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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Aroma: cherries and sourness lots of Malts caramel and toffee. Herbal perfume.

Taste sour cherries and malts some bourbon and oak. Toffee caramel molasses rainsibs brown sugar. Very complex. Old ale like.

Mouthfeel: warming and smooth. Medium bodied with a fine amount of carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I'd drink this much more often if it wasn't so expensive.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of n2185
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a murky brown with a finger 9f beige head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, tobacco, dark and tart fruits, sourness, funk, Port, and other aromas. So much going on and it all works so well together.

T: similar to the aroma, there is caramel, vanilla, tobacco, dark fruits, tart and sour fruits, breads, and a light alcohol presence. Like the aroma, there is just a ton of stuff going on and it works really well.

M: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery, but only just.

O: such a fantastic beer. A little weak on the body and appearance, but other than that is damn near perfect.

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3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a wine glass, as to better preserve the aroma (I have no idea if that is right or not, but seemed it.) from a 12 oz bottle, brewed in May. I really wish I had bought two, one for long-term aging and this one, but the store slapped a limit on me and then charged $13 for this. Alas.

A- One finger khaki head, with surprisingly long retention considering the high ABV. Nice ringed lacing. Dark mahogany color with no clarity. Fine looking brew.

S- Sour like a red wine, oak barrels, cherry, brown sugar, some sour alcoholic flavors. Caramel notes. Quite aromatic, smelled some of these as I was just cracking the bottle.

T- Acidic and surprisingly subtle. Boozy but with a strong flavoring of tobacco. The cherries I tasted get lost in the oak and wooden flavors. Strange.

M- Vinous and astringent. Not a fan.

O- Well, here I am somewhat disappointed. Maybe I SHOULD have aged it longer.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy red-brown color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sour cherries with dark fruits, sweet caramelized sugars, caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some sour cherries with some brown and caramelized sugars, caramel malts, and some vanilla. Through the middle, oak and Bourbon comes through with some raisin, date, and other dark fruits, and bit of sherry and Belgian yeast. The finish is a mix of sour cherry, vanilla, oak, caramelized sugars, dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The sourness of the cherries comes through nicely and the rest of the beer is big and bold but balances nicely.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of denver10
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep caramel, chestnut color with a thumbs width off white head. Aroma filled with belgian yeast giving it a big wallop of alcoholic apples alongside some caramel, woodiness, and alcoholic heat. . Flavor starts off quite harsh as this one packs a ton of heat. As the beer warms up, it improves tenfold though.Things seem to be a huge mishmash of flavors and different phases of this beer all seem to offer their own individual experience. Starts off hot and leathery; belgian type yeast, apples, dark cherries, and lots of woodiness. The second half is much smoother and enjoyable as a nice sweet, sugary, some vanilla and caramel flavor dominates. A thick, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a messy beer. I definitely preferred the 2nd half of this beer over the first half and not sure the 2 phases quites melded together. And also too much heat going on, more age on this is definitely needed. It definitely improves as it warms up though.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on July 20, 2012 in Duvel Tulip

Appearance 3.5
Nearly opaque dark caramel brown with faint touch of red in the head. Pours white inch half head that fades to a thin covering.

Aroma 4
Very complex aroma. Tart sourness dominates. Notes of lemon, faint dark cherry, dark fruits, bourbon and sherry. Soft notes of oak and vanilla. As the beer warms, can really pick up the barrel aged whiskey and bourbon as well as oak even more. It has a quite prominent, yet enjoyable aroma intensity.

Taste 4.5
Quite complex in the taste. Initially some tart slight sourness with notes of lemon and dark cherry and sherry notes that is sharp across the midline of the palate. Initially also get soft, faint toffee malt that fades midway through which adds a smoothness to the palate. Some very faint intermittent notes of spicy and yeasty esters. Midway through to finish, a slight bitterness detectable from the hops. Pick up notes of barrels, such esp sherry, wine, and bourbon, which start in mid-taste and lasts late on the palate. Finishes somewhat dry with a touch of sweetness and vanilla/oak presence along with a lingering sourness. As the beer warms, the notes of the barrel are more prominent adding notes of oak and vanilla. There is slight warmth, reminiscent of the spirits from which the barrels are age from. Very smooth with only slightly detectable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel 4
Moderate thickness. Mild to moderate carbonation. Sharp sour and tart presence initially, which softens midway by presence of barrel aged spirits as well as soft sweetness. Reasonable good coating of mouth and palate. Feels about the right viscosity.

