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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

704 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 107
Gots: 284 | FT: 33
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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Caleb

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-15-2012 18:54:57 | More by Caleb
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Skunkdrool

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

09-15-2012 18:34:28 | More by Skunkdrool
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mfield14

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-15-2012 04:39:37 | More by mfield14
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Chambic

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-14-2012 23:06:01 | More by Chambic
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +20.5%

09-13-2012 06:00:06 | More by Travisnin
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Pete27lax

New York

2/5  rDev -51.8%

09-11-2012 06:36:18 | More by Pete27lax
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GreatBloomer

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-10-2012 15:37:49 | More by GreatBloomer
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy red. No head. Small ring of tan bubbles.  Good lacing though. Which is weird. 4/5

Smell- leather, wood, dark dried fruits. Tart dried cherries.  4.5/5

Taste- Tart, dried cherries.  Some plumb and fig flavors as well. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. Perfect for this beer. 5/5

Overall- Outstanding beer. I will have to get another for my cellar to see how it is in a couple of years. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 03:51:56 | More by MADhombrewer
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HuaiDan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-10-2012 00:07:00 | More by HuaiDan
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JohnnieQuest

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-07-2012 15:35:18 | More by JohnnieQuest
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 3 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep, clear, slightly reddish amber. Just a thin layer of off-white head, okay retention, not much lacing. Not the best-looking beer.

Smell is all about other alcohols. Red wine, whiskey, cognac, all backed up by a very solid malt base. The barrels dominate the smell, but there are so many of them, and they meld so well together, that I'm really liking it.

Taste is an amalgam of those same characteristics, but things clash a bit more. The red wine is a bit more prominent, especially the grape-skin tannins kicking in late, and the sharper flavors of the liquors come out more. My biggest complaint, though, is that I can't pick up much of the base beers in this. I'd say there's more quad than anything else, but I get a whole mess of flavors, and it's tough to parse them out.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Juicy, full, and sticky, but with exactly the amount of carbonation I want to prevent it being too much of a weight in my mouth. Very nice.

This is a bruiser of a beer; big, bold, and beautiful. It's a bit hot, and I'm hoping a bit of time will allow the flavors to meld better. They do just fine in the smell, but in the taste they're still battling with each other. But a very worthy concoction, all told.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:11:22 | More by zeledonia
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Pahn

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle split 2 ways into snifters. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending this in a recent trade!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily. Pours a murky red brown with yellowish highlights and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Tartness, oak, a little acetic, some Adam-esque (dialed WAY down) maltiness.

Taste: Smooth nutty and creamy flavors up front, with lots of oak. Gets more sour midpalate through finish. Bit bitter and astringent like Dissident, but not clashing. "Not clashing," is the story of this beer; great wine barrel highlights, strong American oak influence, nutty and almost coffee and caramel like malt flavors, all working beautifully together. Easy beer to love--doesn't taste anywhere near as muddled as "We blended 4 unrelated beers and barrel aged them," would make you expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Hot. Pretty creamy. Sufficiently carbonated.

Overall: Love it. Greater than the sum of its parts, and it's the sum of some pretty high class parts.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 21:43:49 | More by Pahn
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TheBeerChic

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-04-2012 23:17:09 | More by TheBeerChic
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to micstache for this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip (proper!). Poured red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, vanilla, fruit, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, fruit, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. There was a huge amount going on here if I am honest. My palate actually almost found it quite overwhelming as I had no clue what the Hell was going on at some points during my glass. Granted there were a lot of nice aspects going on at the same time, but they just seemed to be crammed in with a bunch of other things going on. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that’s about it if you were to ask me.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 10:51:48 | More by thagr81us
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky brown with red hues. Small wispy head with lacing down the glass.

Very complex aroma. Lots of tart fruit from the sherry and pinot. Wood, whiskey and vanilla as well.

Some tart cherry up front along with a lot of notes from the Adam. Leather, tobacco and figs with heavy caramel. Some juicy red wine notes comes in before it finishes hot and heavy with the cognac. Grape and booze on the finish. Flavors meld very well. Not a fan of all of them individually, but overall I love this.

Full bodied. Good solid mouthfeel with low, but still present carbonation levels. Alcohol burn at the end, but more of a fruity cognac/sherry than a harsh whiskey.

Excellent beer and looking forward to seeing how this ages. Not the absolute best beer I've ever had, but very complex and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 22:59:15 | More by jmarsh123
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It is very Hair of the Dog, which is hard to avoid I imagine since HotD is such a unique brewery producing such unique beers. Nice woody cherry tones. Very appropriate sweetness (from malts I would guess) and a thorough flavor profile that remains consistent and sweet. This is one of those beers that I want to just drink and say to hell with writing notes.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 00:43:24 | More by RblWthACoz
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Brew33

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-29-2012 12:49:52 | More by Brew33
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep amber with a thin off white head. Tart aroma with some oak and vanilla. The Dissident really seems to come out in the beginning with some tart fruit. The barrel comes out more in the middle. The finish is really long with toffee and vanilla. I thought that there would be more alcohol, but it was pretty restrained. Medium to full bodied. Very complex beer with a lot going on. I'm glad that I grabbed another bottle to try on the "best after" day.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:25:52 | More by homebrewhawk
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, Best after 4/30/13
Tired Hands chalice

A: Pours out a deep murky red color. Basically no head other than a ring of off white around the edges. There is carbonation that I can see. Tons of alcohol feet. Swirl leaves some spotty lacing.

S: I smelled it as soon as I cracked, that tart cherry note. Similar to a Flanders. Underneath it you get that leather, that wood, that slight vanilla. Some toffee. It's an amazing nose. Complex to say the least. Also, some smoke.

T: Up front, you get that tart cherry that you smelled. Tartness and bitter on the tip of the tongue. Then the other flavors co-mingle in there. A lot of that old ale character, malt goodness. Some caramel and toffee. Slight vanilla. And this is still cold....

M: Full bodied and deep. Very chewy.

O: A+

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 18:44:31 | More by inlimbo77
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-27-2012 16:34:58 | More by allforbetterbeer
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Callmecoon

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-26-2012 21:18:46 | More by Callmecoon
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-25-2012 23:16:48 | More by duff247
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

08-24-2012 19:55:52 | More by ejimhof
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huskermike12

Iowa

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-22-2012 19:56:34 | More by huskermike12
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-22-2012 04:05:18 | More by dtx00
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.