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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 664
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rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%


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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Pahn

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle split 2 ways into snifters. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending this in a recent trade!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily. Pours a murky red brown with yellowish highlights and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Tartness, oak, a little acetic, some Adam-esque (dialed WAY down) maltiness.

Taste: Smooth nutty and creamy flavors up front, with lots of oak. Gets more sour midpalate through finish. Bit bitter and astringent like Dissident, but not clashing. "Not clashing," is the story of this beer; great wine barrel highlights, strong American oak influence, nutty and almost coffee and caramel like malt flavors, all working beautifully together. Easy beer to love--doesn't taste anywhere near as muddled as "We blended 4 unrelated beers and barrel aged them," would make you expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Hot. Pretty creamy. Sufficiently carbonated.

Overall: Love it. Greater than the sum of its parts, and it's the sum of some pretty high class parts.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 21:43:49 | More by Pahn
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best after 4/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and cloudy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very big aroma of barrel and tart fruits. Big barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, wood,and some rye. Lots of fruit and wine like scents including hints of tart cherries, apple, grapes, and dark fruits including raisins, plum, and fig. Some molasses and brown sugar. Big malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some alcohol. Smell is sweet and tart but far from cloying. A very complex aroma that comes together very well.

Taste: As big, complex, and tasty as it smells. The barrel aging shines upfront with a taste of bourbon whiskey, wood, oak, vanilla, and rye. A big complex fruit blend that is sour and wine like. Notes of tart cherries, apples, grapes, pear, and dark raisins, plums, and fig. Sweet brown sugar and a little molasses. Soft malts with some notes of sweet caramel, toffee, and light biscuit. Some alcohol can be tasted. Tastes sweet but it is also fairly drying and balanced. A very complex taste with lots of subtle notes that are easy to miss. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat slick. Actually fairly smooth considering how big and complex it is. A little alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A really good mix of big beers here. The big flavors blend well and avoid becoming a cloying mess. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 07:22:13 | More by MattyG85
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themind

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wham! Pinot Noir leads the pack in this BA experience. The beer is good and I would buy it again if it was available and not $12.00 bucks a 12 oz bottle. Pours a very small head, has a very random interesting aroma but the Pinot Noir is really up front. The taste is the same. Mouthfeel has a light crisp carbonation. Over all this is good.

Bottom Line: This is a interesting, good tasting brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:12:58 | More by themind
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grittybrews

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a muddy brown with orange and faint ruby highlights and a slick of off-white head. Tart aroma of cherry and woody vanilla with some strong booze and hints of hoppy tangerine/pineapple. Lots going on here.

Moderate-to-lowish carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Sour cherry and brown ale flavors up front followed by oak, bourbon, and hints of tobacco and leather. Some strong pine bitterness, oaky barrel, and boozy warmth on the finish.

Don't pick up much of The Stoic here (which is fine; it's my least favorite of the four) except perhaps a hint of pomegranate sweetness in the aroma. Adam adds some nice complexity to the main body of this beer, which showcases The Dissident up front and Fred on the tail end (and both in the aroma).

I'm a big fan of these beers but couldn't imagine how they'd all come together. I'm pleasantly surprised at how much each emerges. Jumbled? Yes. Expensive? Yes. Overpriced...I don't know, this is pretty cool.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 03:25:30 | More by grittybrews
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/5/13 cheers Rutager for the bottle

A darkest of amber with enough clarity to see the other side under the foam, finger of light tan head quickly falls to a thin film but manages to leave lots of random lace

S sour bruin notes hit me first, all sorts of wood, confusing as all hell to be honest, fortified wine, loads of caramel, fruity berry notes, spicy earth, faint funk, a little booze, unlit ciggy tobacco, rum raisin/Christmas cake, complex to say the least. I could drink this every day of my life and even if I lived to be 108 I don't think I'd figure it out

T more booze, less bruin, still slightly sour but not as much as the nose, fruity caramel works well but its just missing just a little something the nose has going for it. still quite complex but the nose was blowing me away

M thick and syrupy with a sour note, soft carbonation, a little heat but its felt in the chest more then your throat, slight tannins and a mild numbing effect, finish is sour caramel and slightly one the lips

O Crazy strange blend that's working well on so many levels, I love a brew that confuses yet impresses at the same time, did I mention that an 11.6% beer should never go down this easy

I sniff, sip repeat, before I knew it my glass was empty. I never figured this one out but I had a great time trying, now I'm buzzed but I think I'll manage. I'm liking the "Best After Date" and I can only wonder how much its improved since last week, really though this ones worth looking for

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 06:05:29 | More by wordemupg
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sureshot08

Arizona

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an amber-brown color with little head or lacing.

