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

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Added by Mitchster on 03-05-2004

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet molasses with a good deal of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of sweet malt flavors with a black molasses lean up front. Midway through the sip a good deal of dark chocolate flavors make their way out and a slight roasted flavor enters into things before a sweet and bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could possibly have another.

Overall this was a solid beer but I thought it was too much on the sweet side with not enough complexity. Worth a shot, though I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A=pours a deep dark ruby almost black, clear when held to the light. one finger of tan head that is barely there before it is gone. slight bit of lacing left.

S=chocolate malts and some coffee, with a slight aroma of raisins

T=again, chocolate with definite coffee. slight fruityness on the tail, with the alcohol.

M=very light carbonation, smooth, slightly oily.

D=drinkable as any beer at 8% is, taste, aroma worth it, overall a good beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a rocky nougat head. Retention is just OK and patches of lace are left behind.

S: Quite sweet initially. Molasses and baking chocolate dominate out of the gate. Fresh cut grass, plus a little lemon put the brakes on the sweetness. There's a very light burnt oak aroma hiding in the rafters.

T: Molasses, chocolate and bit of raisin make up the beer's sweetness. Bitterness comes on with an interesting lemon and burnt wood bite that also sports a touch of black tea. Finishes slightly acidic, with lingering molasses and lemon flavors.

M: The thick and chewy body could stand having the prickly carbonation lowered a bit.

D: I was expecting this beer to be an amped up version of Ska's Ten Pin. It's not. The flavor profile sports a stronger bitterness than Ten Pin, so the sweetness doesn't dominate as much. That's not a bad thing. The only real detracting factor for me was the high level of carbonation. Overall, a nice beer.

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Photo of scooter231
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this fellow up while visiting New Mexico- the blue waxed sealing had me at hello. As did Nefarious- I HAD to try it. This fellow pours a completely pitch brown dark opaque, with some lovely tannish head that disappears quickly, and leaves little lacing, but some poofy swirls on top. This guy means business.

Smell is sweet, alcohol-y sweet, with some definite prune and raisin notes, and a hint of malty breadyness. Some milk chocolate sneaks in near the end. Definitely a sweet smelling guy.

Bitter coffee flavors hit you first, followed by chocolate, malts, and another hit of bitter espresso type flavors. Definitely reminiscent of yoohoo, with some bitterness and, of course, alcohol thrown in. This could be cloyingly, annoyingly sweet, but the bitterness evens it out a little. Still, it's a bit unbalanced.

Mouthfeel is decent, but a little watery for my tastes. And the suds are a bit soapy feeling.

Overall, it's not shabby, but I definitely prefer other baltic porters to this one. Still... don't pass it up. Give it a try!

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Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown with a 2 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smell - not much here some fruit and chocolate but very faint

taste is ok to good - sweet dark fruits along with a chalky ash bitter chocolate taste

mouthfeel is very light for a imperial porter good carbonation maybe too much

drinkability - @8% there are many porters i would rather drink - doubt i ever buy this again

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Photo of kerklein2
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a shaker pint. Color is dark, almost black, as you'd expect. There are some ruby colors that might come out better in a smaller glass. Poured a nice head that quickly subdued. Leaves behind nice lacing.

B: A lot going on here, but it smells like a porter. A little roastiness, a little chocolate, and a lot of coffee. But then again I always pick up a lot more coffee than there really is. The smell is really nice, but fades as quickly as the head. Could be the shaker pint, could be the beer.

T: Really gotta let this one warm up. All its secrets are hidden in the cold. Excellent balance between all the roasted notes, a tiny bit of chocolate, and that coffee. This is all evened out by a touch of bitterness right on the front of the tongue. The back off the mouth picks up a warm off-flavor that I can't place. Probably the alcohol warmth. Overall, pretty good.

M: A bit lighter bodied than I'd like for a porter, especially an Imperial one. Overall, good, but I'd like a little more dazzle here, some richness. I think it comes from a bit higher carbonation level.

