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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 yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a HotD tulip.

Pours a clear muddy amber with an initially fluffy creamy tan head that fades to a thin collar and splotchy lace film with no lace. Very sweet nose: cherry, sherry, oak, caramel, butterscotch, red grapes and vanilla. Flavor is a little more balanced and vinous. Strong cherry and vanilla presence up front with a slightly drying tannic, oak and vinous finish. Medium thick, syrupy body, light carbonation but overall bizarrely balanced and drinkable fresh. Resembles a fresh Adam with cherries and a mild sour, wine barrel finish. Tastes like one of the Deschutes "Oops-ies" blended with a solid HotD offering.

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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 John_M
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the HOTD tasting room.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is intriguing and complex, as I pick up considerable wine and sour, light whiskey, brown sugar and light chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the wine and sour flavor countering the moderate sweetness fairly well. Also, while the beer is not hot or heavy on the palate, one certainly gets the impression that there's considerable alcohol in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, wiht a long, sweet and sour/tart finish.

An interesting beer for sure, but I found the flavors a bit muddled, and I'm not sure the combination of flavors work all that well together. Glad I got to try this, but I'm not sure I can see any reason to visit this one again. Certainly the $8.50 price tag for a 12 ounce tulip glass is a bit of a disincentive as well.

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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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Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Argh, didnt mean to crack this now, was not really paying attention to what this was. Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear garnet hue with a soft, one finger tan head that fades to leave some sudsy clouding and sticky lacing.

S - Wonderful notes of pinot, light spicy rye, and bourbon. The smell of the barrels is just great. Light alcohol, getting a touch of orange peel and toffee.

T - Taste is pretty interesting. So many different barrels here, getting light rye, cognac, bourbon. The pinot is a bit lighter, getting more orange peel, light alcohol. Some slight caramel malts. This definitely could use some age, however, its delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is awesome for this big of a beer. Great sourness line vinegar from the pinot, its a sipper, but a very enjoyable sipper.

O - This is an excellent blending of beers here. Just delicious. Really want to see how this holds up to age.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a lighter burgundy color with ruby hues, nice white cap that fades quickly. Head retentiona nd alacing are minimal.

S: Dissident doinates with elements hoppy Fred dancing around. I did detect some Pinoy Noir and Sherry influences.

T: Immediate Dissident tart cherries with some very light Belgian candy sweetness, smoke, light dark fruit and then in comes Fred and his hop goodness with a pungent sweetness and sticky factor. I detected a litle bit of chocolate, wood, Earthiness, dark fruit but not much. It still seemed that Dissident and Fred dominated with Stoic playing a backseat role. A lacto type bite was really prevelant throughout as was a nice little booze sting and red wine. Adam was noticable but not for long and not a key player.

M: Medium to big body. Carbonation was right on for the style and blend. Sordove tart, creamy, sweet, sour. You call it.

O: Well played. Should age well and it is interesting to say the least. It seemed like a battle royale for dominance and Dissident won.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- Collabration with Hair of the Dog. Aged in distilled spirit & wine oak barrel.

A: Garnet red pour is dark in the glass with a creamy, dark tan head that was moderately lasting. Micro-effervesce creeps up along the walls while the lacing is sturdy and frothy in stickage.

S: Whiskey barrel woodiness, dry alcohol, dry black olives on the nose.

T: Strong whiskey and dark malt, semi-sweetness, black olives, sweet dark fruit, plums, figs, dry gin, tarragon spicing with a spicy bite of dark fruit-alcohol laced barrel woodiness coming on the close. Toasted dry oak and dark caramel sweetness, smooth and silky, dark earthy campfire minearality with some reminces of charred wood.

M: Good carbonation gives this some fizzle for strong dark ale. Chewy dark fruit, full body, nice alcohol warmth all the way down, chewy, chewy, chewy.

O: Outstanding, simply put, great complexity, spicy, dark, sweet with great alcohol contribution. Must try.

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

I've had this beer now three days in a row (FredFest, Wildwood dinner, and release day at the brewpub), as well as tasting the component beers twice. Overall, I'm quite pleased with how it has turned out. Dissident contributes the majority of the aroma, which is characterized by cherries, bright acidic notes, and moderate wood. The taste picks up a bit of sweetness and some fruit, which I attribute to the Stoic, although it's much more refined than that beer. Acid from the Dissident keeps the sweetness in check, and there's a mild hoppy finish (Fred's contribution) plus a decent bourbon bite. I can't figure out how Adam plays into the mix at all. On tap, it's nicely carbonated and lively; haven't yet tried a bottle.

