Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter | Ska Brewing Co.

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial PorterNefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 453
Photo of chugalug06
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is my favorite beer i've ever had. it provides amazing drinkabaility, head, taste, and aroma. It is a one beer, beer. once you've drank it your set for the night/day. It's %age is high (8%), but hides well. this beer is a beer you can be proud to drink and share. even though they're completely different brews, it competes well with the deschutes abyss. this beer is smooth and extremely well done by a GREAT brewery. A must try if you can find it. well worth the price

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A-This beer pours a deep black with faint hints of brown and a head that is so dark brown it has an auburn hint to it before it fades. A few small bubbles cling to the side but the carbonation looks very gentle.

S- Very fresh deep roasted grain and a slight sweetness. Some hints of licorice, port, and toffee with some brown sugar molasses in the background. It is a very fresh and smooth complex smell.

T- A very clean smooth taste but still complex aswell. Roasted grain and some toasted grain aswell but not astringent or harsh. Hints of dried fruit and some oak notes balanced with caramel and molasses. The finish is very faint on the hops and a hint more of dark fruit.

M-medium-full body with a nice smoothness. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This is my first brew from Ska and I'm very impressed. This beer has lots of complexity and it’s all about the dark flavors. The hops are just for support and the alcohol is also. Good complexity and great flavor with a exceptional aroma.

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Photo of brewdenver
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber; poured into a guinness glass.

It snowed last night and I had to ride my bike home from work cold, wet and unprepared for the weather change. I should know better having been a long time rider and living in CO for this long. Needless to say on the way home; thinking of what beer to drink and write up a review about. Well...a Stout of course :). What better stout than an Imperial to help warm the senses and get comfortable on the couch.

A: Dark and dark. Poured a brown head that died quickly leaving a low head just covering the top of the beer. Medium fingers around glass and medium to strong lacing.

S: Hints of espresso, dry roast and mahogany come to mind. Some nice earthy tones as well.

T: Full bodied, coffee, malt with a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry but not irish stout dry. Nice hop and malt profile for an Imperial.

M: Not too thick which is nice for an Imperial. The carbonation is spot on with just the right amount to not take away from the complexities of the malt and hops. A very good porter.

I really have to say what sold this beer for me is the balance it has in all categories. As an Imperial it doesn't let you down in any one category for me. Its 8% is well hidden and balanced with the malt and hop profile. The perfect carbonation and thickness. This is a damn good Imperial only lacking a slightly higher abv than some other.

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Photo of sevopie
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown that's almost black with a minimal tan to light-brown head.

Heavy chocolate and roasted (almost burnt) malts are present on the nose with a decent swig of alcohol on there.

The burnt malt takes center stage on the tongue, with the dark chocolate/cocoa closely in tow. A good dose of espresso seems to linger on the back of the tongue, and there's the faintest hint of the alcohol to remind you that its still 8%.

Full bodied with a fine carbonation, matches perfectly with the flavor profile.

This one seems caught between wanting to be a bold over-the-top beer, and one that is borderline session-drinkable. Obviously at 8% its not going to be, but a lot of the flavors end up subtly mixing on the tongue, and this one ends up being easily digestible. Another fine offering from Ska.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a porter...dark and not quite opaque....Nice strong head, with a tight bottom and loose top, decreases at average rate.

Smell is a little airy, full of spcie and malt.

The flavour contains coffee and bits of dark chocolate, with a hoppy undertone, and it's rather sweet at the end.

The mouthfeel is not too heavy, not watery. The carbonation is mainly up front, with just a touch again at the and.

Drinkability got the top number. It's a very nice brew. If you make a session out of porters, this is a good one to try. I could down these all night.

Be well

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle in Asheville a while pack, mainly due to the awesome looking bottle. How can you pass up a waxed topped bottle with a skeleton in a robe and crown holding a bowling pin?? Come on, that just looks awesome. I have also had success from the others from SKA Brewing, so onto the beer....

A - Poured a very deep dark brwon, pretty much black, very opaque and thick looking. Huge creamy tan head lifted up to about two inches, then slowly settled back down to about a half inch layer that just sat on top. Lots of sticky lace down the sides of the glass pretty much obscured everything, overall very full thick look especially for a porter, looked more like a stout.

