Ten Pin Porter! - Ska Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MJR:
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. The color gives the impression of a murky, cloudy brew, but it's quite clear when held to a strong light. It's tan head starts out well enough, then fades to a wispy covering with a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: If I had to pick one word to describe the aroma, it would be 'fresh.' This smell of this beer just reeks of freshly milled grains. It has a big dose of coffee-like roasted grains, with a bit of caramel underneath. There's also hints of licorice and diacytel. Balancing it all out is a bit of herbal hops.
Taste: The freshness of the aroma carries over into the flavor. There's a point where newly fermented beer looses it's 'green' flavor and is fully ready. This beer seems to be right at that point. Loads of roasted grains, caramel, and chocolate combine with hints of licorice and an earthy graininess and are balanced by a herbal hop bitterness to form an extremely impressive porter. Lengthy finish with a roasted grain dryness and bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a smooth mouthfeel. If there were more residual sugars in the body, this one would be near perfect. Finishes dry and delicious.
Drinkability: Damn good! This is a fantastic porter! I want more of this...now!
08-08-2003 19:15:28 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours more of a ddep amber than brown with almost no head to speak of,aromas deeply roasted malt and and coffee are dominant.Taste is of dark roast coffee and earthy/nutty with a little odd soapy aftertaste to it.A pretty decent porter first beer from Ska may try some others.
05-22-2004 02:38:08 | More by oberon
4.53/5 rDev +17.1%
Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, cool label though.
Appearance: Pours a deep brown/near black beer with ruby edges. Head is pretty decent to start, then settles to a tan cream lace -- retains the lace for its lifetime.
Smell: Luscious malty aroma of caramel, light fruit, touch of molasses and freshly milled grains. I have to mention that the aroma is really fresh, like one of the best to have sneaked up my nostrils in a long time -- or maybe it's the homebrewer in me who likes the aroma of milled malt?
Taste: Loads of malt goodness in this beer! Nice rich, robust body and character. Mouthfeel is very smooth, silky smooth and even. Caramel, fruity, woody/earthy notes, roasted bite, chocolate and grain flavours meld nicely with a extremely balanced hop bitterness and faint herbal background. Finish is a bit burnt, with notes of grain and a dryness on the palate.
Notes: Ga damn! This is one helluva porter! Robust, flavourful, highly drinkable and the brewers are into Ska to boot. I'll have another please ...
Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.
03-06-2002 14:43:47 | More by Todd
3.6/5 rDev -7%
12 oz bottle, bottled 2nd week of September. Pours a ruby brown with a creamy light tan head that mostly diminishes and laces the glass.
The aroma is grainy vegetal malts with some chocolate and smoke and metallic notes.
The flavor is slightly sweet and lactic roasted chocolate malts and some smoke. It has a strong burnt bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium and pretty creamy.
Overall, a very fine porter - very burnt and roasted. I think this pretty underrated.
11-20-2003 07:42:47 | More by Beaver13
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
Dark brown pour, slight beige head, pretty thin 1/4" maybe, not much in the way of lacing or retention of the small amount that was there.
A mix of toffee, roasted black malt aroma. Taste of a little bit of caramel, a little bit of fruityness, throw in a scintilla of hops. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than a lot of porters these days, but far from a detraction or negative aspect of the beer. Chocolate existence is pretty mild too, just like every other aspect here, except for drinkability.
Pretty solid all the way around. A good 6 pack beer on a mild day.
01-03-2012 22:48:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.91/5 rDev +1%
12 oz bottle poured nearly black but actually dark brown with orangish highlights. The tan head is moderate in size and retention. Good lacing.
S: A surprising amount of coffee in the aroma, with plenty of dark roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.
T: Roasted malts, soft coffee, toffee and a little brown sugar. Slightly sweet at the start but turns nearly bitter by the finish
M-- Light-medium body and carbonation.
O: A good porter, not overly sweet despite the apparent scarity of hops.
06-02-2013 00:07:33 | More by chinchill
4.68/5 rDev +20.9%
Small tan head quickly dies into practically no lacing above a super dark brown to black colored porter.
Light aroma of roasted to almost burnt chocolate malts aroma.
Dark roasted chocolate and light coffee malt tastes that has a slight bitterness to it.
A dry aftertaste that harbors some of the dark chocolate malts on this creamy full bodied beer.
A very worthy porter.
09-09-2012 20:26:21 | More by LXIXME
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
I grabbed a 12 oz bottle of this while at the GABF back in September. The beer poured a nice brown body with a thick, medium brown head with good retention. The aroma was of coffee and toasted malts. Very pleasing to the nose. The taste was a good kick of coffee, more toasted malt and a touch of chocolate as well. The mouthfeel is fairly full but pretty drinkable and not overly filling.