D: Considering its an 8% porter, I'd have to give high marks here. I could easily throw back a couple bombers of this one.

Overall, A very good Imperial Porter than I would definitely drink again. Not blown away, but I think that's hard to accomplish with a Porter.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, maybe with some dark ruby highlights. It looks nearly black, in the glass, with a thin head, maybe 1 cm, that falls down kind of quicly to just a little ring, where it leaves inly the tiniest bit of lacing. The smell is filled predominantly with 2 things, dark chocolate and coffe - with the chocolate winning out. Deep in there, there's a bit of earthiness, maybe some burnt bready and leafy smells, and a bit of caramel. Smells interesting, but isn't exactly powerful enough to get me too exited - I think it's because of the size of the head. The tastes comes out like some weak coffee, with a bit of thick and bitter chocolate syrup poured in. The burnt, roasted bitterness almost becomes too, much, but definitely is a good flavor for an imperial porter. There is enough sweetness, but not too much, and not much in terms of fermentation off-flavors. I becomes cola-like at times, nice toasted bread. I'd say that this is good. The body is nice, about medium full, maybe a little better, just a little rush of carbonation, no real bite to it, but there's just a little bit of one. The bitter roasted malt flavor slows me down a bit. The alcohol doesn't seem to powerful, but you can definitely feel it. I'd say that this is a little better than average.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 1 finger tan colored head. Nice head retention, good lacing. Dark brown with a ruby tint.

S. Dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate malt, slight coffee smell.

T. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, hint of vanilla.

M. Lighter than I was expecting or wanted. Low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D. Better as it warms. Pretty easy drinking for higher ABV. Overall not too bad.

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

First Ska brew, but I've had my share of porters. Cool label design and the wax is classy. Don't see a date. Poured into a pint glass. A finger plus of tan head with thick lacing. Poured very dark brown, almost completely opaque. Looks great.

Smells strongly of dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. A little acidity and alcohol in the nose. Smooth and creamy, great mouthfeel, tastes of strong, slightly bitter coffee on the front end, mellowing out to chocolate, with nice roasted flavors throughout. Lingers pleasantly. Hard to detect the alcohol.

The texture and flavor profile is good for a profile, but fall a bit short for an imperial; also, the flavor is screaming for some milk stout sweetness in the malt profile to balance it. This could've been a bigger beer than it is, but it's decent and has character.

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

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a nearly opaque, blackish-brown color. The two-fingers of khaki/tan head displayed good retention as a thin layer of foam that left very good lacing throughout the sample. The aroma was of rich chocolate, toffee, alcohol, roasted malt and hints of nuts. The flavors were of roasted malt, blackened malt, bittersweet chocolate, hints of tobacco. It tasted drier than the aroma suggested and as it warmed up the alcohol became more present in both the aroma and flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body full and the carbonation very good for the style.

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Photo of burnstar
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick dark black with a smallish tan head. Nice lacing on the surface. Aroma is roasted malt with a big chocolate note. Taste is big roasted malt. Again a big chocolate note. Significant sweetness provides some balance to the roasted bitterness. Generously hopped. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable. Big all around and not subtle but quite nice overall.

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

A 22 ounce wax dipped bomber bottle shared with brothercannon and poured into a set of shaker glasses. The porter appears a hazy deep chestnut color with about an inch of fluffy ecru foam. The head settles down to a thin layer within a few minutes. The nose and flavor consist of medium roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of cherry skins, figs, slightly smokey-sweet malt, a hint of mocha. About medium bodied and adequately carbonated for a baltic porter.

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Photo of jhamilton84
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Pours a thin tan head.

-The beer itself is very dark with some visibility in front of light.

-Aroma: Very malty, roasted, chocolate, with a hint of vanilla.

-Taste: Burnt coffee at first sip, then espresso, unsweet chocolate with light alcohol at the end.

-Finish: Bitter coffee with a touch of alcohol...char is a good characteristic in light of seeing other reviews.

-Body: Medium.

