Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 111
Gots: 283 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is super complex with malt, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and an interesting set of sour/tart fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a tart and slightly woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I am very interested to see how this one ages.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to boralyl for this bottle. Split with Amyliz4 between Hair of the Dog and Deschutes tulips. Pours a reddish-brown with a short light tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar. The nose carries quite a bit. There’s an interesting mixture of barrels, with red wine and rye whiskey really coming through. A touch of sherry. Cherry and dark fruits along with some light acidity. The flavor isn’t quite as integrated, with a bit of alcohol taking hold alongside the acidity. A bit rough as it warms, compared to the nose. Medium body. Low carbonation. This could use a bit of time.

Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut with a craggy cap that fritters away quickly leaving a few dots behind

Smell: Interesting combination of sweet caramel, vanilla, coconut and vinous red wine barrels

Taste: On the tip of the tongue, the caramel, coconut, vanilla and Bourbon tones marry nicely; would that I could keep it on the tip with my sweet taste receptors as once the beer spreads over the rest of the tongue, the sour vinous character moves to the fore, battling with and vanquishing the sweeter tone; the finish is tart, but not in a good way

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation but a puckery aspect

Overall: I have sometimes wondered what would happen if you took a taste out of the dump bucket at a gala tasting of barleywines, stouts and sours - well I don't have to wonder any more; this could be my biggest beer disappointment ever as I had high hopes after aging this in my cellar for a couple of years

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

near 12 dollars for a single 12oz bottle. yikes! this blended beer geek dream pours a very dark ruby red that almost appears brown, if not held up to the light. perfectly clear, half inch off white head that doesnt last long. smells majorly complex, im picking up dried fruit, fresh cranberries, brettanomyces, red wine tannons, vanilla, belgian yeast, and heavy booze. its hard to internalize the nose of this beer. suffice it to say it smells like a slightly sour quad, with plenty of sugars and wood notes. flavor is all of the above, with the quad complexity up front, a burning alcohol middle, and a sharp acidic wine finish. im surprised how much you can feel the alcohol in this. feel is fine, could probably stand some more carbonation, but it isnt flat. the flavors just unravel one after the other. quite remarkable blend really. tons of wood flavor in here, but i think the wine barrels are the strongest flavor, some bourbon in there too, but it is subtle. a true slow sipper as this beer changes as it warms. a good beer to share with a lover as the sun goes down. i can say im glad i tried this, but the cost is insane, and honestly i might just prefer a dissident or stoic on its own, but this was definitely an artistic and patient undertaking.

edit: I was fortunate enough to try this with a year or so on it, and wow has it mellowed out. all the harsh booze is gone, and so are the more acidic elements. it drinks easy now, every bit as complicated. if you were smart enough to keep one or more around, your patience has been rewarded!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head that disappeared quite fast. Aroma of sour notes is quite dominating with some brown sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is a weird mix between some sour and tart notes of cherries and oak (Dissident) mix in with vinous notes and some sweet caramel and malt notes. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment though not something I would drink on a regular basis. I’m also wondering if I would not have preferred to drink some Fed or Adam on its own and whether this is not a waste of good beer at the end of the day.

Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Rust colored body capped by a thin beige head. Slight haze, but largely clear.

Smell: Acetic and lactic notes from Dissident are prominent, as is leather and smoke from Adam. It's an odd, slightly jarring mix. There's plenty of barrel in here, too, primarily wine and whiskey along with a good bit of raw oak. Cherries pop out a bit as it warms, and there's an unpleasant meaty quality. The Stoic and Fred seem a bit lost in the mix here, overwhelmed by the intense aromas of Adam and Dissident.

Palate: Sweeter than the nose suggests, but still fairly acetic. Cherries and smoke, leather, brown sugar, sherry, whiskey, red wine - plenty going on here, but it's not all harmonious. The body is full and syrupy, carbonation is low. Oak and vinous notes take over the finish, followed by some bourbon barrel burn.

Overall: What an odd mix. Not outright bad, but I'm not sure what the hell they were thinking. This could have been outstanding had Deschutes used Mirror Mirror and Abyss instead of Dissident and Stoic.

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review from written notes, served in a rounded tumbler glass.
Thanks to Dad for this one! Best after 4/30/13, just a couple days short... close enough.

Dark brownish orange color, creamy offwhite foam that has a soft surface texture, and leaves behind a finely textured collar of lace.

Woody barrel aroma that seems to have a bit of fortitude and complexity, but also slightly muddled. A typical "barrel aged aroma", if that makes any sense (wood, tobacco, leather).

