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Contorter - Ale Asylum

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very good

214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dirtylou on 04-27-2008)
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meanmutt, Jan 03, 2013
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zonker17, Jan 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tourdot, Dec 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

vobr0002, Dec 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Brewsed, Dec 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

mdfb79, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Wiscivore, Nov 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

cpetrone84, Oct 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

bman_85, Sep 29, 2012
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jcmittag, Sep 09, 2012
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KCM, Sep 07, 2012
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2.43/5  rDev -35.4%

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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Ri0, Aug 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

t0rin0, Aug 11, 2012
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BHep, Jul 23, 2012
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mscott1975, Jul 21, 2012
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rjmclaw, Jul 18, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Black color. I couldn't muster much of a head despite an aggressive pour.

4.0 S: This smells more like dark chocolate than maybe any other brew I've ever had. Lightly grainy malts with a healthy sweetness that enhances the rich, dark chocolate vibe.

4.0 T: Taste also brings about dark chocolate, but only a fraction of what the nose suggested. Still, this has depth and richness with a moderate sweetness and roastiness. Not super complex though. Still, quite tasty.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. A little undercarbonated, but not by much. Rich and viscous and I imagine this would be quite creamy if there was more carbonation.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. This is how I prefer my porters, with a little girth on them.

DavoleBomb, Jul 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

lakelouielover, Jul 01, 2012
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85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.