Smell: Red wine, cherry, oak, spice, brown sugar.

Taste: Tart, some earthiness, brandy, apple cider. A lot of the Dissident character shows up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, but remains smooth.

Overall: Very interesting beer. Both the smell and taste are great but I pick up more subtleties in the smell. I hope to see more collaborations like this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:21:49 | More by sureshot08
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my KTG Snifter.

Appeared a dark red, slightly cloudy color with some orange tints. A two finger white head dissipated quickly.

Smelled sweet and tangy, could definitely detect some of the wine notes. Fruity.

Delicious taste. Perfect balance of tang, tartness, sweetness, alcohol, and maltiness. Tastes somewhat like a Barley-wine.

Mouth feel is nice. Would like a bit more body to it but the tangyness and slight carbonation go well.

Overall what a surprise. Wasn't sure what to expect but this was absolutely delicious. Wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:34:57 | More by TWStandley
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Kevlee722

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, a deep burgundy with lighter ruby highlights around the edges. Bottle says best after 4/30/13, but I'm too curious... Nice creamy head with lace sticking to the glass. Lacto on the nose, dissident leads the way in the aroma. A faint scent of bourbon and pinot show up from the barrel aging , more caramel and cherries. Taste is much like the dissident with a bit more sweetness and light hops. Pinot, bourbon and sherry play on the palate in the finish. Very tasty with just a hint of alcohol burn on the back end which is nice and dry. Carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on, medium thick but not chewy. Very drinkable for such a big beer.
An awesome collaboration from two awesome breweries. This will be interesting to revisit with a year or two on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 03:52:00 | More by Kevlee722
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FosterJM

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1323rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12oz

2012 release
Best after 4/23/13

App- Pours out a multifacedted hue with many colors to it. A bit of burgundy. A bit of red. Has some yellows and light browns around the edges. A one finger khaki head was there and then fell to a nice 1/8" of bubbles with a bit of film on the top. A bit still and thick cordial looking.

Smell- The first smells that come wofting up to the nose are the sherry wine notes. Its fairly sweet with alot of booze stinging the nostrils. A bit of a wine like grape tannins come in from the pinot. Other than that I dont get much. Maybe some citrus like cherry? Its still really young. The barrels are very hidden on the nose.

Taste- I really pick up on the Stoic 1st. The unique combo of those flavors just comes up so quick with the sour of the Dissident. Has a malty like sour cherry note but then a strong malt flavor similar to Adam and Fred with a bit of the creamy Fred flavor and the stong Adam malt bill. Its very tasty. A bit young and sweet with ALOT of room to grow. The barrel notes are really all of over the place and hard to pick out them individually. Mostly again just the sherry.

Mouth- A very medium body with a creamy sweet mix between old ale and some flanders red such as the Dissident. Really like the taste but the feel is just super lush here. A bit of a residual malty/cherry note. A good medium carbonation and a bit of a lip smacker.

Drink- Its got a lot going on in this glass and I see good things for it. I really think the time in the bottle till next year will let it settle and mingle well. A bit powerful with the booze but still very good and again sweet. Maybe borders on cloying but thats okay. As a side note for those looking to compare it to something. JW Lees Sherry Cask. Glad I have 2 more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 00:01:54 | More by FosterJM
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle I picke up from the local co-op. Best after 4/30/2013 according to the label; I guess I'm early to the party for once. Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark brown color with some darker, dirt-brown hues to it. The thin head is khaki in color, and while the main body doesn’t hang around too long, a thick ring and central patch on the surface of the liquid hang out for the extent of the drink. Wet patches of bubbles decorate the glass.

The aroma is of tart cherries, sherry, caramel, acidic grape, some plum and date, some faintly toasted sugar, and vague hints of oak and chocolate. The nose is complex, but Dissident forward; while it smells great, the acidic fruits seem to swamp out some of the other scents.

