Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
12oz bottle (best after 4/30/2013) into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head, a few bubbles lazily rising from the bottom.
Aroma is sharply tart up front. Sour cherries and oak dominate, a hint of dry red wine. Sometimes the intense sourness takes on an almost overwhelming, solvent-like quality. But as it warms a bit Adam's more earthy texture comes through as a welcome counterweight.
Taste goes leaps and bounds beyond the aroma. So much going on here. I pick up the candi-sugar sweetness of Fred, the dark smoky fruitiness of Adam, the dry vinous character of The Stoic, and of course intense sour cherry notes from The Dissident. Oak and leather too. More remarkably, the taste keeps changing with each sip and even within each sip. 11.6% alcohol is completely hidden, an achievement in itself.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, bone dry. Carbonation provides an appropriately gentle bite on the finish, aftertase lingers and also seems to change over time.
Overall, as expected this is definitely an interesting, complex blend of flavors and aromas. But it still seems a little rough around the edges; I think it has ample room to mature and develop. I've got a few bottles stashed away, will let this unique blend gel for a bit and revisit it again after the "best after" date.
06-24-2012 07:17:23 | More by draheim
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
Serving type: 12oz bottle into Tulip glass. "Best after 4/30/13."
Appearance (4.0) - Cola-like carbonation; very fizzy with large bubbles that spit and pop like a soda. Liquid is a rich, deep amber/mahogany. Head dissipates quickly leaving a millimeter-thick ring of foam where the beer meets the wall of the glass. A very thin, meager patch of super-fine bubbles in the center. Literally no lacing whatsoever.
Smell (4.5) - Layered aroma begins with a big hit of wine barrel. Very reminiscent of Deschutes Jubel 2010. Next a medley of dried fruits - apricots, dates, prunes. Spiced rum and sour cherry bridge the gap between the dominate scents and the faint ones - specifically brown sugar and vanilla extract.
Taste (4.0) - Woah. Like the smell, the taste is also layered, though here the sour cherry leads the charge. It is bold and aggressive and puckers the mouth for an instant. Other flavors come close behind, varied and rich. They are blended so seamlessly that they are difficult to separate from one another, but the primary notes are whiskey and red wine barrel, spice, light brown sugar and slightly unripe pear.
Mouthfeel (5.0) - Exceptionally smooth and balanced. Round, but not buttery. Full bodied but not chewy. Carbonation is spot on. The 11.6% ABV is well hidden in the flavor, but it does add a certain viscosity to the mouth feel. Of course that's wholly appropriate for a beer of this caliber and style. Extremely well done.
Overall (4.5) - I am glad I happened upon this fine creation after a month of keeping my eye out for it. Right at first I didn't like it at all, but after the second sip I had a total change of heart. The mouth-puckering sour cherry overwhelmed my palate right out of the gate, but yielded swiftly to the complex and well blended flavors of the many component ales. This fine ale will obviously age gracefully, and my inclination is to reserve several for at least a year to see how the beer matures and improves.
06-22-2012 10:41:26 | More by Sunhunters
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Been excited for this one. Damn pricey, but seeing what went into this beer I understand it. I have two more for the cellar. From the Deschutes 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Best after 4/30/13
Pours a interesting deep reddish brown. Seems clear, but it is hard to tell it's so dark. A modest one-finger tan head dissipated quickly, but left some lacing.
Smell is crazy complex. Tons of barrel notes all blended together. I'm getting red wine and whiskey mainly. Super earthy, slightly funky and tart. Some booze. This thing is all over the place but in the best way possible. Wow.
It is really hard to describe this one. It has flavors from several styles all kind of meshing together (as was their intention). At this point in the beers life it is dominated by the Dissident. Tastes like a Wild ale aged in both red wine and bourbon barrels. There is also a definite Quad presence as well, with dark fruits. Sturdy caramel malt backbone from Fred/Adam. All of it wrapped up in this wonderful barrel flavor. Slightly tart/funky and warming alcohol finish.
Medium in body, but the modest carbonation makes it a bit heavier. Coats the mouth thoroughly. Well balanced between sweet/sour. Drinkable for the style and ABV, but far from a session brew. A true sipper.
Overall this is straight world-class. The shear logistics in the brewing, aging, and blending are mind blowing. They managed to take four very different beers, age them all in several different kinds of barrels and then blend them into this? Seriously? This is true art in a bottle; worth the price of admission. Not for the novice beer drinker, this is graduate level stuff. I can not wait to see what age does to this. Recommended to fans of strong barrel aged ales. Cheers!
06-20-2012 18:17:48 | More by Humulus85
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Best AFTER 4/30/13. Poured in to Bruery Tulip.
A - Translucent medium to dark amber/brown colour. One finger of light brown head formed and reduced to a thin layer.
S - The Dissident aromas are evident up front - sourness and some tart cherry. Fred and Adam show up in the middle and add some earthy hops, roast and dark fruit with hints of smoke. Some Belgian yeast notes are evident in the background. Plenty of oak is present throughout. Pick up aromas from all 4 beers.
T - Dissident and Adam up front - sour at first with tart cherries, roast, smoke and some sweet toffee. A big oak flavour is present as well. The middle adds some candy sugar, dark fruit and earthy hop tones. Some dark fruit is also present in the background. The flavours of all 4 beers are integrated so well. Fred is most difficult to specifically identify but the characteristics of it are present.