S - Wow, a porter smelled like this?? Very rich caramel and coffee tones dominated this from the beginning. Very sweet smelling, with a hint of chocolate on the back. Very full aroma, and a hint of alcohol. This thing meant buisness for sure.

T - Wow, this was one big porter. Initial taste was loaded with caramel and chocolate tones. A touch of alcohol warmed it up as well. Lots of roasted coffee tones in the back, and a nice bitter, dry hoppy finish. This was a really well rounded and full taste. Very nice indeed.

M - Very full, pretty much stout like in feel. Rich creamy with very good carbonation. Very easy going down as the alcohol was only moderatly affected. Easily the thickest ported I have ever drank.

D - This is definatly a sipper. Not something I am going to be throwing down lots of in a night, thats for sure. Though as a sippable porter it is very very nice. The rich creamy feel really made this a nice dessert beer.

Overall this really impressed me and kicked my ass to be honest. I was not expecting this to be that heavy. It really has the smell, look, and feel of a stout. An Imperial porter it is I guess, but damn it is full bodied. This is a very nice brew and definatly worth a try, it was very affordable at around $6 dollars, so you really cannot go wrong. Ska keeps putting out these quality brews over and over, well done again!

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Photo of Gusler
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its disinterment from the 22-ounce capped and waxed bottle pours a pitch-black with some ruby high lights, the head is moderate in size and frothy in texture with the color a nice tan, after the heads demise the resultant lace forms a glutinous sheet upon the glass. Nose is toasted grain dominated with hints of black cherries and caramel, fresh and delightful to the olfactory senses, start is sweet and heavy with malt, top is middling to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is demonstrative in its acidity and the hops delectable in their spiciness with the aftertaste desert dry, the 8 percent ABV leaves a nice warming sensation it the tummy, this beer much better than their “Ten Pin”.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a great package from Mentor!

I am pouring a room temp bottle into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges of the glass. No lite passes through. A creamy and fizzy tan head foams up 1 cm and fades rather quickly to an edge layer with a few bubble islands in the middle. The head remains a edge layer throughout sampling.
Aroma, wow! It is robust with chocolate, brown sugar and molasses mixing with cherries and raisins, smells like a winner! I also get just a hint of herbal hops in the way background. But make no mistake, this is a malt lovers beer!
The first sip reveals very mild almost non-existent, soft spacious carbonation. The body is silky textured and fairly thick. A big beer came in this bottle!
Flavor starts off with some dark fruit, raisin or plums, and then rolls to a lingering chocolate sweetness like a Hershey kiss that is overtaken by some warming alcohol. THe alcohol leaves a bit of a tingle on the back of my throat and keeps me from downing this tasty beer faster. A very tasty robust beer that is a sipper. Glad to have a full 22 oz of this tasty brew!

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Photo of evoljetta
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber
Overall a great stout. Good aroma of chocalate and coffee. Taste, well like an imperial stout should, creamy, coffee, and not too hot on the alchohol. I didn't notice the thin mouthfeel as others have, but it seemed just right. No notice of the ABV in this beer. A beer that I will keep an eye out for in the future!!

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Photo of tastybeer
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks very nice. Deep heavy brown topped by a frothy cream head. In the light a red glow appears around the edges. Scattered bits of creamy lace cling to the glass. Smells thick with maple syrup, cocoa, cherries, sugary and creamy caramel, with coffee and milk. Taste is smooth and extensive. All of the above scents form together nicely as flavors. Nice slight roastiness all over. The fruitiness balances the sweetness and there is a nice milky thing going on. Smooth and velvety in the mouth and good body. Really drinkable. It floats its way down soft and smoothly.

A good choice. Let it warm for a few and it'll be just right.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black; in no way, shape, or form is this transparent. Luxcious foam the color of a dusty lane...
Smell bing cherries, and raspberry fudge cake; razzleberry juice and cocoa.
Taste fruit bombs that drop right into smokey baker's chocolate. Sour tingle, and faint wheat grass juice reminds me of bright clover honey. It's beautiful the way the flavors swirl up an alcohol vapor in the mouth, and combine aroma and flavor into one large bite of raspberry/bing cherry ganache.

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Photo of Vancer
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark chocolate brew, in the color, aroma, and taste.
It’s got that semi-sour funk, and the powdery texture hits the spot too.

