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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: 771
Reviews: 211
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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Ratings: 771 | Reviews: 211
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, cloudy mahogany amber. Thin light tan head dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma is vinous with sweet malt and oak. Flavor is well integrated oak, dry port, malt, slightly sour and vinous. Finishes with rich, somewhat sour dark fruit. Complex, but well balanced. I will probably not cellar more than one of these because the sourness from Dissident is not my favorite component. Medium to heavy bodied. Low carbonation detracts somewhat from the mouth feel.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark cherry brown in color with slight brown highlights and a very thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely tell there was some character that of a sour such as citrus lemon, oaky, mild funky, fruity, slightly boozy, grapey and hints of acidic vinegary notes.

T: there was a lot going on consisting of cherry, citrus lemon, a little vinegary, oaky accents, slightly funky, touches of brown sugar, and hints of a variety of spirits, mostly wine and vinous.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, oaky, mild acidic, vinous, very slight boozy, and tart finish.

T: very interesting qualities on the taste but was good and glad to have tried it. I would like to see how the dissident tastes by itself though.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark copper with about a finger of tan head. Pretty good retention--a ring lasting the entire pour--and a few swaths of lacing.

S: A lot of oak barrel and spirits up front, dark candied fruit. Straight up oak is predominant.

T: Again, barrel, wine, and spirits in the forefront, followed by light tartness providing structure.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Good if you like the barrel. Collage is an apt name, and I think it works well within the nebulous strong ale category, given it's complexity and sipping qualities. The sourness is noticeable but not overboard. Crazy price point though ($12.49).

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of zchall23
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Certainly going to revisit this one sometime in 2014, but here's what I found at this point:

APPEARANCE: Deep Mahogany with almost no head, maybe a quarter-inch, but it faded quickly leaving just a wisp or two on the surface. It looks a lot like Bourbon Fred from the Wood except not quite as murky.

SMELL: Smells like a Barleywine, actually, a lot like Doggie Claws. Brown sugar led the way with a slight lemon, sourness underneath. A bit of grape must aroma was also there.

TASTE: Like the aroma, this tastes like a wine barrel aged Barleywine. There is something about Hair of the Dog's beers, they all have this delicious brown sugary sweetness and the Conflux is no exception to that rule. A touch of banana lurks in the background along with a lemon-cherry tartness.

MOUTHFEEL: The Conflux could use a little more carbonation, but at least it has more bubbles than the Bourbon Fred. It is smooth and sweet, but not at all mouthcoating. Pretty average mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This seemed to me to be a Hair of the Dog beer that was apparently brewed at Deschutes, which works for me. Deschutes is great, but I just didn't see any of their signature on this beer. Anyhow, it was quite tasty, I'm very glad I had the opportunity to try, but I am excited to get back to it in a couple years to see how it has improved.

Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Argh, didnt mean to crack this now, was not really paying attention to what this was. Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear garnet hue with a soft, one finger tan head that fades to leave some sudsy clouding and sticky lacing.

S - Wonderful notes of pinot, light spicy rye, and bourbon. The smell of the barrels is just great. Light alcohol, getting a touch of orange peel and toffee.

T - Taste is pretty interesting. So many different barrels here, getting light rye, cognac, bourbon. The pinot is a bit lighter, getting more orange peel, light alcohol. Some slight caramel malts. This definitely could use some age, however, its delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome for this big of a beer. Great sourness line vinegar from the pinot, its a sipper, but a very enjoyable sipper.

O - This is an excellent blending of beers here. Just delicious. Really want to see how this holds up to age.

Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into oversized CBS snifter. Apperance is murky reddish with shades of brown. Minimal head upon pour with no lacing. The Dissident is the most prominent beer I get in the aroma. Notes of red wine, oak, and a healthy dose of vinegar come through up front. Vinous fruit qualities are present with a mild amount of bret. Adam joins the party at the finish with a small addition of malty Barleywine/Old Ale goodness. The taste starts off very malt forward with evidence of Fred and Adam's presence. This quickly becomes tart with the return of Dissident. The quad quality from The Stoic is overshadowed by the lactic acid component. The finish is slightly tart with some quad quality coming through. Red wine has an underlying presence and provides some tannins. I'm having trouble finding the spirit character in this, maybe a touch of vanilla comes through. The mouthfeel is surprisingly not that heavy with moderate carbonation. This is an intriguing brew that has a fitting name. I've had a few beer blends and I find this one to be pretty well blended. Each individual brew is present with a definite dominance in the way of Dissident. I would have liked some more Adam character, but this brew is delicious either way. The balance is great for the 11.6% ABV.

