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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter - Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter
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BA SCORE
83
good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: champ103 on 03-25-2011

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 64
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and some irregular lacing is left.

3.5 S: Porcine and camp fire smokiness. A light graininess with moderate roastiness. On the drier side, but is mixed with caramel sweetness.

3.25 T: Roasty with hints of ash. Campfire smokiness, grain, an almost tanginess that may come from the smoked malt. Caramel sweetness just falls short of balancing out the roastiness. Could use a bit more refinement.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit more carbonation than I'd prefer. Lacking creaminess.

3.25 D: It's okay, but I wouldn't buy it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this left coast brewery.Poured a deep dark brown with some lighter brown highlights,a creamy one finger beige head atop.Aromas are really light,subdued smoke and chocolate come out but that's about it.Flavors of light smoke and a real defined woodiness,minor brown sugar-like sweetness comes thru in the finish.Eh it's ok but it's not overly complex,I will say the alcohol is held in check pretty well.

Photo of Jason
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dark brown, ruby highlights, beautiful lacing

SMELL: Smoke, faintly cloying, mild roasty character, coffee, carob, wild berries

TASTE: Very smooth, medium bodied, mild smokiness throughout, roasty, slightly astringent, warming, fruity, yeasty

Not bad, a bit messy with the yeast and fruitiness. A bit more smoke and a bit more roasted character would fill in where this brew falls flat.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the meaty smoke with a little bit of heavily roasted malts mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of smoke with some chocolate and roasted malt. You can taste the base porter behind the heavy smoked notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a black dense body with a boiling tan head that fades to a thick ring and a sea of slow motion carbonation.

S- The dark roasted malt has a hint of char and espresso stout but it is a bit thin.

T- The coffee roasted malt has a slightly sour smoke hint to it and a black roasted malt finish. There is a note of malt bitterness that comes through after the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a watery texture that is a bit of slippery in the finish.

O- The nice brown porter has a touch of smoke that offer support but not overpowering. Very easy to drink especially for an 8% ABV.

Photo of jALEson
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A smoked porter, contract brew by Rahr. Pours clear, dark brown with lingering tan head. Plenty of scattered lace and thin head on surface and collar as it fades. No mistaking the smoke, as it is the star of the show. Perhaps, a little coffee along with the burnt malt aromas. The flavor is smoke and...I swear I just had a bit of crisp bacon chased with a swallow of coffee! The body is a creamy--medium with low carbonation.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Champagne Cellars in December. Pretty good smoked porter. very good drinkability. Black with small retained head. Pleasant smokiness. Complex: A little BBQ, a little mocha, and a bit of sweet-spicyness. Medium mouthfeel.Fizzy carbonation.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The side of the bottle reads that it was brewed in San Jose, CA, though BA claims it's from Texas. Also, it asked to be kept refrigerated, and the shop I bought it from had it on the shelf, for what it's worth.

Some aggression needed for the pour. One finger tan head, coarse. Body is cloudy and deep brown, mostly opaque. Decent lace, some surface memory.

Nose is pretty empty, just some tartness, so I'll let it warm up and come back to it. Edit: later, barbecue smoke becomes apparent in the nose.

Taste has a huge malt presence with a finish that's a sort of cross between hops and barbecue. Not smoky in the way I usually think of for a rauch (and of course, this isn't one), but appropriate. Malt and coffee dominate the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, the carbonation is slightly too bright, almost like a seltzer water. Not complementary to the style.

Not bad, but not particularly good either, and at the price (east coast), I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Ass Kisser Porter this Xmas Eve...it is a full bodied porter at 8% abv. The peer pours a dark almost completely opaque. A this ecru head forms at the top with minimal if any lacing. The smell smoke with light roast. The taste earth and peat mixed with smoke. The mouthfeel as mentioned is full bodied with decent carbontation. This isnt too bad of a porter.

Photo of Corker444
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip glass.

