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Contorter - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
85
very good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ale Asylum visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 04-27-2008)
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -60%

01-13-2014 04:17:29 | More by mattmarka1
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.43/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 04:52:28 | More by Ryan011235
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Alex_Weinard

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

05-16-2014 03:50:06 | More by Alex_Weinard
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

11-19-2011 01:07:08 | More by Gatordaddy
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MadTown1000

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:58:13 | More by MadTown1000
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KCM

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

09-07-2012 22:10:28 | More by KCM
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Hopstout

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

10-12-2013 02:49:02 | More by Hopstout
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SjConroy

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20%

02-24-2014 21:30:59 | More by SjConroy
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crobinso

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20%

05-26-2012 15:46:14 | More by crobinso
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20%

11-18-2011 16:32:05 | More by mariposafan
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herr_fish

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20%

02-09-2014 00:20:08 | More by herr_fish
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vobr0002

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%

12-28-2012 05:40:55 | More by vobr0002
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camil1mj

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 22:34:01 | More by camil1mj
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2008 01:42:07 | More by hopdog
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UconnHusky

Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 03:22:13 | More by UconnHusky
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RustyDiamond

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 20:10:36 | More by RustyDiamond
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

01-14-2014 05:11:09 | More by crowsnest
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

05-06-2012 04:34:17 | More by doucmehu
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MNPikey

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-06-2014 20:50:05 | More by MNPikey
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MattSharpless

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-17-2014 19:31:43 | More by MattSharpless
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bman_85

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

09-29-2012 19:50:47 | More by bman_85
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Woodman70

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

06-01-2013 02:34:23 | More by Woodman70
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funkel81

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

04-01-2013 17:40:11 | More by funkel81
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czfreeman

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

01-22-2013 21:53:32 | More by czfreeman
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-26-2014 16:31:48 | More by redleg411
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Contorter from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.