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Ten Pin Porter! - Ska Brewing Co.

Ten Pin Porter!Ten Pin Porter!

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BA SCORE
87
very good

201 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.92%


Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 03-06-2002)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown with a big splash of ruby. I'm able to see light all the way through the beer, so it's not overly dark. The head is light tan, is on the small side, falls to a thin film and leaves an average amount of lace in ragged rings. The nose is roasted malty with a suggestion of coffee, but is too underpowered.

The flavor is an improvement on both the appearance and the aroma. The taste buds are treated to roasted malt with an undercurrent of dark chocolate and weak black coffee. There's more sweetness than in many porters, but it works out fine.

The flavor profile isn't deep or complex. Still, TPP! is a flavorful American porter. The finish is medium in length and the mouthfeel is medium for the style. Thicker and richer would be better, but it's really okay for the ABV.

Ska Ten Pin Porter! is good beer (a spare), not great beer (a strike). I could see myself drinking it on a semi-regular basis if it was available in this region of the country.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 19:16:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:15:31 | More by mikesgroove
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 02:38:08 | More by oberon
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep,dark brown brown color, big, fluffy, creamy head.
Aroma: creamy, vanila-ish, soda-like, high carbonation.
Taste: nice, high carbonation, cola-flavor continues, rich, tasty flavor, nicely roasted, as any decent porter should be, ...tasty, yes, hints of chocolate, whispers of espresso, a very nice, average porter.

Much thanks to vitiola for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 08:42:54 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 04:45:24 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice crystal, roasted, and black malt scent that is subtle, but still present. The taste is good. It has a smooth and rich malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet and toastey. It's full of crystal malts, but with a roasted malt edge. The taste is quite complex. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer and one of the best porters I've tried; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 02:28:25 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown colored head of bubbly foam. Some decent retention and a little lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, caramel and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate and toffee with a coffee-like, bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry finish.

D - This is another high quality brew from Ska. A tasty, sessionable porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 18:49:17 | More by zeff80
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy light brown head that sits atop a dark, almost black, clear, amber colored beer. The aroma is fruity at first but then finishes with a solid roasted coffee bean note. The fruitiness again reminds me a bit of cherries. The taste is quite light. It is sweet with a lightly astringent roasted note in the finish. This is again a very light and easy drinking beer that seems quite appropriate as a session porter. This beer has notes of toasted biscuits, cherries, burnt raisins, and a hint of vegetal character perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 02:13:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear brown color that sports some mahogany highlights. A one finger head lingers a while. Some moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and hint of molasses are easily detectable.

Taste: roasted malts, molasses, mild chocolate flavors, and a hint of coffee make up a well balanced porter. Bitterness is mild but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Relatively short aftertaste as the chcocolate and molasses lingers in the mouth.

Drinkability: nice session porter here. This was the best beer of the variety pack I purchased from Ska.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 15:50:54 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a small off-white head, good retention, some good lace.

S: Dark cocoa, little bit of brown sugar and licorice.

T: Lots of bittersweet chocolate, some dark malt, but the chocolate dominates here. Moderately sweet, no roasted flavours.

M: Bit on the thin side. Creamy, smooth.

D: Solid porter. Good flavours, I could certainly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 04:50:13 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out deep dark brown with a nice head that quickly disappears. The aroma is of slight roasted malt and some chocolate. Taste was of slight roasted malt and thats about it. Very smooth both on taste and finsih. Decent porter to sit ar ound and drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 14:54:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

didnt care for the nefarious ten pin imperial version, so i tried this semi doubtfully. i was impressed though. it pours chocolatey dark brown with a very minimal tan head thats reduced to patches after just a minute or so. it smells like deep dark smokey malts and cocoa powder. theres also a bitterness to this, but at this point im unsure if is from the hops of from burnt malt. the flavor confirms its hops, surprisingly hoppy on the tail end. theres plenty of chocolate going on too, raw and unrefined, but just in a supporting role. feel is smooth and drinkable, well enough carbonated for a porter, and the finish is long and layered. overal much much much better th.n its imperial big brother. this is a yummy session porter, perfect for autumn,

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 03:47:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 23:05:46 | More by tempest
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is a mild roasted coffee. Starts with a mild roasted coffee flavor and finishes with a slight bitterness. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Super 7-Even Raleigh, NC.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 01:07:33 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

Clear dark brown beer, but the head never really forms.

