Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Best after 4/30/13
Murky copper with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.
Bourbon, sherry, oak, cherry, rum raisin, must, toffee, caramel and vanilla. A lot going on here.
Different flavors are shooting at me from left and right. Cherry, rum raisin, concord grape and blackberry. Sherry, cognac, bourbon, pinot noir, oak and vanilla. Loads of toffee, caramel and candy sugars. Finishes with leather, tobacco and earth.
Full bodied, silky, sticky and warming.
Tastes like a big, malty Old Ale/Barleywine mixed with the subtler characteristics of a fruity Wild Ale/Flemish Red/Kriek. Huge complexities makes this a nice sipper that hides the alcohol well. Very unique and worth trying if you have the money.
04-26-2013 20:42:40 | More by justintcoons
3.04/5 rDev -26.7%
Consumed April 23rd, 2013 from a bottle labeled "best after 04/30/13". Sue me; I couldn't wait. Poured into a Mother Earth Brewing... goblety-flute glass. Consumed at 50 degrees F.
Beer pours a fairly clear deep reddish brown. A two finger off white head forms and hangs around for quite some time.
Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and sour like lemons. Seems like there's a touch of green olive and must in there as well that kind of almost ruins it.
Flavor: sharp-edged sourness cuts through the syrupy-sweet caramel body. A bit of lemon on the finish. Morphs into white wine vinegar as beer warms. Despite all the component beers and barrel-aging shenanigans, not especially complex. But the flavors ARE intense and the beer has a warming effect in the stomach. I had this when it was first released and it seemed better then.
Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little creamy with some carbonation to keep it lively.
Overall, this didn't turn out very well. Maybe this was a bad bottle or maybe the off notes in the aroma developed over time, but I wish I had taken notes on the first bottle I had when it freshly released. Aging hurt this one.
04-24-2013 03:56:55 | More by charlzm
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
92 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.