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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5966) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2016
On draft at the brewery tap room. Pours a clear deep mahogany. Flavors of grass and charred toast. Bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5954) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5741) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (5661) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
4 oz pour on nitro at ChurchKey. Black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, roasty notes, a little sweat. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruit, berries. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5631) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (5550) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5546) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (5500) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (5373) - 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 Iím easy to please with the Black IPAs, or does that actually make me more picky???

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5288) - 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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