(Sampling the components was quite an interesting experience, although only one treatment of each beer was represented, where apparently something around 30 different treatments overall went into the final blend. The pinot-aged Dissident was spectacular; better than the final product, IMO. Adam aged in new oak had an unpleasant green, sappy flavor, on the other hand. Fortunately, I don't find any of that flavor in the blend.)

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Photo of beertunes
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a barely translucent mahogany color with less than 1/4 inch of off-white head that had very low retention, it quickly settled into a thin ring, and very light lacing.

The aroma was on the subdued side, some tartness and malts were most noticeable, with some fruit and yeast notes around the edges. Whoa Nellie! This beer hit the tongue with a bold tartness that hinted at sour but wasn't. The above mentioned fruit, yeast, spice and malt were all present, just in a more upfront manner.

The body was very good, bordering on great, full and smooth with tartness adding a nice counter-point. Drinkability was very good for beer this strong, it went down almost too easily. Overall, an excellent beer. A must try, it's available enough that if it's not on your local shelves, a trade will be easy to set up.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into tulip 3/5/13 cheers Rutager for the bottle

A darkest of amber with enough clarity to see the other side under the foam, finger of light tan head quickly falls to a thin film but manages to leave lots of random lace

S sour bruin notes hit me first, all sorts of wood, confusing as all hell to be honest, fortified wine, loads of caramel, fruity berry notes, spicy earth, faint funk, a little booze, unlit ciggy tobacco, rum raisin/Christmas cake, complex to say the least. I could drink this every day of my life and even if I lived to be 108 I don't think I'd figure it out

T more booze, less bruin, still slightly sour but not as much as the nose, fruity caramel works well but its just missing just a little something the nose has going for it. still quite complex but the nose was blowing me away

M thick and syrupy with a sour note, soft carbonation, a little heat but its felt in the chest more then your throat, slight tannins and a mild numbing effect, finish is sour caramel and slightly one the lips

O Crazy strange blend that's working well on so many levels, I love a brew that confuses yet impresses at the same time, did I mention that an 11.6% beer should never go down this easy

I sniff, sip repeat, before I knew it my glass was empty. I never figured this one out but I had a great time trying, now I'm buzzed but I think I'll manage. I'm liking the "Best After Date" and I can only wonder how much its improved since last week, really though this ones worth looking for

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Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Greatly appreciate this bottle provided by SatlyMalty! Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Best After: 4/30/13

A- Pours a murky reddish dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that soon dissipates to a thick rim around the edge of the glass and a light sheet of surface foam. Full sheet of non-sticky lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Holy booze fumes, Batman! I can smell the oak and the sourness of the Dissident amid the intense amount of alcoholic, band-aid-like astringency that stings the nose. Also some notes of sherry, brandy and raisin. What have I gotten myself into?

T- Are you kidding? Almost nowhere near as intense as the aroma. Lots of raisin combines with the oak and sherry-like sweetness. The tartness comes through in the finish to round out the perfect balance. The booze begins to creep up as more sips are taken and the beer warms. Some dark fruit characteristic also starts to shine through, no doubt from the Stoic part of the blend. Way too easy to drink, given the ABV. The band-aid taste finally comes in near the end of the drink but is hardly noticeable up until that point.

M- Sticky and oily with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- I wasn't too keen on the aroma, but the flavor is to die for. Super smooth and enjoyable with just about every aspect of each beer contributing to the profile. This is the perfect beer to sip on during a cold February night next to a fire...too bad I'm in blazing hot Miami, so I gotta drink this quick before it gets too warm. That being said, be careful with this one! Cheers.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mostly clear light brown color with off-white, darker ivory colored head. Sweetness, caramel, dark fruits, cherry, berry, oak, plenty of barrel character, blends pleasantly, all on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a berry, sherry, candied pecan type of sweetness. Well done, each of the barrels adds something to this beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to SebD. Thanks man. Best after 4/30.

A - Deep amber and cloudy with a two finger fluffy light brown head. Good carbonation. Spotty chunks of lace and a finger of retention that champs it out.

S - Vinous, port, cherry, dark fruit.

T - Complex for sure. Sweet dark fruits, more port and vinous notes. Great sweet depth. Sweet malt definitely dominant. Barrel aging is there and adds obvious complexity. Honey maybe too.

