Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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Reviews by beesy:
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
Poured from a 12 oz glass into a Pumking Goblet.
A - pours a murky medium brown with a half finger of spritzy medium khaki colored head.
S - sour, tart cherries, caramel, toffee, woody, vanilla, vinegar
T - wow - lots going on in the one...how many different barrels/casks was this aged in again? The Dissident is very apparent lending its sourness. Lots of caramel and toffee notes paired with cherries. As it warm, chocolate notes appear. The ending is slightly dry with a noticeable red wine, grape, white raisin, vanilla and barrel taste. No hop flavor or bitterness detected. Fairly smooth for 11+ ABV, most likey due to exteneded barrel aging. Cherry lingers on the palate.
M - full bodied. Gives the impression of dryness on the late palate.
D - low for me. There is a ton going on in this guy and it's slighlty confused on what it wants to be. I am trying to let it warm as I've noticed the profiles change as its warmed and breathed.
Overall, a very solid, interesting beer with lots going. I did find myself enjoying it more as it warmed and breathed. Worth the $13 price tag, I'm not so sure. Its an interesting blend of some beers that stand fantastically on their own but I think the whole fails to give a final product that is better than the sum of the parts. Glad I got to try it.
09-27-2012 22:38:28 | More by beesy
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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
92 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.