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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
804
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
21.98%
 
 
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Photo of oline73
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours a reddish amber with a nice layer of off white head. The nose is slightly tart with a dark fruit sweetness and a soy sauce like note. The taste is tart but still quite smooth. There is a wine note along with some oak. Quite sweet in the background. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfectly clear deep copper/brick red. Almost no head. Drops to a tiny, tiny off-white collar. No carbonation.

Smell: Alcohol, all sorts of alcohol. Caramel and vanilla loaded with bourbon. Cognac pulls through. Nice rich oak. Touches of red wine. Toffee, deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Dark red fruits. Some cherry, plum, and grape. Straight up alcohol heat. Almost smells like rum in the back. Leather. Mildly acetic. Vague cocoa and chocolate. Sugary sweetness on the back. No hops.

Taste: First, take a shot of bourbon. Sharp bite of cognac and red wine. So many varieties of alcohol. Sweet caramel malt. Worn leather, touches of chocolate. Bourbon adds some vanilla and caramel and toffee. Backing acetic tartness. Earthy. Some backing char and smokiness. Touches of apple, peach, and orange. Very fruity. Floral. It's a massive hodgepodge of crazy flavor. Vague spiciness in the back. Some biscuit notes.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation. Body is smooth, a touch creamy, and hits a nice solid medium.

Overall: Madness? This is Collage.

So much going on I can't really think through it all. 4 complex beers blended in so many barrels makes for an even more complex beer oddly enough. A bit too much without enough melding to truly be amazing.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 1/18/13

Appearance: Medium amber with a lot of brown and red - minimal carbonation - small, white head, leaves some nice lacing despite the minimal carbonation

Smell: A ton going on, challenging to know where to start - amber, cooked, caramelized malts with syrupy biscuits and toffee - basically, every type of barrel imaginable - wood, dark fuits, wine, port, vanilla

Taste: Maybe even more complicated than the smell - cooked, caramelized malts - molasses, toffee, amber malt extract - a range of wood and barrels that I can't quite comprehend - some booze - dark fruits like cherry, grapes - mildly bitter - lightly tart - the barrels are interesting, but the malt complexity may be even more interesting

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, low carbonation, smooth, a bit sticky with a boozy finish (not ideal)

Overall: What... is this?

There's so much going on here, it's hard to make any sense. There seems to be some coherence in the chaos. Despite the number of barrels involved in this beer, it's somehow not overly woody. The malts are interesting. Overall, it's very good, but a bit too noisy.

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Photo of d2daj
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cafe Veloce' Kirkland, WA
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip
Label best after 4/30/13, but Waitress noted they were out of Supplication and said I would enjoy this.

Appearance: gorgeous rich color, deep cherry color surrounded by lines of ambers

Smell: wafts of a dark cherry cordial just popped open or warmed plum tart, light fruity with notes of kick your arse bourbon scent

Taste: wow, what an amazing and dynamic flavor. (to plagiarize from another review) suprising on all fronts-sweet fruit, bourbon woody notes combined with nostril goodness. Flat feel on the tongue combined with scent and then flavor bursts of sour, sweet, more subtle on the sour. Very balanced. Teeter totter of goodness.

Mouth: subtle carbonation, smooth and pleasant

Overall: Boom pow bang up surprise- its a limited offering so not offended at $15 price tag. What a find and pleasure. Real pleaser for one who seeks a complicated menagerie of flavors.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Label says best after 4/30/13, but I just couldn't wait any longer!

Appearance: deep ruby hue with a haze-free body and a light effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. I love the richness of the color.

Smell: now *this* is what a strong ale should smell like. The deep, rich malt featuring plum, raisin, and cherry aromas; the vanilla and wood; the tinge of lactic sourness. Truly a mélange to be savored! Wonderful.

