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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 786
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 6.05%
Wants: 111
Gots: 287 | FT: 33
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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)
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Reviews: 212 | Hads: 786
Photo of n2185
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of RollBounce
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Brown color with a red fiery glow, Almost no carbonation smell is so layered and complex. Wild yeast, sweet coconut rum like in the front with herbs and carmel lending to a dusty tart berry and oak finish, and that is just off the nose.
Sweet dusty upfront flavors, with tart fruit. Whisky comes to in the light hop and spice finish. ABV is noticeable.

Overall; Amazing nose!! Can't wait to see this beer age. As i notice after i opened it said on the bottle best AFTER 4/30/13. Good thing i have a few more :) (511 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
4.56/5  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. (1,221 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of adapt313
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the most deeply layered and complex beers I've ever tasted. Masterfully blended and better than the sum of its parts. All four beers that went into this were present and distinguishable. Huge wine barrel and rye whiskey aromas combine with caramel, vanilla, and tobacco yet still manages to finish tannic and dry. The inclusion of the dissident in the blend really rounded everything out and counters all of the big, sweet flavors with a tanic, tart, and dry finish. Thick, heavy, and relatively low carbonation. This has so much going on yet blends so seamlessly together. Very impressed. (613 characters)

Photo of harrymel
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best after 30APR13

I cracked the crown and let it warm up to about 60 degrees. Drunk over the coarse of an hour.

Pours a candied walnut brown with a solid fleeting sheet of peanut foam. Cola clarity. Smell is very, very complex. I'm gonna take a shot, but there is not real logical hierarchy here, just naming as they come: cherry, sherry, pomegranate, grape, oak, smoke, cognac, some leather and the slightest hint of mulling spice. Fuck me, I did not expect this one to taste like this. I really anticipated much more of the sour and fruit I was getting in the nose. Leather, oak, vinous fruit, tawny sugars, aspirin bitterness, alcohol, soft tartness reminiscent of dissident. Really a sincere sipper - just sooo intense. Mouthfeel hits it out of the park, velvety and full with a watery roll and slight carbonation. I think this might be one of the best pairings of feel to total beer concept I've encountered, really pristine. The alcohol leaves my entire oral cavity, oropharynx and cheeks warm.

This beer is a sincerely unique experience. I would never serve this to an inexperienced beer drinker, and actually most beer drinkers. This one is profoundly complex, and I would argue too much so for the majority of drinkers (maybe even myself included). It is hard to tell if the beer will merge it's individual traits and come through with a new beer a year from now, but for right now, this is just sooo insane. I read a review earlier that indicated they'd pay the $20+ for the bomber of this, I would be hesitant, as I would never be able to do a whole bottle of this. I'd even consider a preference to a 7oz nipper for this beast. It's just so complex. (1,665 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy red. No head. Small ring of tan bubbles.  Good lacing though. Which is weird. 4/5

Smell- leather, wood, dark dried fruits. Tart dried cherries.  4.5/5

Taste- Tart, dried cherries.  Some plumb and fig flavors as well. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. Perfect for this beer. 5/5

Overall- Outstanding beer. I will have to get another for my cellar to see how it is in a couple of years. 4.5/5 (408 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a holiday gift from my bro . . .

2012 bottle poured into a pilsner glass - hindsight, would better warrant a sniffer

A: average head dies down to a glass-clinging ring of tan colored foam, fairly good lacing

S: not paying attention to the label, i checked the aroma from the bottle and realized i had something barrel aged - yay! as it warmed, the barrel. scent of bourbon comes through a bit more as it warms.

T: just getting into some of the barrel aged brews, so i am a bit of a noob here . . . but compared to others i've tried, this really makes my nose and tongue quite happy. cherries, and the sense this was well stored

O: oh, i like this. i like this a lot. it really carries the barrel aged badge up front and center, but it's smoother and more enjoyable than some of the others. not terribly complex to my uninitiated taste buds, but what is there is quite pleasing. it tastes like i'm drinking something special, and i want to savor ever sip. not something to rush through (991 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a Pours a clear crimson with a thin off white head that subsides quickly

s Tart sour cherry with a hint of alcohol and caramel

t Initially the flavors seem to ebb and flow as the tartness and the rich malt go back and forth. A very enjoyable experience as this beer has a ton of depth. At the end the sourness clenses the tongue but the sweetness balances and you are left with the desire to drink more. very balanced

m Thin yet crisp, lightly carbonated but I think perfect for the style as too much body would take away from the drinkability and too much CO2 would make the sourness more pronounced

o I very much enjoyed this beer and I will buy one more bottle to give to a friend but at 11 bucks a 12 oz this is a beer to drink as a reward (749 characters)

Photo of cooler4life
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty Duvel Tulip. Best Before April 2013.

