Contorter | Ale Asylum

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244 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Jparker37
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is black with light tan head and lots of large bubbles. Nose is light fudge and chocolate cake, notes of tobacco and roast with a light green finish. Taste is much thinner, more roasted and leathery tobacco, thin finish and assertive carbonation. Not as put together and rich in the flavor but not bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.42/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 8/20/12

Medium-dark shade of brown that come closer to looking black once in the glass. The head was hesitant at first; a move toward a more aggressive pour yielded a short lived two finger head. Very little retention and hardly any lace.

Roasted and burnt tones are a prominent aspect of the aroma: roasted bakers chocolate, cocoa dust, semi-burnt coffee, tangy roast and hints of ash. Though perhaps rough up top, the aroma has a smooth base of dark grains.

Tangy roast has a sharp edge and digs at the palate. Overtones of burnt coffee. Chocolate is faint and buried deep in the mix. I could actually go for more of a robust sweetness. Dry finish with a mild, lingering bitterness.

The feel is fairly smooth, but far too thin. Carbonation is much too high compared to the body, making for a dismissible feel overall. The carbonation calms a little bit after a while, but the feel remains too fussy for my preferences for a porter.

Contorter Porter isn't bad per se. That said, in the company of so many good-to-great porters, it's sub-par and ultimately forgettable.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Contorter from Ale Asylum
3.76 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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