Rich malty flavors, slightly sweet with a tangy tart back end from the Dissident in the mix. Dried red currants, tobacco, oak staves. Medium to full bodied with lighter carbonation and palate-coating viscosity. Heavy barrel presence from start to finish. The blend is interesting, and will only continue to develop. Another year might soften the alcohol a little. Overall interesting and worth a try, a good cellar candidate.

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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed dark mahogany with a tan head. Strong bourbon aroma, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, and quite a lot of alcohol. A light tartness, heavy oak aroma, some charred wood notes, too. Tastes fairly boozy. Lots of whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Some caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Fairly boozy with a light tartness and lots of dark fruits. Not bad, but not great, either.

Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours a reddish amber with a nice layer of off white head. The nose is slightly tart with a dark fruit sweetness and a soy sauce like note. The taste is tart but still quite smooth. There is a wine note along with some oak. Quite sweet in the background. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

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 RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It is very Hair of the Dog, which is hard to avoid I imagine since HotD is such a unique brewery producing such unique beers. Nice woody cherry tones. Very appropriate sweetness (from malts I would guess) and a thorough flavor profile that remains consistent and sweet. This is one of those beers that I want to just drink and say to hell with writing notes.

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after 4/30/13, never gonna be able to wait that long. Why release beer before it's ready?

Pours an effervescent brown with a finger of tan head. Above average head retention & minimal lacing

S: Booze, pine, dates, a bit of oakyness

T: Piney, medicinal with grapefruit & grassyness. Grapefruit & pineapple as this warms, some figgyness & pears with a bit of brett tartness, also some boozeyness. Finishes with with sourwood honey, cherry tartness/dryness & lemongrass; this just got better as this warmed

MF: Slick, slight carbonation, plus boozey warmth

Drinks pretty easy, boozeyness is fairly well hidden, this might age well, still not perfect by no means...

Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.6% confirmed. Best after: 04/30/2013 (but I just can't wait). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a scotch ale/thistle glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given Deschutes' involvement, the complex aging, and the blends used.

Taken from the refrigerator and allowed to stand for a good 15 minutes to warm it up. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, fair cream and thickness, and great retention considering the high ABV. Retains at least five minutes. Colour is a dark caramel ruby. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Luxurious bacteria and wild yeast, woody oak barrel notes, brandy, cherry, fig, tart fruit (maybe even dark fruit like plum), clean malts with little caramelization or toasted character, raisin, fermented sugars, and a bit of grape. Really a remarkable, seizing aroma. A mild strength incredibly subtle aroma.

T: Brandy, wood, oak, tart fruit (including cherry, plum, fig, and a hint of raisin), red wine, and marvelous wild yeast and bacteria notes. Spirited, sour, yet still mellow. No real spice or earthiness, but it isn't needed. Delightfully layered and built, with incredible balance for a blend (beating even Lost Abbey Angel's Share). Hopping is very timid and backgrounded. I quite like it. Gets better as it warms as well - especially where the fruit is concerned. Masterfully complex. Really a tasty brew. Rich. No alcohol comes through. Full-bodied and well varied. The flavours are diverse yet collaborative.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness, but merely adequate carbonation. Admittedly, the mouthfeel is a bit off - but it's a blend. Alcohol warms the stomach.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - surprisingly so. This could be dangerous. Not a session beer, but not a sipper either. It resides in the happy in-betweeny bit. It got better as it warmed. I quite fancy this one. Another solid brew from Deschutes. The style designation is curious, perhaps we need a category that acknowledges blends. I can't wait to try this aged; I'll definitely be having it in a few years with some age on it. I'll run out and buy one as soon as I'm able.

A fantastic candidate for aging. Probably ideal with 3-5 years on it.

Drank adequately from a scotch ale glass, but this really demands a goblet, snifter, or (ideally) a tulip.

Would pair well with cranberry raisins or pate.

This is one to sip on whilst reading a good book.

B+

Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A few people brought this to share, so I don't know who supplied the bottle we drank. Served in a taster glass.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Mostly transparent amber body.

S - Very vinous and Flanders-esque. This may have started as an American Strong Ale, but it's trending towards wild ale, as it's quite tart and sour. Sweetens as it warms, with more of the sweet caramel malts and cognac/brandy coming out, as well as some spicy bourbon and oak.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tart green apples and cherries, light vinegar, and wet, vinous oak dominating initially, but yielding to sweeter flavors as it warms up. Letting this approach room temperature reveals raisin, toffee, and caramel malts, brandy and cognac, and vanilla from the oak. Extremely complex.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, sticky and chewy on the palate before yielding to a tannic finish. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden.

