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Ass Kisser Porter Pounder Smoked Porter - Ass Kisser Ales

Ass Kisser Porter Pounder Smoked PorterAss Kisser Porter Pounder Smoked Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

179 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%


Brewed by:
Ass Kisser Ales visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 03-25-2011)
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:14:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:37:25 | More by Ryan011235
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Klym

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:31:32 | More by Klym
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 19:34:16 | More by dbrauneis
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 19:02:03 | More by Arithmeticus
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StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 06:28:43 | More by StarshipPoopers
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Holland

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:19:32 | More by Holland
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 05:06:41 | More by axeman9182
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gleemonger

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:14:31 | More by gleemonger
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metter98

New York

3.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 19:35:39 | More by metter98
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beergoot

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep-hued, mahogany body with a very thick, rocky, off-white head. Prominent smoke aroma; ash and charcoal. Rich malt flavor; charred grain and mild sweet chocolate; crisp bitterness. Light to medium bodied; clean; semi-dry finish.

A nice, rather robust and flavorful smoked dark ale. Here's a porter that good stand some more oomph in its body to truly make it better rounded. Additional flavors emerge with more sips: some vanilla mocha notes. All in all, not bad, but good stand a few improvements.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 02:43:43 | More by beergoot
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ManuelHerrera

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 04:26:44 | More by ManuelHerrera
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 03:50:52 | More by DrDemento456
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clayrock81

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 21:25:19 | More by clayrock81
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:44:12 | More by Mora2000
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 18:58:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
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homebrew311

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 06:06:21 | More by homebrew311
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 04:24:33 | More by sulldaddy
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 05:17:00 | More by djeucalyptus
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 18:30:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

3.9/5  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

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:59:14 | More by MatthewWilde
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 14:51:45 | More by OtherShoe2
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tjkinate

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 15:22:10 | More by tjkinate
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 02:31:43 | More by Sammy
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 00:44:10 | More by alexgash
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