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Contorter - Ale Asylum

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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dirtylou on 04-27-2008

Our porter is dark in color yet soft on the palate. English chocolate malts give it a complex, rich flavor wrapped in a silky smooth finish.
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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 81
Photo of HawbakerBrewery
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark red-brown, almost black. Only intense light permeates. Extremely short-lived creamy-tan head. Aroma is entirely malty. Tastes much more like a hearty nut brown ale than other porters I've had. Lacks the bitterness usually associated with porters and stouts (light bitterness usually achieved with coffee or cocoa nibs.) Hop flavors almost absent. Carbonation is mild, making for mellow sipping. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Lucular
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the smell and taste of this beer. Only complaint is that it feels a tiny bit thin. An excellent porter overall.

Photo of RJB66
4.69/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste and feel, creamy with a great finish.

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very enjoyable every day sort of beer. I could sit down with this for dinner after work on any day and be content. Of course the tap is better than bottle, better head, aroma, and overall feel when fresh tapped, but it holds up in the bottle quite well.

A: Great rich brown black; initial head that foams down after a couple minutes.

S: This smells grand. Rich chocolate yeasty aroma,
Very pleasing.

T: This has a nice smooth chocolate touch, rich but not overpowering. The out meal slick stout has more umph, I think when first seeing and smelling you expect to get more umph like you do from the stout. However, this is very tasty with a smooth finish.

M: The taste is great but I sometimes expect the texture to feel creamier, perhaps too much effervescence for my taste in a good Porter, but by no means does this detract from the brew.

O: This is a great beer; I recommend Ale Asylum to anyone looking for an all around good brew.

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a floating island. Almost no lacing sticks.

The smell is of cocoa with dark-ish earthy notes.

The taste is of powdery chocolate that improves with the progression of the drink. Minerally, earthy bitterness in the finish.

It leans towards fizzy and thin, and though it does improve with progression/warming to room temperature, it still could have more of a body to it. (A second bottle confirmed this.)

The chocolate does move beyond "powdery" and there is balance to it. It's a nice enough porter overall.

Photo of panders07
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours dark, almost black. Slight hints of light make it through when held up to the light. Produced two fingers of head that lasted approx. 3 min before dissipating. Some lacing at the top of the glass. Head is a light brown creamy color with good scents.

S - Lightly sweet, woodsy smell. Scents of chocolate and wood dominate the bouquet.

T - Similar to the scents, bitter chocolate dominates. The flavor starts strong, but dissipates quickly, little to no bite (but more so than other porters I've had) flavor and a taste of coffee remains at the end.

M - Medium to thin bodied, the beer starts thick, but doesn't stick around long before leaving the tastes permeating the entire mouth. Slightly creamy, but lacking in textual footprint.

O - One of my favorite porters ever. The flavors are more dominate in this porter than in others and the lingering flavors/smells make it an excellent choice.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of TCMike
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Produced a finger, and a half of beige head. Left a little lacing. Beer color is a non-translucent, mahogany.

The aroma was nice, but a bit weak. It was of dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

The taste was the same, and the dark chocolate came through even more. No noticeable hop bitterness. Medium mouth-feel, and somewhat low carbonation.

Very good beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As awesome as Ale Asylum is with the hoppier beers....I think they are struggling with the darker ones. The Contorter Porter is ok. The beer poured a nice almost opaque dark with decent head that left some lacing. The scent carried some earth and roasty tones. The taste was similar to watered coffee. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall not one of my favorite porters, but for those who like a lighter porter....this might be for you.

Photo of Mdog
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Black, starts with an ok head but dissipates quickly.

Smell: Nutty, roasted malt, good.

Taste: Moderate coffee, roasted malts, finishes very dry. Pretty thin mouthfeel.

Overall: I picked up a single of this to try as I enjoy most porters. This one just didn't do it for me though. Thin feel and dry finish are the opposite of what I like in porters. I'll try some of the other Ale Asylum beers but probably won't return to this one.

Photo of andrenaline
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, sweet cocoa, hints of burnt toast and toasted grains.

T - Identical to the nose, the sweet cocoa and milk chocolate dominate the palette, the burnt toast and toasted grains come through on the finish. Dark cocoa notes linger alongside a sugary sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and a touch of dryness.

O - A pleasant porter and easily sessioned. More on the sweeter side, but not offensive. A surprisingly tasty brew and I'm looking forward to see what else this brewery has to offer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic.
4.8% ABV, no date.

