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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
93
outstanding

758 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 112
Gots: 281 | FT: 33
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:
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)

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TheCondor
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
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
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of slimntubbs
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Ami
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of BrokenStones
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of sammo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Sunhunters
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.