Conflux Series 2: Collage
Deschutes Brewery

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From:
Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
14.3%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.9%
Ratings:
161
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 11, 2021
Added:
Oct 05, 2016
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  56
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: 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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4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by VABA from Virginia

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
 
4.61 by jmh21 from Minnesota on Dec 11, 2020
 
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Nov 12, 2020
 
3.52 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Oct 14, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by draheim from Washington

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
 
4.24 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Apr 30, 2020
 
4.53 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Aug 06, 2019
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4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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
 
2.49 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 03, 2019
 
4.19 by Birdlegs from Washington on Apr 06, 2019
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5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by marchoftheclouds from Illinois

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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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bbtkd from South Dakota

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
 
4.65 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Jan 01, 2019
 
4.5 by festizio from California on Dec 26, 2018
 
4.44 by Thorfinn960 from Ohio on Nov 26, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEERdedCharmer from New York

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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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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
 
4.25 by dannycohen62 from Illinois on Oct 19, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 01, 2018
 
4.75 by PprBurke from Virginia on Aug 18, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by woemad from Washington

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.

Aug 13, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by scottfrie from California

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.

Jul 23, 2018
 
4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Jul 02, 2018
 
4.47 by Blazer22 from Colorado on Apr 16, 2018
 
4.64 by KensWorld from Florida on Mar 11, 2018
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4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

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...

Feb 16, 2018
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4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Jan 04, 2018
 
4.31 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Dec 30, 2017
 
4.59 by TylerJ from Iowa on Dec 26, 2017
 
4.5 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Dec 11, 2017
 
3.98 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Dec 07, 2017
 
4.77 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Nov 17, 2017
 
4.44 by Shaneb818 from California on Oct 29, 2017
 
4.51 by ProperGlassesNeeded from Texas on Oct 04, 2017
 
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Oct 01, 2017
 
4.5 by jds16 from Ohio on Sep 30, 2017
 
4.24 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Sep 25, 2017
 
3.62 by unclekeith from Alaska on Sep 23, 2017
 
4.13 by dsshuck from Delaware on Sep 13, 2017
Conflux Series 2: Collage from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 161 ratings