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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter - Ska Brewing Co.

Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial PorterNefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter

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very good

373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-05-2004)
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Photo of KYGunner


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a thick oily blackness but appeared dead with limited carbonation.

The aroma was grainy with a barley characteristic. It follows with prune, chocolate and more dark fruits.

The flavor holds prunes, plum, fig, and raisin. I catch some caramel malt and a bit of chocolate but the dark dried fruit seems prevalent.

The feel is dry and smooth and the lack of carbonation in appearance seems to play into the feel.

I enjoyed this more as I went as it took some time to settle in, but once my palate warmed to it I found it enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:59:27 | More by KYGunner
Photo of SamN


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

FIrst review after many years gone. From a bomber, from the fridge, into a dimpled stein.

Appearance: Pours an inky, extremely dark brown. Firm, pillowy mocha-tan head, albeit a little thin. Sticks around pretty good. Less than a finger. But man, does it stick around. Remains solid and firm, sip after sip.

Smell: Beer might be a bit cold, still; not getting much aroma from the glass. Can find light woody-nes, nutty-ness, bittersweet choclate. As it warms some, more delicate flavors appear; light dark fruits, and maybe even a certain rum character? Mostly dark malts. Reminds me more of a brown ale than a baltic porter.

Taste: Taste is mosly true to style; robust malty taste and minimal hoppiness. Flavor profile has a lot of bittersweet baker's chocolate. I dunno, I find the tastes sort of muddled and indistinct. The beer leaves the palette and leaves cocoa and a herbal hop note, which I don't find too great.

Mouthfeel: The feel, however, is a shining point. Medium-full body, nice and thick on the palette with the right amount of subdued carbonation. Very nice.

Overall: Not much of an "imperial porter", more like a strong, dark brown ale. Muddled tastes, disagreeable herbal hops finish. Middle-of-the-road at best. Warming and big, no doubt. Good for preparing for the upcoming snow here, but nothing I would buy again, especially at $8 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 21:40:07 | More by SamN
Photo of kojevergas


3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

8% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with blue wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local CO bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Reviewed as an imperial porter since that's what the label identifies it as; nothing suggests it's actually a baltic porter.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour which recedes to nothing inside ten seconds - there's not even a lingering floater ring. No lacing either.

Nody colour is an opaque solid dark black - not quite a jet black, but dark. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an unimpressive appearance for an imperial porter. The head in particular is quite the disappointment. I can't say it really draws me in.

Sm: Smells more like a baltic porter, so I'm going to accept beeradvocate's current designation and review it as such. Dark malts, milk chocolate, hazelnut, and a weak lagery yeast character. It doesn't have the bold uniform presence a true imperial porter would. There's plenty of sweetness here from the malts. I don't find any roasted barley. Hop character is minimal, though I do find some herbal character. Some might call this medicinal. There's also some vague unidentifiable dark fruit buried beneath an equally nebulous licorice note.

It definitely has the empty malt characteristics of a lager. It's a pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable.

T: Ample sweetness from the dark malts, chocolate malt, and chocolate (adjunct?). Hints of licorice override the vague dark fruit notes. A kiss of herbal hop character. Cola-like, with some sassafras and even some almond. Really, there's not much going on here.

No yeast character comes through. I don't get any roast or coffee or anything.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not real complex or subtle. Lacks intricacy and nuance. It's straightforward and simple, without any noticeable layering of flavour. Very surface. It has a fair balance and a decent build, but it's far from gestalt.

It's a very obvious and tired attempt at the style. No new elements emerge over the course of consumption. There're no surprising aspects to be discovered as you drink. It's very run-of-the-mill, almost like a paint-by-numbers attempt at a homebrew clone of a superior baltic porter. Very uninspired and boring.

