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3.75/5
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245 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
Ranking:
#22,651
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
245
pDev:
11.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 245 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken from 4 days ago.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Rich black color very dark looking beer.

S- Very crisp. Hints of subtle smokiness blend with notes of cocoa and caramel.

T- Rich and chocolatey with a smokey twist to it.

M- crisp with a medium carbonation. Somewhat of a bolder feel a heavy body.

O- A well balanced porter

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Photo of Crstumpf
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 jakea
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BasementBer
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see a brewery embrace some modern aesthetic design. Although im not a big fan of motorcycle culture. now to the beer.

A: Pours a cream white head with no lacing to speak of. Cocacola hue.

S: For me an A+, the bitter comes through fantastically. i fall for the marriage of hops and darks. Also plenty of roast in the malt.

T: This unfortunately lets me down. as mentioned above, cocacola. very sweet, almost no bitter, sugars possibly not brought to fermentation completely. Good chocolate character though for a porter.

M: the sweetness again lends a soda like character to the tounge. very quaffable. bottoms up for a hangover.

O: an average beer with above and below average characteristics.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle code of 112211 - November 22, 2011?
Poured in to Founder's tulip.

A - Poured a very deep brown with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Big roasted malt aroma up front with pungent milk chocolate and coffee aromas adding to the nose. There is a noticeable bitterness and a hint of smoke in the background.

T - Bitter coffee, cocoa and roasted, almost charred malts. The smoke starts off in the background but becomes more prominent as I continue to drink the beer.

M - Light to medium body; slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra from a trade with TATURBO, thanks again man! This one pours out dark as night but with some brown hues on the edges. A small khaki head up top rounds it off. Real nice nose on this porter, making a statement with it's English qualities. Bready, nutty, chocolatey, and sweet caramel here. Big aroma in comparison to the taste though, that came up a bit short for me. Bready & chocolate forward with a carbonation bite in the aftertaste. No discernable hops to note tastewise, but I do get the bittering a good bit. Only complaint is that I wish the taste had matched the nose - rough to have a better nose than taste.

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Photo of will1256
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review, figured I'd give it a shot! Bottle from a six pack received as a stocking stuffer from my Madison-dwelling sister. Poured into a snifter.

A: Very very dark brown; only a little light finds its way through the edge of the glass. One finger off-white head.

S: Initially, roasty malts and lots of chocolate. As it warms, coffee begins to make an appearance.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of chocolate and roastiness. Don't pick up much coffee initially, but a bit in the aftertaste. Light sweetness that coats your mouth.

M: Very nice fine carbonation, not too strong. Little bit lighter than medium body, and a bit slick.

O: Not very complex, but very good for what it is. Very drinkable and a nice winter beer, though it's still 40 degrees outside in Minnesota in January?!?

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Photo of Mrpickles
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown pour, bordering on black, nice light tan head that was over 1" in depth. Aroma delivered plenty of chocolate and roasted malt, struck me as pretty nice, usually the English porter style has kind of a petroleum vibe for me for some reason, but this was pleasant.

Same with the taste, would really not know this beer was classified as an English porter, the yeast didn't seem or scream out Fuller's or whatever common british house yeast you may be used to. The chocolate is just as prevalent as it is in something like Young's Double Chocolate Stout, really one of the more flavorful in terms of chocolate English anything, much less porter. Overall its pretty straightforward, lightly sweet, and plenty flavorful.

Another good beer from Ale Asylum.

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Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at AA. Served in a shaker pint. Very Dark brown in color, almost black, but not quite. Served with only a minimal bit of almost tan head. Very little lacIng. Aroma is of chocolate and little else. Taste is of lightly roasted malts and milk chocolate with a watery finish. Medium bodied, but feels lighter than it is. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness. A better than average porter, though a rather simplistic one.

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Photo of znichols
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, uber dark. Like stout dark. Not much, if any, light getting through this sucker. An off-white one finger head that quickly dissipates and dissolves into a few little creme colored bubbles on the top of the beer. Decent amount of lacing.

S- Subtle, stale coffee immediate within the aroma. Traces of smooth chocolate and roasted barley. The slightest bit of spicy hops are present as well. Slightly mild aroma to this one.

T-Very enjoyable flavor to this porter. Slightly sweet with a solid milk chocolate essence to it. Iced coffee, toffee, nuts, and marshmallow notes make an appearance too. Little to no alcohol present. Mildly bitter with really no hop flavor evident. A true sweet, roast driven porter.

M- The mouthfeel is nice. Medium bodied and slick with low carbonation, resulting in a creamy feel on the tongue.

O- A nice porter. For whatever reason, maybe the chocolate notes and creamy texture, it really pairs well with a cold Wisconsin night and a warm fire. Be sure to enjoy on the warmer side to let the roasty notes shine.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of crewfan16
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle that I picked up the last time through Madison. Have always heard good things about Ale Asylum, but never picked anything up before now.

a- pours deep brown, almost black with no light shining through. light tan head rises about a half inch, then falls leaving some nice lacing.

s- roasted malt, hints of coffee and milky chocolate sweetness

t- follows the nose. nice dark roasted malt. the chocloate and cofee are there, but in nuance, not very forward.

m- the smoothness and creaminess to this beer is exceptional. incredibly easy drinking

overall, this is a very nice example of the style. I think there are other porters out there that are more in your face, but this one is subtle and complex and extremely smooth. a very nice beer from ale asylum.

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Photo of bootsdomino
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of mariposafan
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 johnkale
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - aggressive pour creates two fingers of rocky beige head, color is dark with just a little bit of red translucence on the edges, lacing is minimal

S - very cocoa heavy, some dark coffee and a little toffee, a touch of vanilla, very roasty with some herbal undertones

T - oreos (no creme), coffee, caramel, burnt toast, some bittering hops too, pretty run of the mill, somehow seems warm in the finish even thought it's less than 5% abv

M - fairly thin, a little prickly from the carbonation, kinda soda-like actually

O - very sessionable and has a wonderful nose but doesn't quite hit the sweet spot that SN or Founders porters do and the mouthfeel is somewhat disappointing. not a bad beer, not a phenomenal one either

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

Pours a deep black with ruby highlights around the lighted edges. Tan head lingers nicely on top for quite a while. Light chocolate and roast in the nose without much else, maybe a light hop note in the middle of the bready base. Smooth is the selling point on the bottle and the website description, and it is very smooth with little to stop it from going dryly off the back of the tongue quickly. Roast is light and lingers a bit on the tongue, but the thin body detracts from the overall taste. While a decent porter, it lacks enough depth to keep me interested beyond a bottle or two. Had the same beer on tap recently and it seemed to have a bit more too it then for some reason.

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Contorter from Ale Asylum
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 245 ratings
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