Smell is strong malt and chocolate and roast malt. Lesser coffee aroma with a slight sour scent for patent malt. Fairly sweet smelling.

The taste starts out thick and fairly roasty. Little sweet with lots of chocolate flavor. Alcohol level seems low.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK and drinkable but I really expected more punch from an imperial porter. I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 03:56:05 | More by Zorro
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a big, deep-tan head with light retention. The color was a deep brown with garnet highlights. The nose gave off a slight licorice aspect along with a light chocolate smell. The mouthfeel was light with the chocolate taste reappearing on the tongue. The finish had a mild smokiness overlaying the continued chocolaty-ness. Yum yum. It also produced decent lacing throughout. Now, I’m definitely headed back to John’s.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 01:39:02 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ska uses a special ingredient in this beer: love. Will it make a difference in this offering? On to the beer:

All 12 ounces are in my mug. Opaque color with edges of ruby brown. Head is 1/2 inch thick on top, but is holding up well so far. Good creamy lacing on the glass. The aroma is a mix of flavors. Powdered cocoa and banana dominate...a chocolatey delight. Tastewise....more of the cocoa/banana combo whip the palate into shape. The roastiness/astringency in the porter is low compared to other porters. Lightly hopped towards the back. Mouthfeel is super-smooth, a little creamy, with a medium body.

A well-built porter from Ska. It reminds me a lot of Black Butte Porter, and that is good company to be in.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 03:08:34 | More by DoubleJ
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 22:48:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gusler

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer spews from the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep brown with ruby highlights, the head portly in size and the consistency frothy with the color a winsome tan and the lace left over a thick sheet to obscure the glass. The nose has a light toasted aroma with a caramel and nut like sweetness, fresh and clean, the start is slightly sweet with a modest malt presence and the top a bit thin in its feel. Finish has a mild acidity and the hops pleasantly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a pleasant albeit light porter in my estimation.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 20:49:16 | More by Gusler
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Tone

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, roasted malt, hint of hops, slight caramel malt, and hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good blend and body.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 15:41:17 | More by Tone
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with root beer ambered highlights at the edges and bottom. Thin, light tannish cap of foam that lasts briefly before a sifting hint is left on top. Lacing sits on the glass in the forms of a some small broken strings.

Aroma is light with a warm chocolate sweetness under some smokey/burnt roastyness.

Nice firm taste of easy going cocoa flavors, mild milky chocolate sweetness, and hints of burnt black malt. The tone is weel placed and makes for a quick, pleasing taster of a porter.

Simple, firm, medium, creamy body. Nice little touches of dryish, noteably heavier roast and burntness pick up in the finish along with burnt grassy hop notes.

A very nice and fairly easy drinking porter!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 22:22:07 | More by tavernjef
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 00:07:33 | More by chinchill
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:52:20 | More by tdm168
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mynie

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent dark ruby--far from opaque--a small whitebrown head that dies away quickly and moderate lacing.

Very nice smell. Deep chocolate, roasted, malt, and coffee. Burny odor of charcoal darkness.

Roasted malt very present up front, very bitter and fantastic. Dark, dark chocolate in the back for just a second and then BAM there's this fist of deadly death malt right across your face.

Woah. I was not expecting this. Fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 04:52:00 | More by mynie
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown color with massive tannish head that threatened to escape the glass. Too much carbonation? Left some nice sticky lacing.

Smell is subdued, with only a slight hint of roasted malt.

Taste has the same roasted malt character, with the addition of coffee and chcoalte. A light touch of vanilla is also present.

Left a nice taste in the mouth, without going too far.

An easy drinking beer. May be appropriate to session.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 21:40:43 | More by tgbljb
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Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.