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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter - Ska Brewing Co.

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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
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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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Ratings: 423 | Reviews: 236
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle bought in Jan 2010, so most likely a 09 vintage. Pours a pure black color with a fine-bubbled light brown head. Retention not bad and lacing is ok.

Nose is cocoa maltiness without a whole lot of roast. Marshmallowy sweetness and a bit of nutty malt. Clean aroma and quite porter-ish.

Roasty and nutty flavors really stand out in the flavor with a decent amount of coffee bean. Sweetness is low, which is surprising after the nose. Chocolate flavors abound as it warms. Has a grassy bitterness on the finish that helps with the depth. Not a whole lot of complexity, but the flavor profile is really to my liking and the beer is nefariously drinkable! Paired excellently with some bitter, 65% chocolate.

Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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

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.

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 Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz waxed top bottle, 8% abv. Pours very dark brown, with just a faint ruby hue. Creamy mocha head sticks around for a few minutes, then leaves a nice patchwork of lace.

Roasty and bready malt up front. Layers of milk and dark chocolate. Chocolate cake comes to mind. Fruity notes are very much restrained.

A bit of sweetness up front. Roasty with some milk chocolate. A bit bready. A bit of a harsh bitterness near the end. Still manages to be somewhat smooth overall. A bit of warmth from alcohol.

Body seems to be a bit light, carbonation is adequate. A pretty nice drinker here.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark brown, almost black colored liquid that allows some hues of red to shine through. The head is tan in color, a little thinner with bubbles on top. The retention is solid and the lace is quite big

S-the nose is quite big and full on chocolate. Tons of milk chocolate hit the nose with a chocolate brownie backing. Light malty sweentess in the back with ahints of medicinal aromas

T-the taste is quite nice and phenolic aromas are gone from the taste. The taste is extremely sweet, tons of dark fruits throughout. Chocolate is present, milky chocolate brownies but this is taken over by the cherry, plums, and figs. There is a light floral hop presence and touch of bitterness at the finish.

M-medium body, not huge but enough. It is very smooth and creamy with a lot of carbonation, touch of burn at the back and just a hint of heat.

D-this is a delicious baltic porter, big flavors and aromas. The nose would be better but there is one aroma that is slightly phenolic and the taste is great but it is a little sweet to go any higher.

Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into my Orval glass.

The beer is a very dark brown, hint of blackness to it. The head is a super light tan that disappointly only rises about a quarter ince and is gone quickly. The lacing is light.

The aroma is pretty light. It starts off malty with a little sweet chocolate and vanilla. The finish is a little bitter coffee.

The taste is also super light in taste. Almost totally dead to start with a coffee bitter finish.

The feel is super light, not to my liking for this type of beer.

Its easy to drink, but why would you?

Overall, too light and boring.

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

22oz bottle w/blue wax dipped cap served in a standard pint glass.

L - black liquid with a small tan head that remained a thick bubbles ring leaving thin, spotty lacing.
S - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate aroma.
T - rich, roasty taste - coffee and dark chcocolate with a touch of espresso bitterness on the finish.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
D - good drinkability.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Incredibly dark brown, verging on black. The faintest ruby highlights come through when held up to light. One finger fo brown head after a moderat epour slowly fades to a thin brown cap. Excellent lacing left behind with thick rings down the glass.

S - Light roasted malt aroma with hints of bitter sweet chocolate and just a touch of fruitiness. Aroma is a touch weak.

T - Sweet chocolate and hints of roasted malt. Light bitter fruitiness in the finish. Underlying earthiness. Just a touch of light coffee in the finish.

M/D - Medium bodied and super creamy. Very easy drinking. Not sure how much of an "Imperial" porter it is, but it is a tasty beer.

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

It takes a talented hand to pour Ten Pin and get a good head in your glass. However, a nice small brown-on-black head remains in your glass for the duration of drinking.

It pours "darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night" to quote a stranger. Juxtapose the brown head to the dark beer itself for a beautiful site.

A hearty, solid, yet simple taste prevails through the duration of the bottle. Not quite crisp but definitely soft and dry. Creamy, but with a malty-hoppy bite.

I'm not an expert on Porters, but Ten Pin is a good representative of the style IMHO.

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 sevopie
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost thank you goes out to waltonc for this damn fine extra, cheers Chris!

Very deep brown and opaque body. Faint mahogany hues gleam through the slightest edges only when held directly to the light. Sandy brown head sits atop, retention is only decent. Very nice, thick sheet of lacing left behind.

