Chaos | Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Barley Brown's Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 11-15-2008

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of bstave
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of cherche
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best black ipa I have ever tasted hands down.

Jet black appearance with a nice head and solid retention. Fantastically hoppy smell and front end of the taste with a great roasty finish.

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Photo of squaremile
5/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of richtersf
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of JoelClark
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of djbreezy
4.82/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of jdense
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of almostjay
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Taphouse. Blown away....This is near perfect.Black pour, with creamy beige head, lacing covers the glass. Huge roast aroma, some chocolate sweetness. Taste is spot on, big roast grains, hops, some vanilla, some chocolate. Bitterness lingers forever, along with some nice dark chocolate flavors. Loved this.

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Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kamikazeokami
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Abdalharam
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich, thick, and brutally bitter. An amazing beer.

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Photo of shelby415
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SamuelR
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours coffee brown with an excellent bubble show; the three fingered head grows rocky and sticks an impressive amount of lacing

Smell: Roasted grain, toasted wheat bread, chocolate and caramel tones are offset by the hops - citrusy and piney

Taste: The malts present themselves first, bringing the flavors picked up in the aroma with the hops kicking in, mid-palate; bitterness overwhelms the citrus and kills whatever sweet tones the malts threatened to bring; dry and bitter finish, with the roast lingering

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: My first beer from Barley Brown's and is it ever impressive

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

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Photo of yeaprolly
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakewatt135
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of thebeerbeast
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Chaos from Barley Brown's Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 37 ratings