A: The beer is a smoky dark apple cider color. Poured a half finger head that settled rather quickly to a thin off-white ring around the edge of the glass. Even through the murkiness, I can see multiple streams of carbonation racing to the top.

S: Fantastically intense. Tart apple cider, cherries mixed with oak, moss, whisky, toffee. As I inhale deeper, an influx of fruit surges down my nostrils. Green apple, more cherry and grapefruit dominate.

T: Begins with a funky cherry tartness that is intertwined with smoky vanilla. Complex. Leather and some hops play into the game as well. Finishes bourbony sweet with just a touch of the alcoholic heat. Note: For a brew coming in at almost 12% ABV, it's really pretty drinkable.

M: Smmoooth! I was expecting it to be a little more viscous, however, it coats your mouth with a tart syrupy wooden goodness. Could use a tad more carbonation, but I'm not complaining :)

O: I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer turned out to be. I got too excited with the July 4th festivities to properly cellar this beer, but I have no doubt that it could mature to even more greatness. This brew is not for the faint of heart. With every sip I picked up on different nuances hence the 5.0 overall rating. This beer is like a journey, who wants to join me? (1,362 characters)

Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter and enjoyed.

A: Pours a nice dark amber, almost mahogany in color. Generous 2 finger head dissipates quickly into a nice cap that sticks around.
S: Wonderful complex smell that you sense as soon as you pop the top. Oak, sherry, cherry, touch of alcohol, and a slight sour soul to it.
T: Opens up to a wonderful taste that mirrors the smell. Slight maltiness with a little roasted walnut character that blend beautifully.
M: Still good carbonation for a year old and a half old bottle. As the flavors develop in the mouth, the alcohol mixes nicely to cut any sweetness.
O: One of the better ones I've had lately. This has a great character that just keeps developing as it warms. Two of the finest breweries for this style have certainly done right by this one. Can't wait to see how this develops. (822 characters)

Photo of Brandywine
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep crimson. No head to speak of. Nice alcohol legs and lacing around the sides.

Smell: Sour explosion of fruits. Cherry, strawberry, raspberry and plum. Maybe some blackberry. Super fruity.

Taste: Follows the nose but with lots of different barrel characters. Bourbon comes through on the tip of the tongue, followed by a very well blended but subtle spiciness from the rye whiskey. Definitely some red wine characters at the back of the tongue, which all of the berry notes blend seamlessly into. There is also a very subtle smokiness that must come from Adam. Overall the most dominant of the beers in collaboration here is the Dissident as the sour lays the foundation. Finishes off with a nice bit of tannic dryness that helps clear the palate.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium. Just enough carbonation to move things along.

Overall: This is just an awesome, crazy, complex beer. Really looking forward to seeing how it ages. Grab a few bottles. Have one now and cellar the rest. (1,010 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a bit of red in it. It's not completely opaque but I wouldn't really call it a see-through either. Half finger head, nice lacing.

S: As soon as I open the bottle, I could smell something super sour (not what I was expecting, but nice). I put my nose into the snifter, I can a bit of wine, oak, wood, brett yeast, some fruit notes (cherries maybe)? Very complex for sure.

T: This is one of the craziest beers I have ever tasted. How do I even rate something like this? It starts off sour and then a split second of strong booziness kicks in, replaced by some fruit notes, red wine, bourbon, carmel.... finishes a bit sweet... not sure if I like this, but crazy and unique for sure. I will give it a 4/5 for now. I will re-rate this beer after 4/30/2013 (which is on the bottle as the "best after" date).

M: Low to medium carbonation, finishes a bit dry, but the body is rather on the thicker side.

O: If I didn't know any background behind the beer, I would probably called this a sour. It's overally sour, but it's not really puckering because of the Adam and Fred kicking in the middle. I get a bit of bourbon, but wine taste is much stronger. Glad I got to try this (and more glad that I have more bottles to further age).

