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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 axeman9182
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a "best after" date of 4/30/13 (patience was never a strong suit). It was allowed to warm some before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Collage pours a deep, murky mahogany. There's about a finger and a half of light tan foam that coalesces atop the beer. Head retention is decent, and lacing is very much spotty. On one hand, I absolutely love the nose, but at the same time I don't want to give it too high a score because it's really all barrel. There's tons of vanilla and coconut and oak and spirits (bourbon especially, but some sherry as well). Nothing in the way of the underlying beers really shine through. The flavor profile is a little bit better in this regard. In addition to all the previously mentioned barrel aged notes, there's a little bit of dark fruit blended in with the sweetness. The oak then faded in to a lightly tart finish. It's all just a little rough around the edges and boozy right now. Considering the prolific amount of sweet flavors, the body, while definitely firm, is not at all syrupy or chewy. I actually wish it leaned a little bit more in that direction. The carbonation is very much on the subdued side. I'm glad I finally got around to try Collage, I really enjoyed it, though it is a bit young. I definitely plan on trying to get a few more bottles to lay down for a little while.

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Photo of litheum94
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best after 4/30/12. Reviewed 6/27/12.

Pours a deep, deep red that is densely dark but shimmers in the light. One-finger tan head. Quickly fizzles out to a scant cover.
Very complex aromas of tart cherries, oak, cedar and dark fruits. Very spicy, like sandalwood. Tannic, red wine tones. Malty, old ale tones upon deep inhalation.

At first, it's really hard to even tell what's going on here, there's so many layers of flavors. The Stoic thread pops up first, with some bourbon barrel and earthy sweet Quad-like flavors. Vinous, red wine flavors pop up, with some tart cherries (Dissident). Smoke and more barrel flavors come in, with some peppery flavors (Rye from the Fred?). Rounded out with the faintest tones of dark fruit and Old Ale mouthfeel from the Adam.

Wow. There are four distinct beers here all making their presence known, and a ton of different barrel flavors. At first sip, this drinks like a clusterfuck. But then things settle down, and you see how all these threads kind of interlock together. A bold experiment between these two breweries for sure, but it works for me. Can't wait to see how this ages.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stated, best after 4/30/13!
Unfortunately did I discover this too late.
It poured dark hazy mahogany brown and produced a creamy tan head! About one and a half fingers high. The retention was ok, and there was some lacing.
The smell was all the barrel flavors which were mentioned in the beer description. Almost made the beer smell like medicine.
The taste was much more complex. Even so the barrel flavors were very strong, some dark fruit flavors and a good dose of earthy hops gave it more balance. Towards the end there even was some tart aftertaste, which I found charming.
A very interesting beer, which I need to get my hand on once more,to let it properly age.
Great job!!!

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Photo of Murrhey
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of korguy123
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
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 yamar68
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from overpriced 12oz bottle to Duvel snifter, best after date 4/30/13:

Pours a deep dark ruby brown. Expanding off white head that sticks all over the place. Looks like a big one...

The nose is peculiar... toasted bread, figs, nuts, caramel and/or toffee, something spicy, something boozy, obviously a lot of flavor notes at play here.

And it packs a punch on the tongue - cherries or dates, molasses, booze, tartness warms the back of the tongue, raisins, subtle coffee, licorice, this beer is all over the place in a good kinda way.

Certainly a sipper. Dollar per ounce good? Not at the moment. I'll let the others hang out downstairs and see what happens.

Strange brew, killin' what's inside of you.

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Photo of themind
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wham! Pinot Noir leads the pack in this BA experience. The beer is good and I would buy it again if it was available and not $12.00 bucks a 12 oz bottle. Pours a very small head, has a very random interesting aroma but the Pinot Noir is really up front. The taste is the same. Mouthfeel has a light crisp carbonation. Over all this is good.

Bottom Line: This is a interesting, good tasting brew!

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little early for this beer but I had to try it into my Duvel tulip.

A - A nice finger of light beige head which falls at a moderate pace. Body is clear but a very dark amber. Some good lacing.

S - Sour and dark fruits. What is that scent? Cherries, grapefruit, and lemon.

