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

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have NO idea where this might have come from, but it sure is intriguing!

From the bottle: "A Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing Company artistic expression"; "Conflux No. 1: Malt Beverage aged in distilled spirit and wine oak barrels"; "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. Damn, beer is fun."

It strikes me that this is a collaboration in the same way that "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" was a collaboration. Naughty, naughty! Hopefully, this is not also a cop-out at the end.

I began with a gentle pour, but it was murky from the jump, so I amped it up and got a brief finger if light-tan head for my troubles. I could not help but smell it as it poured into my glass. Dried, dark fruits came immediately to mind and when I leaned in, I got a whiff of leather, red wine, and simple alcohol heat. My bottle was marked "Best After: 4/30/13" and even nearly a year past that date, it could have been aged even further. Color was a slightly murky, not quite opaque, but not hazy, either, soppery-brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel was full and viscous, like a dollop of beer on my tongue more than a draught. Jesus! The heat was immediate, followed by a vinous red wine taste, then bourbon-like coconut and the dried, dark fruits of the nose. Wow! Warming, I began to get the leatheriness that I had sensed on the nose, Phew! Finish would not disavow me of the belief that, if I closed my eyes, I was drinking wine. I just kept coming back to a rich, red wine flavor that when coupled with its high ABV made for a much more intense beer than I usually like. Conflux Collage collaboration?!? More like Conflagration! I am a beer neo-hippie in that I will try anything once, but one may be more than enough for me in this case. I feel badly as I am sure that a lot of effort went into this, but it is just too much.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed dark mahogany with a tan head. Strong bourbon aroma, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, and quite a lot of alcohol. A light tartness, heavy oak aroma, some charred wood notes, too. Tastes fairly boozy. Lots of whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Some caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Fairly boozy with a light tartness and lots of dark fruits. Not bad, but not great, either.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a bunch to SonicAlligator for this beer! Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber. There is a small layer of medium tan bubbles on top of the body.

This smells similar to Adam; the aroma has a lot of vanilla and sweet caramel malt. There is a bit more fruity hop character in the nose, however.

The flavor really highlights a punchy, grapefruity character to go with the sweet caramel malt flavor. This is especially shown in the finish. There is a hint of tartness in the finish as well. The balance works well for me now, I'm not sure how it would age.

This beer drinks lighter than it actually is. There is a nice fluffy mouthfeel to go with it.

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Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with no foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Even-handed dark fruit, wood, spirit, and acids (lactic and acetic) evoke Flanders-style qualities at times. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark vinous fruit and restrained tartness before a brief spike in fusel alcohols. Yeast phenolics are exposed in the middle, eroding somewhat the solid foundation established early. Oak/bourbon/vanilla and honest chewy crystal malt emerge toward the finish, although resurgent vinous fruit lingers appealingly. Alcohol increases in overall influence gradually from beginning to finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A complex beer, with barrel and sour features that add interest--but stop short of being extreme or challenging. Some parts of the flavor profile are excellent, but the taste is undermined by the schizophrenic middle. Components don't quite meld into a seamless product, although the collection of parts are worth beholding.

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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 tut2528
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of nUgZ
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a medium brown color with a half finger head and decent lacing.

S: Sweet and sour. Nice sweet aromas from the barrel aging along with some sour fruit aromas. Oak and vanilla in there somewhere along with some wine.

T: Very complex mix of flavors here. Too much to talk about, but pretty enjoyable even though it becomes quite sour.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Just finished drinking this and read on the bottle that it's best after 4/30/13...oh well. I almost made it.

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Photo of FoundersPounder
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a stemmed glass a deep tawny brown with a tinge of amber,a sticky half finger light beige head atop.Sour cherry and caramel in the nose with a bit of hay.The palate is hit with a sour almost lactic note along with some mild chocolate,Iam not a sherry fan, the sour/lactic tones win out.Wow that was unexpected with it's out of the mainstream flavors here.I admit the sourness hit me sideways.