A - With large "glugs", the beer was poured with vigor creating a small tan head that fades to a foamy ring of suds below wispy lacing. Clear reddish-brown highlights show some clarity through this very dark porter.

S - Contorter's aroma immediately bursts fourth with really roasted, almost burnt qualities followed by bitter baker's chocolate, dry cocoa, and a light toffee and coffee-bean nose. While the aroma is assertive, it's also got a nice "light" feel that trails off with earthy notes of dirt and English hops.

T - Roasted black and chocolate malts give Contorter a strong flavor presence of dry cocoa and crumbly bitter chocolate while also bittering it significantly on the finish. Light, watered down coffee flavors are present as well but underwhelming when set next to the roasted malt.

M - Crisp and well-carbonated this medium-bodied porter surprisingly has a very smooth feel for it's carbonation level, finishing a touch dry and fairly bitter from the roasted malts.

O - Contorter Porter is one of those sinister-looking dark beers that's no where near as aggressive as it first appears. It might not be immediately approachable, but this is a dark beer that's got good flavor without really packing a wallop or "being too thick". It's an easy-drinking porter that would fit right in with the English session ales; a few at your favorite pub wouldn't be a bad start to the night!

Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed today, 3/24/13

Aroma: Not a bad smelling beer. I smell a good bit of roast barley- coffee, caramel, even a bit of burnt sugar. (3.5)

Colour: Dark cola colour, comes with a 1cm offwhite head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. Pretty average for the porter style; I think if it were a slightly thicker, stickier beer it would help improve the appearance. (3)

Flavour: Actually its strength. Like the nose, it's got that roast barley character especially at the end. I get a little smokiness and burnt sugar to go along with hints of coffee. As it warms up, that roast barley character which I love out of porters and stouts comes out more at the end. I really enjoyed this aspect of the beer. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: It actually feels a bit creamy but unfortunately its rather thin-bodied. A bit disappointing but certainly doesn't make it a bad beer- just average. Solid carbonation, and the aftertaste of roast malt character is nice and thick and doesn't go away. I guess since its thin-bodied, its really drinkable. (3)

Overall: What it lacks in appearance and mouthfeel (it's basically a thin bodied porter), it makes up to a certain extent in flavour and nose- two rather related things. Not the most complex porter, but it is tasty and smells good despite having a watery, thin body. I liked its drinkability and flavours, but it does have a lot of room for improvement. (3.5)

Photo of deebo
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass this brew is topped with a finger fo tan small bubbled head. Weak retention but nice lacing. Dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Aromas of rich malt, chocolate, toasted without being burnt at all. Very nice aroma. Upfront taste is nice, chocolately malt with a silky mouthfeel. However this is a bit shortlived as the end note is slightly carbonic and lacks a malty full-bodied finish. Easy to drink with decent flavor. A solid sessionable english style porter that lacks depth but makes up for it in drinkability.

Photo of dhannes
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery in a standard pint glass.

A=No head whatsoever...just a very dark brown surface. Beer itself greyish brown and murky...less appealing than most.

S=First two whiffs produced no aroma whatsoever. Finally, a faint aroma of burnt toast emerged.

T=Initially, I enjoyed this beer...hints of bitter cocoa, burnt toast, and some undefined sweetness. Second half was dominated by the burnt toast taste.

M=Less body than most porters...a bit watery. Plus it seemed overly carbonated.

O=A decent session beer and actually one of the better porters from Wisconsin...still, I maintain, Wisconsin brewers are the absolute worst at making a great porter.

July 19, 2013 update: I had this from a bottle at a friend's house and changed my scores to:

T= 4.5
M=3.75
O=4.00

Photo of Jparker37
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Solid black and still opaque when held to light. Got a great tan head with tight bubbles holding well. Decent bit of lacing to it.

S - Wonderfully complex. I get tons of earthy chocolate, hints of coffee all with caramel tones in the background.

T - Mild caramel maltiness early on, even biscuit malt. Coffee flavors are in the middle. The roastiness doesn't come in till late but it is kind of ash-like.

M - Drinks like a great english porter. Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, Semi-sweet.

O - Awesome english complexity to this beer sans oxidative properties. Great look to it, and pouring over with aroma. Taste had a thin feel to it that I greatly enjoyed. It wasn't really creamy nor sweet ++ but still had dimensions of maltiness to it. It did however have a finish that of a cigarette ash that was unusual. All-in-all a great interpretation.