Photo of dsuedbeck
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a dark mahogany, with dark red and brown colors in the edges, with two fingers of foamy light tan colored head. Head dissipates after a few minutes to a bubbly half a finger with plenty of sticky lacing. Knowing the base beers for this, very pleasantly surprised by the nice head.

Nose is interesting, some red wine notes upfront, vinous with tannins, a touch of orange peel, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, lighter balsamic vinegar. Really different smelling beer.

Taking a sip, lots of wine and bourbon barrel character, wine astringency, oak, vanilla, orange peel, balsamic vinegar, toffee, caramel, toasted malt. The Fred and Adam are more prominent in the flavor than in the nose, with old ale leather and tobacco flavors and some lighter citrus from Fred. An interesting and complex beer.

Medium to full body with good carbonation, helps to keep it on the lighter side and somewhat easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden, with only a warming in the throat indicating the high abv.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.6% confirmed. Best after: 04/30/2013 (but I just can't wait). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a scotch ale/thistle glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given Deschutes' involvement, the complex aging, and the blends used.

Taken from the refrigerator and allowed to stand for a good 15 minutes to warm it up. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, fair cream and thickness, and great retention considering the high ABV. Retains at least five minutes. Colour is a dark caramel ruby. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Luxurious bacteria and wild yeast, woody oak barrel notes, brandy, cherry, fig, tart fruit (maybe even dark fruit like plum), clean malts with little caramelization or toasted character, raisin, fermented sugars, and a bit of grape. Really a remarkable, seizing aroma. A mild strength incredibly subtle aroma.

T: Brandy, wood, oak, tart fruit (including cherry, plum, fig, and a hint of raisin), red wine, and marvelous wild yeast and bacteria notes. Spirited, sour, yet still mellow. No real spice or earthiness, but it isn't needed. Delightfully layered and built, with incredible balance for a blend (beating even Lost Abbey Angel's Share). Hopping is very timid and backgrounded. I quite like it. Gets better as it warms as well - especially where the fruit is concerned. Masterfully complex. Really a tasty brew. Rich. No alcohol comes through. Full-bodied and well varied. The flavours are diverse yet collaborative.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness, but merely adequate carbonation. Admittedly, the mouthfeel is a bit off - but it's a blend. Alcohol warms the stomach.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - surprisingly so. This could be dangerous. Not a session beer, but not a sipper either. It resides in the happy in-betweeny bit. It got better as it warmed. I quite fancy this one. Another solid brew from Deschutes. The style designation is curious, perhaps we need a category that acknowledges blends. I can't wait to try this aged; I'll definitely be having it in a few years with some age on it. I'll run out and buy one as soon as I'm able.

A fantastic candidate for aging. Probably ideal with 3-5 years on it.

Drank adequately from a scotch ale glass, but this really demands a goblet, snifter, or (ideally) a tulip.

Would pair well with cranberry raisins or pate.

This is one to sip on whilst reading a good book.

B+

Photo of bsuedekum
2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of tonyclifton36
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kevinmkirk
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy, cola brown pour with zero head, yet a modicum of lacing. The nose is very tart - cherry, raisin, wine, oak, fig, malt. The taste follows the nose identically, with the addition of a whiff of a good port. Mouthfeel is heavy with the appropriate carbonation. Very sippable, if you like the style.

My wife says, "If this beer were a movie, it would be equal parts Gary Oldman, Gary Sinise, Clint Eastwood, and Betty White. It is versatile, mysterious, simply bad ass, and kinda nutty."

I agree with my wife, though I firmly disagree with the idea that this is an "American Strong Ale," and I officially reclassify this as a sour ale. It has been written.

Photo of litheum94
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best after 4/30/12. Reviewed 6/27/12.

