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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

664 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Finally got to the 4-30-13 "Best After" date, and I just finished my second to last undergrad final....let's do this.

A- Pours sort of thick and syrup-like. Body is a murky, very deep amber to brown color. Some light gets through the edges, revealing a little more of the red color in it. Small, .5 finger head forms and sticks around as a very thin lace for a good while. Lacing is pretty good for the small head.

S- Some booze and tart notes up front from The Dissident. Tart note is slightly fruity, but very Flanders Red in scent. Complexity after that is huge. A mix of bourbon and oak are the main characteristics, although dark fruits and some semi-sweet malts are in there too.

T- The most complex thing I've ever tasted. Like the scent, starts with a slightly tart bang of a Flanders Red. Moves quickly into more bitter oak and bourbon flavors, but neither are strong like in a BBA stout. Dark fruits make a cameo right after the barrel notes and taste like a combo of the port and The Stoic's quad flavors. Ends with some alcohol bite and a slight return of the barrels and tartness.

M- Surprisingly high in carbonation. Feels most like a Flanders Red, rather than a barrel aged strong ale. Rather drinkable with the hint of alcohol heat towards the end being the only thing holding it back from being quaffed quickly.

Overall, I should have bought a bunch of this. Terrifically complex, yet refreshing for a beer with so much barrel aging and high alcohol content. Too bad this was $9/bottle, because that's about the only negative thing about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:55:44 | More by boilermakerbrew
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server222

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Color- dark ruby to hazy brown

Aroma - Dark fruit and booze, slight wine notes

Taste - sweet and slight effervescence blend the apparent alcohol. Very interesting to try and find each type of barrel. I felt like I could pick up the wine and bourbon clearly with some of the oak barrels being very subtle. Incredible complexity with a certain Belgian quality that's very nice.

Overall - fantastic beer. Wish I had aged it longer but curiosity got the best of me. If you find any, get a chance to try it. One for the ages.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 06:56:45 | More by server222
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally hit the best after date, rewarding myself for a paper I just finished
12oz to a snifter. Best after...today (4/30) About twenty minutes out of the fridge to let it warm up a bit

Pours a very murky burgundy with a half finger of foam. Red hues pour out the side when held up to the sun, some rust color up towards the top. High carbonation though the foam has dissipated quickly as expected. Actually some decent lacing and nice alcohol legs

Man this thing reeks of booze. It's sitting about a foot and a half away as I type and I'm catching quite a few alcohol fumes. When I stick my nose in it: bourbon, whiskey, oak, caramel, red wine, toffee, rum, and sherry stick out the most. The subtler aromas include chocolate, tobacco, and some leather. Some tart fruits from the dissident also are buried in there. This stuff is exploding with complexity, however it could come together better. Time may smooth that out, but for now it's the only thing costing the smell a perfect score

Taste is incredible. Chocolate, cherry, bourbon, wine, caramel, figs, dark fruit, toffee, rum, banana, some tart cherry, some spice from the hops, and a hint of alcohol. The thing I pick up on most is the bourbon/whiskey and Fred. The only other beer I've had is Dissident, which is a bit muted relative to everything else. It'd be really interesting to get the blend percentage of all the beers and barrels. All comes together flawlessly

Despite the incredibly boozy smell, the alcohol itself is completely masked. Medium body with little carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is a sipper for sure, but very drinkable

Overall, as far as complexity goes this beer makes my top five. This is probably my longest review because there's just so damn much to say about it. A ton going on, well crafted, and tastes excellent. And thanks to a $10 price tag all my regular stores are still well in stock, and probably will continue to be for months, maybe even another year. This works greatly in my favor- I have five more aging, which I'm hoping will grow to ten or twelve over the rest of the year. I'll be back next year with a re-review

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:47:50 | More by lordofstarside
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500
Special thanks to kristalynn for this amazing bottle.
Conflux No. 1
Deschutes The Stoic, Dissident and Hair of The Dog Fred and Adam aged in Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak. Bottled May 2012.

