Conflux Series 2: Collage | Deschutes Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
142
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
57
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by tjmodica:
Photo of tjmodica
4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has brought me out of beer review retirement, think Goldberg. This is closer to a barleywine than strong ale (whatever) but here is what you need to know, what's in this glass gets me closer to God. Bless whoever helped make this beer. Dark fruit elixir with perfect everything, drink em if you got em, theirs no way it can get better. Cheers

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More User Reviews:
Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The kitchen sink in a 22 oz. bottle! Split with my wife.

Pour is magenta with hints of ruby, pretentious, & cherise. Smells like cherries, oak, pinot, sugar. Not a bad sunrise.

Collage #2 tastes like a liqueur suicide…imagine making those at 7-11. I spy sherry, cognac, tons of pinot noir, with touches of bourbon & oak. Beer? Underneath the high-ABV cavalcade there‘s big malt sweetness, molasses, black sugar, mildly bitter hops, light chocolate, before the finish takes a big, boozy bite out of my ass. Wow wobbles. Dry & thick & the drinkability belies the Green Giant ABV. I can taste it, but I don’t care.

This beer is a solid argument for single-level housing, i.e. no stairs, no stumble, no broken knee. So much better than #1 fresh - which was a very good beer - I am going to need one more to age. Excellent.

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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 superspak
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/1/2016. Pours crystal clear very dark ruby/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge raisin, cherry, blueberry, raspberry, fig, date, orange, apricot, red wine, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, rye whiskey, molasses, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, peppercorn, cinnamon, leather, tobacco, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and wine/spirit barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge raisin, cherry, blueberry, raspberry, fig, date, orange, apricot, red wine, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, rye whiskey, molasses, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, peppercorn, cinnamon, leather, tobacco, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate whiskey/oak spiciness and light roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, berries, orange, apricot, red wine, vanilla, toffee, toasted oak, rye whiskey, molasses, brown sugar, dark bread, chocolate, cocoa, peppercorn, cinnamon, leather, tobacco, and oak/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and wine/spirit barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from whiskey/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal barrel booziness. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged blended strong ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and wine/spirit barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Huge on the oak presence, but still balanced with all the varying malt and barrel complexities of the blended base beers; without being boozy. An insanely delicious offering all around.

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Photo of kitch
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 1st August 2016. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A clear dark amber brown colour with pretty much no head other than an extremely thin tanned coloured layer that doesn’t even cover it completely and dissipates quickly. Only some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Lots of dark fruits especially raisins, cherry, raspberries, plum and prunes. Following that, there’s roasted malt, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, molasses, chocolate and whiskey. The Pinot character seems to come out more as it warms.

Taste: Chocolate and cocoa at the beginning followed by some dark fruit, mainly raisin, cherry and prunes. In the middle there is some red wine coming through before finishing with caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, molasses and whiskey.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with light but prickly carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Overall: This wonderful sipper has complex aromas and taste. It is very well blended as the result is well balanced. Good fruit, malt and barrel character. I already have another bottle to age.

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

Bottle:
The beer pours a deep ruby-tinged brown that ends up a very dark brown in a medium Teku glass. Head doesn't build too much, but for a barrel-aged 14%, the tan head does end up in a medium thick rim around the glass. Behind the color, the beer is pretty obviously clear from looking at the edges.

The nose is pretty heavy on the barrel notes - with the various types of vessels playing quite well together. To me the wine barrels seem to provide the backbone. The rye adds a little vanilla, and actually the combination gives an interesting chocolate note (from the Abyss, perhaps). There's a light tartness that seems vinous, but there is also a little sweetness that seems like a cognac to me. Maybe it's power of suggestion, but I think I do get all the barrels.

My initial impression of the taste is "wow!" At first I am hit with a little cocoa to chocolate opening, maybe with a little bit of dark fruit thrown in. There is a little vanilla that I think will lead to the rye whiskey flavor, but it doesn't get there. A little tart that seems berry-like is the transition that comes. This fades to a deep red wine-like flavor. The chocolate seems to flow underneath this all very lightly and freely.

This beer is very nice, bold in flavor but not heavy on the palate. There is a nice level of carbonation keeping this from being watery or syrupy. I enjoyed the transitions this beer went through and that the beers seemed to blend together quite nicely.

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

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

Look: muddy dark brown, very light carbonation, thin khaki head... not going to lie it looks ugly

Smell: Big Barrel, huge bourbon and rye whiskey notes, some vanilla.... this thing smells like heaven on earth

Taste: Honestly the more i drink it the more complex it becomes, you get vanilla, bitter chocolates, oak, and than the barrels start to take over with the bourbon shinning through.

Feel: This beer is dangerous, its a medium body, just enough carbonation, not boozy what so ever, super smooth and easy to drink

Overall: This is excellent, drinks super easy and has more complexity than most beers Ive ever had... its a must try.

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

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

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

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

Photo of FalconOne
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Rich mahogany and licorice hues with a thin sandy head
S: Figs, cognac, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and dark fruits
T: Dates, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and oatmeal raisin cookies
F: Medium thickness and a nice supporting carb
O: Wow - this was an engaging and complex ride from start to finish. Given the range of incredible beers and unique barrel aging they experienced, it would be a vast understatement to say that this was 'complex' - so much going on in each sip it's hard to keep track. If you're seeking a plethora of flavors, depth, and range - this is absolutely worth seeking out.

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

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

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

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

Awesome!

Bottle dated 8/1/16. Aroma and taste are practically identical.

I'm not always a big fan of barrel-aged products, and many of the world's best beers are not barrel aged, and some barrel-aged items are not as good as the non-barrel-aged versions, but, damn this is good!

14.5% ABV, strong wood flavors, and a good imperial stout malty background make this beer. I would not say it is profoundly complex beer, but the combo of malt, alcohol, and wood is so good, that who cares about complexity.

I would say that the high ABV leads to not being able to drink the whole 22 oz. bottle at one time, unless you weigh 300 lbs. Share it with a friend, or keep half the bottle in the fridge overnight.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce wax capped bottle, bottled on 8/1/16. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours very dark brown with some ruby red tinges, along with about an inch light tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like molasses, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit (red grapes/wine, plums), oak and some whiskey. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some roasted malt, cognac and dark bready flavors too. It's mostly sweet tasting but not overpoweringly so. Not quite as boozy as I expected for being 14.3% ABV. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, definitely worth picking up! $20.99 a bomber.

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

Amazing beer.
Pours a lovely dep black with minimal head, the barest hint of red. The smell is incredible, so much going on. Vanilla, dark fruits, cocoa, caramel. The taste is sweet malts forward, vanilla, caramel, a lot of oak, bourbon. Medium bodied with a somewhat syrupy consistency and well hidden abv. A thoroughly enjoyable and complex beer – as a relative novice – I lack the vocabulary to describe how awesome this beer is.
A little pricey – but I totally recommend picking up a bottle of this and experiencing the deliciousness. In my limited experience – a comparable (and cheaper) beer may be Clown Shoes Bluegrass Billionaire – the body is thinner, but they capture many of the notes.
I get this whenever I see it -solid beer!

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dcisco44
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 142 ratings