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Contorter - Ale Asylum

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very good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of Duff27


4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

04-08-2010 02:24:22 | More by Duff27
Photo of daledeee


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

04-01-2010 00:46:00 | More by daledeee
Photo of AmberMan22


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

02-15-2010 21:28:05 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of KI9A


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

02-15-2010 01:30:21 | More by KI9A
Photo of WJVII


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

01-16-2010 00:34:44 | More by WJVII
Photo of alexgash


3.6/5  rDev -4%

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.

12-25-2009 04:57:03 | More by alexgash
Photo of wspscott


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

12-16-2009 00:19:16 | More by wspscott
Photo of robbyc1


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

11-29-2009 22:48:34 | More by robbyc1
Photo of blackearth


3.9/5  rDev +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.

11-27-2009 16:43:57 | More by blackearth
Photo of Kegatron


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

11-23-2009 18:39:57 | More by Kegatron
Photo of bound4er


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

11-11-2009 01:47:40 | More by bound4er
Photo of Fartknocker


4.65/5  rDev +24%

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.

11-01-2009 02:55:47 | More by Fartknocker
Photo of cdkrenz


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

10-04-2009 18:37:15 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of MadTown1000


2.73/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

06-08-2009 00:58:13 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of wheatyweiss


3.88/5  rDev +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.

05-22-2009 22:25:50 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of tedpeer


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

05-20-2009 00:49:00 | More by tedpeer
Photo of drpimento


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

04-14-2009 04:37:26 | More by drpimento
Photo of zeff80


4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-12-2009 22:07:54 | More by zeff80
Photo of ZAP


4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

01-10-2009 05:54:33 | More by ZAP
Photo of GbVDave


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

01-04-2009 23:28:01 | More by GbVDave
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.6/5  rDev -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.

12-29-2008 15:25:53 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of wardough


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

12-16-2008 02:08:24 | More by wardough
Photo of Oxymoron


3.75/5  rDev 0%

As in cutlery contorter? Pours a black hue with little color distortion when held to the light. A soft tan head with good retention, though eventually hid to the side of the glass. Limited lacing.

The nose is has a noticeable chocolate aroma but no real English notes. To start the malt has more of an American porter aroma with some chocolate notes and a touch of roast on the back end. Some lighter caramel and a hint of toffee. Clean yeast.

The taste comes out more than the nose. The malt is still top here with a slight lactic quality. Some chocolate and roast notes comes out equally. The toffee comes out more as well with some bready and nutty notes. Closer to style in taste than nose. The yeast is very clean with some minor notes but very nice. Some earthy hop notes but minimal.

The body is moderate. There is a slick quality that could be diacetyl but I didn't pick it out in the taste. Overall a good porter, easy to drink. Thanks to flyingbison for the trade.

12-04-2008 17:17:42 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of Bighuge


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Black beer with a thin brown head. Couldn't get much of a head even with a vigorous pour... The lacing is sporadic. The nose is full of rich chocolate, english toffee, coffee bean and caramel. Flavor comes at you with dry cocoa powder and muddled and muddied fudge tones. Some nuttiness accents. Slight roasted malt character. And a chalky aftertaste. Solid and unique in the flavor department. Medium body. Good drinker.

11-20-2008 00:02:51 | More by Bighuge
Photo of hopdog


3.03/5  rDev -19.2%

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

11-13-2008 01:42:07 | More by hopdog
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