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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 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 Goblinmunkey7
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfectly clear deep copper/brick red. Almost no head. Drops to a tiny, tiny off-white collar. No carbonation.

Smell: Alcohol, all sorts of alcohol. Caramel and vanilla loaded with bourbon. Cognac pulls through. Nice rich oak. Touches of red wine. Toffee, deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Dark red fruits. Some cherry, plum, and grape. Straight up alcohol heat. Almost smells like rum in the back. Leather. Mildly acetic. Vague cocoa and chocolate. Sugary sweetness on the back. No hops.

Taste: First, take a shot of bourbon. Sharp bite of cognac and red wine. So many varieties of alcohol. Sweet caramel malt. Worn leather, touches of chocolate. Bourbon adds some vanilla and caramel and toffee. Backing acetic tartness. Earthy. Some backing char and smokiness. Touches of apple, peach, and orange. Very fruity. Floral. It's a massive hodgepodge of crazy flavor. Vague spiciness in the back. Some biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation. Body is smooth, a touch creamy, and hits a nice solid medium.

Overall: Madness? This is Collage.

So much going on I can't really think through it all. 4 complex beers blended in so many barrels makes for an even more complex beer oddly enough. A bit too much without enough melding to truly be amazing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.6% confirmed. Best after: 04/30/2013 (but I just can't wait). 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a scotch ale/thistle glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given Deschutes' involvement, the complex aging, and the blends used.

Taken from the refrigerator and allowed to stand for a good 15 minutes to warm it up. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of beige colour, fair cream and thickness, and great retention considering the high ABV. Retains at least five minutes. Colour is a dark caramel ruby. Nontransparent. Non-opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Luxurious bacteria and wild yeast, woody oak barrel notes, brandy, cherry, fig, tart fruit (maybe even dark fruit like plum), clean malts with little caramelization or toasted character, raisin, fermented sugars, and a bit of grape. Really a remarkable, seizing aroma. A mild strength incredibly subtle aroma.

T: Brandy, wood, oak, tart fruit (including cherry, plum, fig, and a hint of raisin), red wine, and marvelous wild yeast and bacteria notes. Spirited, sour, yet still mellow. No real spice or earthiness, but it isn't needed. Delightfully layered and built, with incredible balance for a blend (beating even Lost Abbey Angel's Share). Hopping is very timid and backgrounded. I quite like it. Gets better as it warms as well - especially where the fruit is concerned. Masterfully complex. Really a tasty brew. Rich. No alcohol comes through. Full-bodied and well varied. The flavours are diverse yet collaborative.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Perfect thickness, but merely adequate carbonation. Admittedly, the mouthfeel is a bit off - but it's a blend. Alcohol warms the stomach.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV - surprisingly so. This could be dangerous. Not a session beer, but not a sipper either. It resides in the happy in-betweeny bit. It got better as it warmed. I quite fancy this one. Another solid brew from Deschutes. The style designation is curious, perhaps we need a category that acknowledges blends. I can't wait to try this aged; I'll definitely be having it in a few years with some age on it. I'll run out and buy one as soon as I'm able.

A fantastic candidate for aging. Probably ideal with 3-5 years on it.

Drank adequately from a scotch ale glass, but this really demands a goblet, snifter, or (ideally) a tulip.

Would pair well with cranberry raisins or pate.

This is one to sip on whilst reading a good book.


August 6th, 2016 impression from an aged 2012 bottle:

Aroma: Caramel, toffee, faint oxidation, biscuit malt, heavy vanilla on the back end. Warm, but not oaky. Barrel sugars.

Taste is heavy on barrel sugars. Finishes out on heavy genuine vanilla bean. Oak does come through, with some wine-like dryness. This is some fantastic oak character in general.

Smooth, wet, full-bodied. ABV is barely noticeable. Slightly tart.

This is great with age. Unfortunate they don't put this out every year; it's fine work.


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Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Aroma: cherries and sourness lots of Malts caramel and toffee. Herbal perfume.

