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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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

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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 790
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 112
Gots: 283 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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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 matttttYCE
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 006, poured into a Russian River 'ation' glass. The head is slightly off white, about a finger high, and between foamy and creamy. Fades to a light cap and subtle ring. Decent lace. The beer itself is a clear and brilliant straw yellow/gold.

The aroma is lovely and inviting on a warm day like today. Brett and some funk, straw, a light tart sweetness, green apple, lemon zest, light biscuit malt notes, hints of strawberry, hints of yeast, spice, banana and clove almost like it's hinting at a hefe.

The taste is nice as well. Lighter acidic sourness, moderate tartness, sweet but dry, brett, green apple, lemon zest, white wine notes, strawberry or apricot maybe, bready biscuity malts, a bit of belgian yeast, some spice, a bit salty and again hints of clove and banana like it's a bit hefe. Really a pleasant taste.

Light-medium carbonation, light and oily consistency, medium-ish body, and a lighter drier finish.

This is certainly a complex and slow sipping beer. I could take much longer to appreciate this, but I just don't know if I want to. Good and actually I've had all the beers that are components of this beer and strangely enough I feel that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in this case. Maybe with the exception of Dissident. That beer is hard to beat solo. Anyways, nice and complex beer, should be nice come 4/30/13 best after date.

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Photo of spoony
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a large wine glass. The bottle suggested aging until 2013, but I was traveling and couldn't bring the beer with me on the plane...so I went for it.

A-Coppery brown with a one-finger tan head that dissipated into a thin ring. Some lacing.

S-A bit of sour cherry and vinegar, but not too sour. You also get some plum and raisin notes and pretty decent whiff of alcohol, which is to be expected with the ABV.

T-You get the vinegar and a little sour cherry up front, but this is definitely not a true "sour" because there is a lot more going on. The raisin and plum notes come on in the middle, and the alcohol is quite noticeable on the finish, which is where you get some nice oak and vanilla...almost bourbon-like qualities.

M-Creamy with very light carbonation. Drinkable.

O-This one really grew on me as it warmed. I kept noticing more and more flavors. I wonder what a year or two in the cellar would do? I bet it could be pretty amazing.

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Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2+ finger head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is very dark brown almost black.

S. Caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, a little sour, raisins, figs. Get some oak and vanilla. Definitely has a barrel aged aroma. A little acohol heat rises up. Nice blend of quad, sour, with some barrel aging thrown in to mix everything up.

T. So lets say this takes like a quad, barleywine, sour, and a little bit of barrel aged stout all mixed into one. Needless to say a lot of flavors going on. You really get so many different flavors on one drink. As for individual flavors, caramel, molasses, raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar. Towards the end of a drink I get a bit of rye.

M. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes with some sweetness along with an array of other flavors.

O. Very interesting and unique. Massive amounts of flavor going on. From the simple standpoint of a masterful blending of some amazing beers, I think this is pretty right on the money.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet and funky with a little tartness. The taste is malty with sweet cherries, but doesn't possess the expected sourness and tartness. It drinks like a port wine and probably ages just as well. Worth trying and a tasty collab.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish copper brown with a really thin wispy brown head that takes a little bit to fade.

S: The nose is really interesting. It's quite the mix of sweet and sour. I get caramel, raisins, plums, cherries, raspberries, vinegar, and boozy heat. Damn.

T: It starts out with a quick hit of sweet caramel and raisin, but the tart and funky come on strong right after. Tart cherries dominate, along with some slight red raspberry. As it moves into the finish it get boozy and clean. There is a great bourbon quality to it, but it finishes with a crisp vodka type heat. Interesting.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and tart and lingers on the palate for quite a bit. It's big and boozy too. This is a slow sipper, for sure.

O: Overall, it's hard to make up my mind on this beer. It's drinkable, and tasty, and funky, but I just don't know if I like it. It's all over the place with it's flavors, and the booze is incredibly evident. I'm glad to have tried this beer, but I don't if I ever need to drink this again. Actually, I bet this beer would do wonders with a few years on it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Sm00thHoperator
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fascinating complex beer that will age great if you have the patience!

Appearance is a murky brown with a small head which is expected for an 11.6% beer.

Aroma gets more interesting and intense as it warms. Notes of toffee, carmel, cherry, oak, leather and tobacco from the barrels

Mouth feels is great well carbonated and smooth unlike lost abby angel share (I still am a fan of that beer!)

Taste I get the sourness and cherries with oak right up front. The others in the aroma are some what subdue.

Great old ale or american strong ale however the two breweries are calling it. Like to see how this will change by 4/30/13 like the bottle says on it.


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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear plastic cup. Best I can do, I don't bring glassware on the road. Best buy date is 04/30/13.

A: Body is slightly cloudy dark caramel shade. Head is a light tan, dense, with nice lacing, even on this stupid plastic cup.