M - Medium body, smooth. Light carbonation.
06-20-2012 01:45:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
A Pours a deep chestnut color with some ruby highlights. A thin creamy tan head coats the top,
S: A ton going on here. I pick up a lot of dark fruits and whiskey right away. Pomegranate, fig, raisin, some apricot brandy, cabernet, bourbon and a good amount of wood. Maybe a faint trace of chocolate as well.
T: Has a good amount of sourness, I'm guessing due to the Dissident. Big dark fruit flavors. Syrupy pomegranate, pinot noir, raisin, a cranberry-like tartness and some hints of charred wood. I definitely pick up The Dissident and The Stoic here and there's some Adam here as well. Not sure about Fred. It's a really interesting experiment and I think they may just have pulled it off.
06-19-2012 22:36:28 | More by notchucknorris
2.93/5 rDev -29.4%
A: Brown with muddled light brown/orange hues evenly emerging towards the edges. Not much head at all, beads on the end drops of the pour.
S: I honestly get straight sour mashing, like apple cider vinegar. Not much more than this, and it's a hard aroma to get around having homebrewed several flubbed batches that have taken this on. Ok - real faintly, I get some apple, apricot, and prune.
T: Also very very mild, although there is certainly a wealth of things going on... and on... and on. Like a ship at sea, this rides the tides up and down through a myriad of different flavors. It goes something like this: Carbonation -> apple cider vinegar -> dates -> prunes -> cranberry -> pinot noir -> apricot -> zinfandel like feel and acidity -> grape -> whiskey -> port -> peat -> bourbon warmth way on the back. The most prominent/longest lasting flavors are [hard] apple cider [vinegar] which pervades with the carbonation hand in hand, and cranberry like red wine. Although all flavors are very mild. Flavors collapse into each other more than meld as the drink goes on. Gets a 3.5 instead of 3 solely based on the first 1 ounce's complexity.
M: Lower carbonation which seems appropriate for this genetic miscreant of beer that possesses a transformation of warmth and dark body born of fruit acidity. The flavors all begin to be hard to separate from each other very quickly after the first few sips due thanks to the lingering, albeit low, carbonation and wine like acidity. Overall dryer than average, which significantly detracts from the flavor profile of the many things going on in here, particularly at the end where most of the warmer/darker notes were.
O: I was VERY excited about this one. I'm sure it would have been exponentially better had the Stoic been omitted from the blend. I kind of hope they attempt something like this again but with Mirror Mirror instead of the stoic and a little less wine barrel in the ratio, maybe less time in the barrels overall to discourage the vinegar mash type sourness. Is this what people who got Idiot's Drool felt like?
06-19-2012 06:13:47 | More by CharlieMurphy
3.9/5 rDev -6%
12oz bottle $10.99 The price point bothered me but the description just seemed so interesting and hair of the dog beers are always expensive, especially the barrel aged ones. Smells ,like vanilla, wood, interesting, alcohol, booze. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, definitely a hint of dissident, cherries, and a plastic flavor that could be adam or could be the rye barrel stoic, not sure. I always thought adam had a sort of plastic/band-aid note going so who knows? There is a slight sting at the end from the alcohol and this is definitely a sipper for sure. Not a lot of carbonation but more than the average hair of the dog brew. Overall its quite interesting but way overpriced.
06-19-2012 04:51:45 | More by ArrogantB
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Picked up two bottles at BevMo last weekend for $11.99 each. Best after 4/30/13.
Beer poured garnet with a pretty good off white head that is hanging around pretty well.
Nose is dark cherries, charred oak, some vanilla, some booze.
Initial taste was hot. subsequent sips were slightly warming. Black cherries, bourbon, vanilla, slight charred oak, slightly sour finish. It seems to be all over the map but somehow finishes very well as not one characteristic dominates.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied and moderately carbonated, average smoothness.
Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. I am going to rest the other bottle for the next year and see how it changes.
Very expensive but definitely worth it if you want to try a wild and crazy beer!
06-17-2012 22:58:39 | More by arizcards
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
On tap at the HOTD tasting room.
The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is intriguing and complex, as I pick up considerable wine and sour, light whiskey, brown sugar and light chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the wine and sour flavor countering the moderate sweetness fairly well. Also, while the beer is not hot or heavy on the palate, one certainly gets the impression that there's considerable alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, wiht a long, sweet and sour/tart finish.
An interesting beer for sure, but I found the flavors a bit muddled, and I'm not sure the combination of flavors work all that well together. Glad I got to try this, but I'm not sure I can see any reason to visit this one again. Certainly the $8.50 price tag for a 12 ounce tulip glass is a bit of a disincentive as well.
06-17-2012 13:17:00 | More by John_M
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured from overpriced 12oz bottle to Duvel snifter, best after date 4/30/13:
Pours a deep dark ruby brown. Expanding off white head that sticks all over the place. Looks like a big one...
The nose is peculiar... toasted bread, figs, nuts, caramel and/or toffee, something spicy, something boozy, obviously a lot of flavor notes at play here.
And it packs a punch on the tongue - cherries or dates, molasses, booze, tartness warms the back of the tongue, raisins, subtle coffee, licorice, this beer is all over the place in a good kinda way.
Certainly a sipper. Dollar per ounce good? Not at the moment. I'll let the others hang out downstairs and see what happens.
Strange brew, killin' what's inside of you.
06-17-2012 00:46:33 | More by yamar68
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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