Bottle into tulip.

A- Muddled, murky brown with red hues. Half finger large bubbled, off white head. Lacing is okay.

S- Having never had The Stoic or Dissident I can't comment on what qualities they've contributed to this so my review will be a generalization. Right up front you get some red wine and some strong vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Brown sugar, figs, dates, definite new oak aroma. There is some alcohol presence and some shoe leather and tobacco in there along with some strawberries.

There is A LOT! going on in this beer.

T- Again there is a LOT going on in here. Right up front you get the vinous characteristics from the Pinot Noir barrels. Followed by the whiskey influence, throw in some dark stone fruits and some vanilla, brown sugar and a whole heck of a lot of char, leather and cherries and you get this beer.

M- Syrupy, heavy side of medium body, sticky on the lips.

O- This is something I'd never imagine trying. It's just an amazing colaboration. There is so much going on here that to fully appreciate I'd need multiple bottles and to have also tried the other two base beers I haven't had before.

Regardless this is something worth seeking and savouring.

Here's to 500 reviews and many, many, many more! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 19:25:56 | More by korguy123
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TheEarl

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark red/brown with two fingers of a quickly dissipating light khaki head and lots of tiny bubbles. This beer is quite opaque and the color is virtually uniform from edge-to-edge.

Smell: Aroma is sweet and sour with apple, dark fruits, and maybe an apple cider vinegar thing happening at the end. The sourness from The Dissident is certainly the dominant component in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is initially sour, quickly fading to fruity sweetness, and finishing with an oak/barrel/wood taste. The taste isn't as sour as the aroma suggests and, relative to most strong ales, is a bit more complex. For me, the taste was the biggest surprise.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky but thinner than most beers of this gravity. The ABV and appearance suggest a heartier feel but the beer is only a bit thicker than your average ale.

Overall: This is a remarkable beer. The smell and taste both surpassed my expectations and the smell alone justifies the $10.99 price. Also, I noticed, after I was halfway through, that my bottles say “Best after April 30, 2013” so I suspect this beer will only get more exceptional with age. It will be interesting to see if The Dissident mellows in favor of the less overt flavors in The Stoic, Adam, and Fred.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:30:47 | More by TheEarl
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sunkistxsudafed

New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- pours a clear dark burgundy with a very minimal khaki head, no lacing. This beer has legs.

S- the first thing i get is the Dissident and sherry. Maybe some cognac here as well. This is followed by darker malts, brown sugar and dark fruits from what i suppose is Adam. I'm not picking up any of the pinot or rye barrels in the nose, but there is a slight singe on the nostrils from the alcohol.

T- oh. my. god. I am floored by the complexity and the shear deliciousness of this beer. It starts with tart cherries, funk, and slight pepper (probably from the rye whiskey). I'm also getting some of the pomegranate from the Stoic up front. Next comes the maltiness of Fred and Adam, both playing nicely with the hypercomplex barrel notes and their Deschutes counterparts. The hop bitterness is almost nonexistant due to the sweetness of this glorious symphony of spirit barrels and beer.

M- perfect. the wine barrels seem to place their biggest part here. the perfect amount of carbonation and viscosity.

O- my only complaint about this beer is that it didn't come in a larger format. I would gladly pay $19-22 for a bomber of this stuff! all of the base beers and the barrels all play with each other and compliment and juxtapose each other in such a beautiful way... I loved it. I have another that i'm going to age, but come next pay day i might find it hard not to buy another to drink a week from now!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 06:27:58 | More by sunkistxsudafed
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Impfan

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, this enigmatic blend took awhile to really grow on me. The flavors just seemed too disparate, at first. Now on bottle number three, I’m beginning to get it. Beautiful sour cherry and pinot aroma with subtle spiciness lurking underneath. Reminds me of a fine Gluhkriek. Flavor has more of the same, with slight underpinnings of chocolate, and bourbon, and stronger hints of rye whiskey. The Dissident is in the forefront, although I can pick up leather and tobacco from the Adam, and citric hoppiness from the Adam. The flavors seem to have begun to coalesce after only a short time, and I could see this being amazing in another year.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 20:23:11 | More by Impfan
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natemort13

California

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off white almost khaki colored fluffy head that recedes into a pocked cap with a solid ring. Color is a dark brown with ruby accents.

