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Contorter - Ale Asylum

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 236
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 5.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of Fartknocker
4.61/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a globe glass

A- Completely dark and opaqu with a mocha brown head.
S- Very malty with a hint of chocolate
T- Again, very malty with none of the burnth or bitter flavor that I have had with some porters. Very smooth
M- nice carbonation, not too thick or thin
D- Very smooth for a porter, could drink all night. (337 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black colored with a small tan head. The smell was very strong of coffee. The taste had alot of coffee flavors, but was also heavy and malty, a bit of a carmel flavor as well, but the coffee flavors stood out the most. Nice full flavor, espically for a porter. Overall a found it a good beer, and a really good porter. (337 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of KI9A
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottle into tulip. Pure blackness, thin head.

S: Chocolate malt.

T: Heath candybar toffee, roasty malts, cream.

M: Silky as hell. Coats mouth with goodness!

D: Big drinkabilty. I love Porters, and, this is a wonderful. A bit carbonated, and, no "sourness" associated with traditional English porters, but, a fine beer. (326 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely black color that is semi-viscous. I would give this a higher score, but the head is pretty minimal. What is there is tan in color.

The smell is wonderful. Very chocolatey, with a nice roast character and some coffee.

Like the nose pretty much. A bit more of a roasted coffee character than chocolate however. Pretty tasty stuff.

The carbonation is nice and soft and the body is about medium. Feels pretty thick for a beer under five percent alcohol. Dry finishing on the tongue.

Drinks terrifically. I could easily put a couple of these back. Represents the style well. All around, this beer is really well done with the exception of the head which I can live with. (676 characters)

Photo of TCMike
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty good beer; one of their best, I think. Poured with a tan head and some lace. Opaque dark blackish brown. Nice roasty malty nose with a little dark ripe fruit, cocoa, coffee, a hint of vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is very similar and yet fairly dry. In spite of the richness it's fairly drinkable. But at the same time very full flavored so other flavors in my mouth clashed a bit. Nice finish with no off flavors. Not too boozy. Label reminds me of Thailand. (466 characters)

Photo of Atron67
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a dark but clear brown/black, like a dark chocolate color clear body with a tan head that stayed awhile but didnt really leave much lacing

S- very smooth, malty and full of chocolate character

T- this is a very nice chocolate flavored porter, smooth slightly sweet character, light roasted notes and lots of chocolate

M- full bodym, medium/strong carbonation

D- definitely a keeper (395 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (1,458 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black beer with a thin brown head. Couldn't get much of a head even with a vigorous pour... The lacing is sporadic. The nose is full of rich chocolate, english toffee, coffee bean and caramel. Flavor comes at you with dry cocoa powder and muddled and muddied fudge tones. Some nuttiness accents. Slight roasted malt character. And a chalky aftertaste. Solid and unique in the flavor department. Medium body. Good drinker. (421 characters)

Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer. Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Nose was great with smoke and malt

Taste is malty, sweet with some chocolate and a mild hop finish. Mouth feel is not very carbonated but clean. Drinkability is good with a nice clean finish as well. (267 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well done porter....looks the part with a creamy tan head atop a black body...a very nice aroma greets my nose..roasted and sweetish...milk chocolate as well as some subtle coffee notes

Milk chocolate and roasted malts are the big players on the taste but the java notes become a little more pronounced...

Body is creamy and smooth and slightly thin...I don't exect regular ol porters to be high gravity monsters so this is fine with me...it really drinks easily and quickly....

Loaded with flavor and aromatics....this is an easy drinker and tasty porter. (559 characters)

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+! (584 characters)

Photo of will1256
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review, figured I'd give it a shot! Bottle from a six pack received as a stocking stuffer from my Madison-dwelling sister. Poured into a snifter.

A: Very very dark brown; only a little light finds its way through the edge of the glass. One finger off-white head.

S: Initially, roasty malts and lots of chocolate. As it warms, coffee begins to make an appearance.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of chocolate and roastiness. Don't pick up much coffee initially, but a bit in the aftertaste. Light sweetness that coats your mouth.

M: Very nice fine carbonation, not too strong. Little bit lighter than medium body, and a bit slick.

O: Not very complex, but very good for what it is. Very drinkable and a nice winter beer, though it's still 40 degrees outside in Minnesota in January?!? (792 characters)

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery. 4.8% abv.

A: Black with a tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Coffee, brown sugar, bread.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, nut bread, good bitterness. Great flavour for its weight.

M: Moderate body is also impressive for its weight.

D: Quite drinkable. (275 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a foamy, tan, cappuccino-like head. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. It also had some mild floral aromas.

T - It tasted of coffee with a slight bitterness. It had sweet chocolate and caramel flavors.

M - It was soft and smooth with a fairly dry finish. A medium-bodied porter.

D - This is a pretty good english-style porter. Easy drinking and tasty. (451 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of pschul4
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (534 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (588 characters)

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. (576 characters)

Photo of tedpeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured black with a huge light tan head that subsided to a ring around.

S - Roasted scents, chocolate and coffee.

T - Coffee and chocolate with some lactose sweetness. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Moderate to thin, with nice carbonation.

D - Goes down easy. (294 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark dark brown. No head, hardly any lacing.

S- Roasted chocolate malts.

T- Chocolate/coffee. Nice burnt, bitter aftertaste.

M- Seems a bit thin for its style to me.

D/O- Drink two and call it a night...for this beer anyways. Would drink again. (252 characters)

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Contorter from Ale Asylum
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