Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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

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784 Ratings
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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 110
Gots: 282 | 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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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13, bought 5/17/12. Pours hazy reddish amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is some oxidized sherry with some fruity oak and alcohol.

The flavor is figgy vinous fruits, vanilla, oak and some strong alcohol and slight oxidation. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, aging helped this one. A nice flavorful aged beer - tastes like an older English barleywine.

Photo of Holland
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured at 60 degrees. Purchased at Monde in Philly for $15.

A: murky brown with orange-ish highlights and a tan head. Nice one inch head with excellent rentention.

S: wood, tart fruit like apricot, and slight sweetness.

T: strange sweetness and molasses to start. The old ale is present for just a bit, then it turns to sweet and sour with a hint of fruit, and finally it finishes with oak and brown sugar. Nothing is wrong with the taste if that's what they're going for, but it's weird.

M: thick, highly carbonated, but still manages to finish decently dry

O: really odd beer that I'm not sure how to rate at all. It's interesting for sure, but I'm not going to buy another (especially at $15). Happy to try it once, and it was a great experience, but tough to finish a full 12 ounces.

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a nice dark non-translucent brown in color with a small beige head with little retention. Smell is nice dark malts, a little boozy, some vanilla, and some nice dark fruits although not as prominent as the aforementioned. Taste is really nice tart fruit, vanilla, a little booze, and the dark fruits are more prominent in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium/maybe a little thinner. Really a nice tasting beer here.. I think I'm going to pick up one for some aging as I think it would really help here. This is a great beer.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Belgian flute from a twelve-ounce bottle.

The appearance here isn't remarkable, but it's still a good looking beer. The head is thin and khaki-colored and there's plenty of sticky lace around the glass. Below the head is an opaque, auburn and dark brown liquid that resembles a port.

Interestingly enough, Conflux smells very much like a port, with peppery, oaken, dark fruit notes. There's lots of plum and date in there. I get a bit of fruit cake as well, plus sour cherries and other tartness.

Having smelled so much goodness, I was looking forward to the taste of this beer, but I found it to be a bit of a disappointment. The beer is very port-like, which alone is fine, but the sour cherries don't mix very well with this, creating an odd taste. The pepper and oak are there, as is some potent booze, all of which, again seem to pull the beer in different directions.

As I mention above, the beer is a bit harsh to drink. There are so many different tastes and feels hitting my tongue that the beer seems to be a mess. It's somewhat of an assault on the tongue.

I had very high expectations for Conflux and this beer has some very interesting aspects, especially the port flavor, but I found the beer a challenge to drink.

Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Forgot who shared this at my cellar cleaning party.

No head, dark murky hazy mahogany.

Nose lots of barrel, whisky, bourbon, brandy, etc etc, so much barrel, sweet candy malt, butterscotch, little nutty candy sweet note, little agave tequila, sweet syrupy candy cognac, etc.

Taste is decent, lots of maple, syrupy, butterscotch. Mild bitter, little sticky sweet, syrupy caramel and toffee, candy, etc., more of the barrel notes with a whisky like, fruity cognac, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod and a little sticky, decent carb, some warming booze.

Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a stemmed glass a deep tawny brown with a tinge of amber,a sticky half finger light beige head atop.Sour cherry and caramel in the nose with a bit of hay.The palate is hit with a sour almost lactic note along with some mild chocolate,Iam not a sherry fan, the sour/lactic tones win out.Wow that was unexpected with it's out of the mainstream flavors here.I admit the sourness hit me sideways.

Photo of TWStandley
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my KTG Snifter.

Appeared a dark red, slightly cloudy color with some orange tints. A two finger white head dissipated quickly.

Smelled sweet and tangy, could definitely detect some of the wine notes. Fruity.

Delicious taste. Perfect balance of tang, tartness, sweetness, alcohol, and maltiness. Tastes somewhat like a Barley-wine.

Mouth feel is nice. Would like a bit more body to it but the tangyness and slight carbonation go well.

Overall what a surprise. Wasn't sure what to expect but this was absolutely delicious. Wish I had more!

Photo of sweemzander
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed tulip. Best after 04/30/13

(A)- Pours a deep mahogany color with subtle crimson red highlights. Produced a nice cap of off-white froth. Solid retention for the style and ABV in mind.

(S)- Ever so slight tangy vinegar sourness meets a rather wine-like dark fruit character. Oaky, with an underlying caramel sweetness. Definitely complex.

(T)- An up front red fruit-like wine vinegar tang. Quite oaky with a heavier maltiness of honey and toffee. Finishes dry.