D - Not bad, but this isn't entirely integrated. The base beers seem to be slightly at odds at this stage. Nice for a few ounces, but not the most drinkable offering. Should age gracefully as most Hair of the Dog offerings do; will sit on my bottle for another year or so to see what happens.

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile, thanks. Beer is black / brown, really hazy, thin tan head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is boozy and sweet. Lots of malt.

Beer is medium in body, mildly hot, interesting beer, very heavy, a little hot, pretty strong, interesting beer. I enjoyed it but it was a little too heavy.

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collage

Aroma: cherries and sourness lots of Malts caramel and toffee. Herbal perfume.

Taste sour cherries and malts some bourbon and oak. Toffee caramel molasses rainsibs brown sugar. Very complex. Old ale like.

Mouthfeel: warming and smooth. Medium bodied with a fine amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I'd drink this much more often if it wasn't so expensive.

Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a matching Hair of the Dog tulip. The brew appears a clear, polished color of mahogany. A rich 2 finger khaki head sits atop and lasts with solid retention from the rising bubbles of supporting carbonation. It paints the glass with thick patches of lacing effect. When held to the light, the edges show more of a lighter orange to almost yellow clarity. Not gonna lie, this brew looks pretty awesome and displays a very nice cap for being nearly 12% abv.

The aroma is tart and reminiscent of the flanders style. Sour cherries come to mind mixed with a hint of apple cider vinegar. The barrel aging is quite prominent in the nose but it carries with it almost a spicy aspect like incense or cedar instead of the anticipated caramel/vanilla smoothness. As it warms up, a hint of vanilla extract comes forward with a hint of caramel and some fruity alcohol esters emerge giving the first signs of that high alcohol content.

The taste is strikingly similar to the aromatics. My first thoughts are of a jacked-up version of a flanders red. Mildly tart cherry mixes with vinegar and a solvent boost of alcohol mingled with some accenting fruity alcohol esters. Mid palate and into the finish is the barrel aging with caramel and vanilla flavors being quite evident. However, just as the aroma indicated, there is a spiced aspect about the woodiness of this brew that leaves an impression of something like incense or cedar.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol initially was quite suppressed but as the experience continues, it really comes out to play. Let me see if I got this right. This brew is a hodgepodge of the Dissident, Stoic, Fred and Adam all barrel aged? I love fred and adam and them going into a barrel makes absolute magic. I enjoy dissident and frown a bit at stoic. For 75% of this beer components sounding amazing, im sad to say that the biggest impression I get from this is memories of drinking stoic with the sour edge of dissident. Fred and Adam seem to have been lost in the background and provide seemingly nothing but a boost of alcohol. Oh well. I really wanted to try this and im glad that I have.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Darrell!

The beer is copper hued with a thin, off white head. The aroma brings wild yeast, wine, oak, leather, cherries. The flavor is really aggressive. Big alcohol in the finish. Lots of wild yeast and funk with strong white wine character and a touch of grape skins. Pretty tasty.

Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have NO idea where this might have come from, but it sure is intriguing!

From the bottle: "A Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing Company artistic expression"; "Conflux No. 1: Malt Beverage aged in distilled spirit and wine oak barrels"; "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. Damn, beer is fun."

It strikes me that this is a collaboration in the same way that "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" was a collaboration. Naughty, naughty! Hopefully, this is not also a cop-out at the end.

I began with a gentle pour, but it was murky from the jump, so I amped it up and got a brief finger if light-tan head for my troubles. I could not help but smell it as it poured into my glass. Dried, dark fruits came immediately to mind and when I leaned in, I got a whiff of leather, red wine, and simple alcohol heat. My bottle was marked "Best After: 4/30/13" and even nearly a year past that date, it could have been aged even further. Color was a slightly murky, not quite opaque, but not hazy, either, soppery-brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel was full and viscous, like a dollop of beer on my tongue more than a draught. Jesus! The heat was immediate, followed by a vinous red wine taste, then bourbon-like coconut and the dried, dark fruits of the nose. Wow! Warming, I began to get the leatheriness that I had sensed on the nose, Phew! Finish would not disavow me of the belief that, if I closed my eyes, I was drinking wine. I just kept coming back to a rich, red wine flavor that when coupled with its high ABV made for a much more intense beer than I usually like. Conflux Collage collaboration?!? More like Conflagration! I am a beer neo-hippie in that I will try anything once, but one may be more than enough for me in this case. I feel badly as I am sure that a lot of effort went into this, but it is just too much.

Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a HotD tulip.

