Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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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
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
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
4.8/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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