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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
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748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 112
Gots: 280 | 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:
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 bsp77
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin cream colored cap.

Smell: Tart cherries, vinegar, oak, rye, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, etc., etc.

Taste: Uh, no idea how to describe this. Definitely cherries, vinegar and loads of barrel aging. There seems to be a sickly sweet malt backbone of overripe fruits and toffee. What else - leather, figs, rye, pomegranate, cider. No hops to speak of.

Feel: Thick, chewy body with moderately low carbonation. The body seems a little thick for a beer that is tart. Warming, but less than expected.

Overall: This is a huge mess. However, the vortex of flavors are pretty intoxicating. As others have said, Dissident dominates the aroma and taste, but the feel is more Old Ale like. Seems like the balance could have been better, but glad I tried this.

bsp77, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bpfrush, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -3.8%

hoppymcgee, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best After Date: 4/30/13

A= Pours a dark coca cola brown color with a half finger of off white head on it that falls fast to a thin skin on top of the glass. Little lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is deep of barrel aromas. Tons of dark fruit and a melody of different barrels. Wine musk becomes present a little bit and a little caramel. It's almost to complex to come to a conclusion on all of these flavors. Really interesting and unique.

T= The taste is even more of a suprise. A little tartness from the wine barrels is the first thing I notice. I dunno if it was intended or not. I haven't heard anything about this being soured at all. Definitally a bit of tartness however. There is a little oak and bourbon in it as well with some definite caramel malt and toffee.

M= Nice and smooth.

O= Besides the tartness which was a surpise this is a well crafted beer. After reading the bottle I noticed there is a little dissident in here which explains the tartness. Well made and worth trying once. The high price tag will keep me from coming back however.

jjanega08, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of eclipse54
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle I picke up from the local co-op. Best after 4/30/2013 according to the label; I guess I'm early to the party for once. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown color with some darker, dirt-brown hues to it. The thin head is khaki in color, and while the main body doesn’t hang around too long, a thick ring and central patch on the surface of the liquid hang out for the extent of the drink. Wet patches of bubbles decorate the glass.

The aroma is of tart cherries, sherry, caramel, acidic grape, some plum and date, some faintly toasted sugar, and vague hints of oak and chocolate. The nose is complex, but Dissident forward; while it smells great, the acidic fruits seem to swamp out some of the other scents.

Tones of vanilla, oak, and toffee lead in the flavor, while tart cherry, grape, plum and date come out immediately afterward. Undertones of caramel, faint milk chocolate, smooth molasses, and bourbon make an appearance near the end, and there’s a bit of sherry and faint ethanol on the finish. There are certainly flavors I’m missing here, but this is one complex beast.

Mouthfeel is superb, with a nice velvety start, acidic and slightly thinner middle, and a crisp, dry finish. The oak really makes a play at the end here, lending itself to a ultimate dryness. A thin veil of the caramel and sugary fruits caosts the palate, but dissolves quickly and doesn’t linger any longer than is welcome.

Overall, this is one unique beer. The ""strong ale"" category does not prepare you for what's in the bottle, and seems only to serve as a catch ale label for this concoction. The Dissident really does seem to be the dominant brew in the blend, perhaps only because the tart fruits contrast so well with the rest of the component beers. Elements of all, however, can be found. I'm happy to have some more cellared away, as I have high hopes for how this one will develop. Already, I'm quite impressed with how well the ethanol is hidden... Can I feel it as I near the end of my glass? Yes. Does it taste like an 11.6% brute? Not at all.

eclipse54, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of marct
5/5  rDev +20.2%

marct, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best after 30APR13

I cracked the crown and let it warm up to about 60 degrees. Drunk over the coarse of an hour.

Pours a candied walnut brown with a solid fleeting sheet of peanut foam. Cola clarity. Smell is very, very complex. I'm gonna take a shot, but there is not real logical hierarchy here, just naming as they come: cherry, sherry, pomegranate, grape, oak, smoke, cognac, some leather and the slightest hint of mulling spice. Fuck me, I did not expect this one to taste like this. I really anticipated much more of the sour and fruit I was getting in the nose. Leather, oak, vinous fruit, tawny sugars, aspirin bitterness, alcohol, soft tartness reminiscent of dissident. Really a sincere sipper - just sooo intense. Mouthfeel hits it out of the park, velvety and full with a watery roll and slight carbonation. I think this might be one of the best pairings of feel to total beer concept I've encountered, really pristine. The alcohol leaves my entire oral cavity, oropharynx and cheeks warm.

