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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: 763
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 111
Gots: 284 | FT: 32
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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)
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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best after 4/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and cloudy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very big aroma of barrel and tart fruits. Big barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, wood,and some rye. Lots of fruit and wine like scents including hints of tart cherries, apple, grapes, and dark fruits including raisins, plum, and fig. Some molasses and brown sugar. Big malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some alcohol. Smell is sweet and tart but far from cloying. A very complex aroma that comes together very well.

Taste: As big, complex, and tasty as it smells. The barrel aging shines upfront with a taste of bourbon whiskey, wood, oak, vanilla, and rye. A big complex fruit blend that is sour and wine like. Notes of tart cherries, apples, grapes, pear, and dark raisins, plums, and fig. Sweet brown sugar and a little molasses. Soft malts with some notes of sweet caramel, toffee, and light biscuit. Some alcohol can be tasted. Tastes sweet but it is also fairly drying and balanced. A very complex taste with lots of subtle notes that are easy to miss. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat slick. Actually fairly smooth considering how big and complex it is. A little alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A really good mix of big beers here. The big flavors blend well and avoid becoming a cloying mess. Very well done.

Photo of ChanChan
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Peller80
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of aflies
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of rolive
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of vissai
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of theCoder
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a rich orangish brown with an ample beige head considering the ABV (nearly 12%!). This is a combination of two brews from Deschutes (The Stoic and The Dissident) and two from Hair of the Dog (Adam & Fred). The smell is everything you would imagine a beer aged in Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak barrels would be: complex oak notes mingle with tart fruit and citrus. On the palate it is also big, boozy and tart with oxidized sherry notes, grapefruit peel and cooked fruit flavours.

Photo of 604growler
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of frontalot
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a murky dark amber with some brownish hues. There is a thin head that raises up and dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma of intense barrel aged notes. Molasses sweetness with caramel and vanilla notes intermingled. There are some slight tart notes in the nose as well. Cherry tartness and some nice sweetness are present. There is also a fresh apple aroma that is present. Some hot booze in the nose.

Taste is a bit different than the nose. There is a strong boozy note to kick things off. There is some slight spice in there as well with some good woody notes. There is definitely some barrel notes with some molasses and dark fruits present in the middle of the brew. The slight tartness isn't as present in the flavor. The boozyness is definitely more perceived in the taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium with complex flavors. Quite intense heat and some nice woody spice.

Not my favorite but interesting brew.

Photo of Devonben07
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ReeseMax3
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/17/12

Best after 4/30/13

Shared by PDXHops; thanks Jeff!

The appearance is a murky rusty brown with dirty amber highlights. The head is thin; about half a finger's worth and doesn't last long. Retention is half wispy skim and half loose bubbles.

Layers of sourness line the aroma: tart fruit and vinous overtones. Notes of grapes, tart apples, raisins, plums, steeped grains, dank field grass, wet oak, soft bourbon, port sweetness. Musty oak emerges as the beer warms. Hints of alcohol waft about.

Alcohol is much more appreciable on the palate and the flavors are skewed from that of the aromatics. Here, the sourness isn't nearly as prominent; in its place are ramped up sugary sweet fruit notes - raisins, plums, figs and grapes. Charred oak, tobacco, leather. Caramel and toasted bread. Overtones of cherries.

The body is fairly full with sugar and alcohol. However, the feel is not cloying and it has a slight granular underpinning. Carbonation is moderate and well-suited to the overall feel.. Tart fruits, alcohol, oak and toasted sugars linger on the finish.

This is one to let warm up. The tart and sour aspects are most notable while it's cold; as it warms however, the Adam and Fred influence start to pick up steam. Really tasty.

Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of DataEntry21
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a matching Hair of the Dog tulip. The brew appears a clear, polished color of mahogany. A rich 2 finger khaki head sits atop and lasts with solid retention from the rising bubbles of supporting carbonation. It paints the glass with thick patches of lacing effect. When held to the light, the edges show more of a lighter orange to almost yellow clarity. Not gonna lie, this brew looks pretty awesome and displays a very nice cap for being nearly 12% abv.

The aroma is tart and reminiscent of the flanders style. Sour cherries come to mind mixed with a hint of apple cider vinegar. The barrel aging is quite prominent in the nose but it carries with it almost a spicy aspect like incense or cedar instead of the anticipated caramel/vanilla smoothness. As it warms up, a hint of vanilla extract comes forward with a hint of caramel and some fruity alcohol esters emerge giving the first signs of that high alcohol content.

The taste is strikingly similar to the aromatics. My first thoughts are of a jacked-up version of a flanders red. Mildly tart cherry mixes with vinegar and a solvent boost of alcohol mingled with some accenting fruity alcohol esters. Mid palate and into the finish is the barrel aging with caramel and vanilla flavors being quite evident. However, just as the aroma indicated, there is a spiced aspect about the woodiness of this brew that leaves an impression of something like incense or cedar.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol initially was quite suppressed but as the experience continues, it really comes out to play. Let me see if I got this right. This brew is a hodgepodge of the Dissident, Stoic, Fred and Adam all barrel aged? I love fred and adam and them going into a barrel makes absolute magic. I enjoy dissident and frown a bit at stoic. For 75% of this beer components sounding amazing, im sad to say that the biggest impression I get from this is memories of drinking stoic with the sour edge of dissident. Fred and Adam seem to have been lost in the background and provide seemingly nothing but a boost of alcohol. Oh well. I really wanted to try this and im glad that I have.

Photo of JJWIGHT
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of 2neardead
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of cfrobrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed dark mahogany with a tan head. Strong bourbon aroma, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, and quite a lot of alcohol. A light tartness, heavy oak aroma, some charred wood notes, too. Tastes fairly boozy. Lots of whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Some caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Fairly boozy with a light tartness and lots of dark fruits. Not bad, but not great, either.

Photo of AleApostle
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DonDirkA
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish color with a one finger white head that fades to just a thin film. The nose is definitely from barrel aging. Heavy oak, vanilla, tart cherry and sour grape weave caramel, toffee, almonds, plums, figs, other wood notes like cedar and birch, dark fruit, slight banana, clove, cardamom, and heavy scents of sherry. Super complex, there are probably 1000 scents I'm missing. The taste is oak and sour cherry, vanilla, grape, apple, dates, figs, dark fruit, booze, toasted almonds, rich caramel, port, grape juice, smoke and a bit of chocolate. This beer is insane. The "Best After" date is 4/30/2013, I can't wait til my other one gets past that. Maybe I'll pick up one more so I can do one year and two. Beauty. Its like a blend of a sour, a stout and a brown all barrel aged in sherry oak casks and bourbon barrels.

Photo of OUBrewer
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 763 ratings.