Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage)Conflux No. 1 (Collage)

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BA SCORE
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784 Ratings
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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 110
Gots: 282 | FT: 33
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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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Ratings: 784 | Reviews: 216
Photo of alpineclimber
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An auburn brew with a decent frothy head that dissipates to a small ring of bubbles.

The smell is a cornucopia of brown sugar, granny smith apples, oak and fusel alcohol. Very interesting nose on this beer!

The taste is fairly complex, green apples upfront, caramel sweetness, phenolic and a healthy dose of alcohol. It's hard to pick out the different barrels but you can tell this beer has been barrel aged. The mouthfeel is slightly flat but not disagreeable.

Overall this beer is interesting to say the least. It's a great blend of flavours and smells that is quite the departure from your typical style specific brew. This is a good beer for those who seek out something different.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I must thank Jon to holding on to a bottle of this for the second monthly "Beermageddon" event recently, just in time for the "best after: 4/30/13" date on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Suffice to say, I was thrilled to try this one.

Looking at past pictures of this beer, I can tell that age has definitely cleared it up. Rather than retain the original darkened, deep amber color, it consists of a bronze-amber color with brown hues to the side. Not much carbonation at all, which is expected given the age and style. Minimal head retention, with a grey head atop, and minor lacing as well. Extremely viscous - you can tell that this went through a lot of wood and barrel blending. Not pretty, but really unique for what it is.

Wow, the aroma really is something else! The first initial aroma consists of a vinegar focused flavor that quickly melds into all kinds of directions, that is highly tannic, vinous, spicy, bready, peppery, fruity, and sour. Totally nuts, really. After the vinegar, there are huge notes of raisins, caramelized grapes, tamarind, vanilla, honey, white pepper, maybe some saltiness, perhaps a bit of fruity ripe phenols... Very noisy, but also I am relieved this has sat around this long. All of the sediments and woody diverse tannins seems to have settled quite well. Reminds me of so many styles and more - truly a "collage" of flavors!

The flavor on the other hand is far more insane than anticipated. I really don't think I've ever had a barrel blended beer this complex. At the front, I get the same vinegar flavor as before, but it soon melds into a spicy, bready flavor, with a bit of pepper, which then becomes vinous and coated with mineral-y, vinous must from the Pinot Noir barrels, which then turns into vanilla and caramelized sweetness from the bourbon, to honey, to oaky tannins, to an eventually grassy, slightly dried citrus finish. Holy crap! Seriously - I drank this every time and watched how the barrels and flavors themselves provided a long lasting journey on my palate. It usually went, according to my own notes, in this sequence, but it definitely varied. As it warmed up, the vinous and heavy oaky sensations became even larger, and the vinegar lasted the most. The alcohol is really well hidden, but its size is quite apropos in light of the diversity. The mouthfeel is just right, with just enough bubbles to accentuate all of these flavors. Amazing stuff!

Could be one of the most unique drinking experiences I've ever had. I doubt I could have this all to myself, but just a mere sample really showcases well enough how creative barrel blending of radically different styles of beer and barrels can do when done right. I really want to see more Collage collaborations from these guys. Top notch stuff - reflects all the creativity and fun that can go into American craft beer culture.

Photo of oggg
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First bottle: 12oz from Incline Spirits in NV. cap says no. 1.
The beer is murky red brown. Low carbonation.
Light toffee nose competes with a windy fruity aroma.
The taste is really where this beast flexes its muscles. It starts strong and smooth with rich toffee caramel yumminess at the strength of an old ale. The. It morphs into a more candied sweetness from the Quad. The Belgian esters are actually attenuated/muted, which I like. Then another seamless segue into raisins for a second, then a gorgeous sourness that totally fits in. Finish is dry and pretty clean for all the sugar you just took. Full bodied. Alcohol barely noticeable. After a few sips, though, the ABV hits.

Overall: a fantastic and miraculous blend of some fabulous beers. It's amazing that you can really taste the flavor progression, but its even more amazing that its so smooth and seamless. Tasted 6-12-13

Photo of cjoc83
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated "best after 4/30/13" and purchased at Whole Foods for $9.

Appearance - Pours a murky, hazy brown with an initial fingers worth of khaki head that quickly recedes to ring.

Smell - a whole helluva lot going on up in here! A lot of woody sherry jumps out at me first, followed by cognac, brandy, raisin, brown sugar, dark bready malts, pumpernickel bread, and kind of hiding underneath this melange of flavors is some Oud Bruin notes, mostly acidic cherry and hints of vinegar.

Taste - Wow. Cask-aging alchemy indeed! The oaky sherry carries over into the front of the tongue, along with some more pronounced red wine notes, but the tart cherries and lactic acid are what really come to the forefront. Middle of the mouth is more Flanders style tartness, bourbon, cognac, dark bready malt, brown sugar, fig, and rum-soaked raisin. Finishes sweet and with a fair amount of heat.