This beer is a sincerely unique experience. I would never serve this to an inexperienced beer drinker, and actually most beer drinkers. This one is profoundly complex, and I would argue too much so for the majority of drinkers (maybe even myself included). It is hard to tell if the beer will merge it's individual traits and come through with a new beer a year from now, but for right now, this is just sooo insane. I read a review earlier that indicated they'd pay the $20+ for the bomber of this, I would be hesitant, as I would never be able to do a whole bottle of this. I'd even consider a preference to a 7oz nipper for this beast. It's just so complex.

harrymel, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Rizalini
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Stone tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy brownish, burnt cyan color. 1 finger of tan headleaves splotchy lacy when it fades.

S - The smel lis very comples of booze, cherries, leather, plums and rum rasins. This one is all over the place...

T/M - Hmmmm, what a flavor clash. First impression is that of tart cherries, and a tabacco. 2nd taste is very boozey, and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is a little on the medium/syrupy side.

O - This is unlike any ale I've ever sipped, so it's impossible to compare it to anything else I've had. It has distinguished components of a strongale, an old ale, a belgian quad, and a flanders. For what this beer claims to be, it delivers spot on. But once again, very different.

Rizalini, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of MITCHELLMPLS
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MITCHELLMPLS, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GuisseppeFranco, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of beersis81
4/5  rDev -3.8%

beersis81, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light brown to tan with a few small rising bubbles, a 1/2 finger head, pretty good lacing.

Smell is wonderful, lots of dark fruits, sherry, and funky spices.

Taste is really complex, tons of figs, plums, cherries, lots of sherry, bourbon, wine and woody barrel flavors, plus some funkyness.

Feel is thick and slick, plenty of hot warming alcohol. Fruity and liquor flavors linger forever.

Very nice, needs some age though, kind of hot right now.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Duff27, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Impfan
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly, this enigmatic blend took awhile to really grow on me. The flavors just seemed too disparate, at first. Now on bottle number three, I’m beginning to get it. Beautiful sour cherry and pinot aroma with subtle spiciness lurking underneath. Reminds me of a fine Gluhkriek. Flavor has more of the same, with slight underpinnings of chocolate, and bourbon, and stronger hints of rye whiskey. The Dissident is in the forefront, although I can pick up leather and tobacco from the Adam, and citric hoppiness from the Adam. The flavors seem to have begun to coalesce after only a short time, and I could see this being amazing in another year.

Impfan, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- pours a clear dark burgundy with a very minimal khaki head, no lacing. This beer has legs.

S- the first thing i get is the Dissident and sherry. Maybe some cognac here as well. This is followed by darker malts, brown sugar and dark fruits from what i suppose is Adam. I'm not picking up any of the pinot or rye barrels in the nose, but there is a slight singe on the nostrils from the alcohol.

T- oh. my. god. I am floored by the complexity and the shear deliciousness of this beer. It starts with tart cherries, funk, and slight pepper (probably from the rye whiskey). I'm also getting some of the pomegranate from the Stoic up front. Next comes the maltiness of Fred and Adam, both playing nicely with the hypercomplex barrel notes and their Deschutes counterparts. The hop bitterness is almost nonexistant due to the sweetness of this glorious symphony of spirit barrels and beer.

M- perfect. the wine barrels seem to place their biggest part here. the perfect amount of carbonation and viscosity.

O- my only complaint about this beer is that it didn't come in a larger format. I would gladly pay $19-22 for a bomber of this stuff! all of the base beers and the barrels all play with each other and compliment and juxtapose each other in such a beautiful way... I loved it. I have another that i'm going to age, but come next pay day i might find it hard not to buy another to drink a week from now!

sunkistxsudafed, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1323rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12oz

2012 release
Best after 4/23/13

App- Pours out a multifacedted hue with many colors to it. A bit of burgundy. A bit of red. Has some yellows and light browns around the edges. A one finger khaki head was there and then fell to a nice 1/8" of bubbles with a bit of film on the top. A bit still and thick cordial looking.

Smell- The first smells that come wofting up to the nose are the sherry wine notes. Its fairly sweet with alot of booze stinging the nostrils. A bit of a wine like grape tannins come in from the pinot. Other than that I dont get much. Maybe some citrus like cherry? Its still really young. The barrels are very hidden on the nose.

