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Chaos - Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Barley Brown's Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 11-15-2008

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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 14
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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chossboss
4.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoelClark
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Apex. This is a beer I've wanted to try for some time (or I would never have gone to the Apex again).

The beer pours a blackish brown color with outstanding head retention and considerable lacing. This beer looks great. On the nose, there's a huge dusty weedy aroma, that I find to be fairly typical of some of the more massively proportioned hop bombs made by Barley Brown. There's some light coffee and dry citrus as well, but weedy character is intense in this beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I was a bit surprised by how dry and hugely bitter this beer is. This is definitely a beer for hopheads only (which I think I qualify as), but even so, this was nearly too much of a good thing. Mouthfeel is full, but not at all heavy or tiring. The beer hides its 10.3% abv. very well. You can tell it's a big beer, but there's no heat or sense of a 10% abv. beer. The finish, as one might expect, is long, dry and pretty bitter.

Very interesting beer. A number of people have compared this to the Boneyard's Armored Fist, and I know at least for me, I think the Boneyard ICDA (imperial Cascadian Dark Ale) is the more complex, more enjoyable beer to drink (it's considerably sweeter than the Chaos). Regardless, this is an impressive, well crafted beer from Barley Brown. Can't say I'm surprised.

Photo of jakewatt135
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of almostjay
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The best ABA (or Cascadian Dark Ale as they're called up here) that I've had. Close call between this and Boneyard's Armored Fist, but I haven't been lucky enough to try them side by side.

Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not generally a big fan of black IPAs, but this one is an exception.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Beermongers.

Black with a dark brown head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is big and hoppy, juicy, citrusy, grainy, roasty with heavily toasted wheat bread. Hop character is juicy with grapefruit, orange, a little pine. The grain character does hide some of the bright citrus hops.

The palate is brilliantly bitter with juicy hops, pine resin and grapefruit pith bitterness, blended beautifully with the grainy bitterness. Roasted malt, toasted bread, mild rye like bitterness and spiciness. Drying, long lasting finish with resin, pine, grapefruit and grainy bitterness. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer feels great on the palate. Alcohol does appear of the finish. Yummy.

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4.65/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cherche
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best black ipa I have ever tasted hands down.

Photo of leftoverburrito
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of anteater
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -15.1%
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...

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4/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of vkv822
3.77/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 big 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 pithy citrus... cascades?.... nice lingering finish

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


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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of jdense
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of djbreezy
4.82/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of squaremile
5/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Chaos from Barley Brown's Brewpub
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