(M)- A mellow yet smooth carbonation level. I like the playfulness this has with the underlying sweetness all the while being slightly tart and some oaky fruits.

(O)- Having had alot of experiences with Fred, i can see that beer's influence in the underlying sweet malts this has. The slight tart twang plays well with a flanders-like feel to the beer overall. The wine character really smoothes that out and fits well between the sweet and malty base and the tart dark red fruits. A shame this was so limited and expensive since it is drinking quite nicely now.

Photo of DimensionX
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been somewhat of a shapeshifter over it's lifespan, I've had it at times and it has ranged from amazing to underwhelming, this bottle is closer to the higher end of the scale.

A: Dark ruby, crystal clean and translucent.

S: Fruity esters with a hing of acetic acid suggest some tart fruit character to be had. Hints of plum and red wine grapes with an earthy must on the back end.

T: Sweet plum skins and a hint of leather show up first followed by a carmely malt presence (Fred I'm guessing) and a nice lactic twang on the finish.

M: like it should be.

O: Really unique and really complex beer, I enjoy being able to pick apart the different elements. This is a collaboration done right.

Photo of josephwa
2.26/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A - a very flat brew with a copper hue.

S - the smell to this one is not a pleasant one. Smells a bit musty accompanied by the scent of a sherry wine and cheaper whiskey.

T - Follows the nose. This one is a mess to me. The taste is a combination of sherry wine, american barleywine and some low end whiskey notes.

M - I get some mouth burn. Usually I like a little burn but not in this case.

O - This beer was very highly priced and delivered a very low overall quality to me. I strongly recommend passing on this beer. Collaboration brews in my experience have been messy and this one is the messiest beer I've had. The flavors do not do well together in my opinion.

Photo of portia99
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of hardy008
2.72/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours murky brown with a small beige head, which fades quickly to a small collar, leaving spotty lacing. Smells very boozy, which doesn't surprise me, given how many barrels were used to age this beer. According to what I found, the barrels used were Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak. I can't say that I can pick out the aromas, because I can't. I can pick up the smell of alcohol, oak, tart fruit, caramel, and a little vanilla. The aroma is a bit of a mess.

The taste is much like the aroma suggests. Oak, caramel, tart fruit, a little vanilla, and a wide variety of barrels used to age this beer. There are so many barrels used, that it is hard to appreciate this beer, because there is just too much going on. The individual beers to produce this beer are outstanding: The Dissident, The Stoic, Fred and Adam. Well, 3 of them are outstanding. I'm not a big fan of the Stoic. Mixed together, this beer is just a boozy mess, and I waited well over a year before opening the bottle. It doesn't seem like it has mellowed to me at all.

Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. There is a strong alcohol aftertaste, and the alcohol is not hidden at all in this beer. Not a total disaster, but not very good either.

Photo of server222
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of stlunatic15
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby red & mahogany, thin white head.

S: Maple syrup, agave nectar, grenadine.

T: Sweet malt up front, and finishes with a light sourness in the finish. Can definitely taste The Dissident in the finish.

M: Lightly carb'd mouthfeel. Slight robust linger in the back of the throat after each sip. Pretty interesting brew thus far.

O: So this was awesome fresh, and even more awesome now after the 'best after' date (4/30/13). However, I believe this beer may have potential for another 1-2 years of aging. It drinks phenomenally right now, but i'm curious to see the outcome in a couple years from now.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- Collabration with Hair of the Dog. Aged in distilled spirit & wine oak barrel.

A: Garnet red pour is dark in the glass with a creamy, dark tan head that was moderately lasting. Micro-effervesce creeps up along the walls while the lacing is sturdy and frothy in stickage.

S: Whiskey barrel woodiness, dry alcohol, dry black olives on the nose.

T: Strong whiskey and dark malt, semi-sweetness, black olives, sweet dark fruit, plums, figs, dry gin, tarragon spicing with a spicy bite of dark fruit-alcohol laced barrel woodiness coming on the close. Toasted dry oak and dark caramel sweetness, smooth and silky, dark earthy campfire minearality with some reminces of charred wood.

M: Good carbonation gives this some fizzle for strong dark ale. Chewy dark fruit, full body, nice alcohol warmth all the way down, chewy, chewy, chewy.

O: Outstanding, simply put, great complexity, spicy, dark, sweet with great alcohol contribution. Must try.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. I waited till the "Best After Date". About 50 degrees.

Appearance- Murkey brownish/amber. Looks like Dissident mixed with Adam. I honestly can't say it looks "good".

