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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
Brewed by:
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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
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Photo of blackearth
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a black body with a tan head that lasts. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation. The main flavor is sweet roasted malts with a very low bitterness in the finish. Very good drinkability.

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 Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown pour, bordering on black, nice light tan head that was over 1" in depth. Aroma delivered plenty of chocolate and roasted malt, struck me as pretty nice, usually the English porter style has kind of a petroleum vibe for me for some reason, but this was pleasant.

Same with the taste, would really not know this beer was classified as an English porter, the yeast didn't seem or scream out Fuller's or whatever common british house yeast you may be used to. The chocolate is just as prevalent as it is in something like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, really one of the more flavorful in terms of chocolate English anything, much less porter. Overall its pretty straightforward, lightly sweet, and plenty flavorful.

Another good beer from Ale Asylum.

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 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.

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

Cold 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Beer pours a crystal clear brown but in the glass is very nearly opaque, and topped with a very thin tan head. Ale asylum keeps using this word "unfiltered". I do not think they know what it means.

Aroma is of coffee and molasses. Taste is similarly rich, with just the edge of bitterness and a light fizzyness. Molasses flavor dominates, but there's chocolate too. Not nutty or roasty, but faintly sweet... with no gross aftertaste. Mouthfeel is appropriately thin and not overcarbonated. A real classic porter. A solid and consistent A-/B+!

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

12oz single, Steve's

I have no indication to suggest this is the same as the other porter listed for ale asylum but correct me if i am wrong

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass, dark mahogany/cola body with a creamy chocolatey lace

smell: ground chocolate, chocolate malts, light espresso and milk

taste: flavor profile dominated by cocoa powder and chocolate malt, very trace licorice and other spice...light bodied and easy drinking

mouthfeel: creamy and light

drinkability: easy

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 hoptualBrew
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra from a trade with TATURBO, thanks again man! This one pours out dark as night but with some brown hues on the edges. A small khaki head up top rounds it off. Real nice nose on this porter, making a statement with it's English qualities. Bready, nutty, chocolatey, and sweet caramel here. Big aroma in comparison to the taste though, that came up a bit short for me. Bready & chocolate forward with a carbonation bite in the aftertaste. No discernable hops to note tastewise, but I do get the bittering a good bit. Only complaint is that I wish the taste had matched the nose - rough to have a better nose than taste.

Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, unfiltered brown, with a finger of smooth milk chocolate head. Thin layer of retention skims the surface, leaving some light spotty froth back. The aroma is RICH with roasted chocolate malts and coffee, which possesses a sweet and smokey texture. Citric and floral hops give this some green tones in the nostrils.

The taste is much the same, with chalky chocolate malt sweetness giving way to plenty of hops, roast, and coffee. I'm also getting a good bit of citrus coming out as this warms. Earthy hops and burnt gains really linger strongly past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit thinner, with some sharpness to the body but this was pretty easy in the mouth for the most part.

This really brought the roasted feel hard, with the type of burnt grains and coffee character that I really like in the style. The body could have used a touch more presence but for the most part, this was a one dark, tasty, and nicely drinkable Porter.

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 wspscott
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Pours very dark, almost completely black. A thin tan head leaves lots of lace.
S: Lots of chocolate with some dark caramel/toffee, no hint of hops.
T: The chocolate takes a back seat to some roasted grain along with what may be some black patent malt. A little bit of english yeast fruitiness in the background.
M: Creamy mouthfeel with a little bit of tannic astringency. A little too much carbonation to be "english".
D: Goes down very easy, a nice session beer for a cold winter night. A good example of an english porter. Well worth trying.

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 Tncapehart
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Nice looking porter. Pours dark brown, near black. Tan head fades fast and leaves little lacing.

S. Coffee, malt, and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T. Coffee and espresso bitterness. Would have liked more of the caramel sweetness that was faint in the aroma.

M. Medium bodied. After taste lingers for a bit with...what else, coffee.

D. I won't drink more than one of these but nice on a cold winter night.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final Foofaa offering at the Brass Rail. An old-timey English Porter.

A: The porter is a dark cola color, more brown than black on close inspection. The predominance of brown hues is especially evident at the edges of the glass.

S: The nose has quite a combination of coffee, chocolate, and toffee floating around. Sweet but not cloying. Malts dominate with little in the way of hoppiness.

