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:
812
Reviews:
218
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
276
For Trade:
25
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

I love this beer. It is very Hair of the Dog, which is hard to avoid I imagine since HotD is such a unique brewery producing such unique beers. Nice woody cherry tones. Very appropriate sweetness (from malts I would guess) and a thorough flavor profile that remains consistent and sweet. This is one of those beers that I want to just drink and say to hell with writing notes.

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 22Blue
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A few people brought this to share, so I don't know who supplied the bottle we drank. Served in a taster glass.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Mostly transparent amber body.

S - Very vinous and Flanders-esque. This may have started as an American Strong Ale, but it's trending towards wild ale, as it's quite tart and sour. Sweetens as it warms, with more of the sweet caramel malts and cognac/brandy coming out, as well as some spicy bourbon and oak.

T - The taste is quite similar, with tart green apples and cherries, light vinegar, and wet, vinous oak dominating initially, but yielding to sweeter flavors as it warms up. Letting this approach room temperature reveals raisin, toffee, and caramel malts, brandy and cognac, and vanilla from the oak. Extremely complex.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, sticky and chewy on the palate before yielding to a tannic finish. Alcohol is surprisingly well-hidden.

D - Not bad, but this isn't entirely integrated. The base beers seem to be slightly at odds at this stage. Nice for a few ounces, but not the most drinkable offering. Should age gracefully as most Hair of the Dog offerings do; will sit on my bottle for another year or so to see what happens.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, dark citrus, slight liquor, and slight sourness. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of liquor, sweet malt, slight hops, dark citrus, alcohol, and sourness. Overall, the liquor flavor dominated the body to a detrimental degree, but otherwise a good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile, thanks. Beer is black / brown, really hazy, thin tan head of small bubbles, minimal lacing, minimal carbonation, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is boozy and sweet. Lots of malt.

Beer is medium in body, mildly hot, interesting beer, very heavy, a little hot, pretty strong, interesting beer. I enjoyed it but it was a little too heavy.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber ale bordering on a sour ale. Tart, sharp cider snap, dried fruit, wine like esters. Smooth and slick mouthfeel, with lingering tartness on the palate. A sipper for sure, with food.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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

Best AFTER 4/30/13. Poured in to Bruery Tulip.

A - Translucent medium to dark amber/brown colour. One finger of light brown head formed and reduced to a thin layer.

S - The Dissident aromas are evident up front - sourness and some tart cherry. Fred and Adam show up in the middle and add some earthy hops, roast and dark fruit with hints of smoke. Some Belgian yeast notes are evident in the background. Plenty of oak is present throughout. Pick up aromas from all 4 beers.

T - Dissident and Adam up front - sour at first with tart cherries, roast, smoke and some sweet toffee. A big oak flavour is present as well. The middle adds some candy sugar, dark fruit and earthy hop tones. Some dark fruit is also present in the background. The flavours of all 4 beers are integrated so well. Fred is most difficult to specifically identify but the characteristics of it are present.

M - Medium body, smooth. Light carbonation.

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Conflux No. 1 (Collage) from Deschutes Brewery
4.14 out of 5 based on 812 ratings.
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