Smell- Once again, it's a mix of Dissident and Adam. Sweet, malty, oaky, pannepot(y), berry tartness, chocolate. Smells beautiful, but absolutely all over the place.

Taste- Tart on the tongue, but then Adam and all of its Pannepot(y)/quad-like flavors come in. Big cocoa, candy sugar, oak, light booze, caramel, stone fruits. It's got it all.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation, very light tartness on the tongue, super light booze (surprising for the ABV), medium viscosity, medium body.

Overall- Crazy beer. Dissident and Adam foremost, but quite the interesting beer none the less. Maybe I should've saved it till winter, but beer is for drinking.

Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Best after date of 4/30/2013.

A - Dark oak brown with flecks of deep red. Off white 1 finger head that transcends into a collar around the glass. Sporadic blobs of lacing.

S - This is insane because there are so many notes to pick up on. Sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses, syrup. Tart wine, cherries, grapes, dark fruit. Wood, oak, bourbon, vanilla. It's a bourbon tart!

T - All I can say is OMG! When this hits the taste buds there is so much going on. It seems to start with the wood, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Then the sweetness takes over, sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses. Finishes with a slight tart of cherries, Pinot, grapes. It is crazy complex.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation for something that has passed through this many barrels. Oaky and tart with some alcohol.

O - Let me just say that you need to experience this for yourself to see what the hell is going gone. Glad I had the chance to try this. It is very worthy of the cask aging masterpiece indeed. Jeff thank you for sending this as an extra.

Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, dark citrus, slight liquor, and slight sourness. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of liquor, sweet malt, slight hops, dark citrus, alcohol, and sourness. Overall, the liquor flavor dominated the body to a detrimental degree, but otherwise a good beer.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a mahogany brown body. Pours like a Flanders, with fuzzy bubbles running down the glass quickly and leaving a small ring.

S: The nose in this one is incredible. Tart cherries. Brown sugar. Molasses. Bourbon. Oak. It smells like a Barrel-aged sour.

T: Mild tart upfront - not nearly as tart as the nose suggests. Sweet brown sugar and cherries dominate with bourbon and oak lingering in the finish. A lot going on here. My palate is confused.

M: Full body. Creamy. Low carbonation. Boozy.

O: Wow, this one is complex. The appearance and nose had me imagining something completely different than what I ended up tasting. It's truly a unique project, but something that I want in a collaboration. This is a real example of two good breweries getting together and pulling together a collaborative project. There's a ton going on with this one, but it's done very well.

Photo of sureshot08
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an amber-brown color with little head or lacing.

Smell: Red wine, cherry, oak, spice, brown sugar.

Taste: Tart, some earthiness, brandy, apple cider. A lot of the Dissident character shows up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, but remains smooth.

Overall: Very interesting beer. Both the smell and taste are great but I pick up more subtleties in the smell. I hope to see more collaborations like this in the future.

Photo of darthhamby
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of FoundersPounder
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was dark amber w minimal carbonation

The smell had changed a lot since I first tasted it last year (before noticing the "best after" dating). It smelled a lot more like a Flanders when I first got it, & now getting malt and licorice.

The Flanders taste that I remembered so well was minimized and now blended with licorice and malt elements that one would expect in an Imperial Stout. A truly unique combination. Not for an unsophisticated beer palate.

The feel was great. Carbonation subsided into a smooth clean refreshing taste.

Overall I liked it more when I first got it, but think it will continue to evolve. Will now let my remaining bottles age a little more

Photo of Zbeetleman
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.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter: Pours a chestnut body with orange-ruby highlights under a thin but solid island of light tan foam with a little bubbly collar.

Smell is serious & complex. Starts with cherry & oak, then comes some bourbon, then some port, then some dried orange peel, then raisin & cocoa, then alcohol, then pear. And it's barely warmed up yet.

Starts kind of the same in the taste: sour cherry skin, oak, banana chip. A tart astringency like plum skin shows up, more woody barrel taste, then a big, dry red wine character. Some caramel & green apple together. Some peatiness shows up, wrapped around a sweet barleywine-like heat.

Big mouthfeel, full but not really chewy or viscous. Sips easy but has some heft on my tongue. Leaves a significant trace of its path, with some sweetness & tannic oakiness. Pleasant, soft burn from the booze.

I'm pretty impressed with how this turned out. I'd had some a year ago & it was so unwieldy, just too many things stacked too high. Can't say it 'melds' into one cohesive unit, but all the components weave in & out of each other & interplay really nicely. Doesn't 'blend' so much as 'jam'. Really well done.

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.