Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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

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BA SCORE
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784 Ratings
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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 110
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best AFTER 4/30/13. Poured in to Bruery Tulip.

A - Translucent medium to dark amber/brown colour. One finger of light brown head formed and reduced to a thin layer.

S - The Dissident aromas are evident up front - sourness and some tart cherry. Fred and Adam show up in the middle and add some earthy hops, roast and dark fruit with hints of smoke. Some Belgian yeast notes are evident in the background. Plenty of oak is present throughout. Pick up aromas from all 4 beers.

T - Dissident and Adam up front - sour at first with tart cherries, roast, smoke and some sweet toffee. A big oak flavour is present as well. The middle adds some candy sugar, dark fruit and earthy hop tones. Some dark fruit is also present in the background. The flavours of all 4 beers are integrated so well. Fred is most difficult to specifically identify but the characteristics of it are present.

M - Medium body, smooth. Light carbonation.

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 LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, cloudy mahogany amber. Thin light tan head dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma is vinous with sweet malt and oak. Flavor is well integrated oak, dry port, malt, slightly sour and vinous. Finishes with rich, somewhat sour dark fruit. Complex, but well balanced. I will probably not cellar more than one of these because the sourness from Dissident is not my favorite component. Medium to heavy bodied. Low carbonation detracts somewhat from the mouth feel.

Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a barely translucent mahogany color with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that had very low retention, it quickly settled into a thin ring, and very light lacing.

The aroma was on the subdued side, some tartness and malts were most noticeable, with some fruit and yeast notes around the edges. Whoa Nellie! This beer hit the tongue with a bold tartness that hinted at sour but wasn't. The above mentioned fruit, yeast, spice and malt were all present, just in a more upfront manner.

The body was very good, bordering on great, full and smooth with tartness adding a nice counter-point. Drinkability was very good for beer this strong, it went down almost too easily. Overall, an excellent beer. A must try, it's available enough that if it's not on your local shelves, a trade will be easy to set up.

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 flagmantho
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark cherry brown in color with slight brown highlights and a very thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely tell there was some character that of a sour such as citrus lemon, oaky, mild funky, fruity, slightly boozy, grapey and hints of acidic vinegary notes.

T: there was a lot going on consisting of cherry, citrus lemon, a little vinegary, oaky accents, slightly funky, touches of brown sugar, and hints of a variety of spirits, mostly wine and vinous.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, oaky, mild acidic, vinous, very slight boozy, and tart finish.

T: very interesting qualities on the taste but was good and glad to have tried it. I would like to see how the dissident tastes by itself though.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at HotD and let it sit. I opened a bottle on 6.18.12 and let it warm as well. Best after 4.30.12.

A - Murky dark brown with a half inch light tan head. Good retention as the head sticks around.

S - Sourness hits you first, then some sweet fruitiness. The finish is booze - not quite bourbon.

T - Sour, then sweet fruit, then lots of booze and oak. All over the place, but in a good way.

D - Mild carbonation and a heavier body.

O - All the contributing beers are there, and very good. I think it will be awesome later.

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/5/13 cheers Rutager for the bottle

A darkest of amber with enough clarity to see the other side under the foam, finger of light tan head quickly falls to a thin film but manages to leave lots of random lace

S sour bruin notes hit me first, all sorts of wood, confusing as all hell to be honest, fortified wine, loads of caramel, fruity berry notes, spicy earth, faint funk, a little booze, unlit ciggy tobacco, rum raisin/Christmas cake, complex to say the least. I could drink this every day of my life and even if I lived to be 108 I don't think I'd figure it out

T more booze, less bruin, still slightly sour but not as much as the nose, fruity caramel works well but its just missing just a little something the nose has going for it. still quite complex but the nose was blowing me away

M thick and syrupy with a sour note, soft carbonation, a little heat but its felt in the chest more then your throat, slight tannins and a mild numbing effect, finish is sour caramel and slightly one the lips

O Crazy strange blend that's working well on so many levels, I love a brew that confuses yet impresses at the same time, did I mention that an 11.6% beer should never go down this easy

I sniff, sip repeat, before I knew it my glass was empty. I never figured this one out but I had a great time trying, now I'm buzzed but I think I'll manage. I'm liking the "Best After Date" and I can only wonder how much its improved since last week, really though this ones worth looking for

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, $$$$

appearance: served in my elysian chalice, dark chestnut-amber body, creamy beige lace

smell: holy aroma - Fred jumps out first, followed by the dissident. belgian candi sugars, oak, tart cherries, alcohol

taste: "collage" is an appropriate name here - really layered and complex - I have a hard time getting much Adam from this but Fred is certainly vocal. On the Deschutes side, tart cherry and oak reminds of dissident. I'm not sure I ever had the Stoic but I imagine the abrasive mix of booze and sugar is partially derived from that. Tart cherry, lots of belgian sugar, abrasive alcohol bite, yeast, lots of barrel - pinot noir, oak, bourbon

mouthfeel: big, boozy, full bodied

overall: nice stuff, outrageously priced though

Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Argh, didnt mean to crack this now, was not really paying attention to what this was. Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear garnet hue with a soft, one finger tan head that fades to leave some sudsy clouding and sticky lacing.

