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%
 
 
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111
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276
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Thanks Mark!

Pours dark reddish brown with a very small bubbly tan head that recedes quickly to a thin collar.

Aroma is dominated by Dissident and Stoic - sour cherries, light vinegar notes and brown sugar. As it warms, you can get some of the HotD brews with caramel malts and treacle sweetness. The barrel notes are there but subtle, vanilla and booze in the background.

The taste is much more interesting for me and there is a much better balance of all 4 brews. Some sweet caramel malts, molasses, tobacco and leather - hello Adam. The tart cherries are less dominant but still linger on the palate, as does the hefty ABV content with the barrels just accentuating the boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is big and decadent, both sweet and sour, with low soft carbonation.

This is a great collaboration which thankfully tasted more complex than the aroma suggested. Always fun to see a few different, but great, beers meld together. Not a FW blend, but pretty damn good.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 2+ finger head. Thick lacing. Good retention. Color is very dark brown almost black.

S. Caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, a little sour, raisins, figs. Get some oak and vanilla. Definitely has a barrel aged aroma. A little acohol heat rises up. Nice blend of quad, sour, with some barrel aging thrown in to mix everything up.

T. So lets say this takes like a quad, barleywine, sour, and a little bit of barrel aged stout all mixed into one. Needless to say a lot of flavors going on. You really get so many different flavors on one drink. As for individual flavors, caramel, molasses, raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar. Towards the end of a drink I get a bit of rye.

M. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes with some sweetness along with an array of other flavors.

O. Very interesting and unique. Massive amounts of flavor going on. From the simple standpoint of a masterful blending of some amazing beers, I think this is pretty right on the money.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet and funky with a little tartness. The taste is malty with sweet cherries, but doesn't possess the expected sourness and tartness. It drinks like a port wine and probably ages just as well. Worth trying and a tasty collab.

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4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish copper brown with a really thin wispy brown head that takes a little bit to fade.

S: The nose is really interesting. It's quite the mix of sweet and sour. I get caramel, raisins, plums, cherries, raspberries, vinegar, and boozy heat. Damn.

T: It starts out with a quick hit of sweet caramel and raisin, but the tart and funky come on strong right after. Tart cherries dominate, along with some slight red raspberry. As it moves into the finish it get boozy and clean. There is a great bourbon quality to it, but it finishes with a crisp vodka type heat. Interesting.

M: Full bodied beer. It's sweet and tart and lingers on the palate for quite a bit. It's big and boozy too. This is a slow sipper, for sure.

O: Overall, it's hard to make up my mind on this beer. It's drinkable, and tasty, and funky, but I just don't know if I like it. It's all over the place with it's flavors, and the booze is incredibly evident. I'm glad to have tried this beer, but I don't if I ever need to drink this again. Actually, I bet this beer would do wonders with a few years on it.

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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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4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fascinating complex beer that will age great if you have the patience!

Appearance is a murky brown with a small head which is expected for an 11.6% beer.

Aroma gets more interesting and intense as it warms. Notes of toffee, carmel, cherry, oak, leather and tobacco from the barrels

Mouth feels is great well carbonated and smooth unlike lost abby angel share (I still am a fan of that beer!)

Taste I get the sourness and cherries with oak right up front. The others in the aroma are some what subdue.

Great old ale or american strong ale however the two breweries are calling it. Like to see how this will change by 4/30/13 like the bottle says on it.

Cheers!!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color that's completely opaque with dark amber edges and a two finger light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, vinous aroma with a strong barrel character, sweet malt and subtle solvent/acetic acid. Lots of earthy oak and a combination of sweet spirits but the Pinot, rye whiskey and sherry notes really stand out. Slightly spicy with lots of vinous dark fruit. Underneath the barrels, there is some lactic funk and musty bugs along with sweet malt and more dark fruit. I'm not familiar with The Stoic but I'm certainly picking up elements from the Adam used in the blend. As it warms, hints of caramel, chocolate and toffee come out as well as some dark cherry, plum and raisin. Smells really complex and the faint solvent/acetone is the only thing keeping it from getting higher marks.

Medium bodied with slightly tart funk and a nice balance of barrel, dark malt, vinous fruit and spice. The barrel character is very prominent without overpowering the other characteristics. Lots of dry, toasted oak along with silky vanilla and sweet booze. The combination of spirits creates a really unique sweet boozy flavor that never becomes hot. The high ABV is actually excellently masked. I was shocked to see that it was that high. The spicy rye character is pretty strong as are the vinous dark fruit notes from the Pinot barrel. Really complex with elements of each barrel treatment coming through with each sip. Although there is a ton of barrel character/alcohol flavor, there is no heat and it isn't a complete booze bomb. Underneath the barrels, elements of the base beers(especially Adam) come through. Some slight smokey, roasted malt with dark chocolate, toffee and caramel as well as some vinous cherry, grape fig and plum. Faint tart, sourness but not acidic or harsh. Just a bit of acetic solvent but it's very faint and doesn't affect the flavor very much. Very complex and flavorful and the well masked ABV makes it deceptively drinkable.

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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear plastic cup. Best I can do, I don't bring glassware on the road. Best buy date is 04/30/13.

A: Body is slightly cloudy dark caramel shade. Head is a light tan, dense, with nice lacing, even on this stupid plastic cup.

S: Very boozy with tons of fruit and whiskey type aromas.

T: Highly alcoholic, slightly sour, fruity, dark, Belgian yeast character , extremely well balanced.

M: Thick, slightly syrupy, which is not such a crime for a beer of this gravity.

O: This is a special beer. Unlike anything I've had, though I can identify its parts, I think there is some great synergy here.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red/brown with a very tiny collar of bubbles

Smell is mostly the dissident up front with a nice vanilla spirit hint

Taste is out of this world....so complex im getting some slightly tart cherry with the red wine barrel notes on the first sip. After a few sips i start to pick up on a very sweet toffee like aftertaste with very strong cognac and bourbon notes...lots of oak.

Mouthfeel is outstanding, just where it needed to be. Carbonation is low but that is welcome and expected at strong ales of this caliber.

Overall this beer is outstanding, a true test of the limits of barrel aged beers.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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