I could smell the barrels as I opened it. Upon closer inspection there is a strong oaky cabernet component to it. Slightly sour grapes. Definite cherries, some cola. The nose is very strong and direct. Some sherry and cognac as well.

Taste reveals more cherries and strong oak, a bit of candi sugar underneath the initial taste. Some fig and a definite sour character. Complex flavors that meld extremely well. Full flavored dark fruit with an oakiness that never overwhelms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied verging on syrupy with a nice tingly tartness.

Overall this is excellent, drink it now and or age.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 05:45:35 | More by natemort13
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joefuzz

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red/brown with a very tiny collar of bubbles

Smell is mostly the dissident up front with a nice vanilla spirit hint

Taste is out of this world....so complex im getting some slightly tart cherry with the red wine barrel notes on the first sip. After a few sips i start to pick up on a very sweet toffee like aftertaste with very strong cognac and bourbon notes...lots of oak.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, just where it needed to be. Carbonation is low but that is welcome and expected at strong ales of this caliber.

Overall this beer is outstanding, a true test of the limits of barrel aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:07:53 | More by joefuzz
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Re-review. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westvleteren Goblet. I've had this bottle for about 6 months, but it is still well before the Best After Date, which is 3 months from now.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry, raisin color. Very little head, well less than a finger and the head is off-white in color

Smell: Chocolate and cherries are the first aromas to get to my nose, and it is a mouth-watering combination. Some bourbon, figs and malts as well. Terrific smelling beer, very complex.

Taste: Matches the nose very well - chocolate and cherries. Bourbon, cognac. Very complex, malty, figs, plenty of oak, even a tad bit of sourness in this one. Alcohol finishes this one off and ties all the flavors together seamlessly. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouth-feel: Despite the lack of a head, some carbonation is definitely detected and it helps lift this beer up. This is a fantastic beer to chew a bit and has a nice medium-bodied feel to it.

Overall: This one just keeps getting better with age. This is an extremely impressive brew - very different from most beers I have tasted, it's almost in a genre of its own. The chocolate and cherries which have the greatest presence in the taste are so well balanced with all the other flavors and the carbonation keeps this one from being too heavy or thick. This beer is a wonderfully crafted "collage".

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 05:11:45 | More by Resuin
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mudbug

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 oz. bottle into a wine goblet with an aggressive pour results in a one inch off white bubbly head that falls quickly into a thin cap, very little lacing noted.
Aroma is moderate and complex, you need to take time with this one. If you are familiar with the base beers you will pick up the nuances of them, for me it was the Stoic fruit that was forefront. Otherwise it's a miasma of stone fruit, wood, and berries with caramel syrup.
Taste is a game changer tangy sour cherries, drying rye whiskey,puckering lemon rind, Oak. deep malt sweetness. WOW!
This is so good now, even before the best by date, I will edit this in a year with the next tasting for sure, I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of fives

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 05:29:01 | More by mudbug
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caskstrength

Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a HotD tulip.

A: Maroon with decent carbonation (thanks Deschutes!). No sediment, some light comes through.

S: Sour cherry up front. Some darker red fruits follow. Undefined spirits from the barrels. Vinous, subdued, but complex.

T: Sour cherry blast, then many things follow. Barrel sharpness, dark fruits, wood, leather. The sweet/sour balance works well, and each sip brings something different. Think about fruit, it's there. Focus on the barrels, there you go. A strong ale/wild ale/pinot/port hybrid. All over the place, in a good way.

M: The sour pucker balances perfectly with the bubbly fruits and barrel woody-ness.

