Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter - Ska Brewing Co.

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial PorterNefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 41
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-05-2004

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Ratings: 425 | Reviews: 235
Reviews by MoustacheHero:
Photo of MoustacheHero
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A wax dipped bomber of the Nefarious Ten Pin.

A: A deep, black pour with a nice, strong, off white head similar to latte foam. I actually drew in mine.

S: A roasty, chocolatey smell. Not much hot liquor scents for being 8%.

T: Roasty notes and hot liquor flavor. Finishes with sour mash and toast flavors. The flavour is a little small for a porter, let alone an imperial.

M: A full bodied, slick mouthfeel that makes this go down a lot easier than most imperials.

Ska rolls a good one, but can't nail a strike with this Ten Pin.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this beer a few times in the past,today with a whole bottle I felt it right to review.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dar brown with ruby highlights thru the whole glass,a tight one finger lighter mocha colored head atop.A great mix od deep cocoa and dark fruit in the nose,a bit of earth shows thru as well,the cocoa really stands out well.This is a big American porter with its big earthy and roasty tones,the chocolate flavors are of the dark bitter variety,the dark fruit flavors keep just enough sweetness to hold up to the brash roasty flavors.I really like this Baltic porter(one of my favorite styles),its brash and I want more.

Photo of blitz134
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly pitch black, has some tiny color showing through the edge but its close enough. Tan colored head, half inch on the pour but reduced to a scumy layer on the top.

Smell is dark and roasty. Not quite charred malts but very roasted, lots of black coffee as well. A bit of smokiness shows through as well. Overall quite robust, pretty nice.

Taste is again dark and roasty, coffee again with some dark chocolate. A bit of bitterness finishes it out. Has a touch of lactic acid type flavor to it as well.

Really good mouthfeel in my opinion. Nearly full bodied, creamy and slick on the tongue. Sticks everywhere and the flavor really lingers and never quits. Good drinkability with its dark robust flavor and creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff, glad I picked it up while out in Colorado.

Photo of Beaver13
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter was packaged in a 22 oz that was sealed with wax. It poured a dark black with a creamy brown head that went to a thin layer and left some lacing. The aroma is of sweetish chocolate malts with a touch of coffee and vanilla. The taste is roasted chocolate malts (somewhat sweetened with vanilla) up front with a late bitter, slightly alcoholic, finish. It had a creamy, full mouthfeel. A nice smooth drinking porter. It's similar to the regular Ten Pin from what I remember. I think I like this slightly better.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this from absolutesites and has been in my cellar for just about a year.
Black in color with very little light passing thru the very edges....a half a finger of off white head and very little lacing with a hand washed snifter.
Cocoa, bready nose, and some roasted malt.
The taste is enjoyable enough...plenty of chocolate, very little coffee, some sweet malt in the finish and a small amount of bitterness as well.
Mouthfeel is slightly above average and the carbonation is right for the style.
Goes down very easy...alcohol is totally hidden so this one could sneak up on you at 8%.
Very much in line with what I'd expect from this one...definitely delivers a comparable taste to others like Southampton and Gonzo.
Ska is on my list of places to visit...call it my 5 year plan.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, with some chocolate and some smoke in there as well. The flavor is a mix of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and smoke. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

This was the second time I tried this beer and it was smokier this time than it was last time. Not sure which version I liked better, but they were definitely different although both were good.

Photo of mattster
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 22 oz bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Head is 1" creamy mocha color. Brew is dark/opaque blackish brown color. No visible bubbles.

Smell is of roasted malts and light hints of dark chocolate. Nice malty taste, chocolate is not as prominent on palate as on nose.

Nice creamy brew, bubbles are small but pleasant on tongue. Good finish. This beer needs a good steak to really bring out its usefulness. It does pair well with a nice stinky bleu cheese.

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

I hate the wax-top bottle, but won't hold it against the beer. Clear brown-black pour with a short off-white head. Strong roasted malt and cocoa aroma. Blend of the same with a strong hop profile. Somewhat out of balance, but got better as it warmed. Never found the bing cherry, but the coffee, smoke, and cream flavors were nicely woven into the beer. Smooth, wtih a bitter finish.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a rich, luscious brown with thick viscosity especially for a porter. Sweet, boozy, slick aroma.

Taste, chewy, bitter, boozy. Lots of caramel and almost a syrupy presence to it, seems to have a varied set of hops along with it. Creamy at times. Chocolate malt, plum feel to it. Good roast. Small amount of coffee to it. Tiny wood flavor.

