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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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Reviews: 235
Hads: 437
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 41
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 235 | Hads: 437
Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Best by 2/22/12
Poured into a tulip glass

Ska's Ten-Pin imperial porter is a sweeter take on the style, perhaps lager yeast used instead of ale, as is sometimes the case in these sweeter varieties. While I appreciated the beer's roasted flavors, I thought the ethanol was too apparent in both flavor and feel, and that the aroma was fairly subdued. While I might be willing to try another of these when very fresh, I'm not sure I'd seek one out otherwise.

Pours a 1.5cm head of small and medium-sized bubbles, fairly dense, that descends at a fairly fast pace, eventually settling to a thin ring around the glass with a few sparse, small islands of foam atop the body. As the head descends, it leaves some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown to black, opaque, with no visible carbonation (except for directly under the perpetual ring of foam). Light does not penetrate the beer to allow for highlights or other effects.

Aroma of roasted malt, very mild "vanilla coffee" artificial flavor, and some prune-like esters. Not a bad aroma by any means, but I would appreciate it if it were more robust and bold.

Tasting opens with notable roasted malt along acrid sweetness as associated with roasted malts. Mid-palate brings out further dark malt sweetness and some prune-like fruit esters, with roasted characters diminishing somewhat. Back of palate sees ethanol mingle with roasted malt sweetness. Aftertaste of lingering roasted malt char. Overall, tastes acceptable, but too much ethanol showing through in an 8% imperial beer, and also a bit too sweet for my taste.

Beer is medium bodied with lightly spritzy carbonation, helping this foam up slightly on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel is slightly tingly, but smooth and well-flowing. Noticeable ethanol burn on tongue, throat, and in nostrils, which takes away from the experience of the beer: I've had larger ethanol beers that exhibit less of its presence. Finishes dry, with a mild sustained lingering heat from ethanol.

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

Black as oil, poured from bomber bottle into snifter glass, very little head and retention.

Hints of molasses, subtle roast and coffee but definitely on the sweeter side as it should be. Pronounced esters but not very complex.

Very sweet though a clean finish but didn't blow me away for an imperial. A typical porters have had more profile than this beer. The molasses, bourbon, slight burnt overtones-want them to come through more.

Mouth feel is a bit flat and uneventful, almost a bit syrupy.

I did like it but no way is this an imperial profile porter. I love Ska Brewing but this one left me hanging on an uneventful sip.

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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.

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Photo of DragonsDeath
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had to try this after having Ska Brewing's Decadent I.P.A
Serving Wax sealed 22oz dinner bottle fridge temperature poured into 16oz pilsner glass.

A.Poured very dark almost black coffee color, no head or lacing to follow.

S. Smoke, coffee, and a hint of chocolate.

T. Rich dark coffee, kind of smokey.

M. Medium bodied, not much carbonation, smooth going down.

O. This Porter is not bad to have finished off the day with.
Was easy going down, and doesn't leave to bitter of an after taste.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pt 6 fl oz waxed bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly black color with a tan 1 finger head. The head is decently thick, but retention is pretty bad, even considering the abv.

S - Roasted barley, smoke, cream, faint coffee and some light spice. A mild aroma (maybe too mild).

T - Follows the nose closely. Roasted malt foundation with artificial smoke, some cream, plum and evident, spicy alcohol. The balance is totally skewed in this one. Not built too well. I have to ask: Why deviate so much from the original Ten Pin?

M - Medium bodied, slick and wet. Even if the flavors were there this body couldn't support it.

D - An inferior offering, even to the original. I won't be having this again, especially when the original Ten Pin is better. Simple, unbalanced, and the ABV is entirely too present.

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Photo of Phelps
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Flanny’s.

Dark chocolate brown with barely noticeable ruby highlights. The very thin khaki head becomes a millimeter-thin ring.

Sweet and chocolatey nose. Crumbles of cocoa, cotton candy and alcohol. Not complex, but decent.

Booze, molasses, cocoa, dark chocolate and light hints of toast permeate the flavor. More burnt notes flow in at the finish. It almost tastes like it’s barrel-aged — there’s a lot of booze in here.

The very smooth, creamy body is just a delight to move about. Very gentle carbonation breaks the beer into a bit of fizz as it moves. Fairly tongue-numbing.

Nefarious Ten Pin isn’t bad — just a little too sweet and a little too boozy.

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Photo of coldriver
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours opaque black, head and lacing a bit underwhelming. I smell roasted malt, tobacco, and alcohol. Taste doesn't seem quite in harmony - brown sugar, alcohol, and roasted malts, with very light coffee, chocolate, and citrus hops. Creamy mouthfeel, rather wet finish, and unpleasant aftertaste. I had high hopes for this one but overall it was a dissapointment.

