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:
814
Reviews:
219
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
273
For Trade:
23
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Darrell!

The beer is copper hued with a thin, off white head. The aroma brings wild yeast, wine, oak, leather, cherries. The flavor is really aggressive. Big alcohol in the finish. Lots of wild yeast and funk with strong white wine character and a touch of grape skins. Pretty tasty.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Deschutes Brewery branded teku glass

Pours dark amber with golden accents capped by an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. A bit of lacing that disappears fairly quickly as well. The nose is incredibly complex, hints of vinegary sour cherries compliments of The Dissident, red wine, bourbon, caramel, cognac,, and pleasant sun-warmed oak. Caramel, toffee, hint of cocoa powder, sour cherries, bourbon and sherry notes, plum, dried fruit including apricot, dates, prunes, and raisins. Finishes with pleasant warming alcohol, caramel-covered sour cherries, and warm oak. Smooth and syrupy, higher level of carbonation, especially for a barrel-aged beer. This is a great blended beer. I'm very happy to have three more bottles in the cellar to see how a bit of age allows the four base brews to fully integrate, but this beer is already fantastic now.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Greatly appreciate this bottle provided by SatlyMalty! Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Best After: 4/30/13

A- Pours a murky reddish dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that soon dissipates to a thick rim around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Full sheet of non-sticky lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Holy booze fumes, Batman! I can smell the oak and the sourness of the Dissident amid the intense amount of alcoholic, band-aid-like astringency that stings the nose. Also some notes of sherry, brandy and raisin. What have I gotten myself into?

T- Are you kidding? Almost nowhere near as intense as the aroma. Lots of raisin combines with the oak and sherry-like sweetness. The tartness comes through in the finish to round out the perfect balance. The booze begins to creep up as more sips are taken and the beer warms. Some dark fruit characteristic also starts to shine through, no doubt from the Stoic part of the blend. Way too easy to drink, given the ABV. The band-aid taste finally comes in near the end of the drink but is hardly noticeable up until that point.

M- Sticky and oily with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I wasn't too keen on the aroma, but the flavor is to die for. Super smooth and enjoyable with just about every aspect of each beer contributing to the profile. This is the perfect beer to sip on during a cold February night next to a fire...too bad I'm in blazing hot Miami, so I gotta drink this quick before it gets too warm. That being said, be careful with this one! Cheers.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of FremontBar
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A very pleasing cherry brown color with virtually no head.
S: Sweet and boozy, definitely some bourbon, oak, raisins, and some vanilla.
T: Really boozy at first but settles down, love the sour aspect, get some sweet raisins and dark fruit, subdued finish but bourbon lingers
M: Lightly carbonated, creamy, really works for this beer
O: Going in I had no idea what this beer was about but interest definitely peaked after that first whiff. In a way there is almost too much going on but as it appears it is meant to be aged I will check it out again in a couple years see what happens. Overall an interesting beer and I'm glad I tried it but wouldn't seek it out again until it has a few years on it. Cheers.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 814 ratings.
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