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/03/12 notes. Had this on tap at Bellenie's in Madison, WI. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, roasted malts, toasted malts, chocolate, some caramel malts, coffee, and some cream. Really nice complex nose; like it a lot.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toasted malts, nuts, burnt malts, caramel malts, and cream. Taste has less caramel and cream but more chocolate. Still very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good porter; it was probably my favorite of the three Ale Asylum beers I tried that weekend. Easy to drink and a ton going on, worth checking out.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is black with light tan head and lots of large bubbles. Nose is light fudge and chocolate cake, notes of tobacco and roast with a light green finish. Taste is much thinner, more roasted and leathery tobacco, thin finish and assertive carbonation. Not as put together and rich in the flavor but not bad.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.42/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 8/20/12

Medium-dark shade of brown that come closer to looking black once in the glass. The head was hesitant at first; a move toward a more aggressive pour yielded a short lived two finger head. Very little retention and hardly any lace.

Roasted and burnt tones are a prominent aspect of the aroma: roasted bakers chocolate, cocoa dust, semi-burnt coffee, tangy roast and hints of ash. Though perhaps rough up top, the aroma has a smooth base of dark grains.

Tangy roast has a sharp edge and digs at the palate. Overtones of burnt coffee. Chocolate is faint and buried deep in the mix. I could actually go for more of a robust sweetness. Dry finish with a mild, lingering bitterness.

The feel is fairly smooth, but far too thin. Carbonation is much too high compared to the body, making for a dismissible feel overall. The carbonation calms a little bit after a while, but the feel remains too fussy for my preferences for a porter.

Contorter Porter isn't bad per se. That said, in the company of so many good-to-great porters, it's sub-par and ultimately forgettable.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Black color. I couldn't muster much of a head despite an aggressive pour.

4.0 S: This smells more like dark chocolate than maybe any other brew I've ever had. Lightly grainy malts with a healthy sweetness that enhances the rich, dark chocolate vibe.

4.0 T: Taste also brings about dark chocolate, but only a fraction of what the nose suggested. Still, this has depth and richness with a moderate sweetness and roastiness. Not super complex though. Still, quite tasty.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. A little undercarbonated, but not by much. Rich and viscous and I imagine this would be quite creamy if there was more carbonation.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. This is how I prefer my porters, with a little girth on them.

Photo of martyl1000
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Jordan's Big 10 Pub, this is a disappointment. I think I'm learning I don't like porters. Maybe a couple years ago before moving to Madison and getting Acclimated to the big full-bodied Belgians and imperial stouts. So I'm maybe not the right person to review this beer. It's just too light weight. I think it's the dark appearance that makes me want so much more -- I suppose if i were in Houston on a hot day I'd appreciate the sessionability. But it's 70 degrees w/ 0% humidity here in glorious Madsion.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

extra'ed by rmalinowski4 I believe.

Pours black with almost no brown, even at the edges. Thin cap of off white head.

Smell has tons of chocolate malt with a slight roast behind it, kind of like burnt chocolate chip cookies.

More chocolate on the palate, very low bitterness.

Nice even mouthfeel, decent carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall a very solid porter, definitely worth trying if you are a fan of chocolatey beers but otherwise unremarkable.

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice deep brown color, black in low light. The head was tan and faded rather quickly just leaving some light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some big roasted burnt malt aromas blended with some hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste of the beer gives off a rich chocolaty start with bitter lager like note in the finish with some additional charred flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and softer carbonation. Overall this is a solid porter, there isn't too much to fuss over on this one.

Photo of pschul4
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given to me by my cousin, thanks Ryan!

A- Pours a medium brown but sits very dark in the glass. Small half finger head leads to a nice lacing around the glass

S- Tons of roasted malt, of both the chocolate and coffee variety with chocolate winning by a hair

T- Same as the nose. Chocolate and coffee working together with some nice smokey notes thrown in

M- Pretty thin but not so much to make me dislike the beer

O- Pretty well done. Just reminds me that I prefer stouts over porters but as far as porters go this is a great one

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken from 4 days ago.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Rich black color very dark looking beer.

S- Very crisp. Hints of subtle smokiness blend with notes of cocoa and caramel.

T- Rich and chocolatey with a smokey twist to it.

M- crisp with a medium carbonation. Somewhat of a bolder feel a heavy body.

O- A well balanced porter

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle bought is Wisconsin. Pours black, with a thickish oily look. Bold chocolate and roast aromas. I got more chocolate than coffee in flavour. Both the bitter and the sweet came from the cholate. A good example of a solid American porter. Good drinkability, and way to end the meal.

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Contorter from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.