T - A complex beer for sure. Dark and a little sour. It has more than just fruit, maybe some bread. Blueberry, cherry, and prune. Some wine flavors. There seems to be a slight off flavor that I think could come out stronger when this ages. I will need to keep an eye on it.

M - Very heavy and good carbonation. So complex it is hard to see this any lighter.

O - Wow there is a lot going on. I think this could change a lot over time and it will be interesting to see. Maybe have one of these every 3-6 months. But it is good right now.

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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 Kevlee722
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, a deep burgundy with lighter ruby highlights around the edges. Bottle says best after 4/30/13, but I'm too curious... Nice creamy head with lace sticking to the glass. Lacto on the nose, dissident leads the way in the aroma. A faint scent of bourbon and pinot show up from the barrel aging , more caramel and cherries. Taste is much like the dissident with a bit more sweetness and light hops. Pinot, bourbon and sherry play on the palate in the finish. Very tasty with just a hint of alcohol burn on the back end which is nice and dry. Carbonation and mouthfeel are spot on, medium thick but not chewy. Very drinkable for such a big beer.
An awesome collaboration from two awesome breweries. This will be interesting to revisit with a year or two on the bottle.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many thx to Thijs for opening this bottle

Poured into a westy 12 tastinglass

A - hazy brown to amber, thin tan head, small amount of bubbles.
the red color really comes out when held up to a light

S - sour and bourbon vanilla, with sweet malt to even the two out

T - You get a bit of sour up front, then a little booze, then oak and bourbon. Very tasty, all of the flavors are big, but very balanced.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, full carbonation.

O - This is a really good

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter: Pours a chestnut body with orange-ruby highlights under a thin but solid island of light tan foam with a little bubbly collar.

Smell is serious & complex. Starts with cherry & oak, then comes some bourbon, then some port, then some dried orange peel, then raisin & cocoa, then alcohol, then pear. And it's barely warmed up yet.

Starts kind of the same in the taste: sour cherry skin, oak, banana chip. A tart astringency like plum skin shows up, more woody barrel taste, then a big, dry red wine character. Some caramel & green apple together. Some peatiness shows up, wrapped around a sweet barleywine-like heat.

Big mouthfeel, full but not really chewy or viscous. Sips easy but has some heft on my tongue. Leaves a significant trace of its path, with some sweetness & tannic oakiness. Pleasant, soft burn from the booze.

I'm pretty impressed with how this turned out. I'd had some a year ago & it was so unwieldy, just too many things stacked too high. Can't say it 'melds' into one cohesive unit, but all the components weave in & out of each other & interplay really nicely. Doesn't 'blend' so much as 'jam'. Really well done.

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Photo of jbuddle
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep burgundy red, clear, no head at all. First whiff was acetone and mild brandy. As it opens up, the acetone disappears and is replaced by a light acetic note, and the brandy and bourbon come out with some vanilla and oak. Miles of complexity in the nose.

This is hard to pin down. Waves of flavor come across - a lightly sour acetic flavor hits me first which washes into a very vinous port. I get a bit of sweet caramel malt but it's well balanced by the lingering tartness. Finishes tart and pretty dry. Nothing stands out, it's blended superbly. A bite of booze on the back end and warming.

Mouthfeel is perfect, light carbonation, medium body. Actually kind of complex - it feels slick and buttery at first but goes down dry. Excited to see how this develops over time.

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

What an interesting and delicious beer. Pours garnet/brown in color with a significant tan head. No sediment at the bottom of the bottle so you can pour the whole thing into your glass with confidence. Smell is quite complex. Tart black cherries, Cabernet, and vanilla, among other things. The taste is even better. Again, the black cherry, cab and vanilla are present, as well as the various other spirits in which these beers were aged. Light sourness that is nicely balanced against a sweet malty whiskey barrel aged backbone. So a good sweet and sour quality going on here. Body is on the thicker side of medium with ample carbonation that makes me thankful Deschutes had some say in how this beer is carbonated. Overall, one of my favorite new beers of 2012.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep amber with a thin off white head. Tart aroma with some oak and vanilla. The Dissident really seems to come out in the beginning with some tart fruit. The barrel comes out more in the middle. The finish is really long with toffee and vanilla. I thought that there would be more alcohol, but it was pretty restrained. Medium to full bodied. Very complex beer with a lot going on. I'm glad that I grabbed another bottle to try on the "best after" day.

