Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter | Ska Brewing Co.

Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial PorterNefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter
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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

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

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Ratings: 455 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber of this one on a whim recently, as I hadn't had it in years and hadn't reviewed it. Poured a very dark brown (almost black) color with a nice light brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee and dark malts. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into New Holland tulip.

A: deep brown/black with some light brown highlight, white head with a little bit of lacing

S: big deep cocoa and molasses notes, smells slightly sweet with big time bitterness from the cocoa notes, a touch of hops in there too

T: chocolate, molasses and oat start the palate out, but it quickly thins out and become a sweet metallic and slightly acidic flavor. This could be due to a bit a oxidization. The flavor start out nice but then become unpleasant.

MF: thin body for style, medium carbonation

O: this beer is average for the style. I have no information about the bottle date of this bottle, but it seems to be dated a bit.

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Photo of bamadog
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this one up a couple of months ago while on a trip to Boone, NC. Review is from notes taken on 5/16/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Well, the pour looks a little thin on the pour, but we'll see when we get there; the color is a deep and dark coffee brown/near black and it starts with a one finger dark tan head that fades almost immediately to a thin and incomplete skim with a thicker ring around the surface; body is dark and entirely opaque; a few patches and swaths of lacing are left behind.

Smell: A decent smell, some nice chocolate covered cherries with a solid roastiness; not especially robust, and I really like it when a big dark beer has scents that just ooze out of the glass, and this one just doesn't quite have the strength.

Taste: Really matches the taste to a "T;" a chocolate covered cherry flavor and a nice solid roastiness to it; again, not overly robust, but still solid.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thin, and the carbonation is quite fizzy, like a Coke; a thin and dry, sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall: Not really what I expected from this one as I was really thinking it was going to be a bit more of a formidable beer; still decent overall and worth picking up, but I can't say this is something that needs to be in a 22 oz. bottle with the thick wax job.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I'll go ahead and admit that I've kind of abused this beer. It's been sitting around for almost a year after I brought it back from North Carolina, and has been subject to all manner of moves and temperature changes. That being said, the top is covered in wax; isn't that supposed to protect it extra well?

A- Very dark reddish brown with a decent head resulting from a rather aggressive pour. Looks about like I'd expect.

S- Extremely malty with a milk chocolate character that gives the overall impression of malted milk balls. There's a little bit of an earthy/minerally character as well.

T- Hugely malty and rather sweet with big molasses and licorice notes with some powdered cocoa. There is a good dose of hops, though, to keep the malt in check. Finishes mostly dry with a touch of residual sweetness and a pleasant bitterness. Overall it's very nicely balanced.

M- On the full side of medium-bodied with a good dose of carbonation. Could be a little thicker.

Well, it appears my abuse did little to affect this beer, as it is excellent. The malt character is superb and it never gets cloying thanks to a nice balance from the hops. The alcohol is nowhere in sight. I could drink a lot of this before realizing how strong it is. Overall, a great example of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pour is dark brown with hints of red. The large beige head is compact and dissipates into nice lacings.

S: Roasted malt with some sweetness. Dark dried fruits. Smoked ham. Faint dark bitter chocolate and even fainter; vanilla.

T: Vanilla/oak and chocolate. Sweet malt, roasted. Dark dried fruits. Some bitterness. Citirc notes. Black coffee.

M: Long bitter roasted aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation is mild, oh so mild.

O: A nice Baltic porter with a oaky/vanilla touch.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty darned black, close to very black. Lots of tan head leaves fast to ring. Some cling lace.

S - Chocolate chip cookie dough. Light malt.

T - Simple. Sugary malt, tarted out in the end.

M - Light to medium, good carb, fair finish

D - Nice brew.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a rich, luscious brown with thick viscosity especially for a porter. Sweet, boozy, slick aroma.

Taste, chewy, bitter, boozy. Lots of caramel and almost a syrupy presence to it, seems to have a varied set of hops along with it. Creamy at times. Chocolate malt, plum feel to it. Good roast. Small amount of coffee to it. Tiny wood flavor.

A little pricey at nearly $10, didn't feel like a big ripoff, but at the price, isn't making me clamor for another bottle.

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

pours a very dark brown that lets essentially no light through with little head.

smell is very light. slight sweet malt with essentially no hops.

taste is lighter than expected. starts out with sweet malts and finishes with nutty coffee bitterness.

mouth is medium-thick bodied with low carbonation.