Pours a clear muddy amber with an initially fluffy creamy tan head that fades to a thin collar and splotchy lace film with no lace. Very sweet nose: cherry, sherry, oak, caramel, butterscotch, red grapes and vanilla. Flavor is a little more balanced and vinous. Strong cherry and vanilla presence up front with a slightly drying tannic, oak and vinous finish. Medium thick, syrupy body, light carbonation but overall bizarrely balanced and drinkable fresh. Resembles a fresh Adam with cherries and a mild sour, wine barrel finish. Tastes like one of the Deschutes "Oops-ies" blended with a solid HotD offering.

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color that's completely opaque with dark amber edges and a two finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, vinous aroma with a strong barrel character, sweet malt and subtle solvent/acetic acid. Lots of earthy oak and a combination of sweet spirits but the Pinot, rye whiskey and sherry notes really stand out. Slightly spicy with lots of vinous dark fruit. Underneath the barrels, there is some lactic funk and musty bugs along with sweet malt and more dark fruit. I'm not familiar with The Stoic but I'm certainly picking up elements from the Adam used in the blend. As it warms, hints of caramel, chocolate and toffee come out as well as some dark cherry, plum and raisin. Smells really complex and the faint solvent/acetone is the only thing keeping it from getting higher marks.

Medium bodied with slightly tart funk and a nice balance of barrel, dark malt, vinous fruit and spice. The barrel character is very prominent without overpowering the other characteristics. Lots of dry, toasted oak along with silky vanilla and sweet booze. The combination of spirits creates a really unique sweet boozy flavor that never becomes hot. The high ABV is actually excellently masked. I was shocked to see that it was that high. The spicy rye character is pretty strong as are the vinous dark fruit notes from the Pinot barrel. Really complex with elements of each barrel treatment coming through with each sip. Although there is a ton of barrel character/alcohol flavor, there is no heat and it isn't a complete booze bomb. Underneath the barrels, elements of the base beers(especially Adam) come through. Some slight smokey, roasted malt with dark chocolate, toffee and caramel as well as some vinous cherry, grape fig and plum. Faint tart, sourness but not acidic or harsh. Just a bit of acetic solvent but it's very faint and doesn't affect the flavor very much. Very complex and flavorful and the well masked ABV makes it deceptively drinkable.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a lighter burgundy color with ruby hues, nice white cap that fades quickly. Head retentiona nd alacing are minimal.

S: Dissident doinates with elements hoppy Fred dancing around. I did detect some Pinoy Noir and Sherry influences.

T: Immediate Dissident tart cherries with some very light Belgian candy sweetness, smoke, light dark fruit and then in comes Fred and his hop goodness with a pungent sweetness and sticky factor. I detected a litle bit of chocolate, wood, Earthiness, dark fruit but not much. It still seemed that Dissident and Fred dominated with Stoic playing a backseat role. A lacto type bite was really prevelant throughout as was a nice little booze sting and red wine. Adam was noticable but not for long and not a key player.

M: Medium to big body. Carbonation was right on for the style and blend. Sordove tart, creamy, sweet, sour. You call it.

O: Well played. Should age well and it is interesting to say the least. It seemed like a battle royale for dominance and Dissident won.

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the HOTD tasting room.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is intriguing and complex, as I pick up considerable wine and sour, light whiskey, brown sugar and light chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the wine and sour flavor countering the moderate sweetness fairly well. Also, while the beer is not hot or heavy on the palate, one certainly gets the impression that there's considerable alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, wiht a long, sweet and sour/tart finish.

An interesting beer for sure, but I found the flavors a bit muddled, and I'm not sure the combination of flavors work all that well together. Glad I got to try this, but I'm not sure I can see any reason to visit this one again. Certainly the $8.50 price tag for a 12 ounce tulip glass is a bit of a disincentive as well.

Photo of kscaldef
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer now three days in a row (FredFest, Wildwood dinner, and release day at the brewpub), as well as tasting the component beers twice. Overall, I'm quite pleased with how it has turned out. Dissident contributes the majority of the aroma, which is characterized by cherries, bright acidic notes, and moderate wood. The taste picks up a bit of sweetness and some fruit, which I attribute to the Stoic, although it's much more refined than that beer. Acid from the Dissident keeps the sweetness in check, and there's a mild hoppy finish (Fred's contribution) plus a decent bourbon bite. I can't figure out how Adam plays into the mix at all. On tap, it's nicely carbonated and lively; haven't yet tried a bottle.

(Sampling the components was quite an interesting experience, although only one treatment of each beer was represented, where apparently something around 30 different treatments overall went into the final blend. The pinot-aged Dissident was spectacular; better than the final product, IMO. Adam aged in new oak had an unpleasant green, sappy flavor, on the other hand. Fortunately, I don't find any of that flavor in the blend.)

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