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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2803) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3010) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10386) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a small, frothy light tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is dates, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, cherries, cookie and caramel malt, port, and spicy fusel alcohols. Flavor is sweet malt, bourbon and port with vinous notes, dates and plums, alcohol notes, light hops and bitterness with a dry and tart finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rando7 (763) - Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle pours yellow brown with thin white head. Aroma dark fruits and orange with"old ale"notes. Complex taste with dark fruits, pomegranate, red grapefruit, tangerine, mustiness. Finish persistent red citrus with alcohol burn and some of the liquor creeping in. Palate full and mildly carbonated.

Sometimes these combination beers are just a mess but this turned out very well and I like this beer better than any of the individual components.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
12oz bottle pours rutty reddish amber with tan head. The aroma is very interesting as it offers up brown sugar and red wine and then wafting into light notes of yeasty spices, citrus like sourness and a touch of body odor mixed with vinegar. The taste begins with red wine like notes and then it sweetens a tad with molasses before a modest level of sourness and tartness try to come to the surface. Behind those notes I get a sliver of body sweat and vinegar. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
This beer pours a hazy brownish-amber color with a medium thin light beige head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, oak, and malt. Full body with a smooth texture and flavors of sherry, oak, earthy malt and vanilla. The finish is vinous with a tart oaky cherry aftertaste. After dealing with the sticker shock of a $14.99 12oz bottle I am glad this one turned out to be pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1957) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle pours dark and hazy. Nice complexity with oak, vanilla, brown sugar and dark fruit with a somewhat tart finish. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Strong aroma, not entirely food like. Alcohol and flax, sour and old, smokey wood, hospital intensive care, and caramel. Flavor adds a bit of bitter and accentuates the bitter. Not really a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2012
12oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep amber with a thin off white head. Tart aroma with some oak and vanilla. The Dissident really seems to come out in the beginning with some tart fruit. The barrel comes out more in the middle. The finish is really long with toffee and vanilla. I thought that there would be more alcohol, but it was pretty restrained. Medium to full bodied. Very complex beer with a lot going on. Iím glad that I grabbed another bottle to try on the "best after" day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (18184) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody earthy weak funky aroma. Fruity malty oaky caramel vanilla flavor. Has a fruity malty woody caramel finish.

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