Taste sour cherries and malts some bourbon and oak. Toffee caramel molasses rainsibs brown sugar. Very complex. Old ale like.

Mouthfeel: warming and smooth. Medium bodied with a fine amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I'd drink this much more often if it wasn't so expensive.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle $10.99 The price point bothered me but the description just seemed so interesting and hair of the dog beers are always expensive, especially the barrel aged ones. Smells ,like vanilla, wood, interesting, alcohol, booze. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, definitely a hint of dissident, cherries, and a plastic flavor that could be adam or could be the rye barrel stoic, not sure. I always thought adam had a sort of plastic/band-aid note going so who knows? There is a slight sting at the end from the alcohol and this is definitely a sipper for sure. Not a lot of carbonation but more than the average hair of the dog brew. Overall its quite interesting but way overpriced.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Sarlacc83
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in my Lost Abbey tulip. Reviewed from notes I took last night.

Aside: Scoring this beer is difficult so read the review.

A: Ruby red in low light. Thin rim of lacing after I let the beer settle. Don't really get a lot of legs on the glass.

S: Dissident through and through. Pinot noir grapes, tannins, oak, cherry. This is vinous to the point where it would be at home in the wine tasting rooms in the Willamette valley.

T: Sweet and sour. As tart as the nose is, there's a remarkable presence of the other beers here. Cherry, acetone, pomegranate, cranberry. As this warms up, I get more pepper which I'd guess is from the rye whiskey and leather which I'd attribute to the pinot noir and the Adam. Definitely some funk here. After letting this sit, Fred starts to show up with its caramel/toffee sweetness. In fact, the Hair of the Dog beers are both really evident to me after about 10 minutes, but only if you let the beer sit on your tongue for a few seconds.

M: Well carbonated and prickly. No faults here, especially considering the density of several of the base beers. I also have to tip my hat. There's no alcohol hit at nearly 12%.

O: This is very, very complex. It's very easy to spend a lot of time contemplating the skill it took to make and blend this, and knowing Alan's tendencies towards sours, I'm not surprised at how this tastes. If you liked Fred Flanders from the Wood, or for our non-Oregonian friends, Earthmonk, this will be right up your alley.

But...This is really Dissident and friends, and as such becomes very difficult to score. I like it more than Fred Flanders and Michael, but at the same time, I'm leery of putting this over a 4 overall. It is a totally unique experience, and there's going to be a wide range of reactions, but I think a number of people are going to be let down that this isn't so much more after the interminable 2 year wait. This is my current position; my opinion continues to change when I think of what I drank.

Who knows what this is going to be like in a year, either. The other 3 beers in the blend could blossom, or the wild yeast could swallow this mixture alive.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a murky dark amber with some brownish hues. There is a thin head that raises up and dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma of intense barrel aged notes. Molasses sweetness with caramel and vanilla notes intermingled. There are some slight tart notes in the nose as well. Cherry tartness and some nice sweetness are present. There is also a fresh apple aroma that is present. Some hot booze in the nose.

Taste is a bit different than the nose. There is a strong boozy note to kick things off. There is some slight spice in there as well with some good woody notes. There is definitely some barrel notes with some molasses and dark fruits present in the middle of the brew. The slight tartness isn't as present in the flavor. The boozyness is definitely more perceived in the taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium with complex flavors. Quite intense heat and some nice woody spice.

Not my favorite but interesting brew.

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Photo of maximum12
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my lovely & talented wife for picking up two bottles of this while I was otherwise occupied. Working, or watching strippers. I forget which. Wildly expensive 12 oz. bottle split with said wife/procurer.

Pour is ruddy cheeked & a bit darker. The smell is aggressively barreled up, & the barrels were clearly the final resting place of plenty of pungent fruit. Wine is the one barrel that jumps out of the mix. Good way to jump start interest.

Collage bears the heavy burden of a serious price tag & is found wanting. Wine barrels are the only barrel in evidence, & the vinuous feel leads with its head. Sharp sherry/grape are oddly distinct from the barrel & contribute a wry fruitiness. Touch of rye underneath. The fruit really gets in the nose & lengthens the aftertaste. Six ounces is going fast, this is scary/easy to drink for the ABV.

