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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

719 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 719
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 107
Gots: 283 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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)

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012)
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-11-2013 06:08:25 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-10-2013 07:09:48 | More by iL0VEbeer
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%

Hmm, interesting beer. A few too many competing flavors (in a bad way) for me to enjoy this. Starts out like an oud bruin, and then Adam's leathery, chocolatey flavors take over. The finish is an unpleasant acetic, slightly coppery tang. Interesting and complex, but the flavors just don't meld.

Edit - After having it for a second time at a tasting, it did seem a bit more harmonious, so I increased my rating. Still prefer the individual components to the blend.

02-10-2013 01:27:15 | More by thebigredone
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markmcconv

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-09-2013 15:24:20 | More by markmcconv
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AApparel

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-06-2013 03:42:45 | More by AApparel
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Tom-Peters

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

02-04-2013 19:40:52 | More by Tom-Peters
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scottfrie

California

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter. Best after 4/30/13 (I couldn't wait).

A: Pours a lightly opaque deep burgundy with a thin light tan head that quickly faded into a thick collar. Wispy lace.
S: Very sweet notes of sugary fruits, deep roasted malts, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, honey and toffee. I get a few lightly tart notes in there as well, definitely reminiscent of Deschutes contributing beers, and some spicy hints of whisky and bourbon. Sweet, tart, sugary and fruity smelling. This beer is all over the place, in a good way of course.
T: Tastes just like it’s described. Sweet and rich dark ale flavors of the HOTD beers are lighten and lightly soured by the Dissident and Stoic. Sherry, spicy rye whisky, smooth bourbon, chocolate, cherry skin tannins, dry vinous oak, raisin, caramel and toffee all blend and combine into something rather unique. The finish is boozy with hints of vanilla, and the aftertaste is full of dates and other dark fruits alongside a lingering mashed fruit sourness.
M: Full body, bubbly carbonation, and a very interesting sweet sugary mouthfeel that has a drying tannic finish. There’s a boozy quality to the beer but I wouldn't necessarily call it boozy. There is nothing hot about the alcohol, but its presence is known.
O: An interesting blend, definitely unique. Sweet dark ale flavors mixed with a splash of sour cherry, bourbon and wine barrel. If you’re a fan of these breweries other beers this is definitely worth a try.

02-03-2013 17:13:26 | More by scottfrie
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kingmaker

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-03-2013 07:42:20 | More by kingmaker
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johnhenryconway


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-02-2013 09:06:24 | More by johnhenryconway
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +13%

Re-review. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westvleteren Goblet. I've had this bottle for about 6 months, but it is still well before the Best After Date, which is 3 months from now.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry, raisin color. Very little head, well less than a finger and the head is off-white in color

Smell: Chocolate and cherries are the first aromas to get to my nose, and it is a mouth-watering combination. Some bourbon, figs and malts as well. Terrific smelling beer, very complex.

Taste: Matches the nose very well - chocolate and cherries. Bourbon, cognac. Very complex, malty, figs, plenty of oak, even a tad bit of sourness in this one. Alcohol finishes this one off and ties all the flavors together seamlessly. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouth-feel: Despite the lack of a head, some carbonation is definitely detected and it helps lift this beer up. This is a fantastic beer to chew a bit and has a nice medium-bodied feel to it.

Overall: This one just keeps getting better with age. This is an extremely impressive brew - very different from most beers I have tasted, it's almost in a genre of its own. The chocolate and cherries which have the greatest presence in the taste are so well balanced with all the other flavors and the carbonation keeps this one from being too heavy or thick. This beer is a wonderfully crafted "collage".

