GJF (1295) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Strykzone (5208) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
islay (1327) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
tennisjoel (1185) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
MartiniFiend (104) - Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium head. Strong malt aroma. Smooth and thick to the palate. Very nice malt flavor.
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the brewery: Pours an opaque, black colour with aromas of espresso beans, dark chocolate and black licorice. Flavors of ak, slight smoke and dark roasted coffee beans.