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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: 727
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 109
Gots: 281 | FT: 32
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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Photo of parris
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Got from a trade of mostly hoppy beers, had no idea what I was pouring

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

S - Lacto 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 beer is really good, thanks grandmachine!

parris, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

GRG1313, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%

Appearance: Rust colored body capped by a thin beige head. Slight haze, but largely clear.

Smell: Acetic and lactic notes from Dissident are prominent, as is leather and smoke from Adam. It's an odd, slightly jarring mix. There's plenty of barrel in here, too, primarily wine and whiskey along with a good bit of raw oak. Cherries pop out a bit as it warms, and there's an unpleasant meaty quality. The Stoic and Fred seem a bit lost in the mix here, overwhelmed by the intense aromas of Adam and Dissident.

Palate: Sweeter than the nose suggests, but still fairly acetic. Cherries and smoke, leather, brown sugar, sherry, whiskey, red wine - plenty going on here, but it's not all harmonious. The body is full and syrupy, carbonation is low. Oak and vinous notes take over the finish, followed by some bourbon barrel burn.

Overall: What an odd mix. Not outright bad, but I'm not sure what the hell they were thinking. This could have been outstanding had Deschutes used Mirror Mirror and Abyss instead of Dissident and Stoic.

largadeer, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -3.6%

avaldivia, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Devi0us, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

A-Deep ruby, one finger barely tan head.

S-Funk, pomegranate, cherries, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel.

T-Some funk from the Dissident, pomegranate, bourbon, wine/grapes, oat, sherry, some bitterness. Cherries, caramel and toffee as well.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A wonderful beer, hopefully some age will tone down The Dissident and let the other flavors come through a little more.

rlee1390, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

CelticAleMan, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

I had this on tap at HotD and let it sit. I opened a bottle on 6.18.12 and let it warm as well. Best after 4.30.12.

A - Murky dark brown with a half inch light tan head. Good retention as the head sticks around.

S - Sourness hits you first, then some sweet fruitiness. The finish is booze - not quite bourbon.

T - Sour, then sweet fruit, then lots of booze and oak. All over the place, but in a good way.

D - Mild carbonation and a heavier body.

O - All the contributing beers are there, and very good. I think it will be awesome later.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

RoryOMoore, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz bottle served in a HotD tulip.

Pours a clear muddy amber with an initially fluffy creamy tan head that fades to a thin collar and splotchy lace film with no lace. Very sweet nose: cherry, sherry, oak, caramel, butterscotch, red grapes and vanilla. Flavor is a little more balanced and vinous. Strong cherry and vanilla presence up front with a slightly drying tannic, oak and vinous finish. Medium thick, syrupy body, light carbonation but overall bizarrely balanced and drinkable fresh. Resembles a fresh Adam with cherries and a mild sour, wine barrel finish. Tastes like one of the Deschutes "Oops-ies" blended with a solid HotD offering.

yourefragile, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of draheim
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.

draheim, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of slimntubbs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

slimntubbs, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Ami
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Ami, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of BrokenStones
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BrokenStones, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Birdlegs, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of sammo
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

sammo, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

elkinbrown, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Sunhunters
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.

Sunhunters, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -3.6%

egrace84, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
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!

Humulus85, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

hiphopj5, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of NoahPrice
4/5  rDev -3.6%

NoahPrice, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
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.

notchucknorris, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of CharlieMurphy
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?

CharlieMurphy, Jun 19, 2012
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.