Taste: wow, what an amazing and dynamic flavor. It starts off with a sweet, fruity malt; rather like a quadrupel. Then the more traditional sweet and robust American strong ale character takes over, right as the sourness is starting to kick in. As the sourness mellows a little bit, the wood, vanilla and alcohol come together for the dessert-like finish. The tail end is a subdued sourness and alcohol warmth. What a beer!

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a relatively low carbonation but a good, smooth and almost silky creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this beer really floats my boat. It's a little bit hot on a few counts to be perfect, but it is a damn, damn fine brew. Even at ten bucks a bottle, it's not overpriced.

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Photo of nUgZ
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a medium brown color with a half finger head and decent lacing.

S: Sweet and sour. Nice sweet aromas from the barrel aging along with some sour fruit aromas. Oak and vanilla in there somewhere along with some wine.

T: Very complex mix of flavors here. Too much to talk about, but pretty enjoyable even though it becomes quite sour.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Just finished drinking this and read on the bottle that it's best after 4/30/13...oh well. I almost made it.

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Photo of lighthabit
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a holiday gift from my bro . . .

2012 bottle poured into a pilsner glass - hindsight, would better warrant a sniffer

A: average head dies down to a glass-clinging ring of tan colored foam, fairly good lacing

S: not paying attention to the label, i checked the aroma from the bottle and realized i had something barrel aged - yay! as it warmed, the barrel. scent of bourbon comes through a bit more as it warms.

T: just getting into some of the barrel aged brews, so i am a bit of a noob here . . . but compared to others i've tried, this really makes my nose and tongue quite happy. cherries, and the sense this was well stored

O: oh, i like this. i like this a lot. it really carries the barrel aged badge up front and center, but it's smoother and more enjoyable than some of the others. not terribly complex to my uninitiated taste buds, but what is there is quite pleasing. it tastes like i'm drinking something special, and i want to savor ever sip. not something to rush through

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle I paid $11.84 for. Nearly a dollar an ounce, this had better be good.

A: looks like cola, hazy cola brown. Not much head, tiny little ring of offwhite head.

S: sweet and tart smelling. The cherry shines through, bits of oakieness. Bit of bourbony smell, might be from the whisky barrels.

T: finishes sour like the Dissident. Opens sweet with cherry. Bits of barrel flavors come through, oak and vanilla. the pomegranate(sp?) Isn't very strong, it gets masked a bit by the huge cherry flavor, but dark fruits dominate for sure. The sweetness reminds me of a barleywine but that could be the quad.

M: medium bodied and minimally carbonated.

O: delicious. Not as stunning as The Dissident alone but a really good beer. haven't had The Stoic.

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Photo of rawfish
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium cola brown with light garnet highlights. Needs a vigorous pour to net half a finger of tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

Spectacular aroma off this, a collaboration of fig, raisins, rich vinous fruit, apple, pear, toffee, coffee cake, oak, vanilla, a bit of tart lemons, pine and hints of alcohol. Rich and complex aroma.

Barleywine and quad flavors off the bat, deep vinous fruit, candied dates, toffee, brown sugar and almost a cinnamon apple sweetness that runs smoothly through half the drink until flashes of lemon, vinegar and tart cherries begin to clash with oak, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol that leads to a very creamy feel though brightly tart. Dries very well. Middle of the drink is a little tough as it begin to evolve towards a sour profile, very interesting and delicious.

Mellow carbonation that is very easy to drink, medium to even a bit bodied and though the hops are gone from this brew it's ideally tart and lifts from the palate. Slight alcohol but doesn't get in the way of the complexity of this beer.

A terrific collaborative beer that is imaginative and complex. Artistic in it's making, all the barrel aging and rotating may make the flavors all mesh into one another but it's interesting to see what infinite combination flavors the drinker will be able to pull out while enjoying this brew. Sitting on this about 6 more month will make the booze fade, a sensory experience in a glass.

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Photo of MIA4IPA
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to get a bottle of this collab. Poured a rustic dark hue with a quick fading head. Smell of raisins, oak and hint of booze. Exceptional taste leaves my taste buds chattering. A nice feel of tartness with definitely a rye whiskey end. Really wanted to save this bottle and put a little more age on it but its NYE!! Great collaboration, even though it was a bit pricey a great beer overall!!

