Ten Pin Porter! - Ska Brewing Co.
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3.83/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-25-2004 19:16:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
06-15-2011 02:15:31 | More by mikesgroove
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
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
10-31-2010 18:49:17 | More by zeff80
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
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
12-08-2003 08:42:54 | More by feloniousmonk
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
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,
10-21-2012 03:47:49 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-07-2006 02:28:25 | More by WesWes
3.38/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
02-11-2005 02:13:42 | More by Gueuzedude
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-09-2010 04:50:13 | More by Halcyondays
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
11-06-2007 15:50:54 | More by Gavage
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
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, Im definitely headed back to Johns.
12-21-2006 01:39:02 | More by woodychandler
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
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
03-10-2008 14:54:08 | More by barleywinefiend
3.05/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
10-24-2004 01:07:33 | More by jdhilt
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-13-2008 03:56:05 | More by Zorro
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
04-01-2009 03:08:34 | More by DoubleJ
Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
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