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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: 770
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 112
Gots: 285 | FT: 34
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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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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 006, poured into a Russian River 'ation' glass. The head is slightly off white, about a finger high, and between foamy and creamy. Fades to a light cap and subtle ring. Decent lace. The beer itself is a clear and brilliant straw yellow/gold.

The aroma is lovely and inviting on a warm day like today. Brett and some funk, straw, a light tart sweetness, green apple, lemon zest, light biscuit malt notes, hints of strawberry, hints of yeast, spice, banana and clove almost like it's hinting at a hefe.

The taste is nice as well. Lighter acidic sourness, moderate tartness, sweet but dry, brett, green apple, lemon zest, white wine notes, strawberry or apricot maybe, bready biscuity malts, a bit of belgian yeast, some spice, a bit salty and again hints of clove and banana like it's a bit hefe. Really a pleasant taste.

Light-medium carbonation, light and oily consistency, medium-ish body, and a lighter drier finish.

This is certainly a complex and slow sipping beer. I could take much longer to appreciate this, but I just don't know if I want to. Good and actually I've had all the beers that are components of this beer and strangely enough I feel that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in this case. Maybe with the exception of Dissident. That beer is hard to beat solo. Anyways, nice and complex beer, should be nice come 4/30/13 best after date.

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3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a large wine glass. The bottle suggested aging until 2013, but I was traveling and couldn't bring the beer with me on the plane...so I went for it.

A-Coppery brown with a one-finger tan head that dissipated into a thin ring. Some lacing.

S-A bit of sour cherry and vinegar, but not too sour. You also get some plum and raisin notes and pretty decent whiff of alcohol, which is to be expected with the ABV.

T-You get the vinegar and a little sour cherry up front, but this is definitely not a true "sour" because there is a lot more going on. The raisin and plum notes come on in the middle, and the alcohol is quite noticeable on the finish, which is where you get some nice oak and vanilla...almost bourbon-like qualities.

M-Creamy with very light carbonation. Drinkable.

O-This one really grew on me as it warmed. I kept noticing more and more flavors. I wonder what a year or two in the cellar would do? I bet it could be pretty amazing.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Thanks Mark!

Pours dark reddish brown with a very small bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a thin collar.

Aroma is dominated by Dissident and Stoic - sour cherries, light vinegar notes and brown sugar. As it warms, you can get some of the HotD brews with caramel malts and treacle sweetness. The barrel notes are there but subtle, vanilla and booze in the background.

The taste is much more interesting for me and there is a much better balance of all 4 brews. Some sweet caramel malts, molasses, tobacco and leather - hello Adam. The tart cherries are less dominant but still linger on the palate, as does the hefty ABV content with the barrels just accentuating the boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is big and decadent, both sweet and sour, with low soft carbonation.

This is a great collaboration which thankfully tasted more complex than the aroma suggested. Always fun to see a few different, but great, beers meld together. Not a FW blend, but pretty damn good.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2+ finger head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is very dark brown almost black.

S. Caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, a little sour, raisins, figs. Get some oak and vanilla. Definitely has a barrel aged aroma. A little acohol heat rises up. Nice blend of quad, sour, with some barrel aging thrown in to mix everything up.

T. So lets say this takes like a quad, barleywine, sour, and a little bit of barrel aged stout all mixed into one. Needless to say a lot of flavors going on. You really get so many different flavors on one drink. As for individual flavors, caramel, molasses, raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar. Towards the end of a drink I get a bit of rye.

M. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes with some sweetness along with an array of other flavors.

O. Very interesting and unique. Massive amounts of flavor going on. From the simple standpoint of a masterful blending of some amazing beers, I think this is pretty right on the money.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet and funky with a little tartness. The taste is malty with sweet cherries, but doesn't possess the expected sourness and tartness. It drinks like a port wine and probably ages just as well. Worth trying and a tasty collab.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish copper brown with a really thin wispy brown head that takes a little bit to fade.

S: The nose is really interesting. It's quite the mix of sweet and sour. I get caramel, raisins, plums, cherries, raspberries, vinegar, and boozy heat. Damn.

T: It starts out with a quick hit of sweet caramel and raisin, but the tart and funky come on strong right after. Tart cherries dominate, along with some slight red raspberry. As it moves into the finish it get boozy and clean. There is a great bourbon quality to it, but it finishes with a crisp vodka type heat. Interesting.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and tart and lingers on the palate for quite a bit. It's big and boozy too. This is a slow sipper, for sure.

O: Overall, it's hard to make up my mind on this beer. It's drinkable, and tasty, and funky, but I just don't know if I like it. It's all over the place with it's flavors, and the booze is incredibly evident. I'm glad to have tried this beer, but I don't if I ever need to drink this again. Actually, I bet this beer would do wonders with a few years on it.

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3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile, thanks. Beer is black / brown, really hazy, thin tan head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is boozy and sweet. Lots of malt.

Beer is medium in body, mildly hot, interesting beer, very heavy, a little hot, pretty strong, interesting beer. I enjoyed it but it was a little too heavy.

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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fascinating complex beer that will age great if you have the patience!

Appearance is a murky brown with a small head which is expected for an 11.6% beer.

Aroma gets more interesting and intense as it warms. Notes of toffee, carmel, cherry, oak, leather and tobacco from the barrels

Mouth feels is great well carbonated and smooth unlike lost abby angel share (I still am a fan of that beer!)

Taste I get the sourness and cherries with oak right up front. The others in the aroma are some what subdue.

Great old ale or american strong ale however the two breweries are calling it. Like to see how this will change by 4/30/13 like the bottle says on it.

Cheers!!

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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