O: HotD and Deschutes nailed this one. Love the 12oz. format. Love that it's reliably carbonated. Love that it's relatively available. Great now, may be greater down the road. I'm quite critical of overpriced beer, but this is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 15:17:31 | More by caskstrength
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recommended to me by a professor from a local college. At a retirement party, neither one of us knew the other was into craft beer, but when one went into the conversation, the other followed, and this recommendation was one of the results. The price is exorbitant, almost robbery at $10 for a 12oz. bottle. But sometimes in life, you get what you pay for…..side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance – Pours a beautiful deep mahogany/burgundy color with almost no head at all. Despite this, it still leaves lacing, and some carbonation can be observed inside the glass.

Smell – Complex, but unlike almost anything I have ever smelled. Rye, whiskey, red wine, leather, barrels, some fruitiness, and sour. It is certainly one of the most unique brews I have ever smelled. Very interested to taste it.

Taste – Follows the nose rather closely. The dark, sour fruits come up front, but there are certainly notes of bourbon and red wine. It is amazingly good, it’s like beer, bourbon, and red wine (a few of my favorite things) all mixed into one fantastic concoction. The three wise men. As was intended, this a complex, difficult to describe, very layered and strong taste. Not for a new craft beer drinker.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol is certainly detectable, but what do expect at an ABV of almost 12% in a beer aged in bourbon and wine barrels? Very smooth, lightly carbonated, finishes tart with a bourbon kick. Outstanding.

Overall – I believe this to be an outstanding beer, and I am glad I paid the outrageous cost to get one of the bottles. The science and art behind mixing, matching, blending, aging, and then producing this beer was downright ridiculous, and I am glad I got to sample the creation from these two breweries. Absolutely not for a new craft beer drinker, this beer can easily overwhelm a palate, even on an experienced drinker. It is one of a kind. I would like to see what some aging inside the bottle does to this one, but I was way too anxious to try it for all that. I will be writing my professor friend tonight and congratulating him on an excellent referral.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:43:59 | More by TheCondor
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy guacamole. Definitely the most complex beer to have ever traipsed across my tongue. My wife put it thusly: it's like a really good over-sugared whiskey sour, only it's beer.

It pours into a tulip glass nearly devoid of head (hence the 12% alcohol), w/ an odd stickiness on the glass that approximates lacing, but later leaves a crystal clear Windex shine. The aroma is flat-out strange. Like a tart dessert wine that carries an impossible-to-place savoriness that could be mistaken for turning (as in rotting) beef.

Then you get it in your mouth, and it's all over. The puckering sour screws up your salivary glands, causing the mouth to run like a stuck toilet. The syrupy mouthfeel says you're swishing a sauterne or an eiswine through your teeth, while the sweet malt and oaky-bourbon insist otherwise. In other words, the front of your tongue argues with both the middle and the back of the palate, the front saying "ack--sour white grapes!" the others saying "maple-sugar-sweet astringency!"

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 04:10:46 | More by martyl1000
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish color with a one finger white head that fades to just a thin film. The nose is definitely from barrel aging. Heavy oak, vanilla, tart cherry and sour grape weave caramel, toffee, almonds, plums, figs, other wood notes like cedar and birch, dark fruit, slight banana, clove, cardamom, and heavy scents of sherry. Super complex, there are probably 1000 scents I'm missing. The taste is oak and sour cherry, vanilla, grape, apple, dates, figs, dark fruit, booze, toasted almonds, rich caramel, port, grape juice, smoke and a bit of chocolate. This beer is insane. The "Best After" date is 4/30/2013, I can't wait til my other one gets past that. Maybe I'll pick up one more so I can do one year and two. Beauty. Its like a blend of a sour, a stout and a brown all barrel aged in sherry oak casks and bourbon barrels.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:30:56 | More by DonDirkA
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oggg

California

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle: 12oz from Incline Spirits in NV. cap says no. 1.
The beer is murky red brown. Low carbonation.
Light toffee nose competes with a windy fruity aroma.
The taste is really where this beast flexes its muscles. It starts strong and smooth with rich toffee caramel yumminess at the strength of an old ale. The. It morphs into a more candied sweetness from the Quad. The Belgian esters are actually attenuated/muted, which I like. Then another seamless segue into raisins for a second, then a gorgeous sourness that totally fits in. Finish is dry and pretty clean for all the sugar you just took. Full bodied. Alcohol barely noticeable. After a few sips, though, the ABV hits.