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

2012 vintage ("best after 4/30/13"); drank 5/2/16 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; strong lace.

Red wine, dry oak mild dark caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark cherry, dry oak & soda effervescence up front; red wine heat on the finish. Unique, wood heavy & red wine forward, this was very good but not quite great. Worth a quaff.

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Photo of LouZ
1.89/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Poured 12/26/14 from a 12oz bottle. Color is deep copper, almost brown, with a sliver of head and light bubbles. Smell is not overly strong, but I'm getting a hint of barleywine and whiskey. Taste hits me like a punch to the face: little at first, but then you get slight whiskey that develops into a wine flavor; definite booze punch that is tronger here than in some others I've had with as much or more ABV. There is an alcohol burn here. This beer finishes very tart, sour; which ruins it for me. This is not my style, and I did not do enough research to determine this is what I was getting. Feel was fine; carbonation was still strong with a dry finish. Sours just are not my deal, but I imagine those who enjoy them will love this.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
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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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in my Lost Abbey tulip. Reviewed from notes I took last night.

Aside: Scoring this beer is difficult so read the review.

A: Ruby red in low light. Thin rim of lacing after I let the beer settle. Don't really get a lot of legs on the glass.

S: Dissident through and through. Pinot noir grapes, tannins, oak, cherry. This is vinous to the point where it would be at home in the wine tasting rooms in the Willamette valley.

T: Sweet and sour. As tart as the nose is, there's a remarkable presence of the other beers here. Cherry, acetone, pomegranate, cranberry. As this warms up, I get more pepper which I'd guess is from the rye whiskey and leather which I'd attribute to the pinot noir and the Adam. Definitely some funk here. After letting this sit, Fred starts to show up with its caramel/toffee sweetness. In fact, the Hair of the Dog beers are both really evident to me after about 10 minutes, but only if you let the beer sit on your tongue for a few seconds.

M: Well carbonated and prickly. No faults here, especially considering the density of several of the base beers. I also have to tip my hat. There's no alcohol hit at nearly 12%.

O: This is very, very complex. It's very easy to spend a lot of time contemplating the skill it took to make and blend this, and knowing Alan's tendencies towards sours, I'm not surprised at how this tastes. If you liked Fred Flanders from the Wood, or for our non-Oregonian friends, Earthmonk, this will be right up your alley.

But...This is really Dissident and friends, and as such becomes very difficult to score. I like it more than Fred Flanders and Michael, but at the same time, I'm leery of putting this over a 4 overall. It is a totally unique experience, and there's going to be a wide range of reactions, but I think a number of people are going to be let down that this isn't so much more after the interminable 2 year wait. This is my current position; my opinion continues to change when I think of what I drank.

Who knows what this is going to be like in a year, either. The other 3 beers in the blend could blossom, or the wild yeast could swallow this mixture alive.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip. I waited till the "Best After Date". About 50 degrees.

Appearance- Murkey brownish/amber. Looks like Dissident mixed with Adam. I honestly can't say it looks "good".

Smell- Once again, it's a mix of Dissident and Adam. Sweet, malty, oaky, pannepot(y), berry tartness, chocolate. Smells beautiful, but absolutely all over the place.

Taste- Tart on the tongue, but then Adam and all of its Pannepot(y)/quad-like flavors come in. Big cocoa, candy sugar, oak, light booze, caramel, stone fruits. It's got it all.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation, very light tartness on the tongue, super light booze (surprising for the ABV), medium viscosity, medium body.

Overall- Crazy beer. Dissident and Adam foremost, but quite the interesting beer none the less. Maybe I should've saved it till winter, but beer is for drinking.

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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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Photo of Phocion
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated "Best After" 4/30/13. Poured into a tulip with a dark brown color and mahogony highlights. Small foamy beige head with moderate retention that settles into a thin crown and moderate lacing.