QUICK EDIT:

Ok so. I let a little bit of the bottle (maybe an oz) sit for awhile and had it at room temperature (maybe 62 degrees). Conclusion? - the taste reminds a lot like Porto (desert wine) with sourness up front and less alcohol burn.

Another Edit on January 6, 2013:

Wow.... This beer has aged well. Much better balanced sour now. Amazing. I originally thought that the sourness would take over and eat up Adam and Fred but wow Adam and Fred stood up and held themselves. So complex and awesome. I will revisiting in about 6 months. (1,796 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been excited for this one. Damn pricey, but seeing what went into this beer I understand it. I have two more for the cellar. From the Deschutes 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Best after 4/30/13

Pours a interesting deep reddish brown. Seems clear, but it is hard to tell it's so dark. A modest one-finger tan head dissipated quickly, but left some lacing.

Smell is crazy complex. Tons of barrel notes all blended together. I'm getting red wine and whiskey mainly. Super earthy, slightly funky and tart. Some booze. This thing is all over the place but in the best way possible. Wow.

It is really hard to describe this one. It has flavors from several styles all kind of meshing together (as was their intention). At this point in the beers life it is dominated by the Dissident. Tastes like a Wild ale aged in both red wine and bourbon barrels. There is also a definite Quad presence as well, with dark fruits. Sturdy caramel malt backbone from Fred/Adam. All of it wrapped up in this wonderful barrel flavor. Slightly tart/funky and warming alcohol finish.

Medium in body, but the modest carbonation makes it a bit heavier. Coats the mouth thoroughly. Well balanced between sweet/sour. Drinkable for the style and ABV, but far from a session brew. A true sipper.

Overall this is straight world-class. The shear logistics in the brewing, aging, and blending are mind blowing. They managed to take four very different beers, age them all in several different kinds of barrels and then blend them into this? Seriously? This is true art in a bottle; worth the price of admission. Not for the novice beer drinker, this is graduate level stuff. I can not wait to see what age does to this. Recommended to fans of strong barrel aged ales. Cheers! (1,754 characters)

Photo of parris
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got from a trade of mostly hoppy beers, had no idea what I was pouring

A - hazy brown to amber, thin tan head, small amount of bubbles. I the red color really comes out when held up to a light

S - Lacto sour and bourbon vanilla, with sweet malt to even the two out

T - You get a bit of sour up front, then a little booze, then oak and bourbon. Very tasty, all of the flavors are big, but very balanced.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, full carbonation.

O - This beer is really good, thanks grandmachine! (504 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Greatly appreciate this bottle provided by SatlyMalty! Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Best After: 4/30/13

A- Pours a murky reddish dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that soon dissipates to a thick rim around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Full sheet of non-sticky lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Holy booze fumes, Batman! I can smell the oak and the sourness of the Dissident amid the intense amount of alcoholic, band-aid-like astringency that stings the nose. Also some notes of sherry, brandy and raisin. What have I gotten myself into?

T- Are you kidding? Almost nowhere near as intense as the aroma. Lots of raisin combines with the oak and sherry-like sweetness. The tartness comes through in the finish to round out the perfect balance. The booze begins to creep up as more sips are taken and the beer warms. Some dark fruit characteristic also starts to shine through, no doubt from the Stoic part of the blend. Way too easy to drink, given the ABV. The band-aid taste finally comes in near the end of the drink but is hardly noticeable up until that point.

M- Sticky and oily with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I wasn't too keen on the aroma, but the flavor is to die for. Super smooth and enjoyable with just about every aspect of each beer contributing to the profile. This is the perfect beer to sip on during a cold February night next to a fire...too bad I'm in blazing hot Miami, so I gotta drink this quick before it gets too warm. That being said, be careful with this one! Cheers. (1,591 characters)

Photo of waltonc
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an interesting and delicious beer. Pours garnet/brown in color with a significant tan head. No sediment at the bottom of the bottle so you can pour the whole thing into your glass with confidence. Smell is quite complex. Tart black cherries, Cabernet, and vanilla, among other things. The taste is even better. Again, the black cherry, cab and vanilla are present, as well as the various other spirits in which these beers were aged. Light sourness that is nicely balanced against a sweet malty whiskey barrel aged backbone. So a good sweet and sour quality going on here. Body is on the thicker side of medium with ample carbonation that makes me thankful Deschutes had some say in how this beer is carbonated. Overall, one of my favorite new beers of 2012. (763 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy dark amber/brown color with a half finger of head. Active carbonation is apparent and head retention is decent.

