Ten Pin Porter! - Ska Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
02-27-2012 03:07:53 | More by TheCondor
4.88/5 rDev +26.1%
Had this beer on tap and it was amazing! Pours a dark brown with a caramel colored head. The smell has notes of chocolate, a bit of toffee, and roasted malts. The taste is similar to the smell, but with a bit of extra flavors (banana?) and a sweetness from the yeast that make the overall drinking experience excellent.
02-24-2012 20:07:20 | More by Kornoms
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
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass
Pours a nice dark chestnut color with warm overtones of red. It actually reminds me of a Guinness Draught from bottles, only a shade lighter. Less than half a finger of head, but it settles down to a consistent and lasting beige ring.
This is a reliable porter. When you think porter, you probably think of the milk chocolate and hoppy twinge that Ten Pin Porter delivers. The most surprising aromas are chicory and mint. This is a quite minty porter, which is a welcome surprise. It works.
The most impressive aspect of Ten Pin Porter is how unified it is. I mean that in the sense that it is difficult to pick out individual flavors here. It's a very consistent, coherent flavor profile. It's a hoppy American porter, certainly, and those hops lend a minty/fruity element to the milk chocolate and slight roast. But mostly, this beer doesn't evolve from first taste through the finish. It is everything at once, and at all times. It tastes good. This is a good porter.
This is pretty thin, even for a porter. It's not really bad at all, but it is noticeably insubstantial.
Overall, this is a good American Porter. It's light, but full of flavor. It's coherent and consistent. I'd love to put back a couple of pints of this at a local bar.
01-03-2012 21:52:27 | More by Reaper16
4.8/5 rDev +24%
Picked up this about a week ago and SKA Brewing Company is about 4 hours from my town so it's pretty fresh.
A- Dark color with a nice caramel color head. The body looks exactly like coca-cola.
S- Chocolate malts and a slight toffee.Slight banana. Nothing much else going on. What i do smell is excellent.
T- Taste's almost like it smells, but with a kick. Slight taste of banana with some toffee.
M- Nice thick feel. Sticks to your tongue and probably your ribs. Syrupy but in a good way.
I would definatly buy this beer again. the price was reasonable and i can get it pretty much anytime so i expect to have some more of these in my fridge.
12-25-2011 04:49:54 | More by intensify
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
11-17-2011 15:41:17 | More by Tone
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass:
A - Pours an extremely dark brown/black head with a weak half finger, tan head. The head disappears quickly.
S - Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Some sweet fruity notes (perhaps banana?). Quite mild in strength.
T -Nice cream on the open. Roasted barley, chocolate and coffee notes. Definite banana esters as predicted by the nose. No hops characteristics to speak of.
M - Full bodied and coarse. Dry on the finish.
D - A good all around porter. Built well with distinct flavors. I'd certainly have this one again.
10-03-2011 00:54:18 | More by blakelive784
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from 12oz. bottle into stein.
Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown porter that is hardly opaque but is a very dark mahogany hue with perhaps some extremely dark red hues where it is penetrated by light. The head is a bubbly head that is hardly acceptable for a good porter. It fizzles within moments, and I'm left looking at what seems to be a very thin porter.
Smell: Some medium roasted sweet malts with hints of light roast coffees. I caught perhaps even the lightest note of booze. At 5.5ABV, I should smell no booze in a porter. It all seems really underpowered. Not very complex nose.
Taste: Fortunately, the taste is a bit more full than the nose-- though it certainly follows suit but with extras. It still has a very good flavor. The malt gives it its body and the coffees and sweeter malts and sweet yeasts give it some accents that make a very smooth flavor. This time around, I caught an ever so slight hint of chocolate cherries.
Mouth: Very medium bodied for a porter-- almost too light for my own personal taste. I prefer my porters much thicker and much richer. However, its going for a drinkable porter. It probably accomplishes that.
Overall: A pretty good porter with an unusually high drinkability. I probably won't ever buy this one out of the bottle again. If I find it on tap, I might give it another whorl. I'm underwhelmed for what I expected, but I'm glad I tried it. It's definitely unique, but just not something I'm going to write home to mom for.
EDIT 10/8/2011: Probably a bit better in the taste as it warms. There are some pretty decent chocolate and subtle chocolate notes that I didn't notice before. I've noticed that I'm underwhelmed by American Porters in general. I also previously drank this right after I had a Founders Porter...which is light-years better.
EDIT 10/13/2011: Vanilla notes in the nose. I've never had a beer grow on me more than this one. I will buy again when I want a good porter. I recommend this one totally. Grade has been adjusted.
09-27-2011 01:43:03 | More by paxchristi
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
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Poured from a 355ml bottle, note the ABV on this bottle states 5.3%.
A - Dark coffee coloured. There's a touch of red shining through but little head of which to speak.
S - Dark chocolate and sweet sugary caramel scents.
T - Fairly smooth and surprisingly sweet. Has a solid malty flavour with some other sweetish port flavours. Good sensation of rich fruity shiraz.
M - Smooth and quite subdued. A bit plain, very little happening.
O - Enjoyable sweet porter. A good example of the style but not the best.
06-23-2011 11:16:26 | More by xylophonica
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
A: deep brown body, 1 finger head, ok lacin
S: nutty, smoky, mild cocoa, malt
T: sweet nutty, big malt, mild bitter semi-dry finish
M: med body, hint of semi-dry mouth
O: Just ok, not my favorite. Seems a little
light in the body. Sessionable porter.
SOLID, NOT A MUST TRY!
06-19-2011 22:15:50 | More by BeerLover99
Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
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