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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

Conflux No. 1 (Collage)Conflux No. 1 (Collage)

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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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Tone

Missouri

3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, dark citrus, slight liquor, and slight sourness. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of liquor, sweet malt, slight hops, dark citrus, alcohol, and sourness. Overall, the liquor flavor dominated the body to a detrimental degree, but otherwise a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:59:03 | More by Tone
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a mahogany brown body. Pours like a Flanders, with fuzzy bubbles running down the glass quickly and leaving a small ring.

S: The nose in this one is incredible. Tart cherries. Brown sugar. Molasses. Bourbon. Oak. It smells like a Barrel-aged sour.

T: Mild tart upfront - not nearly as tart as the nose suggests. Sweet brown sugar and cherries dominate with bourbon and oak lingering in the finish. A lot going on here. My palate is confused.

M: Full body. Creamy. Low carbonation. Boozy.

O: Wow, this one is complex. The appearance and nose had me imagining something completely different than what I ended up tasting. It's truly a unique project, but something that I want in a collaboration. This is a real example of two good breweries getting together and pulling together a collaborative project. There's a ton going on with this one, but it's done very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 00:47:48 | More by Justin_Neff
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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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darthhamby

Missouri

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It pours out almost like sorghum with a dingy mahogany color into a pint glass. Very small head of foam, taupe in color, not much lacing.

Smell: Immediately I'm taking to fond memories of a trip to a distillery. Whisky, cognac and oak are the main players with a hint of possibly a red wine and rum. Tart cherries, tobacco and leather notes explodes out of the glass. It kind of reminds me of Samuel Adams Utopias, you catch the alcohol. There is a lot of things going on with this collaboration.

Taste: First sip I feel like I am drinking a lustful, red wine. Whiskey notes follow all the way through bringing notes of vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits and pepper. It's all in here, just poetry in a bottle. This is well worth the money and aging.

Mouthfeel: First thing I get is the heat of the alcohol, the carbonation was a little more than I was expecting but very delicate. Definitely on the high side of medium feel. Slightly sticky but you can feel the gluten.

Overall: I am saddened that I only bought one but it was worth the $11 price tag. This is absolutely a great dessert ale while tucked away in a cabin enjoying fresh bread pudding. I enjoyed the marriage of the flavors that came together and hope another Conflux is on it's way.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:35:59 | More by darthhamby
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FoundersPounder

New York

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was dark amber w minimal carbonation

The smell had changed a lot since I first tasted it last year (before noticing the "best after" dating). It smelled a lot more like a Flanders when I first got it, & now getting malt and licorice.

The Flanders taste that I remembered so well was minimized and now blended with licorice and malt elements that one would expect in an Imperial Stout. A truly unique combination. Not for an unsophisticated beer palate.

The feel was great. Carbonation subsided into a smooth clean refreshing taste.

Overall I liked it more when I first got it, but think it will continue to evolve. Will now let my remaining bottles age a little more

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:29:01 | More by FoundersPounder
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Zbeetleman

California

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance was really nice, a bit cloudy and amber/copper in color with nice small bubbles.

The smell was so complex with the blend of the four beers. Just wanted to keep smelling it.

Taste was a bit overrun with the Flandersish flavor to me, but the other barrels mixed in well and provides a bunch of flavor profiles to ponder.

The mouthfeel was super. Nice and crisp, a bit slippery and nice carbonation level.

Overall this beer is an amazing drink. I think age will do wonders for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:55:45 | More by Zbeetleman
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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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alpineclimber

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An auburn brew with a decent frothy head that dissipates to a small ring of bubbles.

The smell is a cornucopia of brown sugar, granny smith apples, oak and fusel alcohol. Very interesting nose on this beer!

The taste is fairly complex, green apples upfront, caramel sweetness, phenolic and a healthy dose of alcohol. It's hard to pick out the different barrels but you can tell this beer has been barrel aged. The mouthfeel is slightly flat but not disagreeable.

Overall this beer is interesting to say the least. It's a great blend of flavours and smells that is quite the departure from your typical style specific brew. This is a good beer for those who seek out something different.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:44:07 | More by alpineclimber
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magictacosinus

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I must thank Jon to holding on to a bottle of this for the second monthly "Beermageddon" event recently, just in time for the "best after: 4/30/13" date on the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Suffice to say, I was thrilled to try this one.

Looking at past pictures of this beer, I can tell that age has definitely cleared it up. Rather than retain the original darkened, deep amber color, it consists of a bronze-amber color with brown hues to the side. Not much carbonation at all, which is expected given the age and style. Minimal head retention, with a grey head atop, and minor lacing as well. Extremely viscous - you can tell that this went through a lot of wood and barrel blending. Not pretty, but really unique for what it is.