S - Wonderful notes of pinot, light spicy rye, and bourbon. The smell of the barrels is just great. Light alcohol, getting a touch of orange peel and toffee.

T - Taste is pretty interesting. So many different barrels here, getting light rye, cognac, bourbon. The pinot is a bit lighter, getting more orange peel, light alcohol. Some slight caramel malts. This definitely could use some age, however, its delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome for this big of a beer. Great sourness line vinegar from the pinot, its a sipper, but a very enjoyable sipper.

O - This is an excellent blending of beers here. Just delicious. Really want to see how this holds up to age.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
11.6% ABV, Best After 4/30/13

A - Ruby mahogany in color, Collage pours with great clarity and a surprisingly stable off-white head that leaves a ring of Swiss cheese-like suds on the beer but little in the way of lace left on the glass.

S - The huge mess of barrel-aging this beer went through goes a long way in the nose, leading the sense of smell down a winding path of glorious confusion and complexity. Rye spice tickles the nose with sharpness while Sherry fruit and red grape skin tug in a different direction, leaning towards distressed leather. The malty body furthers the complexity with more dark fruit preserves spread over toasted wheat English muffin and sprinkled with brown sugar. With ever whiff I feel I've barely scratched the surface.

T - Despite the deep and frankly intimidating complexity of the aroma, this first edition of the Conflux Series yields a far more simple flavor. Nuances of rye whiskey and bourbon alcohol skim the surface of the tongue, giving way a bready malt beer that finishes with lingering virgin oak notes.

M - Warming alcohol dries out the tongue which leaves a certain thinness on the palate despite the beer's clearly malty heft; a good balancing act that's not overlooked.

O - At first,Collage, the first release in Deschutes and Hair of the Dog's Conflux Series, smells like a barrel-aged mess, flooding the olfactory with too many directions but, as the beer warms and more and more sniffs are taken, it really comes together nicely. It's obviously had some time on it between it's release and my enjoyment but the alcohol is mellow and flavor profile is fantastic.

Photo of tbeckett
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to SebD. Thanks man. Best after 4/30.

A - Deep amber and cloudy with a two finger fluffy light brown head. Good carbonation. Spotty chunks of lace and a finger of retention that champs it out.

S - Vinous, port, cherry, dark fruit.

T - Complex for sure. Sweet dark fruits, more port and vinous notes. Great sweet depth. Sweet malt definitely dominant. Barrel aging is there and adds obvious complexity. Honey maybe too.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Tastes good and complex. But doesn't seem structured. More of a big sweet mess that worked, as opposed to a great complex beer that's world class. Quite delicious though, and a pleasure to sip and explore.

Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to micstache for this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip (proper!). Poured red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, vanilla, fruit, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, fruit, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. There was a huge amount going on here if I am honest. My palate actually almost found it quite overwhelming as I had no clue what the Hell was going on at some points during my glass. Granted there were a lot of nice aspects going on at the same time, but they just seemed to be crammed in with a bunch of other things going on. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that’s about it if you were to ask me.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is a murky dark brown with a thin dark tan head. Nose has a bit of dark olive underneath with strong plum notes and a hint of acetic acid. Taste is similar, has notes of Adam underneath the sour plum and black cherry notes. A hint of an acidic twang in back on a creamy body and crisply carbonated finish.

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 drpimento
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer. Appearance is just ok with a smallish light tan head that soon settles to a ring and island with a bit of lace and a hazy dark amber color. Aroma is a very volatile mix of raisins, prunes, dates, figs, sherry, brandy, toffee, black pepper and a suggestion of peaches. Flavor's somewhat similar to nose, starts out a bit sweet and finishes in the back of the mouth with a long lasting tang. Excellent body. A beer to be shared and sipped. Well done, brewmasters!

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

12oz bottle $10.99 The price point bothered me but the description just seemed so interesting and hair of the dog beers are always expensive, especially the barrel aged ones. Smells ,like vanilla, wood, interesting, alcohol, booze. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, definitely a hint of dissident, cherries, and a plastic flavor that could be adam or could be the rye barrel stoic, not sure. I always thought adam had a sort of plastic/band-aid note going so who knows? There is a slight sting at the end from the alcohol and this is definitely a sipper for sure. Not a lot of carbonation but more than the average hair of the dog brew. Overall its quite interesting but way overpriced.

Photo of maximum12
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my lovely & talented wife for picking up two bottles of this while I was otherwise occupied. Working, or watching strippers. I forget which. Wildly expensive 12 oz. bottle split with said wife/procurer.

Pour is ruddy cheeked & a bit darker. The smell is aggressively barreled up, & the barrels were clearly the final resting place of plenty of pungent fruit. Wine is the one barrel that jumps out of the mix. Good way to jump start interest.