Tones of vanilla, oak, and toffee lead in the flavor, while tart cherry, grape, plum and date come out immediately afterward. Undertones of caramel, faint milk chocolate, smooth molasses, and bourbon make an appearance near the end, and there’s a bit of sherry and faint ethanol on the finish. There are certainly flavors I’m missing here, but this is one complex beast.

Mouthfeel is superb, with a nice velvety start, acidic and slightly thinner middle, and a crisp, dry finish. The oak really makes a play at the end here, lending itself to a ultimate dryness. A thin veil of the caramel and sugary fruits caosts the palate, but dissolves quickly and doesn’t linger any longer than is welcome.

Overall, this is one unique beer. The ""strong ale"" category does not prepare you for what's in the bottle, and seems only to serve as a catch ale label for this concoction. The Dissident really does seem to be the dominant brew in the blend, perhaps only because the tart fruits contrast so well with the rest of the component beers. Elements of all, however, can be found. I'm happy to have some more cellared away, as I have high hopes for how this one will develop. Already, I'm quite impressed with how well the ethanol is hidden... Can I feel it as I near the end of my glass? Yes. Does it taste like an 11.6% brute? Not at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 20:58:30 | More by eclipse54
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best AFTER 4/30/13. Poured in to Bruery Tulip.

A - Translucent medium to dark amber/brown colour. One finger of light brown head formed and reduced to a thin layer.

S - The Dissident aromas are evident up front - sourness and some tart cherry. Fred and Adam show up in the middle and add some earthy hops, roast and dark fruit with hints of smoke. Some Belgian yeast notes are evident in the background. Plenty of oak is present throughout. Pick up aromas from all 4 beers.

T - Dissident and Adam up front - sour at first with tart cherries, roast, smoke and some sweet toffee. A big oak flavour is present as well. The middle adds some candy sugar, dark fruit and earthy hop tones. Some dark fruit is also present in the background. The flavours of all 4 beers are integrated so well. Fred is most difficult to specifically identify but the characteristics of it are present.

M - Medium body, smooth. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:45:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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draheim

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best after 4/30/2013) into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head, a few bubbles lazily rising from the bottom.

Aroma is sharply tart up front. Sour cherries and oak dominate, a hint of dry red wine. Sometimes the intense sourness takes on an almost overwhelming, solvent-like quality. But as it warms a bit Adam's more earthy texture comes through as a welcome counterweight.

Taste goes leaps and bounds beyond the aroma. So much going on here. I pick up the candi-sugar sweetness of Fred, the dark smoky fruitiness of Adam, the dry vinous character of The Stoic, and of course intense sour cherry notes from The Dissident. Oak and leather too. More remarkably, the taste keeps changing with each sip and even within each sip. 11.6% alcohol is completely hidden, an achievement in itself.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, bone dry. Carbonation provides an appropriately gentle bite on the finish, aftertase lingers and also seems to change over time.

Overall, as expected this is definitely an interesting, complex blend of flavors and aromas. But it still seems a little rough around the edges; I think it has ample room to mature and develop. I've got a few bottles stashed away, will let this unique blend gel for a bit and revisit it again after the "best after" date.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 07:17:23 | More by draheim
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep ruby, one finger barely tan head.

S-Funk, pomegranate, cherries, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel.

T-Some funk from the Dissident, pomegranate, bourbon, wine/grapes, oat, sherry, some bitterness. Cherries, caramel and toffee as well.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A wonderful beer, hopefully some age will tone down The Dissident and let the other flavors come through a little more.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 00:21:52 | More by rlee1390
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Argh, didnt mean to crack this now, was not really paying attention to what this was. Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear garnet hue with a soft, one finger tan head that fades to leave some sudsy clouding and sticky lacing.

S - Wonderful notes of pinot, light spicy rye, and bourbon. The smell of the barrels is just great. Light alcohol, getting a touch of orange peel and toffee.

T - Taste is pretty interesting. So many different barrels here, getting light rye, cognac, bourbon. The pinot is a bit lighter, getting more orange peel, light alcohol. Some slight caramel malts. This definitely could use some age, however, its delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome for this big of a beer. Great sourness line vinegar from the pinot, its a sipper, but a very enjoyable sipper.