Wow, the aroma really is something else! The first initial aroma consists of a vinegar focused flavor that quickly melds into all kinds of directions, that is highly tannic, vinous, spicy, bready, peppery, fruity, and sour. Totally nuts, really. After the vinegar, there are huge notes of raisins, caramelized grapes, tamarind, vanilla, honey, white pepper, maybe some saltiness, perhaps a bit of fruity ripe phenols... Very noisy, but also I am relieved this has sat around this long. All of the sediments and woody diverse tannins seems to have settled quite well. Reminds me of so many styles and more - truly a "collage" of flavors!

The flavor on the other hand is far more insane than anticipated. I really don't think I've ever had a barrel blended beer this complex. At the front, I get the same vinegar flavor as before, but it soon melds into a spicy, bready flavor, with a bit of pepper, which then becomes vinous and coated with mineral-y, vinous must from the Pinot Noir barrels, which then turns into vanilla and caramelized sweetness from the bourbon, to honey, to oaky tannins, to an eventually grassy, slightly dried citrus finish. Holy crap! Seriously - I drank this every time and watched how the barrels and flavors themselves provided a long lasting journey on my palate. It usually went, according to my own notes, in this sequence, but it definitely varied. As it warmed up, the vinous and heavy oaky sensations became even larger, and the vinegar lasted the most. The alcohol is really well hidden, but its size is quite apropos in light of the diversity. The mouthfeel is just right, with just enough bubbles to accentuate all of these flavors. Amazing stuff!

Could be one of the most unique drinking experiences I've ever had. I doubt I could have this all to myself, but just a mere sample really showcases well enough how creative barrel blending of radically different styles of beer and barrels can do when done right. I really want to see more Collage collaborations from these guys. Top notch stuff - reflects all the creativity and fun that can go into American craft beer culture.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 03:42:30 | More by magictacosinus
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oggg

California

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

First bottle: 12oz from Incline Spirits in NV. cap says no. 1.
The beer is murky red brown. Low carbonation.
Light toffee nose competes with a windy fruity aroma.
The taste is really where this beast flexes its muscles. It starts strong and smooth with rich toffee caramel yumminess at the strength of an old ale. The. It morphs into a more candied sweetness from the Quad. The Belgian esters are actually attenuated/muted, which I like. Then another seamless segue into raisins for a second, then a gorgeous sourness that totally fits in. Finish is dry and pretty clean for all the sugar you just took. Full bodied. Alcohol barely noticeable. After a few sips, though, the ABV hits.

Overall: a fantastic and miraculous blend of some fabulous beers. It's amazing that you can really taste the flavor progression, but its even more amazing that its so smooth and seamless. Tasted 6-12-13

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 05:14:46 | More by oggg
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cjoc83

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated "best after 4/30/13" and purchased at Whole Foods for $9.

Appearance - Pours a murky, hazy brown with an initial fingers worth of khaki head that quickly recedes to ring.

Smell - a whole helluva lot going on up in here! A lot of woody sherry jumps out at me first, followed by cognac, brandy, raisin, brown sugar, dark bready malts, pumpernickel bread, and kind of hiding underneath this melange of flavors is some Oud Bruin notes, mostly acidic cherry and hints of vinegar.

Taste - Wow. Cask-aging alchemy indeed! The oaky sherry carries over into the front of the tongue, along with some more pronounced red wine notes, but the tart cherries and lactic acid are what really come to the forefront. Middle of the mouth is more Flanders style tartness, bourbon, cognac, dark bready malt, brown sugar, fig, and rum-soaked raisin. Finishes sweet and with a fair amount of heat.

Mouthfeel - medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Decent amount of heat in the finish, but it's still surprisingly easy drinking for the 11.6% abv. Dry. Lingering acidity.

Overall - I bought this on a whim one day at Whole Foods, and I'm damn glad I did. Complex is an understatement. Tasty as hell. A wonderful sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:09:11 | More by cjoc83
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark hazelnut brown in colour, with a small beige head. Head fades steadily.

A very complex nose. Red wine, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Smells tart, some vinegar. Smells like a Flanders sour put in different barrels.

The taste is similar to the nose. Closest to a Flanders, with a lot of vanilla and oak, and some bourbon. The red wine is there as well, though that flavour fits smoothly with the Flanders flavours. Some dark fruit, a malty base. A lot going on, but it blends together better than expected.

Full bodied, moderate to strong carbonation. Alcohol is not as strong as expected.

Overall, very good. Quite an interesting blend.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:01:36 | More by jrenihan
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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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Skull40

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a dark copper color and a head that dissipated fairly quickly.

