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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

178 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ass Kisser Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Retired in August 2013.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 03-25-2011)
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Photo of zaphodchak
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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.

zaphodchak, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 14, 2011
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.

scruffwhor, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

StarshipPoopers, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
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...

TMoney2591, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

clayrock81, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of animortician
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle gifted to me solely based off the label I'm sure. So I was curious to try this to see if it was worth anything.

A: Deep dark brown, with caramel colored head. Didn't stick around very long but left a little lacing.

S: Lead me to believe this was going to be worse than I thought, smell was pretty bland and undemanding.

T: Very strong smokey and roasted nut flavors. Fit the Smoked Porter bill very well. Could tasted french roast coffee and dark chocolate.

F: Smooth and Rich

O: Beer was better than I expected. A little to Toasty for my taste but I could still appreciate it.

animortician, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

OtherShoe2, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Holland, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Bung, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Body has a nice dark brown color; kind of runny, almost liquid; beer poured with a small white head, which disappeared rather quickly; no lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Smoked wood; embers of a campfire; touch of roasted malt; slight ting of licorice; slight spice (chipotle) smell; molasses; some chocolate and coffee as the beer warms up

T - Quick smokey bite; spice; licorice; light molasses flavor; hint of cocoa and coffee beans as it warms up

M - Slightly effervescent and chewy; very, very smokey aftertaste; lingers for quite a while

D - Not bad, I'm not usually a fan of smoked porters but I'm definitely into the light but smooth smoked flavor profile of this beer; kind of light consistency for a porter

ferrari29, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +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.

sulldaddy, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

tjkinate, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of codsmith
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

codsmith, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

homebrew311, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

indiapaleale, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

EgadBananas, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of Cavery
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another farewell-you're-going-on-vacation-beer shared with Klym.

750ml into Stone Nonic.

A: A dark brown porter that kept a decent finger and a half rustic head. Light penetrates the sides of the beer to give it a very cola look, it comes off as a bit light in the visual for the style. The movement of the beer itself also makes me scratch my head a bit; just so thin.

S: So much bright corn product. You name it it's there: corn nuts, corn chips, tamale husks, and dried corn kernels. It favors some corn products over others in different temperatures, but really maintains a consistent corn corn corn theme. You get more normal chocolate/slight coffee smells with a bit of head on the beer, but dry sniffs result in corn-o-rama.

T: The taste is way less "corny" (hah), but the sweetness definitely seems synthetically whiskey inspired. The chocolate notes come through in a savory manner, a decently made Mexican mole comes through with a slight tamarind sweetness. The malt overtakes the light mole note to put it back on the corn train tracks. I'll give the beer credit in that it takes me straight to the American Southwest, but I don't know if I want to ride a wagon of corn to get there. Two notes (BBQ, Corn) Tex-mex cuisine beat me into a submissive "no more" state.

M: Actually a very classic porter mouth. Pretty well done, but I can't help but think if the carbonation was any brighter it might heat the kernels of corn in the flavor to create popcorn. That wasn't really fair of the beer, as the mouth really is quite solid. Good job here.

O: My brother (Klym) said it best when discussing this beer. "They need to rename this beer to border porter". Yes, it wears the sheriff's star of a Texas town, but does it need to do so in such a tex-mex manner? I would have liked it if the flavors went south of the border more often, and didn't make me feel like I was drinking the O'douls of whiskeys. Spice this beer up, and I'll consider re-thinking the corn wagon comment.

Cavery, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Cavery share. Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours black with red flashing out as light pierces it at different angles. Off-white one finger head that dies quickly but leaves attractive lacing.

S: Raw low-quality coco, roasted nuts, tamale husks, and some spice. Was expecting more smoke out of this and the smell definitely caught me off guard, especially as it warmed up a bit. Smells potentially interesting but also has me cautious.

T: Taste is pretty differentiated from the smell. Chocolate and smoke more pronounced in the taste, but the mysterious roasted nuts/tamale corn husks taste remains. Not as bad as I feared but not as good as I hoped it might be.

M: Carbonation and viscosity create a very creamy mouthfeel which while physically soothing seems wholly unfitting for the flavor profile.

O: The flavors are interesting and none of them come through in a bad or rotten way, but they simply don't hit the levels it seems they should. This beer takes big flavors, shrinks them, and blends them until you get a multi-layered, toned down, creamy brew. Interesting and original you could say, but mixing flavors with mouthfeels and intensity levels that don't match is what I'd rather say.

Klym, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

erosier, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Mora2000, May 29, 2011
Photo of jALEson
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

jALEson, May 21, 2011
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!

Cyberkedi, May 15, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Brad007, May 13, 2011
Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahh yeah Ass Pounder Smoked Porter Kisser! ... Wait I think I got that wrong.

Anyways, pretty good eh?

A - Pours dark ruby with thin head and lacing.

S - Campfire smoke and roasted nutty malts lacing the aroma, overall giving a boldness, although not challenging.

T - Not severe upon first sipping, the smoked bacon and maple flavors expand on the palate as you let the sip linger. It's not the most complex tasting porter, in fact it's very thin and surface-level, but that's not always a terrible thing.

M - Thin, quite carbonated, served at slightly colder than room tempterature.

Overall a shadow of the better porters, but a decent effort from the brewers.

ManuelHerrera, Apr 30, 2011
Ass Kisser Smoked Porter from Ass Kisser Ales
83 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.