Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter | Ska Brewing Co.

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial PorterNefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 03-05-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
453
Reviews:
237
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
50
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 453 |  Reviews: 237
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Arizona trip, aged 10 months. Pours black with little head. About average mouthfeel. Mild in relation to other baltics I've had, still very enjoyable and drinkable, with good roasting, chocolate, and slight oiliness.Sweet chocolate in aroma.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch khaki head that fades to an oily cap. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, and slight coffee. Taste is of dark fruits, dark roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa powder. This beer has low carbonation with a slightly flat and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good baltic porter that is a bit of a letdown in the mouthfeel. I am glad I picked one of these up though.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark and smooth, with one of the most absurd heads ive ever seen on a beer. looks like the froth on a good cappucino! 3 inches thick, mocha colored, and lasting the whole time. wow. full marks for appearance! nose is alcohol big time, smells like a belgian sour, tobacco notes in there as well. the flavor is less intense than the nose and quite delicious. hits of dried sour cherries and cigar smoke interchange, with a wine like alcohol dryness. mouthfeel is the perfect porter. drinkable but full bodied, nice carbonation but not in your face. my critique here is largely undefined. when looking at these categories, it scores perfectly well in all of them, but it just isnt my favorit imperial porter. there is something different about this one, really struggling to explain it. it might be that sourness is not what i am used to in this style. alcohol warmth is nice though, and it goes great with a big bowl of cheesy chilli con carne over egg noodles!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

8% ABV confirmed. 650ml brown glass bottle with blue wax-ed over pry-off pressure cap acquired at me local CO bottle shop and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average. Reviewed as an imperial porter since that's what the label identifies it as; nothing suggests it's actually a baltic porter.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of khaki colour which recedes to nothing inside ten seconds - there's not even a lingering floater ring. No lacing either.

Nody colour is an opaque solid dark black - not quite a jet black, but dark. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Overall, it's an unimpressive appearance for an imperial porter. The head in particular is quite the disappointment. I can't say it really draws me in.

Sm: Smells more like a baltic porter, so I'm going to accept beeradvocate's current designation and review it as such. Dark malts, milk chocolate, hazelnut, and a weak lagery yeast character. It doesn't have the bold uniform presence a true imperial porter would. There's plenty of sweetness here from the malts. I don't find any roasted barley. Hop character is minimal, though I do find some herbal character. Some might call this medicinal. There's also some vague unidentifiable dark fruit buried beneath an equally nebulous licorice note.

It definitely has the empty malt characteristics of a lager. It's a pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable.

T: Ample sweetness from the dark malts, chocolate malt, and chocolate (adjunct?). Hints of licorice override the vague dark fruit notes. A kiss of herbal hop character. Cola-like, with some sassafras and even some almond. Really, there's not much going on here.

No yeast character comes through. I don't get any roast or coffee or anything.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not real complex or subtle. Lacks intricacy and nuance. It's straightforward and simple, without any noticeable layering of flavour. Very surface. It has a fair balance and a decent build, but it's far from gestalt.

It's a very obvious and tired attempt at the style. No new elements emerge over the course of consumption. There're no surprising aspects to be discovered as you drink. It's very run-of-the-mill, almost like a paint-by-numbers attempt at a homebrew clone of a superior baltic porter. Very uninspired and boring.

Mf: Sticky. Much weaker than a true imperial porter ought to be. A biteen thin. Lacks body. Smooth and wet. I might even call it slick. Decent presence on the palate. The texture suits the taste generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, stale, or rough.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. More middle-of-the-road work from Ska. I see no reason to buy this again and wouldn't recommend it to friends. I'm glad it's an easily available local brew. It hides its ABV well enough and I'll have little trouble killing the bottle, but there's nothing unique or special here. I doubt I'd want another. Might be better on-draught. It's just very unremarkable.

On a marketing note, the whole "imperial porter" epithet should go. Call it an imperial baltic porter if you must, but be a bit more transparent for the consumer. I applaud the fact that they're brewing an underrepresented style - but not that they're seemingly trying to hide it.

Low C+

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Those who are sseeing this beer as black either have a different brew or need to get their eyes examined as my sample has a tawny port color that can be seen right through when held up to the light; the head has large bubbles and looks more like a soda head than a beer head although it does persist at 1/4" and leave spotty lacing

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate aroma with a touch of charcoal

Taste: Starts out with a sharp chocolate flavor that tastes a bit of burnt toast; after the swallow, a roasted bitterness takes over and overwhelms the more subtle sweet flavors

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied for the abv; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just too many flaws here to be a top flight candidate for the style; definitely doesn't fit the Baltic Porter category and a bit underwhelming as an Imperial Porter

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a small, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam that left traces of soapy lace.

S - It smelled of vanilla, roasted malt and caramel. It had a faint chocolate aroma, too.

T - It tasted of oak, vanilla and roasted malt. It had sweet caramel and chocolate flavors with a bitter hop bite to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a very nice Baltic Porter, one of the really good brews from Ska.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin head and a bit of lacing that is actually quite sticky. Nose brings smoke, chocolate, char, and a bit of roast. Taste is similar with a good amount of smoke, nice roast, and some dark fruits. Pretty good body and nice carbonation. Drinks quite well overall and is another hit from the brewers in Durango.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this beer a few times in the past,today with a whole bottle I felt it right to review.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dar brown with ruby highlights thru the whole glass,a tight one finger lighter mocha colored head atop.A great mix od deep cocoa and dark fruit in the nose,a bit of earth shows thru as well,the cocoa really stands out well.This is a big American porter with its big earthy and roasty tones,the chocolate flavors are of the dark bitter variety,the dark fruit flavors keep just enough sweetness to hold up to the brash roasty flavors.I really like this Baltic porter(one of my favorite styles),its brash and I want more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nefarious pours a black-brown body with clear ruby highlights seen throughout the glass when held to the light. It's far from opaque. The head is a fluffy dark tan and the head retention is good, leaving craggy walls of lace throughout the glass with almost every sip.

The nose displays cocoa, caramel, and a soft roastiness.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation.

The flavor is not as full, nor roasty (keep in mind it is still a porter), as one might expect given the dark color of the body, yet it's richly caramelish, nutty, and cocoaish. There are hop flavors present, seemingly a bit citrusy upfront (although that could be coming from fruity yeastiness), and then more herbal and grassy in the finish. It's well-balanced by a bitterness that stands back at the start, and then jumps in sharply towards the swallow, cutting through the malt and bringing it to a brash, dry finish. Grassy hops and some dark malt acidity linger, compelling you to take another sip or linger with a bit of chalkiness. It's remarkably drinkable in that way. The alcohol never shows, and overall, it's a pretty well-balanced and drinkable beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wax sealed 650ml bottle allowed to warm for about 15 minutes.

Pours deep, clear dark brown with a decent light brown head.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts with hints of dark fruits, char and sweetness. Approaches 4.25.

Flavor: Dark roasted malts with a touch of dates and other dark fruits. Slighty boozy; light smoky char. Sweet up front but mildly bitter overall. Coffee and bitter chocolate in the aftertaste.

Feel: Smooth, near medium body.

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

Acquired via trade from ClockWorkOrange, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is roasted coffee and dark malts along with some dark chocolate, dark fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is smoky and very malty with flavors of black coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings some balance and some creaminess creeps in as well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little watery for the style, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, not quite the nest "Imperial" Porter that I've had but it's still a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 453 ratings.
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