S: Very boozy with tons of fruit and whiskey type aromas.

T: Highly alcoholic, slightly sour, fruity, dark, Belgian yeast character , extremely well balanced.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy, which is not such a crime for a beer of this gravity.

O: This is a special beer. Unlike anything I've had, though I can identify its parts, I think there is some great synergy here.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red/brown with a very tiny collar of bubbles

Smell is mostly the dissident up front with a nice vanilla spirit hint

Taste is out of this world....so complex im getting some slightly tart cherry with the red wine barrel notes on the first sip. After a few sips i start to pick up on a very sweet toffee like aftertaste with very strong cognac and bourbon notes...lots of oak.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, just where it needed to be. Carbonation is low but that is welcome and expected at strong ales of this caliber.

Overall this beer is outstanding, a true test of the limits of barrel aged beers.

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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of n2185
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a murky brown with a finger 9f beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, tobacco, dark and tart fruits, sourness, funk, Port, and other aromas. So much going on and it all works so well together.

T: similar to the aroma, there is caramel, vanilla, tobacco, dark fruits, tart and sour fruits, breads, and a light alcohol presence. Like the aroma, there is just a ton of stuff going on and it works really well.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, but only just.

O: such a fantastic beer. A little weak on the body and appearance, but other than that is damn near perfect.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a wine glass, as to better preserve the aroma (I have no idea if that is right or not, but seemed it.) from a 12 oz bottle, brewed in May. I really wish I had bought two, one for long-term aging and this one, but the store slapped a limit on me and then charged $13 for this. Alas.

A- One finger khaki head, with surprisingly long retention considering the high ABV. Nice ringed lacing. Dark mahogany color with no clarity. Fine looking brew.

S- Sour like a red wine, oak barrels, cherry, brown sugar, some sour alcoholic flavors. Caramel notes. Quite aromatic, smelled some of these as I was just cracking the bottle.

T- Acidic and surprisingly subtle. Boozy but with a strong flavoring of tobacco. The cherries I tasted get lost in the oak and wooden flavors. Strange.

M- Vinous and astringent. Not a fan.

O- Well, here I am somewhat disappointed. Maybe I SHOULD have aged it longer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries with dark fruits, sweet caramelized sugars, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some sour cherries with some brown and caramelized sugars, caramel malts, and some vanilla. Through the middle, oak and Bourbon comes through with some raisin, date, and other dark fruits, and bit of sherry and Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, caramelized sugars, dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The sourness of the cherries comes through nicely and the rest of the beer is big and bold but balances nicely.

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Photo of denver10
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep caramel, chestnut color with a thumbs width off white head. Aroma filled with belgian yeast giving it a big wallop of alcoholic apples alongside some caramel, woodiness, and alcoholic heat. . Flavor starts off quite harsh as this one packs a ton of heat. As the beer warms up, it improves tenfold though.Things seem to be a huge mishmash of flavors and different phases of this beer all seem to offer their own individual experience. Starts off hot and leathery; belgian type yeast, apples, dark cherries, and lots of woodiness. The second half is much smoother and enjoyable as a nice sweet, sugary, some vanilla and caramel flavor dominates. A thick, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a messy beer. I definitely preferred the 2nd half of this beer over the first half and not sure the 2 phases quites melded together. And also too much heat going on, more age on this is definitely needed. It definitely improves as it warms up though.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on July 20, 2012 in Duvel Tulip

Appearance 3.5
Nearly opaque dark caramel brown with faint touch of red in the head. Pours white inch half head that fades to a thin covering.

Aroma 4
Very complex aroma. Tart sourness dominates. Notes of lemon, faint dark cherry, dark fruits, bourbon and sherry. Soft notes of oak and vanilla. As the beer warms, can really pick up the barrel aged whiskey and bourbon as well as oak even more. It has a quite prominent, yet enjoyable aroma intensity.

Taste 4.5
Quite complex in the taste. Initially some tart slight sourness with notes of lemon and dark cherry and sherry notes that is sharp across the midline of the palate. Initially also get soft, faint toffee malt that fades midway through which adds a smoothness to the palate. Some very faint intermittent notes of spicy and yeasty esters. Midway through to finish, a slight bitterness detectable from the hops. Pick up notes of barrels, such esp sherry, wine, and bourbon, which start in mid-taste and lasts late on the palate. Finishes somewhat dry with a touch of sweetness and vanilla/oak presence along with a lingering sourness. As the beer warms, the notes of the barrel are more prominent adding notes of oak and vanilla. There is slight warmth, reminiscent of the spirits from which the barrels are age from. Very smooth with only slightly detectable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel 4
Moderate thickness. Mild to moderate carbonation. Sharp sour and tart presence initially, which softens midway by presence of barrel aged spirits as well as soft sweetness. Reasonable good coating of mouth and palate. Feels about the right viscosity.

