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Turmoil Black IPA - Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Turmoil Black IPA
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27 Ratings
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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Brown's Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-08-2009)
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

growler into SN IPA Glass.

Pours black with a thick, craggy, billowy beige head. Great retention, thick lacing.

Resiny, slight oniony hops, roasty backbone.

Similar taste as the aroma, though there is a bit more of a cocoa element to the roasty malt finish.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done black ale. Well balanced hop and malt character. Certainly worth drinking again.

vkv822, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

leftoverburrito, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

johnnyboy76, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

dmorgan310, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

artoolemomo, May 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

muchloveforhops3, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black with a beautiful dark, tan head. 4/5

Smell- I don't want to go any further. Huge piney/grassy hop aroma. A roastiness is in the background. 5/5

Taste- Outstanding bitterness up front. Roasty backbone. Bits of chocolate. Grassy hop flavor at the end. A little "edgy". Very good. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Thin mouthfeel, but there is a lot that sticks with you as well. I can't figure out that, but I like it a lot. 4.5/5

Overall- This is my first Barley Browns that I have had and it is delicious!! Great hop aroma and flavor and very good roastiness. One of my favorite CDAs. 4.5/5

MADhombrewer, Jan 09, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bottle left over after GABF judging and given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Pours a finger of dark tan head over a pitch liquid that showed ruby-brown edgings. Smells potent pine, sharp fresh spruce needles, lemon, pineapple, oranges, green onion, and baby aspirin. Complex and inviting, despite the green onion character. I can't remember what hop that is, but , damn people, you gotta stop using the piece of shit hop. The pine and lemon are so dominant that this beer can pretty well get away with it.

Tastes stingy pine with lemon wax and contrasting grassiness. Clean hop bitter, few light-fruit esters, and basically no malt character. Drying, grassy, and stinging. Basically just a bottle of pine juice. Light in the mouth and moderate clean alcohol sting.

mentor, Oct 15, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer. I had this on-tap at the brew pub in Baker City. Pours black/brown with a creamy head. Smells somewhat lightly of citrusy hops, but quite heavily of roasted grains- I'd prefer if it were the other way around for my taste. The taste is intensely roasty, almost coffee like, and with some earthy and piney hops. Very intense, but once again I'd like to see the hops pumped up here. Still, very nice. Smooth in the mouth, in fact, surprisingly so. Pretty good stuff, and one which certainly blurs the line of the style from the direction of a stout.

Georgiabeer, Jun 11, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. On the nose... good grief! Once again, welcome to hop heaven gentlemen. The nose is incredibly perfumy, with the hop profile completely dominating the coffee, chocolate and brown sugar I pick up. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the coffee, brown sugar and chocolate sitting on the sidelines while the hoppy bitterness takes center stage. There is some initial sweetness in this beer, but it's shoved aside pretty quickly by the avalanche of hoppy bitterness, leading to a dry, hoppy finish. This is another stunner from the talented folks at Barley Brown. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a long, drawn out, bitter finish. Drinkability in this beer is pretty good, all things considered. The hoppy bitterness wears out the palate, but this beer is so damn tasty and delicious, who cares? Otherwise, the alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this well crafted, hophead's wet dream. There are few IPA's or DIPA's that can match the level of hoppy goodness one finds in this beer.

I'm starting to feel like a Barley Brown groupie, but it's hard to deny the talent of the brewer here. Another mindblowing beer from these guys... ho hum, what's next.

John_M, Oct 12, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bailey's Taproom PDX, 6.11.2010, $4.50 for imperial pint. Score!

Dark brown/black opaque body, 1 finger tan head, medium dissipation and huge lacing, no visible carbonation. Nose features tropical fruit salad, mango, papaya, guava. Taste mirrors noes, big tropical fruit hit up-front, firm malt backbone in middle, subtle roastiness, noble pine bitter not cloying finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full, noticeable effervescence, not sticky despite fruity character. Drinkability is high, I came back the next day and killed the keg. Another winner from Shawn Kelso, the Pope of Baker City, and king of big-ass hoppy beers. Awarding winning brew, and for good reason, IMHO the quintessential CDA. Very highly recommended.

EDIT- Upped smell score to maximum. A most worthy winner to first gold medal in IDA category at GABF.

jdense, Jun 17, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at Belmont Station. Pours a very dark black that allows no light through. Huge bubbles in the head that lasts around the sides and leaves a distinct lacing on the glass. Nose is dank with resinous vines and syrupy leaves coming to my imagination, followed by a sweeter almost plastic smell, but the kind of plastic I wanted to chew on as a kid. Taste is hops up front as characteristic for every great Barley Browns beer. BB makes the most beautiful unbalanced beers in the world, and this is a great example. It is toned down from Chaos, but still supports a medium-heavy body and a lasting bitter aftertaste. The best single CDA I've had, another wonderful creation from Shawn Kelso.

squaremile, May 26, 2010
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Turmoil Black IPA from Barley Brown's Brewpub
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