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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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93
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758 Ratings
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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 111
Gots: 282 | 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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Aroma was huge and complex, there was raisin, plum, strawberry, cherry, grapes, wine, whiskey, booze, a sour vinegar element and oak. The color was interesting as well, it poured a hazy deep amber, almost brown, color with very little head, typically indicative of a sour. Lo and behold it was quite tart on the palate, I know there was a sour beer involved and wine barrel aging, and I really liked that. Also got raisin, plum, blackberry, pomegranate, wine, cherries, whiskey/bourbon and wood. There's was a nice sweetness running through it in addition to the sourness, and some earthiness. It was full bodied, but also crisp and tart. All in all I thought this was an incredible beer with a lot of depth and complexity. Glad I was able to try it and can't wait to see what other craziness comes out of this conflux series in the future. Cheers!

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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.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark red/brown with two fingers of a quickly dissipating light khaki head and lots of tiny bubbles. This beer is quite opaque and the color is virtually uniform from edge-to-edge.

Smell: Aroma is sweet and sour with apple, dark fruits, and maybe an apple cider vinegar thing happening at the end. The sourness from The Dissident is certainly the dominant component in the aroma.

Taste: The taste is initially sour, quickly fading to fruity sweetness, and finishing with an oak/barrel/wood taste. The taste isn't as sour as the aroma suggests and, relative to most strong ales, is a bit more complex. For me, the taste was the biggest surprise.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky but thinner than most beers of this gravity. The ABV and appearance suggest a heartier feel but the beer is only a bit thicker than your average ale.

Overall: This is a remarkable beer. The smell and taste both surpassed my expectations and the smell alone justifies the $10.99 price. Also, I noticed, after I was halfway through, that my bottles say “Best after April 30, 2013” so I suspect this beer will only get more exceptional with age. It will be interesting to see if The Dissident mellows in favor of the less overt flavors in The Stoic, Adam, and Fred.

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