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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

371 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 371
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-05-2004)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 04:22:07 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, and slight coffee. Taste is of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa powder. This beer has low carbonation with a slightly flat and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good baltic porter that is a bit of a letdown in the mouthfeel. I am glad I picked one of these up though.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 06:51:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Impenetrable mahogany with generous edges of red and gold. The head is a fetching shade of golden sandstone, is heavily creamy and has an impressively pitted superior surface that gives way to pocked sheets of thick lace as it descends. Nefarious certainly looks nefarious and plays the part of a badass Baltic porter very well.

After the sniff test, I'm not sure that this beer is correctly categorized. It doesn't smell much like the stated style, more like an American Double Stout. The nose is full of well-roasted barley malt--black and chocolate at least--and is primarily bittersweet chocolatey as a result. I can also appreciate black coffee and a wee whiff of licorice.

Upon drinking... it's more like a big porter (maybe even a Baltic one) and less like a stout. There isn't quite as much malt as it looks like and smells like, but for the porter style, it's prodigious. I guess that's why it's Imperial. Even though there's still quite a bit of roastiness, other flavor elements make more of a contribution.

Coffee is now at least as prominent as chocolate, maybe more so. I'm now getting more of a tangy dark fruitiness, a little molasses and perhaps a bit more black licorice/anise. The flavor profile blossoms as the beer warms and I'm enjoying it more now that I'm at the midway point of the bomber.

Given the Skeleton King on the label, one might think that Nefarious is a rough and ragged beer, but nothing could be further from the truth. The 8% ABV is masked exceptionally well and there's nothing but smooth sailing for as far as the eye can see. It's doubtful that Kind Hearted Ten Pin Imperial Porter (with a fluffy kitten on the label?) would sell as well.

I wish that all porters had bodies like this one; never mind the fact that it's 'Imperial'. It's somewhere between medium and full--probably closer to the former--and is gaining in creaminess as it sits. I still can't break out the big score though, especially given the style. Drinkability is sky high and rising as the ounces disappear.

Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter is much better than Ten Pin Porter! (why no exclamation point with this beer, I wonder?). I'm not sure how much of a classic Baltic Porter it is, but it's a delicious, drinkable version that 'snow plows' its way to a strike! with each mouthful. Recommended if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 22:42:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 21:54:23 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Those who are sseeing this beer as black either have a different brew or need to get their eyes examined as my sample has a tawny port color that can be seen right through when held up to the light; the head has large bubbles and looks more like a soda head than a beer head although it does persist at 1/4" and leave spotty lacing

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate aroma with a touch of charcoal

Taste: Starts out with a sharp chocolate flavor that tastes a bit of burnt toast; after the swallow, a roasted bitterness takes over and overwhelms the more subtle sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied for the abv; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just too many flaws here to be a top flight candidate for the style; definitely doesn't fit the Baltic Porter category and a bit underwhelming as an Imperial Porter

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 02:24:00 | More by brentk56
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin head and a bit of lacing that is actually quite sticky. Nose brings smoke, chocolate, char, and a bit of roast. Taste is similar with a good amount of smoke, nice roast, and some dark fruits. Pretty good body and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well overall and is another hit from the brewers in Durango.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:52:16 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Blue-waxed bottle featuring the skeleton of Kris Kringle, the crowned King of Christmas as he returns from the grave to mete out justice with his bony fists. No one honestly has trouble getting the caps off these things, do they? C'mon, guys...

Appearance: Pours a black body with a modestly sized, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of dark, roasty grains, powdered chocolate, and coffee, giving it an overall mocha-like scent.

Taste: Roasted maltiness with a sweetish blend of bitter chocolate and caramel and the distinct taste of smokey, fire-charred grains. Sip of coffee. Interesting hint of oranges and ripe figs. Blend of earthen, roasty, piney bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering taste of chocolate syrup.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Nice creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While not as catchy or charming as some, it's still a mediocre to downright decent imperialized porter from SKA Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 04:22:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 21:18:43 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

We don't use the word nefarious enough. The beer that proves this pours a lightly ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate, rye bread, and wheat. The expected darkness isn't quite there, but a decent amount of lighter grain is. Odd. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, light spruce, caramel, and light oak. The body is a straight medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, a very nice Baltic porter, but I wouldn't necessarily put it near the top of my personal faves list for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 07:52:46 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 00:34:21 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Appearance: an impressive bottle, waxed-dipped as only one other beer that I know of is, and that one I consumed shortly after this,( although this has a blue wax). The fearsome figure on the label is no less scary a mascot than that for the Dark Lord, a skeleton, wrapped in regal red robes, gritting his ghastly teeth, clutching a bowling-pin sceptre..wait, that's more comical than frightening...Still, gotta love it, and also, gotta love this slogan: "We use the finest malt, hops, yeast, water and love." They use the finest love, really? I hope it's better than all that other crappy love I've seen and done already!
AH! But the beer...dark brown, with reddish highlights, with a fizzy, tan head.
Aroma, deep espresso tones, rich, resplendent, full as any great porter should be.
Taste: neat little bitter hops bite on board the palate, jump back, then fade, till the malt falls forward, lush, rich, chocolatey...and, wait! do I detect a note of banana? Oddly, I do...a bit of citrus, orange, even, definite fruit, some dark ones, cherries, figs, grapes, ....all put together, it's a magnificent thing, smooth& flavorful, creamy & satisfying, with a lush, full finish, this is a serious porter that seriously rewards the drinker. Very nice, and I only wish I could try it again, and again...
but, alas, I can only thank Mr. Colorado BeerMan for this one! Cheers, mate!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 09:58:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is roasted coffee and dark malts along with some dark chocolate, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is smoky and very malty with flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance and some creaminess creeps in as well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little watery for the style, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, not quite the nest "Imperial" Porter that I've had but it's still a decent beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 04:15:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 05:09:42 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 21:54:45 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a small, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam that left traces of soapy lace.