This beer was fairly drinkable but lacked a few things. I enjoyed the coffee bitterness but it would have been better with some hops.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours almost black with a beach sand two finger head that dies down leaving no lace. On the nose there are big hits of molasses, caramel, and cereal. It's exceptionally sweet, almost closer to an English barleywine but a few shades darker. The sweetness comprises more in the molasses than anything else, and I didn't get much cocoa or bittersweet chocolate as other reviewers did. In the mouth the molasses didn't hold as much as I thought it might, probably a good thing, and there is some roasted grain on the way to slightly balance the molasses that is always present. The mouthfeel is a bit less sticky than I anticipated. Actually I was shocked at how medium this is in body based on what came out in the nose. The finish is long with some roast bitterness balancing the lingering molasses and caramel. Overall I like this beer a good deal, though I was surprised at how tame the sweetness was in the mouth considering how pleasantly overpowering it was in the nose.

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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 jera1350
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thinner bodied and dark brown in color. A very thin layer of tan foam that leaves a little lacing.

Very sweet smelling. Lots of molasses on the nose with a nearly equal amount of malt which offers up notes of cereal.

Mirrors the nose quite well. Lots of sweetness in the form of molasses. A bit cloying per haps. The malt adds lots of grain and cereal flavors to the beer. Basically a one two punch going on. A little hop bitterness at the end.

I find this a little bit thin, especially at eight percent. The carbonation is a touch harsh as well.

Overall a nice beer. Rather sweet, but quite drinkable at the same time. There are certainly better beers for the style, but I enjoyed this one all the same.

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

I got this courtesy of coloradobeerbuff in a recent bif. I poured from a bomber into a snifter, tar black pour with a thin little white head. The aroma has coffee, chocolate, and the slightest hint of alcohol. The flavor has more chocolate than coffee, along with dark fruit notes. It has a lingering coffee finish. The body is solidly medium, decent carbonation, the alcohol is hidden. I really enjoyed my first offering from Ska, a tasty porter.

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Photo of rarbring
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown with ruby hints, tan high head that settles rather quickly, but leaves good lacing.

Burnt wood, some earthy nuances, a dark dried fruit sweetness.

The taste starts sweet, dark syrup and sugar, sweet dark bread, dried figs and dates, some bitter oranges and bitter lemon peel.

Medium low carbonation, soft and thick texture, syrup-like, a full body and a slow dry finish.

hard to pinpoint, but I get a bit unevenness in the taste and texture, maybe needs a few years of storing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

We don't use the word nefarious enough. The beer that proves this pours a lightly ruby-tinted black-brown topped by a finger of dirty ecru foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate, rye bread, and wheat. The expected darkness isn't quite there, but a decent amount of lighter grain is. Odd. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, light spruce, caramel, and light oak. The body is a straight medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, a very nice Baltic porter, but I wouldn't necessarily put it near the top of my personal faves list for the style.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for bringing this bad boy over.

This beer pours a dark brown with an ecru foam that doesn't last too long. The smell is a combination of coffee and smoke. The taste here is almost a spicy flavor with the slight coffee notes. The mouthfeel. The spice is more of a pepper note. The mouth feel kinda drags on the flavor as well, but isn't horrible overall. This is a fairly drinkable beer. Not my favorite Baltic Porter, but it isn't that bad overall and I wouldn't turn people away from this beer.

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

Thanks to cmswoboda for this fine brew.

It's a beautiful, opaque, dark brown, with one finger of dark beige head that fades quickly to a cap. Sticky resin heavily grabs the glass. Pretty.

Man, what a sweet aroma of caramel, light roasty notes, chocolate, with hints of citrus, vanilla, and just a tease of alcohol warmth.

Sweet caramel opens the sip, which becomes full of chocolate, bready, and ends with some herbal bitter kicking in, and roasty notes becoming more pronounced. Juicy finish for sure, but semi balanced with the other deeper flavors. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel is about the best feature of this beer, though not perfect from a style perspective. Creamy, low carb., no cloy to the sweet, no alcohol vapor, and an enjoyable finish.

Drinkability is very good for a beer this big and sweet.

Impression: If I could get this again, I would. I recommend it, it's sweet, drinkable, tasty.

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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 Pellinore1
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown, nearly black, producing a finger of slowly fading tan head.

Smells of roasty malts and toasted bread, with some coffee in the back.

A very nice balance of flavors here. It begins with malt sweetness and bread, with coffee or dark chocolate bitterness lingering at the end.

