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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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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 110
Gots: 280 | FT: 32
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

steve8robin, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of angrybabboon
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.

angrybabboon, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of 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.

d2daj, Jan 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Mebuzzard, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BradMacMullin, Jan 13, 2013
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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Label says best after 4/30/13, but I just couldn't wait any longer!

Appearance: deep ruby hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. I love the richness of the color.

Smell: now *this* is what a strong ale should smell like. The deep, rich malt featuring plum, raisin, and cherry aromas; the vanilla and wood; the tinge of lactic sourness. Truly a mélange to be savored! Wonderful.

Taste: wow, what an amazing and dynamic flavor. It starts off with a sweet, fruity malt; rather like a quadrupel. Then the more traditional sweet and robust American strong ale character takes over, right as the sourness is starting to kick in. As the sourness mellows a little bit, the wood, vanilla and alcohol come together for the dessert-like finish. The tail end is a subdued sourness and alcohol warmth. What a beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a relatively low carbonation but a good, smooth and almost silky creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer really floats my boat. It's a little bit hot on a few counts to be perfect, but it is a damn, damn fine brew. Even at ten bucks a bottle, it's not overpriced.

flagmantho, Jan 11, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -8.7%

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a medium brown color with a half finger head and decent lacing.

S: Sweet and sour. Nice sweet aromas from the barrel aging along with some sour fruit aromas. Oak and vanilla in there somewhere along with some wine.

T: Very complex mix of flavors here. Too much to talk about, but pretty enjoyable even though it becomes quite sour.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Just finished drinking this and read on the bottle that it's best after 4/30/13...oh well. I almost made it.

nUgZ, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

JOrtt, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

pukahi91, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

a holiday gift from my bro . . .

2012 bottle poured into a pilsner glass - hindsight, would better warrant a sniffer

A: average head dies down to a glass-clinging ring of tan colored foam, fairly good lacing

S: not paying attention to the label, i checked the aroma from the bottle and realized i had something barrel aged - yay! as it warmed, the barrel. scent of bourbon comes through a bit more as it warms.

T: just getting into some of the barrel aged brews, so i am a bit of a noob here . . . but compared to others i've tried, this really makes my nose and tongue quite happy. cherries, and the sense this was well stored

O: oh, i like this. i like this a lot. it really carries the barrel aged badge up front and center, but it's smoother and more enjoyable than some of the others. not terribly complex to my uninitiated taste buds, but what is there is quite pleasing. it tastes like i'm drinking something special, and i want to savor ever sip. not something to rush through

lighthabit, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz brown bottle I paid $11.84 for. Nearly a dollar an ounce, this had better be good.

A: looks like cola, hazy cola brown. Not much head, tiny little ring of offwhite head.

S: sweet and tart smelling. The cherry shines through, bits of oakieness. Bit of bourbony smell, might be from the whisky barrels.

T: finishes sour like the Dissident. Opens sweet with cherry. Bits of barrel flavors come through, oak and vanilla. the pomegranate(sp?) Isn't very strong, it gets masked a bit by the huge cherry flavor, but dark fruits dominate for sure. The sweetness reminds me of a barleywine but that could be the quad.

M: medium bodied and minimally carbonated.

O: delicious. Not as stunning as The Dissident alone but a really good beer. haven't had The Stoic.

N3rdM3t4l, Jan 03, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a medium cola brown with light garnet highlights. Needs a vigorous pour to net half a finger of tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

Spectacular aroma off this, a collaboration of fig, raisins, rich vinous fruit, apple, pear, toffee, coffee cake, oak, vanilla, a bit of tart lemons, pine and hints of alcohol. Rich and complex aroma.

Barleywine and quad flavors off the bat, deep vinous fruit, candied dates, toffee, brown sugar and almost a cinnamon apple sweetness that runs smoothly through half the drink until flashes of lemon, vinegar and tart cherries begin to clash with oak, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol that leads to a very creamy feel though brightly tart. Dries very well. Middle of the drink is a little tough as it begin to evolve towards a sour profile, very interesting and delicious.

Mellow carbonation that is very easy to drink, medium to even a bit bodied and though the hops are gone from this brew it's ideally tart and lifts from the palate. Slight alcohol but doesn't get in the way of the complexity of this beer.

A terrific collaborative beer that is imaginative and complex. Artistic in it's making, all the barrel aging and rotating may make the flavors all mesh into one another but it's interesting to see what infinite combination flavors the drinker will be able to pull out while enjoying this brew. Sitting on this about 6 more month will make the booze fade, a sensory experience in a glass.

rawfish, Jan 01, 2013
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4.48/5  rDev +8%

I was very happy to get a bottle of this collab. Poured a rustic dark hue with a quick fading head. Smell of raisins, oak and hint of booze. Exceptional taste leaves my taste buds chattering. A nice feel of tartness with definitely a rye whiskey end. Really wanted to save this bottle and put a little more age on it but its NYE!! Great collaboration, even though it was a bit pricey a great beer overall!!

MIA4IPA, Dec 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ADTaber, Dec 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

irishgreensoda, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

JasonSiedman, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

appetiteforparis, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

stealth, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with no foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Even-handed dark fruit, wood, spirit, and acids (lactic and acetic) evoke Flanders-style qualities at times. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark vinous fruit and restrained tartness before a brief spike in fusel alcohols. Yeast phenolics are exposed in the middle, eroding somewhat the solid foundation established early. Oak/bourbon/vanilla and honest chewy crystal malt emerge toward the finish, although resurgent vinous fruit lingers appealingly. Alcohol increases in overall influence gradually from beginning to finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A complex beer, with barrel and sour features that add interest--but stop short of being extreme or challenging. Some parts of the flavor profile are excellent, but the taste is undermined by the schizophrenic middle. Components don't quite meld into a seamless product, although the collection of parts are worth beholding.

beagle75, Dec 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ScaryHairy44, Dec 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

barbellsNbeers, Dec 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

CliffBrake, Dec 18, 2012
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.