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RATINGS: 62   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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3.7
Travlr (25854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

3.8
cgarvieuk (25744) - 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

3.6
Leighton (22056) - 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.

3.6
jtclockwork (17101) - , 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.

3.5
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Growler @ Presidential Suite. Thanks, John. Dark brown, nearly black, pour with a khaki head. Orange peel and roasted malts on the nose. Lots of herbal, earthy hops as well. Some coffee grounds and piney hops. there’s a nice bitterness to the taste. Tons of orange, pine, and woody herbs. Somewhat earthy and there’s a strong coffee character. Lots of roast. Slight citrus character and malt sweetness.

3.6
djd07 (15342) - 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.

3.9
Ratman197 (15224) - 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.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Nitro. Enormous head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet,grapefruit, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, caramel. Medium body, light stickiness.

3.2
crossovert (13744) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Growler. A black ipa that doesn’t mess around, not too roasty or ashy, nice suvin character.

3.9
j12601 (13035) - 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.


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