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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boozedude (1671) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1600) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Growler shared by cheers John ! Nose is a dark chocolate with grassy notes. Really good black ipa.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1522) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Courtesy of jcwattsrugger. Thanks for bringing this all the way to NH. Pours a deep cola brown with a thin white cap. Strong citrus hop aroma. Taste is dominated with fruit flavors, a touch of peach perhaps. Some light roast. Not as dark as the average Black Ipa. Light, crisp palate with plenty of carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1438) - @ $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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1294) - Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Tap - average size foamy head, black color, citrus hop aroma and flavor with mild roasty notes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (913) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Pours a moderately dark brown. Incredibly citrusy. Chocolate, tangerine aromas.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
Growler thanks to randomgarbage. Dark dark brown with a medium light brown head. Aroma is piney hops with some coffee/chocolate roasted notes. Taste is more stout/porter than IPA with the roasted malt coming in stronger than the hops; mild-medium bitter, mild sweet. Finish is dry, with some hoppy and roasted bitterness. Medium bodied, soft-moderate carbonation. Solid Black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Tap. Pour is dark brown, thin mocha head. Aroma is heavy molasses and roasted malt. Taste is roasted burnt malt, caramel and molasses, slight toast, lemon and earthy hops.

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


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