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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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5882) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHOFF43 (1979) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
GrowLOLer. pours black with some tan head. Citrusy hops, roasted malts and. chocolate. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7741) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6020) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4040) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Tasted at RBSG grand tasting post-tasting. 64oz growler. Dark brown color. Thin off-white khaki head. Leaves awesome bigger lace. Medium - plus bodiy. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate roast, dark chocolate, light spice. Moderate sweet, moderate bitter. Solid, smooth, creamy black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (19556) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Draft at Great Nebraska Beer Fest. Pretty much black, tan head.Aroma of citrus on a roasted coffee background. Taste is fruity coffee. Easy drinking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5669) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (13105) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Growler shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours black with white head. Nose is terrific pine/resin, grapefruit rind, tangerine and roasted chocolate malts. Taste is same but a little lighter and less pronounced. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (17240) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
Keg on the RBWG 2013 Bus. Pours dark brown with a creamy, tan head. Dark bread in the nose, grapes, pine. Medium sweet flavor with standard dark malts, light roast, juicy grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately earthy to finish with some ripened citrus fruits, mellow roast, toasted pine. Very drinkable, if a bit simple.


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