Happy Family Day to my fellow British Columbians!
This time round I opened my May 2012 bottle of Conflux Series No. 1 (Collage), a collaboration between two Portland OR brewery mainstays, Deschutes and Hair of The Dog. Described as a weaving of “The Dissident and The Stoic and Fred and Adam into an artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy” this 11.6% strong ale was a perfect candidate for cellaring.
Conflux pours a slightly hazy copper colour with some off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin skim and sticky lacing. There is good carbonation to this beer. Pretty liqoury on the nose with rich dense malt and dried red fruit. First few sips are viscous with lots of oaky character, sweet caramel and tart cherry flavour. As other reviewers have mentioned this beer, at this age, has a port like character. A really warming beer and the ABV has probably gone well beyond the 11.6% it started out with. There is a lot of complexity in this beer as it merges different styles, which works in its’ favour. As this beer opens up you get a slight funkiness and a bit of sour anchored in a medium bodied strong ale. The finish is slightly harsh with a burnt sweet taste.
Overall, I really like this collaboration. I think these beer work well together creating something to challenge complacent palates.