Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
07-01-2012 07:30:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.25/5 rDev -21.7%
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.
12-15-2012 20:02:15 | More by Thorpe429
2.98/5 rDev -28.2%
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
04-25-2014 00:17:05 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
10-12-2012 17:50:37 | More by Phyl21ca
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
10-24-2012 19:58:52 | More by womencantsail
3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-19-2013 00:06:24 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
04-29-2013 18:55:29 | More by emerge077
3.35/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
06-28-2012 00:51:51 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
09-03-2012 00:43:24 | More by RblWthACoz
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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...
07-09-2012 02:02:36 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
04-23-2013 18:55:12 | More by MasterSki
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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