Pours a deep, deep red that is densely dark but shimmers in the light. One-finger tan head. Quickly fizzles out to a scant cover.
Very complex aromas of tart cherries, oak, cedar and dark fruits. Very spicy, like sandalwood. Tannic, red wine tones. Malty, old ale tones upon deep inhalation.

At first, it's really hard to even tell what's going on here, there's so many layers of flavors. The Stoic thread pops up first, with some bourbon barrel and earthy sweet Quad-like flavors. Vinous, red wine flavors pop up, with some tart cherries (Dissident). Smoke and more barrel flavors come in, with some peppery flavors (Rye from the Fred?). Rounded out with the faintest tones of dark fruit and Old Ale mouthfeel from the Adam.

Wow. There are four distinct beers here all making their presence known, and a ton of different barrel flavors. At first sip, this drinks like a clusterfuck. But then things settle down, and you see how all these threads kind of interlock together. A bold experiment between these two breweries for sure, but it works for me. Can't wait to see how this ages.

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best after 4/30/13, never gonna be able to wait that long. Why release beer before it's ready?

Pours an effervescent brown with a finger of tan head. Above average head retention & minimal lacing

S: Booze, pine, dates, a bit of oakyness

T: Piney, medicinal with grapefruit & grassyness. Grapefruit & pineapple as this warms, some figgyness & pears with a bit of brett tartness, also some boozeyness. Finishes with with sourwood honey, cherry tartness/dryness & lemongrass; this just got better as this warmed

MF: Slick, slight carbonation, plus boozey warmth

Drinks pretty easy, boozeyness is fairly well hidden, this might age well, still not perfect by no means...

Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a barely translucent mahogany color with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that had very low retention, it quickly settled into a thin ring, and very light lacing.

The aroma was on the subdued side, some tartness and malts were most noticeable, with some fruit and yeast notes around the edges. Whoa Nellie! This beer hit the tongue with a bold tartness that hinted at sour but wasn't. The above mentioned fruit, yeast, spice and malt were all present, just in a more upfront manner.

The body was very good, bordering on great, full and smooth with tartness adding a nice counter-point. Drinkability was very good for beer this strong, it went down almost too easily. Overall, an excellent beer. A must try, it's available enough that if it's not on your local shelves, a trade will be easy to set up.

Photo of Bobheed
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown, almost like a walnut finish kind of color. Very little tight eggshell white head that dissipated really quickly

S: Lots of tart notes, mainly pinot noir and sour apple. Also got some oak, cherries, vanilla, booze, and some subtle earthy spices.

T: It tastes a bit like Consecration from RR, with a bit more going on. It has the same kind of wine notes, but with more sweetness and alcohol. Got more oak and sweet caramel as it warmed up more and more

M: Fairly low carbonation, medium body and a bit of alcohol heat.

Overall I really liked this one, I can't wait to see what a few years do to my remaining bottles

Photo of mjr2377
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wrote a damn good review, but then I got asked to sign in after writing it and it was gone. Fuck that. This is a summary of what I had.

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Well hazed plum color. One finger of frothy head. Retention is lacking and a very short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells mainly like Dissident. Tons of tart cherries and lactic acid tanginess. The grape component really stand out. Sherry, pinot, and cognac dominate the nose in that order. The bourbon is present, but only if you try really hard to find it. If I didn't know it was in there, I never would have mentioned it. There's some fruitiness underneath, but this is mainly vinous grape-iness and Dissident.

3.0 T: Adam shows up for the first time in the taste. The unrefined, earthy fruitiness is appreciated. Though this still have tart cherry and some lactic acid, the Dissident is a rather small component of the taste. The grape barrels, however, are still holding strong and you can taste each of their contributions. The bourbon is also a little stronger, but for the most part it seems out of place. Oak, vanilla, and some tannic astringency. The rest is a jumble of fruits, caramel, and spiciness. Most of this falls beneath the grape barrels to play a secondary role.

3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The thing I don't like about the mouthfeel is the almost puckering tannic astringency and the lasting sherry and cognac aftertaste.

3.5 D: Interesting experiment, but it's a baffling combo of brews and barrels. It's like a overly creative homebrewer was calling the shots. It's not bad, but it's far too pricey and the flavors don't work all that well together.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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