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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (4438) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
64 ounce growler thanks to John shared with a ton of people at Hunhapu, poured a dark brown almost black color with aromas of roast amd light hops. Flavors were roast, some chocolate and light hops. Black IPAs are not my style but decent overall. Thanks for the growler John.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (6673) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pours a medium brown black .. . mild foam .. low lacing .. . odd smell .. . light roast .. . no character, oh well .. . . You’re just saying that because I said it to you. It doesn’t work. It doesn’t mean anything.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2853) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a trsnslucent brownish-black from the bottle with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to leave light lacing. Aroma is pretty much all hops, but a slight toasted chocolate malts backbone. Taste follows, with a bittersweet finish. Damn good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1242) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
[On-tap] Pours deep cola-brown with a good sized beige head. Aroma is nice, with pine really bursting out of the glass. Taste really integrates roasted (a little ashy at times) malt and piney hops again. Decent mouthfeel, smooth, and a long finish. Overall, a very solid beer which makes me eager to try more from this brewery.

1.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jndubbs (120) - Austin, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Smells bad, tastes bad, lingers on and on with overly hoppiness. Do not like.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours a dark honey color, aromas hit of pine, nice finish, really good beer that makes you think of the woods ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (2172) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2013
On tap at brewery...black pour.. thin white head.. pine aroma..taste is great ..pine hints of licorice.. awesome

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1500) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Confluence is KILLING IT. Seriously. This citrus forward hop bomb pours near black with a small light tan head. Aroma is lemon zest, tropical fruit, good weed, and a bit of chocolate and toffee. Flavor follows, the malt body really compliments hop aromas. Clean, bitter finish with great carbonation for the style. Reminds me of a light version of 2007 Darkness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2686) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Shared thanks to JCWatts. Pours out an attractive brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is of nice citrusy and fruity hops, light chocolate and some toasted grainy malts. Taste is complex, nice hop profile of citrus and light fruit grass, mild chocolate, some caramel and toasted malts all while having a decent hop punch. Solid

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4546) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Growler shared by jcwatts, thanks John. Poured a good looking dark brown body with an average foamy light beige head. Aroma of burnt malts, chocolate, citrus, roasted pineapple, dark toast and cola. Smooth body with light carbonation and a creamy smooth finsh. Flavor of char, citrus rind, dark toast, bakers dark chocolate and grapefruit. Good stuff, but then again I love this style so I’m easy to please with the Black IPAs, or does that actually make me more picky???


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