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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) - Deschutes Brewery

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212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 792
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 112
Gots: 282 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of BMMillsy
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade. Best after 4/30/13 poured on 4/14/14. Thanks! Pours murky brown with a small creamy khaki head on top. Sour apples, caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, red wine, booze. Bourbon caramel cherry green apples here? Quite a flavor here. There is definitely a dark sourness from the Deschutes brews, and yet plenty of Fred and nutty figgy toffee caramel remains. Vanilla and bourbon are mellow and accent the many flavors here. Definitely a dry oak presence to finish and some vinous and sherry notes to boot. Big full sticky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. My taste buds are so confused. What a weird combination of beers, yet enjoyable. Like a sour barrel aged English barleywine, except way better than that sounds.

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Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Murky dark reddish amber with one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left down the glass during consumption. Looks pretty good for a high ABV beer.

My immediate impression upon smelling this beer was that of a red wine such as a pinot noir. Fruity vinous notes to go along with oak, leather, caramel, earth, and dates. The alcohol is also prevalent in the aroma.

Tastes a lot like red wine as well. Vinous flavors along with a strong oak component. Secondary flavors of caramel, dates, and toffee. The flavors do not blend together all that well unfortunately. Alcohol makes itself known with flavor and warmth, but the time in the bottle must of calmed things down a bit. Slightly tart and sweet finish.

Big body with a well matched carbonation. Smoothly textured but stops short of being creamy.

A lot of interesting things going on in this beer but it does not exactly work well together.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into AVBC snifter. Best after 4/30/13 (I couldn't wait).

A: Pours a lightly opaque deep burgundy with a thin light tan head that quickly faded into a thick collar. Wispy lace.
S: Very sweet notes of sugary fruits, deep roasted malts, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, honey and toffee. I get a few lightly tart notes in there as well, definitely reminiscent of Deschutes contributing beers, and some spicy hints of whisky and bourbon. Sweet, tart, sugary and fruity smelling. This beer is all over the place, in a good way of course.
T: Tastes just like it’s described. Sweet and rich dark ale flavors of the HOTD beers are lighten and lightly soured by the Dissident and Stoic. Sherry, spicy rye whisky, smooth bourbon, chocolate, cherry skin tannins, dry vinous oak, raisin, caramel and toffee all blend and combine into something rather unique. The finish is boozy with hints of vanilla, and the aftertaste is full of dates and other dark fruits alongside a lingering mashed fruit sourness.
M: Full body, bubbly carbonation, and a very interesting sweet sugary mouthfeel that has a drying tannic finish. There’s a boozy quality to the beer but I wouldn't necessarily call it boozy. There is nothing hot about the alcohol, but its presence is known.
O: An interesting blend, definitely unique. Sweet dark ale flavors mixed with a splash of sour cherry, bourbon and wine barrel. If you’re a fan of these breweries other beers this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1323rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Holland
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured at 60 degrees. Purchased at Monde in Philly for $15.

A: murky brown with orange-ish highlights and a tan head. Nice one inch head with excellent rentention.

S: wood, tart fruit like apricot, and slight sweetness.

T: strange sweetness and molasses to start. The old ale is present for just a bit, then it turns to sweet and sour with a hint of fruit, and finally it finishes with oak and brown sugar. Nothing is wrong with the taste if that's what they're going for, but it's weird.

M: thick, highly carbonated, but still manages to finish decently dry

O: really odd beer that I'm not sure how to rate at all. It's interesting for sure, but I'm not going to buy another (especially at $15). Happy to try it once, and it was a great experience, but tough to finish a full 12 ounces.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.37/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wrote a damn good review, but then I got asked to sign in after writing it and it was gone. Fuck that. This is a summary of what I had.

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Well hazed plum color. One finger of frothy head. Retention is lacking and a very short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This smells mainly like Dissident. Tons of tart cherries and lactic acid tanginess. The grape component really stand out. Sherry, pinot, and cognac dominate the nose in that order. The bourbon is present, but only if you try really hard to find it. If I didn't know it was in there, I never would have mentioned it. There's some fruitiness underneath, but this is mainly vinous grape-iness and Dissident.