Overall: a fantastic and miraculous blend of some fabulous beers. It's amazing that you can really taste the flavor progression, but its even more amazing that its so smooth and seamless. Tasted 6-12-13

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:14:46 | More by oggg
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slight *pst* sounds when opened. Fluffy, one and one-half finger, tan head. Very little lacing; to be expected with the style. Brew stands Blood red.

Lots of Cherries. Slight belgian funk buried in banana. Adam and Fred both have a large presence too. Big barrel nose with tons of vanilla scents.

Very dark cherry bitter with tart cherry undertone. By no means is this a sour, it just has wonder depth. Vanilla from the barrels stand out profoundly with the *slight* kick of booze, nothing heavy. Very light carbonation is also appropriate. Airy and wonderful with each sip.

HotD/Deschutes have nail what a collaboration should be. A near perfectly complex brew. A cannot wait until they create their next "Collage", perhaps with Jubel and Bluedot? Well done, well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 03:22:36 | More by chugalug06
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Skull40

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark copper color and a head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The taste was very elaborate. I picked up tastes that were sour, malty and slightly bitter. I couldn't detect the alcohol. There are notes of caramel, bread and dark fruits.

The mouth feel had a chalkiness and earthiness to it.

Overall, I really liked this. It was challenging and quite fun to try and pull out the myriad elements of the taste. I felt that one bottle really wasn't enough to find all of the tastes, but it was enough to thoroughly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:36:02 | More by Skull40
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darthhamby

Missouri

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It pours out almost like sorghum with a dingy mahogany color into a pint glass. Very small head of foam, taupe in color, not much lacing.

Smell: Immediately I'm taking to fond memories of a trip to a distillery. Whisky, cognac and oak are the main players with a hint of possibly a red wine and rum. Tart cherries, tobacco and leather notes explodes out of the glass. It kind of reminds me of Samuel Adams Utopias, you catch the alcohol. There is a lot of things going on with this collaboration.

Taste: First sip I feel like I am drinking a lustful, red wine. Whiskey notes follow all the way through bringing notes of vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits and pepper. It's all in here, just poetry in a bottle. This is well worth the money and aging.

Mouthfeel: First thing I get is the heat of the alcohol, the carbonation was a little more than I was expecting but very delicate. Definitely on the high side of medium feel. Slightly sticky but you can feel the gluten.

Overall: I am saddened that I only bought one but it was worth the $11 price tag. This is absolutely a great dessert ale while tucked away in a cabin enjoying fresh bread pudding. I enjoyed the marriage of the flavors that came together and hope another Conflux is on it's way.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:35:59 | More by darthhamby
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Ghenna

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy amber with off white head. Dies down quickly but has stuck around the top of the beer for the last 20 minutes.
Nose: wood and vinegar, bit of citrus.

Initial taste is mild caramel malt sweetness, fruit follows, then chocolate cherries at the end. Wood is present through the sip. There is a bit of sour at the top and a generally mild acidity, but it's presence in the beer is mostly in the smell. MF is lighter than I expected, especially considering the Matt and Fred.

This is an amazing beer. When I first tried it (ten minutes out of the fridge) I was a little put off, especially considering that it was 1$/ounce. Once it warms up though it really shines. I'm really looking forward to seeing how those bugs work on the sugars in the beer after a few years. Might snag another bottle to add to the one I currently have in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 02:50:26 | More by Ghenna
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flagmantho

Washington

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Label says best after 4/30/13, but I just couldn't wait any longer!

Appearance: deep ruby hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. I love the richness of the color.