Seems to be one of SKA’s better brews, I could quaff these for a session – the 8% is well hidden behind that smooth chocolaty taste. In fact, this would really hit the spot with another couple percents of alcohol backbone

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Photo of Bizz88
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to the folks at Super Liquor Mart for the steering to this fine brew.
Poured a dark brown, almost to the point of being black with a finger sized tan head. Lacing chased the dark goodness clear to the bottom of the glass. Aromas of malt, burnt bitter-sweet chocolate, and coffee. This medium body brew found chocolate malts, burnt molasses, and dark fruit on the palate, with good carbonation and a nice alcohol warmth on the finish. Will see this one alot this winter. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This years edition pours mahogany with nice beading hugging the glass & fluffed up 1" mocha colored head. Okay lacing & good head retention

S: Rich chocolate & iron

T: Chocolate, dryness & iron up front. Toasted grainyness & more chocolate follows. Slight nuttyness comes through as this warms. Finishes with iron, chocolate mousse & dryness& slight bit of alcohol

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, richnesss sneaks in as as it warms, almost a like a chocolate malt

Drinks very easy for the ABV. This doesn't really say baltic porter, but pretty tasty. A good purchase at $4 for 22 ozs

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: an impressive bottle, waxed-dipped as only one other beer that I know of is, and that one I consumed shortly after this,( although this has a blue wax). The fearsome figure on the label is no less scary a mascot than that for the Dark Lord, a skeleton, wrapped in regal red robes, gritting his ghastly teeth, clutching a bowling-pin sceptre..wait, that's more comical than frightening...Still, gotta love it, and also, gotta love this slogan: "We use the finest malt, hops, yeast, water and love." They use the finest love, really? I hope it's better than all that other crappy love I've seen and done already!
AH! But the beer...dark brown, with reddish highlights, with a fizzy, tan head.
Aroma, deep espresso tones, rich, resplendent, full as any great porter should be.
Taste: neat little bitter hops bite on board the palate, jump back, then fade, till the malt falls forward, lush, rich, chocolatey...and, wait! do I detect a note of banana? Oddly, I do...a bit of citrus, orange, even, definite fruit, some dark ones, cherries, figs, grapes, ....all put together, it's a magnificent thing, smooth& flavorful, creamy & satisfying, with a lush, full finish, this is a serious porter that seriously rewards the drinker. Very nice, and I only wish I could try it again, and again...
but, alas, I can only thank Mr. Colorado BeerMan for this one! Cheers, mate!

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Photo of roblowther
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours absolute black with a rocky tan head and gorgeous lacing. Truly, I can't imagine it getting better. The smell is raspberries, coffee, and leather. My mouth waters just remembering it. Drinking it gives a hint of sweetness, then mellows quickly towards a dry, crisp aftertaste. It's silky, with nice bubbles to balance it out. The drinkability is great, with the balanced features making this one I could attempt as a session beer. As long as I'm not driving.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to absolutesites for the chance to sample this remarkable beer. Shared this with fellow BA's cmaruschak and mmmmbeeeer.

Appearance: Deep black with cola edges. A minimal white head that quickly disappates and rings my standard pint glass quite nicely. There is no light getting through this beer. Very stout-like in appearance.

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla bean, a slightly vinous quality with some dark ripe fruits cropping up here and there. Again, I keep thinking Russian Imperial but I know that's not the case. Still, I like what's going on here.

Taste: Milk chocolate, espresso, mocha, and baker's chocolate blend well together and assault the palate. The chocolate profile leaves you with a dry, bitter finish on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Slightly drying, alcohol notes stay on the palate but it's hidden very nicely.

Drinkability: I could drink this kind of beer for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Paired famously with my wife's German Chocolate Cake. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh

A - black with a thin lacing of brown, bubbly head

S - roasted malts, faint citrus

T - chocolate, creamy, bitter, roasted malt, citrus

M - medium to full bodied, smoother, perfectly carbonated

This is a delicious, complex, rich, highly drinkable beer. I've been down on Ska lately, but I'm glad I came across this beer. It made me a believer again. This is definitely a beer worth looking into for anyone who likes stouts.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to chugalug06 for sending this my way as an extra - thanks Geoff!

Pours almost black with a dark brown head that resembles a stout. Head recedes quickly but leaves plenty of broad curtains around the glass. Nose carries some chocolate and boozy notes.

