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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2090) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Bottle.

On the positive side: Beautiful ruby brown pour, with glowing highlights and a limited head. So beautiful. Tons going on in the aroma: apricot and cherry, aged hops, bourbon, toffee. Beautiful flavor that brings out both the toffee and the sour fruit with cherry, ruby-red grapefruit finish. Alcohol fairly forward but still hard to sip slowly, very smooth albeit with a slight burn very late. Delicious, delicious beer. I wonder whether it would age well. 9/4/9/4/16

On the negative side: $12.99 for an 11 ounce bottle? Iím not sure itís worth it even for a beer this good. Too many Belgian competitors below this price point.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2012
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Man is one pretty complex. The aroma is a mix between sour, chocolate, woody oak and tartness. Flavor is a tad boozy but the sour-ness still comes through, which I was hoping it would. A definite sipper for sure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (659) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle. Strong aroma of cherry, whiskey and oak. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma, though the cherry stands out more in the aroma. Pretty complex and should be sipped, though you could drink it quickly without a problem.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle, thanks, Alex. Pours amber, with an off white head. Aroma is malt, brandy, wine, caramel, and dark fruit. Flavor is malt, fruit, brandy, whiskey, alcohol, and caramel. Medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1488) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Dark amber. First sniff is all sorts of barrels and old adam. Old Adam is awesome. Flavor is fun, a bit of old adam, all sorts of barrels, a raisin punch from the fred, some cherry sourness from the dissident. Finished a touch sweet, no aggressive oak tannins from all of the barrels. My only real complaint is this tasted like a beer suicide. It certainly wasnít a bad one though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2012
This is a tremendous beer. I am typically skeptical of mashups of this nature, especially the merits of using so many different types of casks. But there is such quality going into it--I know Fred and Adam but maybe Iíll have to try the Dissident and Stoic, too--the result is fortunately at least no worse than they started with. And it is probably improved by at least some of the cask aging (did they need all six). Great vanilla and woody notes, some bouncy fruitiness, and a warming sweetness--definitely a nice finish. Tremendous beer. (bottle at the Ale Jail backyard beer festival, 2012)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 10, 2012
12oz bottle. Clearish mahogany with a small, spotty, light beige head. Aroma of cherries, fruity bourbon, oak and toffee. Flavor is sweet malt, fruity esters, oak tannin, hot bourbon and a slight sourness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Very interesting beer, has lots going on but manages to come together fairly well. I wish Deschutes would have put Abyss and Mirror Mirror in this instead of Stoic and Dissident though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2012
A clear amber/light brown colored beer, with a beige head. the aroma of vanilla, wood and dark fruits. The taste of vanilla, dark fruits, notes of wood. Hints of alcohol and a little spices. The aftertaste of vanilla sweet, some spices. A little burny of the alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2866) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Best After Date 4/30/13. Pours a medium, well retained, light beige head, with medium lacing, over a clear brown (SRM 30 body......nose is Bourbon, treacle, plum, dried cherry, vanilla, heavy fig.........taste is Bourbon, vanilla, dates, dried cherry, vinous tones, plum, raisin, fig, with moderate Cream Sherry sweetness, very light terpene......mouth feel heavy, sticky, alcohol burn present, carbonation low. This is a remarkably complex, very big heavy beer. To achieve an ABV of 11.6% with this amount of sweetness would have taken a very high O.G. with tremendous loads of malt or heavy adjuncts.The various barrels come through as a group, but it is difficult to tease out each one. This will continue to blend and mellow with time, for now it is an alcohol laden Sticky Toffee Pudding. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3054) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle from brewolf...thanks Michael! Pours murky mahogany with a thin foamy tan head. Nose has some plastic initially, red wine, baking spice, light toast oak, and notes of port, bourbon, and molasses. Surprisingly not overly sweet, as the dry red wine seems to counterbalance any of the decadent sweetness that dares peek through. Some heat. Taste is a little better, but with just as much going on. Lots of red wine, some lightly smoky bready roast, brown sugar, oak, bourbon, and a sweet, sugary finish mixed with more red wine. Vanilla, sherry, port, leather are all there and taking a back seat to the more prominent flavors. Thick and smooth, with enough carbonation to fluff it up. Tons going on here, and I canít wait to revisit this beer through the years. Very interested to see what the flavors turn into. As it stands, this is a nice sipper with potential, even if itís a little unfocused currently.


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