Smell: now *this* is what a strong ale should smell like. The deep, rich malt featuring plum, raisin, and cherry aromas; the vanilla and wood; the tinge of lactic sourness. Truly a mélange to be savored! Wonderful.

Taste: wow, what an amazing and dynamic flavor. It starts off with a sweet, fruity malt; rather like a quadrupel. Then the more traditional sweet and robust American strong ale character takes over, right as the sourness is starting to kick in. As the sourness mellows a little bit, the wood, vanilla and alcohol come together for the dessert-like finish. The tail end is a subdued sourness and alcohol warmth. What a beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a relatively low carbonation but a good, smooth and almost silky creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer really floats my boat. It's a little bit hot on a few counts to be perfect, but it is a damn, damn fine brew. Even at ten bucks a bottle, it's not overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:12:44 | More by flagmantho
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n2185

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a murky brown with a finger 9f beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, tobacco, dark and tart fruits, sourness, funk, Port, and other aromas. So much going on and it all works so well together.

T: similar to the aroma, there is caramel, vanilla, tobacco, dark fruits, tart and sour fruits, breads, and a light alcohol presence. Like the aroma, there is just a ton of stuff going on and it works really well.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, but only just.

O: such a fantastic beer. A little weak on the body and appearance, but other than that is damn near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 00:59:54 | More by n2185
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated "best after 4/30/13" and purchased at Whole Foods for $9.

Appearance - Pours a murky, hazy brown with an initial fingers worth of khaki head that quickly recedes to ring.

Smell - a whole helluva lot going on up in here! A lot of woody sherry jumps out at me first, followed by cognac, brandy, raisin, brown sugar, dark bready malts, pumpernickel bread, and kind of hiding underneath this melange of flavors is some Oud Bruin notes, mostly acidic cherry and hints of vinegar.

Taste - Wow. Cask-aging alchemy indeed! The oaky sherry carries over into the front of the tongue, along with some more pronounced red wine notes, but the tart cherries and lactic acid are what really come to the forefront. Middle of the mouth is more Flanders style tartness, bourbon, cognac, dark bready malt, brown sugar, fig, and rum-soaked raisin. Finishes sweet and with a fair amount of heat.

Mouthfeel - medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Decent amount of heat in the finish, but it's still surprisingly easy drinking for the 11.6% abv. Dry. Lingering acidity.

Overall - I bought this on a whim one day at Whole Foods, and I'm damn glad I did. Complex is an understatement. Tasty as hell. A wonderful sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:09:11 | More by cjoc83
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Zbeetleman

California

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance was really nice, a bit cloudy and amber/copper in color with nice small bubbles.

The smell was so complex with the blend of the four beers. Just wanted to keep smelling it.

Taste was a bit overrun with the Flandersish flavor to me, but the other barrels mixed in well and provides a bunch of flavor profiles to ponder.

The mouthfeel was super. Nice and crisp, a bit slippery and nice carbonation level.

Overall this beer is an amazing drink. I think age will do wonders for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:55:45 | More by Zbeetleman
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AgentMunky

California

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Best after 30 April 2013.

A: Muddy translucent Indian red. Little head, no lace.

S: Oh dear gods. Bright fruit, deep spice, impressively strong, almost intoxicating. A brilliant tartness (sour yeast?) skyrockets this one to a 5.0.

T/M: Mmmm, impeccable. Tart fruit (Stoic?) provides excellent top notes with molasses sweetness (Adam?) offering an interesting counterpoint. Light, vaguely carbonated, and puckery. White grape, pear, peach, apricot. A distant discordant note reminds of a homebrewed cider that tasted like rubbing alcohol. This flaw is slight and sporadic, but does knock it down from a perfect score. Strong, but superlative.

O: Truly the sum of its parts. The Stoic provides the bulk of the smell and spice, The Dissident the perfect sour accent, Adam an excellent and abiding sweetness, and Fred some funk and yeast. Inspired a well-executed. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 06:36:51 | More by AgentMunky
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