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Contorter - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
85
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:
Ale Asylum visit their website
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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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.

Tncapehart, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

jera1350, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown basically black with a small head and some lace. The aroma is some coffee, a little cinnamon, some roasty malt, some candy sweetness, a mild hoppiness, and something odd I can't quite put my finger on. The flavor is much like a delicious coffee drink with some mild sweetness, some fruitiness, a nice bitter hoppiness, with a good creamy character.

BieresDesMoines, May 12, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty English Porter.

Wasatch, May 05, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final Foofaa offering at the Brass Rail. An old-timey English Porter.

A: The porter is a dark cola color, more brown than black on close inspection. The predominance of brown hues is especially evident at the edges of the glass.

S: The nose has quite a combination of coffee, chocolate, and toffee floating around. Sweet but not cloying. Malts dominate with little in the way of hoppiness.

T: My first sip immediately registered 'English Porter'. The ale is subtle, refined even, lacking the hoppy arrogance of its American cousins. With hops out of the waydark malts are content to lounge around. Toffee and chocolate malts reign supreme, a sweet bready ale. Coffee and powdered cocoa come along later, jazzing up the flavor a tad. The malty sweetness, almost syrupy, is most evident at the end of each sip.

M: The ale is very straight-forward, a porter's porter with no pretenses. The solid malt body, with its coffee and toffee sides, is quite pleasant.

D: I'm impressed with this one, a good porter that relies on malty craft to deliver solid flavor.

akorsak, May 01, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Duff27, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

daledeee, Apr 01, 2010
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.

AmberMan22, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of KI9A
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

KI9A, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

WJVII, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Inky dark brown body with a small, bubbly, sandy brown head. Not much lacing. Roasted malts, light coffee, and dark chocolate dominate the nose. Some minor notes of vanilla and charred wood. Grainy bitterness up front. Chocolate and peaty malt sweetness follows. Slight notes of coffee and oily, woody fruit. Moderate body with a lively feel. Not bad.

alexgash, Dec 25, 2009
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.

wspscott, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rootbeer color cloudy look, nice tan head nice lacing.

Nose has chocolate malt all the way, very nice.

Good chocolate malt flavor, goes away fast, not much aftertaste, although it is very balanced, a bit watery. Roasty and deep, but the
feeling is that there chould be more, straightforward and good.

Lighter than expected, but solid, maybe a bit more carbonation than needed.

Very drinkable as a session porter, just not very complex, maybe a good dinner beer where the food shines over the beer.

robbyc1, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of blackearth
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Ale Asylum in Madison, WI. Pours a black body with a tan head that lasts. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation. The main flavor is sweet roasted malts with a very low bitterness in the finish. Very good drinkability.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, unfiltered brown, with a finger of smooth milk chocolate head. Thin layer of retention skims the surface, leaving some light spotty froth back. The aroma is RICH with roasted chocolate malts and coffee, which possesses a sweet and smokey texture. Citric and floral hops give this some green tones in the nostrils.

The taste is much the same, with chalky chocolate malt sweetness giving way to plenty of hops, roast, and coffee. I'm also getting a good bit of citrus coming out as this warms. Earthy hops and burnt gains really linger strongly past the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit thinner, with some sharpness to the body but this was pretty easy in the mouth for the most part.

This really brought the roasted feel hard, with the type of burnt grains and coffee character that I really like in the style. The body could have used a touch more presence but for the most part, this was a one dark, tasty, and nicely drinkable Porter.

Kegatron, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of bound4er
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A firm pour produces a one finger tan head that quickly disappears. Dark brown in color. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Roasted malt aromas with faint coffee and chocolate.

T - Roasted malt flavors up front - turns nicely bitter on a coffee infused crisp finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - This beer slides down pretty quickly. Having three or four in a night would not be a stretch, especially given its ABV.

Ultimately this beer gets lost amongst two world class Porters I have access to - Great Lakes Edmund Fitz and Founders. Still a worthy effort from an up and coming brewery.

bound4er, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Fartknocker
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Fartknocker, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark brown body with a very dark head too. His head is nice standing about an inch tall and fading slowly.

S - Long roasted malt aroma with hints of sweet chocolate. The aroma is inviting.

T - It has a burnt flavor that I really enjoy. The long roasted grains really allow for a good tasting porter with sweet accents at the beginning and the end.

M - It has a subtle coarse texture throughout that assists the beer's flavors.

~ The Contorter is another good beer from the Ale Asylum. My hats off to the folks in Madison for turning out a good, drinkable porter.

cdkrenz, Oct 04, 2009
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
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a deep brown, almost black. Head is toasted marshmallow colored and substantial. Head hangs around forever and laces the glass quite nicely.

Aroma is roasted dark malt. Big aromas of toasted bread, roasted malts, spit roasted meat and cocoa powder. Light hop smell creeps in on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Smooth bodied, the carbonation is spot on.

Very nice English Style Porter. the chunk of flaked malt floating in the beer were attractive to my eye, but may turn some off. Drinkability suffers as this beer felt a little heavy for a session, which is what a Porter was meant to be.

wheatyweiss, May 22, 2009
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.

tedpeer, May 20, 2009
Photo of drpimento
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

drpimento, Apr 14, 2009
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.

zeff80, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

ZAP, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

GbVDave, Jan 04, 2009
Contorter from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.