Mf: Sticky. Much weaker than a true imperial porter ought to be. A biteen thin. Lacks body. Smooth and wet. I might even call it slick. Decent presence on the palate. The texture suits the taste generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, stale, or rough.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. More middle-of-the-road work from Ska. I see no reason to buy this again and wouldn't recommend it to friends. I'm glad it's an easily available local brew. It hides its ABV well enough and I'll have little trouble killing the bottle, but there's nothing unique or special here. I doubt I'd want another. Might be better on-draught. It's just very unremarkable.

On a marketing note, the whole "imperial porter" epithet should go. Call it an imperial baltic porter if you must, but be a bit more transparent for the consumer. I applaud the fact that they're brewing an underrepresented style - but not that they're seemingly trying to hide it.

Low C+

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 07:42:00 | More by kojevergas
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Brewdog Glasgow, Scotland (£12 for 650ml):
Jet black colour with a few bubbles around the surface. Opaque & still.

Caramel & dark chocolate malts with light alcohol on the nose, covered for the most part by the rich aroma of chocolate and some coffee. There is a slight sweetness and some darker fruits such as plums and figs.

Chocolate & some coffee and a touch more alcohol than was apparent in the aroma but still not very much at all. More sweet in flavour too with a few darker fruits coming through alongside vanilla and yet more chocoate.

Smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium to full body. There is a hint of alcohol and the beer is a dry one on the palate & the balance is excellent.

Excellent from the start and well worth the premium I paid for it at a bar. A great beer and one of the smoothest and easiest high abv. dark beers I think I've had; certainly the best in some time anyway.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 15:00:50 | More by flyingpig
Photo of bmwats


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles quickly leaving a thick beer ring. Persistent spider web lacing.

S: Coffee, lots of molasses and butterscotch, a little dark chocolate, and a little licorice.

T: Roasted coffee beans, butterscotch and dark chocolate. A little peat.

M: Thick and syrupy. Very roasty. Bitter and pungent finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Pretty decent head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is coffee, accentuated with sweet, and bitter components. Roasted coffee with butterscotch and a peaty finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 04:14:08 | More by bmwats
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New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from the bomber capped with wax into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep black with faint almandine highlights when held to the light. Capped by a two-finger, creamy tan head. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles half way down the glass, leaves behind several small splotches of lacing.

S - Nice large smell of tons of roasted chocolate malt and spiced rum upon opening the bottle. Doesn't smell too much different from a standard, solid porter once in the glass - mostly chocolate malt.

T - Large amount of roasted chocolate upfront. The body is a solid blend robust chocolate malt, candied dates and plum, and a bit of alcohol when the beer warms. Another big kick of roasted chocolate malt and earthy bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to lingering dark chocolate, plum, and dark rum finish.

M - On the heavier end of medium bodied with a substantial amount of carbonation to give the beer a nice creaminess that expands to fill the mouth.

A big porter here that a got several months ago and was saving for a special occasion. Well today, I finally turned in the rough draft for my Master's degree paper and decided that today was such an occasion. Although a big porter as promised, Nefarious let me down in a couple of ways: first the presentation was merely slightly better than your average porter. Not a great starting point when this sucker cost around $7.00 for the bomber. The flavor profile is bold and filled with roasted chocolate malt and dark fruit as expected, however alcohol makes an unwanted appearance as the beer warms beyond 55 degrees or so and at times is borderline caustic as I finished my first pint glass. No qualms with the lighter than expected, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I wouldn't buy another bomber of this simply because there are better imperial stouts and baltic porters to be had for the money. I would consider a pint of it if I found it on tap though....

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 06:28:14 | More by Bockrules
Photo of sommersb


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 05-15-2013
Freshness: Maybe a bottling date of 02-22-2012, but its not clear
Packaging: 22 oz. bottle, pry-cap with wax
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance has a very dark brown beer, nearly black. You can see just a little through the beer when it is thinned out in the glass; otherwise it is opaque. The head is tan and fairly small, but still shows a decent amount of lacing and retention for a higher-ABV brew.