Mouthfeel - medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Decent amount of heat in the finish, but it's still surprisingly easy drinking for the 11.6% abv. Dry. Lingering acidity.

Overall - I bought this on a whim one day at Whole Foods, and I'm damn glad I did. Complex is an understatement. Tasty as hell. A wonderful sipper.

Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark hazelnut brown in colour, with a small beige head. Head fades steadily.

A very complex nose. Red wine, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Smells tart, some vinegar. Smells like a Flanders sour put in different barrels.

The taste is similar to the nose. Closest to a Flanders, with a lot of vanilla and oak, and some bourbon. The red wine is there as well, though that flavour fits smoothly with the Flanders flavours. Some dark fruit, a malty base. A lot going on, but it blends together better than expected.

Full bodied, moderate to strong carbonation. Alcohol is not as strong as expected.

Overall, very good. Quite an interesting blend.

Photo of themind
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wham! Pinot Noir leads the pack in this BA experience. The beer is good and I would buy it again if it was available and not $12.00 bucks a 12 oz bottle. Pours a very small head, has a very random interesting aroma but the Pinot Noir is really up front. The taste is the same. Mouthfeel has a light crisp carbonation. Over all this is good.

Bottom Line: This is a interesting, good tasting brew!

Photo of Skull40
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark copper color and a head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The taste was very elaborate. I picked up tastes that were sour, malty and slightly bitter. I couldn't detect the alcohol. There are notes of caramel, bread and dark fruits.

The mouth feel had a chalkiness and earthiness to it.

Overall, I really liked this. It was challenging and quite fun to try and pull out the myriad elements of the taste. I felt that one bottle really wasn't enough to find all of the tastes, but it was enough to thoroughly enjoy.

Photo of tut2528
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into Bruery snifter
big thanks to Beachstrength49 for this one!

A: deep caramel brown, with a subtle tint of ruby red when backlit. the pour created almost no head formation.

S: whoa! definitely not what I was expecting. Big sourness right up front, musty woody oak follows, with some alcohol (but not much). there's a hint of dark fruits, som e malty sweetness and an ever so slight hint of vanilla beans.

T: immensely sweet, yet tart at the same time. big Flander qualities really come through here. big malt, oak/wood barrels, tart cherries, vanilla finish. there is so much going on, and with every sip, a new flavor aspect is noticed. definitely one of the most palate changing beers I have ever had.

M: lighter side of medium bodied. and again the Flander aspect really takes hold and prevails in this aspect of the beer.

O: really don't know what to think about this. and the complexity is off the charts. this is extreme hard to lock down. its good, but there is so much going on that I feel that its off balanced. definitely glad to have tried this collaboration beer and, once again big shout out to Beachstrength49 for this one.

Photo of beerpirates
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many thx to Thijs for opening this bottle

Poured into a westy 12 tastinglass

A - hazy brown to amber, thin tan head, small amount of bubbles.
the red color really comes out when held up to a light

S - sour and bourbon vanilla, with sweet malt to even the two out

T - You get a bit of sour up front, then a little booze, then oak and bourbon. Very tasty, all of the flavors are big, but very balanced.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, full carbonation.

O - This is a really good

Photo of PicoPapa
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Hair of the Dog last year on my trip to Portland. Best After Date of 4/30/13 and today is after enough. Pours a murky dark mahogany color with a very thin ring of head. Some lacing. The aroma is very boozey with some cherries, dark fruits, brown sugar, and earth. Some oak. The taste is boozey with sour cherries. Malts, dark fruits, earth and oak. Caramel and bourbon at the end with more tartness. Kind of like a sour old ale. Thick mouthfeel. The Sherry and Pinot Noir barrels are the most dominant flavors. I heard this was a hot mess fresh so that's why I decided to wait. Overall, glad I got to have it but its not something I could drink often.

Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/5/13 cheers Rutager for the bottle

A darkest of amber with enough clarity to see the other side under the foam, finger of light tan head quickly falls to a thin film but manages to leave lots of random lace

S sour bruin notes hit me first, all sorts of wood, confusing as all hell to be honest, fortified wine, loads of caramel, fruity berry notes, spicy earth, faint funk, a little booze, unlit ciggy tobacco, rum raisin/Christmas cake, complex to say the least. I could drink this every day of my life and even if I lived to be 108 I don't think I'd figure it out

T more booze, less bruin, still slightly sour but not as much as the nose, fruity caramel works well but its just missing just a little something the nose has going for it. still quite complex but the nose was blowing me away

M thick and syrupy with a sour note, soft carbonation, a little heat but its felt in the chest more then your throat, slight tannins and a mild numbing effect, finish is sour caramel and slightly one the lips

O Crazy strange blend that's working well on so many levels, I love a brew that confuses yet impresses at the same time, did I mention that an 11.6% beer should never go down this easy

I sniff, sip repeat, before I knew it my glass was empty. I never figured this one out but I had a great time trying, now I'm buzzed but I think I'll manage. I'm liking the "Best After Date" and I can only wonder how much its improved since last week, really though this ones worth looking for

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Finally got to the 4-30-13 "Best After" date, and I just finished my second to last undergrad final....let's do this.

