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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 Ryan011235
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of MadTown1000
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Ale Asylum Brew Pub (this one was 'billed' as their 'DisPorterly Conduct').

Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, caramel, and coffee. Tastes roast and coffee. Thinner body.

Notes from and tasted on 7/23/07 (263 characters)

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Steve's Liquor in Madison, WI on 08/01/08. Very dark brown with red hilites at the bottom. Smallish tan brown head that quickly dissipated in my SA glass. Roasty malt flavor with a slight fizz of carbonation. Some bitterness felt with some nuttiness. Slight hopinesss felt on the front end. (303 characters)

Photo of UconnHusky
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought this a good, but not great, porter. I got some defect in the aroma, and the mouthfeel is a bit thin, which is forgivable as I think my mouthfeel expectations have been shaped by Imperial Stouts and Baltic Porters, so it is entirely possible my mouthfeel expectations are unfair.

Poured a deep black color, but appeared a bit thin. Head formed nicely, but didn't last long. Aroma was very roasty with a significant mercaptan presence. Flavor is straight roastiness, and quite good. Mouthfeel was just a touch thin.

I would recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI. (605 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of wardough
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Thick, black with a nice head. Looks good so far. Head is more creamy than what I'm used to seeing on average porters.
S: Light chocolate notes.
T: Very light in body and light on the chocolate notes. Like I said before, very light.
M: Light, but nice and creamy.
D: A nice session porter.

Overall, a solid choice. (319 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep brown, bordering on black, with a thin film of off-white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving light sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark chocolate malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. It has an overall earthy sweetness with a bit of smokiness coming thru as it warms up to room temperature. Good not great.

T - This one has a very thin, watery, feel right off the bat. Dark chocolate malt mixes with some dulled coffee, chocolate, and toffee to form a flavorful core but the feel really hurts it throughout. Finish is quite thin with some lingering malty sweetness. Not bad but the feel really brings it down.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thin, watery, feel with some lingering sweet dark roast in the finish.

D - Decent stuff. I have had better but it was still pretty solid. I just wish it wasn't so watery. I really think I would have liked this one a lot more. (965 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights around the lighted edges. Tan head lingers nicely on top for quite a while. Light chocolate and roast in the nose without much else, maybe a light hop note in the middle of the bready base. Smooth is the selling point on the bottle and the website description, and it is very smooth with little to stop it from going dryly off the back of the tongue quickly. Roast is light and lingers a bit on the tongue, but the thin body detracts from the overall taste. While a decent porter, it lacks enough depth to keep me interested beyond a bottle or two. Had the same beer on tap recently and it seemed to have a bit more too it then for some reason. (684 characters)

Photo of znichols
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, uber dark. Like stout dark. Not much, if any, light getting through this sucker. An off-white one finger head that quickly dissipates and dissolves into a few little creme colored bubbles on the top of the beer. Decent amount of lacing.

S- Subtle, stale coffee immediate within the aroma. Traces of smooth chocolate and roasted barley. The slightest bit of spicy hops are present as well. Slightly mild aroma to this one.

T-Very enjoyable flavor to this porter. Slightly sweet with a solid milk chocolate essence to it. Iced coffee, toffee, nuts, and marshmallow notes make an appearance too. Little to no alcohol present. Mildly bitter with really no hop flavor evident. A true sweet, roast driven porter.

M- The mouthfeel is nice. Medium bodied and slick with low carbonation, resulting in a creamy feel on the tongue.

O- A nice porter. For whatever reason, maybe the chocolate notes and creamy texture, it really pairs well with a cold Wisconsin night and a warm fire. Be sure to enjoy on the warmer side to let the roasty notes shine. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (447 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass this brew has an oil like black color with a thin body and a bubbly (not creamy) light brown head that left moderate lacing. The aroma was of sweet caramel, subtle chocolate, and burnt malts. The taste was overly carbonated upfront, astringent to the tongue, and full of the burnt malt flavor. There was not much to come out from under the deep dark malt taste. Some slight notes of coffee and chocolate, but difficult to get to behind the heaviness of the roast. This was a little thin for the style. Not the best I have had, but worth a try. (568 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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) (1,444 characters)

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. (767 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at AA. Served in a shaker pint. Very Dark brown in color, almost black, but not quite. Served with only a minimal bit of almost tan head. Very little lacIng. Aroma is of chocolate and little else. Taste is of lightly roasted malts and milk chocolate with a watery finish. Medium bodied, but feels lighter than it is. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. A better than average porter, though a rather simplistic one. (421 characters)

Photo of johnkale
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - aggressive pour creates two fingers of rocky beige head, color is dark with just a little bit of red translucence on the edges, lacing is minimal

S - very cocoa heavy, some dark coffee and a little toffee, a touch of vanilla, very roasty with some herbal undertones

T - oreos (no creme), coffee, caramel, burnt toast, some bittering hops too, pretty run of the mill, somehow seems warm in the finish even thought it's less than 5% abv

M - fairly thin, a little prickly from the carbonation, kinda soda-like actually

O - very sessionable and has a wonderful nose but doesn't quite hit the sweet spot that SN or Founders porters do and the mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing. not a bad beer, not a phenomenal one either (726 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Tncapehart
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with intertwined griffin-like creatures featured on the label. No freshness dating.

A: Pours black with a thin, cardboard-colored head with moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate malt, oatmeal, coffee, and a hint of honey.

T: Taste mirrors the nose: rich and robust with notes of chocolate and coffee, before yielding to suggestions of licorice. Finishes with a flash of molasses.

M: Silky smooth and slick on the palate with a prickling of effervescence on the tongue. Overall, somewhat thin-bodied for the style.

D: Easy drinking. (593 characters)

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Contorter from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.