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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Photo of mudbug
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 oz. bottle into a wine goblet with an aggressive pour results in a one inch off white bubbly head that falls quickly into a thin cap, very little lacing noted.
Aroma is moderate and complex, you need to take time with this one. If you are familiar with the base beers you will pick up the nuances of them, for me it was the Stoic fruit that was forefront. Otherwise it's a miasma of stone fruit, wood, and berries with caramel syrup.
Taste is a game changer tangy sour cherries, drying rye whiskey,puckering lemon rind, Oak. deep malt sweetness. WOW!
This is so good now, even before the best by date, I will edit this in a year with the next tasting for sure, I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of fives

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this bottle! Thanks Hollis!

poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: dirty dark brown bodied beer with a small off white cap of head that drops to lace around the glass. Spotty lace.

Smell: This has a ton of things going on in the nose. The tart cherries of the dissident seem to pop out immediately. A big caramel note is present as well. Lots of barrel notes in the beer as well....wines notes and whiskey notes seem the most prominent. The adam contributes earthy, woody, and leather notes. Fred and the rye barrels add some spicey notes. In general, I am getting alot of white grapes and pears, red fruits, and dark fruit notes. Really busy and complex nose that interestely unique!

Taste: The beer starts off with tarts cherries with a vinous, earthy, and oak notes. The beer has a hint of spice and vanilla and caramel sweetness. The beer starts to get sweet and fruity about mid palate on through to the finish. There is really so much going on in this beer that I cant even figure everything out; when you drink it your like: What just happened? because this beer has sooo much complexity and little nuances mixed with some really powerful flavors like every good big beer should deliver. This beer really makes you think as you drink it. Cherries and oak notes are in this beer from start to finish thats without a doubt The Dissident in the beer. Leather and fig and raisins are Adam's contribution of flavor in this beer. The Stoic gives big fruitiness from the white grape notes in this beer that compliment the vinous notes from the wine barrels. Fred adds to the mildly spicey rye notes in this beer and compliments it well. Very complex beer and complicated beer. If this beer had a gender... it would have to be female because its that complex and difficult to understand.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer has a touch of heat that is warming with a small burn to it. Just enough carbonation to keep the beer from feeling syrupy.

Overall: This was quite a brain child of Dischutes and Hair of the Dog. It had to take alot of effort and skill to blend and barrel age the 4 base beers in all the different barrel treatments the two breweries used. It a tribute to what a bit of creativity can do in the hands of genius brewmasters. Probably one of the coolest collaborations that I have had the privilage to drink. I sipped in this beer and really appreciated all the hard work / skill it took to make this 12oz serving of beer that I am drinking. Named quite appropriately as well. Its flavors even translate well with the name and the theme set for the beer. I love the fact that I have drank Adam, Fred,The Stoic and I can find all three of these beer in this great "collage" of these beers. Wasnt sure if this beer was going to be a big hot mess, but I think its a mighty fine complex beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip. Served at cellar temp.

A: Appears a dark dark gold, nearly brown but it is transparent...low visible carbonation, very little off-white head, decent alcohol feet.

S: Cherry and oak jump right out of this...the initial aromas remind me of a Flanders, but underneath that there is plenty of sweet caramel...definitely unique, and almost Faro-ish. Red wine notes, figs, maybe even wet tobacco leaf and leather.

T: Oak tart cherries pop the palate open but quickly melt effortlessly into miles of sweet caramel malt and sugary notes as Fred makes his presence known. Dark sticky stone fruit mix with the sweet candy-like caramel...finishes a bit dry, and vinous. Cherry kind of sticks around from beginning to end, and there are great oaky notes from the barrel throughout. There is Brett in here for sure, and I could see it working well throughout this beer in a few months.

MF: Fuller bodied, light carbonation , a touch of alcohol with a little burn. Tart and vinous at times.

O: This beer has definitely got some sour/lambic notes, and there is a lot going almost feels a bit jumbled, but the barrels and malt backbone do seem to balance it out some. 12oz was tough for a non-sour guy to finish, but overall this beer scores pretty well for what it is.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of korguy123
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500
Special thanks to kristalynn for this amazing bottle.
Conflux No. 1
Deschutes The Stoic, Dissident and Hair of The Dog Fred and Adam aged in Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak. Bottled May 2012.

Bottle into tulip.

A- Muddled, murky brown with red hues. Half finger large bubbled, off white head. Lacing is okay.

