shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark color. Smell of roasted coffee, hops, chocolate and caramel. Taste of coffee, hops, caramel, light chocolate and watery.
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
drfabulous (4699) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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...
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.