Conflux No. 1 (Collage) | Deschutes Brewery

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4.15/5
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Conflux No. 1 (Collage)Conflux No. 1 (Collage)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

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)

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-01-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
820
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
272
Trade:
23
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Ratings: 820 |  Reviews: 222
Photo of BennyProfane
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this at Sour Sunday in February 2018. Previously bought a bottle but its been just chilling in the cellar. Glad I didn't buy more than one.

Pours a ruddy brown. Very thin lighter tan colored head 1/6". Some chunky floaties in there. Aroma was of vinegar, wood, earth. I dunno, already not feeling it.

Taste was leaning hard on The Stoic, dark sugar, dark fruit, dark malt. More of the sherry barrel seemed to stand out. Just lots of that dark fruit sherry bitterness to it. Mouth feel leans on the hot side alcohol and bitter burn. I dunno, seems to be kind of a hodge podge throw a little bit of everything into a bunch of barrels, blend it and see how it goes kind of vibe. At the price point of $1/oz, you have to be a significantly better beer than this for me to think it was worth it. Not even close in this instance. The kitchen sink approach doesn't work here man.

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Photo of Thorfinn960
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tongatim
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I first enjoyed this amazing creation 6 years ago, almost to the day. At that time, I rated it on another site, which I no longer frequent because of their questionable conflicts of interest. Way back in November, 2012, I commented in my review: "Deep, fruity, alcoholic aroma. Deep rich complex tastes which took me through moments of sour Belgian to oaked red, to tawny port, to well aged-whiskey, with a lingering, complex pleasant aftertaste....sweet/sour balance, sweet/bitter balance."

A few months ago, I was blown away to find this long vanished gem reappear on the shelf of my favorite bottle shop. They had salvaged a stash from a local restaurant that went belly up, and had been unable to move their stock of more obscure expensive beers. Tonight I enjoyed the 4th of the six bottles I acquired, and can report that this beer has held up well, though hasn't noticeably improved beyond what was already pretty close to my idea of the perfect beer. It still has a very prominent alcohol/dark fruit/tobacco aroma. It pours cloudy copper-brown, with almost no head or lacing. The alcohol is more subdued in the tasting, and the mouthfeel is a little thinner than my memory of the original tasting. Carbonation remains moderate and quite appropriate to the overall structure. Complex layers of tobacco, sherry, and dark fruit. Prominent lingering of pie cherry, followed by dried apricot. Pleasant buzz from the high alcohol. I think the last two bottles will be gratefully drained at Thanksgiving, and I will indeed give thanks for the blessing of a second chance at this beer for the ages.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Label is dated stamped as 'BEST AFTER 4/30/13'.
Murky, brownish red colored body. Short off white head settles to scattered islands and ring. Chunks of sediment settle to the bottom of the glass. Leaves a few spots of lacing.
Complex aroma: Red wine, oak, cherry, spicy tobacco, brown sugar, oak, leather, bourbon, and sherry.
Taste is heavily influenced by the barrels - vinous, tannic, bourbon and rye. Candied fruit with brown sugar. Tart cherry. Quite layered as to flavors and how the profile sets up.
Medium to full mouth feel, with a touch of syrup. Okay carbonation. Alcohol wafts up into the nose.
A beer that has picked up a lot of lot of wine and spirits notes. Has aged well with no oxidation. A true sipper to savor the complex layers.

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Photo of grover37
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz split with Lisa in Salida. Bottle from Coaltown Spirits in COS for $12. Over five years old now. Big notes of Sherry and red wine. Really interesting but won't track down more.

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Photo of dshansen1184
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A- pours a murky brown color with a thin fizzy off-white head that disappears almost immediately.

S- up front aroma is an eclectic mix of spicy leather and tobacco, along with tart cherries, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses & plum. Undertones of barrel aromas pop through; spicy oak, bourbon, vinous notes & sweet sherry. One of the most unique aromas I've encountered in a while

T- slightly tart up front with some notes of tart dark cherry and vinegar, quickly followed by a caramel/toffee malty sweetness, along with that earthy tobacco/leather flavor of the HotD beers. Mid-palate gives a plethora of barrel notes; sherry, vinous white wine & new spicy oak. The finish is dry with lingers of oak, tart cherry and earthy tobacco

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, abv hidden well

O- surprisingly, all four beers seem to make a presence in this creation and they somehow work well together. I didn't have this fresh, but being 5 years old I'm picking up no oxidation. Very good experiment

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage ("best after 4/30/13"); drank 5/2/16 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; strong lace.

Red wine, dry oak mild dark caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark cherry, dry oak & soda effervescence up front; red wine heat on the finish. Unique, wood heavy & red wine forward, this was very good but not quite great. Worth a quaff.

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Photo of epyon396
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thedetective
4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A bit hazy caramel orange colour on the pour. Smells of sherry but also some red fruit and a deep toasty whiskey note behind. Tastes like a wonderful amalgam of whiskey, wine, and beer. Glad to have saved this one for four years (longest I've ever aged a brew), but it could have been given me time, despite the not always consistent temperatures during storage.

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Photo of CarolinaBorn80
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear light brown color with off-white, darker ivory colored head. Sweetness, caramel, dark fruits, cherry, berry, oak, plenty of barrel character, blends pleasantly, all on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a berry, sherry, candied pecan type of sweetness. Well done, each of the barrels adds something to this beer.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottP
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber ale bordering on a sour ale. Tart, sharp cider snap, dried fruit, wine like esters. Smooth and slick mouthfeel, with lingering tartness on the palate. A sipper for sure, with food.

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Photo of Ssippisam
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edhizdeid
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Soneast
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 820 ratings