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RATINGS: 359   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
parktravis (10) - - JAN 1, 2014
Nicely aged for 20 months. Smooth boozy flavor. Finishes with a tart to sour note. Deep brown color.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2012
If itís this good now, canít wait to drink it on the best after date! Not sure how they got the best qualities of all these different brews to shine through but someone was working magic. Sour is most prominent in nose and flavor but wonderful Belgian strong esters and dark fruits are there, too. Oak complements an already complex brew with muted whiskey notes sneaking in there. Similar in style to Oerbier Special Reserva but definitely its own unique creation. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harry13 (11) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 13, 2012
poured with very little head and a beautiful dark amber color. Meduim to full bodied with strong alcoholic aftertaste. Deliciously sour! Overall a great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tongatim (30) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Quite simply, the best beer I have ever tasted. I am not blessed with the ability to discern subtleties noted by others such as "very wet wood", or appearance of "fig juice" in the glass. What I appreciate, when wandering outside of a specific style, is complexity, balance and uniqueness---and this had it all. Deep fruity, alcoholic aroma. Deep rich complex tastes which took me through moments of sour Belgian to oaked red, to tawny port to well-aged whiskey, with a lingering complex pleasant aftertaste. A thick lasting head wouldnít have made sense here, but somehow generous carbonation did. Sweet-sour balance. Sweet-bitter balance. Have never paid anywhere close to $12 for a 12 oz. bottle like I did for this. Vowed never to do it again. But I did. Twice more. And counting. The best thing about the price is that there are still 3 bottles left in my favorite bottle shop. Sorry, got to run before they close.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 7, 2012
What an aroma. Strong fruity notes mixes with old paint and alcohol. In a good way. A fairly cloudy orange-brown appearance. not too heady. the only real drawback to this beer. Also some strong molasses barleywine characters in the aroma. The flavor of this is excellent. Fruity and molasses with some chewiness. In a way the flavor really mimics the aroma, but without the hard alcohol taste. Great stuff, but a couple points off for the super high price.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle at Waldos Pizza. Hazy medium brown with almost no head. Caramel chocolate toffee and green apple aroma with hints of cherry and lemon. Tart sour apple caramel and chocolate tastes followed by pasted grain and lemon flavors and finishing with strong bourbon, oak, and red wine flavors. Thick smooth and bright palate. Excellent.

   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. Iím going to buy a case of this and age it par the packaging recommends. Iíve 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (4112) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Aged approximately 14 months, maybe, lost count. Murky opaque brownish like a fuzzy belgian dubbel, with a very thin white head. Aroma is wonderful indeed, with notes of oak, vanilla, birchwood syrup, deep boozy raisin, a bit of something juicy like candied pineapple, and deep boozy caramel malt. Flavor is bright and boozy and amazing. Lovely tones of syrupy wood mixed with vanilla and boozy red wine and whiskey notes, featuring lots of hot plum esters, caramel earthiness, a little young whiskey, and a sweet peach-y fruitiness on the end that is slightly bitter. Wow-wee what a delightful and intricate brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chuckstout (254) - Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Aroma of sour cherries, sweetness, touch of bourbon, lactic, green apples Red candy with a light, mahogany color, clear, with a ring of foam and dissipating lacing. Sweet and sour, with rich malty, toffee undertones, finishing back with some softness and a warming alcohol character, every drink seems to be a different experience all pleasurable. Iím really enjoying this!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (3443) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2014 Epic in every sense of the word. Almost turned off by the price, & still wish this was priced like Deschutes Reserve beers, but it is what it is. Pours like a dark Flanders red. Immediate aroma of tart cherries and sherry. As the beer warms it just gets more and more complex. Dissident continues to be the main player throughout, but the various barrels...bourbon, rye whiskey, wine, cognac, & oak all show themselves, perhaps more so than the other beers in the blend. Mouthfeel is ridiculous... Luscious. No heat whatsoever at 11.6%! Finishes sweet & sour with all kinds of complexity! Definitely a contemplative sipper that should age incredibly well."

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