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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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
decaturstevo (5487) - 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 (5045) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2013
Growler sampled at RBSG. From notes. Loads of citrus hops. Super fruity with a decent roasty malt backbone. Diggin it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1791) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
GrowLOLer. pours black with some tan head. Citrusy hops, roasted malts and. chocolate. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (8065) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Growler. Reddish brown pour with a smaller head. Citrus hop in this - hops aren’t too bold. Tasty though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4919) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2013
32 ounce growler thanks to CanIHave4Beers. Black with creamy head. Nicely hopped. Some chocolate and roast (despite the description saying not roasty). Tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Tap @ Confluence. Pours a fairly clear reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Spicy, a bit dank, piney, chocolate aroma. Slightly sweet, spicy hoppy, light fruity, piney, chocolate, mild caramel flavor. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4181) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Had this on draft at Confluence Brewery in Des Moines. Almost black pour. Fluffy white head. Light hoppy stout taste. Pretty average beer but would for sure get this if I came back

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3884) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
A vigorous pour into my Teku glass produces a two finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a lightly hazy, purple tinged, concentrated amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a mix of toasted dark malt and herbal / pine like hops. Ample whole grain notes, toasted brown bread, roasted citrus hop notes, light pine aromatics.

This has a prickly carbonation and a full citrus hoppiness to it up front, while the finish focuses on toasted brown bread, and nutty dark malt. The fruit notes up front definitely have a roasted edge to them from the dark malt; tangerine, grapefruit, Curacao orange, some lychee notes, and kumquat, all with a roasted overlay to it. The bitterness has a nice bite to it, though it isn’t overly aggressive, in fact the beer is fairly smooth, which helps let the dark malt come through a bit better. The malt competes pretty well with the hop character; ample roasted nutty notes, toasted whole grain.

This is nice, I like the balance between hop and malt here, it is perhaps a touch more balanced than many an other Black IPA I have had, though it is clearly still a hop dominated beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
Growler thanks to randomgarbage. Dark dark brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is piney hops with some coffee/chocolate roasted notes. Taste is more stout/porter than IPA with the roasted malt coming in stronger than the hops; mild-medium bitter, mild sweet. Finish is dry, with some hoppy and roasted bitterness. Medium bodied, soft-moderate carbonation. Solid Black IPA.


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