Aromas are of rich malt sweetness, chocolate, molasses and then dark fruits like figs. Very nice

The taste is malty first up, and has a big note of chocolate. I then get some coffee-like bitterness, dark cherries and oak. Overall rich and flavorful without much bitterness; hard to believe this has 60 IBUs!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, full-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish seems somewhat sweet, with some roasted coffee notes plus chocolates.

Overall just a wonderful beer I wish I had more of! Thanks to Cameron (TheBishopco) for the try!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 03:34:54 | More by sommersb
Photo of Pegasus


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown, vergig on obsidian, with a massive, dense, tan head with superior retention. Scattered patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Prominent roasted malt, coffee, bitter cocoa, and chocolate.

Taste: Opens with roasted barley, bitter chocolate, which soon segues into cold coffee, later in the taste, dark fruit notes appear. Later in the taste, and particularly as the beer warms, earthy, smoky notes manifest. Finishes with a long, lingering bitter cocoa note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A worthy example of an uncommon style, likely to please.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, and a blue hot wax seal. Served in a Nwe Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at Spec's in Texas in April 2013 for $6.99/22 oz bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 13:49:44 | More by Pegasus
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served slightly chilled into a snifter.

Pours very dark, rich brown almost black with half an inch of airy light brown head that quickly recedes with light surface layer and lacing.

Heavy aroma of roasted nuts with a hint of coffee.

Tastes follows through the aromas. Roasted nuts, coffee and hint of bitter chocolate and dried fruits.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish and aftertaste.

Overall a very nice beer. Sweet, nutty and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:50:51 | More by srhoadsy
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown almost black with a finger of dark beige head which left a nice amount of lacing behind. smells of chocolate, raisins, molasses, toffee, pecans, licorice.

lots of dark chocolate, roasty grain bill, licorice, very dark coffee beans.. dark and bitter. lovely.

medium body, silky smooth but a little thin for the abv. another very nice offering from ska brewery, much better than their steel toe and buster nut brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:37:14 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at a Binny's in Chicago while visiting family.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Not black by any stretch of the imagination, but more like chestnut brown, with somewhat of a clear disposition. Kinda light for a porter. The head was less that 1/4 finger and settled on top of the liquid after a few moments.

S: Slight scent of yummy roast, but overall, there wasn't much here in the way of nose. No deep, dark richness at all.

T: The taste was good: Solid hop profile, some dark fruit, roast (without being a BBQ pork beer), infinitely bitter, but I actually thought that was a good thing in this setting.

M: The mouth was a bit thin and I hope Ska works on that. It seems to my mind that Smuttynose Baltic Porter is the standard here, and this one falls way short. Needs most creaminess. The lacing was only mildly splotchy.

O: Not bad at all. Maybe a wee bit too boozy, maybe a bit thin in the mouthfeel, but overall, I enjoyed my session drinking this while up late watching the Food Network.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 07:02:54 | More by Chaney
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

After the beer settles, it's a dark black that oddly becomes visibly brown through the light. A light cream colored head recedes to a film, leaving a huge ring of enormous bubbles , thick and foamy, around the edge of the beer. Light lacing randomly appears on the glass.

The smell is about as vanilla as I've ever smelled in a porter, and it's pretty good. Also faint hints of licorice and roasted malts.

The taste is a bit ore smokey up front, a bit more toasty and burnt. The middle is bitter coffee with a slight vanilla follow-up. Sharp cheddar and hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is sharp, dry, and not without an alcoholic burn on the throat.

Overall, a good imperial porter to dissect and think about. The vanilla notes are really well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:07:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - black with a thin lacing of brown, bubbly head

S - roasted malts, faint citrus

T - chocolate, creamy, bitter, roasted malt, citrus

M - medium to full bodied, smoother, perfectly carbonated

This is a delicious, complex, rich, highly drinkable beer. I've been down on Ska lately, but I'm glad I came across this beer. It made me a believer again. This is definitely a beer worth looking into for anyone who likes stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 02:00:39 | More by tdm168
Photo of TBoneJones


