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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

Conflux No. 1 (Collage)Conflux No. 1 (Collage)

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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Deschutes Brewery and Hair of The Dog Brewing Company join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy.

Barrel Aging: Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak

Released in May 2012 (12 oz. bottles)

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012)
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Pahn

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle split 2 ways into snifters. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending this in a recent trade!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily. Pours a murky red brown with yellowish highlights and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Tartness, oak, a little acetic, some Adam-esque (dialed WAY down) maltiness.

Taste: Smooth nutty and creamy flavors up front, with lots of oak. Gets more sour midpalate through finish. Bit bitter and astringent like Dissident, but not clashing. "Not clashing," is the story of this beer; great wine barrel highlights, strong American oak influence, nutty and almost coffee and caramel like malt flavors, all working beautifully together. Easy beer to love--doesn't taste anywhere near as muddled as "We blended 4 unrelated beers and barrel aged them," would make you expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Hot. Pretty creamy. Sufficiently carbonated.

Overall: Love it. Greater than the sum of its parts, and it's the sum of some pretty high class parts.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 21:43:49 | More by Pahn
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass. Best after date of 04/30/13, though it was released in 05/12. Having only had Adam out of all the different beers blended I’m not sure what to expect…

A: A down the side pour produced a finger of fizzy off white head which reduced itself to a cap after a couple minutes. Murky reddish brown body. Rich sudsy lacing.

S: Lots going on in the nose. Upfront there’s a cheesy lactic tartness, oaky bourbon soaked wood, smoaky/toasted oak, red wine tannis, maraschino cherries, and a leathery malt backbone. Smells like the label would have you think, a hodgepodge off all kinds of beers aged in different barrels.

T: Starts off with a sweet maltyness not unlike a quad aged in bourbon barrels, follows through into a Flanders Red cherry tartness/wine barrel, and finishes with a more leathery malt and toasted oak note. Cheesy yogurt lingers on your tongue for a while. There’s a smoky wood note that hangs around for a bit in the sides of your tongue.

M: Full mouthfeel with low carbonation. Moderate barrel warmth. It would have been nice to see a higher carbonation to make some of the notes stand out more.

Overall: A beer with a story to tell. As mentioned, this taste like the label would have you think: a blend of different beers aged in different barrels. From what I can tell, it goes Stoic, Dissident, and then Adam. Some stand out notes from the barrels are the bourbon barrels in the nose, tart wine barrels in the middle, and a nice toasted oak in the finish. In short, while it was a bit expensive (understandably so), I’d say it’s worth a try at least once as there’s plenty going here. It’d be great to see Deschutes do this every year with a new brewery (hint hint). I’d love to try this again in the future, and wish this wasn’t my only bottle.

*When the beer warmed up, a spicy acetone type scent appeared in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 04:41:49 | More by CowsandBeer
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-16-2014 19:12:12 | More by afsdan
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Best after 4/30/13 poured on 4/14/14. Thanks! Pours murky brown with a small creamy khaki head on top. Sour apples, caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, red wine, booze. Bourbon caramel cherry green apples here? Quite a flavor here. There is definitely a dark sourness from the Deschutes brews, and yet plenty of Fred and nutty figgy toffee caramel remains. Vanilla and bourbon are mellow and accent the many flavors here. Definitely a dry oak presence to finish and some vinous and sherry notes to boot. Big full sticky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. My taste buds are so confused. What a weird combination of beers, yet enjoyable. Like a sour barrel aged English barleywine, except way better than that sounds.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 02:01:27 | More by BMMillsy
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

04-07-2014 16:56:23 | More by mmulebarn
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-07-2014 03:27:34 | More by mattmarka1
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seangibbs60

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-07-2014 03:23:13 | More by seangibbs60
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-06-2014 21:39:55 | More by tommyguz
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morimech

Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark reddish amber with one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left down the glass during consumption. Looks pretty good for a high ABV beer.

My immediate impression upon smelling this beer was that of a red wine such as a pinot noir. Fruity vinous notes to go along with oak, leather, caramel, earth, and dates. The alcohol is also prevalent in the aroma.

Tastes a lot like red wine as well. Vinous flavors along with a strong oak component. Secondary flavors of caramel, dates, and toffee. The flavors do not blend together all that well unfortunately. Alcohol makes itself known with flavor and warmth, but the time in the bottle must of calmed things down a bit. Slightly tart and sweet finish.

Big body with a well matched carbonation. Smoothly textured but stops short of being creamy.

A lot of interesting things going on in this beer but it does not exactly work well together.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 19:20:26 | More by morimech
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-06-2014 02:08:39 | More by SadMachine
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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neckbeered

Montana

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-04-2014 02:18:56 | More by Cubatobaco
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dcloeren

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-01-2014 16:33:31 | More by dcloeren
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anteater

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-28-2014 04:49:01 | More by anteater
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tun

New York

2/5  rDev -51.8%

03-22-2014 22:04:52 | More by tun
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sloelco

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-22-2014 08:42:11 | More by sloelco
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-21-2014 06:27:06 | More by zestar
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-19-2014 18:12:20 | More by dunix
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-18-2014 19:25:16 | More by Kmlund
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-18-2014 18:04:38 | More by Davepoolesque
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-16-2014 14:26:24 | More by jbaker67
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oldmankoch

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-15-2014 17:17:31 | More by oldmankoch
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chossboss

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-15-2014 07:33:25 | More by chossboss
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kamikazeokami

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-13-2014 21:47:01 | More by kamikazeokami
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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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