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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

172 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.84%
Wants: 4
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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warnerry

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-29-2013 01:10:55 | More by warnerry
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JT99125

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-07-2013 00:17:46 | More by JT99125
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TaylorK

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-24-2013 03:43:06 | More by TaylorK
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-23-2012 22:00:32 | More by ygtbsm94
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nleaders

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

07-03-2014 11:27:27 | More by nleaders
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khargro2

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

10-03-2012 18:18:10 | More by khargro2
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animortician

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 16:47:59 | More by animortician
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

10-21-2013 00:38:32 | More by BillRoth
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

02-06-2013 23:34:29 | More by Haybeerman
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b-one

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-19-2013 01:50:06 | More by b-one
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mmclaughlin38

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-17-2013 04:11:43 | More by mmclaughlin38
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Black color. One finger of frothy tan head. Retention is about average and some irregular lacing is left.

3.5 S: Porcine and camp fire smokiness. A light graininess with moderate roastiness. On the drier side, but is mixed with caramel sweetness.

3.25 T: Roasty with hints of ash. Campfire smokiness, grain, an almost tanginess that may come from the smoked malt. Caramel sweetness just falls short of balancing out the roastiness. Could use a bit more refinement.

3.0 M: Lighter medium body. A bit more carbonation than I'd prefer. Lacking creaminess.

3.25 D: It's okay, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:06:56 | More by DavoleBomb
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 04:12:39 | More by BEERchitect
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:22:22 | More by mountdew1
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Cavery

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:52:22 | More by Cavery
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zaphodchak

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 02:16:26 | More by zaphodchak
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hackmann

Michigan

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 01:58:23 | More by hackmann
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 02:18:57 | More by Jason
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oberon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:01:08 | More by oberon
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:12:56 | More by jdhilt
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:14:25 | More by silentjay
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RPMazzi

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-25-2011 22:48:45 | More by RPMazzi
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-01-2012 21:04:43 | More by jheezee
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-13-2012 18:46:27 | More by bonbini26
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buzzed

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-04-2012 21:27:30 | More by buzzed
Ass Kisser Smoked Porter from Ass Kisser Ales
83 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.