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RATINGS: 311   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
2mu2ku (21) - - FEB 5, 2013
Just released today! Very nice aroma, flavorful head. Nice body to the beer... Not as heavy as a stout but still a nice mouthful with a clean finish. Taste is a great balance of the bitter hoppiness of the IPA balanced with the mellow malt of the black rye. Not a big fan of bitter IPAs and this beer’s use of black rye does a perfect job taking the edge of the IPA making for a beer I’ll keep ready in my cellar.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13902) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering, 2014. Pours dark unclear amber with a large creamy head. Roast, rye and peach. A bit of citrus and caramel. Also a bit thin body. Short bitter finish. Harmless to say the least.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7579) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11069) - DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, 7.7%. Very dark brown with big beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, hop, pine, caramel and grapefruit. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, pine, grapefruit, little sweet, little rye, coffee and medium bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11091) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear very dark brown with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 300814

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13530) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle, 75cl corked. A clear, dark brown beer with a dense, two-finger beige head that lasts. Curtains. It’s lightly piney and resiny on the nose, with roasted malts and some coffee hints. The flavor has a nice hoppy bitterness, with pine cones, resins and a nice roasted touch. Spiced notes too. Full body, semi-sweet and lightly effervescent. Lasting bitter and rosted finish with some bonfire notes. Quite nice this one, but too much on the dark malty side for my likings. 140830

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14037) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is close to black. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, roast malt, chocolate and has a nice bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8146) - 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. It’s a lovely beer, but there’s not enough roast to make it a top Black IPA imo. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8375) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown wuth a big old light khaki tan covering. Nose carries big roasty tones, light spice, red berry fruit, earthy hops. Taste comprises red berry jam, pine bite, spice, light charr, cocoa rub, liqourice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close coated with earthy hop bitterness. Decent enough CDA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1707) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle at GBBF thanks to Colin. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Aroma has grass, lemon, toffee, treacle. Fairly dry with light woody resin, lemon, pine, light choc, caramel, light coffee. Lovely balance and really tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13627) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
At GBBF 2014. Dark brown beer lasting tan head. Lime roasted malt. Some chocolate. Good sherbert on finish. Good.


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