Ass Kisser Smoked Porter - Ass Kisser Ales

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83
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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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: 185 | Reviews: 64
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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild smokey and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but a bit unrefined in my opinion.

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 BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As strongly malted and heavy toasted ales go, Ass Kisser Smoked Porter delivers all the Portery goodness along with the savory and almost meaty aroma and taste of smoke for a near-barbecue experience in a beer.

Opening with a froathy and surprisingly sprite pour, the dark brown ale is quite carbonated and zesty although it's initial heady tan foam stance proves quite fleeting and offers slight lace character.

Heavy toast, bitter chocolate, coffee, smoke, and hops fill the nose with robust character and well balanced. Almost roasty, the beer seems as much Stout as it does Porter at times. Grassy with a slight vegital note that weaves into the rich malty notes- this seems to be a blend of hop and grain profile.

The balance of heavy toast, medium roasted coffee, cocoa, and burnt toffee all create a strong and dry taste of roast that come across a bit ashy at times. Smoke aromas become the vale than skimly blankets the roast and sweetness in creating a meaty barbecue flavor. The rise of hop bitterness in finish is preceded by the grassy and vegetative taste of hops- not only the resin but the leaf as well; this leads to an almost corn-like and earthy impression.

The robust mouthfeel of both dark grain and abundant carbonation gives a full and rich texture at first. But the fleeting carbonation leaves a dry-roast character on the tongue at mid palate that's not as supported by malty textures as I would like. This leaves the beer slightly empty and grainy at mid palate, making the finish slightly acrid and ashy.

Though the beer has a few minor flaws in taste, aroma, and mouthfeel it fares quite average and is a drinkable dark ale despite the challenge of smoke, hops, and roast. Because of the chlorophenol vegital taste, I wouldn't expect the shelf life of this beer to be great as not a good candidate to cellar.

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

12 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Trots out a very dark brown body with a medium-sized, slowly collapsing, beige head. A few strays dots of lacing here and there.

Smell: Moderately roasty-scented malts with touches of coffee, slight earthy nuttiness, subdued smoke, raisins, and a little dog drool.

Taste: A malty mixture of roasted nuts, cola, mild coffee, a little chocolate powder, and even some sweet toffee. There's smoke here, but it's kinda subtle and well-balanced amongst the other components. Eventually, even a bit of hop character and bitterness pops in for a visit. Malty, scantly smoky finish with all of those earlier malt hints coming around again, but none of them overshadowing the next.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's not great, but it's pretty good and I liked it more than I had anticipated I would.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.37/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

My last bottle in the introduction to this brewery. It pours a murky black-brown topped by almost no head whatsoever. Kinda reminds me of a glass of very thin used motor oil. The nose comprises toffee, light meaty smoke, Belgian candi sugar, and light cocoa. It's almost as if a decent smoked porter were watered-down in my 'strils... The taste sorta brings in more of the same, but everything is bland, with a touch of wet cardboard and a vague vegetable quality. I hope this is a bad bottle... This concern is given further credence with the body: a stolid medium, with a very light (almost still) carbonation and a slick, oily feel. Overall, I can only assume this was a bad bottle, what with the signs of oxidation and the clear lack of carbonation. If it isn't, though, this is one sad excuse for a beer. I'll be sure to give this stuff another try in the near future and report back...

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 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 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 DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In a world where the name Arrogant Bastard is okayed to be labled on beer bottles, why not a beer named Ass Kicke...back back back....sser. Juvenile fun or creative marketing? Eh, leave it to the forums. On to the beer:

Black ink colored with a short head. Stringy lacing is produced and sticks briefly around the glass. The smell of smoked meat arises from the beer, and littler notes of dates, peat, and bits of dark chocolate. Good aromas, though not always in sync.

They put the smoked in smoked porter. Smoked malts are easy to find off the bat. Fruity notes at times. Charred fruit? The ABV is hidden well, and it's easy sailing. Or not. The overall flavor loses some of its lust and become a little less interesting. It's medium bodied, with an aftertaste a little charred and dry.

Starts off solid, but fizzled out to merely okay. I'll go past this next time.

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 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.

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 Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much in the way of head after the pour and no foam at all for this dark cola brown porter.

Old brownies, maybe some smokey malted grain, and a little stale 7-11 coffee thats been sitting on the warmer way too long.

Dry nesquick chocolate malt, heavy roasted malt diluted by hard water. Add to that some warmth from the abv. content.

This is not a smoked porter in my book, maybe a hint of smoked malt, buts that it. There's plenty of porters that aren't smoked, but have more smokey aromas and flavors in them than this brew.

Glad I tried it, cool looking bottle artwork, but will not buy again.

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 Cyberkedi
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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!

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head on a blackish body and not really any lace. Very coffee, roasted/dry malt aroma, some oakiness I think (or at least something like oak) and touches of sugary sweetness and bitter hops. These roasted, dry, coffee malts dominate the taste as a medium bodied beer coats my tongue w/ some sticky malts as well, for a slightly balanced dry beer that can be a little thick at times. Finishes somewhat smooth as there is some sweetness as well. A simplistic but enjoyable dry porter that hides the ABV well and was pleasurable to sip on, although I wish the sweetness could've shined a little more.

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 champ103
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A large beige head rises to over two fingers. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, acrid coffee, meaty smoke lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of roasted malt. Coffee is very acrid with lots of meaty/bacon like smoke lingering.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. A bit hard to drink, for me anyway. Lots of alcohol, acrid coffee and lingering smoke makes for a slow sipper.

Smoke heads will enjoy this. Though I think it has a bit to much acrid coffee. Taken as a hole, not something I particularly enjoy, but certainly a decent beer.

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 barczar
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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 Holland
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown with thin highlights, almost like a stout. Poured with decent head and kept some lacing around that was a tan-brown color.

S: smelled of malt, coffee, and roasted goodness. Didn't get the smoke as the name would indicate, so docking this slightly. The smell is also kind of weak.

T; still no smokey flavor, but the roasted malt is obvious. Solid taste, better than the smell. Happy to say that the taste stays with me on my tongue for a while, and it's quite enjoyable. My first sip was bitter, and from then on I adjusted and found it sweet for some reason.

M: medium body with good carbonation

O: solid brew, not the greatest ever but it's good enough. Can't believe I paid $10 for this in a 22 ounce, though. Screw you, The Perfect Gift in Haile Village in Gainesville. That's gouging on a brew like this.

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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter from Ass Kisser Ales
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