S- Having never had The Stoic or Dissident I can't comment on what qualities they've contributed to this so my review will be a generalization. Right up front you get some red wine and some strong vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Brown sugar, figs, dates, definite new oak aroma. There is some alcohol presence and some shoe leather and tobacco in there along with some strawberries.

There is A LOT! going on in this beer.

T- Again there is a LOT going on in here. Right up front you get the vinous characteristics from the Pinot Noir barrels. Followed by the whiskey influence, throw in some dark stone fruits and some vanilla, brown sugar and a whole heck of a lot of char, leather and cherries and you get this beer.

M- Syrupy, heavy side of medium body, sticky on the lips.

O- This is something I'd never imagine trying. It's just an amazing colaboration. There is so much going on here that to fully appreciate I'd need multiple bottles and to have also tried the other two base beers I haven't had before.

Regardless this is something worth seeking and savouring.

Here's to 500 reviews and many, many, many more! Cheers!

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Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best after 4/30/13. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dirty hazy brown with not much of a head. Pretty much just forms a ring. A few swaths of lacing.

Aroma reminds me most of a Flanders Red, but underpinned by earthy, spirit notes. A lot of malt. Vinous notes are strong along with herbal hints like mint and lemongrass.

Flavor is seriously complex. A malt sweetness hits first with strong caramel notes. Next up is a strong tartness on top of the tongue. Lots of oak and barrel flavors. Finishes with a lemony citrus flavor with lots of herbal notes. Alcohol sneaks out in the finish and adds a bit of sting. Lingering aftertaste very similar to a red wine.

Medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Thickens as each sip finishes. Appropriate for a beer this big.

A very interesting blended beer. Maybe not better than it's greatest components, but cool none the less.

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Photo of Caleb
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddy red. No head. Small ring of tan bubbles.  Good lacing though. Which is weird. 4/5

Smell- leather, wood, dark dried fruits. Tart dried cherries.  4.5/5

Taste- Tart, dried cherries.  Some plumb and fig flavors as well. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. Perfect for this beer. 5/5

Overall- Outstanding beer. I will have to get another for my cellar to see how it is in a couple of years. 4.5/5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of zeledonia
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted 3 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours deep, clear, slightly reddish amber. Just a thin layer of off-white head, okay retention, not much lacing. Not the best-looking beer.

Smell is all about other alcohols. Red wine, whiskey, cognac, all backed up by a very solid malt base. The barrels dominate the smell, but there are so many of them, and they meld so well together, that I'm really liking it.

Taste is an amalgam of those same characteristics, but things clash a bit more. The red wine is a bit more prominent, especially the grape-skin tannins kicking in late, and the sharper flavors of the liquors come out more. My biggest complaint, though, is that I can't pick up much of the base beers in this. I'd say there's more quad than anything else, but I get a whole mess of flavors, and it's tough to parse them out.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Juicy, full, and sticky, but with exactly the amount of carbonation I want to prevent it being too much of a weight in my mouth. Very nice.

This is a bruiser of a beer; big, bold, and beautiful. It's a bit hot, and I'm hoping a bit of time will allow the flavors to meld better. They do just fine in the smell, but in the taste they're still battling with each other. But a very worthy concoction, all told.

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Photo of Pahn
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle split 2 ways into snifters. Thanks to BA KevSal for sending this in a recent trade!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch frothy offwhite head that dissipates steadily. Pours a murky red brown with yellowish highlights and leaves a few spots of lacing.

Smell: Tartness, oak, a little acetic, some Adam-esque (dialed WAY down) maltiness.

Taste: Smooth nutty and creamy flavors up front, with lots of oak. Gets more sour midpalate through finish. Bit bitter and astringent like Dissident, but not clashing. "Not clashing," is the story of this beer; great wine barrel highlights, strong American oak influence, nutty and almost coffee and caramel like malt flavors, all working beautifully together. Easy beer to love--doesn't taste anywhere near as muddled as "We blended 4 unrelated beers and barrel aged them," would make you expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Hot. Pretty creamy. Sufficiently carbonated.

Overall: Love it. Greater than the sum of its parts, and it's the sum of some pretty high class parts.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to micstache for this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip (proper!). Poured red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, vanilla, fruit, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, fruit, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate, and caramel. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. There was a huge amount going on here if I am honest. My palate actually almost found it quite overwhelming as I had no clue what the Hell was going on at some points during my glass. Granted there were a lot of nice aspects going on at the same time, but they just seemed to be crammed in with a bunch of other things going on. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that’s about it if you were to ask me.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 814 ratings
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