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Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing join forces to weave The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. Damn. Beer is fun!

Conflux No. 1 - Collage is the second release in the Deschutes Conflux Series. These beers were brewed in March of 2010. One hundred percent of these beers spent two years aging in a variety of oak barrels: Rye Whiskey, Cognac, Sherry, Pinot Noir, Bourbon, used American Oak, new American Oak and new Oregon Oak.

Less than 200 barrels of this intelligent blend was produced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9273) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 355mL. Pours a hazy mahogany with decent yellowish foam. Nose is really nice American bourbon with coconut, butter, mild sweet tomato paste...moving to cedar, dusty attic, black peppercorn.. just a bit too much sweet pickle. Maybe even tamarind. Really opens up into something special. Taste is really suberb- tart, barrel forward, German chocolate cake, red wine, spicy wood. Rich dessert profile. Complex, dark fruits, lots of barrel complexity. Really easy to enjoy. Dense, spicy, tannic, sour palate is superb. Give this beer so time to open up and breathe, it is very complex and delicious. A treat to be savored. One for the cellar for sure. My future mother in law liked it and she never likes beer unless it is Russian River. Fiance’s rating: 4.1-4.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Really liked the slightly tart/ sour note of this beer. Carbonation was a tad too high, and the alcohol was a little much for me. Overall a goo dberr, but not a home run for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Sherry colored pour, aromas of red wine, bourbon, oak, cherry and. A ills notes. Very complex aroma. Boozy, cherry wood, bourbon, vanilla with twangy finish. Big complexity. Very nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle from secret santa, clear amber orange with no real foam, excellent aroma of cognac and wine, parmesan, earthy, flavor is a bit sour with bourbon, red wine, vinegar, great balance and body with tight bright finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Quite simply, the best beer I have ever tasted. I am not blessed with the ability to discern subtleties noted by others such as "very wet wood", or appearance of "fig juice" in the glass. What I appreciate, when wandering outside of a specific style, is complexity, balance and uniqueness---and this had it all. Deep fruity, alcoholic aroma. Deep rich complex tastes which took me through moments of sour Belgian to oaked red, to tawny port to well-aged whiskey, with a lingering complex pleasant aftertaste. A thick lasting head wouldn’t have made sense here, but somehow generous carbonation did. Sweet-sour balance. Sweet-bitter balance. Have never paid anywhere close to $12 for a 12 oz. bottle like I did for this. Vowed never to do it again. But I did. Twice more. And counting. The best thing about the price is that there are still 3 bottles left in my favorite bottle shop. Sorry, got to run before they close.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Wow, this was better than I expected. Pours dark amber with a copper hue and has a small beige head. The aroma is very malty, bready with dark rich caramel, dark berries, sourness and red wine. Quite interesting - more sweet and malty than sour, but the sourness is very noticeable. Medium / full body that’s a bid rough and has fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor starts much like the aroma with lots of emphasis on the wine and berry traits and the thick malt is very present in the background. The finish adds spice, more malt, some Belgian yeastiness, but not too much. Really well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sumonation (94) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle 07.12.12 Visual: Pours a red beer with almost no head. Aroma: Fruity (cherry), sourness, and hints of oak, winey. Taste: Tart, cherries, plums, wood. Visual: Aroma: Taste:

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
12oz bottle. Reddish brown body with a slight off-white head. Complex aromas - bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, vinous. Flavors of caramel malt, wood, bourbon. Glad I have a couple more bottles to try over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12 oz. Two of my favorite Oregon breweries. Interesting beer. Strong nose of cherries, sourness, and hints of oak. Pours murky mud with almost no head and light carbonation. Flavor is complex like most HOTD brews. Tart, cherries, plums, wood, etc. A hard alcohol burn, definitely a beer that requires sipping. Not my favorite, but give an A for the complexity of the beer. I do believe this beer will be better as it matures.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3527) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Thanks Long for sharing this. Enjoyed at 55 F in a tulip.

A - 3 finger off-white head formed and then faded slowly. left behind some nice lacing. Burnt copper and gold. Looks like fig juice in the glass.

S - Tart Cherries and Cider Vinegar on the nose. This is followed by malty oaky sweetness.

T - Okay. this is very interesting. Tart for just a moment...ripened cherries and peaches but this is immediately followed with a strong tawny porto taste and charred oak, heavy on the cherries, raspberries and grapes. Musky and big burnt brown sugar sweetness and a banana thrown in. Lots of flavors at once but the tawny porto dominates the taste.

M - Medium body, light carbonation and a huge boozy alcohol burn in my chest as I drink.

O - I should have read the description before reviewing this beer. I expected a sour. What I got was a weird combo of all kinds of barrels. What an interesting beer with tons of depth and complexity.

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