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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
Brewed by:
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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 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 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 Cavery
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Klym
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 Mora2000
3.78/5  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.

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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 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 ManuelHerrera
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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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 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 champ103
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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