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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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

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664 Ratings
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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%


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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chanokokoro

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 03:59:30 | More by chanokokoro
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 01:00:28 | More by Immortale25
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FremontBar

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 02:31:53 | More by FremontBar
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:27:15 | More by thebigredone
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scottfrie

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 17:13:26 | More by scottfrie
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +13%
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".

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 05:11:45 | More by Resuin
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oline73

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 20:47:31 | More by oline73
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:48:00 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:44:29 | More by angrybabboon
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d2daj


4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:09:57 | More by d2daj
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flagmantho

Washington

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:12:44 | More by flagmantho
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nUgZ

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:08:46 | More by nUgZ
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lighthabit

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 06:49:52 | More by lighthabit
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N3rdM3t4l

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:56:00 | More by N3rdM3t4l
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rawfish

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 06:47:44 | More by rawfish
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MIA4IPA

Illinois

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

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!!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:52:40 | More by MIA4IPA
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beagle75

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 23:28:58 | More by beagle75
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Borz


2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mohagany color. No head. I poured it in a wide mouth snifter as well as a normal beer glass, both smell sower. The dissident taste is overwhelming and is the prominant taste.
Could not get any clear Adam or Fred from it.
Personally I think it is overrated and way too expensive. 11 dollars for an 8 oz is ridiculous!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:21:49 | More by Borz
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to boralyl for this bottle. Split with Amyliz4 between Hair of the Dog and Deschutes tulips. Pours a reddish-brown with a short light tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar. The nose carries quite a bit. There’s an interesting mixture of barrels, with red wine and rye whiskey really coming through. A touch of sherry. Cherry and dark fruits along with some light acidity. The flavor isn’t quite as integrated, with a bit of alcohol taking hold alongside the acidity. A bit rough as it warms, compared to the nose. Medium body. Low carbonation. This could use a bit of time.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 20:02:15 | More by Thorpe429
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RollBounce

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Brown color with a red fiery glow, Almost no carbonation smell is so layered and complex. Wild yeast, sweet coconut rum like in the front with herbs and carmel lending to a dusty tart berry and oak finish, and that is just off the nose.
Sweet dusty upfront flavors, with tart fruit. Whisky comes to in the light hop and spice finish. ABV is noticeable.

Overall; Amazing nose!! Can't wait to see this beer age. As i notice after i opened it said on the bottle best AFTER 4/30/13. Good thing i have a few more :)

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 19:42:10 | More by RollBounce
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.78/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing Andy. Poured into a stemmed glass. This on pours a dark mahogany with no real head to speak of. Nice color.

The aroma is full of mollasses and dark fruits. Reminds me of Adam from HotD. Boozey with hints of toffee. Caramel and dark fruits on the pallet with a bit of (seemingly misplaced) tartness.

The body is full with decent carbonation. The flavor lingers. Overall this one seems like a mistake. Could be something great if it wasn't tart.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:58:23 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a bunch to SonicAlligator for this beer! Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber. There is a small layer of medium tan bubbles on top of the body.

This smells similar to Adam; the aroma has a lot of vanilla and sweet caramel malt. There is a bit more fruity hop character in the nose, however.

The flavor really highlights a punchy, grapefruity character to go with the sweet caramel malt flavor. This is especially shown in the finish. There is a hint of tartness in the finish as well. The balance works well for me now, I'm not sure how it would age.

This beer drinks lighter than it actually is. There is a nice fluffy mouthfeel to go with it.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:44:42 | More by andrewinski1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 07:22:13 | More by MattyG85
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 19:17:47 | More by CookstLiquor
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:49:38 | More by JoEBoBpr
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.