Taste- I really pick up on the Stoic 1st. The unique combo of those flavors just comes up so quick with the sour of the Dissident. Has a malty like sour cherry note but then a strong malt flavor similar to Adam and Fred with a bit of the creamy Fred flavor and the stong Adam malt bill. Its very tasty. A bit young and sweet with ALOT of room to grow. The barrel notes are really all of over the place and hard to pick out them individually. Mostly again just the sherry.

Mouth- A very medium body with a creamy sweet mix between old ale and some flanders red such as the Dissident. Really like the taste but the feel is just super lush here. A bit of a residual malty/cherry note. A good medium carbonation and a bit of a lip smacker.

Drink- Its got a lot going on in this glass and I see good things for it. I really think the time in the bottle till next year will let it settle and mingle well. A bit powerful with the booze but still very good and again sweet. Maybe borders on cloying but thats okay. As a side note for those looking to compare it to something. JW Lees Sherry Cask. Glad I have 2 more bottles.

FosterJM, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mantissa, May 31, 2012
Photo of tony223366
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: After a vigorous pour I was able to get 2 fingers of tan fluffy head. It's quickly dissipating though. The beer itself is a dark brown with streaks of rich cherry red. The clarity is fantastic and there is great action from the carbonation.

S: A lot going on here. The first thing that's obvious is a very sour cherry aroma. Then some brown sugar. Some darker fruits are present too. There's almost a little funk grassiness too. It smells on the sweet end. It's really inviting.

T: Whoa that is a sipper. I mean it's definitely boozy but that's not what I'm talking about here. I get some tart acidity. Some fruits like dark sour cherry and a bit of a more raisiny flavor. Then there's also some sweetness there, almost like chocolate. After that it turns a little funky with some of that stale, grassy flavor. The finish is really tangy and boozy as hell.

M: Slick mouthfeel with tons of tight carbonation.

O: Kind of overwhelming and not at all for the light hearted. The boozy characteristics are a bit much right now. It could use a year or two to cool off. One of these is going straight to my cellar. I imagine that this will be amazing as the flavors mellow and balance.

tony223366, May 31, 2012
Photo of jbuddle
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep burgundy red, clear, no head at all. First whiff was acetone and mild brandy. As it opens up, the acetone disappears and is replaced by a light acetic note, and the brandy and bourbon come out with some vanilla and oak. Miles of complexity in the nose.

This is hard to pin down. Waves of flavor come across - a lightly sour acetic flavor hits me first which washes into a very vinous port. I get a bit of sweet caramel malt but it's well balanced by the lingering tartness. Finishes tart and pretty dry. Nothing stands out, it's blended superbly. A bite of booze on the back end and warming.

Mouthfeel is perfect, light carbonation, medium body. Actually kind of complex - it feels slick and buttery at first but goes down dry. Excited to see how this develops over time.

jbuddle, May 31, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, a deep burgundy with lighter ruby highlights around the edges. Bottle says best after 4/30/13, but I'm too curious... Nice creamy head with lace sticking to the glass. Lacto on the nose, dissident leads the way in the aroma. A faint scent of bourbon and pinot show up from the barrel aging , more caramel and cherries. Taste is much like the dissident with a bit more sweetness and light hops. Pinot, bourbon and sherry play on the palate in the finish. Very tasty with just a hint of alcohol burn on the back end which is nice and dry. Carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on, medium thick but not chewy. Very drinkable for such a big beer.
An awesome collaboration from two awesome breweries. This will be interesting to revisit with a year or two on the bottle.

Kevlee722, May 30, 2012
Photo of DWarcher
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DWarcher, May 29, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rogerthegill, May 29, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Kopfschuss, May 28, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Hopstout, May 28, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly, rich hazy caramel-amber with just a skim of off-white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Nice sour cherry ...like pie filling, some caramel, bourbon, sweet red wine, wood, vanilla, and some light funkyness. Sweet, sour and pretty complex.

Taste. Sour cherry juice (the quality organic shit), sweet caramel, lots of bitter woody flavours, some red wine. A bit of booze is there. Again, pretty complex.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full bodied, medium-low carbomation. Just a bit warm.

Overall. Interesting mix of flavours going on in this one, but seems slightly rough to me in alcohol and almost a battle of aggressive flavours. I'll look forward to trying it again in a while.

Rutager, May 28, 2012
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.