Overall 4
A very interesting beer, quite complex. Hard to know what to make of it. As it warmed it started to come together and I enjoyed it more. The driving force is the sour tart element, but it is balanced but the still quite present aspects for the barrel aging process, particularly that of bourbon and sherry, with less from pinot noir. There is still a contrasting element of sweetness fro the malt as well as a vanilla/oak presence. It would be interesting to see how this beer would change with aging. Ultimately, well done beer although take a little to wrap your head around. I’d recommend trying it.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy amber with off white head. Dies down quickly but has stuck around the top of the beer for the last 20 minutes.
Nose: wood and vinegar, bit of citrus.

Initial taste is mild caramel malt sweetness, fruit follows, then chocolate cherries at the end. Wood is present through the sip. There is a bit of sour at the top and a generally mild acidity, but it's presence in the beer is mostly in the smell. MF is lighter than I expected, especially considering the Matt and Fred.

This is an amazing beer. When I first tried it (ten minutes out of the fridge) I was a little put off, especially considering that it was 1$/ounce. Once it warms up though it really shines. I'm really looking forward to seeing how those bugs work on the sugars in the beer after a few years. Might snag another bottle to add to the one I currently have in the cellar.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark copper with about a finger of tan head. Pretty good retention--a ring lasting the entire pour--and a few swaths of lacing.

S: A lot of oak barrel and spirits up front, dark candied fruit. Straight up oak is predominant.

T: Again, barrel, wine, and spirits in the forefront, followed by light tartness providing structure.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Good if you like the barrel. Collage is an apt name, and I think it works well within the nebulous strong ale category, given it's complexity and sipping qualities. The sourness is noticeable but not overboard. Crazy price point though ($12.49).

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Certainly going to revisit this one sometime in 2014, but here's what I found at this point:

APPEARANCE: Deep Mahogany with almost no head, maybe a quarter-inch, but it faded quickly leaving just a wisp or two on the surface. It looks a lot like Bourbon Fred from the Wood except not quite as murky.

SMELL: Smells like a Barleywine, actually, a lot like Doggie Claws. Brown sugar led the way with a slight lemon, sourness underneath. A bit of grape must aroma was also there.

TASTE: Like the aroma, this tastes like a wine barrel aged Barleywine. There is something about Hair of the Dog's beers, they all have this delicious brown sugary sweetness and the Conflux is no exception to that rule. A touch of banana lurks in the background along with a lemon-cherry tartness.

MOUTHFEEL: The Conflux could use a little more carbonation, but at least it has more bubbles than the Bourbon Fred. It is smooth and sweet, but not at all mouthcoating. Pretty average mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This seemed to me to be a Hair of the Dog beer that was apparently brewed at Deschutes, which works for me. Deschutes is great, but I just didn't see any of their signature on this beer. Anyhow, it was quite tasty, I'm very glad I had the opportunity to try, but I am excited to get back to it in a couple years to see how it has improved.

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Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into oversized CBS snifter. Apperance is murky reddish with shades of brown. Minimal head upon pour with no lacing. The Dissident is the most prominent beer I get in the aroma. Notes of red wine, oak, and a healthy dose of vinegar come through up front. Vinous fruit qualities are present with a mild amount of bret. Adam joins the party at the finish with a small addition of malty Barleywine/Old Ale goodness. The taste starts off very malt forward with evidence of Fred and Adam's presence. This quickly becomes tart with the return of Dissident. The quad quality from The Stoic is overshadowed by the lactic acid component. The finish is slightly tart with some quad quality coming through. Red wine has an underlying presence and provides some tannins. I'm having trouble finding the spirit character in this, maybe a touch of vanilla comes through. The mouthfeel is surprisingly not that heavy with moderate carbonation. This is an intriguing brew that has a fitting name. I've had a few beer blends and I find this one to be pretty well blended. Each individual brew is present with a definite dominance in the way of Dissident. I would have liked some more Adam character, but this brew is delicious either way. The balance is great for the 11.6% ABV.

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Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark mahogany, with dark red and brown colors in the edges, with two fingers of foamy light tan colored head. Head dissipates after a few minutes to a bubbly half a finger with plenty of sticky lacing. Knowing the base beers for this, very pleasantly surprised by the nice head.

Nose is interesting, some red wine notes upfront, vinous with tannins, a touch of orange peel, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, lighter balsamic vinegar. Really different smelling beer.

Taking a sip, lots of wine and bourbon barrel character, wine astringency, oak, vanilla, orange peel, balsamic vinegar, toffee, caramel, toasted malt. The Fred and Adam are more prominent in the flavor than in the nose, with old ale leather and tobacco flavors and some lighter citrus from Fred. An interesting and complex beer.

Medium to full body with good carbonation, helps to keep it on the lighter side and somewhat easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a warming in the throat indicating the high abv.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.