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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter - Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 185
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: champ103 on 03-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 185
Photo of jALEson
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, pleasing aroma is smoky and oily with hints of hops and licorice, demanding a taste. It pours a deep, rich sable with a decent light tan head. Flavor is smoky with definite tones of burnt wood, malt and molasses and a hint of caramel. Texture is thick, smooth and just a little tingly. This should please any porter fan!

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Photo of lwillitz
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - shallow medium tan head over a body of pitch black with ruby highlights

S - mocha, chocolate milk, grainy malts, smoke

T - coffee, chocolate, malt sweetness, smoke, dark fruits, notes of wood

M - oily medium body (a bit lighter than expected), high carbonation

O - This is an excellent porter. Head retention is unimpressive and it could use a little more body, but the taste and smell are excellent!

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Photo of codsmith
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with no head, just a small ring of foam around the outside edge of the glass

S: It has a nice soft and sweet smokey aroma. Very clean and no yeast aroma. There a slight amount of roasted grain coming through

T: A little sweet upfront but changes to a nice roasted and smokey flavor. It finishes nicely with just a very slight amount of bitterness.

M: Very smooth and light bodied. Carbonation could be a little better.

O: Pretty well balanced and fairly tame on the smoke, but still a very decent beer. Could use a little more carbonation to give it a little thinker body and more head retention. Going to have pickup some more of these bottles next time I'm at the store.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of JMad
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Corker444
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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.


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Photo of Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black color with a thick brown head into my glass. Very good presentation for the style.

Smoky malt that has a slight amount of roasted coffee as well. Visceral and mainly all about the smoke.

Taste is comprised of smoky malt that dominates the mouthfeel, followed by a slight hint of roasted coffee. Again, all about the smoke here.

Lingering smoke and roastiness make up the overall mouthfeel. Chewy but not much else.

Certainly a smoked porter, albeit plain and simplistic. The high ABV will certainly allow you to stick it away for a while. Regardless, it's solid.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in a trade, enjoyed this beer.

A: Not totally opaque dark brown, when held up to the light you can see through the beer. Pinky of head dies to a ring with some lacing.

S: Lots of peat and smoke in the nose, pretty much dominates all else. A little bit of nutty, coffee chocolate aroma beneath that. Mostly nuts in the mix.

T: A lot less smoke in the taste though it kicks in nicely in the aftertaste with smooth balanced roasted malt, nuts and a bit of mocha. The peat is a nice finishing touch and lingers a while almost like a lighter scotch like a highland. Some flutters of clove and fruit, barley.

M: Very nice creamy feel, the feel really makes this beer. nice carbo and tingle over the palate.

Overall good.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time round with the Ass Kisser brand from Rahr & Sons.

Pours a dark brown color with a great looking inch of tight, pancake batter like head. Brilliant lacing as well.

Aroma is like smoked caramel. A little mesquite and a little sweet. Not too complex but bang on for the style.

The sweetness and the smokiness are apparent right away. THis has some chocolate and licorice flavors combined with a subtle, yet very apparent, smokiness that is in now way over powering. It's done well. A bit like a smokey tootsie roll.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I'm still not sure why we're getting this brand from Rahr here in New England as we don't get any of their regular offerings.

I picked this up at Winooski Beverage in VT for about $7.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of beeroholix420
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this in a 22oz bomber for $1.25 at big lots! I am just sampling out of sample glass I got at oktoberfest here in fresno.
APPEARANCE: its a redish brown color dark but very see through, not like most other porters I have had. Had to pour pretty rough to get any kind of head.

SMELL: first off I smell straight roasted chocolate, its got just a very malt forward smell, I also smell raisins..like chocolate covered raisins, no hop aroma what so ever

TASTE: smokey roasty chocolate right off the bat! Light Coffee in the background, taste a little bit of the alcohol which is not suprising at 8%.

MOUTHFEEL: medium bodied

OVERALL: good but I've had better. I do like the smokey taste to it, they did that well. I like it though! On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 6

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first offering from Rahr & Sons and I am delighted to say I enjoyed this beer quite a bit.

A: Poured a deep dark brown with a jet black core. It produced a frothy 1+ finger head that exhibited reasonable retention and left a good amount of lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate were the primary notes hiding the alcohol and overpowering any hops present.

T: As the smell indicated, coffee and chocolate dominate. What was nice is the chocolate is bitter sweet allowing you to finish the beer without sweetness overwhelming your taste buds.

M: Light and crisp, surprising for a porter.

O: A pretty straight forward porter, but that doesn't take away from its charm. Would like to try this beer again in the future and am excited to try other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Inky dark brown body. Two fingers of relatively thick, light cocoa head. Pretty nice lacing. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, campfire smoke, and peat on the nose.

Roasted barley and dark chocolate up front. Smoke trickles in with notes of flint, campfire, and smoked meats. Complemented and balanced by sweetish dark fruits and light molasses. Coffee bitterness in the finish. Lingering smoke. Medium body with a slightly over carbonated feel. Not too shabby. Nice smoke.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown brew with a light skim for a head, if any.

Dark roasted malt and wood smokiness that has that bacon edge -- a little Rauchbier in the nose, but not super strong.

Nice bitterness from dark roasted malt, with some richness and a little sweetness, tied to coffee and even dark chocolate. Sweet is slight, and bitter forces its way thru. And you get the light smoke on the palate. Alcohol is very well hidden -- scary.

Medium bodied, a little thinner than I wanted.

Nice brew. A very well balanced smoked porter. Not a ton of depth here in regard to flavor complexities, but what is present works.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This bottle is from 2011.

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy, lingering tan head.

Light smoke, chocolate, roasted and deeply toasted malt, and a hint of tar form the aroma.

Flavor reveals tar at the base, which lingers into the lightly bitter finish. Roast malt forms the backbone, with smoke adding a complementary back note. Chocolate provides a welcome accent. The balance is roasty and lightly bitter.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a tad on the high side, and subtle alcohol warmth.

Never had this fresh, but the flavor have melded well together , at this point. Smoke doesn't overwhelm, roast is the star, and chocolate adds a nice character. There's a bit of a plasticy phenol that's slightly offputting.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Pitch black in color, pours a small light brown head, minimal internal carbonation, not translucent (of course)

S: Moderately fragrant, smoke, pepper, espresso, and light cocoa, some elements of vanilla

T: Begins with espresso and vanilla with traces of pepper, but finishes with a smoke flavor quite reminiscent of beef jerky, moderately flavorful, complex and unique

M: Quite smooth for an 8% porter, mild smoky/cocoa aftertaste, not drying, lingering, or overpowering on the palate

O: A unique and smooth porter, probably my favorite ass kisser, delicious and worth a try

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Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New beer in the Chicago market, figured I'd give it a whirl. Bottle says its from California, BA says Texas... anyways, here we go:

A: pours deep black, not entirely opaque, some brown highlights, creamy brown head, good retention, good lacing

S: smell features heavy smoke, charred wood, hints of chocolate and licorice. The smoke overpowers the malt character.

T: things start off sweet with hints of anise and molasses, the flavor dries out and becomes very smoke forward. Finish is all smoke...think bbq pit...

MF: nice creamy texture, relatively light body considering the ABV

O: this beer comes nowhere close to drinking like it is 8%. This is normally a good thing, however its flavors are somewhat tame. Overall, the balance is a little off, but the flavors are good.

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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter from Ass Kisser Ales
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.