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Chaos - Barley Brown's Brewpub

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

17 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Brown's Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 11-15-2008)
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5/5  rDev +14.2%

bstave, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of squaremile
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is THE Cascadian Dark Ale. Had on tap twice and once in a growler. The aroma is a universe of hops. I would pay just to smell it. The taste is a hop explosion on par with l33t hoppy beers (Younger, Maharaja, etc), yes seriously. There are traces of the bready roasted malts that keep this on the Earth, and a slight alcohol burn, but at the core this is a showcase for hops with a pitch black color and smoothness that defines the style. It is a palate destroyer in the best possible way. Ultra-dank. Amazing beer.

Gold standard for the CDA style.

EDIT: Recently had a hand bottled bomber as a gift from Shawn (nicest guy ever) from the 2009 batch. The hops mellowed a bit and fused well with roasted flavors. If they ever bottle this for real it will be an unbelievable hit, and I would suspect a BA top 20 beer.

squaremile, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of richtersf
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got to try this beer as it was gifted to the Brewmaster of the brewery I work at in...a certain Port in Oregon. A fantastic brew. Poured a dark dark brown and I initially took it for a stout. Thick chocolatey looking head. Smelled the same. The taste is what threw me off - very, very hoppy. Northwest hops were very evident, with a piney middle, more hoppy than most IPA's. All I can say is I agree with everything the last reviewer said. I don't quite remember a lot, except that this beer deserves the highest rating possible, as it is probably the best batch of suds I've ever enjoyed. I've had black IPA's before, but this is just in a league of its' own. Very good gravity, very nice hoppage. Well played sirs.

richtersf, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of djbreezy
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this from tasting notes back when Belmont Station had CDA week. I was also able to try this out on 4/18/2010 out of an unlabeled bottle that was given from the brewer to BA user squaremile on his recent trip to Barley Brown's. Two very different beers to compare.

appearance - a solid dark beer with a beautiful head and lacing

smell - plenty of complexity and hops in the nose

taste - incredibly complex, a huge beer and exemplary style for the cascadian dark ale/black ipa class, a unique roasted taste

mouthfeel - a remarkably medium/heavy body

drinkability - a huge beer of epic proportions, amazingly complex and enjoyable

djbreezy, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Completing the troika of reviews, on-tap served in the land of big burly hoppy beers, aka Baker City, OR., poured into tulip, 2.25.11.

Dark brown almost jet squid ink black body no visible carbonation due to nearly opaque hue. 3/4 finger light tan head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Whap! Big hop hit in the nose, piney, tropical more than citrusy, no roast character to speak of ala Turmoil, Taste mirrors nose, quite well balanced for such a frickin' hop bomb. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for style, a bit slick, perfectly carbonated leading to a dry finish. You'd never guess this latest batch was 10% ABV, quite drinkable. IMHO, the benchmark for the style. Damn, I wish Shawn Kelso could brew this more often, a truly amazing beer. One of the true advantages to living in Eastern Oregon. Most Highly Recommended.

jdense, Feb 26, 2011
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4.65/5  rDev +6.2%

Shaimless, Sep 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

LotsofLupulin, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

An honest 100 IBU. Really, in this world of calculated bitterness, this beer is not lying when they say 100. It will smack you with a few alpha acids. Dark, bitter, smooth, thick, and strong, this is the beer that defines cascadia dark ale, the sexier nomenclature for the silly name "dark IPA"

Roasted flavors, more smoke than coffee, less chocolate than either. Hops are bitter, piney, no floral here. This is a beer that takes no prisoners and makes you want more.

It's like making love under a hop trellis, pungent and sticky and sensual. Barley Brown, who ever you are, lets make a date in yakima.

olympuszymurgus, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of RedDiamond
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my last visit to Barley Browns, the owner gave me a bottle of this rare ale. It's rare because BBs is a small, remote brewpub that doesn't ordinarily bottle their beer, and because it's the only example I know of an imperial black ale. Chaos is essentially an imperial version of Turmoil, a black ale sometimes thought of as an India black ale, or, as they call it in Baker City, a Moxee black ale - named for the valley near Yakima where the hops are grown.

I can't remember the stats on this beer. I believe I was told that it was two years old and that it was somewhere near 10% ABV, though I could be wrong. It was brewed as something of an experiment - a very successful one I'd say. Chaos pours a porter-like shadowed garnet color and releases a heavy pinesap aroma complimentary to its taste. Some of its maltier aspects taste like brown ale, and there's even a few hints of coffee. But the overriding theme is one of an imperial IPA with abundant, resinous hops. The dark coloring contributes only modestly to the flavor and reminds me in some way of a really good throat lozenge. (Now there's an idea - the throat lozenge that tastes like beer!)

Interesting, original, and pretty darn solid. Would sit well on the same shelf as Hair of the Dog Adam.

RedDiamond, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of cherche
4.25/5  rDev -3%

cherche, Aug 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3%

leftoverburrito, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

johnnyboy76, Jan 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

anteater, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.7%

sharpski, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one side by side with "Awesome" and about 5-6 other "Cascadian Black Ales" .... Thanks Tyler for the opportunity!!

Pours pretty black for the style... a bit of ruby shows on the stem end of my goblet... the head is short lasting tan... little in the way of lacing.

Aromas are a bit muted citrus and plenty of roasty malt... even hints of smoke.. the hops though are still a big player.

Flavors are good dark malts carried by some background malt sweetness... the hops come big mid palate with some citrus... cascades?.... nice lingering finish, but it gets a big muddy and nothing really jumps out.

Body is good... medium with good bubbles.... Nice brew, but I honestly really liked the "Awesome" quite a bit more.

4/4/4/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on-tap @ Belmont Station.
from notes.

Black, with a foamy, smooth tan head.

Big, piney and citrus hops upfront, with a roasty, cocoa backbone.

The taste follows the nose, though the flavors seemed just a bit more muddled here than in the nose.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done CDA. The ABV is incredibly well hidden, and I was disappointed when I realized how high it was, as I wanted to be able to drink more of this than I did.

vkv822, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at The Beer Stein, Chaos is black with a light tan skim leaving scattered lace.

Smell is sweet dark carmel malt with a fairly resious hop blast. Heavy on the pine, tar.

Taste is super rich and malty, with strong, sweet ethanol and herbal, sticky hops. They're dank, but a bit lost behind the robust malt; more skunky stout then anything. Lots of caramel.

Mouthfeel is sticky, hops and malt, medium+ body. A touch flabby.

Drinkability is solid for such a massive brew. All the big B. Browns IPAs have a fairly acerbic hoppiness, and this is right in line. I can't say I particularly love that...

ccrida, Jan 15, 2014
Chaos from Barley Brown's Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.