Overall 4
A very interesting beer, quite complex. Hard to know what to make of it. As it warmed it started to come together and I enjoyed it more. The driving force is the sour tart element, but it is balanced but the still quite present aspects for the barrel aging process, particularly that of bourbon and sherry, with less from pinot noir. There is still a contrasting element of sweetness fro the malt as well as a vanilla/oak presence. It would be interesting to see how this beer would change with aging. Ultimately, well done beer although take a little to wrap your head around. I’d recommend trying it.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy amber with off white head. Dies down quickly but has stuck around the top of the beer for the last 20 minutes.
Nose: wood and vinegar, bit of citrus.

Initial taste is mild caramel malt sweetness, fruit follows, then chocolate cherries at the end. Wood is present through the sip. There is a bit of sour at the top and a generally mild acidity, but it's presence in the beer is mostly in the smell. MF is lighter than I expected, especially considering the Matt and Fred.

This is an amazing beer. When I first tried it (ten minutes out of the fridge) I was a little put off, especially considering that it was 1$/ounce. Once it warms up though it really shines. I'm really looking forward to seeing how those bugs work on the sugars in the beer after a few years. Might snag another bottle to add to the one I currently have in the cellar.

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

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark, cloudy mahogany amber. Thin light tan head dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma is vinous with sweet malt and oak. Flavor is well integrated oak, dry port, malt, slightly sour and vinous. Finishes with rich, somewhat sour dark fruit. Complex, but well balanced. I will probably not cellar more than one of these because the sourness from Dissident is not my favorite component. Medium to heavy bodied. Low carbonation detracts somewhat from the mouth feel.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark cherry brown in color with slight brown highlights and a very thin head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely tell there was some character that of a sour such as citrus lemon, oaky, mild funky, fruity, slightly boozy, grapey and hints of acidic vinegary notes.

T: there was a lot going on consisting of cherry, citrus lemon, a little vinegary, oaky accents, slightly funky, touches of brown sugar, and hints of a variety of spirits, mostly wine and vinous.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight fruity, oaky, mild acidic, vinous, very slight boozy, and tart finish.

T: very interesting qualities on the taste but was good and glad to have tried it. I would like to see how the dissident tastes by itself though.

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4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark copper with about a finger of tan head. Pretty good retention--a ring lasting the entire pour--and a few swaths of lacing.

S: A lot of oak barrel and spirits up front, dark candied fruit. Straight up oak is predominant.

T: Again, barrel, wine, and spirits in the forefront, followed by light tartness providing structure.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Good if you like the barrel. Collage is an apt name, and I think it works well within the nebulous strong ale category, given it's complexity and sipping qualities. The sourness is noticeable but not overboard. Crazy price point though ($12.49).

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Certainly going to revisit this one sometime in 2014, but here's what I found at this point:

APPEARANCE: Deep Mahogany with almost no head, maybe a quarter-inch, but it faded quickly leaving just a wisp or two on the surface. It looks a lot like Bourbon Fred from the Wood except not quite as murky.

SMELL: Smells like a Barleywine, actually, a lot like Doggie Claws. Brown sugar led the way with a slight lemon, sourness underneath. A bit of grape must aroma was also there.

TASTE: Like the aroma, this tastes like a wine barrel aged Barleywine. There is something about Hair of the Dog's beers, they all have this delicious brown sugary sweetness and the Conflux is no exception to that rule. A touch of banana lurks in the background along with a lemon-cherry tartness.

MOUTHFEEL: The Conflux could use a little more carbonation, but at least it has more bubbles than the Bourbon Fred. It is smooth and sweet, but not at all mouthcoating. Pretty average mouthfeel.

OVERALL: This seemed to me to be a Hair of the Dog beer that was apparently brewed at Deschutes, which works for me. Deschutes is great, but I just didn't see any of their signature on this beer. Anyhow, it was quite tasty, I'm very glad I had the opportunity to try, but I am excited to get back to it in a couple years to see how it has improved.

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