Brewed by Ale Asylum
Style: Porter
Madison, Wisconsin USA


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RATINGS: 153   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2007
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.

balloonbuffoon (810) - - FEB 21, 2018
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.

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