Had about 2 fingers of foam and a great dark color. I love that! Had a nice tight smoke aroma that opened up and provided some bacon overtones. I love that! Nice rich coffee and with some acid on the palate to cut through. It is not a Stout and not a Dark Brown Ale which some of folks have made lately in style. A nice boost up from Stone which has been a consistent favorite. Would love to try this beer off a tap.

SOLID BREW!

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Fairly solid black pour, thin layer of off white head. Just barely sticks.

Very malty aroma. Caramel and brown sugar smoked bacon.

Taste, good balance between the base porter and the "smoke". Nice caramel, chocolate and peat. Goes to the smoked meat or bbq. Finishes with more smoke, light coffee and cocoa.

A little more lively than I'd like, but that makes it go down pretty easy. To the right of medium bodied. Just a minimal warming from the abv.

Thought this was excellent, but I'm really a fan of these smoked porters.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours black with a fading off-white head.
Nose shows sweet malt with roasted overtones and hints of chocolate. Somewhat subtle.
Sweet flavours too, almost baltic porter-like but without the roast to support it. Cloying.
Body feels a little watery.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JJFoodie for the local!

Pours an extremely dark brown, not quite pitch black. Tan head, two fingers, nice filmy lace trail. Smoke aroma is somewhat subtle, but there's also nice coffee roast notes and some chocolate. That smoke jumps out a bit more in the taste, as does the coffee notes and bitterness from it. Nice roasted malts and chocolate sweetness. Texture's creamy, medium bodied and nicely smooth.

Not wildly smoky, but nonetheless a solid, tasty porter with a pleasant smokiness. I'd drink it regularly.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark nutty chestnut brown with ruby and garnet highlights at the edges. A decent frothy tan head has fair retention and leaves pretty solid pacing.

aroma is potent in the smoke. reminds me of ham hocks and boiled peanuts. toasty, bready, a touch of earth. hops are certainly hidden, but the smoke and toast are pretty solid and inviting.

earthy and smoke up front. peaty smoke with some dry nutty astringency and a bit of sea salt. more smoke. hop bitterness is subtle, with more toasty and a hint of roasted bitterness pulling through. The smoke is there, but the porter isn't quite as potent as I was hoping for.

ample carbonation is fine and prickly... mouth is a bit thinner than i was expecting... but not necessarily bad. Mouth is light for a porter... but inoffensive.

all in all, this one is a surprising offering. the smoke is potent. the porter not quite as much. but as far as smoked brews go, I think this just might be one of my favorite domestic smoked brews after Caldera. Definitely one I'd buy fairly often when available.

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer appears jet black in color but has traces of brown visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin tan head that instantly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Very light aromas of smoked malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of smoke and hints of coffee beans. A faint amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the underlying porter and smoky flavors because neither dominates the overall taste.

Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very very dark, but not quick black, mostly opaque with a creamy off white head. Aroma was a sweet smoke, reminded me of BBQ. Taste was mostly smoke, small hint of burnt oatmeal grains, but finished off bitter. A bit off putting in my mind. Felt ok in the mouth, coated reasonably well. Overall just an ok beer. Nothing really stood out at all beyond the name/label.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark brown color with some crimson highlights. Head is fine and creamy and displays average retention. Not much lacing.

Nose is big on the smoke but does not completely cover up the roasty, peaty malts. Coffee, campfire, chocolate and caramel. Smells pretty damn good actually.

About as much smoke as you would want without it being totally dominant. Still lets the slightly sweet, dark malt flavors to come through nicely. It is smokier than a Stone Smoked Porter, but not as much as any of the Schlenkerla beers. Mouthfeel is pretty full and viscous. Does show a little bit of acrid bitterness about midway through the bomber, and the alcohol becomes noticeable. But overall this is a pretty good smoked beer, I enjoyed it. I would pick up another bomber or two if I saw it.

