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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
92
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701 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 106
Gots: 285 | 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:
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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Holland

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:09:14 | More by Holland
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-01-2014 06:14:00 | More by whatname
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benloho

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-29-2014 15:11:11 | More by benloho
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-28-2014 15:11:37 | More by gr8zehaman
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sfr26

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-28-2014 14:57:57 | More by sfr26
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-26-2014 06:45:51 | More by Kurmaraja
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DruD

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-25-2014 06:50:20 | More by DruD
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

01-22-2014 01:36:41 | More by kvgomps
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-20-2014 21:25:48 | More by joemcgrath27
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-19-2014 05:14:11 | More by nickfl
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-19-2014 04:06:34 | More by Lovely85
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -45.8%

01-18-2014 00:11:59 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-13-2014 16:46:20 | More by Iowacraft
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a nice dark non-translucent brown in color with a small beige head with little retention. Smell is nice dark malts, a little boozy, some vanilla, and some nice dark fruits although not as prominent as the aforementioned. Taste is really nice tart fruit, vanilla, a little booze, and the dark fruits are more prominent in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium/maybe a little thinner. Really a nice tasting beer here.. I think I'm going to pick up one for some aging as I think it would really help here. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 08:59:59 | More by NeedBeerHere
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rct

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

01-06-2014 00:32:57 | More by rct
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Belgian flute from a twelve-ounce bottle.

The appearance here isn't remarkable, but it's still a good looking beer. The head is thin and khaki-colored and there's plenty of sticky lace around the glass. Below the head is an opaque, auburn and dark brown liquid that resembles a port.

Interestingly enough, Conflux smells very much like a port, with peppery, oaken, dark fruit notes. There's lots of plum and date in there. I get a bit of fruit cake as well, plus sour cherries and other tartness.

Having smelled so much goodness, I was looking forward to the taste of this beer, but I found it to be a bit of a disappointment. The beer is very port-like, which alone is fine, but the sour cherries don't mix very well with this, creating an odd taste. The pepper and oak are there, as is some potent booze, all of which, again seem to pull the beer in different directions.

As I mention above, the beer is a bit harsh to drink. There are so many different tastes and feels hitting my tongue that the beer seems to be a mess. It's somewhat of an assault on the tongue.

I had very high expectations for Conflux and this beer has some very interesting aspects, especially the port flavor, but I found the beer a challenge to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 19:34:29 | More by ONovoMexicano
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-05-2014 05:41:53 | More by MNBeerGeek
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wyatt13

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-02-2014 03:36:42 | More by wyatt13
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-01-2014 23:16:24 | More by cwelsh55
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Prager62

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-31-2013 12:12:44 | More by Prager62
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Forgot who shared this at my cellar cleaning party.

No head, dark murky hazy mahogany.

Nose lots of barrel, whisky, bourbon, brandy, etc etc, so much barrel, sweet candy malt, butterscotch, little nutty candy sweet note, little agave tequila, sweet syrupy candy cognac, etc.

Taste is decent, lots of maple, syrupy, butterscotch. Mild bitter, little sticky sweet, syrupy caramel and toffee, candy, etc., more of the barrel notes with a whisky like, fruity cognac, etc.

Mouth is fuller bod and a little sticky, decent carb, some warming booze.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:14:21 | More by jlindros
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ackeeper

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-26-2013 22:47:54 | More by ackeeper
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bhyndthebottle

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter and enjoyed.

A: Pours a nice dark amber, almost mahogany in color. Generous 2 finger head dissipates quickly into a nice cap that sticks around.
S: Wonderful complex smell that you sense as soon as you pop the top. Oak, sherry, cherry, touch of alcohol, and a slight sour soul to it.
T: Opens up to a wonderful taste that mirrors the smell. Slight maltiness with a little roasted walnut character that blend beautifully.
M: Still good carbonation for a year old and a half old bottle. As the flavors develop in the mouth, the alcohol mixes nicely to cut any sweetness.
O: One of the better ones I've had lately. This has a great character that just keeps developing as it warms. Two of the finest breweries for this style have certainly done right by this one. Can't wait to see how this develops.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 05:44:31 | More by bhyndthebottle
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CheftoDeath

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-24-2013 03:12:54 | More by CheftoDeath
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-23-2013 04:37:45 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.