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Brewed by Ale Asylum
Style: Porter
Madison, Wisconsin USA

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This medium-bodied ale is dark in color and deceiving on the palate. The glassy smooth finish of this beer is your first hint that dark in color doesn't always mean heavy in stomach.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3192) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009
12/31/2008 and 1/21/2009: Ale Asylum Contorter Porter has a traditional deep brown color with a thin tan skin on top. The has a really appetizing roasty, coffee aroma. The flavor is also quite robust with heavily roasted malt accompanied by chocolate and coffee. There is also a nice herbal/grassy acidic coffee-like bitterness in the finish. I really like the amount of roasted barley flavor in this beer. It also has a medium body and is easy to drink. This is a porter that I could drink one after another and enjoy every one quite thoroughly. This is another solid Ale Asylum brew.

12 fl. oz. bottles given to me by my good old buddy Jason. Thanks man! Rating #44 for this beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours a chocolate black with a tan head. Good lactose flavors with nice chocolate and coffee flavors too. Accents of caramel too. Milky creamy mouth. Good porter!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Thanks to hopdog for passing this bottle onto me. Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head that left some lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma of grainy malt, chocolate notes, light coffee, some roasty notes, caramel, almonds and cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee grinds, dark chocolate, caramel and nuts. Solid porter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Dark color. Smell of roasted coffee, hops, chocolate and caramel. Taste of coffee, hops, caramel, light chocolate and watery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2008
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of nuts, toastiness, cocoa, and caramel. Flavor of caramel malt, chocolate, and roasted malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2008
12 oz bottle from Steve’s in WI. Pours a dark brown black with a tan creamy head. Old grain and roasted malts with a touch of molasses. Ashy watery roasted malt flavors. Decent flavors but really watery. With a thicker body and flavors, this could be really good. As it is, its quite lacking.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4654) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Little bit of chocolate in there. Some coffee. But overall, a bit thin and not as heavy as I like my porters. Still, there is a nice hoppy taste that lingers.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is very very roasty and sweet...cocoa and chocolate syrup...taste is roasty and quite sweet...chocolate with faint hints of coffee in the finish...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Summary: Big roasty flavor, nicely balanced by hops at the front, gets slightly unbalanced in the finish. Aroma: Strong roast malt presence, also caramel, floral elements. Appearance: Dark, dark brown, nearly black. A fluorish of bubbles forms a finger of tan head, which dissipates soon, only spotty lace. Chunky pale sediment is slightly unappealing. Flavor: Strong roast malt presence lasts and lasts. Accompanied in the beginning by some citrus and floral hops, later on by chocolate undertones. Palate: Carbonation and hops are pleasantly prickly on the front, finishes dry, kind of ashy-chalky.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
12oz bottle, no date from Steve’s Liquor. Ruby brown with a one finger beige head, fading to a thin film and thick ring before long. Aroma of roasted malts (almost bordering on char) and pine hops up front, with some light sweet caramel and floral hops in the background. Flavor has the roast presenting as more ashy with char, but the sweet caramel keeps it from detracting too much. Pine and floral hops are still present as well. Semi-dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3 at the back corners of my tongue. Low carbonation with a thin, but smooth, body. A little less char and ash would make this a fine beer.


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