Contorter - Ale Asylum

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BA SCORE
85
very good

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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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3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As awesome as Ale Asylum is with the hoppier beers....I think they are struggling with the darker ones. The Contorter Porter is ok. The beer poured a nice almost opaque dark with decent head that left some lacing. The scent carried some earth and roasty tones. The taste was similar to watered coffee. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall not one of my favorite porters, but for those who like a lighter porter....this might be for you.

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3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Black, starts with an ok head but dissipates quickly.

Smell: Nutty, roasted malt, good.

Taste: Moderate coffee, roasted malts, finishes very dry. Pretty thin mouthfeel.

Overall: I picked up a single of this to try as I enjoy most porters. This one just didn't do it for me though. Thin feel and dry finish are the opposite of what I like in porters. I'll try some of the other Ale Asylum beers but probably won't return to this one.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Milk chocolate, sweet cocoa, hints of burnt toast and toasted grains.

T - Identical to the nose, the sweet cocoa and milk chocolate dominate the palette, the burnt toast and toasted grains come through on the finish. Dark cocoa notes linger alongside a sugary sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and a touch of dryness.

O - A pleasant porter and easily sessioned. More on the sweeter side, but not offensive. A surprisingly tasty brew and I'm looking forward to see what else this brewery has to offer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic.
4.8% ABV, no date.

A - With large "glugs", the beer was poured with vigor creating a small tan head that fades to a foamy ring of suds below wispy lacing. Clear reddish-brown highlights show some clarity through this very dark porter.

S - Contorter's aroma immediately bursts fourth with really roasted, almost burnt qualities followed by bitter baker's chocolate, dry cocoa, and a light toffee and coffee-bean nose. While the aroma is assertive, it's also got a nice "light" feel that trails off with earthy notes of dirt and English hops.

T - Roasted black and chocolate malts give Contorter a strong flavor presence of dry cocoa and crumbly bitter chocolate while also bittering it significantly on the finish. Light, watered down coffee flavors are present as well but underwhelming when set next to the roasted malt.

M - Crisp and well-carbonated this medium-bodied porter surprisingly has a very smooth feel for it's carbonation level, finishing a touch dry and fairly bitter from the roasted malts.

O - Contorter Porter is one of those sinister-looking dark beers that's no where near as aggressive as it first appears. It might not be immediately approachable, but this is a dark beer that's got good flavor without really packing a wallop or "being too thick". It's an easy-drinking porter that would fit right in with the English session ales; a few at your favorite pub wouldn't be a bad start to the night!

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Contorter from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.