Contorter | Ale Asylum

ContorterContorter
BA SCORE
3.75/5
244 Ratings
ContorterContorter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ale Asylum
Wisconsin, United States
aleasylum.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

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.

Added by dirtylou on 04-27-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,721
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
244
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle bought is Wisconsin. Pours black, with a thickish oily look. Bold chocolate and roast aromas. I got more chocolate than coffee in flavour. Both the bitter and the sweet came from the cholate. A good example of a solid American porter. Good drinkability, and way to end the meal.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice deep brown color, black in low light. The head was tan and faded rather quickly just leaving some light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some big roasted burnt malt aromas blended with some hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste of the beer gives off a rich chocolaty start with bitter lager like note in the finish with some additional charred flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and softer carbonation. Overall this is a solid porter, there isn't too much to fuss over on this one.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was released recently, this bottle came directly from Madison a few weeks ago. Stubby bottle with a tribal tattoo on it, reminds me of Hot Topic.

Pours a ruddy brownish-black, and ends up opaque in the glass. It leaves a thin ring around the glass. Initial tan head dwindles down to a bare skim. Not much creaminess to the head, or much head at all.

Smells sweet like brown sugar with some smoky roastiness.

Dry roast malty flavors, some mild smoke, barley husks, and cinnamon (?) sweet and savory. Light feel to it, mild bitterness, definitely works well for session purposes.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt umber with generous cherry highlights. The liquid is just short of opaque, but only when bright light is available. Atop the beer sits two fat fingers of toasted tan foam that is creamyfirm and somewhat sticky. Lace that is both extensive and attractive is yet another positive.

The nose hits the bull's eye. It's obvious that plenty of roasted and chocolate malts were used. So much so that I might have guessed dry stout if blinded. Here's hoping the beer tastes as good as it smells.

Contorter is good porter. It even tastes English in some indefinable way (maybe because hop flavor is on the low end). What hops were used are probably responsible for the moderate, back end bitterness. Or, the bitterness could be due to charred black malt. Again, this is as much an Irish dry stout as it is a porter. A fine distinction, I'll admit.

The flavor is similar to chocolate-covered graham crackers, iced black coffee and English Breakfast tea leaves. Actually, the second of those is most prominent. I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn that a small 'tea bag' full of coffee beans was added to the kettles. The finish is relatively clean and is at least quasi-crisp. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is the only minor misstep. Very minor. When it comes to scoring, I prefer fuller over lighter in most cases. For an ale that tips the scales at an estimated 5.0% ABV, however, it ain't half bad.

Ale Asylum has done a good job with Contorter Porter. While it doesn't venture out of the safe, cozy confines of the style, it's tasty as hell and is unlikely to lose its charm over the course of multiple bottles. In fact, I could go for a few more right now.

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Photo of mdfb79
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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a globe.

A - Pours deep brown, bordering on black, with a thin film of off-white head, dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving light sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark chocolate malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. It has an overall earthy sweetness with a bit of smokiness coming thru as it warms up to room temperature. Good not great.

T - This one has a very thin, watery, feel right off the bat. Dark chocolate malt mixes with some dulled coffee, chocolate, and toffee to form a flavorful core but the feel really hurts it throughout. Finish is quite thin with some lingering malty sweetness. Not bad but the feel really brings it down.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Thin, watery, feel with some lingering sweet dark roast in the finish.

D - Decent stuff. I have had better but it was still pretty solid. I just wish it wasn't so watery. I really think I would have liked this one a lot more.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Steve for the bottle.

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A nice roasted malt aroma to this one. Some sweet toffee and molasses. There is some dark chocolate and even a bit of sweeter milk chocolate. Maybe a little vanilla.

T: Slightly watery, but otherwise good. Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa with plenty of roasted malt. As with the aroma, there is some subtle vanilla character to it, too.

M: On the lighter side of medium with medium carbonation.

O: A nice aroma to this and a fairly good flavor too, just a bit watery.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a nice one finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Sly lacing. The aroma starts with some roasty coffee and cocoa bean. Some dried dark cocoa powder fluffs it up a bit. The flavor balances nicely between the sweet and the roast. Sly crisp sweet to roasty aftertaste with a nice sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation helps it feel smooth all around. Overall, this was a nice porter worthy of having again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a floating island. Almost no lacing sticks.

The smell is of cocoa with dark-ish earthy notes.

The taste is of powdery chocolate that improves with the progression of the drink. Minerally, earthy bitterness in the finish.

It leans towards fizzy and thin, and though it does improve with progression/warming to room temperature, it still could have more of a body to it. (A second bottle confirmed this.)

The chocolate does move beyond "powdery" and there is balance to it. It's a nice enough porter overall.

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Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body, roasty tan headstarts big, begins to crumble. Looks good for the part.

Wonderful aroma, roasty, warm, earthy, with trimmings of cocoa, vanilla, cream, & a whiff of nuttiness.

In the mouth, it's a drinkable delight. Cocoa and cream. Medium bodied, with minor underlying bitterness. (Probably less than I generally like.) Very smooth, very tasty. Also, mellow. And clean.

I'm missing some grit, though, I'm wanting a bittersweet, espresso-like edge. If you're looking for an easy-drinking taste treat, though, don't pass it by.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Contorter from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 244 ratings
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