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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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BA SCORE
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771 Ratings
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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 112
Gots: 285 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
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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 cvm4
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber almost to the point of going toward brownish. One finger head that's off-white.

S - Tart/sour... Cherries and bourbon barrel aged. Comes off sweet, dark fruits.

T - Sour cherry and Pinot Noir really comes to the forefront here. Some dark fruits emerge. Finishes with a bourbon barrel flavor and some noticeable alcohol.

M - Smooth but almost syrupy. Could be heavier or have more carbonation.

O - Grateful I got to try such a unique offering! It's not something I'd reach for every day or every week. But, it's a nice collaborative effort and that's what makes it great!

Photo of jaasen64
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Jackie O's snifter. Best after 4/30/13.

A- Pours a slightly translucent dark cherry mahogany with a thin layer of brownish yellowish head. About average carbonation. Not too much lacing.

S- Bourbon + Cognac, molasses, cherries, and a little bit of acetone up front mixed with a variety of different woods predominantly oak. Above average aroma strength.

T- Sweet molasses, bourbon, pinot noir finishes with a sweet dark fruit taste (plums, dark cherries, etc.) mixed with oak and a nice sweet dark cherry aftertaste that lingers for awhile. A little bit overly sweet in my opinion.

M- A little bit syrupy, a tiny bit thick but fairly medium bodied, abv very well hidden, a little bit of heat but not much at all especially because it hasn't reached its best after date. Not too much carbonation.

O- This was a very nice blended Strong Ale Collaboration. It had a nice complexity, with the multitude of barrel aging definitely showing a complex array of flavors. My only problem was that it was a little bit too syrupy. Unfortunately I've never tried any of the base beers so I can't compare. I picked up a few bottles and I'm hoping to age a few and hopefully try one side by side with the base beers. I'll definitely revisit this one after the best after date. I think it will age very well.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of cooler4life
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty Duvel Tulip. Best Before April 2013.

A: The beer is a smoky dark apple cider color. Poured a half finger head that settled rather quickly to a thin off-white ring around the edge of the glass. Even through the murkiness, I can see multiple streams of carbonation racing to the top.

S: Fantastically intense. Tart apple cider, cherries mixed with oak, moss, whisky, toffee. As I inhale deeper, an influx of fruit surges down my nostrils. Green apple, more cherry and grapefruit dominate.

T: Begins with a funky cherry tartness that is intertwined with smoky vanilla. Complex. Leather and some hops play into the game as well. Finishes bourbony sweet with just a touch of the alcoholic heat. Note: For a brew coming in at almost 12% ABV, it's really pretty drinkable.

M: Smmoooth! I was expecting it to be a little more viscous, however, it coats your mouth with a tart syrupy wooden goodness. Could use a tad more carbonation, but I'm not complaining :)

O: I was pleasantly surprised by how good this beer turned out to be. I got too excited with the July 4th festivities to properly cellar this beer, but I have no doubt that it could mature to even more greatness. This brew is not for the faint of heart. With every sip I picked up on different nuances hence the 5.0 overall rating. This beer is like a journey, who wants to join me?

Photo of AgentMunky
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Best after 30 April 2013.

A: Muddy translucent Indian red. Little head, no lace.

S: Oh dear gods. Bright fruit, deep spice, impressively strong, almost intoxicating. A brilliant tartness (sour yeast?) skyrockets this one to a 5.0.

T/M: Mmmm, impeccable. Tart fruit (Stoic?) provides excellent top notes with molasses sweetness (Adam?) offering an interesting counterpoint. Light, vaguely carbonated, and puckery. White grape, pear, peach, apricot. A distant discordant note reminds of a homebrewed cider that tasted like rubbing alcohol. This flaw is slight and sporadic, but does knock it down from a perfect score. Strong, but superlative.

O: Truly the sum of its parts. The Stoic provides the bulk of the smell and spice, The Dissident the perfect sour accent, Adam an excellent and abiding sweetness, and Fred some funk and yeast. Inspired a well-executed. Highly recommended.

Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of sgoro
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of AndrewK
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is super complex with malt, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and an interesting set of sour/tart fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a tart and slightly woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I am very interested to see how this one ages.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to this one, as I love Hair of the Dog and Deschutes.

Appearance – Pours murky dark brownish red, with some golden notes when held up to the light. A nice head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass, that leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell – There’s some crazy stuff going on in the smell. A strange mix of sour ale, vinegar, Pinot, cherry, and oak. Complex, but a strange mix.

Taste – Whiskey, sour ale, and Pinot, which isn't a great match with the whisky. Weird.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, thin, and a slight bite from the whiskey which sticks around in the aftertaste.

Drinkability – Not the most drinkable beer; a strange mixture of flavors with a mild whiskey bite. The 11.6% isn’t hidden. Not bad, but not what I expected from two of my favorite breweries.

Photo of Harvey98
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheCondor
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recommended to me by a professor from a local college. At a retirement party, neither one of us knew the other was into craft beer, but when one went into the conversation, the other followed, and this recommendation was one of the results. The price is exorbitant, almost robbery at $10 for a 12oz. bottle. But sometimes in life, you get what you pay for…..side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance – Pours a beautiful deep mahogany/burgundy color with almost no head at all. Despite this, it still leaves lacing, and some carbonation can be observed inside the glass.

Smell – Complex, but unlike almost anything I have ever smelled. Rye, whiskey, red wine, leather, barrels, some fruitiness, and sour. It is certainly one of the most unique brews I have ever smelled. Very interested to taste it.

Taste – Follows the nose rather closely. The dark, sour fruits come up front, but there are certainly notes of bourbon and red wine. It is amazingly good, it’s like beer, bourbon, and red wine (a few of my favorite things) all mixed into one fantastic concoction. The three wise men. As was intended, this a complex, difficult to describe, very layered and strong taste. Not for a new craft beer drinker.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol is certainly detectable, but what do expect at an ABV of almost 12% in a beer aged in bourbon and wine barrels? Very smooth, lightly carbonated, finishes tart with a bourbon kick. Outstanding.

Overall – I believe this to be an outstanding beer, and I am glad I paid the outrageous cost to get one of the bottles. The science and art behind mixing, matching, blending, aging, and then producing this beer was downright ridiculous, and I am glad I got to sample the creation from these two breweries. Absolutely not for a new craft beer drinker, this beer can easily overwhelm a palate, even on an experienced drinker. It is one of a kind. I would like to see what some aging inside the bottle does to this one, but I was way too anxious to try it for all that. I will be writing my professor friend tonight and congratulating him on an excellent referral.

Photo of parris
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Devi0us
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rlee1390
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.