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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (14347) - 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 (2397) - 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 (4885) - 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 (15314) - 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 (17632) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2177) - 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? I’m not sure it’s worth it even for a beer this good. Too many Belgian competitors below this price point.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattH (660) - 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.

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