The Confluence Brewing Company is in Des Moines, Iowa. They have been commercially available for some time on tap and in howlers sold at liquor stores, but do release some bottled specials. This is a 8.7% ABV Russian Imperial Stout.
Stavropol is a sister city to Des Moines, and this is their second beer inspired by a sister city. The first was their Shijiazhuang Lager.
bottle begins to overfoam before I can pour, and when poured comes out almost all foam. The bottle
then begins to overfoam again and I have to pour it into a second
glass which then comes out as more beer than foam. The beer pours black in appearance, with a dark brown head. The aroma is dark
roasted malt, char, but very tangy, perhaps more tangy than intended.
The taste is deep, rich dark roasted malt, char, coffee, dark
chocolate, dark cocoa. The finish is dry, moderately bitter, and with
much less tang than in the aroma. The beer drinks with a nice full
body, but is overly carbonated, very stinging.