Aroma is massive and very complex. Huge barrel flavors abound. Dark cherry tartness combines with a big rye whiskey aroma. Woody. Vinous and a bit of cream/oloroso sherry-like sweetness and nuttiness which also imparts just a touch of oxidized character. A bit of brown sugar and vanilla.

Flavor is just as complex as the nose. Heavy BDSA-like candi sugar dark fruits combine with a pinot noir-like cherry, presumably from the barrels. Light sherry-like oxidation. Tart and very mildly acidic flavors cut through the heavy sweetness. Whiskey flavors linger but don't overpower. Slightly dry, earthy, woody finish. Alcohol flavors surprisingly muted considering the whopping ABV.

Heavy body and relatively low carbonation. Thick, chewy mouthfeel, but not cloying. No astringency. Very warming alcoholic feeling.

Wow, this beer has a lot going on. A blend of four big beers isn't enough, so Deschutes just had to stick it in multiple barrels. Currently it's drinking very well, with all the barrel and beer flavors blending very smoothly. Sweet, dry, and tart flavors all combine to give it a phenomenal balance for such a complex and big beer. Sherry, bourbon, rye, and pinot noir barrels are all noticeable but none overpowering. This was definitely a treat.

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Photo of tut2528
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured into Bruery snifter
big thanks to Beachstrength49 for this one!

A: deep caramel brown, with a subtle tint of ruby red when backlit. the pour created almost no head formation.

S: whoa! definitely not what I was expecting. Big sourness right up front, musty woody oak follows, with some alcohol (but not much). there's a hint of dark fruits, som e malty sweetness and an ever so slight hint of vanilla beans.

T: immensely sweet, yet tart at the same time. big Flander qualities really come through here. big malt, oak/wood barrels, tart cherries, vanilla finish. there is so much going on, and with every sip, a new flavor aspect is noticed. definitely one of the most palate changing beers I have ever had.

M: lighter side of medium bodied. and again the Flander aspect really takes hold and prevails in this aspect of the beer.

O: really don't know what to think about this. and the complexity is off the charts. this is extreme hard to lock down. its good, but there is so much going on that I feel that its off balanced. definitely glad to have tried this collaboration beer and, once again big shout out to Beachstrength49 for this one.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recommended to me by a professor from a local college. At a retirement party, neither one of us knew the other was into craft beer, but when one went into the conversation, the other followed, and this recommendation was one of the results. The price is exorbitant, almost robbery at $10 for a 12oz. bottle. But sometimes in life, you get what you pay for…..side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance – Pours a beautiful deep mahogany/burgundy color with almost no head at all. Despite this, it still leaves lacing, and some carbonation can be observed inside the glass.

Smell – Complex, but unlike almost anything I have ever smelled. Rye, whiskey, red wine, leather, barrels, some fruitiness, and sour. It is certainly one of the most unique brews I have ever smelled. Very interested to taste it.

Taste – Follows the nose rather closely. The dark, sour fruits come up front, but there are certainly notes of bourbon and red wine. It is amazingly good, it’s like beer, bourbon, and red wine (a few of my favorite things) all mixed into one fantastic concoction. The three wise men. As was intended, this a complex, difficult to describe, very layered and strong taste. Not for a new craft beer drinker.

Mouthfeel – The alcohol is certainly detectable, but what do expect at an ABV of almost 12% in a beer aged in bourbon and wine barrels? Very smooth, lightly carbonated, finishes tart with a bourbon kick. Outstanding.

Overall – I believe this to be an outstanding beer, and I am glad I paid the outrageous cost to get one of the bottles. The science and art behind mixing, matching, blending, aging, and then producing this beer was downright ridiculous, and I am glad I got to sample the creation from these two breweries. Absolutely not for a new craft beer drinker, this beer can easily overwhelm a palate, even on an experienced drinker. It is one of a kind. I would like to see what some aging inside the bottle does to this one, but I was way too anxious to try it for all that. I will be writing my professor friend tonight and congratulating him on an excellent referral.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 810 ratings.
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