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Photo of beagle75
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark amber color with no foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Even-handed dark fruit, wood, spirit, and acids (lactic and acetic) evoke Flanders-style qualities at times. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark vinous fruit and restrained tartness before a brief spike in fusel alcohols. Yeast phenolics are exposed in the middle, eroding somewhat the solid foundation established early. Oak/bourbon/vanilla and honest chewy crystal malt emerge toward the finish, although resurgent vinous fruit lingers appealingly. Alcohol increases in overall influence gradually from beginning to finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and balanced on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A complex beer, with barrel and sour features that add interest--but stop short of being extreme or challenging. Some parts of the flavor profile are excellent, but the taste is undermined by the schizophrenic middle. Components don't quite meld into a seamless product, although the collection of parts are worth beholding.

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Photo of Borz
2.7/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Mohagany color. No head. I poured it in a wide mouth snifter as well as a normal beer glass, both smell sower. The dissident taste is overwhelming and is the prominant taste.
Could not get any clear Adam or Fred from it.
Personally I think it is overrated and way too expensive. 11 dollars for an 8 oz is ridiculous!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to boralyl for this bottle. Split with Amyliz4 between Hair of the Dog and Deschutes tulips. Pours a reddish-brown with a short light tan head that quickly fades to a thin collar. The nose carries quite a bit. There’s an interesting mixture of barrels, with red wine and rye whiskey really coming through. A touch of sherry. Cherry and dark fruits along with some light acidity. The flavor isn’t quite as integrated, with a bit of alcohol taking hold alongside the acidity. A bit rough as it warms, compared to the nose. Medium body. Low carbonation. This could use a bit of time.

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Photo of RollBounce
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Brown color with a red fiery glow, Almost no carbonation smell is so layered and complex. Wild yeast, sweet coconut rum like in the front with herbs and carmel lending to a dusty tart berry and oak finish, and that is just off the nose.
Sweet dusty upfront flavors, with tart fruit. Whisky comes to in the light hop and spice finish. ABV is noticeable.

Overall; Amazing nose!! Can't wait to see this beer age. As i notice after i opened it said on the bottle best AFTER 4/30/13. Good thing i have a few more :)

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.84/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing Andy. Poured into a stemmed glass. This on pours a dark mahogany with no real head to speak of. Nice color.

The aroma is full of mollasses and dark fruits. Reminds me of Adam from HotD. Boozey with hints of toffee. Caramel and dark fruits on the pallet with a bit of (seemingly misplaced) tartness.

The body is full with decent carbonation. The flavor lingers. Overall this one seems like a mistake. Could be something great if it wasn't tart.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks a bunch to SonicAlligator for this beer! Poured into a tulip. The color is dark amber. There is a small layer of medium tan bubbles on top of the body.

This smells similar to Adam; the aroma has a lot of vanilla and sweet caramel malt. There is a bit more fruity hop character in the nose, however.

The flavor really highlights a punchy, grapefruity character to go with the sweet caramel malt flavor. This is especially shown in the finish. There is a hint of tartness in the finish as well. The balance works well for me now, I'm not sure how it would age.

This beer drinks lighter than it actually is. There is a nice fluffy mouthfeel to go with it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Label says best after 4/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a very deep and cloudy brownish amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very big aroma of barrel and tart fruits. Big barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, wood,and some rye. Lots of fruit and wine like scents including hints of tart cherries, apple, grapes, and dark fruits including raisins, plum, and fig. Some molasses and brown sugar. Big malt presence with hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some alcohol. Smell is sweet and tart but far from cloying. A very complex aroma that comes together very well.

