Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by Murrhey:
3.53/5 rDev -14.9%
Poured in a wine glass, as to better preserve the aroma (I have no idea if that is right or not, but seemed it.) from a 12 oz bottle, brewed in May. I really wish I had bought two, one for long-term aging and this one, but the store slapped a limit on me and then charged $13 for this. Alas.
A- One finger khaki head, with surprisingly long retention considering the high ABV. Nice ringed lacing. Dark mahogany color with no clarity. Fine looking brew.
S- Sour like a red wine, oak barrels, cherry, brown sugar, some sour alcoholic flavors. Caramel notes. Quite aromatic, smelled some of these as I was just cracking the bottle.
T- Acidic and surprisingly subtle. Boozy but with a strong flavoring of tobacco. The cherries I tasted get lost in the oak and wooden flavors. Strange.
M- Vinous and astringent. Not a fan.
O- Well, here I am somewhat disappointed. Maybe I SHOULD have aged it longer.
07-25-2012 03:30:15 | More by Murrhey
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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