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%
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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kevinator (2443) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Man, this was bold. Strong aroma of wood, sweet malt and whiskey. Nice dark brown bread color with minimal head. Full and smooth palate with a sharpness at the finish. Very complex flavors of dark malts, biscuit, oak, molasses and a blend of whiskey.

Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Straight malt sweetness then biscuit then bitter hoppiness aromas come from this hazy brown viscous brew with a small beige head. The taste is malty and bitter back and fourth till the swill is. Then a tartness and oakieness come out then back to bitter with this one. It's full bodied and packs a punch.

ads135 (4854) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 25, 2015
I hesitate to rate this beer because I think I waited far too long to drink it. If you still have this beer in your cabinet, drink it now (or don’t). It does not age well. I’m sure it was fantastic when it came out, but becomes sickeningly sweet and correspondingly cardboardy.

Braudog (6791) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle, labeled "best after 4/30/13" ... Yet another antique off the Total Wine floor, and at $10 for a 12 oz bottle, an iffy purchase to begin with. This is beer, not jewelry. This pours muddy and murky, and with its apparent age, the lack of any body is to be expected. So is the lacquer character, the alcohol burn and the ultimate sting. I get cherry, bourbon, oak, and a sweet sugary swirl. For those that enjoy the phenomenon of aged beers, this might be a good choice. (#5963, 4/19/2015)

Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
Dark hazy amber colored beer with a beige frothy head. Aroma includes pretty fruity and caramelized. Flavor is sweet, with alcohol included. Bitter long end and oily body with low carbonation.

burg326 (5569) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2015
Poured a deep amber color with aromas of toffee, caramel, booze, light cherry and some light wet oak. Flavors were light tart cherries, booze, some light funk and wet wood. Very nice hid the abv well, could be in trouble if I drank more than one of these, it held up nicely with the age.

PartyFowle (954) - - APR 3, 2015
Collage is the first of Deschutes’ Conflux brewery collaboration series, but is actually premiering second. Conflux No. 2, a White IPA made with Boulevard Brewing of Kansas City, hit shelves in July 2011. Collage was brewed first but took some additional time to age and blend -- two years and more than 100 rounds of mixing and sampling, according to brewers. It’s made up of two beers from each brewery: Hair of the Dog Adam, Hair of the Dog Fred, Deschutes The Dissident and Deschutes The Stoic. To make Collage, the Dissident and Adam were placed in oak barrels that had formerly held Oregon pinot noir. The Stoic was aged in rye whiskey barrels, while Fred was aged in bourbon barrels. Poured into a tulip or snifter, Collage is the color of rosewood, clear but dark, topped with a finger of feathery khaki foam. The nose is a dance between two partners: the Stoic and the Dissident, which lend aromas of white grapes, biting balsamic and a touch of green apple. Oak is huge here, fresh and untoasted. Deeper inspection reveals weird stuff -- pencil shavings and the lightest hint of leather. Were I given beer-naming privileges, I might have gone with Mosaic. It’s like an image crafted of smaller images -- discernible and enjoyable as a whole, but easily broken into its contributing parts when you focus on them. Here’s the Stoic, lending vinous oak, white wine and green apple; there’s the Dissident with dark vinegar and cherries. Adam contributes savory leather and dark fruits, while bourbon-aged Fred delivers toffee, vanilla, grapefruit pith and bitterness. There’s no getting around the alcohol flavor, but it works well here. With the combined strength of these brews and the hefty alcohol content they carry, you’d expect an equally hefty body, but this isn’t the case. The liquid’s actually rather delicate, peppered with just a bit of silky carbonation and pretty well-hidden alcohol. The combination makes the brew surprisingly light and drinkable -- it goes down far more easily than the ABV should allow. Collage’s combination of beers and aging platforms makes for a very interesting sensory experience -- though if I’m being honest, I expected a little more. I think this is too heavy on the Stoic and needs more Adam and bourbon. The bottle advises that it’ll taste best a year from now, so we’ll see how I feel about it after the malts have had some time to mature and the souring yeast takes more hold. VINTAGE NOTES Bottle with a best after date of 4-30-13, enjoyed 5-22-13. The aroma, once packed with green oak, biting balsamic and tart apples, has become smoother, sweeter and more savory. Leather, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate, dark cherries. Damn fine. Bourbon has come more into the fore, which is exactly what I was waiting for. The flavors are better-blended and harder to pick apart. Musky leather is nice and big; smoky oak and morello cherries are as well.

drpimento (3714) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2015
Very interesting beer. Appearance is just ok with a smallish light tan head that soon settles to a ring and island with a bit of lace and a hazy dark amber color. Aroma is a very volatile mix of raisins, prunes, dates, figs, sherry, brandy, toffee, black pepper and a suggestion of peaches. Flavor’s somewhat similar to nose, starts out a bit sweet and finishes in the back of the mouth with a long lasting tang. Excellent body. A beer to be shared and sipped. Well done, brewmasters!

Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
A reddish copper ale with a very thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light cherry notes, light Brett, cork character, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a beautiful complex mix of pinot de charente, alcohol warmth, bourbon barrel, light vanilla, alcohol warmth, well balanced. Bottle shared with Matt and Puhskinwow.

bytemesis (8794) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours crystal clear reddish burnt umber, small off-white head, dissipates quickly, some lacing. Aroma is very vinous, oak, wine, grapes and toffee. Medium sweet, very light tartness, light funk. Oaky and vinous, malty, cherry, vanilla. Medium body, low carbonation. Really nice beer.

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