Deschutes / Hair of the Dog Conflux No. 1 - Collage

 
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RATINGS: 390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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.

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Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Wow - this beer is huge and complex, especially being so young. The aroma and flavor brings a conglomerate of different notes from all the barrels and styles. The aroma on this particular bottle brings dominant Flemish Red nail polish notes with caramel coming in second then the cognac and oak combined. Crazy. The beer pours dark amber, almost murky, unclear for sure with a white sandy head. The flavors brings cognac, sherry and cherries from the quad combined, oak, bourbon, and tart sour notes as well. This brew is quite complex, all over the place but a nice blend overall of four fantastic berries in a wide respectable variety of barrels. Toss one up for big unique beers of awesomeness for the West Coast!

3.9
radarsock (1207) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Extra from Dak -- many thanks! Incredibly excited to finally get to try. Pours a mahogany sandy caramel brown with a thin, bubbly off-white head resting atop. Its smells explodes from the lip of the bottle, and becomes even stronger when letting it out in a glass: vinous (red wine, lees and French oak), dates, Ritz crackers, Angel’s share, American malt, graham paste, krill oil with some phenolic acid and white grapes. Tastes predominately of apples/apple cider vinegar, with displaying portraits of phenols, acidic blends, booze, and gelatin, however the booze I’d say is rather well hidden.

3.6
KyotoLefty (10610) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle from Maekchu. Pretty red color with lace. Aroma of wood, caramel, raisins, some acid. Sweet and alcoholic, with a bit of sourness, and cherry. Much like a cocktail. Nice tasting, to be sure, but what is it? A hodge-podge that is worse than any of the constituent beers. I’m sick of blends. Especially over-priced ones.

3.9
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Ruby hued brown body. Fruit notes dominate the aroma with some sweet malt notes. Hearty malt body, very doughy with sour yeast character. Figs and currant notes with lots of wood and vinous residue. Vanilla and bit of pepper. No doubt a true monster in ABV, complexity, and unfortunately price.

3.8
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Tulip. Amber color no head. Smell of dark fruits and red wine character. Taste is heavy to moderate sour with notes of sourdough bread, pear, and green apple.

3.5
maekchu (4024) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle. Sharp phenolic nose, some vinegar, a slight chemical note, too. Clear dark brown brandy-like color. A very interesting blend of these four beers (Alan Sprints does this so well). But the distinctive characteristics of each one are mellowed out into a kind of beer soup. The oak comes out clearly in the finish. I do like this, but would really prefer to drink the four beers by themselves, as individual experiences.

3.8
jbruner (5124) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a reddish hued brown from the bottle with no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma of pickle juice, spices, and booze. Taste is sour at first, then a bitter bite, then the barrel age kicks in with a nice burn on the way down. Intetesting, good.

3.1
mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber no head. Taste is slight sour wine barrel. Aroma matches taste.

3.5
Boutip (6498) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a large foamy head that disappeared quite fast. Aroma of sour notes is quite dominating with some brown sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is a weird mix between some sour and tart notes of cherries and oak (Dissident) mix in with vinous notes and some sweet caramel and malt notes. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experiment though not something I would drink on a regular basis. I’m also wondering if I would not have preferred to drink some Fed or Adam on its own and whether this is not a waste of good beer at the end of the day.

3.5
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Expensive bottle. Clear mahogany red pour, bubbly quickly diminished head. Dark red cherry, bourbon, raisin, wine barrel, oak, vanilla, molasses, and mildly sour. Very strange, a bit reminiscent of cherry cough syrup. Lots a flavors, hard to describe, messy, yet still moderately enjoyable.


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