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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10162) - 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
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís 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. Bakerís 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Brewvival Trip Beer 120. 750 mL bottle from Greenís 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9800) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ GBBF. Dark brown to black color, medium sized beige head. Aroma is lightly malts, lots of hops. Taste malts, very hoppy, but just a slight roastyness. Itís a lovely beer, but thereís not enough roast to make it a top Black IPA imo. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Americoís bottle. Brown with a big head, lacy, and a hoppy aroma. meets the style with emphasis on hops rather than roasty. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9265) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (8990) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ fonfan
Pours clear dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate, citrus, grape and pine. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long chocolate, caramel, citrus and grape finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (8910) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Blackish brown pour with a gigantic head that refuses to dissipate. Smell is citrus, herbs, cocoa, bread. Literally the head wonít die so I suppose I canít drink it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8787) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Orange, rye malt, and pine aroma. Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet orange rye malt and moderately bitter spruce flavor. Pretty tasty but would have liked if the rye came out more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown / black with a large beige head. Aroma of rye malts, dry roasted malt and citrusy hops Ė quite dry and bitter. Flavour brings out loads of rye, bitter roasted malt and pungent earthy hops. Quite bitter, dry, roasty and rye-dominated. Finishes dry and roasty, with a fairly large astringency. Slightly harsher than the average black IPA. Very good stuff.


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