O - This is an excellent blending of beers here. Just delicious. Really want to see how this holds up to age.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 01:29:10 | More by rudzud
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed tulip. Best after 04/30/13

(A)- Pours a deep mahogany color with subtle crimson red highlights. Produced a nice cap of off-white froth. Solid retention for the style and ABV in mind.

(S)- Ever so slight tangy vinegar sourness meets a rather wine-like dark fruit character. Oaky, with an underlying caramel sweetness. Definitely complex.

(T)- An up front red fruit-like wine vinegar tang. Quite oaky with a heavier maltiness of honey and toffee. Finishes dry.

(M)- A mellow yet smooth carbonation level. I like the playfulness this has with the underlying sweetness all the while being slightly tart and some oaky fruits.

(O)- Having had alot of experiences with Fred, i can see that beer's influence in the underlying sweet malts this has. The slight tart twang plays well with a flanders-like feel to the beer overall. The wine character really smoothes that out and fits well between the sweet and malty base and the tart dark red fruits. A shame this was so limited and expensive since it is drinking quite nicely now.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 20:16:13 | More by sweemzander
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a clear honey brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is super complex with malt, brown sugar, caramel, wood, and an interesting set of sour/tart fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a tart and slightly woody finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and I am very interested to see how this one ages.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 07:30:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice murky brown/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of toffee, caramel, vanilla, cherries and oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet toffee and caramel along with some vanilla, cherries, red wine notes and woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 20:25:20 | More by SebD
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rawfish

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium cola brown with light garnet highlights. Needs a vigorous pour to net half a finger of tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

Spectacular aroma off this, a collaboration of fig, raisins, rich vinous fruit, apple, pear, toffee, coffee cake, oak, vanilla, a bit of tart lemons, pine and hints of alcohol. Rich and complex aroma.

Barleywine and quad flavors off the bat, deep vinous fruit, candied dates, toffee, brown sugar and almost a cinnamon apple sweetness that runs smoothly through half the drink until flashes of lemon, vinegar and tart cherries begin to clash with oak, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol that leads to a very creamy feel though brightly tart. Dries very well. Middle of the drink is a little tough as it begin to evolve towards a sour profile, very interesting and delicious.

Mellow carbonation that is very easy to drink, medium to even a bit bodied and though the hops are gone from this brew it's ideally tart and lifts from the palate. Slight alcohol but doesn't get in the way of the complexity of this beer.

A terrific collaborative beer that is imaginative and complex. Artistic in it's making, all the barrel aging and rotating may make the flavors all mesh into one another but it's interesting to see what infinite combination flavors the drinker will be able to pull out while enjoying this brew. Sitting on this about 6 more month will make the booze fade, a sensory experience in a glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 06:47:44 | More by rawfish
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Igotmypistola

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First review on here, decided to go with something i have moderate to high hopes for.

5/1 - 1 day after best on date. should be cash $$

Taken out of cellar at 48 dgrs. Poured into cognac snifter.

Wonderful deep ron burgundy red. Like a rich wood mohogany.

Gettin that dissident tart right off the jump. TANG. Mellows quickly in with that wonderful malty, bready, quadish attitude you expect and love. now in for the kill..

Complex as all get out, silky sweet and sour. Not overbearing, rich and mellow, lingering acidic. the kind that makes your tongue curve. stays on forever. It is a little less thick than i thought it would be. drinks like 8.6 instead of 11.6. Dangerous brew! easy easy drinking.

So.. not quite as aggresive as i thought it would be. but im into it. like a sour rochefort. in a good way. a little light but the flavor is there. still not as good as the parts that make it up. but nice pricey lil brew

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 04:34:53 | More by Igotmypistola
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter: Pours a chestnut body with orange-ruby highlights under a thin but solid island of light tan foam with a little bubbly collar.

Smell is serious & complex. Starts with cherry & oak, then comes some bourbon, then some port, then some dried orange peel, then raisin & cocoa, then alcohol, then pear. And it's barely warmed up yet.

Starts kind of the same in the taste: sour cherry skin, oak, banana chip. A tart astringency like plum skin shows up, more woody barrel taste, then a big, dry red wine character. Some caramel & green apple together. Some peatiness shows up, wrapped around a sweet barleywine-like heat.

