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RATINGS: 382   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 348   ABV: 11.6%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pours a rosy red with an itty bitty virile head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, sherry, caramel and molasses. Mmm smooth, balanced bizness flavors. Massive tannin overload when cold, but let this sucker warm up and you will be treated with a gift of heavenly proportions. Sherry, figs, caramel, vanilla, and a boat load of oaky tannins caress the tongue without destroying it. Man do those tannins smooth out. I’m going to buy a case of this and age it par the packaging recommends. I’ve imparted in the likes of properly aged Thomas Hardy, Ola Dubh and Lees Harvest Ale, and this is as good if not better than all of them. This is one of those beers you can not pass up but make sure you let it warm up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
355ml bottle. Pours a dark and clear copper with a head that I didn’t have time to grade for colour since it vanished instantly due to the very light carbonation. Aroma is wood, wine, dark fruit and a slight funk. Taste is oaky, wine accented, lightly smoky and a tad sour. More dark fruits near the end and a more lively effervescent palate than the low carbonation would suggest. Finish is a wonderful blend of bitter and lightly sour, slightly hot with alcohol but has all the hallmarks of a beer that will age well. Reminded me very favorably of the Deschutes pinot barrel aged jubelale I sampled last year at the brew pub in Bend. Solid.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
(Bottle) Pours orange brown with a sand-coloured head. The aroma holds pine, wine, bourbon, sherry, vanilla, dill, butter, wood shop, syrup, Swedish Pommac, ginger, spices, syrup, caramel, fruits, bread, mint, and flowers. The flavour is light to medium sweet, medium bitter and light acidic with messy barrel aging, sticky malt, fruits and earthy/light resinous hops. The mouthfeel is sticky and light tart with a light carbonation. Sticky and fruity finish. Medium to full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle at Bomber-o-rama, Göteborg. From a trade with claspada in NYC. Deep amber beer with ŕ small offwhite head. Dill aroma, hoppy, bready, vinous, caramel, biscuits, woody, oak, orange, grapes, apples, pear, fruity, leather notes. Woody alcohol flavor, oak, vinous, whisky notes, cognac. Quite heavy, lots of alcohol and with grapes, floral notes and biscuits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Wow, quiet the ambitious project. I still have not opened the Stoic I bought six months ago. Dark copper with a thin head. Light molasses scent and sour fruit. Sour wood and raisin flavour. I will have to revisit my ratings of the individual beers. Raisin, cherries, hint of molasses or dark toffee and sourness. Interesting, complex. Woody cherry sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle, I don’t know who thought of this, or who put those beers together but it was interesting. The woody front feels like any other oak aged beer, but the american sour feel clears all that out as you drink it... really interesting and certainly potent.. cool to try... once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2567) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep red brown with light head that dissipates quickly. Woody sour aroma reminiscent of a mild geuze but with darker fruity notes. Definite woody oaked, vinous flavor with lots of red and dark fruit (cherry and plums), vanilla, leather, and a bit of spice thrown in. Is this still a beer? I don’t know, but it’s great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5071) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2012
355ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits and heavy malts with some woodiness. Taste is big fruity and malty sweetness with a good amount of hops to help make it palatable. A nicely done strong ale that is a heavy bodied malt bomb that is lightly carbonated and worthy of a sampling.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle in Fonefan room Borefts 4. Thanks Ken. Clear brown colour lasting beige head. Lots of wood on aroma. Some toffee some bourbon. Thats big and hot. Pretty unsubtle. Bit big. Too much alcohol. Bit big

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cgarvieuk (18514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 29, 2012
botle at de molen ... dark copper ... thin tan lacing ... peaty woody ... lightest smoke nose... big big alcohol... im tasting the mix but tasting all the big barrels ... maybe soft toffee fruit backbone

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