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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sulawang (621) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 9, 2014
Visual: Pours cloudy pale beer bottle brown with almost no head, thin ringed retention, several very slow streams. Nose: Soy sauced malts with some fishiness. (lvl-5)-pungency Attack: dense tangy-sour malts Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-dense sweetness, medium sour/tangy, (MAIN) sweet malts, brown sugar/candi sugar, mild soy sauce, red wine grapiness + acidity Finish: oaked malts, soft bitter sweet malted hopped finish. Summary: Hmm.. normally I love barrel-aged beers but Iím not quite sold on this one. The acidity/sourness doesnít quite balance out nicely with the brown sugar malts. I must say the high ABV is well hidden though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (3548) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 3, 2014
Brown murky body, small head. Aromatic and interesting with farmhouse kind if yeast, raisin, woody, aging, concentrated and complex grain bill. Hops to balance and tease. A very big beer and I really like it, even though you would only drink this when in the mood for a strong taster. Like now. (33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Simon of La Cave ŗ Bulles many thanks!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (969) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle pours murky brown with low head and carb. Aroma is oaky whiskey with some sweet malt. Taste is sweet booze oak with a nice tart wine finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1297) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2014
12 oz bottle, best after 4/30/13, bought 5/17/12. Pours hazy reddish amber with a small creamy off white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is some oxidized sherry with some fruity oak and alcohol.

The flavor is figgy vinous fruits, vanilla, oak and some strong alcohol and slight oxidation. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, aging helped this one. A nice flavorful aged beer - tastes like an older English barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx76 (627) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle 2012 - pours dark amber with little to no head. Nose of bourbon, malt, wood, and booze. Highly carbonated. Taste is complex blend of bourbon, plums, sugar cane, and warming booze. Perfect on a cold winter night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1373) - Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2014
From bottle bought summer of 2012, with Best After 4/30/13 designation. Deep brown color with amber hue and little to no head. Aroma is dark cherry, oak, yeast, smoke, and prune, with some tartness. Taste is black cherry, prune, Belgian candi sugar, oaked smokiness, bourbon, molasses, and tart yeast. For a blend of so many beers, it mixes well. Very mellow warming finish for such a big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgb9348 (4740) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Very nice muddied brown coloured body with a thin, oily tan head that fades fast and some nice deep copper and brown tints when held up to a light. Aroma of a ridiculous amount of complex notes, mostly sugars. Oak, sour grapes, cherries, vanilla, pit fruits, raisins, figs, earthy malt, caramel and licorice are all noticeable. Medium to Full-bodied; Very complex flavour as well with some minor sour notes starting it off showing cherries and grapes then changing to a large alcohol and caramelised sugar flavour with figs, brown sugar, earth, toffee and a little vanilla at the end. Aftertaste is very nice with the warming hit of the alcohol all with the complexities throughout, also showing some light spices at the end and a hint of oak and bourbon. Overall, a very nice beer - iím glad I gave it some time, it seems to be quite mellow and very complex throughout. Definitely worth getting if you can find it and of course, if you can afford it - this isnít cheap, and it flew with me all the way back from Honolulu, but this was easily worth the price and the ~5000mile journey back home and into my stomach. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Collection in Honolulu, Hawaii on 10-December-2012 for US$13.95 sampled at home in Washington on the opposite end of this fine country on 23-January-2014.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Westchesterco (953) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
On draft st independent ale house it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is of vinegar the taste is of cola that leads to a strong raisin flavor with a hint of sherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3272) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2014
On draft at the Indpendent Ale House in Rapid City SD. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with an ecru head. Tart apple aroma. A melange of vinous flavors, oak, and bourbon notes. A somewhat strange mix of flavors, which did not immediately grab me. Tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4707) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2014
31/XII/13 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - best after: IV/30/13 (we obeyed!) (2013-1211) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear purple brown beer, small aery light beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, fudge, milk chocolate, fruity notes, dried fruits, alcohol. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sour, from the first sip till the last. Also very spicy, alcohol, liquor, red wine tannins, bitter hops. Aftertaste: alcohol, spices, caramel, sour touches, overripe banana, bourbon (?), very sour, bit dirty, infected?

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