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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
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 21
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.

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Photo of nick76
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is right for a porter with toasted malt, coffee, and hops. The appearance is brown with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma simple and moderately bitter. The palate is average. Overall a decent porter. I would have one again if offered.

Photo of DoubleJ
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.

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

This is one of the best porters I've had. It isn't too sweet, and it has an overall good balance of flavor. I had this on a night where I was enjoying a wide variety of porters. Surprisingly, this one stood out the most. What came to mind when drinking this porter was: "this is how a beer should be". It tasted like a beer but with great flavor. Imminently after taking my first drink of the ten pin, I said out loud "that is chocolate". Very interesting and great experience. My favorite porter of the night.

Photo of cagocubs
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a tannish white head that retained decently. Explosion of roasted malts through the nose. Hints of chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee present as well. The taste is much like the smell. Can taste the hints of chocolate and coffee with the roasted malts. The mouthfeel is great with nice coating and good body. This is very drinkable especially for a porter.

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 SouthLoopSuds
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice color, dark with healthy head.

S: Something just didn't sit right with me. A bit off, and very subtle.

T: It didn't blow me away, but it didn't make me wretch either. Average at best. Kind of weak for a porter.

M: It felt weak.

D: I like their True Blonde, but I'll probably pass on this next time.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bomber this one was a dark brown with some reddish highlights. Massive tan head, good retention and sticky lacing. The aromas were rather subtle, chocolate, malt and hints of creamy coffee. The flavors were considerably more distinct, roasted malt first followed by clear coffee and chocolate. Caramel sweetness as it warms up. Pleasant, semi-bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel and despite the large head not over carbonated. I generally prefer stouts but this porter is better than the Ska Milk Stout.

Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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

A bottle and a glass at the Bent Elbow Hotel and Restaurant in Silverton, CO, elevation 9,300 feet above sea level.

Moderate pour yields a huge rocky four-finger head (altitude?) over and almost-opaque dark dark chestnut body. Head fades to a solid ring, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is figs, chocolate, burnt sugar, chocolate malt, a hint of soy sauce.

Taste follows smell, except with the addition of pepper and a dry-ish cocoa powder note.

Mouthfeel is creamy enough, but not so thick.

Drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of tgbljb
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.

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

Tan froth tops a rich brown body with ruby highlights. Nice color and presentation, but the thin and quickly dissipating head and dearth of lacing reduces the appearance score. Nice aroma, with coffee, chocolate, and hints of berry. A stronger aroma would help matters--good scents, just a bit too faint. The flavor, on the other hand, represents an improvement over the smell. I'm fairly impressed with the complexity of tastes--plenty of coffee, chocolate, berry overtones, and a touch of caramel. Really delicious and harmonious. The mouthfeel is just as crucial with Ten Pin, smooth and tasty with decent bitterness. Good porter--not great, but certainly solid and good.

This I'd recommend, and it's a couple steps above Black Hook Porter, which I tried recently. This is smoother, more flavorful, and more complex. Recommended.

Photo of Rayek
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An interesting Porter. Very malty compared to most US takes on the style.

A: Looks great. Deep brown/garnet color. Almost black. Rocky and foamy tan head sticks around and leaves really nice lace.

S: Malty. Chocolate, biscuit and brown sugar aromas, with a faint grassy hop note.

T: Molasses and Licorice sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Hops are there to balance and provide a small grassy bitterness. The taste of this beer is all up front with the malt. Finishes quickly and rather clean, with a lingering molasses sweetness.

M: Light body and quite watery. A little slick on the tongue.

D: Nice session Porter. Light body makes it very drinkable.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Why bowling references? Pours a close to black but closer to a darker shade of brown. Good clarity but limited head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

The nose is limited with some lighter malt notes. Mostly a light toasted and a bit of chocolate. Some bread like notes as well. No hop presence. Some light DMS and a touch of yeasty esters as well, rose-like aromas.