S - It smelled of vanilla, roasted malt and caramel. It had a faint chocolate aroma, too.

T - It tasted of oak, vanilla and roasted malt. It had sweet caramel and chocolate flavors with a bitter hop bite to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a very nice Baltic Porter, one of the really good brews from Ska.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 21:45:12 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

This beer pours with a thickish creamy brown head that sits atop a midnight brown almost black beer. The aroma is enticing with rich notes of chocolate and coffee, but definitely leans towards rich notes of cocoa-liquor. The taste is sweet up front and is quite light on the palate. It finishes with a solid chocolate note, and is in fact reminiscent of a chocolate liquor. It is missing the strong roasted that one might sometimes find, but this is a good thing as there are no harsh astringent burnt notes. As the beer warms up a bit notes of coffee start to become evident. This beer is pretty lightly hopped, no real bitterness is found. It allows for an interplay between the simple sweet malt notes and the balancing chocolate and coffee notes.

This beer has a lot of similarities to the Decadent Imperial IPA, at least brewing approach wise, but in this beer it just works. There is no over the top use of ingredients, but the soft melding of the various malt components really works in this brew. Definitely the best beer I have had from Ska, and certainly one I would be willing, nay happy to have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 03:44:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost impenetrable brown that a minimal amount of light gets through. The head is enormous. Nose is actually very interesting. Seems like it has a roasted coffee bean aroma to it. The flavor is actually pretty good too. When the first second or two of flavor wears off, what stays with you is a rich and full flavor that has hints of coffee. Overall this is the best brew I have had yet of Ska’s. I had low expectations, but I was surprised. This one is actually worth trying - especially after you let it warm up a bit. By that point, it becomes quite a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 14:57:40 | More by RblWthACoz
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Halcyondays

California

3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, with blue wax,

A: Pours black with a mild off-white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Licorice, dark fruit, tar.

T: Bit of roasted malt, but dominated by a dark fruit/plum character. Solid flavour, but not particularly complex.

M: On the thin and watery side, especially for this ABV, feels like a plain porter at best. Light/medium-bodied, fairly smooth, with some EtOH at the finish.

D: I prefer the regular Ten Pin to this. I'm going to compare this to the Alaskan Baltic Porter I had yesterday and this is nowhere near as good. It's not a bad beer, just gets boring, and doesn't have the power that I imagine when I see an "Imperial" labeled beer. Fairly good in the end as an American Porter, but as a Baltic or Imperial Porter it's lacking.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 04:04:21 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out deep dark brown with a nice head that quickly disappears. The aroma is of slight roasted malt and deep chocolate. Taste was of slight roasted malt and wham chocolate, lots of it. Very smooth both on taste and finsih. Like a hershey bar. GREAT!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 14:56:45 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark and smooth, with one of the most absurd heads ive ever seen on a beer. looks like the froth on a good cappucino! 3 inches thick, mocha colored, and lasting the whole time. wow. full marks for appearance! nose is alcohol big time, smells like a belgian sour, tobacco notes in there as well. the flavor is less intense than the nose and quite delicious. hits of dried sour cherries and cigar smoke interchange, with a wine like alcohol dryness. mouthfeel is the perfect porter. drinkable but full bodied, nice carbonation but not in your face. my critique here is largely undefined. when looking at these categories, it scores perfectly well in all of them, but it just isnt my favorit imperial porter. there is something different about this one, really struggling to explain it. it might be that sourness is not what i am used to in this style. alcohol warmth is nice though, and it goes great with a big bowl of cheesy chilli con carne over egg noodles!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 02:05:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR.

a - Pours a dark brown with an inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted
malts.

t - Taste is similiar to the nose; some chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and roasted malts, but also kind of metallic.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d- An ok porter. Easy to drink but the metallic taste is offputting. Would give another shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 03:50:49 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 23:49:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks to NucularGeorge for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a clear/clean dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little tannish fizzy head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet, malty, lots of toffee/caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, malty and lots of toffee/caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well for a 8% brew. Medium body. Drinkable, this is my first Ska brew, but I do have a bottle of Decadent to be had shortly. This brew, I would recommend if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

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