Take the aromas of an impressive Imperial stout, turn it down a couple notches and you will be coming rather close to the Nefarious Ten Pin. Rich roast malt aroma is just overshadowed by a strong dose of bittersweet chocolate. Faint java and licorice notes.

Medium roasted coffee and a substantial helping of roasted malt open the doors. A sweet flavor runs through out and is not able to be masked by the more deep dark flavor. Caramel and orange provide the sweetness and a certain sense of balance to the brew.

Medium bodied brew, never quite gets as full as I would enjoy seeing. Moderate carbonation leaves a crisper full than I would like though it is not off putting.

The drinkability is unquestionably high. Though certain areas lack slightly from what I could expect, Ska does deliver a massively enjoyable brew. Alcohol is masked very well and tends to drink much faster than anticipated.

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

Interesting. Not quite sure if it's an error or on purpose. Poured with a nice fluffy, frothy, foamy, tan head and lots of lace. Color isan opaque dark brown almost black. Aroma is earthy, funky, tangy, rich, nasty, good, yet bad. Flavs the same. Baltic Porter? maybe. Shat's good. let's not get too hinky. good solid finish good bye.

Photo of bfields4
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the deepest of Brown without even a tint of another color. This maybe the darkest beer I've ever seen. A subtle creamy mahogany head.

Very heavy roasted smell accompanied by a bitter dark chocolate cocoa. Followed by a light smoke and coffee.

The taste is a rich creamy chocolate. As this beer warms the complexity becomes more intense. Coffee nutty and slight bitterness onset. There's also a nice earthy quality to this beer. A nice lingering roasted malt finishes this well crafted beer.

The bold delicious flavors of this porter maybe remind me more of an RIS, but that doesn't make them any less delicious. A light carbonation compliments them nicely and the alcohol is almost completely masked.

As a side note this beer was bought in a little liquor store out of season, so it might have had a little aging.

Photo of Mayhem976
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours black but as I hold it to the light you can see traces of brown, it's got a small to medium sized light brown head. Hardly any presence of lacing.

S- Pretty good amount of oak is what hits me at first, not over the top but you can smell some oak in this porter. Smells like a barley wine.

T- Once again the flavor that hits me is oak, I also taste a tad bit of bitter coffee and bit of malt.

M- This is a medium body porter, well in comparison to other imperial porters that is.

D- It's an above average porter, nothing stands out, it's just a descent all around flavor. I like a porter or stout to somewhat kick me in the stomach as it hits my palate. I paid 6.99 for a bomber, for that price I would expect more, the same company makes a Merlot Stout at the same price that's amazing. I will not be picking up another one of these.

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

Pours a big 2 finger chocolate head. Body is pitch black in color. Head retention and lacing were above average, not that great

Smell is of sweet chocolate malts. I'm also picking up some honey and hersheys syrup. No hops are detected

Taste is of chocolate malts, slightly roasted. Some hops and bitter coffee come in midway. There is also a burnt smokiness that shows up as the beer warms up. Alcohol provides some warmth at the end. Dried dark fruits come in and out, this beer is surprisingly complex

Mouth feel is nice and medium bodied. Beer is well carbonated. Wish head contributed more to the mouth feel of the beer, creaminess wasnt really there.

Drink ability was pretty good. For an 8% beer it was rather light and the alcohol wasnt very present. Had the regular ten pin porter about a week ago and this is a much improved version of it, at 6 bucks a bomber very much worth the price

Photo of wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a small cream colored head that makes up for it's lack of size with good definition and retention.
Aroma mixes between sweet to coffee without really accentuating either one. It smells good but I kind of wish it would lean more toward the coffee.
Nice flavor. It's more of a classic Baltic Porter than I was expecting given the aroma and packaging. Medium bodied. Black licorice. Nice bitter, acidic finish. Baking chocolate and espresso. Yummy.
It's a good beer that's worth picking up if you see it around.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses with a good deal of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of sweet malt flavors with a black molasses lean up front. Midway through the sip a good deal of dark chocolate flavors make their way out and a slight roasted flavor enters into things before a sweet and bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could possibly have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but I thought it was too much on the sweet side with not enough complexity. Worth a shot, though I wouldn't go out of my way.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=pours a deep dark ruby almost black, clear when held to the light. one finger of tan head that is barely there before it is gone. slight bit of lacing left.

S=chocolate malts and some coffee, with a slight aroma of raisins

T=again, chocolate with definite coffee. slight fruityness on the tail, with the alcohol.

M=very light carbonation, smooth, slightly oily.

D=drinkable as any beer at 8% is, taste, aroma worth it, overall a good beer.

