Conflux No. 1 (Collage) | Deschutes Brewery

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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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Ratings: 812 |  Reviews: 218
Photo of darthhamby
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Metaltildeath
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Rowmark79
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 pwoody11
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Zbeetleman
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of tbrascojr
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bird22
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TKjadore
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DSkilling
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Lucnifter
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of drebrew
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tbone1384
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Geuzedad
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of alpineclimber
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of Gregfalone
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KWMiles
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 812 ratings.
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