Ale Asylum Contorter (365 Day 76)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Ale Asylum Contorter

If you have followed this blog at all, you should know by now that I like Wisconsin craft beer. I know most might associate cheese with Wisconsin but they have a large and thriving American craft beer community. Home brewing is also very big up there. Maybe the cold months keep them in doors more than others and brewing beer just makes sense.

Contorter by Ale Asylum is an English Porter. I haven’t had many English porters but the few I have had, I have liked. Contorter is no different.

Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate come through in the nose and the taste in differing amounts, but are strong enough to give the beer a nice “big” presence. There is a bit of chocolate bitterness in the finish along with roasted notes to round the beer off. I noticed that there can be a bit of ashy flavor as the beer warms up. I would say drink it a bit cooler, which shouldn’t be hard, as they go down easy. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.7

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