Collage bears the heavy burden of a serious price tag & is found wanting. Wine barrels are the only barrel in evidence, & the vinuous feel leads with its head. Sharp sherry/grape are oddly distinct from the barrel & contribute a wry fruitiness. Touch of rye underneath. The fruit really gets in the nose & lengthens the aftertaste. Six ounces is going fast, this is scary/easy to drink for the ABV.

There's beer in here? Tastes more like a nice wine cut with a bit of ale, circa 1284. Aye, m'lord. Pass me anuther. This is a good beer, but the fact that it costs as much as the GDP of Lesotho makes it less attractive.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Thanks Mark!

Pours dark reddish brown with a very small bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a thin collar.

Aroma is dominated by Dissident and Stoic - sour cherries, light vinegar notes and brown sugar. As it warms, you can get some of the HotD brews with caramel malts and treacle sweetness. The barrel notes are there but subtle, vanilla and booze in the background.

The taste is much more interesting for me and there is a much better balance of all 4 brews. Some sweet caramel malts, molasses, tobacco and leather - hello Adam. The tart cherries are less dominant but still linger on the palate, as does the hefty ABV content with the barrels just accentuating the boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is big and decadent, both sweet and sour, with low soft carbonation.

This is a great collaboration which thankfully tasted more complex than the aroma suggested. Always fun to see a few different, but great, beers meld together. Not a FW blend, but pretty damn good.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this bottle! Thanks Hollis!

poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: dirty dark brown bodied beer with a small off white cap of head that drops to lace around the glass. Spotty lace.

Smell: This has a ton of things going on in the nose. The tart cherries of the dissident seem to pop out immediately. A big caramel note is present as well. Lots of barrel notes in the beer as well....wines notes and whiskey notes seem the most prominent. The adam contributes earthy, woody, and leather notes. Fred and the rye barrels add some spicey notes. In general, I am getting alot of white grapes and pears, red fruits, and dark fruit notes. Really busy and complex nose that interestely unique!

Taste: The beer starts off with tarts cherries with a vinous, earthy, and oak notes. The beer has a hint of spice and vanilla and caramel sweetness. The beer starts to get sweet and fruity about mid palate on through to the finish. There is really so much going on in this beer that I cant even figure everything out; when you drink it your like: What just happened? because this beer has sooo much complexity and little nuances mixed with some really powerful flavors like every good big beer should deliver. This beer really makes you think as you drink it. Cherries and oak notes are in this beer from start to finish thats without a doubt The Dissident in the beer. Leather and fig and raisins are Adam's contribution of flavor in this beer. The Stoic gives big fruitiness from the white grape notes in this beer that compliment the vinous notes from the wine barrels. Fred adds to the mildly spicey rye notes in this beer and compliments it well. Very complex beer and complicated beer. If this beer had a gender... it would have to be female because its that complex and difficult to understand.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer has a touch of heat that is warming with a small burn to it. Just enough carbonation to keep the beer from feeling syrupy.

Overall: This was quite a brain child of Dischutes and Hair of the Dog. It had to take alot of effort and skill to blend and barrel age the 4 base beers in all the different barrel treatments the two breweries used. It a tribute to what a bit of creativity can do in the hands of genius brewmasters. Probably one of the coolest collaborations that I have had the privilage to drink. I sipped in this beer and really appreciated all the hard work / skill it took to make this 12oz serving of beer that I am drinking. Named quite appropriately as well. Its flavors even translate well with the name and the theme set for the beer. I love the fact that I have drank Adam, Fred,The Stoic and I can find all three of these beer in this great "collage" of these beers. Wasnt sure if this beer was going to be a big hot mess, but I think its a mighty fine complex beer.

Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1323rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12oz

2012 release
Best after 4/23/13

App- Pours out a multifacedted hue with many colors to it. A bit of burgundy. A bit of red. Has some yellows and light browns around the edges. A one finger khaki head was there and then fell to a nice 1/8" of bubbles with a bit of film on the top. A bit still and thick cordial looking.

Smell- The first smells that come wofting up to the nose are the sherry wine notes. Its fairly sweet with alot of booze stinging the nostrils. A bit of a wine like grape tannins come in from the pinot. Other than that I dont get much. Maybe some citrus like cherry? Its still really young. The barrels are very hidden on the nose.

Taste- I really pick up on the Stoic 1st. The unique combo of those flavors just comes up so quick with the sour of the Dissident. Has a malty like sour cherry note but then a strong malt flavor similar to Adam and Fred with a bit of the creamy Fred flavor and the stong Adam malt bill. Its very tasty. A bit young and sweet with ALOT of room to grow. The barrel notes are really all of over the place and hard to pick out them individually. Mostly again just the sherry.

Mouth- A very medium body with a creamy sweet mix between old ale and some flanders red such as the Dissident. Really like the taste but the feel is just super lush here. A bit of a residual malty/cherry note. A good medium carbonation and a bit of a lip smacker.

Drink- Its got a lot going on in this glass and I see good things for it. I really think the time in the bottle till next year will let it settle and mingle well. A bit powerful with the booze but still very good and again sweet. Maybe borders on cloying but thats okay. As a side note for those looking to compare it to something. JW Lees Sherry Cask. Glad I have 2 more bottles.

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.

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