Big mouthfeel, full but not really chewy or viscous. Sips easy but has some heft on my tongue. Leaves a significant trace of its path, with some sweetness & tannic oakiness. Pleasant, soft burn from the booze.

I'm pretty impressed with how this turned out. I'd had some a year ago & it was so unwieldy, just too many things stacked too high. Can't say it 'melds' into one cohesive unit, but all the components weave in & out of each other & interplay really nicely. Doesn't 'blend' so much as 'jam'. Really well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:18:52 | More by OneDropSoup
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beerandcycling88

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A Pours a reddish brown color topped with a thin copper head that dissipates quickly.

S Lots of funky brett, some sour supplication like cherry and booze. Also a hint of a faint leathery musk. Quite complex.

T The first thing that jumps out is a lot of sour brett followed by a lot of alcohol. Then you get some faint oak, and leather notes. Again complex but a lot is hidden by the brett and alcohol.

M Quite full and very smooth.

Overall this is an excellent beer albeit an odd one. I thought that the dissident stole the show and overshadowed the other beers in there. Should be interesting to see how it turns out after a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 04:02:48 | More by beerandcycling88
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arizcards

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two bottles at BevMo last weekend for $11.99 each. Best after 4/30/13.

Beer poured garnet with a pretty good off white head that is hanging around pretty well.

Nose is dark cherries, charred oak, some vanilla, some booze.

Initial taste was hot. subsequent sips were slightly warming. Black cherries, bourbon, vanilla, slight charred oak, slightly sour finish. It seems to be all over the map but somehow finishes very well as not one characteristic dominates.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and moderately carbonated, average smoothness.

Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. I am going to rest the other bottle for the next year and see how it changes.
Very expensive but definitely worth it if you want to try a wild and crazy beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 22:58:39 | More by arizcards
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at HotD and let it sit. I opened a bottle on 6.18.12 and let it warm as well. Best after 4.30.12.

A - Murky dark brown with a half inch light tan head. Good retention as the head sticks around.

S - Sourness hits you first, then some sweet fruitiness. The finish is booze - not quite bourbon.

T - Sour, then sweet fruit, then lots of booze and oak. All over the place, but in a good way.

D - Mild carbonation and a heavier body.

O - All the contributing beers are there, and very good. I think it will be awesome later.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:54:22 | More by HuskyinPDX
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Jackie O's snifter. Best after 4/30/13.

A- Pours a slightly translucent dark cherry mahogany with a thin layer of brownish yellowish head. About average carbonation. Not too much lacing.

S- Bourbon + Cognac, molasses, cherries, and a little bit of acetone up front mixed with a variety of different woods predominantly oak. Above average aroma strength.

T- Sweet molasses, bourbon, pinot noir finishes with a sweet dark fruit taste (plums, dark cherries, etc.) mixed with oak and a nice sweet dark cherry aftertaste that lingers for awhile. A little bit overly sweet in my opinion.

M- A little bit syrupy, a tiny bit thick but fairly medium bodied, abv very well hidden, a little bit of heat but not much at all especially because it hasn't reached its best after date. Not too much carbonation.

O- This was a very nice blended Strong Ale Collaboration. It had a nice complexity, with the multitude of barrel aging definitely showing a complex array of flavors. My only problem was that it was a little bit too syrupy. Unfortunately I've never tried any of the base beers so I can't compare. I picked up a few bottles and I'm hoping to age a few and hopefully try one side by side with the base beers. I'll definitely revisit this one after the best after date. I think it will age very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 20:36:31 | More by jaasen64
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear plastic cup. Best I can do, I don't bring glassware on the road. Best buy date is 04/30/13.

A: Body is slightly cloudy dark caramel shade. Head is a light tan, dense, with nice lacing, even on this stupid plastic cup.

S: Very boozy with tons of fruit and whiskey type aromas.

T: Highly alcoholic, slightly sour, fruity, dark, Belgian yeast character , extremely well balanced.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy, which is not such a crime for a beer of this gravity.

O: This is a special beer. Unlike anything I've had, though I can identify its parts, I think there is some great synergy here.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 05:09:20 | More by 51mmz0rz
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