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty darn close to pitch black. A minor head quickly fades. Ample lacing stays around briefly before sliding away.
The smell, I like this and it's cherry/chocolate. Not overpowering in any way I might add.
Taste is a bit of cherry and then some burnt cocoa kicks in.
A milky, choco-cordial taste, and then more of a powdery, almost paper-like taste at the end, along with some alcohol burn and a bitter hop flavor, the latter being something I prefer to be more absent in darker brews.  
Overall something new to try, I definitely have never had a "baltic" porter prior to this. Worth looking at I'd say, and now that I have a taste of this variety, I look forward to trying others (ie Alaskan, Smuttynose). Not sure I'd revisit this one again though.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 03:05:46 | More by TBoneJones
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sat in the back of the beer fridge for longer than I probably should have left it, but here goes ...

Near black pour with only the faintest hint of light showing through. Thin 1/4 finger of dark tan head. Not much retention, but nice thin sheeting of lace.

Nose is dark fruit, chocolate, roast coffee, and burnt wood. Nice hop profile in there, too, bringing in citrus tones on top of all the other flavors.

Taste is fairly mellow with more of the dark fruit and darker chocolate. Plums, figs, raisins ... and a rich dark chocolate flavor. Lighter coffee and a tobacco note in the finish.

Feel for a porter is very strong. Stands up well to the flavors.

I'll get this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:02:07 | More by beer2day
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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a tight mocha head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smells of deep roasted malts.

Tastes of the malts mostly with a little bitteeness. Malts lead off with notes of coffee, chocolate, and some deeper charcoal notes. I don't find the charcoal note particularly pleasant. Some roasted bitterness comes through and blends with a little earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty solid, but the charcoal notes are a little much for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:48:10 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of DavidST


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass, unknown bottle date but this has been in the beer cooler for a while. This pours a mostly black color with light causing brown edges, with a short lived tan head which leaves a lacing. The smell is more sweet than I was expecting, the smells are of roasted malts and milk chocolate. The feel is medium. The taste is pretty good a little sweet and not as much roasted malts as I like low hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 03:06:41 | More by DavidST
Photo of falloutsnow


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Best by 2/22/12
Poured into a tulip glass

Ska's Ten-Pin imperial porter is a sweeter take on the style, perhaps lager yeast used instead of ale, as is sometimes the case in these sweeter varieties. While I appreciated the beer's roasted flavors, I thought the ethanol was too apparent in both flavor and feel, and that the aroma was fairly subdued. While I might be willing to try another of these when very fresh, I'm not sure I'd seek one out otherwise.

Pours a 1.5cm head of small and medium-sized bubbles, fairly dense, that descends at a fairly fast pace, eventually settling to a thin ring around the glass with a few sparse, small islands of foam atop the body. As the head descends, it leaves some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown to black, opaque, with no visible carbonation (except for directly under the perpetual ring of foam). Light does not penetrate the beer to allow for highlights or other effects.

Aroma of roasted malt, very mild "vanilla coffee" artificial flavor, and some prune-like esters. Not a bad aroma by any means, but I would appreciate it if it were more robust and bold.

Tasting opens with notable roasted malt along acrid sweetness as associated with roasted malts. Mid-palate brings out further dark malt sweetness and some prune-like fruit esters, with roasted characters diminishing somewhat. Back of palate sees ethanol mingle with roasted malt sweetness. Aftertaste of lingering roasted malt char. Overall, tastes acceptable, but too much ethanol showing through in an 8% imperial beer, and also a bit too sweet for my taste.

Beer is medium bodied with lightly spritzy carbonation, helping this foam up slightly on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel is slightly tingly, but smooth and well-flowing. Noticeable ethanol burn on tongue, throat, and in nostrils, which takes away from the experience of the beer: I've had larger ethanol beers that exhibit less of its presence. Finishes dry, with a mild sustained lingering heat from ethanol.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 19:49:46 | More by falloutsnow
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into snifter...

A- Pours very deep brown, almost black in color. Has a light brown head that goes away in a quick minute leaving not much behind.