The taste was very elaborate. I picked up tastes that were sour, malty and slightly bitter. I couldn't detect the alcohol. There are notes of caramel, bread and dark fruits.

The mouth feel had a chalkiness and earthiness to it.

Overall, I really liked this. It was challenging and quite fun to try and pull out the myriad elements of the taste. I felt that one bottle really wasn't enough to find all of the tastes, but it was enough to thoroughly enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:36:02 | More by Skull40
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tut2528

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into Bruery snifter
big thanks to Beachstrength49 for this one!

A: deep caramel brown, with a subtle tint of ruby red when backlit. the pour created almost no head formation.

S: whoa! definitely not what I was expecting. Big sourness right up front, musty woody oak follows, with some alcohol (but not much). there's a hint of dark fruits, som e malty sweetness and an ever so slight hint of vanilla beans.

T: immensely sweet, yet tart at the same time. big Flander qualities really come through here. big malt, oak/wood barrels, tart cherries, vanilla finish. there is so much going on, and with every sip, a new flavor aspect is noticed. definitely one of the most palate changing beers I have ever had.

M: lighter side of medium bodied. and again the Flander aspect really takes hold and prevails in this aspect of the beer.

O: really don't know what to think about this. and the complexity is off the charts. this is extreme hard to lock down. its good, but there is so much going on that I feel that its off balanced. definitely glad to have tried this collaboration beer and, once again big shout out to Beachstrength49 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:30:17 | More by tut2528
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beerpirates

Belgium

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many thx to Thijs for opening this bottle

Poured into a westy 12 tastinglass

A - hazy brown to amber, thin tan head, small amount of bubbles.
the red color really comes out when held up to a light

S - sour and bourbon vanilla, with sweet malt to even the two out

T - You get a bit of sour up front, then a little booze, then oak and bourbon. Very tasty, all of the flavors are big, but very balanced.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, full carbonation.

O - This is a really good

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 08:10:57 | More by beerpirates
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Hair of the Dog last year on my trip to Portland. Best After Date of 4/30/13 and today is after enough. Pours a murky dark mahogany color with a very thin ring of head. Some lacing. The aroma is very boozey with some cherries, dark fruits, brown sugar, and earth. Some oak. The taste is boozey with sour cherries. Malts, dark fruits, earth and oak. Caramel and bourbon at the end with more tartness. Kind of like a sour old ale. Thick mouthfeel. The Sherry and Pinot Noir barrels are the most dominant flavors. I heard this was a hot mess fresh so that's why I decided to wait. Overall, glad I got to have it but its not something I could drink often.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:32:13 | More by PicoPapa
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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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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Finally got to the 4-30-13 "Best After" date, and I just finished my second to last undergrad final....let's do this.

A- Pours sort of thick and syrup-like. Body is a murky, very deep amber to brown color. Some light gets through the edges, revealing a little more of the red color in it. Small, .5 finger head forms and sticks around as a very thin lace for a good while. Lacing is pretty good for the small head.

S- Some booze and tart notes up front from The Dissident. Tart note is slightly fruity, but very Flanders Red in scent. Complexity after that is huge. A mix of bourbon and oak are the main characteristics, although dark fruits and some semi-sweet malts are in there too.

T- The most complex thing I've ever tasted. Like the scent, starts with a slightly tart bang of a Flanders Red. Moves quickly into more bitter oak and bourbon flavors, but neither are strong like in a BBA stout. Dark fruits make a cameo right after the barrel notes and taste like a combo of the port and The Stoic's quad flavors. Ends with some alcohol bite and a slight return of the barrels and tartness.

M- Surprisingly high in carbonation. Feels most like a Flanders Red, rather than a barrel aged strong ale. Rather drinkable with the hint of alcohol heat towards the end being the only thing holding it back from being quaffed quickly.

Overall, I should have bought a bunch of this. Terrifically complex, yet refreshing for a beer with so much barrel aging and high alcohol content. Too bad this was $9/bottle, because that's about the only negative thing about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 23:55:44 | More by boilermakerbrew
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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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to SebD. Thanks man. Best after 4/30.

A - Deep amber and cloudy with a two finger fluffy light brown head. Good carbonation. Spotty chunks of lace and a finger of retention that champs it out.

S - Vinous, port, cherry, dark fruit.

