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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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92
outstanding

710 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 107
Gots: 283 | FT: 34
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-23-2012 00:11:44 | More by steamboatbrewer
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Jamison85

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-27-2013 20:17:21 | More by Jamison85
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-31-2012 23:56:10 | More by Kspoon
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-24-2012 03:25:39 | More by runfoodrun
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California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

12-18-2012 00:43:54 | More by CaliMark
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-07-2013 20:35:15 | More by PopnLoads
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

11-28-2012 02:32:06 | More by Peller80
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-10-2013 07:09:48 | More by iL0VEbeer
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-11-2013 06:08:25 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

08-06-2012 03:05:58 | More by alwaysanswerb
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Pennsylvania

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

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07-27-2013 22:49:37 | More by Swervine44
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California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

09-15-2012 18:34:28 | More by Skunkdrool
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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-27-2013 01:28:52 | More by captainbearcat
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Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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Illinois

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Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

10-20-2013 05:27:39 | More by schnarr84
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natemort13

California

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off white almost khaki colored fluffy head that recedes into a pocked cap with a solid ring. Color is a dark brown with ruby accents.

I could smell the barrels as I opened it. Upon closer inspection there is a strong oaky cabernet component to it. Slightly sour grapes. Definite cherries, some cola. The nose is very strong and direct. Some sherry and cognac as well.

Taste reveals more cherries and strong oak, a bit of candi sugar underneath the initial taste. Some fig and a definite sour character. Complex flavors that meld extremely well. Full flavored dark fruit with an oakiness that never overwhelms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied verging on syrupy with a nice tingly tartness.

Overall this is excellent, drink it now and or age.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 05:45:35 | More by natemort13
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joefuzz

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red/brown with a very tiny collar of bubbles

Smell is mostly the dissident up front with a nice vanilla spirit hint

Taste is out of this world....so complex im getting some slightly tart cherry with the red wine barrel notes on the first sip. After a few sips i start to pick up on a very sweet toffee like aftertaste with very strong cognac and bourbon notes...lots of oak.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, just where it needed to be. Carbonation is low but that is welcome and expected at strong ales of this caliber.

Overall this beer is outstanding, a true test of the limits of barrel aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 01:07:53 | More by joefuzz
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Resuin

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Re-review. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westvleteren Goblet. I've had this bottle for about 6 months, but it is still well before the Best After Date, which is 3 months from now.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry, raisin color. Very little head, well less than a finger and the head is off-white in color

Smell: Chocolate and cherries are the first aromas to get to my nose, and it is a mouth-watering combination. Some bourbon, figs and malts as well. Terrific smelling beer, very complex.

Taste: Matches the nose very well - chocolate and cherries. Bourbon, cognac. Very complex, malty, figs, plenty of oak, even a tad bit of sourness in this one. Alcohol finishes this one off and ties all the flavors together seamlessly. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouth-feel: Despite the lack of a head, some carbonation is definitely detected and it helps lift this beer up. This is a fantastic beer to chew a bit and has a nice medium-bodied feel to it.

Overall: This one just keeps getting better with age. This is an extremely impressive brew - very different from most beers I have tasted, it's almost in a genre of its own. The chocolate and cherries which have the greatest presence in the taste are so well balanced with all the other flavors and the carbonation keeps this one from being too heavy or thick. This beer is a wonderfully crafted "collage".

Serving type: bottle

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mudbug

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 oz. bottle into a wine goblet with an aggressive pour results in a one inch off white bubbly head that falls quickly into a thin cap, very little lacing noted.
Aroma is moderate and complex, you need to take time with this one. If you are familiar with the base beers you will pick up the nuances of them, for me it was the Stoic fruit that was forefront. Otherwise it's a miasma of stone fruit, wood, and berries with caramel syrup.
Taste is a game changer tangy sour cherries, drying rye whiskey,puckering lemon rind, Oak. deep malt sweetness. WOW!
This is so good now, even before the best by date, I will edit this in a year with the next tasting for sure, I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of fives

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 05:29:01 | More by mudbug
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caskstrength

Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a HotD tulip.

A: Maroon with decent carbonation (thanks Deschutes!). No sediment, some light comes through.

S: Sour cherry up front. Some darker red fruits follow. Undefined spirits from the barrels. Vinous, subdued, but complex.

T: Sour cherry blast, then many things follow. Barrel sharpness, dark fruits, wood, leather. The sweet/sour balance works well, and each sip brings something different. Think about fruit, it's there. Focus on the barrels, there you go. A strong ale/wild ale/pinot/port hybrid. All over the place, in a good way.

M: The sour pucker balances perfectly with the bubbly fruits and barrel woody-ness.

O: HotD and Deschutes nailed this one. Love the 12oz. format. Love that it's reliably carbonated. Love that it's relatively available. Great now, may be greater down the road. I'm quite critical of overpriced beer, but this is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 15:17:31 | More by caskstrength
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish color with a one finger white head that fades to just a thin film. The nose is definitely from barrel aging. Heavy oak, vanilla, tart cherry and sour grape weave caramel, toffee, almonds, plums, figs, other wood notes like cedar and birch, dark fruit, slight banana, clove, cardamom, and heavy scents of sherry. Super complex, there are probably 1000 scents I'm missing. The taste is oak and sour cherry, vanilla, grape, apple, dates, figs, dark fruit, booze, toasted almonds, rich caramel, port, grape juice, smoke and a bit of chocolate. This beer is insane. The "Best After" date is 4/30/2013, I can't wait til my other one gets past that. Maybe I'll pick up one more so I can do one year and two. Beauty. Its like a blend of a sour, a stout and a brown all barrel aged in sherry oak casks and bourbon barrels.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 03:30:56 | More by DonDirkA
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TheCondor

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recommended to me by a professor from a local college. At a retirement party, neither one of us knew the other was into craft beer, but when one went into the conversation, the other followed, and this recommendation was one of the results. The price is exorbitant, almost robbery at $10 for a 12oz. bottle. But sometimes in life, you get what you pay for…..side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance – Pours a beautiful deep mahogany/burgundy color with almost no head at all. Despite this, it still leaves lacing, and some carbonation can be observed inside the glass.

Smell – Complex, but unlike almost anything I have ever smelled. Rye, whiskey, red wine, leather, barrels, some fruitiness, and sour. It is certainly one of the most unique brews I have ever smelled. Very interested to taste it.

Taste – Follows the nose rather closely. The dark, sour fruits come up front, but there are certainly notes of bourbon and red wine. It is amazingly good, it’s like beer, bourbon, and red wine (a few of my favorite things) all mixed into one fantastic concoction. The three wise men. As was intended, this a complex, difficult to describe, very layered and strong taste. Not for a new craft beer drinker.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol is certainly detectable, but what do expect at an ABV of almost 12% in a beer aged in bourbon and wine barrels? Very smooth, lightly carbonated, finishes tart with a bourbon kick. Outstanding.

Overall – I believe this to be an outstanding beer, and I am glad I paid the outrageous cost to get one of the bottles. The science and art behind mixing, matching, blending, aging, and then producing this beer was downright ridiculous, and I am glad I got to sample the creation from these two breweries. Absolutely not for a new craft beer drinker, this beer can easily overwhelm a palate, even on an experienced drinker. It is one of a kind. I would like to see what some aging inside the bottle does to this one, but I was way too anxious to try it for all that. I will be writing my professor friend tonight and congratulating him on an excellent referral.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:43:59 | More by TheCondor
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.