S: Very complex - I get lots of red wine and whiskey up front. Sour cherries and raspberries are also quite strong with a bit of caramel sweetness and acetic acidity in the background.

T: Very similar to smell, but even more complex. Strong red wine and rye whiskey are still up front, but now I get chocolate covered sour cherries in the background. There is a mild sour cherry tartness, but it's not overpowering by any means and melds well with chocolate, toffee, oak, and a hint of smoke. This is insanely complex.

M: Medium to full bodied with adequate carbonation.

O: Extremely complex, very tasty. This is also very drinkable. I drank a 12oz bottle in less than 15 minutes. It reminds me of a nice port, but with better drinkability. I need to buy more. (918 characters)

Photo of MIA4IPA
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to get a bottle of this collab. Poured a rustic dark hue with a quick fading head. Smell of raisins, oak and hint of booze. Exceptional taste leaves my taste buds chattering. A nice feel of tartness with definitely a rye whiskey end. Really wanted to save this bottle and put a little more age on it but its NYE!! Great collaboration, even though it was a bit pricey a great beer overall!! (406 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, Best after 4/30/13
Tired Hands chalice

A: Pours out a deep murky red color. Basically no head other than a ring of off white around the edges. There is carbonation that I can see. Tons of alcohol feet. Swirl leaves some spotty lacing.

S: I smelled it as soon as I cracked, that tart cherry note. Similar to a Flanders. Underneath it you get that leather, that wood, that slight vanilla. Some toffee. It's an amazing nose. Complex to say the least. Also, some smoke.

T: Up front, you get that tart cherry that you smelled. Tartness and bitter on the tip of the tongue. Then the other flavors co-mingle in there. A lot of that old ale character, malt goodness. Some caramel and toffee. Slight vanilla. And this is still cold....

M: Full bodied and deep. Very chewy.

O: A+ (780 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, red mahogany color with a small off-white head. Scent is quite inviting. I can tell right away that this is a very complex beer. At first I get a sour/funky acidic aroma (most likely from Dissident). It quickly turns to cooked brown sugar or molasses and dark fruits. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes linger in the nose with sweet whiskey and even some sherry aromas. Some definite oak with a hint of pinot. Red and green grapes...both sour and sweet. There is a hell of a lot going on with this beer, and I love it! Taste was just what I was looking for. The complexities carry through with the flavor. Tart cherry flavors at first, followed by some familiar white and green grape flavors I got from Fred and Stoic. Although Stoic was not one of my favorite releases, I think it played a big part in this beer. Adam comes through with the malty sweetness on the back of the tongue. The dark fruits and caramel malt flavors compliment the finish on this well-crafted brew. All the different barrel aging is hard to pin-point, but there are some definite whiskey and pinot wine flavors. I'm not too familiar with sherry or dessert wine, but I definitely pick some up. Mouthfeel is full bodied, tart, and richly sweet at the same time. Drinkability is high for this sipper...clocking in at almost 12%. Not nearly as much booziness as one would expect. Overall, this is an outstanding brew that I highly recommend. Drink one now, and save one for the "best after" date. Drinkin well now, and could possibly improve, although I don't see how it could become more complex than it already is. Delicious! (1,615 characters)

Photo of d2daj
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cafe Veloce' Kirkland, WA
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip
Label best after 4/30/13, but Waitress noted they were out of Supplication and said I would enjoy this.

Appearance: gorgeous rich color, deep cherry color surrounded by lines of ambers

Smell: wafts of a dark cherry cordial just popped open or warmed plum tart, light fruity with notes of kick your arse bourbon scent

Taste: wow, what an amazing and dynamic flavor. (to plagiarize from another review) suprising on all fronts-sweet fruit, bourbon woody notes combined with nostril goodness. Flat feel on the tongue combined with scent and then flavor bursts of sour, sweet, more subtle on the sour. Very balanced. Teeter totter of goodness.

Mouth: subtle carbonation, smooth and pleasant

Overall: Boom pow bang up surprise- its a limited offering so not offended at $15 price tag. What a find and pleasure. Real pleaser for one who seeks a complicated menagerie of flavors. (942 characters)

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.