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Photo of match1112
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when i poured this i thought i was pouring a pepsi. has that cola colored body with a short whispy head that fizzes out. smell is below average for a porter, let alone an imperial one. i gotta try real hard to find anything in there, but sure enough there is some roasted aromas. taste is pretty weak as well for an imperial. mostly over roasted malts with some liquid smoke added. has a medium body with less than average carbonation and a dry smokey finish. will not buy again or recommend anybody else buys either.

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Photo of ABVerageJoe
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a coffee color with a sizable khaki-colored head which left significant lacing.

S - Surprisingly not very potent. Smells like a freshly opened box of cracker jacks with roasted malt and a hint of the alcohol.

T - Tastes like complex toffee malt, brown sugar with chocolate and I'm glad that the hops can be tasted through it, which I've come to expect from Ska Brewing. As it warms you can expect a little bit of the alcohol to shine through along with some plum.

M - Surprisingly smooth and lighter than I would expect from a porter, let alone an imperial. As i moved it around my mouth it felt as though it coated my teeth with a certain undesirable graininess.

Overall - It is a decent and tasty brew, but I don't think it measures up against other "Imperial Porters". It was tasty, but I would not buy it again and would rather drink some Modus Hoperandi from this brewery.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black glass holds a thin head of tan bubbles.. A bit of lacing, nothing serious.

Smell: Roasted grain, bready yeast, earthy hops.

Taste: Rich flavor, deep malt soaked base gives a sugar in your coffee balance to the roasted alcoholic hop leaf.

Mouthfeel: Rich, viscous, oily and chewy.

Overall: Porters tend to be hit or miss for me, baltic / imperial goes the right way. Rich body, heady alcohol, good flavor, no flaws, good stuff.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be my 50th beer review and the last for my Fall University semester. A Baltic Porter that will be nice for the cold rainy weather that I have outside.

Reviewed December 16, 2011. Poured a 650 mL bottle, blue wax best by 10/20/12, into a Mug.

A: Poured a glorious two fingered tan head. Body is beautifully black, just like how expect my porters.

S: That coffee and chocolate smell is amazingly nice and blended, plus some sweet toffee. The alcohol could be picked up which seems kinda odd for being a 8%.

T: That coffee taste is amazingly sweet. It feels as if it carries an RIS taste. The chocolate pairs up nicely with its coffee companion. This definitely feels pretty acidic on the tongue, alcohol comes through moderately as it warms up.

M: This is a nice easy drink to take down. It feels nice and full bodied with the carbonation being light.

O: This is one of those beers that taste better at cellar temperature rather than being served at its recommended serving temperature. It's a simple porter that doesn't feel Imperial in anyway, no real punch that puts it above the bar.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown, black in the glass, with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a touch of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has big aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and a slight cherry/grape note. Smells great and right up my alley.

T: The taste is a bit less impressive than the nose. There are light notes of cocoa, dark fruits, and cherries. Slightly sweet and a bit roasty.

M: The feel is super creamy and on the lighter side of medium bodied.

O: The nose was exciting but the flavor was a bit of a letdown. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy but a bit lighter than normal. I'd like to see this one a bit stronger and fuller bodied.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this at Mr. G's for $6.50. Figured that for the price, it wouldn't be a bad pickup. I like things from Colorado and I thought Modus Hoperandi was ok so I picked this up. Probably won't do it again. Served in a Great Divide balloon glass... maybe a bit warmer than I should have.

The beer pours with a bit of a thin tan head. Meh on that, but at least the body is solidly dark. Somewhat redeeming, but the beer still looks lifeless to me.

The nose... damn... solventy. Hothothot. Having a hard time finding much else other than booze. I'd like some non-boozy depth, please.

The taste is better. Smoky. Some sweetness. Drying hoppiness. Kind of slick on the tongue. Still a bit thin and dry from what I'd look for, but not bad.

How did the nose become so offensive? Whatever it was, the nose prevented me from enjoying this beer. Don't think I'll pick this up again.

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Photo of zdk9
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black, not much head, and not really any lacing.

S- The bottle smells kind of funky, not in the best way, but luckily the beer smells much better. When cold I get milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a little bourbon. As it warms though the bourbon/vodka/barrel flavors really come out (I don't think this is a BA beer, but the malts certainly lean in that direction.)

T- Starts out with a lot of milk chocolate, as the aroma indicated, as well as some vodka, strong alcohols, fake vanilla extract. This beer really opens up as it warms though- more coffee, dark fruits, maple syrup, and good stuff.

M- There's a lot of residual sweetness that lingers in the mouth, along with the roasted bitterness flavors. Basically what I'd expect.

O- As long as you wait for it to warm up, this is a tasty beer. I have to say though this is probably the beer that improved the most from warming up out of any I've had- cold it mediocre at best, and warm it was a charmer.

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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!

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle; split into two snifters.

A: Pours a beautiful dark, chocolate brown with a tan head.

S: Rich, dark cocoa and milky dulce de leche arise first. In the back you get some of the more porterish flavours: tobacco, burnt toast, molassas.

