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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4849) - 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???

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (4812) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4804) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Aroma is pine, tropical fruit and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is fruit, citrus, tropical fruit, mild chocolate notes, malts, hops and a resiny/bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4339) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4013) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4011) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3799) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (3788) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Sampled at Great American Beer Festival 9/24/15. Black appearance. Aroma of bread, dark malts, caramel, toffee, pine, light rye, earth and light peppery spice. Similar flavor, with a light dry finish. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (3633) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 3, 2015
A pretty decent black IPA. Roasted character is pronounced, although its a bit thin in the mouthfeel. Tried at the Parkville microbrew fest in 2015.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is juicier citruses with pine resins and florals up front with a soft cocoa and pleasant roast backing. Flavor is similar. Juicy citruses with a nice cocoa note and some florals up front before a good amount of pine resins and a balanced roast come in. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with lots of citruses and a nice cocoa. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really well done Black IPA. Citrusy with plenty of florals and pine resins balanced very well with a soft cocoa and roast backing. Highly enjoyable.

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