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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Growler at Paul’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (7872) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
From keg on RBWG bus. Pours a very dark brown with beige head spotty lacing. Aroma is spice, wet hop and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with dry hop and ligt spice and roast.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (7775) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Growler at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Super dank piney and floral hops, with lighter roasted malts and a hint of sweetness. Really fresh and really damn good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7712) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (7660) - .....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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (5993) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5844) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5743) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5661) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2016
Draft at the source. Black in color, thin whispy head. Aroma is fresh citrus hops, mild roast, char. Flavor is awesome. Great balance of fresh citrus balanced by a mild roasted grain. Medium body with a lightly bitter citrus finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5559) - 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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