3.0 T: Adam shows up for the first time in the taste. The unrefined, earthy fruitiness is appreciated. Though this still have tart cherry and some lactic acid, the Dissident is a rather small component of the taste. The grape barrels, however, are still holding strong and you can taste each of their contributions. The bourbon is also a little stronger, but for the most part it seems out of place. Oak, vanilla, and some tannic astringency. The rest is a jumble of fruits, caramel, and spiciness. Most of this falls beneath the grape barrels to play a secondary role.

3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The thing I don't like about the mouthfeel is the almost puckering tannic astringency and the lasting sherry and cognac aftertaste.

3.5 D: Interesting experiment, but it's a baffling combo of brews and barrels. It's like a overly creative homebrewer was calling the shots. It's not bad, but it's far too pricey and the flavors don't work all that well together.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly muddled copper or amber-y color. Head was a medium tan colored 2 fingers thanks to a vigorous pour.

The aroma was quite unique. Definitely fruity and tart. Slightly oaky, sour and funky. Caramel and acids. Light sweetness and nuttiness.

While the Deschutes aspect of this brew dominate the aroma, the HotD aspect seems to dominate the taste. It's a rich malty taste, slight chocolate, wood and oak, finishing a bit tart, acidic and wine-like.

The feel is on the medium to full side, though primarily medium. Some creaminess, lingering.

All in all, this is quite possibly the most unique, interesting and intriguing brews I've had. I'm not blown away, but I'm pleased.

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Photo of Resuin
4.68/5  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".

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Pours a deep chestnut color with some ruby highlights. A thin creamy tan head coats the top,

S: A ton going on here. I pick up a lot of dark fruits and whiskey right away. Pomegranate, fig, raisin, some apricot brandy, cabernet, bourbon and a good amount of wood. Maybe a faint trace of chocolate as well.

T: Has a good amount of sourness, I'm guessing due to the Dissident. Big dark fruit flavors. Syrupy pomegranate, pinot noir, raisin, a cranberry-like tartness and some hints of charred wood. I definitely pick up The Dissident and The Stoic here and there's some Adam here as well. Not sure about Fred. It's a really interesting experiment and I think they may just have pulled it off.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into oversized CBS snifter. Apperance is murky reddish with shades of brown. Minimal head upon pour with no lacing. The Dissident is the most prominent beer I get in the aroma. Notes of red wine, oak, and a healthy dose of vinegar come through up front. Vinous fruit qualities are present with a mild amount of bret. Adam joins the party at the finish with a small addition of malty Barleywine/Old Ale goodness. The taste starts off very malt forward with evidence of Fred and Adam's presence. This quickly becomes tart with the return of Dissident. The quad quality from The Stoic is overshadowed by the lactic acid component. The finish is slightly tart with some quad quality coming through. Red wine has an underlying presence and provides some tannins. I'm having trouble finding the spirit character in this, maybe a touch of vanilla comes through. The mouthfeel is surprisingly not that heavy with moderate carbonation. This is an intriguing brew that has a fitting name. I've had a few beer blends and I find this one to be pretty well blended. Each individual brew is present with a definite dominance in the way of Dissident. I would have liked some more Adam character, but this brew is delicious either way. The balance is great for the 11.6% ABV.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best after 30APR13

I cracked the crown and let it warm up to about 60 degrees. Drunk over the coarse of an hour.

Pours a candied walnut brown with a solid fleeting sheet of peanut foam. Cola clarity. Smell is very, very complex. I'm gonna take a shot, but there is not real logical hierarchy here, just naming as they come: cherry, sherry, pomegranate, grape, oak, smoke, cognac, some leather and the slightest hint of mulling spice. Fuck me, I did not expect this one to taste like this. I really anticipated much more of the sour and fruit I was getting in the nose. Leather, oak, vinous fruit, tawny sugars, aspirin bitterness, alcohol, soft tartness reminiscent of dissident. Really a sincere sipper - just sooo intense. Mouthfeel hits it out of the park, velvety and full with a watery roll and slight carbonation. I think this might be one of the best pairings of feel to total beer concept I've encountered, really pristine. The alcohol leaves my entire oral cavity, oropharynx and cheeks warm.

