Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery
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4/5 rDev -3.6%
A: Pours a reddish brown with a half inch of dense light tan head that fades to a small pool and well established collar. not a lot of lacing
S: It smells like the dissident has taken over. I'm getting some sour cherry, some nice oakyness, a slight bourbon and some malty sweetness
T: tartness up front with some nice bourbon notes, a bit of oakyness, some borderline paint thinner flavors , a bit of caramel malt. swallow brings a bit more tart cherry, some vanilla, and a little caramel
M: lighter side of medium on the mouth with good carbonation that is just slightly prickly and a drying finish
O: For a blend of beers it's pretty good, as far as the style I think it missed the mark. I'm digging the tartness but the dissident has become the dominant beer in this blend.
03-02-2014 06:07:00 | More by SHODriver
3.63/5 rDev -12.5%
I have NO idea where this might have come from, but it sure is intriguing!
From the bottle: "A Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing Company artistic expression"; "Conflux No. 1: Malt Beverage aged in distilled spirit and wine oak barrels"; "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. Damn, beer is fun."
It strikes me that this is a collaboration in the same way that "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" was a collaboration. Naughty, naughty! Hopefully, this is not also a cop-out at the end.
I began with a gentle pour, but it was murky from the jump, so I amped it up and got a brief finger if light-tan head for my troubles. I could not help but smell it as it poured into my glass. Dried, dark fruits came immediately to mind and when I leaned in, I got a whiff of leather, red wine, and simple alcohol heat. My bottle was marked "Best After: 4/30/13" and even nearly a year past that date, it could have been aged even further. Color was a slightly murky, not quite opaque, but not hazy, either, soppery-brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel was full and viscous, like a dollop of beer on my tongue more than a draught. Jesus! The heat was immediate, followed by a vinous red wine taste, then bourbon-like coconut and the dried, dark fruits of the nose. Wow! Warming, I began to get the leatheriness that I had sensed on the nose, Phew! Finish would not disavow me of the belief that, if I closed my eyes, I was drinking wine. I just kept coming back to a rich, red wine flavor that when coupled with its high ABV made for a much more intense beer than I usually like. Conflux Collage collaboration?!? More like Conflagration! I am a beer neo-hippie in that I will try anything once, but one may be more than enough for me in this case. I feel badly as I am sure that a lot of effort went into this, but it is just too much.
02-15-2014 13:36:36 | More by woodychandler
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13, bought 5/17/12. Pours hazy reddish amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is some oxidized sherry with some fruity oak and alcohol.
The flavor is figgy vinous fruits, vanilla, oak and some strong alcohol and slight oxidation. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, aging helped this one. A nice flavorful aged beer - tastes like an older English barleywine.
02-09-2014 05:07:02 | More by Beaver13
3.58/5 rDev -13.7%
Poured at 60 degrees. Purchased at Monde in Philly for $15.
A: murky brown with orange-ish highlights and a tan head. Nice one inch head with excellent rentention.
S: wood, tart fruit like apricot, and slight sweetness.
T: strange sweetness and molasses to start. The old ale is present for just a bit, then it turns to sweet and sour with a hint of fruit, and finally it finishes with oak and brown sugar. Nothing is wrong with the taste if that's what they're going for, but it's weird.
M: thick, highly carbonated, but still manages to finish decently dry
O: really odd beer that I'm not sure how to rate at all. It's interesting for sure, but I'm not going to buy another (especially at $15). Happy to try it once, and it was a great experience, but tough to finish a full 12 ounces.
02-05-2014 01:09:14 | More by Holland
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 720 ratings.