Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter - Ska Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +26.1%
this is my favorite beer i've ever had. it provides amazing drinkabaility, head, taste, and aroma. It is a one beer, beer. once you've drank it your set for the night/day. It's %age is high (8%), but hides well. this beer is a beer you can be proud to drink and share. even though they're completely different brews, it competes well with the deschutes abyss. this beer is smooth and extremely well done by a GREAT brewery. A must try if you can find it. well worth the price
02-08-2009 04:06:25 | More by chugalug06
4.6/5 rDev +20.1%
(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 its 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.
10-06-2005 23:49:59 | More by rhoadsrage
4.55/5 rDev +18.8%
22oz bomber; poured into a guinness glass.
It snowed last night and I had to ride my bike home from work cold, wet and unprepared for the weather change. I should know better having been a long time rider and living in CO for this long. Needless to say on the way home; thinking of what beer to drink and write up a review about. Well...a Stout of course :). What better stout than an Imperial to help warm the senses and get comfortable on the couch.
A: Dark and dark. Poured a brown head that died quickly leaving a low head just covering the top of the beer. Medium fingers around glass and medium to strong lacing.
S: Hints of espresso, dry roast and mahogany come to mind. Some nice earthy tones as well.
T: Full bodied, coffee, malt with a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry but not irish stout dry. Nice hop and malt profile for an Imperial.
M: Not too thick which is nice for an Imperial. The carbonation is spot on with just the right amount to not take away from the complexities of the malt and hops. A very good porter.
I really have to say what sold this beer for me is the balance it has in all categories. As an Imperial it doesn't let you down in any one category for me. Its 8% is well hidden and balanced with the malt and hop profile. The perfect carbonation and thickness. This is a damn good Imperial only lacking a slightly higher abv than some other.
03-28-2011 16:10:56 | More by brewdenver
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
10-03-2005 00:13:38 | More by UncleFlip
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
Pours a dark brown that's almost black with a minimal tan to light-brown head.
Heavy chocolate and roasted (almost burnt) malts are present on the nose with a decent swig of alcohol on there.
The burnt malt takes center stage on the tongue, with the dark chocolate/cocoa closely in tow. A good dose of espresso seems to linger on the back of the tongue, and there's the faintest hint of the alcohol to remind you that its still 8%.
Full bodied with a fine carbonation, matches perfectly with the flavor profile.
This one seems caught between wanting to be a bold over-the-top beer, and one that is borderline session-drinkable. Obviously at 8% its not going to be, but a lot of the flavors end up subtly mixing on the tongue, and this one ends up being easily digestible. Another fine offering from Ska.
01-19-2010 03:40:36 | More by sevopie
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
Picked up this bottle in Asheville a while pack, mainly due to the awesome looking bottle. How can you pass up a waxed topped bottle with a skeleton in a robe and crown holding a bowling pin?? Come on, that just looks awesome. I have also had success from the others from SKA Brewing, so onto the beer....
A - Poured a very deep dark brwon, pretty much black, very opaque and thick looking. Huge creamy tan head lifted up to about two inches, then slowly settled back down to about a half inch layer that just sat on top. Lots of sticky lace down the sides of the glass pretty much obscured everything, overall very full thick look especially for a porter, looked more like a stout.
S - Wow, a porter smelled like this?? Very rich caramel and coffee tones dominated this from the beginning. Very sweet smelling, with a hint of chocolate on the back. Very full aroma, and a hint of alcohol. This thing meant buisness for sure.
T - Wow, this was one big porter. Initial taste was loaded with caramel and chocolate tones. A touch of alcohol warmed it up as well. Lots of roasted coffee tones in the back, and a nice bitter, dry hoppy finish. This was a really well rounded and full taste. Very nice indeed.
M - Very full, pretty much stout like in feel. Rich creamy with very good carbonation. Very easy going down as the alcohol was only moderatly affected. Easily the thickest ported I have ever drank.
D - This is definatly a sipper. Not something I am going to be throwing down lots of in a night, thats for sure. Though as a sippable porter it is very very nice. The rich creamy feel really made this a nice dessert beer.
Overall this really impressed me and kicked my ass to be honest. I was not expecting this to be that heavy. It really has the smell, look, and feel of a stout. An Imperial porter it is I guess, but damn it is full bodied. This is a very nice brew and definatly worth a try, it was very affordable at around $6 dollars, so you really cannot go wrong. Ska keeps putting out these quality brews over and over, well done again!
07-16-2007 21:54:23 | More by mikesgroove
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
The beer after its disinterment from the 22-ounce capped and waxed bottle pours a pitch-black with some ruby high lights, the head is moderate in size and frothy in texture with the color a nice tan, after the heads demise the resultant lace forms a glutinous sheet upon the glass. Nose is toasted grain dominated with hints of black cherries and caramel, fresh and delightful to the olfactory senses, start is sweet and heavy with malt, top is middling to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is demonstrative in its acidity and the hops delectable in their spiciness with the aftertaste desert dry, the 8 percent ABV leaves a nice warming sensation it the tummy, this beer much better than their Ten Pin.
03-31-2005 22:03:35 | More by Gusler
4.47/5 rDev +16.7%
Part of a great package from Mentor!
I am pouring a room temp bottle into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges of the glass. No lite passes through. A creamy and fizzy tan head foams up 1 cm and fades rather quickly to an edge layer with a few bubble islands in the middle. The head remains a edge layer throughout sampling.
Aroma, wow! It is robust with chocolate, brown sugar and molasses mixing with cherries and raisins, smells like a winner! I also get just a hint of herbal hops in the way background. But make no mistake, this is a malt lovers beer!
The first sip reveals very mild almost non-existent, soft spacious carbonation. The body is silky textured and fairly thick. A big beer came in this bottle!
Flavor starts off with some dark fruit, raisin or plums, and then rolls to a lingering chocolate sweetness like a Hershey kiss that is overtaken by some warming alcohol. THe alcohol leaves a bit of a tingle on the back of my throat and keeps me from downing this tasty beer faster. A very tasty robust beer that is a sipper. Glad to have a full 22 oz of this tasty brew!
12-30-2005 23:02:32 | More by sulldaddy
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
Overall a great stout. Good aroma of chocalate and coffee. Taste, well like an imperial stout should, creamy, coffee, and not too hot on the alchohol. I didn't notice the thin mouthfeel as others have, but it seemed just right. No notice of the ABV in this beer. A beer that I will keep an eye out for in the future!!
09-20-2005 21:22:24 | More by evoljetta
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
09-11-2006 00:17:05 | More by tastybeer
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
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
01-12-2007 05:09:42 | More by russpowell
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
Black; in no way, shape, or form is this transparent. Luxcious foam the color of a dusty lane...
Smell bing cherries, and raspberry fudge cake; razzleberry juice and cocoa.
Taste fruit bombs that drop right into smokey baker's chocolate. Sour tingle, and faint wheat grass juice reminds me of bright clover honey. It's beautiful the way the flavors swirl up an alcohol vapor in the mouth, and combine aroma and flavor into one large bite of raspberry/bing cherry ganache.
11-25-2004 23:51:58 | More by gbontrag
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
Deep dark chocolate brew, in the color, aroma, and taste.
Its got that semi-sour funk, and the powdery texture hits the spot too.
Seems to be one of SKAs better brews, I could quaff these for a session the 8% is well hidden behind that smooth chocolaty taste. In fact, this would really hit the spot with another couple percents of alcohol backbone
10-28-2006 20:35:37 | More by Vancer
Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.