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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This dark beer pays homage to Des Moinesí 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. Donít 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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4382) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Location: Growler at Paulís Blind Impy Stout Tasting, 1/5/13

Aroma: This one has a fresh, hoppy nose, pine, resin, citrus, and some roasted malts too
Appearance: It pours a brown color with a small beige head and some sticky lace on the glass
Flavor: Nice taste, it isnít quite as nice as the nose, but similar component-wise, with roast and hops
Palate: The body of this beer is medium-plus, with a smooth feel, and a lot of drinkability
Overall Impression: Awesome share, thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one! I had no idea what to expect, but I really enjoyed this one. This is right on what Iím looking for in a Black IPA, and if Iím ever Des Moines Iíll have to make an effort to swing by Confluence.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Growler at Paulís for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a dark ruby tinged brown to black with a thin beige head. Loads of bright citrus hops on the nose, smells awesome. Roasty but subtle still, lots of soft cocoa and a backbone of pithy grapefruit filled citrus. Long roast into the finish with a good amount of bitterness. Lovely stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Growler shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours black with white head. Nose is terrific pine/resin, grapefruit rind, tangerine and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is same but a little lighter and less pronounced. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1023) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a moderately dark brown. Incredibly citrusy. Chocolate, tangerine aromas.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Growler from the brewpub. Thanks for the glass, jcwattsrugger! Perfectly black colored brew with a thin lightly orange tinted thin head. The nose is up front with a combination of dark chocolate, plums, roast and obvious grapefruit. The taste is like sweetened up iced coffee with some grapefruit hints running through the back end. There is also a little bit of prune quality. A nice sipper. This isnít as hoppy as I expected and a little sweet overall. Subtle hopping, this one is surprisingly smooth and light in the mouth.


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