Boulevard Smokestack Series: Grainstorm Black Rye IPA

RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - FEB 24, 2013
Black with a thin lacing of brown head. Aroma is rye, hops and slight notes of fruit. Flavor is hoppy with a sharp bite of rye undercut by some slight citrus notes. Strong roasted malt finish with just a touch of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (7315) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 30, 2017
750 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 7.7%. Dark reddish brown colour, huge beige head. Lovely malty aroma, mild roasty notes, hints of dark berries, also fruity and piney hops. The flavour is slightly on the sweet side, with moderate roast malts and fruity and piney hops. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (5932) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Treated as an imperial version, this was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a black color with a good fingers worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Moderate stringy to speckled lace. The aroma takes in some sweet barley/oatiness rubbing against some spicy rye. Sly blueberries dive in underneath. Roasty coffee beans and some roasted cocoa beans. The flavor blends the sweetness of the barley to the oatiness and brings the spiciness of the rye to glide in for a really nice balance. Cocoa and coffee portions are there but fairly low. Moderate semi-sweet to roasty balance in the aftertaste leading on into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. Moderate carbonation feels good on my tongue. Overall, imperial black IPA hitting all of the right spots and rounding out very nicely. Of course, Id have this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8474) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2016
(Bottle) Black colour, with hints of ruby through the light. Frothy beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, hoppy nose with coffee, roasted malt, liquorice, grapefruit, caramel, pine needles, hints of mint and blueberries. Malty, roasted, hoppy taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, blueberries, pine needles, mint, grapefruit, dark bread and a generous piney bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Tasty and well made black IPA with blueberries, mint and piney hops. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a deep dark amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2016
4oz draft. Deep brown with small lite tan head. Roasted malt, grains, with interesting interplay of pine and citrus rind. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4595) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2015
Brown colour, beige head. Roasted malty aroma, hops, light yeast and chocolate. Bitter flavour, liquorice, drop and a salty hint. Finish liquorice and roasted malts.
(sampled from bottle @ GBBF 2014, London)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (3849) - SPAIN - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle 75cl / Botella 75cl. @ Pats Liquors, Porter, IN, USA A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S: Hops, roasted malt, rye, resinous / Lupulo, malta tostada, centeno, resinoso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjgmd (2125) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2015
With Z , pours a deep black color with a nice beige head. Nose is pine and resin and hops. Taste is piney with resinous notes and a nice hoppy taste. Finish is bitter and the ending moderately long with the piney and resinous taste . quaff score 6 / 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zgaier (1940) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Bomber. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and aroma of malt and grains. Taste is of roasted malt with oat, wheat, and bread notes into the malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2015
From my backlogg: Bottle at GBBF 2014. Black beer with an beige head. Hoppy chocolate fruity tar licorice aroma. Hoppy chocolate roasted, tar, licorice grassy flavour. A nice one :-)

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