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Ten Pin Porter! - Ska Brewing Co.

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Ten Pin Porter!Ten Pin Porter!

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BA SCORE
87
very good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 112
Reviews by Rhettbuck:
Photo of Rhettbuck
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall - not a bad beer, but there are better for the price.

Appearance - Dark, very dark. Light itself struggles to pass through this vacuums porter. That light which does make it reveals the rich reddish brown color of the beer. There was a slight bit of light carmel foam when I poured, but its quickly dissolved to just a few remnants lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - I had to check my nose to see if I could still smell, the aroma was so weak. Short of sticking my face fully in the glass, I was able to catch a whiff of carmel. The smell coming from the bottle was quite a bit stronger and carried some sweet notes.

Taste - Considering the weak smell, it didn't surprise me that the initial taste was less than news worthy. What I did notice was bitter, luckily I like bitter. Reminds me of eating dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - By far my biggest complaint was the carbonation of this beer. It seemingly overwhelms the beer. Belching after a few sips. Lingering bitter taste of the beer.

Drinkability - Considering the price, not hard to imagine working this in. Except for the fact that there are better porters for the same price.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Todd
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ggaughan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of bashiba
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.87/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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! Don’t pass this baby up!

Photo of Honisbygonis
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appetizer: almost no carbonation with a black-red brown appearance; mildly sweet aroma

Entree: smooth initial taste (similar to Founder's Porter I sampled just prior so maybe biased), with less mildly harsh aftertaste, which dissipates nicely / better as compared

Dessert: better than Founder's, still behind Deschutes, and comparable (albeit differing since vanilla) to Linenkugel's Snowdrift.

Each his/her own, so your call.

Photo of Jredner
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light chocolate and molasses aroma. Amber brown with a thick mocha head. Sweet chocolate fore followed by a smooth and mellow malt profile. No roasted notes at all really to the very last part of the finish where a toned down splash of hop and roasted flavors come through. I found this enjoyable even though it is sweeter than it should be style wise.

Photo of pbrian
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting porter. Like a dark, fruity ESB almost. Molassas and caramel notes linger. Fruityness again. Fresh tasting. A little flat, but tasty.

Photo of Murph
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thin head that ran away quickly. The smell is loaded with roasted/burnt aromas and a chocolate sweetness as well . The flavor starts off with the roasted bitterness but that is soon subdued by the chocolate flavors. There is an aftertaste of smokiness as well. The beer is smooth across the mouth and very drinkable. Wow, what an awesome porter. Great burnt characteristics but a nice balance too. One of my top 5 or so porters.

Photo of MJR
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of humanawho
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby brown color, nice cream colored head and ok retention, good lacing

S - smell is pretty odd, a little hint of oranges, doesn't fit the taste well

T - good balanced roastyness, not too heavy just basic but good

M - mouthfeel is average

D - nice and a little light makes good drinkability

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown in color and nearly completely opaque. A huge brown head then rose up over the top of it and took forever to settle down, only actually fading depositing large amounts of side glass lacing.

Lots of wonderful chocolate notes, fresh brewed coffee with that delicate sweetness added in that just made the whole thing really come together wonderfully. Smooth mellow taste here. chocolate right up in your face, smooth notes of sugar mixed in along with hints of light vanilla. Wonderful feel here with deleicate carbonation that avoided the too filling side of it. it was almost too good, and too easy to drink, this went down way too fast.

Photo of TheCondor
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this brew in a mix-and-match six pack at the store the other day. Hadn’t heard much about Ska Brewing, but the label was fancy and I needed a few more beers to round out my sixer of porters. So I grabbed this basically because of the snazzy packaging. Who says colorful packaging doesn’t work on adults? Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance – Pours a nice super dark brown with a big three finger tan head that takes a while to settle down. Once it does it leaves mediocre lacing, but otherwise the appearance of this porter is substantial.

Smell – Roasted malts, coffee, the lightest fruit essence. The dark roasts and coffee are certainly the dominating feature.

Taste – Chocolate, coffee, and the roasted malts and barley. There is a strong roast element to this brew, and it’s nice.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, pretty rich, good body and carbonation. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall – This is a good brew, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a sessionable porter. At 5.5 ABV it won’t overwhelm you with alcohol, tastes great, and the bottle makes a good conversation starter! In all seriousness, this is a good porter, and I would absolutely buy it again.

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Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.