01-28-2013 05:11:45 | More by Resuin
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jvillefan

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-27-2013 23:53:42 | More by jvillefan
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oline73

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours a reddish amber with a nice layer of off white head. The nose is slightly tart with a dark fruit sweetness and a soy sauce like note. The taste is tart but still quite smooth. There is a wine note along with some oak. Quite sweet in the background. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

01-26-2013 20:47:31 | More by oline73
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emilylee

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-25-2013 21:57:12 | More by emilylee
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-24-2013 05:37:53 | More by Kelp
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OMsweetOM

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-24-2013 05:35:00 | More by OMsweetOM
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-23-2013 16:01:01 | More by Tucquan
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oregone

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-23-2013 14:54:39 | More by oregone
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-23-2013 04:36:06 | More by steve8robin
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-19-2013 06:51:25 | More by KiMiRaiK
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

01-19-2013 05:46:36 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Appearance: Perfectly clear deep copper/brick red. Almost no head. Drops to a tiny, tiny off-white collar. No carbonation.

Smell: Alcohol, all sorts of alcohol. Caramel and vanilla loaded with bourbon. Cognac pulls through. Nice rich oak. Touches of red wine. Toffee, deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Dark red fruits. Some cherry, plum, and grape. Straight up alcohol heat. Almost smells like rum in the back. Leather. Mildly acetic. Vague cocoa and chocolate. Sugary sweetness on the back. No hops.

Taste: First, take a shot of bourbon. Sharp bite of cognac and red wine. So many varieties of alcohol. Sweet caramel malt. Worn leather, touches of chocolate. Bourbon adds some vanilla and caramel and toffee. Backing acetic tartness. Earthy. Some backing char and smokiness. Touches of apple, peach, and orange. Very fruity. Floral. It's a massive hodgepodge of crazy flavor. Vague spiciness in the back. Some biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation. Body is smooth, a touch creamy, and hits a nice solid medium.

Overall: Madness? This is Collage.

So much going on I can't really think through it all. 4 complex beers blended in so many barrels makes for an even more complex beer oddly enough. A bit too much without enough melding to truly be amazing.

01-19-2013 03:48:00 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/18/13

Appearance: Medium amber with a lot of brown and red - minimal carbonation - small, white head, leaves some nice lacing despite the minimal carbonation

Smell: A ton going on, challenging to know where to start - amber, cooked, caramelized malts with syrupy biscuits and toffee - basically, every type of barrel imaginable - wood, dark fuits, wine, port, vanilla

Taste: Maybe even more complicated than the smell - cooked, caramelized malts - molasses, toffee, amber malt extract - a range of wood and barrels that I can't quite comprehend - some booze - dark fruits like cherry, grapes - mildly bitter - lightly tart - the barrels are interesting, but the malt complexity may be even more interesting

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, low carbonation, smooth, a bit sticky with a boozy finish (not ideal)

Overall: What... is this?

There's so much going on here, it's hard to make any sense. There seems to be some coherence in the chaos. Despite the number of barrels involved in this beer, it's somehow not overly woody. The malts are interesting. Overall, it's very good, but a bit too noisy.

01-19-2013 03:44:29 | More by angrybabboon
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d2daj


4.46/5  rDev +7.5%

Cafe Veloce' Kirkland, WA
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip
Label best after 4/30/13, but Waitress noted they were out of Supplication and said I would enjoy this.

Appearance: gorgeous rich color, deep cherry color surrounded by lines of ambers

Smell: wafts of a dark cherry cordial just popped open or warmed plum tart, light fruity with notes of kick your arse bourbon scent

Taste: wow, what an amazing and dynamic flavor. (to plagiarize from another review) suprising on all fronts-sweet fruit, bourbon woody notes combined with nostril goodness. Flat feel on the tongue combined with scent and then flavor bursts of sour, sweet, more subtle on the sour. Very balanced. Teeter totter of goodness.

Mouth: subtle carbonation, smooth and pleasant

Overall: Boom pow bang up surprise- its a limited offering so not offended at $15 price tag. What a find and pleasure. Real pleaser for one who seeks a complicated menagerie of flavors.

01-16-2013 01:09:57 | More by d2daj
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-13-2013 21:39:21 | More by Mebuzzard
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-13-2013 01:53:05 | More by BradMacMullin
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.