The taste is also limited but some good characteristics. Some roast and chocolate malt flavors come out but are subtle. Some lactic almost mocha flavors. Some nutty flavors as wells as a light butter finish. Some generic hop flavors but very subtle. Some off flavors leaves a oily finish with a almost oxidized finish.

The texture is light with almost watery feel. Somewhat oily but really lacks depth. Very limited overall.

Photo of ncvbc
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tayner from a while back...

Pours dark brown. Tan head rises up and leaves a ring after a few minutes. Spotty lacing shows up. Smells of nuts, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and grains. Taste is pretty much the same. Good mixture of chocolate malts and light caramel. A hint of coffee underneath. Again a grainy flavor and light grassy hop presence. All along there is a nutty flavor that carries this beer well. Mouthfeel is pretty light and smooth. Not big enough to be creamy but good. Easy drinking beer for sure. A solid Porter that I think I could have a couple of.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Photo of seaoflament
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for the beer.

Good looking porter, dark brown with over an inch of foam.

A very lactic aroma upfront, like warm milk. It takes me a while to push that aroma aside but I do pick up some coco and coffee as well. The lactic notes took me by surprise at first but they do tone down later on and the coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee push forward in a nice blend. There is also a malted milk aroma.

Tastes of toasted malts, light coffee, and a little butter. There's also a taste of malted milk and nutty malts.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Slightly dry and roasted finish.

Photo of Zorro
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is as it should be. Beautiful dark body with amber rose highlights at the edges all topped by a small heavy head that faded to a thin lacing immediately.

Sweet chocolate, slight fruity character, and an earthy malty note all create the smell. All in all the smell is very light and hard to find.

Loads of sweet fruit on the tip of the tongue (cherry, strawberry, apricot) then mellows with malt then a small coffee finish. Yum. I love this kind of beer. The tastes change all the way through, from beginning to finish to aftertaste, constant evolution. Tons of complexity and no one flavor out-stands the other.

Mouthfeel was way lighter than I expected but really wet and a bit zippy from carbonation. Phenomenal balance. I dig this. Now I have to get my hands on the Imperial Nefarious version.

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 Gavage
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.

Photo of benito
1.97/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This clearly is going for the lighter end of the porter spectrum--a Colorado interpretation of a brown porter that is marred by a too-forward bitterness and watery flavors.

Dark brown in color with ruby-ish highlights when held to the light and a persistent, fizzy and clumpy off-white head that recedes to a 1/4" crown above the beer. Aromas are faint hints of coffee, maple, and cola. Watery flavors imbalanced by a biting hop finish. Like aromas, the flavors are faint: there's a bit of licorice, some cola, and a very faint hint of coffee or chicory at the end of each swig. The flavors are muted by the watery mouthfeel and bitter aftertaste that takes hold of the beer about
halfway across the tongue. Where is the caramel, nuttiness, or toffee flavor?

Ska's misfired with this one: skip it and don't look back

Photo of briman
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby hues when held up to the light. About a 1/4 inch light brown head. Average retention, with somewhat minimal lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, & coffee.

Flavor has dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee flavors. Roasted malt flavors stick around to the end. Hops come in to balance things out in the finish, and provide a mild bitterness which lasts for a second into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is good, with a nice smooth character that coats as it goes down. Flavors overall are a little on the mild side, in my opinion. I say this because the website calls this a complex robust porter, but I don't think the flavors really stand up and take notice enough for that to be true. It's a good basic porter, with good drinkability, but could use some more punch if it really wants to be "robust".

Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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

Pours with impressive head for an American porter, and dark color with slivers of orange on the bottom. The only downfall in the look is the mass of carbonation bubbles suctioning up on the side of the glass like barnacles. Nose is grainy at first but later warms into nice full coffee and roasted tones.


Mmm, porter season is just about here, although a little later here, south of the Mason Dixon line. Taste is malty and sweet without being overly so. Dry and tasty and leaves impressive lacing. Pleasant toasted aftertaste and smooth but a bit thinner in mouthfeel than I had hoped for. Still, a pleasant surprise, and leaving me looking forward even more to big brother Nefarious chilling in the fridge.

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