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Confluence Takedown Irish Stout

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 36   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Iowa is a wrestling state. For generations, clubs and high schools across Iowa have turned out champion wrestlers. Iowa State University and the University of Iowa have dominated the Division I collegiate wrestling scene. Take Down is our salute to that heritage. A classic Irish dry stout, Take Down’s backbone is Simpson’s two-row Golden Promise malt for sweetness and character, along with roasted barley and a little pale chocolate malt. English Fuggles and East Kent Goldings hops provide the bittering and Irish ale yeast adds authenticity. Like a well executed wrestling take down, Irish stout can surprise you, with a lighter body and mouth-feel seemingly at odds with its very dark color. Lower alcohol level also encourages you to wrestle with multi-pints of this dark-but-light stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 10, 2016
(From notes) Draft at The Iowa Taproom, 3-16-2016. Typical color. Aroma is char, old coffee beans, chocolate. Flavor follows with a touch of molasses. Weak roast. Texture is indeed dry.

Medium in body with a smooth mouthfeel. (on nitro). Overall nothing earth shattering but it is to style and crafted well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saltyseadog (35) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2016
1qt mini growler from Urbandale Hy-Vee, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Aroma of sweet malted milk and caramel with fainter traces of roast coffee and dark chocolate. Pours oily black with huge bubbly ivory head that dissipates rapidly, which is the #1 thing that clues me into it not being Guinness. Moderate lacing, no effervescence on the glass. Lightly roasty and malty with a mild fruity, maybe even tomato-like sweetness. Very well balanced without any particular flavor element dominating or overpowering the others. Full-bodied and almost as creamy as Guinness, lightly mouthcoating with respectable carbonation making for very easy drinking. A respectable beverage for St. Patrick’s Day. Not quite as good as Guinness in terms of visual appeal (lacing), creamy mouthfeel or flavor intensity, but still a good beer. Slainte!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Nitro tap at the brewery. Dark pour with a big dense nitro head. Mild roast, medium to light palate, a little watery. Not bad, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
justsayswell (260) - Mission, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Very dark brown pour with about an inch of head. Smells like a Guinness. Carbonation is soft and very restrained-- almost cask-like. Light bodied. Taste is lightly nutty, some coffee and roasted malt. Finishes dry and a bit astringent. Closest I’ve found to a Guinness in a domestic brew. Good take on a dry stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (2156) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2015
On Nitro tap at brewery pours a dark brown/black with a creamy large khaki head. Aroma of dry roasted barley, with some chocolate and molasses. Smooth palate nice initial hit of roast, and slight hop bitterness in to smooth mellow chocolate and molasses. Simple, dry, and balanced. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5778) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Aroma is yeast/earthy, dark roasted malts and mild nuttiness. The flavor is dark roasted malts, mild/medium nuttiness, coffee and a slightly tart/dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Had this on draft at Confluence Brewery in Des Moines. Super creamy head. Sweet and nutty taste. Light berry backbone. Black pour. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2013
On tap at 515 brewery.. black pour.. brown head.. nutty aroma..very crazy smooth drinking..like drinking cream.ok stuffs

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