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BA SCORE
85
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | 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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kaydee

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

04-01-2013 02:49:09 | More by kaydee
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-26-2013 18:06:52 | More by Localdrinklax
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed today, 3/24/13

Aroma: Not a bad smelling beer. I smell a good bit of roast barley- coffee, caramel, even a bit of burnt sugar. (3.5)

Colour: Dark cola colour, comes with a 1cm offwhite head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. Pretty average for the porter style; I think if it were a slightly thicker, stickier beer it would help improve the appearance. (3)

Flavour: Actually its strength. Like the nose, it's got that roast barley character especially at the end. I get a little smokiness and burnt sugar to go along with hints of coffee. As it warms up, that roast barley character which I love out of porters and stouts comes out more at the end. I really enjoyed this aspect of the beer. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: It actually feels a bit creamy but unfortunately its rather thin-bodied. A bit disappointing but certainly doesn't make it a bad beer- just average. Solid carbonation, and the aftertaste of roast malt character is nice and thick and doesn't go away. I guess since its thin-bodied, its really drinkable. (3)

Overall: What it lacks in appearance and mouthfeel (it's basically a thin bodied porter), it makes up to a certain extent in flavour and nose- two rather related things. Not the most complex porter, but it is tasty and smells good despite having a watery, thin body. I liked its drinkability and flavours, but it does have a lot of room for improvement. (3.5)

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:30:25 | More by Stevedore
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-24-2013 21:05:31 | More by Sparky44
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slavall

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-22-2013 01:29:21 | More by slavall
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One

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-21-2013 16:48:21 | More by One
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-14-2013 19:27:53 | More by wmobley
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deebo

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass this brew is topped with a finger fo tan small bubbled head. Weak retention but nice lacing. Dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. Aromas of rich malt, chocolate, toasted without being burnt at all. Very nice aroma. Upfront taste is nice, chocolately malt with a silky mouthfeel. However this is a bit shortlived as the end note is slightly carbonic and lacks a malty full-bodied finish. Easy to drink with decent flavor. A solid sessionable english style porter that lacks depth but makes up for it in drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:18:25 | More by deebo
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-10-2013 20:27:29 | More by spycow
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-06-2013 05:35:36 | More by sacrelicio
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery in a standard pint glass.

A=No head whatsoever...just a very dark brown surface. Beer itself greyish brown and murky...less appealing than most.

S=First two whiffs produced no aroma whatsoever. Finally, a faint aroma of burnt toast emerged.

T=Initially, I enjoyed this beer...hints of bitter cocoa, burnt toast, and some undefined sweetness. Second half was dominated by the burnt toast taste.

M=Less body than most porters...a bit watery. Plus it seemed overly carbonated.

O=A decent session beer and actually one of the better porters from Wisconsin...still, I maintain, Wisconsin brewers are the absolute worst at making a great porter.

July 19, 2013 update: I had this from a bottle at a friend's house and changed my scores to:

T= 4.5
M=3.75
O=4.00

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 19:30:02 | More by dhannes
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Solid black and still opaque when held to light. Got a great tan head with tight bubbles holding well. Decent bit of lacing to it.

S - Wonderfully complex. I get tons of earthy chocolate, hints of coffee all with caramel tones in the background.

T - Mild caramel maltiness early on, even biscuit malt. Coffee flavors are in the middle. The roastiness doesn't come in till late but it is kind of ash-like.

M - Drinks like a great english porter. Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, Semi-sweet.

O - Awesome english complexity to this beer sans oxidative properties. Great look to it, and pouring over with aroma. Taste had a thin feel to it that I greatly enjoyed. It wasn't really creamy nor sweet ++ but still had dimensions of maltiness to it. It did however have a finish that of a cigarette ash that was unusual. All-in-all a great interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 01:47:20 | More by Jparker37
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-28-2013 04:26:43 | More by dmorgan310
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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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sandiego67

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-19-2013 01:39:09 | More by sandiego67
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elcrawl

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

01-15-2013 03:13:16 | More by elcrawl
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-13-2013 03:38:58 | More by Gonzoillini
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

01-06-2013 03:38:45 | More by olafphysics
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meanmutt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-03-2013 05:23:20 | More by meanmutt
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.7%

01-02-2013 05:32:06 | More by zonker17
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-30-2012 23:42:55 | More by tourdot
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vobr0002

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%

12-28-2012 05:40:55 | More by vobr0002
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-17-2012 14:24:18 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Brewsed

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-11-2012 02:45:15 | More by Brewsed
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 21:06:49 | More by mdfb79
Contorter from Ale Asylum
85 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.