1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

Not Rated.
Conflux No. 1 (Collage)Conflux No. 1 (Collage)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

704 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 704
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 107
Gots: 284 | FT: 33
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)
View: Beers (132) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 704 | Reviews: 201 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by portia99:
Photo of portia99
portia99

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best after 4/30/13) courtesy of hoppymcgee poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a muddy dark brown color with little light passing thru it...noticeable sediment floating in the body of the beer. A thin finger of pale tan head fizzes away slowly to leave a persistent skim coat and a thick collar around the edges. Sparse lacing is left behind as the beer level falls.

S - A lot going on here. First impression is cola and sour cherries. Pruny dark fruit character, pungent tart/sourness, wood, some funk, red wine barrel, rye, raisins.

T - Dark fruit up front - prunes, raisins, cherries. Caramel, earthy malt. Red wine, lots of wood, hints of booze - but well under control. Mildly funky, mostly taking on a firm earthiness, not really adding any barnyard. Lightly tart on the finish, mildly acidic/tannic, bitter in a somewhat medicinal way and a bit metallic. A bit of vanilla comes on in the end after the beer has warmed up a bit.

M - Dry, bitter and tart, rather earthy. Medium level carbonation that is slightly fizzy. Body is medium. A lot going on in this beer...some works, some seems a bit off and distracting.

O - Interesting beer...mix of good and so-so aspects. Hard to believe this is 11.6% - alcohol is hidden well, especially with the multitude of different barrels used for aging this blend. Hard to decipher the individual barrels used in the flavor profile - their unique characteristics blend together so much that it is hard to pick out any real character of any of them. A case of too much going on for its own good. I like this beer but it seems to me that a little less complexity would benefit here.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 23:15:09 | More by portia99
More User Reviews:
Photo of Lehighace06
Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-10-2014 23:35:55 | More by Lehighace06
Photo of jackmax
jackmax

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-10-2014 22:51:19 | More by jackmax
Photo of tclipse
tclipse

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-10-2014 19:55:32 | More by tclipse
Photo of Jeckel
Jeckel

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-10-2014 01:48:24 | More by Jeckel
Photo of waddellc2
waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-09-2014 23:56:16 | More by waddellc2
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-08-2014 20:07:15 | More by GClarkage
Photo of KAF
KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-05-2014 05:26:20 | More by KAF
Photo of miggs3030
miggs3030

New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-04-2014 04:34:04 | More by miggs3030
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-03-2014 22:51:43 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of daron7
daron7

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-03-2014 01:24:29 | More by daron7
Photo of fo1ksguitar
fo1ksguitar

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-27-2014 01:45:08 | More by fo1ksguitar
Photo of sammyg832
sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-26-2014 22:19:55 | More by sammyg832
Photo of M-Fox24
M-Fox24

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Collaboration worth capitalizing on:

A: Has an elusive tan/off-white head, and would say has a hazy/murky amber color to it; red wine essence if you will

S: Fairly complex considering all the varieties that went into this guy: caramel, fruit, cherry, grapes, raisins, malt and oak

T: Malty sweet then sour: fruit, grapes, cherries, vanilla, toasted oak and bourbon, brown sugar and even slightly Smokey. The intricacies of this collaboration present a nice warming aftertaste

M: A medium/full body and a comforting level of carbonation

O: A fairly well balanced, and complex beer by the authors Deschutes and Hair of the Dog…..when the cap comes off, the novel begins

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2014 14:18:17 | More by M-Fox24
Photo of JamLand
JamLand

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-24-2014 16:19:23 | More by JamLand
Photo of marchoftheclouds
marchoftheclouds

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by date of 4-30-2013 ... ENJOYED and reviewed on 6-22-2014

A - Murky, burgundy color

S - I first noticed cherry and light notes of malt

A - Pours a murky, dark burgundy with almost no head or lacing

T - COMPLEX ... Sometimes I taste individual elements of the Hair of the Dog beers and sometimes I taste a new beer with tart fruit. This is a beautifully balanced beer.

M - Just right for this perfect blend of four beers. I've had all four beers and they are expertly blended.

O- It has to be hard to blend beers together to complement each other without overwhelming each other. I keep thinking I like this as is and wanting the individual element, especially Fred!

If I had the choice between the individual beers and this outstanding combination, I'd prefer the individual beers, but I loved what they did here.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 00:16:36 | More by marchoftheclouds
Photo of JohnnyHopps
JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The appearance was a dark copper color with no head.

Smell - From the aroma, you can well this was aged in wine barrels. It is like a quality sweet wine.

Taste - At the from, the grapes of the wine barrel aging dominate. But then, you can tell this is an American strong ale. The malts bend toward the sweeter parts of the palate, but then shift toward sour in the after taste. It is sticky like butterscotch, but has the elements of wine. Without question, the aftertaste is warming.

Mouthfeel - I beer coats the tongue allows the sourness of the grapes to dance on the tongue long after each swallow. The carbonation is low, with the thickness being appropriate for the style.

Overall - It would seem the aging would not work for the style, but I like is a lot. Since I did not have it fresh, I can not vouch for what aging did. Aging rarely harms a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 21:47:39 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of my_knew_craft
my_knew_craft

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-09-2014 02:25:47 | More by my_knew_craft
Photo of bostonryan
bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-07-2014 01:03:21 | More by bostonryan
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-26-2014 20:52:02 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-24-2014 16:34:28 | More by Latarnik
Photo of joemochas
joemochas

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-24-2014 15:44:30 | More by joemochas
Photo of Blahstarr
Blahstarr

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-23-2014 04:02:59 | More by Blahstarr
Photo of MCImes
MCImes

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-22-2014 23:51:20 | More by MCImes
Photo of 1424IpA
1424IpA

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

05-21-2014 04:17:57 | More by 1424IpA
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.