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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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404 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 39
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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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Photo of kojevergas
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+

kojevergas, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Sekliw, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

tommy5, Dec 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

NickyT, Dec 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MarkyMOD, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

spoony, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

teamwiggum, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
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.

flyingpig, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

xnicknj, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

LightnerLiquorKS, Oct 22, 2013
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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.

bmwats, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

sooner961, Oct 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

djrn2, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

acurtis, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

kerry4porters, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Bockrules
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from the bomber capped with wax into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep black with faint almandine highlights when held to the light. Capped by a two-finger, creamy tan head. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles half way down the glass, leaves behind several small splotches of lacing.

S - Nice large smell of tons of roasted chocolate malt and spiced rum upon opening the bottle. Doesn't smell too much different from a standard, solid porter once in the glass - mostly chocolate malt.

T - Large amount of roasted chocolate upfront. The body is a solid blend robust chocolate malt, candied dates and plum, and a bit of alcohol when the beer warms. Another big kick of roasted chocolate malt and earthy bitterness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to lingering dark chocolate, plum, and dark rum finish.

M - On the heavier end of medium bodied with a substantial amount of carbonation to give the beer a nice creaminess that expands to fill the mouth.

A big porter here that a got several months ago and was saving for a special occasion. Well today, I finally turned in the rough draft for my Master's degree paper and decided that today was such an occasion. Although a big porter as promised, Nefarious let me down in a couple of ways: first the presentation was merely slightly better than your average porter. Not a great starting point when this sucker cost around $7.00 for the bomber. The flavor profile is bold and filled with roasted chocolate malt and dark fruit as expected, however alcohol makes an unwanted appearance as the beer warms beyond 55 degrees or so and at times is borderline caustic as I finished my first pint glass. No qualms with the lighter than expected, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, I wouldn't buy another bomber of this simply because there are better imperial stouts and baltic porters to be had for the money. I would consider a pint of it if I found it on tap though....

Bockrules, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Herky21, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MinorThreat, Sep 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

SavageHopHead, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

strohme2, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Morockm, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jak, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

st9647v3, Aug 01, 2013
Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
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