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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 109
Gots: 279 | FT: 31
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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craftbeerasian, Oct 01, 2013
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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.

Impfan, Jun 01, 2012
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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.

TheEarl, May 18, 2012
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OBeerMeGreatOne, Jul 05, 2012
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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!

sunkistxsudafed, Jun 01, 2012
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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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