Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter - Ska Brewing Co.
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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
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2013 07:42:00 | More by kojevergas
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
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
Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
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