Taste: As big, complex, and tasty as it smells. The barrel aging shines upfront with a taste of bourbon whiskey, wood, oak, vanilla, and rye. A big complex fruit blend that is sour and wine like. Notes of tart cherries, apples, grapes, pear, and dark raisins, plums, and fig. Sweet brown sugar and a little molasses. Soft malts with some notes of sweet caramel, toffee, and light biscuit. Some alcohol can be tasted. Tastes sweet but it is also fairly drying and balanced. A very complex taste with lots of subtle notes that are easy to miss. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and somewhat slick. Actually fairly smooth considering how big and complex it is. A little alcohol heat is felt.

Overall: A really good mix of big beers here. The big flavors blend well and avoid becoming a cloying mess. Very well done.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a rich orangish brown with an ample beige head considering the ABV (nearly 12%!). This is a combination of two brews from Deschutes (The Stoic and The Dissident) and two from Hair of the Dog (Adam & Fred). The smell is everything you would imagine a beer aged in Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, new American Oak, and new Oregon Oak barrels would be: complex oak notes mingle with tart fruit and citrus. On the palate it is also big, boozy and tart with oxidized sherry notes, grapefruit peel and cooked fruit flavours.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a murky dark amber with some brownish hues. There is a thin head that raises up and dissipates almost immediately.

Aroma of intense barrel aged notes. Molasses sweetness with caramel and vanilla notes intermingled. There are some slight tart notes in the nose as well. Cherry tartness and some nice sweetness are present. There is also a fresh apple aroma that is present. Some hot booze in the nose.

Taste is a bit different than the nose. There is a strong boozy note to kick things off. There is some slight spice in there as well with some good woody notes. There is definitely some barrel notes with some molasses and dark fruits present in the middle of the brew. The slight tartness isn't as present in the flavor. The boozyness is definitely more perceived in the taste than in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium with complex flavors. Quite intense heat and some nice woody spice.

Not my favorite but interesting brew.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/17/12

Best after 4/30/13

Shared by PDXHops; thanks Jeff!

The appearance is a murky rusty brown with dirty amber highlights. The head is thin; about half a finger's worth and doesn't last long. Retention is half wispy skim and half loose bubbles.

Layers of sourness line the aroma: tart fruit and vinous overtones. Notes of grapes, tart apples, raisins, plums, steeped grains, dank field grass, wet oak, soft bourbon, port sweetness. Musty oak emerges as the beer warms. Hints of alcohol waft about.

Alcohol is much more appreciable on the palate and the flavors are skewed from that of the aromatics. Here, the sourness isn't nearly as prominent; in its place are ramped up sugary sweet fruit notes - raisins, plums, figs and grapes. Charred oak, tobacco, leather. Caramel and toasted bread. Overtones of cherries.

The body is fairly full with sugar and alcohol. However, the feel is not cloying and it has a slight granular underpinning. Carbonation is moderate and well-suited to the overall feel.. Tart fruits, alcohol, oak and toasted sugars linger on the finish.

This is one to let warm up. The tart and sour aspects are most notable while it's cold; as it warms however, the Adam and Fred influence start to pick up steam. Really tasty.

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Photo of stakem
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a matching Hair of the Dog tulip. The brew appears a clear, polished color of mahogany. A rich 2 finger khaki head sits atop and lasts with solid retention from the rising bubbles of supporting carbonation. It paints the glass with thick patches of lacing effect. When held to the light, the edges show more of a lighter orange to almost yellow clarity. Not gonna lie, this brew looks pretty awesome and displays a very nice cap for being nearly 12% abv.

The aroma is tart and reminiscent of the flanders style. Sour cherries come to mind mixed with a hint of apple cider vinegar. The barrel aging is quite prominent in the nose but it carries with it almost a spicy aspect like incense or cedar instead of the anticipated caramel/vanilla smoothness. As it warms up, a hint of vanilla extract comes forward with a hint of caramel and some fruity alcohol esters emerge giving the first signs of that high alcohol content.

