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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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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 112
Gots: 285 | FT: 34
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012

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)
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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: 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!

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12 oz. bottle dated "Best After" 4/30/13. Poured into a tulip with a dark brown color and mahogony highlights. Small foamy beige head with moderate retention that settles into a thin crown and moderate lacing.

Aroma is massive and very complex. Huge barrel flavors abound. Dark cherry tartness combines with a big rye whiskey aroma. Woody. Vinous and a bit of cream/oloroso sherry-like sweetness and nuttiness which also imparts just a touch of oxidized character. A bit of brown sugar and vanilla.

Flavor is just as complex as the nose. Heavy BDSA-like candi sugar dark fruits combine with a pinot noir-like cherry, presumably from the barrels. Light sherry-like oxidation. Tart and very mildly acidic flavors cut through the heavy sweetness. Whiskey flavors linger but don't overpower. Slightly dry, earthy, woody finish. Alcohol flavors surprisingly muted considering the whopping ABV.

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Wow, this beer has a lot going on. A blend of four big beers isn't enough, so Deschutes just had to stick it in multiple barrels. Currently it's drinking very well, with all the barrel and beer flavors blending very smoothly. Sweet, dry, and tart flavors all combine to give it a phenomenal balance for such a complex and big beer. Sherry, bourbon, rye, and pinot noir barrels are all noticeable but none overpowering. This was definitely a treat.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
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