Conflux No. 1 (Collage) | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
812
Reviews:
218
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
276
For Trade:
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Photo of ummswimmin
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -3.4%
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 -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thedetective
4.86/5  rDev +17.4%
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 +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScottP
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Ssippisam
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edhizdeid
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Soneast
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraftFan5
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GilGarp
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served chilled into a goblet. Date best after 4/30/2013.

Collage is a hazy reddish brown color with thin head that settles quickly - not uncommon for a beer of this style.

Aroma has raisins and brown bread, some nuts, maybe fruitcake. I pick up right away that it's both barrel aged and has some wild yeast ale blended in.

Flavor is mostly sweet but nicely balanced. It has a tannic, vinous character with good tartness. It's like a red wine with a hint of roast and mellowed hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy smooth. The carbonation is nice and low.

Overall an interesting collaboration between two excellent Oregonian breweries. I'm not a huge fan of sours but this beer is very well blended so that the sour doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of Farnswurth
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhilKeller
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love it!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yeaprolly
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zekenyce
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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