There's beer in here? Tastes more like a nice wine cut with a bit of ale, circa 1284. Aye, m'lord. Pass me anuther. This is a good beer, but the fact that it costs as much as the GDP of Lesotho makes it less attractive.

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Photo of Etan
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Maine Beer Company wine glass.

A: Pours a murky brownish ruby with a decent egg shell head.

S: Vinegar, oak, clean alcohol, some muted malt and barrel notes behind (brown sugar, caramel).

T: Mild tannic sourness from Dissident, cherry juice, and plenty of Adam's unique maltiness (leather, earthy, burnt caramel). A bit of noticeable pale malt sweetness from Fred.

M: Medium to thick-bodied with very light carbonation.

O: Doesn't make my jaw drop, but it's pretty interesting and tasty.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile, thanks. Beer is black / brown, really hazy, thin tan head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is boozy and sweet. Lots of malt.

Beer is medium in body, mildly hot, interesting beer, very heavy, a little hot, pretty strong, interesting beer. I enjoyed it but it was a little too heavy.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 006, poured into a Russian River 'ation' glass. The head is slightly off white, about a finger high, and between foamy and creamy. Fades to a light cap and subtle ring. Decent lace. The beer itself is a clear and brilliant straw yellow/gold.

The aroma is lovely and inviting on a warm day like today. Brett and some funk, straw, a light tart sweetness, green apple, lemon zest, light biscuit malt notes, hints of strawberry, hints of yeast, spice, banana and clove almost like it's hinting at a hefe.

The taste is nice as well. Lighter acidic sourness, moderate tartness, sweet but dry, brett, green apple, lemon zest, white wine notes, strawberry or apricot maybe, bready biscuity malts, a bit of belgian yeast, some spice, a bit salty and again hints of clove and banana like it's a bit hefe. Really a pleasant taste.

Light-medium carbonation, light and oily consistency, medium-ish body, and a lighter drier finish.

This is certainly a complex and slow sipping beer. I could take much longer to appreciate this, but I just don't know if I want to. Good and actually I've had all the beers that are components of this beer and strangely enough I feel that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in this case. Maybe with the exception of Dissident. That beer is hard to beat solo. Anyways, nice and complex beer, should be nice come 4/30/13 best after date.

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/18/13

Appearance: Medium amber with a lot of brown and red - minimal carbonation - small, white head, leaves some nice lacing despite the minimal carbonation

Smell: A ton going on, challenging to know where to start - amber, cooked, caramelized malts with syrupy biscuits and toffee - basically, every type of barrel imaginable - wood, dark fuits, wine, port, vanilla

Taste: Maybe even more complicated than the smell - cooked, caramelized malts - molasses, toffee, amber malt extract - a range of wood and barrels that I can't quite comprehend - some booze - dark fruits like cherry, grapes - mildly bitter - lightly tart - the barrels are interesting, but the malt complexity may be even more interesting

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, low carbonation, smooth, a bit sticky with a boozy finish (not ideal)

Overall: What... is this?

There's so much going on here, it's hard to make any sense. There seems to be some coherence in the chaos. Despite the number of barrels involved in this beer, it's somehow not overly woody. The malts are interesting. Overall, it's very good, but a bit too noisy.

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Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a barely translucent mahogany color with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that had very low retention, it quickly settled into a thin ring, and very light lacing.

The aroma was on the subdued side, some tartness and malts were most noticeable, with some fruit and yeast notes around the edges. Whoa Nellie! This beer hit the tongue with a bold tartness that hinted at sour but wasn't. The above mentioned fruit, yeast, spice and malt were all present, just in a more upfront manner.

The body was very good, bordering on great, full and smooth with tartness adding a nice counter-point. Drinkability was very good for beer this strong, it went down almost too easily. Overall, an excellent beer. A must try, it's available enough that if it's not on your local shelves, a trade will be easy to set up.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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