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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Added by Mitchster on 03-05-2004

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Best by 2/22/12
Poured into a tulip glass

Ska's Ten-Pin imperial porter is a sweeter take on the style, perhaps lager yeast used instead of ale, as is sometimes the case in these sweeter varieties. While I appreciated the beer's roasted flavors, I thought the ethanol was too apparent in both flavor and feel, and that the aroma was fairly subdued. While I might be willing to try another of these when very fresh, I'm not sure I'd seek one out otherwise.

Pours a 1.5cm head of small and medium-sized bubbles, fairly dense, that descends at a fairly fast pace, eventually settling to a thin ring around the glass with a few sparse, small islands of foam atop the body. As the head descends, it leaves some spotty lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown to black, opaque, with no visible carbonation (except for directly under the perpetual ring of foam). Light does not penetrate the beer to allow for highlights or other effects.

Aroma of roasted malt, very mild "vanilla coffee" artificial flavor, and some prune-like esters. Not a bad aroma by any means, but I would appreciate it if it were more robust and bold.

Tasting opens with notable roasted malt along acrid sweetness as associated with roasted malts. Mid-palate brings out further dark malt sweetness and some prune-like fruit esters, with roasted characters diminishing somewhat. Back of palate sees ethanol mingle with roasted malt sweetness. Aftertaste of lingering roasted malt char. Overall, tastes acceptable, but too much ethanol showing through in an 8% imperial beer, and also a bit too sweet for my taste.

Beer is medium bodied with lightly spritzy carbonation, helping this foam up slightly on the palate. Resultant mouthfeel is slightly tingly, but smooth and well-flowing. Noticeable ethanol burn on tongue, throat, and in nostrils, which takes away from the experience of the beer: I've had larger ethanol beers that exhibit less of its presence. Finishes dry, with a mild sustained lingering heat from ethanol.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Durtdiggler
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black as oil, poured from bomber bottle into snifter glass, very little head and retention.

Hints of molasses, subtle roast and coffee but definitely on the sweeter side as it should be. Pronounced esters but not very complex.

Very sweet though a clean finish but didn't blow me away for an imperial. A typical porters have had more profile than this beer. The molasses, bourbon, slight burnt overtones-want them to come through more.

Mouth feel is a bit flat and uneventful, almost a bit syrupy.

I did like it but no way is this an imperial profile porter. I love Ska Brewing but this one left me hanging on an uneventful sip.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing, Rich.

Pours dark brown in color with a small khaki head. Not an overly impressive nose. Despite being watery, it displays an impressive amount of metal and an acrid roastiness. A little bit of chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee. The flavor is not quite as metallic, but the flavor is similarly lackluster. Some old chocolate and a little bit of coffee to go with the roasted malt and bitterness.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DragonsDeath
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had to try this after having Ska Brewing's Decadent I.P.A
Serving Wax sealed 22oz dinner bottle fridge temperature poured into 16oz pilsner glass.

A.Poured very dark almost black coffee color, no head or lacing to follow.

S. Smoke, coffee, and a hint of chocolate.

T. Rich dark coffee, kind of smokey.

M. Medium bodied, not much carbonation, smooth going down.

O. This Porter is not bad to have finished off the day with.
Was easy going down, and doesn't leave to bitter of an after taste.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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