big sweet citrusy aspect that is somewhat surprising.   Not all that bitter.   Makes a better Pale Ale than an IPA.
Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Very smooth, sweet, pale roast, candied citrus peel, without a lot of
bitterness.   Too easy to drink.   Could stand to be a little more bitter.   Candied citrus peel lingers.
Surprised on the sweetness on this one, but without huge roast or bitterness.   Yeah, too easy.
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a huge tan head and a citrus aroma. There is a rich treacle flavor that is appropriately flat and smooth with a nice bitter finish. The rye gives a nice grain bitterness to even out the hop bitterness.
blutt59 (5999) - 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
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge beige head. Barely translucent deep dark red body. Roasty
resiny tropical fruit aroma with earthy funky notes. Dry-sweet
funky tropical fruit taste with roasty earthy notes. Mid-bodied.
Sharp, fizzy mouthfeel. Dryish tropical fruit and roasted malts
aftertaste with resiny dusty chocolatey notes. Quite good, but
the flavours don’t quite mix, and too fizzy and funky. (0.75l
bottle, from Systembolaget, Nordstan.)
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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”.
after4ever (5928) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a murky dark brown with a gigantic surging foamy light tan head. Gorgeous bright piney nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toasty dark rye, darkened caramel, and bright sweet pine on the mid palate. Long dark toasty finish.
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a dark brown color with a big, fizzy beige head that lasts a long time. Aroma of earthy, citrusy hops, toast, roast, dark chocolate, and rye spiciness. Flavor is pretty much the same. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a clean mouthfeel balanced between toasty and bitter. Well done black IPA.
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle and served in my GI IPA Tulip: Pours a deep brown with reddish highlights topped by an initial huge frothy head and very good lacework. First test of an Black IPA is to close your eyes and smell it.
Does it smell like an IPA and then does it taste like an IPA? Well outside of some light roast and rye notes this does just that. Juicy fruity hops, hint of hop spice and some lovely overall bitterness. The rye bread like character is really more a slight addition than a major feature. I like this quite a bit but do wish it was a 12 oz bottle...oh and slightly less carbonation too.
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, opened with a nice pop, dark brownish black pour with nice lasting tan head, aroma brought notes of dark cocoa powder, grass, orange peel, nice roast, hints of spice mixing with rye pretty well, nice fruity notes as well, slight pine as well. Taste is a mix of roast, cocoa, nice chocolate mixing into some grass, pine, orange peel, hints of nice earth and grainy notes, slight rye comes through but its fairly hidden, finishing slightly bitter and slightly roasted. Smells great, taste falls a bit short.