Deschutes / Hair of the Dog Collage No. 2

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 429   ABV: 14.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Weve teamed up with Hair of the Dog Brewing Company to bring you another artistic collage of cask-aging alchemy. This encore collaboration delivers layers of vanilla, caramel and molasses with roasted accents and complex malt character. This second version magically blends The Abyss (100% aged in Pinot barrels) and The Stoic (100% aged in Pinot barrels) with Hair of the Dogs Fred (aged in American oak and rye whiskey barrels) and Doggie Claws (100% aged in cognac barrels).

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (2422) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Waxed bomber. Bottled 8/1/16, about six and a half months ago. Aroma is dark fruit/raisins/red wine grapes, oak, molasses, minerals, tree bark, tea, alcohol. Pours mahogany with a collapsing beige head. Taste is lightly sweet with flavors matching the aroma, along with chocolate, leather/tobacco, cola notes. Hides the huge ABV really well. Weirdly thin for such a big beer, but it doesnt seem detrimental. I was expecting a typical blend a la Firestone Walkers Anniversary blends, with a heavy emphasis on imperial stout and/or barleywine. This is a completely different beast, with a only a touch imperial stout, a touch barleywine. Seems like the quad influence of The Stoic is most represented here, followed by Fred, then Doggie Claws, then the Abyss. Amazing. Much better than Collage #1 even.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (652) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2017
(Bottle) Thick, opaque, dark brown body with a small beige head;minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla, wet wood, wine, chocolate, and molasses; sweet with strong alcohol notes. Flavor of molasses, vanilla, floral notes, very sweet, strong alcohol; bourbon, brandy. Full bodied, creamy. Finish is slightly tart, with warm alcohol. I wish I had a second bottle to age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidezdonz (407) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - FEB 3, 2017
A 22 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 1st August 2016. Poured into a snifter glass. It poured a clear dark amber brown colour with pretty much no head other than an extremely thin tanned coloured layer that doesnt even cover it completely and dissipates quickly. Only some sparse lacing. Aromas of lots of dark fruits especially raisins, cherry, raspberries, plum and prunes. Following that, theres roasted malt, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, molasses, chocolate and whiskey. The Pinot character seems to come out more as it warms. Tastes of 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. 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1697) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2017
As the name would suggest, Collage 2 is the result of mixing several random-ass beers together... like a liquid cyborg. Like any self-respecting cyborg, it wears dark colors and was probably sent from the future to kill you. Collage 2 smells like a malt bomb. Charred barley, toffee, fruit, vanilla, wood, candy sugar, vinous booze - it all comes together in a weird aromatic stew. Flavor is strong, yet theres a surprising amount of sweetness. Dark fruit, caramel, licorice, grape, oak, and cream. Its surprisingly smooth for 14.3% but theres definitely some alcoholic heat. Its such a strange drinking experience. It really does taste more like a sum of parts instead of a cohesive beer. Usually, I would say that like its a bad thing. In this case, its so damn intriguing that you have no choice but to keep coming back. Each sip seems different.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (1302) - Bled, SLOVENIA - JAN 30, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2017 Pours deep coppperish brown, opaque, with tiny beige head which transforms itself to a ring around the glass. Aroma: very rich & complex with notes of toasted toffee, burnt sugar, creme brulee, molasses, vanillin, muscat grapes, red wine, bourbon/whisky...etc. Flavor is very similar; intense, complex, firstly sweet, almost sticky mouthfell, then steps forward sherry-like alcohol notes, before finish is noticeable hint of sourness. Body is full, thick, texture soft, carbonation is low. Big beer with great aging potentials.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HuskerTan (1888) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle. A- Whisky, butterscotch, subtle red wine, dark fruits, complex. A- Dark garnet color, clear liquid, tan head. T- Oak, whisky, red wine, dark berries, caramel, complex. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish. O- First off, lets just say that $24 for a bomber is way too much, although this is almost worth it. That said, its really good. Saved it for a while, then after 6 months of age decided to open it. Now I wonder how it would be after 2-3 years. But even if I could find it, it would be hard to spend another $24 bucks. Very complex, very smooth and not near as boozy as I expected. You can tell its a blend but its very well done. Just a whole lot going on.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2017
22. This one will probably be worth revisiting, because it seems like it will age well for a while--though it is certainly drinking much better fresh than Collage 1 did when it was fresh. Pours an opaque ebony with a loose and creamy medium tan head. Big nose of dark chocolate, dark jammy berries, oak, and vinous notes. Creamy thick body with moderate carb. Roasty malty mid palate with jammy berries, vanilla, and vinous notes. Long sweeter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (1056) - SINGAPORE - JAN 9, 2017
14.3%ABV. American strong ale. Poured out dark clear brown. 32SRM Nose has sweet ume, wood, alcoholic smoke that suggests bourbon. There is a medicinal element to the nose that suggest liniment and Chinese rubbing ointment. Chinese preserved plum in the paper and plastic wrapper. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Alcoholic palate is so well balanced that you dont really notice which becomes more pronounced over time and subsequent tastings. Palate is caramel, treacle, dates, raw honey, burnt sugar, creme brle. The finish flavor at the very end is that of red dates. Middle of the palate is preserved dark fruit with prunes, plum preserves with a fruity, sour, broad flavor but without freshness. There is also a creamy component Finish is wood and red dates. Overall, a brew with a ton of flavor and some complex almost textural notes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rougeau13 (2726) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle. Clear, dark, mahogany-brown with a very small, but resilient, beige head. Aroma of whiskey barrel, red wine, caramel, molasses, figs, and vanilla. Tastes rich, woody, mildly boozy, a little bitter, and a little sweet. Very nice balance for a Beer this big and boozy. Full bodied, thick, smooth, oily, and a touch dry. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11984) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Dark fruits, vinous notes, wood, vanilla, and some whiskey. Some warming alcohol, but nice for 14+%.


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