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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 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 (9526) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12814) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Mini growler poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, grapefruit zest, earthiness and pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, pine and light grapefruit zest with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3827) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a trsnslucent brownish-black from the bottle with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to leave light lacing. Aroma is pretty much all hops, but a slight toasted chocolate malts backbone. Taste follows, with a bittersweet finish. Damn good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4381) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5501) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2016
Growler in the car....black.. Or it could just be night... Thin tan lacing... Dark sweet pine chocolate roast malts nose... Light chocolate roast.. Big pine.. Dark roast.. Dark malts.. Big chocolate

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1896) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2016
Malty. Dark black. Hoppy. Growler from david, thx. Enjoyed on wilsons cousins trip.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2016 Good balance of roast and citrus hops, though it falls a little more heavily on the roast stout side. Some musky malt and dark chocolate. Black pour with great head and lacing. Bitter finish. Nitro at Churchkey.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1862) - 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.


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