-Other Notes: This bottle was free after the World Beer Festival came through Raleigh NC. I am not sure how old the bottle is which possibly affected the taste. This is also my first review so I don't want to over-analyze the beer. Overall, the beer is pretty decent other than the slight burnt characteristic and not enough sweet to balance it out....I'd have another!

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Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours dark brown with deep garnet hues when held to the light. Generates a decent finger plus of tan head. Settles to a mostly full lace and leaves a ton of stick on the sides, including rings as the beer falls.

Smells of roasted malt, dark bakers chocolate, dark fruit, as well as a whiff of coffee. Nice.

At first I was thinking the taste seemed a little thin, not quite robust enough. But after finishing about half of my first pint I've changed my mind. It really has a bold roasty flavor that seems to build on the palate, as well as some dark chocolate and coffee. The roasted flavor lingers long into the finish and leaves some bitter char flavor, as well. It's a little overly roasty in my opinion, to the point of being slightly charcoal-like. It's interesting how it started feeling a tad thin and the roastiness built to the point of seeming slightly burned. Not bad, but a little out of balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but I still think it feels just a tad on the thin side. It's pretty creamy and quite dry in the finish, to the point of feeling slightly chalky.

This is a pretty tasty, super roasty porter, to the point of tasting slightly charred, in fact. Still, it's a cold spring night and this hit the spot. Worth a try.

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a deep, dark brown color with a very respectable 2 inch light tan colored head. Head lasts well and creates beautiful lacing as it slowly retreats.

S - Dark, sweet fruits like fig, plum and raisin abound. Very roasted, slightly earthy with a decent amount of alcohol spice. Some molasses adds to the sweetness.

T - Starts sweet with the above dark fruit flavors: mainly fig with some raisin and plum. Strong alcoholic warmth comes on along with a strong roasted, peat-y flavor. Alcohol spice is chief in the finish.

M - Very dry and roasted with a medium body. Mild carbonation.

D - Overall, the alcohol seems a bit too strong in flavor where it should be better disguised. Maybe worth picking up if you're curious, but otherwise I'm sure there are better "imperial" porters out there.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz single at Arctic Liquors in Steamboat, CO. Around $6.

A: Dark brown, not quite black with a sand colored head, about half an inch thick that reduced to nothing. A few spots of lacing, and some fairly nice accents when held to the light.

S: Chocolate, plums, brown sugar, coffee, all the typical strong porters, but the plum smells is really in the mix on this one. A faint hint of hops towards the end, but really buried underneath everything else.

T: Coffee, black patent malt, plums, and a little bit of chocolate, slight coffee bitterness. Really not nearly as complex as the nose. Really fruity, almost an apple flavor? Pretty odd all the way around for a "huge" porter. Not bad, but lacking.

M: Way too thin, this beer has almost no body to it at all, really watery, fair amount of carbonation. Really too thin though.

D: Meh, it's okay. One bomber is enough, not a whole lot of flavor for a baltic porter. Mouth is just way too thin. I've drank regular porters that have more substance than this. I don't think I'll seek this out again.

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

Pours a dark brown with faint ruby highlights and a smallish mocha head that doesn't stick around very long. Smells of sweet chocolate, brown sugar, faint floral hops. Taste is a roasty chocolaty affair. Faint dark fruits pop up especially as it warms. Medium body, creamy silky mouthfeel, light but ample carbonation. Very tasty Baltic Porter.
Kudos to SKA brewing for hooking me up with this fresh bottle after I wrote to them about a possibly infected bottle that I had opened. Great customer service!

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Bruisin' Ales in NC on the return from Sexual Chocolate Day for $6.50... (FREE PLUG: That place is AWESOME - check it out if you are in the area!!!) It's Easter Sunday, so I decided to bring something special to my in-laws to enjoy on the back patio...

22 ounce brown bomber with hand dipped blue wax flowing gently down the sides. No freshness date, but a great graffiti/cartoon style skeleton wearing a crown and armed with a golden staff with the # 10 bowling pin on it. Definite unique points on the physical appearance of the bottle! I like it...

