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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This dark beer pays homage to Des Moines’ history as a late 19th century coal town. Confluence Brewery is located on Thomas Beck Road, which is named after an English immigrant who developed extensive (but now long abandoned) coal mine holdings in Des Moines, including some near our brewery. The dark color comes from black wheat, which is combined with two-row base malt and a good portion of caramel malt and some flaked rye to add a subtle dry, spiciness. Don’t let the color fool you, this dark beer is not roasty or stout-like. We used a special blend of hops, including Nelson Sauvin from Australia, to give it a unique flavor and aroma profile completely distinct from its India Pale Ale cousin, Des Moines IPA.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2744) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Growler shared by cheers John ! Nose is a dark chocolate with grassy notes. Really good black ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2881) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 18, 2014
on tap @ Confluence Brewing / Des moines IA --- Cloudy dark brown, good head cover, streamers of lace. Taste is solid roasted malt with caramel that drops hops into the palate; on subsequent swallows, the hops fade in and out like a distant AM radio station. A very interesting Black IPA....subtle, yet plenty of strength. Recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3736) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2014
Dark brown beer with a short lived tan head. Puffed wheat and caramel corn nose. Buttered toast, puffed wheat, dark caramel, and some citrus hops combine to make this an interesting beer. Hints of sweetened coffee in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
forthebirds (26) - - MAR 13, 2014
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Nice lacing. Hop forward in the aroma and taste but finishes with delicious caramel and coffee flavors. Great aftertaste that keeps on giving.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Hand bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger: Poured a thick black with off white colored head. Aroma is hops and malt. Taste is a nice gritty hops with a nice balanced roasted malt, some sweet caramel. Finish is dry and spicy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (4597) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Tap. Pours clear hazel with a small tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is roasty with notes of citrus and pine. Flavor is the same, touch of dankness, bit of coffee, fairly muted. Light sweet, light bitterness growing stronger on the finish. Medium body. Pretty decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Tap. Pour is dark brown, thin mocha head. Aroma is heavy molasses and roasted malt. Taste is roasted burnt malt, caramel and molasses, slight toast, lemon and earthy hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6824) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Keg on the bus during RBWG 2013. Dark brown pour, almost black, with a nice tan head. Roasted malts, pine, fruitiness on the aroma. Nice flavor, dark malts, roast, grapefruit, pine, medium chocolate. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5432) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Black pour with light tan head and lace. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is sweet chocolate with a decent mineral flavor and a decent bitter finish. Medium/full body with smooth carbonation. ok beer for me

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4955) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
RBSG 2013. Hop aroma with malt and roasted grain. I am not always crazy about the black IPAs, but this one is good. Bitter hops finish.


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