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:
814
Reviews:
219
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
273
For Trade:
23
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

I had this on tap at HotD and let it sit. I opened a bottle on 6.18.12 and let it warm as well. Best after 4.30.12.

A - Murky dark brown with a half inch light tan head. Good retention as the head sticks around.

S - Sourness hits you first, then some sweet fruitiness. The finish is booze - not quite bourbon.

T - Sour, then sweet fruit, then lots of booze and oak. All over the place, but in a good way.

D - Mild carbonation and a heavier body.

O - All the contributing beers are there, and very good. I think it will be awesome later.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Bottle from trade. Best after 4/30/13 poured on 4/14/14. Thanks! Pours murky brown with a small creamy khaki head on top. Sour apples, caramel, oak, bourbon, toffee, red wine, booze. Bourbon caramel cherry green apples here? Quite a flavor here. There is definitely a dark sourness from the Deschutes brews, and yet plenty of Fred and nutty figgy toffee caramel remains. Vanilla and bourbon are mellow and accent the many flavors here. Definitely a dry oak presence to finish and some vinous and sherry notes to boot. Big full sticky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. My taste buds are so confused. What a weird combination of beers, yet enjoyable. Like a sour barrel aged English barleywine, except way better than that sounds.

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4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Re-review. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westvleteren Goblet. I've had this bottle for about 6 months, but it is still well before the Best After Date, which is 3 months from now.

Appearance: Pours a deep cherry, raisin color. Very little head, well less than a finger and the head is off-white in color

Smell: Chocolate and cherries are the first aromas to get to my nose, and it is a mouth-watering combination. Some bourbon, figs and malts as well. Terrific smelling beer, very complex.

Taste: Matches the nose very well - chocolate and cherries. Bourbon, cognac. Very complex, malty, figs, plenty of oak, even a tad bit of sourness in this one. Alcohol finishes this one off and ties all the flavors together seamlessly. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouth-feel: Despite the lack of a head, some carbonation is definitely detected and it helps lift this beer up. This is a fantastic beer to chew a bit and has a nice medium-bodied feel to it.

Overall: This one just keeps getting better with age. This is an extremely impressive brew - very different from most beers I have tasted, it's almost in a genre of its own. The chocolate and cherries which have the greatest presence in the taste are so well balanced with all the other flavors and the carbonation keeps this one from being too heavy or thick. This beer is a wonderfully crafted "collage".

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly, rich hazy caramel-amber with just a skim of off-white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Nice sour cherry ...like pie filling, some caramel, bourbon, sweet red wine, wood, vanilla, and some light funkyness. Sweet, sour and pretty complex.

Taste. Sour cherry juice (the quality organic shit), sweet caramel, lots of bitter woody flavours, some red wine. A bit of booze is there. Again, pretty complex.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full bodied, medium-low carbomation. Just a bit warm.

Overall. Interesting mix of flavours going on in this one, but seems slightly rough to me in alcohol and almost a battle of aggressive flavours. I'll look forward to trying it again in a while.

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4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting beer. Appearance is just ok with a smallish light tan head that soon settles to a ring and island with a bit of lace and a hazy dark amber color. Aroma is a very volatile mix of raisins, prunes, dates, figs, sherry, brandy, toffee, black pepper and a suggestion of peaches. Flavor's somewhat similar to nose, starts out a bit sweet and finishes in the back of the mouth with a long lasting tang. Excellent body. A beer to be shared and sipped. Well done, brewmasters!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

12oz bottle $10.99 The price point bothered me but the description just seemed so interesting and hair of the dog beers are always expensive, especially the barrel aged ones. Smells ,like vanilla, wood, interesting, alcohol, booze. Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, definitely a hint of dissident, cherries, and a plastic flavor that could be adam or could be the rye barrel stoic, not sure. I always thought adam had a sort of plastic/band-aid note going so who knows? There is a slight sting at the end from the alcohol and this is definitely a sipper for sure. Not a lot of carbonation but more than the average hair of the dog brew. Overall its quite interesting but way overpriced.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep ruby, one finger barely tan head.

S-Funk, pomegranate, cherries, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel.

T-Some funk from the Dissident, pomegranate, bourbon, wine/grapes, oat, sherry, some bitterness. Cherries, caramel and toffee as well.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O-A wonderful beer, hopefully some age will tone down The Dissident and let the other flavors come through a little more.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Best after 30 April 2013.

A: Muddy translucent Indian red. Little head, no lace.

S: Oh dear gods. Bright fruit, deep spice, impressively strong, almost intoxicating. A brilliant tartness (sour yeast?) skyrockets this one to a 5.0.

T/M: Mmmm, impeccable. Tart fruit (Stoic?) provides excellent top notes with molasses sweetness (Adam?) offering an interesting counterpoint. Light, vaguely carbonated, and puckery. White grape, pear, peach, apricot. A distant discordant note reminds of a homebrewed cider that tasted like rubbing alcohol. This flaw is slight and sporadic, but does knock it down from a perfect score. Strong, but superlative.

O: Truly the sum of its parts. The Stoic provides the bulk of the smell and spice, The Dissident the perfect sour accent, Adam an excellent and abiding sweetness, and Fred some funk and yeast. Inspired a well-executed. Highly recommended.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, $$$$

appearance: served in my elysian chalice, dark chestnut-amber body, creamy beige lace

smell: holy aroma - Fred jumps out first, followed by the dissident. belgian candi sugars, oak, tart cherries, alcohol

taste: "collage" is an appropriate name here - really layered and complex - I have a hard time getting much Adam from this but Fred is certainly vocal. On the Deschutes side, tart cherry and oak reminds of dissident. I'm not sure I ever had the Stoic but I imagine the abrasive mix of booze and sugar is partially derived from that. Tart cherry, lots of belgian sugar, abrasive alcohol bite, yeast, lots of barrel - pinot noir, oak, bourbon

mouthfeel: big, boozy, full bodied

overall: nice stuff, outrageously priced though

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4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
11.6% ABV, Best After 4/30/13

A - Ruby mahogany in color, Collage pours with great clarity and a surprisingly stable off-white head that leaves a ring of Swiss cheese-like suds on the beer but little in the way of lace left on the glass.

S - The huge mess of barrel-aging this beer went through goes a long way in the nose, leading the sense of smell down a winding path of glorious confusion and complexity. Rye spice tickles the nose with sharpness while Sherry fruit and red grape skin tug in a different direction, leaning towards distressed leather. The malty body furthers the complexity with more dark fruit preserves spread over toasted wheat English muffin and sprinkled with brown sugar. With ever whiff I feel I've barely scratched the surface.

T - Despite the deep and frankly intimidating complexity of the aroma, this first edition of the Conflux Series yields a far more simple flavor. Nuances of rye whiskey and bourbon alcohol skim the surface of the tongue, giving way a bready malt beer that finishes with lingering virgin oak notes.

M - Warming alcohol dries out the tongue which leaves a certain thinness on the palate despite the beer's clearly malty heft; a good balancing act that's not overlooked.

O - At first,Collage, the first release in Deschutes and Hair of the Dog's Conflux Series, smells like a barrel-aged mess, flooding the olfactory with too many directions but, as the beer warms and more and more sniffs are taken, it really comes together nicely. It's obviously had some time on it between it's release and my enjoyment but the alcohol is mellow and flavor profile is fantastic.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 814 ratings.
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