Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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2.28/5 rDev -45.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2013 01:42:03 | More by josephwa
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2013 23:15:09 | More by portia99
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 709 ratings.