Conflux Series 2: Collage
Deschutes Brewery

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From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
14.3%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 8.92%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
162
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 19, 2023
Added:
Oct 05, 2016
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  57
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).
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Rated by IMFletcher from Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Oxidation got the best of this bottle
Apr 19, 2023
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Pours a very dark color with a slight tan head and lacing
Aroma has very generous bourbon, rye whiskey, cognac, sherry, Pinot noir hints
The taste follows the nose with a very well balanced, very generous and complex character bourbon, rye whiskey, cognac, sherry, Pinot noir, hop flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A superb American Strong Ale
Sep 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.61 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Dec 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 12, 2020
 
Rated: 3.52 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Oct 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Orca from Washington

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz (bottled 8/1/2016) into a tulip. Pours a deep clean mahogany brown, minimal lace, as expected for a 14% concoction. Looks almost like a liqueur in the glass.

Aroma is rich and complex, vinous. Brown sugar, sweet/sour stone fruits, vanilla, candi sugar. Lots going on here.

Taste follows nose. Sweet figs and dates, toffee/molasses/caramel, cabernet or pinot noir, dry smoky oak, tart black cherries, pipe tobacco, leather. Reminiscent of some of the Firestone anniversary beers.

Mouthfeel is slick and a little oily. Heavy, sticky. Nice boozy heat like whisky or cognac as it goes down. This one stays with you.

Overall another really nice adventure from Deschutes and HotD. Well crafted. A real sipper.
Jul 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Apr 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.53 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Aug 06, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
holy cow, what a blend! this is a monster of a beer, a combination of monsters really, and its complex and delicious, but make sure you have a couple of friends around who can hang, as this is about a sturdy as they come, the definition of a slow sipper! deep burgundy color to it, all kinds of viscosity, and some froth around the edges too, showing signs of life. its aroma is insane, i get a whole ton of red wine, fusel alcohol, and malt complexity, with some brown sugar and molasses sweetness, heavy grape and oak tannins, and cool layers of baked blackberry, black cherry, and vanilla. at first i start trying to pick apart the threads in here and identify their contributions individually, being quite familiar with most of them, and i do get some nice dark abyss roasted grain, some english malt and cognac character from the doggie claws, and the grapey pop and belgian essence of the stoic, but i quickly conclude that the total is far more than the sum of its parts, even though that sum is astronomical on its own, there is a synergy here that really is the whole point of this, and i decide to just roll with it, not dissect it too much, and just enjoy the complexity, which is basically unrivaled. a ton of wine on this, and lots of alcohol too, i like that in a beer like this, its big but its mellow too somehow, all the wood i guess. layers of stewed fruit, cinnamon, coffee cake, brandy, red apple, molasses, maple syrup, rye spice, and figs. i absolutely love it, and there is just a touch of acidity here almost helping it swallow clean, at least for what it is. huge body, like wet cement on the palate, but so smooth and long, its a delight to drink, opens up amazingly well with some temperature, and really is worth seeking out, an intelligent and delicious offering, as special as beer gets as far as i am concerned. a treat to share with new friends!
Jun 04, 2019
 
Rated: 2.49 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by Birdlegs from Washington

Apr 06, 2019
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Reviewed by marchoftheclouds from Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I’m love Deschutes Abyss and I’m a huge fan of Hair of the Dog. I can say without reservation if I could only have beer from one brewery the rest of my life, I wouldn’t even have to ponder that question. HotD Fred from the Woods.

Magically blends? Absolutely!

I’ve had all four beers. My daughter brought me back two cases of Abyss after a road trip to Portland and I’ve had Fred on tap at HotD and the others in bombers. This is an incredible combination of individually excellent beers.

It looks great (not a biggie for me), it smells divine, it’s taste is almost unparalleled and I feel good!

Oh, the MOUTHfeel ... yeah, thick and chewy.

This is an incredible beer, especially after cellaring for approximately three years.

I wish I had more.
Mar 07, 2019
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Deschutes/Hair Of The Dog Collage 2 (2016), 14.3% ABV. Pours dark brown with a half-finger beige head. Nose is wine, chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit. Taste follows plus tobacco and oak, quite sweet, only slightly bitter. Very chocolate/cocoa forward. Being based on Abyss and three other BA beers of several styles, this is quite complex and expected to reveal other flavors upon warming. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.
Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.65 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Jan 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by festizio from California

Dec 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio

Nov 26, 2018
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Reviewed by BEERdedCharmer from New York

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
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.
Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
Nov 04, 2018
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3%
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.
Oct 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Oct 19, 2018
Conflux Series 2: Collage from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 162 ratings