T: My first sip immediately registered 'English Porter'. The ale is subtle, refined even, lacking the hoppy arrogance of its American cousins. With hops out of the waydark malts are content to lounge around. Toffee and chocolate malts reign supreme, a sweet bready ale. Coffee and powdered cocoa come along later, jazzing up the flavor a tad. The malty sweetness, almost syrupy, is most evident at the end of each sip.

M: The ale is very straight-forward, a porter's porter with no pretenses. The solid malt body, with its coffee and toffee sides, is quite pleasant.

D: I'm impressed with this one, a good porter that relies on malty craft to deliver solid flavor.

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was released recently, this bottle came directly from Madison a few weeks ago. Stubby bottle with a tribal tattoo on it, reminds me of Hot Topic.

Pours a ruddy brownish-black, and ends up opaque in the glass. It leaves a thin ring around the glass. Initial tan head dwindles down to a bare skim. Not much creaminess to the head, or much head at all.

Smells sweet like brown sugar with some smoky roastiness.

Dry roast malty flavors, some mild smoke, barley husks, and cinnamon (?) sweet and savory. Light feel to it, mild bitterness, definitely works well for session purposes.

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code of 112211 - November 22, 2011?
Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Poured a very deep brown with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Big roasted malt aroma up front with pungent milk chocolate and coffee aromas adding to the nose. There is a noticeable bitterness and a hint of smoke in the background.

T - Bitter coffee, cocoa and roasted, almost charred malts. The smoke starts off in the background but becomes more prominent as I continue to drink the beer.

M - Light to medium body; slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of camil1mj
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle from the bar in the Madison Marriot.

A: Dark. Thin foamy head.

S: Chocolate and malty. Pleasant.

T: Average porter. Much like the smell it has strong flavors of malt and chocolate.

M: Very typical to the style. Thin and not too heavy.

O: Good run of the mill porter. I would not seek it out, but would not turn it down.

Photo of UconnHusky
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass out of a bottle:

A: Very dark body (near black) with a very disappointing non existent head...no signs of lacing.

S: Chocolate malts and roasted coffee. Overall, very pleasant.

T: Touch of licorice combined with a combination of sweet roasted malts and nice burnt coffee. Touch of hop bitterness tops it off.

M: Thin bodied that didn't quite live up to expectations.

Overall a basic and conservative porter that will easily be forgotten.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mud-brown (mud being a good thing here) with a singed tan head. A nice pattern of lace is forming down the side of the glass as I drink, and almost no light shines through the beer.

Smell is wonderfully malty. Deep, rich, roasty, chocolately. Tinge of bitter on the end.

Taste doesn't disappoint -- hugely wonderful amount of dark sweet, toasty malt. Coffee flavors peak through with perfect balance. Maybe a hint of vanilla in there. Like the smell, it finishes with a touch of hop bitterness.

Really solid brew from Ale Asylum. The first two I've had from them have been fantastic, which makes me glad to be in Wisconsin right now.

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 MadTown1000
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strong chocolate smell out of the bottle. Pours an almost solid black with just a tinge of ruby-red transparency when held up to light. In a pint glass, it foams up to about an inch and a half of solid-looking brown-white foam, which settles over the course of a couple of minutes. The smell is not nearly so strong out of the glass as out of the bottle.

Taste, unfortunately, does not live up to expectations. The first note is bitterness, which the chocolate coming up next, followed up by heavily-roasted malt, and ending with more bitterness. A lot of fizz on the tongue as well. I wouldn't want to have many of these in succession... I might have another beer, but it would be ANOTHER beer. I generally like my porters sweeter and more full-bodied than this one - not recommended.

Photo of GbVDave
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St.Feuillien chalice. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a dark, burnt brown sugar brown color with barely a hint of light brown head that struggles to leave anything more than a few random specks of lace.

S: Aromas of heavily roasted malt, bakers chocolate, honey, cocoa powder, and a touch of lactose.

T: Flavors of bitter dark chocolate, dry/roasty malt, brown sugar, stale espresso, and a touch of licorice and cream.

M: Thin and very bitter and dry. The middle and finish become so dry, crackly, and burnt that my tongue partially lost the ability to detect flavors. Weird.

D: Nice roasted malt and chocolate flavors in the beginning that are squandered by the strange mouthfeel.

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.

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