First taste pulled out some definite chocolatey sweetness at the front end with a spicy carbonated finish and just the right amount of smoky aftertaste. No booziness. By the time I got halfway through the bomber I decided the lingering flavor is almost cigar-like; think Drew Estates Acid line with the funky sweet wrapper. Good stuff.

Haven't had enough Baltic Porters to be a very good judge of the quality of this one to the style, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

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Photo of bfields4
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the deepest of Brown without even a tint of another color. This maybe the darkest beer I've ever seen. A subtle creamy mahogany head.

Very heavy roasted smell accompanied by a bitter dark chocolate cocoa. Followed by a light smoke and coffee.

The taste is a rich creamy chocolate. As this beer warms the complexity becomes more intense. Coffee nutty and slight bitterness onset. There's also a nice earthy quality to this beer. A nice lingering roasted malt finishes this well crafted beer.

The bold delicious flavors of this porter maybe remind me more of an RIS, but that doesn't make them any less delicious. A light carbonation compliments them nicely and the alcohol is almost completely masked.

As a side note this beer was bought in a little liquor store out of season, so it might have had a little aging.

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Photo of Radome
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a bomber bottle.

L - Deepest brown color; opaque. Head is dark tan, thick, creamy and persistent.

S - Clean malt notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. No yeast notes. Low alcohol.

T - Flavors are more interesting than the aromas. Coffee and chocolate, but also smoke and low plum. Low alcohol (bourbon) in the background.

F - Medium body. Low carbonation. Bracing hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence.

O - This is a complex, rich and satisfying porter. It is big and has some characteristics of an imperial stout.

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Photo of sommersb
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 05-15-2013
Freshness: Maybe a bottling date of 02-22-2012, but its not clear
Packaging: 22 oz. bottle, pry-cap with wax
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance has a very dark brown beer, nearly black. You can see just a little through the beer when it is thinned out in the glass; otherwise it is opaque. The head is tan and fairly small, but still shows a decent amount of lacing and retention for a higher-ABV brew.

Aromas are of rich malt sweetness, chocolate, molasses and then dark fruits like figs. Very nice

The taste is malty first up, and has a big note of chocolate. I then get some coffee-like bitterness, dark cherries and oak. Overall rich and flavorful without much bitterness; hard to believe this has 60 IBUs!

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, full-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The finish seems somewhat sweet, with some roasted coffee notes plus chocolates.

Overall just a wonderful beer I wish I had more of! Thanks to Cameron (TheBishopco) for the try!

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Photo of LXIXME
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1 pint 6 oz. bottle about an inch above the glass gives you a good 2 inch light brown head above a clear dark brown almost bordering on black colored porter. The head slowly recedes into a pretty healthy lacing with some staying power.

The aroma and taste are very similar with a complex dark roasted malt with a hint of alcohol on top of it. Dark roasted chocolate blended with mocha, coffee, dark fruits such a apricots, prunes, maybe dates, maybe even a slight grain coming through also.

This beer leaves a slightly more dark chocolate and slightly dry aftertaste than it has when drinking which was a very added bonus for me.

With a pretty decent body and a nice rich taste on this porter, it's definitely worth recommending it, only draw back is the price at about $7.00 for a bomber.

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Photo of estereich
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice beer. Poured quite dark with about a 1/2 inch of tan head. Smell was plum, prune, and raisin. It was wonderfully smooth in the mouth and remained that way all the way down, an easy drink. Little hop character to speak of but strong with roasted malt and dark fruit. The prune taste stays long after the brew is gone. I must be getting old because I find that taste strangely enjoyable. I will be buying more.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle was bought in summer of 2009, a gift from the In-Laws. Thanks!

Poured a gorgeous mahogany, which was only visible when held up directly to the light, with 2 finger mocha colored head.

Smell is yummy - reminds me of Victory's Storm King, im not exactly sure what that smell is, but I love it. Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate.

Smell is what I expected and then some from the smell of it. Sweet, roasty malt, with chocolate seeming to dominate the most to me, this is right where a Baltic should be, its bigger then a porter but not quite as big as a imperial stout. its really really good.

Moutfeel is a nice medium to full, and has a nice creaminess to about it.

Overall this is a really excellent Baltic Porter. I would drink this again for sure. It tasts big, but honestly it doesnt taste as big as 8%- it is extremely smooth and easy drinking, this may be in part to the fact it is at least a year old.

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
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