- My Rating: C
Conflux Series No.1 – Deschutes & Hair of the Dog Collaboration, 11.6% ABV – 12 fl.oz., (Bend, Oregon, USA)
on the front-side label:
“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 – Malt beverage aged in distilled spirit and wine oak barrels.”
- Style: (barrel-aged) American Strong Ale
- Taste: Red wine sweet/acidic brown sugar malt beer
- Where I got it : Brewery Creek
- How much: $12 (after 10% off) – 12 fl.oz., December 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite
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 I’m not quite sold on this one. The acidity/sourness doesn’t quite balance out nicely with the brown sugar malts. I must say the high ABV is well hidden though. Brewdog does a better job with their similar style Abstrakt AB:10 (A).