Conflux Series 2: Collage | Deschutes Brewery

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Conflux Series 2: CollageConflux Series 2: Collage

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This second version magically blends:
The Abyss (100% aged in Pinot barrels)
The Stoic (100% aged in Pinot barrels)
Hair of the Dog’s Fred (aged in American oak and rye whiskey barrels)
Doggie Claws (100% aged in cognac barrels).

Added by WCKDVBZ on 10-05-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Thorfinn960
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERdedCharmer
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally enjoyed this beer I got back in 2016.
Served in a snifter glass.
Opened up to flavors of vanilla, smoke, tobacco and a hint of raisin.
Perfect pairing with a great cigar at the end of the night.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours dark brown with a thin off white head head. Very light lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, raisins and cognac.

T - The taste is brown sugar, caramel, plums, raisins, dark cherries, vanilla, oak and cognac.

M - Mdium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Great beer with so many different flavors going on. Delicious and definetly worth the price.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown with some mahogany highlights topped by a finger of light tan head which quickly fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Really interesting nose on this one. Tons of wood to get through. Nice fruitiness with some chocolate and caramel. It almost smells like pine needles and pine tar. Nice vanilla note along with some roasted malt as well.
T: Taste is fairly woody before the fruit and spice kicks in. Nice roasted malts and chocolate along with some caramel and vanilla. Slight cocoa powder and some definite red fruits that are slightly jammy. Really nice woodspice that reminds me more of a wine than beer. On the swallow we get cocoa powder, currants, roasted malts, and some drying oak.
M: This is a full bodied beer with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but it is definitely adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish from the ABV.
O: Overall this beer is tricky. Really complex flavors that are tough to decipher. Well integrated and combined but definitely a challenging drink. It definitely rewards the experience and the alcohol is well hidden. I'd say this one is drinking well right now but this could probably go a little longer and not lose anything. This beer may be a little too woody for some people but I'm definitely enjoying it.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
3.69/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sandalwood, raisin, and rum. Heavy bodied, low carbonation and sweet. Makes for a solid and complex strong ale. I prefer others in the style, but this is good.

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Photo of PprBurke
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of woemad
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz wax tipped bomber purchased, I believe, at the Yoke's on Foothills Drive nearly two years ago. Bottled on August 1, 2016. Unlike most of their waxed bottles, this was super easy to get the cap off. I'm all in favor of that trend continuing.

Poured into a Selkirk Abbey Belgian-style glass, this was the color of mahogany going in, but assumed a nearly black color once occupying said glass. Decent sized, khaki colored head for such a high alcohol beer.

Initially, the nose was entirely dominated by the barrels it was aged in. Big, woodsy, vanilla oak notes, with a bit of molasses and brown sugar thrown in.

Whoa! Sweet but complex,.with some booze thrown into the bargain. Lots of descriptors can be used for what this tastes like: toffee covered cherries, prunes, bourbon, pipe tobacco, smoke, even a little coffee. Surprisingly, for spending a couple years waiting after bottling, there's still a remarkable amount of alcohol "heat" to this. There's also a very tiny hint of sourness way in the background.

Full bodied, with a creamy, velvety mouthfeel.

Wow. Whole lotta flavor going on here. This would make an excellent dessert beer, or a nightcap on a cold winter's night. So, in the spirit of "Fuck it - I could die tomorrow," I'm drinking it during what thus far has been an exceptionally hot August.... Seriously,.if you happen to find this somehow still on a shelf somewhere, grab it. Judging by how it's tasting, you could even sit on it another year or two.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottled 8/1/16.

A: Pours a deep ruddy mahogany with a finger of dense dark tan/light brown head that slowly faded into a wispy film and bubbly collar. A few streaks of soapy lace were left down the glass.
S: Musty, fruity, and complex nose with tons of dark fruits, sherry, pinot barrel, tobacco, oxidization, and tons of vanilla and warming alcohol. I get hints of currents, dates, leather and mild spice.
T: Boozy and musty notes of dark fruits, caramel, and red wine. I get notes of whiskey, cognac, sherry, leather and vanilla. Hints of chocolate, tobacco, and sticky melted caramel sauce in the finish, with lingering notes of warming booze and sticky malt and musty olde ale-type flavors.
M: Full body, creamy and velvety carbonation, warming, slight spicy mouthfeel, and a dose of warming alcohol.
O: I was skeptical at first but this is a very complex and integrated blend of flavors. All muddled together with the age reminds me of a strong barrel aged olde ale. Vanilla, red wine, and sticky sweet flavors dominate. A delicious sipper.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stortore
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 8/1/16, had 6/23/17.

Pours a hazy, dark ruby, with a short head and some spotty lacing. Aromas of cognac, wine, malt, figs, dates, grapes, plums, raisins, some whiskey- more as it warms , a little yeast. Man, this is one of the best smelling beers ever. Tastes similar to the nose- wine, cognac, malt, whiskey, figs, grapes, dates, plums, light brown sugar. Tastes great. So smooth, fairly creamy, a terrific full body, an excellent level of carbonation.

Just incredible. This is the best collaboration beer I’ve ever had, and it’s pretty high on the overall list, too. So much flavor and especially, aroma. Wish I bought two...

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Photo of Treyliff
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 8/1/16

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has short retention

S- bold and complex notes, to be expected from the variety of styles and barrels used in the blend. Initial notes of dark grape, black licorice, date & fig & cognac barrel. Undertones of tobacco, leather, caramel, chocolate, wet oak, black currant, Belgian candied sugar and peppery yeast. Each beer seems to be contributing to the nose

T- the complexity go the flavor continues to follow the nose. Initial impressing is some vinous notes of red wine, along with black currant & fig. Mid-palate brings out some cognac notes, along with pipe tobacco, licorice & wet oaky whiskey. The finish brings out sweet notes of caramel & plumb, lingers of spicy yeast, wood & more vinous red wine

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, alcohol hidden pretty well

O- the layers of complexity continue to evolve as the beer warms up, delicious

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallertau
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shaneb818
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ProperGlassesNeeded
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jds16
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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