islay (1125) - 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 (1175) - 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.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with medium tan head. Aroma of heavy roasted malts, coffee, licorice. Taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Creamy, watery, dry and a little syrupy.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle says Contorter Porter. Pours dark dark brown with a thin off white to light brown head. Can see a few light floaties in here. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is light chocolate, caramel and a little berry. Thin body, watery. Decent.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Middling at best porter. Finish and aftertaste is probably admirable aspect, but is not one to bother with.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a dissipating beige head. Aromas of mild caramel, dark chocolate and hint of coffee. Caramel and mild cocoa in the flavors. Finish is quite dry with a touch of roasted malt and a bit of nuttiness.