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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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93
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729 Ratings
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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 109
Gots: 279 | FT: 31
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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Ratings: 729 | Reviews: 205 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Immortale25
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Immortale25, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Jerriko
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Jerriko, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of kk73
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kk73, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of FremontBar
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A very pleasing cherry brown color with virtually no head.
S: Sweet and boozy, definitely some bourbon, oak, raisins, and some vanilla.
T: Really boozy at first but settles down, love the sour aspect, get some sweet raisins and dark fruit, subdued finish but bourbon lingers
M: Lightly carbonated, creamy, really works for this beer
O: Going in I had no idea what this beer was about but interest definitely peaked after that first whiff. In a way there is almost too much going on but as it appears it is meant to be aged I will check it out again in a couple years see what happens. Overall an interesting beer and I'm glad I tried it but wouldn't seek it out again until it has a few years on it. Cheers.

FremontBar, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of switzer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

switzer, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of mjw1200
5/5  rDev +20.2%

mjw1200, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of chugamugofsud
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

chugamugofsud, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of graymoment
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

graymoment, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of 04beerguy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

04beerguy, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

tuckerlikesbeer, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

EyePeeAyBryan, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of thebigredone
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

thebigredone, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of markmcconv
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

markmcconv, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of AApparel
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

AApparel, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Tom-Peters
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Tom-Peters, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of scottfrie
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

scottfrie, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kingmaker, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

johnhenryconway, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of Resuin
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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".

Resuin, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jvillefan, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

oline73, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

emilylee, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Kelp, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of OMsweetOM
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

OMsweetOM, Jan 24, 2013
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.