The taste is strikingly similar to the aromatics. My first thoughts are of a jacked-up version of a flanders red. Mildly tart cherry mixes with vinegar and a solvent boost of alcohol mingled with some accenting fruity alcohol esters. Mid palate and into the finish is the barrel aging with caramel and vanilla flavors being quite evident. However, just as the aroma indicated, there is a spiced aspect about the woodiness of this brew that leaves an impression of something like incense or cedar.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol initially was quite suppressed but as the experience continues, it really comes out to play. Let me see if I got this right. This brew is a hodgepodge of the Dissident, Stoic, Fred and Adam all barrel aged? I love fred and adam and them going into a barrel makes absolute magic. I enjoy dissident and frown a bit at stoic. For 75% of this beer components sounding amazing, im sad to say that the biggest impression I get from this is memories of drinking stoic with the sour edge of dissident. Fred and Adam seem to have been lost in the background and provide seemingly nothing but a boost of alcohol. Oh well. I really wanted to try this and im glad that I have.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed dark mahogany with a tan head. Strong bourbon aroma, vanilla, lots of dark fruits, brown sugar, and quite a lot of alcohol. A light tartness, heavy oak aroma, some charred wood notes, too. Tastes fairly boozy. Lots of whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Some caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Fairly boozy with a light tartness and lots of dark fruits. Not bad, but not great, either.

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

Pours a hazy reddish color with a one finger white head that fades to just a thin film. The nose is definitely from barrel aging. Heavy oak, vanilla, tart cherry and sour grape weave caramel, toffee, almonds, plums, figs, other wood notes like cedar and birch, dark fruit, slight banana, clove, cardamom, and heavy scents of sherry. Super complex, there are probably 1000 scents I'm missing. The taste is oak and sour cherry, vanilla, grape, apple, dates, figs, dark fruit, booze, toasted almonds, rich caramel, port, grape juice, smoke and a bit of chocolate. This beer is insane. The "Best After" date is 4/30/2013, I can't wait til my other one gets past that. Maybe I'll pick up one more so I can do one year and two. Beauty. Its like a blend of a sour, a stout and a brown all barrel aged in sherry oak casks and bourbon barrels.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a dark but clear brown with a hint of ruby. Small, light tan head fades quickly. Nice legs of lace when I swirl it in the glass.

S: Opens with a wonderfully fruit malt aroma. Figs, raisins and cherries. There is also some sweet and sugary aromas: molasses and brown sugar. Oak and some alcohol are notable and provide contrast to the otherwise sweet beer. A slight tartness in the background.

T: Similar fruit presence as the aroma but somewhat more subdued. Molasses and other sugars are fairly prominent. Alcohol presence is fairly high but enjoyably reminiscent of bourbon. A good dose of oak and vanilla complement the alcohol. The tart aroma I picked up is now substantially more potent, and adds a great deal of depth. There are also some notes from the other types of barrels used. The finish has some red wine characteristics.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for such a big beer. Smooth, slick and slightly sticky.

O: A delicious beer. The tart component really separates this beer from a more standard barrel aged strong ale. The alcohol provides more flavor than heat which is enjoyable as well.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy guacamole. Definitely the most complex beer to have ever traipsed across my tongue. My wife put it thusly: it's like a really good over-sugared whiskey sour, only it's beer.

It pours into a tulip glass nearly devoid of head (hence the 12% alcohol), w/ an odd stickiness on the glass that approximates lacing, but later leaves a crystal clear Windex shine. The aroma is flat-out strange. Like a tart dessert wine that carries an impossible-to-place savoriness that could be mistaken for turning (as in rotting) beef.

Then you get it in your mouth, and it's all over. The puckering sour screws up your salivary glands, causing the mouth to run like a stuck toilet. The syrupy mouthfeel says you're swishing a sauterne or an eiswine through your teeth, while the sweet malt and oaky-bourbon insist otherwise. In other words, the front of your tongue argues with both the middle and the back of the palate, the front saying "ack--sour white grapes!" the others saying "maple-sugar-sweet astringency!"

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.
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