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Ass Kisser Smoked Porter | Ass Kisser Ales

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Ass Kisser Ales
California, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by champ103 on 03-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 185
Photo of Holland
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black-brown with some foam on top. Light aroma, not much smoke comes through but there’s some malty sweetness to it. Tastes like a ok porter with a hint of vanilla that comes through. The promised smoke doesn’t make much of an appearance until the finish. It’s lightly smoked, thin bodied, and not one I’d seek out or try again.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
3.53/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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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 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 silentjay
3.46/5  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.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of gleemonger
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this big beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black but absolutely had no head or very little. The beer had a light smoked smell and the smoke was not too overpowering as some smoke beers I have drank. This beer though had a very bitter after taste or finish I really just did not like. If it had not been for that I would have gave it higher marks I believe. So I will have to say I will not buy this beer again.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of JMad
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very dark brown color with maroon shaded glimpses of light shining through the glass. The head is very rocky and foamy and about 3 inches tall. Nice and smoky aroma, almost like meat or bacon with undertones of coffee and chocolate. Loads of dark malty flavor, black coffee, earthy hops, and wood smoke. The feel was lighter than expected, nice amount of carbonation and a very dry finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, I'm just confused that these used to be brewed by Rahr but now they are from AKA in San Jose?? I don't know what happened, I was trying to drink local.

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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 mountdew1
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of biglite351
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mild smoke, malt and yeast.

S - You can just see through the center of the glass; creamy light tan head.

T - Smokey malts with maybe a hint of coffee

M - A little thin with a mild tingle all over the mouth

O - Not bad... but not good. I like where their head is at... but just a little more...

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Photo of lwillitz
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - shallow medium tan head over a body of pitch black with ruby highlights

S - mocha, chocolate milk, grainy malts, smoke

T - coffee, chocolate, malt sweetness, smoke, dark fruits, notes of wood

M - oily medium body (a bit lighter than expected), high carbonation

O - This is an excellent porter. Head retention is unimpressive and it could use a little more body, but the taste and smell are excellent!

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