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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (304) - USA - FEB 17, 2013
Dark cola brown with generous off white head. Rye on the noise with some grass, wheat, hoppy pine, horse blanket. Salty hop bite with a grainy wheat with rye finish. It could use a tiny bit of sweet to balance it but overall a fairly interesting taste that gets better after your taste buds get accustomed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2484) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2013
10oz pour at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, sweet. Chocolate, caramel, minor coconut, Malibu rum.scent. orangy Brown color, small head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter finish. Pretty tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
UPDATED: APR 26, 2013 Bottle at RBWR 2013 Grand Tasting. Thanks, Eugene. Pours clear, deep brown with a light, creamy tan head. Dark pine in the nose, sweet grapefruit. Medium sweet flavor, some burnt pine, earth, grapefruit. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, toasty pine, ripe grapefruit. Decent stuff. Balance is fair.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3503) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Black in color with a large beige head. Aroma is pine, foliage, light citrus. Taste is citrus, light roasted malt, pine.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Full 750 to the dome solo. Poured into my chic Lakewood Brewing mega-snifter and given ample time to warm past 60 degrees. Pour is luscious; billowy eggshell off white head that rises past the glass top. Bubbles, big and small, remain laced on the majority of the exposed glass. A great looking pour to start off. The beer itself is oddly matte brown-black. No oily sheen as you’d expect in a big stout. First whiff is a let down, as are all that follow. This brew has a very flat nose. Pine needles, biscuit, semi ripe orange, and a spicy rye backing are all there, but somehow muted. The taste, however, is quite redeeming. Like the nose not overwhelming, but deep in a more enjoyable fashion. Lots of pine and orange juice. The rye’s lingering spice falls in queue next. Surprisingly present alcohol, then red apple, light caramel, and lemon zest. Body is lighter than expected, which isn’t entirely dislikable. Finish is watery but lingering. I like it, but am not sure I’ll buy again with Firestone’s Wookey Jack coming soon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, rye, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, rye, pine and grapewfruit with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty grapefruit finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Deep russet-purple. Fat dollop of lathery khaki forth adorns the glass. Brightly hoppy nose of lemon oil, tangerine pith, mango, kumquat, grass clippings, and peppery phenolics. Hint of dark breadcrust, dried plums, and resin. Fluffy carbonation. Initially soft, explosively hoppy and tropical-laden. Looming scratch of firm rye vivifies the spicy kumquat bitterness which emerges with composure and grace. Faintest whisper of chocolate mousse dots the supple wheat-infused core while a gentle pureed-plum sweetness buds and consequently obscures some of the more delicate hop flavors. Although well-cloaked by profuse juiciness, a dab of aspirin manages to taint some of the overall cleanness. Burly wheat backbone bolsters the body with a pleasant slickness, though a gooey Simcoe-like mango tackiness adds obtrusive weight. Dusting of pale malt cleans things up and restores structure while providing a cookielike effect and just enough firmness to displace some of the borderline-cloying mango. Finishes with a delightfully restrained bitterness, yet complexly hoppy and mango-centered as a deeply spicy hop punctuation dovetails with a vibrant plum jam emergence. One of the more elegant examples of an often brutish style. The bottle-conditioning has imparted additional estery sparkle and nuance which beautifully coincides with the surprisingly reserved demeanor of this beer. Another praiseworthy effort from Boulevard.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2013
750ml bottle .. . pours a deep brown .. . great foam, good lacing- typical of boulevard, their beers always look great .. . lots of black rye and gritty roast .. . nice beer, one dimensional, but still tasty .. . . i used to own an ant farm but had to give it up..... i couldn’t find tractors small enough to fit it..

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (6363) - 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 won’t die so I suppose I can’t drink it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Pours black with some streaks of redish brown on the edges of the glass. Big off-white rocky head that doesn’t want to dissipate. Lacing sticks to my Boulevard tulip like sap to the trunk of a maple. The aroma is saturated with roasted malts, coffee, rye bread, cardamom and licorice.The flavor is rye throughout with hints of roasted malts. Not the most balanced beer, but pleasant none the less. Medium bodied with a velvet mouthfeel. Nice beer.


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