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RATINGS: 335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (2679) - NORWAY - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget enjoyed at home
Pours quite dark, black in glass, huge tanned head. Smells of citrus, peach, zests and hints of roast. Medium sweet, roast and toast, some fruityness, citrus and zests. Heavy bitter, resins and zests. A very nice black ipa, balanced on the right side, the hops plays first violin and the dark malts just fill in where they’re needed. I like it very much; one of the best Boulevard’s i’ve tried

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (807) - Burlingame, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours a solid black with a foamy tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma has some earthy, slightly piney hops, along with some roasted malt and a small amount of coffee. The flavor is roasted and dark malts up front with an earthy hop background leading to a balanced middle and finish over a slightly spicy but smooth mouthfeel over a medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10836) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (2152) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours a finger of tan head on a black body. The aroma is a solid burnt wood, molasses, roasted malt and lemon. Nice. The taste is grainy all over, burnt and roasted malt, mild lemon bitterness and finishes with a little honey sweetness. Nice balance. The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation. Very enjoyable. The malt takes a front seat to the hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5640) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2014
On tap at bittercreek Boise. Pours out a dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is pine roast malts a little smoke and a nice hop. Taste is grapefruit pine caramel little roast and bitter end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1100) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 10, 2014
Aroma is hops, pines, burnt caramel, huge roasted grains and roasted malts. Appearance is black with a purple tint. Two-finger head yet, recedes very quickly. Nice lacing. Grain Storm seems to be a fitting name because grains are the biggest overtone on this. Upfront, bitter hops, herbs and grains. Mid palate brings the roast with burnt caramel, molasses oil, leafy hops and a biscuit malt base. Finish is bitter chocolate, roasted malts and caramel and fresh grapefruit. Overall, I was expecting a bit more but it is very balanced. I feel like the grain overtones actually overdo any complexity there might have been. Nevertheless it is a very solid brew. A- rating.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
naivepegasus (361) - USA - APR 26, 2014
Pours black with a lot of beige slowly dissipating head. Raisin and spice in the nose. Taste has some dark fruit, chocolate, and burnt toast. Interesting and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (5968) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear dark cola with a massively thick ecru head. Aroma of roasted nuts and pine. Flavors of pine resin with some licorice and burnt caramel. Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6395) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Light rye, dark malt, grassy and herbal aromas. Grassy and earthy with light herbal hop aromas, some rye and malt flavors.


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