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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Couple years on this one now. Pretty magenta with a persistent pillowy head. Nose of sour cherries, sweet malts. Sour initially, with tart cherry, but sweet malts as well. Light tannins of red wine and wood. Sweetness more prevalent as it warms. Reminds me of Sour in the Rye from a couple nights ago, but not nearly as tart. No acetic belly ache from this guy. Dangerously smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5448) - Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a cloudy amberish brown with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells tart and oaky with notes of stone fruit. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Stone fruit is on the darker side. Good, not great; tastes more like a Belgian Strong Ale than an American Strong Ale IMO.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (756) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
12oz bottle pours a hazy brown color with a bit of head. Sour oaky aroma. Slight sourness with nice raisiny flavors.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3246) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
12 oz bottle dated best after 4/30/13. It pours very dark rusty orange color with a small off white head. The aroma is very interesting with raisins, prunes, black cherry, molasses and port wine. Smells vinous and slightly tart/wild. The flavor has great vinous barrel notes with a little vanilla, char, and whiskey. Dark fruity malts with flavors of raisins, dates and prunes provide a nice base. The finish is mildly wild and Bretty and gives an aged port or Madeira impression. My only complaint is that the alcohol impression is very strong bordering on oppressive. Despite this, it’s very interesting and tasty as a great blend and showcase of barrel aging.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (1887) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle into snifter. A ton of oxidation and sherry in the nose. Lots of Some Belgian hints of fruit and such. minimal white head, hazy dark, reddish pour. Taste is kind of muddy with a HUGE alcohol kick and dried apricots, papaya, and mango. As it opens up, the muddled mess seems a little more focused, but reminds me mostly of the Dissident. slightly tart, but not really, just enough to make you think about it. Some leathery character comes out too. Interesting enough.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (3584) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2014
Bottle as shown thanks to Matt. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is rye, candy sugar, and sherry. Medium mouthfeel with sweet caramel, light oak, sweet finish. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maddmatt639 (243) - Pacifica, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
No retention and no lacing. Smells of plums, oak, dark fruit and cherries. Tastes of lemon peel, plums, cherries and grapes. Very boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1295) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2014
12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13. Thanks RusselCrow (peterhazelton). Pours like apple butter. no head, very slight halo, no lacing. Aroma of wood, leather, fruit, cinnamon, dark fruits. Taste is all of that, plus brown sugar, apples, grapes, spice. Once all of that fades there’s just a ton of booze...which is nice...but not ideal for more than a few sips.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjhall89 (36) - - APR 18, 2014
Two of my favorite breweries! Best after date was 4/30/2013 and I drank it on 4/19/2014. Smells amazing, cloudy dark brown with very small light head. Aroma is tart with a little bit of smokey cherry and wine. Taste is sweet and then followed with oak, cherries, wine and maybe some borboun flavor. Lingering taste is very easy. Thanks to my friend back in portland, or for sending me this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1368) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2014
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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