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Contorter - Ale Asylum

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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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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Ryan011235
2.43/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Ryan011235, Sep 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Alex_Weinard, May 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Gatordaddy, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of MadTown1000
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

MadTown1000, Jun 08, 2009
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

KCM, Sep 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Hopstout, Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

SjConroy, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

crobinso, May 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

mariposafan, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

herr_fish, Feb 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

vobr0002, Dec 28, 2012
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.

camil1mj, Jun 08, 2011
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

hopdog, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of UconnHusky
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

UconnHusky, Apr 08, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

RustyDiamond, Sep 19, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

crowsnest, Jan 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

doucmehu, May 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

MNPikey, Feb 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

MattSharpless, Jul 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

funkel81, Apr 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

czfreeman, Jan 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

redleg411, Feb 26, 2014
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Contorter from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.