S- Aroma is of coffee, struesel, toffee, roasted barley and a tiny bit of cherry. Very interesting complexity on aromas found, all of which lend a nice subtle balance; nothing is overpowering.

T/M- Very smooth and non-invasive flavor. Roast is just incredibly subtle and pleasing. Has a minimal dark fruit (raisin and fig) taste. The roast is covered up by some caramel sweetness. Medium body, but low carbonation.

O- I love the different flavors and the way this beer comes together, I just wish it was more bold. Everything was delicious, but it was also subtle. I dont want my 8% porters to be this subtle- still a tasty delight though.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 14:23:18 | More by TheGordianKnot
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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black as oil, poured from bomber bottle into snifter glass, very little head and retention.

Hints of molasses, subtle roast and coffee but definitely on the sweeter side as it should be. Pronounced esters but not very complex.

Very sweet though a clean finish but didn't blow me away for an imperial. A typical porters have had more profile than this beer. The molasses, bourbon, slight burnt overtones-want them to come through more.

Mouth feel is a bit flat and uneventful, almost a bit syrupy.

I did like it but no way is this an imperial profile porter. I love Ska Brewing but this one left me hanging on an uneventful sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:37:06 | More by Durtdiggler
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2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing, Rich.

Pours dark brown in color with a small khaki head. Not an overly impressive nose. Despite being watery, it displays an impressive amount of metal and an acrid roastiness. A little bit of chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee. The flavor is not quite as metallic, but the flavor is similarly lackluster. Some old chocolate and a little bit of coffee to go with the roasted malt and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:44:35 | More by womencantsail
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3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had to try this after having Ska Brewing's Decadent I.P.A
Serving Wax sealed 22oz dinner bottle fridge temperature poured into 16oz pilsner glass.

A.Poured very dark almost black coffee color, no head or lacing to follow.

S. Smoke, coffee, and a hint of chocolate.

T. Rich dark coffee, kind of smokey.

M. Medium bodied, not much carbonation, smooth going down.

O. This Porter is not bad to have finished off the day with.
Was easy going down, and doesn't leave to bitter of an after taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 06:57:56 | More by DragonsDeath
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2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz waxed bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly black color with a tan 1 finger head. The head is decently thick, but retention is pretty bad, even considering the abv.

S - Roasted barley, smoke, cream, faint coffee and some light spice. A mild aroma (maybe too mild).

T - Follows the nose closely. Roasted malt foundation with artificial smoke, some cream, plum and evident, spicy alcohol. The balance is totally skewed in this one. Not built too well. I have to ask: Why deviate so much from the original Ten Pin?

M - Medium bodied, slick and wet. Even if the flavors were there this body couldn't support it.

D - An inferior offering, even to the original. I won't be having this again, especially when the original Ten Pin is better. Simple, unbalanced, and the ABV is entirely too present.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:33:06 | More by blakelive784
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Flanny’s.

Dark chocolate brown with barely noticeable ruby highlights. The very thin khaki head becomes a millimeter-thin ring.

Sweet and chocolatey nose. Crumbles of cocoa, cotton candy and alcohol. Not complex, but decent.

Booze, molasses, cocoa, dark chocolate and light hints of toast permeate the flavor. More burnt notes flow in at the finish. It almost tastes like it’s barrel-aged — there’s a lot of booze in here.

The very smooth, creamy body is just a delight to move about. Very gentle carbonation breaks the beer into a bit of fizz as it moves. Fairly tongue-numbing.

Nefarious Ten Pin isn’t bad — just a little too sweet and a little too boozy.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:57:48 | More by Phelps
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3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours opaque black, head and lacing a bit underwhelming. I smell roasted malt, tobacco, and alcohol. Taste doesn't seem quite in harmony - brown sugar, alcohol, and roasted malts, with very light coffee, chocolate, and citrus hops. Creamy mouthfeel, rather wet finish, and unpleasant aftertaste. I had high hopes for this one but overall it was a dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 00:03:03 | More by coldriver
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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
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