Brewed by Ale Asylum
Style: Porter
Madison, Wisconsin USA


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Very solid porter. Fantastic roasted malt aroma. The is intense roast malt with a bit of caramel, followed by a dry, lightly hopped finish. The head disappears almost immediately, and there’s a tad of watery cola quality to the body, but otherwise a fabulous beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Pours an extremely dark mahogany color with translucent, chestnut brown edges. A foamy, khaki colored head settles to a thin film with a prominent edge. Sticky, horizontal swaths of lacing mark the glass. Aromas include cocoa powder, lactose, roasted barley, and notes of creamed coffee. There’s an earthy, lightly grassy bitterness to the nose, as well. Flavors show roasty chocolate and mocha up front, with hints of dark fruits, earthy spice, and biting, grassy hops. A distinct nutty note lingers somewhere in the background, lending some complimentary depth. The palate is medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated. Finishes slightly chalky. Overall, a pretty decent porter, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Bottle (Contorter Porter) and served in standard pint glass: Deep brown hue with a lasting creamy tan head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of lactic milk chocolate, walnut and peanuts, roasted and coffee like mlats, some grassy hops too. The taste is twangy and roasty throughout with some dark fruit on top of light chocolate. The finish is ashy and burnt with a nice kick of grassy hops. The mouth feel is a bit better than the norm for the genre. Not too shabby in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6750) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Black as tar with a medium sized tan head than lasts a few minutes before fading to a ring. Aroma is roasted and sweet sorghum. Flavor is the same. It reminds of coffee with too much amaretto laced cream. Nice feel with some hopped zing effects. I hoped for better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2008
12 oz. bottle labeled as "Ale Asylum Contorter Porter." The name on this entry should be changed to reflect the marketed brand name of the beer. Consumed on 8-15-2008. Tarry, coffee-ish, milky burnt malt aroma. Pours dark brown with a small to moderate amount of dark beige / light tan head. Harsh, tarry taste at first. Settles, mellows, and improves upon multiple sips. Burnt plum pie and pecan pie taste. Whole milk or half-and-half flavor. Light to medium body. Boring and unremarkable in the palate. This is not my kind of porter. It’s of the simplistic, boring-at-best, off-putting-at-worst, tarry, overly coffee-ish variety that is all too common.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tennisjoel (1376) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pour is black with a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Aromas of coffee, and tobacco. Flavor is heavy on the tobacco, almost like ashes from a cigarette. This is not my kind of porter. When I taste this, it’s like I’ve been smoking a cigar or something. Weird.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours black with a medium head. Strong malt aroma. Smooth and thick to the palate. Very nice malt flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Pours black like coffee, slightly viscous with a tan head. Nose of dark chocolate, malt and rye bread. Nice carbonation with dark chocolate on the palate, fuller mouthfeel and a clean finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
I thought this a good, but not great, porter. I got some defect in the aroma, and the mouthfeel is a bit thin, which is forgivable as I think my mouthfeel expectations have been shaped by Imperial Stouts and Baltic Porters, so it is entirely possible my mouthfeel expectations are unfair. Poured a deep black color, but appeared a bit thin. Head formed nicely, but didn’t last long. Aroma was very roasty with a significant mercaptan presence. Flavor is straight roastiness, and quite good. Mouthfeel was just a touch thin. I would recommend this beer. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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