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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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.27/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of kscaldef
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
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 DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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 shelby415
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of cherche
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 anteater
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
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 sharpski
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JoelClark
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of chossboss
4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vkv822
3.77/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of leftoverburrito
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of MLDucky
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NWHopinator
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakewatt135
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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