This beer is smooth and somewhat creamy on the tongue, with just a hint of alcohol warmth at the end. Pleasant and quite drinkable.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Poured a from a 22oz. bomber. Nearly black with a nice, foamy and thick coffee colored head. Some retention on the glass, but not a ton.

SMELL: Pleasant coffee and malty nose. I would have preferred it was a bit stronger of a smell, but it was enough to excite the palate to taste it.

TASTE: A complex beer with several flavors that appeared in this order: Malty sweet, coffee, a hint of chocolate followed by a bitter hoppy taste that lasted from about the middle of the sip until the end. Very well balanced throughout. A mild smoky flavor was also present, but that's what made this porter so great to me. It had some smoke, but it wasn't overly smoky. Delicious.

MOUTHFEEL: Extremely smooth and mouth coating. An easy porter to drink.

OVERALL: A couple of disclosures may be necessary here. For starters, Ska is currently at the top of my list as my favorite brewery, so I may be a bit biased, but there is a reason they are my favorite - they keeping making beer like this. Second, I was pretty happy when I had this, my girlfriend had just finished making a fantastic steak dinner for us and it went perfectly with the steak. That said, although I have had the Ten Pin before and enjoyed it, this was the first time I had a chance to really pay attention to it and I was rewarded greatly for that. This might be the best porter I have had and it has awakened my interest in the style. I am now on the hunt for something to match it. Any suggestions would be great, send me some beer mail!

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Photo of biglite351
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - a lot of red around the edges. Tall creamy off-white head that leaves some lacing.

S - malts and hops. Something like caramel. A little you h of bitter but not in a bad way.

T - bitter up front. Mild malts with some hop. Some sweetness in the finish.

M - good coating with a tingle on the sides.of the tongue and top of mouth.

D - too bitter for more than one.

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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 stakem
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wax dipped bomber care of my old friend Ryan visiting from Durango. Poured into a snifter this brew appears black in color but when held to the light displays a perfect ruby clarity. A finger of tanned head forms and retains fairly well. Spots and fine legwork of lace clings around the glassware.

The aroma of this brew includes citrus hops and dark grain reminiscent of chocolate in the forefront. The citrus character of the hops present the nose with a bit of mineral and yeast filled aroma that isn't all that enjoyable. However, the dark grain character comes back into play showcasing more of a chocolate aroma with some hints of coffee. The abv comes through on the back end with a bit of a tingle in the nose.

The taste of this brew includes some fruity alcohol flavors that immediately turn to citrus hops. A dark grain character somewhat like chocolate malt and coffee come into play for an increasing amount of alcohol flavor and warmth. The alcohol has quite a significant presence in this brew despite what the aroma led on. It leaves a lingering taste of the dark grain inside the mouth which borders on being musty and earthy.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light to moderate level of carbonation. The fizzing sound made when this bottle was opened led me to believe this was going to be highly carbonated but that was not the case. It is fairly drinkable but lacks the complexity that I look for in a baltic/imperial porter. I have no idea how old this brew is, but it undoubtedly could have been sat on for quite some time.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle sealed with blue wax. Sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a dark brown, very little head on top, and looks to be little carbonation within. Good coloring.

In the nose there are sweet notes of wet oats, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, and molasses. Hints of roasted chocolate malts and vanilla, some oak characteristics in the nose, as well.

The flavor is what is expected from the aroma. First, there are some very sweet notes: chocolate, sugar, cooked oats, and honey. Then, the beer gives way to a bit of a bitter note, giving off notes more reminiscent of a cup of good coffee. The beer ends on the sweet note, leaving chocolate, vanilla, and coffee to linger.

Overall, a decent beer. One that is drinkable, and definitely prides itself on presentation (cool bottling and label). Outside of the fancy packaging, the beer holds up as a good, if not slightly out of the box, porter.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Capped and waxed 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass

L: Pitch black with lots and lots and lots of head. Good retention, and globular lacing.

S: Sweet malt up front with a hefty dose of iron in the back. Given the fact that no other raters have mentioned a metallic flavor, I'm thinking this batch might be contaminated.

T: A goodly sweetness up front into a bitter middle. Finish is a bit funk and a lot of iron. After finish I get a hint of grapes.

F: Good amount of carbonation, and about the right thickness.

D: Good drinking, but not great tasting.

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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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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 68.8% out of 100 with 455 ratings
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