Pours rich, dark brown to black with a surprisingly light tan, creamy head. A variety of small and medium sized bubbles lay on top. The head retention is great and it also leaves a menacing trail of spider web style lacing in my imperial pint glass.

Rich and decadent nose of sweet and choclately malts, light floral hops presence and light spice, almost like cinnamon? Nice and inviting...

Medium to full bodied and slightly oily at times - not detracting though, it's nice. A wave of the characteristic baltic porter-style, sweet malts hit my palate at first. I pick up on creamy oatmeal, woodiness like oak, vanilla, sasporilla and rose...

Great for an after dinner treat. Very nice! Recommended...

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Photo of Bubba83
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tumbler at 45-50 degrees. Nice amount of head on the pour, good tan color and the brew itself is midnight black. Lacing is pretty good and a thin rim of head stays around til' the bottom of the glass.

Smells pretty good, chocolate cake comes to mind, along with some freshly milled grains, almost like being at the homebrew shop. Roastyness is also apparent along with some vanilla.

Taste was a little chaotic, all over the place. First I get some sweet/tart fruits that seem a little out of place. Afterwards some chocolate followed by a bit of vanilla and cake batter. Finishes pretty hoppy. The taste just doesn't feel cohesive to me, it seems like there are a bunch of flavors thrown into the brew without any real flavor goal in mind.

Feels too thin for an Imperial Porter. Also, not much livelyness from the carbonation. After the good appearance, I was expecting a little more.

Drinkability could be improved by making the beer a little chewier/creamier. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but some of the tartness and richness from the cake batter also somewhat negatively impact drinkability.

I don't regret the purchase at all, it was enjoyable and interesting throughout. If you haven't tried it before, give it a whirl.

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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 nick76
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is good for the style with coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. The appearance is dark brown with a light tan head. The flavor is like the aroma but has a bit of vegetables. The palate is thin for the style and the finish is bitter. Overall not a great strong porter.

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Photo of joepais
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big shout out to brentk56 for another black booty bomb. Wax toped bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that turned to a thin lace. The body was black in color with burgandy highlights at the edge of the glass.

Aroma was nice and roasty with a little chocolate and coffee thrown in for effect. The flavor was very pleasant on the tongue not to bitter with enough sweetness to make the roasted malts extremely drinkable. There is some fruitiness in the taste as well. The feel is great in the mouth, medium to full with good carbonation on the tongue.

Drinkability is great it is a well balanced Baltic. Quite easy to drink when I come to think about it almost a Quaffable brew for us hearty New Englanders. This is one of my top ten of the style

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Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better beers I've had from these guys. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose has sweet malts and dark fruits with a subtle hop presence. Taste is also on the sweet side but well balanced by the bitter hops. Medium body drinks well.

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

Purchased from The Wine Underground in Englewood, CO.

This pours a very dark brown with reddish highlights. There's about a 1 finger head of tannish foam and there's lots of sticky lacing.

The smell, for me, is dominated by cream followed by some roasted malt and dark fruit that almost has an oakiness about it. The cream, I think, is a bit overdone but the rest is fine by me.

The taste has strong notes of roasted malt, light notes of chocolate and coffee, some citru tartness, and dark fruit. I want to say plum and maybe prune, the latter could account for some of the tartness. Tasty flavours that keep me reaching for the next sip.

The mouthfeel is solidly in medium territory, the carbonation is on the light side, and it finishes with some chocolate and mostly coffee bitterness. Very dry but nice.

Drinkability? At 8%abv, I'm surprised at how well it is hidden. Just a mild warming well after the swallow. Nothing to detract from how good this tastes. I think SKA did one hell of a good job here. Mighty fine sipper!

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Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from vasdef42. Thanks, Jared!

A-Pours very dark brown with hints of amber at the edges. Very little bit of white head.

S-Molasses is the dominant aroma for me. Some sweet raisin and other dark fruits.

T-Hmmm, nice but a little less flavor than expected. Some dark chocolate, some raisin...

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Nice, mellow, easy drinking beer.


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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
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