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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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423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 39
Gots: 40 | 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: 423 | Reviews: 236
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -5%
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!

Photo of womencantsail
2.91/5  rDev -24%
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.

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 ChainGangGuy
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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 oline73
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.