Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by EnemyWithin:
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
Bottle on July 20, 2012 in Duvel Tulip
Nearly opaque dark caramel brown with faint touch of red in the head. Pours white inch half head that fades to a thin covering.
Very complex aroma. Tart sourness dominates. Notes of lemon, faint dark cherry, dark fruits, bourbon and sherry. Soft notes of oak and vanilla. As the beer warms, can really pick up the barrel aged whiskey and bourbon as well as oak even more. It has a quite prominent, yet enjoyable aroma intensity.
Quite complex in the taste. Initially some tart slight sourness with notes of lemon and dark cherry and sherry notes that is sharp across the midline of the palate. Initially also get soft, faint toffee malt that fades midway through which adds a smoothness to the palate. Some very faint intermittent notes of spicy and yeasty esters. Midway through to finish, a slight bitterness detectable from the hops. Pick up notes of barrels, such esp sherry, wine, and bourbon, which start in mid-taste and lasts late on the palate. Finishes somewhat dry with a touch of sweetness and vanilla/oak presence along with a lingering sourness. As the beer warms, the notes of the barrel are more prominent adding notes of oak and vanilla. There is slight warmth, reminiscent of the spirits from which the barrels are age from. Very smooth with only slightly detectable alcohol presence.
Moderate thickness. Mild to moderate carbonation. Sharp sour and tart presence initially, which softens midway by presence of barrel aged spirits as well as soft sweetness. Reasonable good coating of mouth and palate. Feels about the right viscosity.
A very interesting beer, quite complex. Hard to know what to make of it. As it warmed it started to come together and I enjoyed it more. The driving force is the sour tart element, but it is balanced but the still quite present aspects for the barrel aging process, particularly that of bourbon and sherry, with less from pinot noir. There is still a contrasting element of sweetness fro the malt as well as a vanilla/oak presence. It would be interesting to see how this beer would change with aging. Ultimately, well done beer although take a little to wrap your head around. I’d recommend trying it.
07-21-2012 00:33:52 | More by EnemyWithin
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
Pours into a stemmed glass a deep tawny brown with a tinge of amber,a sticky half finger light beige head atop.Sour cherry and caramel in the nose with a bit of hay.The palate is hit with a sour almost lactic note along with some mild chocolate,Iam not a sherry fan, the sour/lactic tones win out.Wow that was unexpected with it's out of the mainstream flavors here.I admit the sourness hit me sideways.
12-19-2013 00:06:24 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13, bought 5/17/12. Pours hazy reddish amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is some oxidized sherry with some fruity oak and alcohol.
The flavor is figgy vinous fruits, vanilla, oak and some strong alcohol and slight oxidation. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, aging helped this one. A nice flavorful aged beer - tastes like an older English barleywine.
02-09-2014 05:07:02 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin cream colored cap.
Smell: Tart cherries, vinegar, oak, rye, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, etc., etc.
Taste: Uh, no idea how to describe this. Definitely cherries, vinegar and loads of barrel aging. There seems to be a sickly sweet malt backbone of overripe fruits and toffee. What else - leather, figs, rye, pomegranate, cider. No hops to speak of.
Feel: Thick, chewy body with moderately low carbonation. The body seems a little thick for a beer that is tart. Warming, but less than expected.
Overall: This is a huge mess. However, the vortex of flavors are pretty intoxicating. As others have said, Dissident dominates the aroma and taste, but the feel is more Old Ale like. Seems like the balance could have been better, but glad I tried this.
06-06-2012 22:04:22 | More by bsp77
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best after 4/30/13.
Appearance: Pours a very deep and cloudy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: A very big aroma of barrel and tart fruits. Big barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, wood,and some rye. Lots of fruit and wine like scents including hints of tart cherries, apple, grapes, and dark fruits including raisins, plum, and fig. Some molasses and brown sugar. Big malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some alcohol. Smell is sweet and tart but far from cloying. A very complex aroma that comes together very well.
Taste: As big, complex, and tasty as it smells. The barrel aging shines upfront with a taste of bourbon whiskey, wood, oak, vanilla, and rye. A big complex fruit blend that is sour and wine like. Notes of tart cherries, apples, grapes, pear, and dark raisins, plums, and fig. Sweet brown sugar and a little molasses. Soft malts with some notes of sweet caramel, toffee, and light biscuit. Some alcohol can be tasted. Tastes sweet but it is also fairly drying and balanced. A very complex taste with lots of subtle notes that are easy to miss. Very good taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat slick. Actually fairly smooth considering how big and complex it is. A little alcohol heat is felt.
Overall: A really good mix of big beers here. The big flavors blend well and avoid becoming a cloying mess. Very well done.
11-30-2012 07:22:13 | More by MattyG85
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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