Photo of Rayek
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a rocky nougat head. Retention is just OK and patches of lace are left behind.

S: Quite sweet initially. Molasses and baking chocolate dominate out of the gate. Fresh cut grass, plus a little lemon put the brakes on the sweetness. There's a very light burnt oak aroma hiding in the rafters.

T: Molasses, chocolate and bit of raisin make up the beer's sweetness. Bitterness comes on with an interesting lemon and burnt wood bite that also sports a touch of black tea. Finishes slightly acidic, with lingering molasses and lemon flavors.

M: The thick and chewy body could stand having the prickly carbonation lowered a bit.

D: I was expecting this beer to be an amped up version of Ska's Ten Pin. It's not. The flavor profile sports a stronger bitterness than Ten Pin, so the sweetness doesn't dominate as much. That's not a bad thing. The only real detracting factor for me was the high level of carbonation. Overall, a nice beer.

Photo of scooter231
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this fellow up while visiting New Mexico- the blue waxed sealing had me at hello. As did Nefarious- I HAD to try it. This fellow pours a completely pitch brown dark opaque, with some lovely tannish head that disappears quickly, and leaves little lacing, but some poofy swirls on top. This guy means business.

Smell is sweet, alcohol-y sweet, with some definite prune and raisin notes, and a hint of malty breadyness. Some milk chocolate sneaks in near the end. Definitely a sweet smelling guy.

Bitter coffee flavors hit you first, followed by chocolate, malts, and another hit of bitter espresso type flavors. Definitely reminiscent of yoohoo, with some bitterness and, of course, alcohol thrown in. This could be cloyingly, annoyingly sweet, but the bitterness evens it out a little. Still, it's a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is decent, but a little watery for my tastes. And the suds are a bit soapy feeling.

Overall, it's not shabby, but I definitely prefer other baltic porters to this one. Still... don't pass it up. Give it a try!

Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown with a 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smell - not much here some fruit and chocolate but very faint

taste is ok to good - sweet dark fruits along with a chalky ash bitter chocolate taste

mouthfeel is very light for a imperial porter good carbonation maybe too much

drinkability - @8% there are many porters i would rather drink - doubt i ever buy this again

Photo of kerklein2
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a shaker pint. Color is dark, almost black, as you'd expect. There are some ruby colors that might come out better in a smaller glass. Poured a nice head that quickly subdued. Leaves behind nice lacing.

B: A lot going on here, but it smells like a porter. A little roastiness, a little chocolate, and a lot of coffee. But then again I always pick up a lot more coffee than there really is. The smell is really nice, but fades as quickly as the head. Could be the shaker pint, could be the beer.

T: Really gotta let this one warm up. All its secrets are hidden in the cold. Excellent balance between all the roasted notes, a tiny bit of chocolate, and that coffee. This is all evened out by a touch of bitterness right on the front of the tongue. The back off the mouth picks up a warm off-flavor that I can't place. Probably the alcohol warmth. Overall, pretty good.

M: A bit lighter bodied than I'd like for a porter, especially an Imperial one. Overall, good, but I'd like a little more dazzle here, some richness. I think it comes from a bit higher carbonation level.

D: Considering its an 8% porter, I'd have to give high marks here. I could easily throw back a couple bombers of this one.

Overall, A very good Imperial Porter than I would definitely drink again. Not blown away, but I think that's hard to accomplish with a Porter.

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

Pours a very dark brown, maybe with some dark ruby highlights. It looks nearly black, in the glass, with a thin head, maybe 1 cm, that falls down kind of quicly to just a little ring, where it leaves inly the tiniest bit of lacing. The smell is filled predominantly with 2 things, dark chocolate and coffe - with the chocolate winning out. Deep in there, there's a bit of earthiness, maybe some burnt bready and leafy smells, and a bit of caramel. Smells interesting, but isn't exactly powerful enough to get me too exited - I think it's because of the size of the head. The tastes comes out like some weak coffee, with a bit of thick and bitter chocolate syrup poured in. The burnt, roasted bitterness almost becomes too, much, but definitely is a good flavor for an imperial porter. There is enough sweetness, but not too much, and not much in terms of fermentation off-flavors. I becomes cola-like at times, nice toasted bread. I'd say that this is good. The body is nice, about medium full, maybe a little better, just a little rush of carbonation, no real bite to it, but there's just a little bit of one. The bitter roasted malt flavor slows me down a bit. The alcohol doesn't seem to powerful, but you can definitely feel it. I'd say that this is a little better than average.

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