M - Good carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - Tastes good and complex. But doesn't seem structured. More of a big sweet mess that worked, as opposed to a great complex beer that's world class. Quite delicious though, and a pleasure to sip and explore.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for trading me this bottle! Thanks Hollis!

poured into Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: dirty dark brown bodied beer with a small off white cap of head that drops to lace around the glass. Spotty lace.

Smell: This has a ton of things going on in the nose. The tart cherries of the dissident seem to pop out immediately. A big caramel note is present as well. Lots of barrel notes in the beer as well....wines notes and whiskey notes seem the most prominent. The adam contributes earthy, woody, and leather notes. Fred and the rye barrels add some spicey notes. In general, I am getting alot of white grapes and pears, red fruits, and dark fruit notes. Really busy and complex nose that interestely unique!

Taste: The beer starts off with tarts cherries with a vinous, earthy, and oak notes. The beer has a hint of spice and vanilla and caramel sweetness. The beer starts to get sweet and fruity about mid palate on through to the finish. There is really so much going on in this beer that I cant even figure everything out; when you drink it your like: What just happened? because this beer has sooo much complexity and little nuances mixed with some really powerful flavors like every good big beer should deliver. This beer really makes you think as you drink it. Cherries and oak notes are in this beer from start to finish thats without a doubt The Dissident in the beer. Leather and fig and raisins are Adam's contribution of flavor in this beer. The Stoic gives big fruitiness from the white grape notes in this beer that compliment the vinous notes from the wine barrels. Fred adds to the mildly spicey rye notes in this beer and compliments it well. Very complex beer and complicated beer. If this beer had a gender... it would have to be female because its that complex and difficult to understand.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer has a touch of heat that is warming with a small burn to it. Just enough carbonation to keep the beer from feeling syrupy.

Overall: This was quite a brain child of Dischutes and Hair of the Dog. It had to take alot of effort and skill to blend and barrel age the 4 base beers in all the different barrel treatments the two breweries used. It a tribute to what a bit of creativity can do in the hands of genius brewmasters. Probably one of the coolest collaborations that I have had the privilage to drink. I sipped in this beer and really appreciated all the hard work / skill it took to make this 12oz serving of beer that I am drinking. Named quite appropriately as well. Its flavors even translate well with the name and the theme set for the beer. I love the fact that I have drank Adam, Fred,The Stoic and I can find all three of these beer in this great "collage" of these beers. Wasnt sure if this beer was going to be a big hot mess, but I think its a mighty fine complex beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed tulip. Best after 04/30/13

(A)- Pours a deep mahogany color with subtle crimson red highlights. Produced a nice cap of off-white froth. Solid retention for the style and ABV in mind.

(S)- Ever so slight tangy vinegar sourness meets a rather wine-like dark fruit character. Oaky, with an underlying caramel sweetness. Definitely complex.

(T)- An up front red fruit-like wine vinegar tang. Quite oaky with a heavier maltiness of honey and toffee. Finishes dry.

(M)- A mellow yet smooth carbonation level. I like the playfulness this has with the underlying sweetness all the while being slightly tart and some oaky fruits.

(O)- Having had alot of experiences with Fred, i can see that beer's influence in the underlying sweet malts this has. The slight tart twang plays well with a flanders-like feel to the beer overall. The wine character really smoothes that out and fits well between the sweet and malty base and the tart dark red fruits. A shame this was so limited and expensive since it is drinking quite nicely now.

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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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Photo of drpimento
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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
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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Photo of maximum12
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my lovely & talented wife for picking up two bottles of this while I was otherwise occupied. Working, or watching strippers. I forget which. Wildly expensive 12 oz. bottle split with said wife/procurer.

Pour is ruddy cheeked & a bit darker. The smell is aggressively barreled up, & the barrels were clearly the final resting place of plenty of pungent fruit. Wine is the one barrel that jumps out of the mix. Good way to jump start interest.

Collage bears the heavy burden of a serious price tag & is found wanting. Wine barrels are the only barrel in evidence, & the vinuous feel leads with its head. Sharp sherry/grape are oddly distinct from the barrel & contribute a wry fruitiness. Touch of rye underneath. The fruit really gets in the nose & lengthens the aftertaste. Six ounces is going fast, this is scary/easy to drink for the ABV.

There's beer in here? Tastes more like a nice wine cut with a bit of ale, circa 1284. Aye, m'lord. Pass me anuther. This is a good beer, but the fact that it costs as much as the GDP of Lesotho makes it less attractive.

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Photo of rlee1390
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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Photo of Rutager
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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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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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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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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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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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 805 ratings.
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