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RATINGS: 53   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DietPepsican (1571) - @ $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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Westchesterco (1612) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2016
On draft at the brewery tap room.it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is citrus and the taste is strong bitter white grapefruit taste that finishes. With some bitternes

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5277) - McLean, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (4370) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (1271) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - AUG 26, 2015
Draft/Fest. A- Coffee, citrus, hoppy, spices. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Coffee, bitter, citrus, black pepper, floral. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, spiced bitter finish. O- I just have a hard time getting the coffee and fruitiness and bitterness to all balance well enough for me to really enjoy it.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (18623) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (1224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Black pour with a single finger tan head. Aroma is very dank. Hints of chocolate and some roasted malt. A little tobacco. Full mouth. Very tasty and super easy drinking. Lots of lace. Dank grassy hops are all over the place in this. Works really well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (3789) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2746) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2015
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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1972) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2015
On tap a brewery pours a dark brown/black with a medium ran head. Sweet aroma with sharp piney hops. Smooth palate, piney hop bitterness throughout, dark malts, chocolate and caramel. Nice balance, never too hoppy or rich. Very pleasant and approachable for a style which usually seems to be extreme on hops or comes a across too Stout like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (7194) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
From keg on RBWG bus. Pours a very dark brown with beige head spotty lacing. Aroma is spice, wet hop and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with dry hop and ligt spice and roast.


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