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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter - Ass Kisser Ales

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 185
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 6.85%
Wants: 2
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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 185
Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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... (613 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle I got for working ACBF. It was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Porter Pounder pours nearly a solid black, with just a couple ruby highlights appearing when the beer's backlit. About two fingers of khaki colored foam rise up before slowly fading away. A solid web of lacing is left in its wake. The nose has a nice smoky aroma, much more on the bacon/bbq side of things, rather than a peaty smoke. Unfortunately that's it though, no other aspect of the porter stands out at all. There's a little bit more to the flavor profile, as a mild chocolaty note opens things up. A bit more variety would have been nice (some coffee or roast pehaps), but right after that opening the smoke comes in and takes over the rest of the beer. Again, it's a nice smoky flavor, I just wish it wasn't quite so dominant. The body is solid and full, but the carbonation is very noticeably dull. It starts out ok, but falls off a cliff by mid palate. I wasn't expecting much from Porter Pounder after trying Ass Kiser's uninspired hefe, but this is a solid spoked porter, albeit an exceedingly one dimensional one. (1,111 characters)

Photo of gleemonger
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola brown with pretty much no head at all after a regular pour. Actually, this pretty much looks like Coke to me. Though it does leave some lacing down the glass, redeeming itself from complete cola appearance.

Sweet smelling with a kind of dark fruit thing going on, similar to a scotch ale or dopplebock, but not really. Not much else, not picking up any smokiness, chocolate, roasted malts, or anything I was expecting to smell. Very subdued. Not bad, just not exciting.

The smoke comes through much more strongly in the flavor department, in a good way. I'm not getting the dark fruits I was smelling at all, oddly, just mostly the smoke and roasted malts. Not much in the way of chocolate, coffee, hops, or any of the other things that tend to round out a good porter, but I definitely enjoy the smoke and roast coming through in this one - not bad.

Moderate to heavy body with very little carbonation. Seems like it should have much more of a bite, but pretty smooth anyway. Not a bad feel, but not great.

This one's okay. I think it could use some work to make it more interesting, to compliment the smokiness which does work pretty nicely here. It's just a little flat and not very complex. The alcohol is not noticable to me, despite the higher ABV. Not bad. (1,281 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of StarshipPoopers
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,385 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of Klym
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: solid black; very good carbonation; decent head; ok lacing
S: smells of a stout, much like a Rasputina. Starts with smoke elemnt, but turns quickly to carmelized malt
T: smoke is a very light element of this beer; basically it's a classic stout/porter with a very dark roast profile; surprisingly sweet, not hoppy; strongly complex taste; well paired with the booze

Good! But don't expect a lot of smoke. (437 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/16/11; split with schweah

Medium brown; dark in the glass; however, held to the light it has a grapefruit juice purple sheen. Two finger head drops to a skim and plump collar retention. Decent droopy lace.

Well-positioned smokey aroma; smells a bit like jerky. Subtle roasted coffee note and hints of dusty cocoa. Earthy, nutty overtones with a notion of peanut butter. The flavor has more of a smooth, semi-sweet chocolate presence. Peanut butter, too. Subtle roasted coffee tones. Smoke isn't as strong compared to the aroma. Earthy hop nips. Medium body; rather smooth with a rolling backmask of carbonation. Finishes dry with something of a coating feel.

I'm pleasantly surprised with this one. The price point was high, but it's enjoyable. I'm definitely glad I got this one instead of the DIPA. (847 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark brown hue with some amber highlights and a thin beige hue that quickly dissipates.

S: Smoked malty aroma with a sweet scent.

T: Similar to the smell there is a good smoked flavor to the beer with a middle sweetness and finished on the dry side. There is a spicy quality to this beer that reminds me of a chipotle brew.

M: Thick body and minimal carbonation.

O: Interesting smoked porter – could have used a little more flavor. It was good but not great. (531 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.52/5  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 (785 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is dark brown, amber edging, head presents nicely at 1/2 inch thick dissipates to a ring that clings the glass with some bubbly lacing.

Smell is sweeter chocolate malt, some roast, no smoke, maybe some dry earthiness. A little disappointing.

Taste has a touch of subtle smoke flavor, mainly from its dry finish on the tongue, malt flavors are slightly sweet from chocolate and a solid roast flavor. Hops are subtle and bitter, earthy and drying. Very surprising this clocks in at 8%, nice flavors and drinkability.

Mouthfeel is as expected from a solid strong porter or smoked porter, nice lingering flavor profile, solid bitter presence on the tongue and cheeks.

Overall, a disappointing smoked porter but a solid easy drinking strong porter. (791 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep black, slightly viscous, with a tan head that raises to one finger in height, sits there for a while and laces well.

The bottle says it has a "subtle smoky aroma" and though this isn't the smokiest beer I've had, I wouldn't exactly call it subtle. the smoke/burnt bacon aromas dominate with some dark roasted and sweet malts lingering behind that. way behind.

smoke is not quite as dominant in the flavor, but is still at the forefront. bacon, a lot of burnt coffee, some molasses sweetness and some charcoal. finishes with a slightly smoky sweetness.

medium-to heavy bodied with a slightly aggressive level of carbonation and a slight syrupy feel on the finish.

With the caveat that I don't usually like smoky beers, I enjoyed this one somewhat. I tried to rate it with the style in mind, which I think I did a fair job at. The aroma was a bit too smoky and the flavor not quite as balanced as I would like, but overall it was a decent quaff. (960 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.39/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark murky cola like, no head from this bottle, little lacing with each sip but nothing stays on the glass. On the second bottle poured I might have gotten a quarter inch tan head with a tad more lacing. So, with more head you get more lacing? I'll have to bounce that one off my wife.

Nose: smoky wood for sure and it reminds me of light hickory smoke for this moment in time, mocha coffee is what I get after that

Flavors: wonderful coffee flavor for the coffee lover like me; dark roasted grains; a little dark chocolate bite;

Mouthfeel: short after taste, nothing seems to linger on the palate, slight bitterness on the finish, smooth on the delivery, low carbonation.

To the Point: A nice smoked porter. Not over smoked … not under smoked … seems just right to me. I personally like the coffee note. A fairly tasty porter overall but, do I want fairly tasty for 16 bucks a six pack. I do like it. If it was 9 bucks a six pack I am buy more. (967 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (957 characters)

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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter from Ass Kisser Ales
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