A little pricey at nearly $10, didn't feel like a big ripoff, but at the price, isn't making me clamor for another bottle.

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wax sealed 650ml bottle allowed to warm for about 15 minutes.

Pours deep, clear dark brown with a decent light brown head.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts with hints of dark fruits, char and sweetness. Approaches 4.25.

Flavor: Dark roasted malts with a touch of dates and other dark fruits. Slighty boozy; light smoky char. Sweet up front but mildly bitter overall. Coffee and bitter chocolate in the aftertaste.

Feel: Smooth, near medium body.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses with a good deal of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of sweet malt flavors with a black molasses lean up front. Midway through the sip a good deal of dark chocolate flavors make their way out and a slight roasted flavor enters into things before a sweet and bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could possibly have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but I thought it was too much on the sweet side with not enough complexity. Worth a shot, though I wouldn't go out of my way.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours a deep black with faint hints of brown and a head that is so dark brown it has an auburn hint to it before it fades. A few small bubbles cling to the side but the carbonation looks very gentle.

S- Very fresh deep roasted grain and a slight sweetness. Some hints of licorice, port, and toffee with some brown sugar molasses in the background. It is a very fresh and smooth complex smell.

T- A very clean smooth taste but still complex aswell. Roasted grain and some toasted grain aswell but not astringent or harsh. Hints of dried fruit and some oak notes balanced with caramel and molasses. The finish is very faint on the hops and a hint more of dark fruit.

M-medium-full body with a nice smoothness. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is my first brew from Ska and I'm very impressed. This beer has lots of complexity and it’s all about the dark flavors. The hops are just for support and the alcohol is also. Good complexity and great flavor with a exceptional aroma.

Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1 pint 6 oz. bottle about an inch above the glass gives you a good 2 inch light brown head above a clear dark brown almost bordering on black colored porter. The head slowly recedes into a pretty healthy lacing with some staying power.

The aroma and taste are very similar with a complex dark roasted malt with a hint of alcohol on top of it. Dark roasted chocolate blended with mocha, coffee, dark fruits such a apricots, prunes, maybe dates, maybe even a slight grain coming through also.

This beer leaves a slightly more dark chocolate and slightly dry aftertaste than it has when drinking which was a very added bonus for me.

With a pretty decent body and a nice rich taste on this porter, it's definitely worth recommending it, only draw back is the price at about $7.00 for a bomber.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer all I could think of was Homer Simpson going "mmm, dark beer." I live for beer this dark. It is a deep brown almost black beer with ruby highlights peaking out on the sides. A tan fluffy head rises well and dissipates to a rocky Pangea like structure.

The smell is dark softly roasted grains mixed with coffee and chocolates. Deep in the background is chalky dried fruits like raisins and currants. Not as heavy as I would expect from such a dark brew.

Taste is inline with a Baltic Porter. There are heavy roasted grains leading off followed by a nice sweetness. Some cherries and raisins mixed with dark chocolates and a (singular) coffee bean.

Mouthfeel is very nice, a good smoothness and thin carbonation make a creamy beer. The down side is a slightly salty and chalky fresh milled grain finish. That aftertaste is slightly disappointing and distract from the big malt flavors and the medium bitterness. Still I would buy this one again, it's a good big beer.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a very small off white head that disappears very quickly.

Aromas are dark roasted malts, coffee...and a beautiful chocolate.

Taste is surprisingly clean and light like a porter...but with more intense chocolate (bakers) and coffee flavors...almost stout, but still clean fresh and light like a porter. Chocolate with light coffee and a hint of hops as you swallow.

Very refreshing mouthfeel and aftertaste.
Very enjoyable brew. Nothing heavy yet still "imperial"...wonderful.

8% ? No freekin' way...at least I can't find it. Incredibly hidden if it is in there.

Photo of tastybeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very nice. Deep heavy brown topped by a frothy cream head. In the light a red glow appears around the edges. Scattered bits of creamy lace cling to the glass. Smells thick with maple syrup, cocoa, cherries, sugary and creamy caramel, with coffee and milk. Taste is smooth and extensive. All of the above scents form together nicely as flavors. Nice slight roastiness all over. The fruitiness balances the sweetness and there is a nice milky thing going on. Smooth and velvety in the mouth and good body. Really drinkable. It floats its way down soft and smoothly.

A good choice. Let it warm for a few and it'll be just right.

Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cap pops and the neck fills with foam but doesn't quite overflow. Poured from a wax-dipped 22oz. bottle in the sam adams glass. It's a very dark brown with light passing through only the very edges. Lots of foamy bone colored head that lingers.

Smell is a little off and may have been oxidized.

Taste is roasty and chocolately but, again, the flavor is a little off. Slight sherry tinge.

Mouthfeel is average and it's only drinkable but not all that enjoyable.

Overall, disappointing. I recently brewed a baltic porter and actually prefer it. The reason I picked this up originally was to get a benchmark for my homebrew but I didn't get around to trying it until now. Maybe that was a good thing!

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

Bottle from Arizona trip, aged 10 months. Pours black with little head. About average mouthfeel. Mild in relation to other baltics I've had, still very enjoyable and drinkable, with good roasting, chocolate, and slight oiliness.Sweet chocolate in aroma.

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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

Nefarious pours a black-brown body with clear ruby highlights seen throughout the glass when held to the light. It's far from opaque. The head is a fluffy dark tan and the head retention is good, leaving craggy walls of lace throughout the glass with almost every sip.

The nose displays cocoa, caramel, and a soft roastiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is not as full, nor roasty (keep in mind it is still a porter), as one might expect given the dark color of the body, yet it's richly caramelish, nutty, and cocoaish. There are hop flavors present, seemingly a bit citrusy upfront (although that could be coming from fruity yeastiness), and then more herbal and grassy in the finish. It's well-balanced by a bitterness that stands back at the start, and then jumps in sharply towards the swallow, cutting through the malt and bringing it to a brash, dry finish. Grassy hops and some dark malt acidity linger, compelling you to take another sip or linger with a bit of chalkiness. It's remarkably drinkable in that way. The alcohol never shows, and overall, it's a pretty well-balanced and drinkable beer.

Photo of Herrless
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 22oz bottle with a wax top. Dark pour with 1" head that quickly dissipated and left nice lacing. I used an imperial pint glass and was impressed with it's dark coffee like appearance.

Slightly sweet, malty aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt and a smoky taste, slightly bitter. Not a very complex beer, WYSIWYG. Very smooth and silky to drink and finishes bitter.

The beer gets smoother and has a rounder body as it warms up. Don't drink it too cold.

This is a beer that I would recommend to any Porter lover. I am still undecided if I will be purchasing more in the future but this beer is one that might grow on you.

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This years edition pours mahogany with nice beading hugging the glass & fluffed up 1" mocha colored head. Okay lacing & good head retention

S: Rich chocolate & iron

T: Chocolate, dryness & iron up front. Toasted grainyness & more chocolate follows. Slight nuttyness comes through as this warms. Finishes with iron, chocolate mousse & dryness& slight bit of alcohol

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, richnesss sneaks in as as it warms, almost a like a chocolate malt

Drinks very easy for the ABV. This doesn't really say baltic porter, but pretty tasty. A good purchase at $4 for 22 ozs

Photo of Backer2004
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks to Bruskiator for sharing this beer with us at the Carolnia Brewmasts Christmas party Saturday.One of the last beers I treid that night so i may need to go back and re-review it sometime. 22 oz bottle pours a reddish black color with nice lacing and a fair amount of head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, with the addition of nuts and vanilla flavor. Great style, next time I'd like to try a whole bottle for myself.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a porter...dark and not quite opaque....Nice strong head, with a tight bottom and loose top, decreases at average rate.

Smell is a little airy, full of spcie and malt.

The flavour contains coffee and bits of dark chocolate, with a hoppy undertone, and it's rather sweet at the end.

The mouthfeel is not too heavy, not watery. The carbonation is mainly up front, with just a touch again at the and.

Drinkability got the top number. It's a very nice brew. If you make a session out of porters, this is a good one to try. I could down these all night.

Be well
-UF

Photo of Beertracker
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ska's Nefarious Ten Pin (Imperial Porter) pours up with ample carbonation that creates a moderate tannish brown head that neatly tops the dark brown body. The roasty aroma features cocao nibs, coffee grounds, and a moderate fruitiness. The flavor is not as generous as the aroma would lead one to believe, but there's a solid maltiness marked by a some spicy bitterness that delivers a slightly sharp, bittersweet chocolate-cherry finish. Medium-full bodied with some creaminess & alcoholic warmth. Slight astringency. Enjoyable robust porter, but lacks some fullness, richness, and depth & complexity of a true world class Baltic porter. Definitely worth seeking out. Here's to the King of the Alley!

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.