balloonbuffoon (810) - - FEB 21, 2018 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
10th Annual Mid*Winter Brewfest. Pours to a dark brown body with a thin white head. The aroma is light and nutty. Kind of plain. The flavor has immediate flaws. Seems to be brewed too hot. Notes of off-flavors like butterscotch and celery. The palate is vibrant with a caramel feel. Not digging this one at all.
Earlier Rating: 7/16/2006 Total Score: 3.1
Pours to an extremely dark but transluscent ruby/garnet body with an off-white head. The aroma is a strong roasty coffee. Not much else going on, however. The flavor is roasty tea and coffee. I swear there is some butterscotchy diacetyl in this. The palate is dry, medium bodied, and so-so.
12floz bottle, BOD: blank, $1.75 unit cost, pint glass. Pours with little head, which recedes to nothing atop a dark brown body. Nose is heavy of molasses, but not so in taste. It is decent most resembling dark bread. Albeit it's mild, low in carbonation, and has a thin texture. Sure is drinkable, and basic. ARH (1141) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2018
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2018 This beer pours a gorgeous pitch black with a dense tan head that disappears quickly, leaving only a thinnish thing and a wisp. The aroma is kinda yeasty / doughy, with hints of roasted grains and caramel. The taste is a bit underwhelming considering the appearance, but appropriate for a porter: mildly sweet, lightly bitter. It's slick and thin on the palate with very little carbonation. Notes of today and berries come through with a toasted, dry (lightly astringent) finish. 1pintatatime (179) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2017
Poured into a pint glass. Little aroma on a medium tan head. Flavor is burnt malt, hints of dark chocolate with a finish that's semi- sweet (wait long enough and slight bitter edge kicks in). Body is just a bit on the thin side for my taste, but overall it's a very decent porter. jackl (8598) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Keg @ Ale Asylum. 08/14/16. Deep brown pour with a tiny head. Nose is caramel and brown sugar. Cocoa. Just the lightest suggestion of butter. Flavor is similar. Light toastiness. Caramel and a bit of toasted nut. Just a bit slick. Hints of diacetyl. Drake (14360) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Keg at the brewpub, 8/14/16. Dark brown, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, lactose. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, raisin, caramel. Medium bodied, smooth, creamy.
MetalNHopHead (2319) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 10, 2016
Fitting comfortably within the English aesthetic, Contorter Porter offers a lot of malty roastiness yet a generous amount of hops for a pleasant finishing bitterness. Aroma reveals a deep level of roast, almost to the point of being smoky. Caramel, chocolate, and subtle cream flavors. Some hints of fresh coffee. Rich, hearty feel. Is there a style Ale Asylum doesn’t do well? Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a nice one finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Sly lacing.
The aroma starts with some roasty coffee and cocoa bean. Some dried dark cocoa powder fluffs it up a bit.
The flavor balances nicely between the sweet and the roast. Sly crisp sweet to roasty aftertaste with a nice sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Low carbonation helps it feel smooth all around.
Overall, this was a nice porter worthy of having again. tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Tap at Brewery. Dark brown with decent head. Smells roasty and of sourdough. I get a smokiness in the flavor. deyholla (12707) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head that dissipates completely. Aroma has dark grains, roasted malts, a hint of nuttiness and a bit of earthy bread. Flavor has earthy dark grains, some nuttiness and light roasted malts. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Roasted malts, coffee, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with roast and cocoa.