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice thick black color with a tall sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, smoky malts, and a hint of chocolate in there as well. The smoky malt was the main focus but it wasn't the only thing in there.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, smoky malt, hints of chocolate and coffee. Again, like the nose, the smoke is the main flavor but it is backed by the porter flavors and mixed well.
M: Smooth, rich, medium to heavy bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Overall it was pretty good, nice mix of flavors and feel, nice take on the style, and it did not feel as heavy as it is.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Paid 3 bucks for the single. Into a stein.

A - A fairly deep black brown with just a 1/4 inch of mocha head that pulls back to a thick lace ring.
S - Fairly sweet maybe vanilla? Sweeter malts lead the roasty bite of the typical porter. Mild chocolate and cocoa notes as well.
T - Pretty good the sweeter chocolate malts with a touch of coffee leads acidic roasty malts in the finish. Maybe it's the hops but it has an herbal hint as well. Not bad.
M - Light to medium bodied, drinks very well for 8%.

Overall I have had better porters especially for under 3 dollars. Still for what its worth its not terrible...

Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nothing much to distinguish this in the appearance department. Pours a thin oily black with a bit of tan head that quickly disappears, not even leaving a ring. No lacing either, all around boring to look at.

S - Quite a strong amount of booziness, which really drowns out the other aromas. The alcohol isn't concealed very well, especially for an ABV that isn't outrageous. There isn't much else to the nose here that adds any more complexity, basically booziness, slightly charred malts, and sort of a raisin-like vibe.

T - The taste is redeemable. Rich chocolate makes up the front of the palate, with very faint hints of coffee peeking through. There is quite a bit of smoke makes it through into the finish which is good compared to some other smoked porters I've had. Booziness again comes through in the trailing edge of the palate and adds some harshness. Quite a long finish, leaves a bit of stickiness that I wasn't expecting.

M/D - Quite a light body, somewhere between being light and medium bodied. Mouthfeel is fine, though the lack of much carbonation and the stickiness that accumulates kills the rating for me.

O - Not bad and certainly well within the style, but quite simplistic. The body didn't really do any favours for me, and the taste was good but nothing exceptional.

It's a porter that you can't go wrong with trying, but I think a B is a fair rating.

Photo of Dwkasper
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Good beer, balanced but just a typical porter. Not a big taste

Photo of JMad
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown color with maroon shaded glimpses of light shining through the glass. The head is very rocky and foamy and about 3 inches tall. Nice and smoky aroma, almost like meat or bacon with undertones of coffee and chocolate. Loads of dark malty flavor, black coffee, earthy hops, and wood smoke. The feel was lighter than expected, nice amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, I'm just confused that these used to be brewed by Rahr but now they are from AKA in San Jose?? I don't know what happened, I was trying to drink local.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown in color (approaching black) with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a thin beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some lighter aromas of coffee. All of this is underneath a moderate to strong aroma of smoke.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with some lighter notes of coffee. Moderate flavors of smoked malts and smoke but it does not overpower. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront.

O: While the aromas of the smoke dominate, the flavors of the smoke are well integrated into the overall flavor of the beer and is it well balanced. Enjoyable and fairly easy to drink.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. 3 cm of beige foam builds up even with a gentle pour. Aroma is a bit of roasted malt but dominated by smoked meat and campfire ash. Not a robust aroma but clearly smokey.
The head has faded to a tightly packed edge layer and some wispy islands.
First sip reveals a light to average body with minimal, almost cask-like carbonation and a silky texture. Very enjoyable mouthfeel. Flavor is some caramel and dry baker's chocolate followed by smoked notes, with sausage and some dry ash taste on the finish. Not a robust flavor profile, but what I do find is enjoyable and keeps this sampling a positive experience.
No hints of the ABV or any hops to be found on this brew.
An enjoyable brew that is a good example of a smoke beer. Probably a little more accessible for the style than some of the aecht brews. GIve it a shot and possibly have some nice cheese and cracker combos with the beer.

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Very dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Smokey nose and flavor is smokey chocolate. Almost a burnt chocolate finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter from Ass Kisser Ales
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