11-25-2006 04:10:18 | More by ggaughan
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
A - I love the label artwork! It reminds me of those old Pushead-designed Metallica T-shirts that I wore in high school! A thick and creamy head looks like frothed Starbucks cold frappaccino...the kind that comes in the little milk bottle. Retention kinda sucks. After a minute, I'm left with a thin collar and some haze. The color is pretty dang black, with some brown showing only when held up to direct light. Lacing is pretty nice, and a quick swirl builds up the finger of head again.
S - Chocolate, rootbeer, and marshmallow. Reminds me of those little hard chocolate Santa's or big Easter Bunnys. Focused on milk chocolate. Not super-assertive, but nice enough.
T - The sweet rich milk chocolate from the nose is there, but with more roasty overtones. Wood, charcoal, and hard rootbeer candy...the kind shaped like the little wooden barrels.
M - A little thiner than I would like. Low level of carbonation. A really nice barky, woody, ashy, and dry finish wraps up the chocolate flavors nicely.
D - Pretty good. Nothing really special, but definitely above average. Way too thin IMO. Needs some meat on it's bones to be a truly great beer. I'll have to seek out the Nefarious imperial version of this decent porter! The body of this brew is a lot like a Schwartzbier, and the drinkablility is boosted by that rich but thin mouthfeel.
11-24-2007 05:37:04 | More by pmcadamis
3.59/5 rDev -7.2%
A - dark brownish black with absolutely no head to speak of
S - creamy chocolate, roasted malts
T - chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, figs, plums
M - a bit thin, medium bodied, lightly carbonated
This beer is a bit disappointing. The appearance and mouthfeel both present as flat. The flavor is OK, but it lacks any complexity and could use a bit of hop bitterness for balance. This is easy to drink, but in the end forgettable. I'll pass in the future.
04-04-2013 00:52:20 | More by tdm168
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
Nicely tuned ale, black and tan body and head....If you picked up a dark chocolate booze infused candy, this is what your smelling
I can definitly pick up alcohol which is strange as it isn't too high in ABV at 5.5 also tasted is figs, and roasted malts, a little bittering as it warms.
A medium bodied buddy with low carbonation
Overall not a bad porter, i'd give it a try if your new to beer and want a simple intro to American or UK Porters
09-25-2011 00:55:10 | More by JoeAmerican77
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Just got back from Disney vacation and need to unwind with a couple of Ten Pin Porters from SKA. The appearance is quite nice...dark rich color with nice ecru creamy head. The smell has a light roast and malt nose. The taste is pretty darn good. SKA was able to get a decent body on a porter without selling their sole to high ABV. There roastyness hits well to start then comes off the pallete clean, but leaves just enough to keep the taste going. The mouthfeel is beautiful for a nice taste porter....perfect for cooler nights. Absolutely worth a try!
06-11-2011 02:46:48 | More by WoodBrew
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Picked up a bottle while in North Carolina. Poured into my pint glass, the porter was dark brown with a short tan head and thick lacing. The aroma is full of dry, dark chocolate. The flavor is smooth at first with roasted grains and a hint of coffee bean with more cocoa taste. Soon a citrus hop taste hops pop through for a mildy bitter finish. The body is a touch thin for the style, but it's totally acceptable and makes the beer more drinkable. Overall, a tasty session porter.
07-31-2010 23:05:46 | More by tempest
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
12oz bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.
Pours dark reddish-brown - light in color for a robust porter - with an off-white head that lasts.
Aroma is nice: clean roast and chocolate.
Flavor is very sweet for the style. Roast and chocolate with some caramel malt.
Medium body with some roasty burn on the palate.
A little above average for the style overall. Fairly drinkable.
04-05-2010 22:30:11 | More by nickd717
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
Brownish to dark molassses appearance held to the light it does pass theough nicely. Creamy head with brownish bubbles. Smells or alcohol, fruit & some hops. Has a great full malty feeling on the tounge. Would go great with steak or dessert. Hard to be unbiased, I enjoy all the beer from this brewery! Would get old after 3 or 4...
09-03-2005 04:45:24 | More by russpowell
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured a nice dark brown with clear mahogony highlights and a creamy tan head with good retention and lacing.
Smell was of very light burnt malts.
Taste has a bit of dark chocolate with some smoky burnt wood taste along with a nice bit of earthy hoppiness.
Mouthfeel is light and creamy.
A pretty tasty and drinkable porter. Easily the best beer I had out of my Ska Sampler.
07-16-2006 19:45:35 | More by bashiba
4.88/5 rDev +26.1%
Dark brown, ring sized tan bubbling head. Figs, oats, toasty malts and port on the nose; the scents emerge as the beer warms. Freshly ground espresso beans, dark chocolate and roasted malts are the immediate impressions. Very well balanced, an addicting sweetness; the body evolves to a creaminess that resembles the smoothness of a warmed to room tempature milkshake. Fruity malts (yes), left lingering on the palate, emerging woody notes as well. The true definition of a medium bodied beer, and the picture perfect definition of a porter. World class! Dont pass this baby up!
01-02-2006 02:08:59 | More by GeoffRizzo
Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
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