T - Complex for sure. Sweet dark fruits, more port and vinous notes. Great sweet depth. Sweet malt definitely dominant. Barrel aging is there and adds obvious complexity. Honey maybe too.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Tastes good and complex. But doesn't seem structured. More of a big sweet mess that worked, as opposed to a great complex beer that's world class. Quite delicious though, and a pleasure to sip and explore.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 00:42:32 | More by tbeckett
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally hit the best after date, rewarding myself for a paper I just finished
12oz to a snifter. Best after...today (4/30) About twenty minutes out of the fridge to let it warm up a bit

Pours a very murky burgundy with a half finger of foam. Red hues pour out the side when held up to the sun, some rust color up towards the top. High carbonation though the foam has dissipated quickly as expected. Actually some decent lacing and nice alcohol legs

Man this thing reeks of booze. It's sitting about a foot and a half away as I type and I'm catching quite a few alcohol fumes. When I stick my nose in it: bourbon, whiskey, oak, caramel, red wine, toffee, rum, and sherry stick out the most. The subtler aromas include chocolate, tobacco, and some leather. Some tart fruits from the dissident also are buried in there. This stuff is exploding with complexity, however it could come together better. Time may smooth that out, but for now it's the only thing costing the smell a perfect score

Taste is incredible. Chocolate, cherry, bourbon, wine, caramel, figs, dark fruit, toffee, rum, banana, some tart cherry, some spice from the hops, and a hint of alcohol. The thing I pick up on most is the bourbon/whiskey and Fred. The only other beer I've had is Dissident, which is a bit muted relative to everything else. It'd be really interesting to get the blend percentage of all the beers and barrels. All comes together flawlessly

Despite the incredibly boozy smell, the alcohol itself is completely masked. Medium body with little carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is a sipper for sure, but very drinkable

Overall, as far as complexity goes this beer makes my top five. This is probably my longest review because there's just so damn much to say about it. A ton going on, well crafted, and tastes excellent. And thanks to a $10 price tag all my regular stores are still well in stock, and probably will continue to be for months, maybe even another year. This works greatly in my favor- I have five more aging, which I'm hoping will grow to ten or twelve over the rest of the year. I'll be back next year with a re-review

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:47:50 | More by lordofstarside
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review from written notes, served in a rounded tumbler glass.
Thanks to Dad for this one! Best after 4/30/13, just a couple days short... close enough.

Dark brownish orange color, creamy offwhite foam that has a soft surface texture, and leaves behind a finely textured collar of lace.

Woody barrel aroma that seems to have a bit of fortitude and complexity, but also slightly muddled. A typical "barrel aged aroma", if that makes any sense (wood, tobacco, leather).

Rich malty flavors, slightly sweet with a tangy tart back end from the Dissident in the mix. Dried red currants, tobacco, oak staves. Medium to full bodied with lighter carbonation and palate-coating viscosity. Heavy barrel presence from start to finish. The blend is interesting, and will only continue to develop. Another year might soften the alcohol a little. Overall interesting and worth a try, a good cellar candidate.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 18:55:29 | More by emerge077
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Best after 4/30/13

Appearance
Murky copper with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

Nose
Bourbon, sherry, oak, cherry, rum raisin, must, toffee, caramel and vanilla. A lot going on here.

Taste
Different flavors are shooting at me from left and right. Cherry, rum raisin, concord grape and blackberry. Sherry, cognac, bourbon, pinot noir, oak and vanilla. Loads of toffee, caramel and candy sugars. Finishes with leather, tobacco and earth.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, silky, sticky and warming.

Overall
Tastes like a big, malty Old Ale/Barleywine mixed with the subtler characteristics of a fruity Wild Ale/Flemish Red/Kriek. Huge complexities makes this a nice sipper that hides the alcohol well. Very unique and worth trying if you have the money.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 20:42:40 | More by justintcoons
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charlzm

California

3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed April 23rd, 2013 from a bottle labeled "best after 04/30/13". Sue me; I couldn't wait. Poured into a Mother Earth Brewing... goblety-flute glass. Consumed at 50 degrees F.

Beer pours a fairly clear deep reddish brown. A two finger off white head forms and hangs around for quite some time.

Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and sour like lemons. Seems like there's a touch of green olive and must in there as well that kind of almost ruins it.

Flavor: sharp-edged sourness cuts through the syrupy-sweet caramel body. A bit of lemon on the finish. Morphs into white wine vinegar as beer warms. Despite all the component beers and barrel-aging shenanigans, not especially complex. But the flavors ARE intense and the beer has a warming effect in the stomach. I had this when it was first released and it seemed better then.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little creamy with some carbonation to keep it lively.

Overall, this didn't turn out very well. Maybe this was a bad bottle or maybe the off notes in the aroma developed over time, but I wish I had taken notes on the first bottle I had when it freshly released. Aging hurt this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:56:55 | More by charlzm
Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 664 ratings.