T: Taste is, again, sweeter and more chocolate flavour than most porters. Its absolutely delicious and even improves on the smell. Hops and astringent flavours are slightly present. It finishes full and sharp with a blast of smoke.

D: Smooth and drinkable for its ABV. I just discovered that this bottle is a couple of years old, so it has certainly stood up (and probably improved) with time.

Overall: I have to be honest, it doesn't taste very much like a Baltic Porter. Its a bit more in the American Double category, but still an excellent beer. Really quality stuff here!

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Photo of BlastBeats
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown/black with little head.. some bubbles formed a ring around the rim of my pint glass. Very cool label by the way.

Smell: roasted, but not charred malt.. some dark fruit and chocolate.

Taste: In all honesty, if I wasn't already aware that this was an imperial porter I would have guessed that this is a milk stout; it has that lactose milk sugar flavor. There's also raisins, fig, and date flavors (more of a Belgian beer characteristic). Faint coffee that meshes well with the chocolatey flavors. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel: exceptionally smooth and creamy.. not a lot of carbonation, but it suites this beer well.

Overall: some interesting complexities can be found in this beer.. worth a try.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from davidbowers13. Thanks.

A: Pours a translucent brown with some billowy beige head. There is some solid lacing left on the glass as it drinks. Sections of small bubbles and sections of larger bubbles cling to the glass until the beer is finished.

S: I'm picking up sweet hints of chocolate and caramel, but I also pick of scents of smoke, plums, and salt. I'm also reminded of apple cider. Seriously... apple cider.

T: Starts off sweet and savory. A bit of saltiness and smoke come through as well. After I put the idea of apple cider in ym head, that's all I can think about. It ends with some roasted malts and a but to tartness.

M: This is a full bodied beer with some great creaminess to it.

O: I really love baltic porters, but I wasn't overly impressed by this beer. In fact, I was a bit disappointed with it. I'm glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't look for it again.

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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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a decent head. Smells yeasty and of raisins, but it manages to come off as dry rather than sweet. Initially tastes very nice- just as you'd want a Baltic Porter to taste with fruit and a bit of roasty depth. Unfortunately the taste quickly falls off and becomes too light and loses any depth of flavor. In the mouth you get a sense of overcarbonation as well, which contributes a slightly wateriness to the beer. Could be better.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

big thanks to the trader (wish i remembered who) that sent this one my way. cool arse label and i'm hoping this one is indeed a baltic porter as the style is noted here at BA.

poured cold and black from the bottle to a founders brewing goblet with no head whatsoever. hmmm..., a few big bubbles around the edges, but no head, wonder if this one has lost its carbonation, or if this is as intended ?

aroma of dark fruits and perhaps a bit of roasty chocolate malts in the way back.

a wee bit of coffee and interesting ripening dark fruits. i'm not a big fan of the dark fruit stouts, but this is an interesting near take on the style. going to let it warm up a bit and take another go at it.

very little carbonation, though not quite flat as a pancake, super sweet, smooth. a little carbonation and we'd be good to go on this one.

overall - interesting, sweeter than expected, the low carb is killing this one.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber with no expiration date into a pilsner glass. Suspecting it's old(er) because there was dust on it at the store (Sigh...porters are so misunderstood.)

A: Beautiful dark brown/black with a nice one-finger tan head that sticks around for awhile.

S: Malt, chocolate, and coffee dominate the smell.

T: The taste is really quite malty with a lot of chocolate and coffee coming through. Three-quarters of the way through, a tinge of hops peeks through momentarily before the other flavors take back over. I was expecting a really roast/burnt malt flavor to take over at some point, but it never did. Zero alcohol taste, which is interesting considering it's 8%.

Not super complex, but damn tasty.

M: Very creamy and thick, as to be expected with the style.

O: Overall, a very nice porter. Like I said, I was expecting some sort of burnt malt flavor that never came to fruition. It's really a great beer to drink on a cool night. It may seem intimidating (people tend to shy away from the strong porters,) but it's super easy-drinking.

Bonus points for the bad-ass label.

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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.

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

Pours very dark a
Most black with very minimal head. Aroma of dark malt and bit of chocolate with slight citrus from hops. Flavor of dark roasted malt with slight hoppy bitterness. A lot of roasted malt flavor, but wish it was even a bit more pronounced. Overall a good porter would definitely have again.

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

The colour is extremely dark brown, almost black (90 EBC). The liquid is clear. The two finger head is warm brown. It sinks very slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is rounded and semi-sweet with notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, nuts, dried red fruits and figs. Some alcohol.

The taste is semi-dry and very balanced. Some roasted nuts and dry pumpernickels, some clean bitter notes, red berries and warming alcohol. The aftertaste is quite bitter with notes of fresh fruits and dark rye bread. Balanced? Yes. Some alcohol in the finish.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles very fresh. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit dry.

A good imperial porter. Perhaps a bit uncomplicated.

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.