A- Pours sort of thick and syrup-like. Body is a murky, very deep amber to brown color. Some light gets through the edges, revealing a little more of the red color in it. Small, .5 finger head forms and sticks around as a very thin lace for a good while. Lacing is pretty good for the small head.

S- Some booze and tart notes up front from The Dissident. Tart note is slightly fruity, but very Flanders Red in scent. Complexity after that is huge. A mix of bourbon and oak are the main characteristics, although dark fruits and some semi-sweet malts are in there too.

T- The most complex thing I've ever tasted. Like the scent, starts with a slightly tart bang of a Flanders Red. Moves quickly into more bitter oak and bourbon flavors, but neither are strong like in a BBA stout. Dark fruits make a cameo right after the barrel notes and taste like a combo of the port and The Stoic's quad flavors. Ends with some alcohol bite and a slight return of the barrels and tartness.

M- Surprisingly high in carbonation. Feels most like a Flanders Red, rather than a barrel aged strong ale. Rather drinkable with the hint of alcohol heat towards the end being the only thing holding it back from being quaffed quickly.

Overall, I should have bought a bunch of this. Terrifically complex, yet refreshing for a beer with so much barrel aging and high alcohol content. Too bad this was $9/bottle, because that's about the only negative thing about it.

Photo of Igotmypistola
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First review on here, decided to go with something i have moderate to high hopes for.

5/1 - 1 day after best on date. should be cash $$

Taken out of cellar at 48 dgrs. Poured into cognac snifter.

Wonderful deep ron burgundy red. Like a rich wood mohogany.

Gettin that dissident tart right off the jump. TANG. Mellows quickly in with that wonderful malty, bready, quadish attitude you expect and love. now in for the kill..

Complex as all get out, silky sweet and sour. Not overbearing, rich and mellow, lingering acidic. the kind that makes your tongue curve. stays on forever. It is a little less thick than i thought it would be. drinks like 8.6 instead of 11.6. Dangerous brew! easy easy drinking.

So.. not quite as aggresive as i thought it would be. but im into it. like a sour rochefort. in a good way. a little light but the flavor is there. still not as good as the parts that make it up. but nice pricey lil brew

Photo of tbeckett
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to SebD. Thanks man. Best after 4/30.

A - Deep amber and cloudy with a two finger fluffy light brown head. Good carbonation. Spotty chunks of lace and a finger of retention that champs it out.

S - Vinous, port, cherry, dark fruit.

T - Complex for sure. Sweet dark fruits, more port and vinous notes. Great sweet depth. Sweet malt definitely dominant. Barrel aging is there and adds obvious complexity. Honey maybe too.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Tastes good and complex. But doesn't seem structured. More of a big sweet mess that worked, as opposed to a great complex beer that's world class. Quite delicious though, and a pleasure to sip and explore.

Photo of lordofstarside
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally hit the best after date, rewarding myself for a paper I just finished
12oz to a snifter. Best after...today (4/30) About twenty minutes out of the fridge to let it warm up a bit

Pours a very murky burgundy with a half finger of foam. Red hues pour out the side when held up to the sun, some rust color up towards the top. High carbonation though the foam has dissipated quickly as expected. Actually some decent lacing and nice alcohol legs

Man this thing reeks of booze. It's sitting about a foot and a half away as I type and I'm catching quite a few alcohol fumes. When I stick my nose in it: bourbon, whiskey, oak, caramel, red wine, toffee, rum, and sherry stick out the most. The subtler aromas include chocolate, tobacco, and some leather. Some tart fruits from the dissident also are buried in there. This stuff is exploding with complexity, however it could come together better. Time may smooth that out, but for now it's the only thing costing the smell a perfect score

Taste is incredible. Chocolate, cherry, bourbon, wine, caramel, figs, dark fruit, toffee, rum, banana, some tart cherry, some spice from the hops, and a hint of alcohol. The thing I pick up on most is the bourbon/whiskey and Fred. The only other beer I've had is Dissident, which is a bit muted relative to everything else. It'd be really interesting to get the blend percentage of all the beers and barrels. All comes together flawlessly

Despite the incredibly boozy smell, the alcohol itself is completely masked. Medium body with little carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is a sipper for sure, but very drinkable

Overall, as far as complexity goes this beer makes my top five. This is probably my longest review because there's just so damn much to say about it. A ton going on, well crafted, and tastes excellent. And thanks to a $10 price tag all my regular stores are still well in stock, and probably will continue to be for months, maybe even another year. This works greatly in my favor- I have five more aging, which I'm hoping will grow to ten or twelve over the rest of the year. I'll be back next year with a re-review

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review from written notes, served in a rounded tumbler glass.
Thanks to Dad for this one! Best after 4/30/13, just a couple days short... close enough.

