Disorder Stout - Barley Brown's Brewpub
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.34/5 rDev -16.7%
Appearance- Pours up about an inch of head which has good retention. The head is a creamy light beige while the body is an opaque dark chocolate black. There is a good amount of lacing which starts off as mostly sheeting but becomes less contiguous as I drink.
Nose- Whole bunch of chocolate. Whole bunch of coffee. Whole bunch of roasted malt. Not much else. Swirling shows the roasted notes with such strength that they smell burnt.
Taste- The nose definitely does not prepare you for the onslaught of rich, bitter coffee that dominates this beer. The bitterness almost expresses woodiness such that it's pretty harsh. So bitter, in fact, that the taste seems to mutate into a sour/sweet note that you get from strong coffee. I usually like Barley Brown's but this isn't my favorite by a lot. It's not a bad beer, just too bitter for me. If there were something else to balance it out, it might work for me. Some spice, light hints of anise (which doesn't really help). Tends toward earwax wit the bitterness which really lingers. After time, it does mellow but still a little harsh for me. In my opinion, this is just an above average beer.
Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with good carbonation and some grittiness on the dry finish.
Drinkability- The bitterness is definitely an obstruction. 5 bucks for a pint of this is fair but I don't think I will be buying this again.
Overall- Above average but mediocre for Barley Brown's. I would suggest trying this if you like deeply bitter (coffee) stouts. This is way too bitter for me especially since there aren't enough sweet malts to balance out the copious hops.
11-03-2013 03:55:23 | More by artoolemomo
4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
On-tap at Barley Brown's 1.7.10.
Dark dark brown almost opaque, some garnet highlights when a strong flashlight was held up next to the glass, cool. No visible carbonation due to dark hue, one finger brown head, fairly slow dissipation with significant lacing. Whoa, the nose will get your attention in a hurry, big dose of roasted malts, some caramel/crystal, huge hop PNW hop aromas, resiny, a bit of citrus, great smelling beer. Taste follows what you'd expect from Barley Brown's, big burly frickin' hop monster, some bittersweet chocolate notes, coffeeish roast, with huge hops leading to a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on full side of medium, a bit sticky once it warmed. Not the greatest drinkability, a true meal replacement stout, but oh so tasty. It's easy to see why this beer won silver in the American Stout category at GABF, this was the first batch brewed since winning that award, Skirts a fine line between American Stout and Imperial Stout categories. I think this beer will really benefit from a few months of aging. Another winner from Shawn Kelso. For fans of the style, worth seeking out. Very Highly Recommended.
01-08-2011 17:26:23 | More by jdense
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
on tap at the pub
look: dark with a very brown head, lacing the side of the glass
smell: slight chocolate, roast malt, a little coffee
taste: a bitter surprise, its strange to have the roast with a strong bitterness and a hop presence, very good. A little smocky, actually a great combo all together
mouth: very smooth, despite the combo above, leaves a nice little film
drink: the 7.7 hits but it very well hidden.
08-21-2010 05:36:36 | More by Elimination
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Generously supplied by Jeff (jdense) at the PDX tasting at Hannont's house yesterday.
The beer pours a very dark brown color with pretty good head retention, albeit not much lacing. However, just one sniff of this bad boy, and one quickly realizes this is a very serious beer. The nose offers up an incredible aroma dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, coffee grounnds, leather and tobacco. There is also some significant perfumy bitterness, suggesting that the brewer might have added a bit of hoppy goodness to this beer... by the boatload! On the palate, this beer is every bit as impressive, but I was surprised by how dry this stout is, and by the amount of hoppy bitterness one gets on the finish. Otherwise, there is considerable dark chocolate and coffee grounds in this beer, along with a touch of licorise. Mouthfeel is full, but not too heavy, with a long, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, though it's hard to imagine sitting down with several pints of this elixer. Still, this is a very complex, very well made beer that it was an absolute treat to try.
Have been impressed with previous beers from clearly talented brewer, but this raises the bar to a whole new level. Wow!
05-09-2010 16:30:39 | More by John_M
Disorder Stout from Barley Brown's Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.