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Contorter - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
85
very good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 04-27-2008)
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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by herr_fish:
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

herr_fish, Feb 09, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of SjConroy
3/5  rDev -20.2%

SjConroy, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of deebo
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

deebo, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.4%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tyleeis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tyleeis, May 29, 2013
Photo of okmote
4/5  rDev +6.4%

okmote, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

williamjbauer, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of quirkzoo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

quirkzoo, May 29, 2012
Photo of Alex_Weinard
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Alex_Weinard, May 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Sammy, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of hreb
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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+!

hreb, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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

dirtylou, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

WoodBrew, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

hoptualBrew, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of SamuelR
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SamuelR, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Gonzoillini, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

StoutItOutLoud, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  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.

Kegatron, Nov 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Fr0stb1te, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of wspscott
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

wspscott, Dec 16, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

zonker17, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

wmobley, Mar 14, 2013
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