Dark brownish orange color, creamy offwhite foam that has a soft surface texture, and leaves behind a finely textured collar of lace.

Woody barrel aroma that seems to have a bit of fortitude and complexity, but also slightly muddled. A typical "barrel aged aroma", if that makes any sense (wood, tobacco, leather).

Rich malty flavors, slightly sweet with a tangy tart back end from the Dissident in the mix. Dried red currants, tobacco, oak staves. Medium to full bodied with lighter carbonation and palate-coating viscosity. Heavy barrel presence from start to finish. The blend is interesting, and will only continue to develop. Another year might soften the alcohol a little. Overall interesting and worth a try, a good cellar candidate.

Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Best after 4/30/13

Appearance
Murky copper with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Nose
Bourbon, sherry, oak, cherry, rum raisin, must, toffee, caramel and vanilla. A lot going on here.

Taste
Different flavors are shooting at me from left and right. Cherry, rum raisin, concord grape and blackberry. Sherry, cognac, bourbon, pinot noir, oak and vanilla. Loads of toffee, caramel and candy sugars. Finishes with leather, tobacco and earth.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, sticky and warming.

Overall
Tastes like a big, malty Old Ale/Barleywine mixed with the subtler characteristics of a fruity Wild Ale/Flemish Red/Kriek. Huge complexities makes this a nice sipper that hides the alcohol well. Very unique and worth trying if you have the money.

Photo of charlzm
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed April 23rd, 2013 from a bottle labeled "best after 04/30/13". Sue me; I couldn't wait. Poured into a Mother Earth Brewing... goblety-flute glass. Consumed at 50 degrees F.

Beer pours a fairly clear deep reddish brown. A two finger off white head forms and hangs around for quite some time.

Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and sour like lemons. Seems like there's a touch of green olive and must in there as well that kind of almost ruins it.

Flavor: sharp-edged sourness cuts through the syrupy-sweet caramel body. A bit of lemon on the finish. Morphs into white wine vinegar as beer warms. Despite all the component beers and barrel-aging shenanigans, not especially complex. But the flavors ARE intense and the beer has a warming effect in the stomach. I had this when it was first released and it seemed better then.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little creamy with some carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall, this didn't turn out very well. Maybe this was a bad bottle or maybe the off notes in the aroma developed over time, but I wish I had taken notes on the first bottle I had when it freshly released. Aging hurt this one.

Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A few people brought this to share, so I don't know who supplied the bottle we drank. Served in a taster glass.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Mostly transparent amber body.

S - Very vinous and Flanders-esque. This may have started as an American Strong Ale, but it's trending towards wild ale, as it's quite tart and sour. Sweetens as it warms, with more of the sweet caramel malts and cognac/brandy coming out, as well as some spicy bourbon and oak.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tart green apples and cherries, light vinegar, and wet, vinous oak dominating initially, but yielding to sweeter flavors as it warms up. Letting this approach room temperature reveals raisin, toffee, and caramel malts, brandy and cognac, and vanilla from the oak. Extremely complex.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, sticky and chewy on the palate before yielding to a tannic finish. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden.

D - Not bad, but this isn't entirely integrated. The base beers seem to be slightly at odds at this stage. Nice for a few ounces, but not the most drinkable offering. Should age gracefully as most Hair of the Dog offerings do; will sit on my bottle for another year or so to see what happens.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Darrell!

The beer is copper hued with a thin, off white head. The aroma brings wild yeast, wine, oak, leather, cherries. The flavor is really aggressive. Big alcohol in the finish. Lots of wild yeast and funk with strong white wine character and a touch of grape skins. Pretty tasty.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery branded teku glass

Pours dark amber with golden accents capped by an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. A bit of lacing that disappears fairly quickly as well. The nose is incredibly complex, hints of vinegary sour cherries compliments of The Dissident, red wine, bourbon, caramel, cognac,, and pleasant sun-warmed oak. Caramel, toffee, hint of cocoa powder, sour cherries, bourbon and sherry notes, plum, dried fruit including apricot, dates, prunes, and raisins. Finishes with pleasant warming alcohol, caramel-covered sour cherries, and warm oak. Smooth and syrupy, higher level of carbonation, especially for a barrel-aged beer. This is a great blended beer. I'm very happy to have three more bottles in the cellar to see how a bit of age allows the four base brews to fully integrate, but this beer is already fantastic now.

Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of FremontBar
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of thebigredone
3.82/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.