This beer is a sincerely unique experience. I would never serve this to an inexperienced beer drinker, and actually most beer drinkers. This one is profoundly complex, and I would argue too much so for the majority of drinkers (maybe even myself included). It is hard to tell if the beer will merge it's individual traits and come through with a new beer a year from now, but for right now, this is just sooo insane. I read a review earlier that indicated they'd pay the $20+ for the bomber of this, I would be hesitant, as I would never be able to do a whole bottle of this. I'd even consider a preference to a 7oz nipper for this beast. It's just so complex.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries with dark fruits, sweet caramelized sugars, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some sour cherries with some brown and caramelized sugars, caramel malts, and some vanilla. Through the middle, oak and Bourbon comes through with some raisin, date, and other dark fruits, and bit of sherry and Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, caramelized sugars, dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The sourness of the cherries comes through nicely and the rest of the beer is big and bold but balances nicely.

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Photo of arizcards
4.32/5  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!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13, bought 5/17/12. Pours hazy reddish amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is some oxidized sherry with some fruity oak and alcohol.

The flavor is figgy vinous fruits, vanilla, oak and some strong alcohol and slight oxidation. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, aging helped this one. A nice flavorful aged beer - tastes like an older English barleywine.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best after 4/30/13. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dirty hazy brown with not much of a head. Pretty much just forms a ring. A few swaths of lacing.

Aroma reminds me most of a Flanders Red, but underpinned by earthy, spirit notes. A lot of malt. Vinous notes are strong along with herbal hints like mint and lemongrass.

Flavor is seriously complex. A malt sweetness hits first with strong caramel notes. Next up is a strong tartness on top of the tongue. Lots of oak and barrel flavors. Finishes with a lemony citrus flavor with lots of herbal notes. Alcohol sneaks out in the finish and adds a bit of sting. Lingering aftertaste very similar to a red wine.

Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Thickens as each sip finishes. Appropriate for a beer this big.

A very interesting blended beer. Maybe not better than it's greatest components, but cool none the less.

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Photo of n2185
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a murky brown with a finger 9f beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, tobacco, dark and tart fruits, sourness, funk, Port, and other aromas. So much going on and it all works so well together.

T: similar to the aroma, there is caramel, vanilla, tobacco, dark fruits, tart and sour fruits, breads, and a light alcohol presence. Like the aroma, there is just a ton of stuff going on and it works really well.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, but only just.

O: such a fantastic beer. A little weak on the body and appearance, but other than that is damn near perfect.

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Photo of rawfish
4.39/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet and funky with a little tartness. The taste is malty with sweet cherries, but doesn't possess the expected sourness and tartness. It drinks like a port wine and probably ages just as well. Worth trying and a tasty collab.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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.

Full bodied, silky, sticky and warming.

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.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hmm, interesting beer. A few too many competing flavors (in a bad way) for me to enjoy this. Starts out like an oud bruin, and then Adam's leathery, chocolatey flavors take over. The finish is an unpleasant acetic, slightly coppery tang. Interesting and complex, but the flavors just don't meld.

Edit - After having it for a second time at a tasting, it did seem a bit more harmonious, so I increased my rating. Still prefer the individual components to the blend.

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Photo of charlzm
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of portia99
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (best after 4/30/13) courtesy of hoppymcgee poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a muddy dark brown color with little light passing thru it...noticeable sediment floating in the body of the beer. A thin finger of pale tan head fizzes away slowly to leave a persistent skim coat and a thick collar around the edges. Sparse lacing is left behind as the beer level falls.

S - A lot going on here. First impression is cola and sour cherries. Pruny dark fruit character, pungent tart/sourness, wood, some funk, red wine barrel, rye, raisins.

T - Dark fruit up front - prunes, raisins, cherries. Caramel, earthy malt. Red wine, lots of wood, hints of booze - but well under control. Mildly funky, mostly taking on a firm earthiness, not really adding any barnyard. Lightly tart on the finish, mildly acidic/tannic, bitter in a somewhat medicinal way and a bit metallic. A bit of vanilla comes on in the end after the beer has warmed up a bit.

M - Dry, bitter and tart, rather earthy. Medium level carbonation that is slightly fizzy. Body is medium. A lot going on in this beer...some works, some seems a bit off and distracting.

O - Interesting beer...mix of good and so-so aspects. Hard to believe this is 11.6% - alcohol is hidden well, especially with the multitude of different barrels used for aging this blend. Hard to decipher the individual barrels used in the flavor profile - their unique characteristics blend together so much that it is hard to pick out any real character of any of them. A case of too much going on for its own good. I like this beer but it seems to me that a little less complexity would benefit here.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.