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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Ratings: 454 |  Reviews: 238
Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late October for $5.99.

Beer poured black with red undertones. Tan head is holding strong and leaving lacing behind. Nose is of roasted malts and hints of chocolate. Taste is chocolate roasted malts blending nicely into a prominent dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy. Overall drinkability is good. There was a slight alcohol bite on the first sip only. Definitely try this if you are into roasted hoppy beers!

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

Pours a very dark black color with a smaller tan head.

Aromas are of dark roasted malts, sweet dark sugars, cocoa, a little coffee, and cream.

Taste and flavors are lighter than expected, but still pretty good. Roasted malts, a little bit burnt tasting, with some bakers chocolate, and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is not bad. A little on the thin side for this style.

Drinkability is good. This is a tasty baltic porter. I expected a bigger bold beer, especially with the higher abv. Now while the flavors are there, the high abv actually went down pretty easy. Pretty solid beer, worth a try.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I poured this beer all I could think of was Homer Simpson going "mmm, dark beer." I live for beer this dark. It is a deep brown almost black beer with ruby highlights peaking out on the sides. A tan fluffy head rises well and dissipates to a rocky Pangea like structure.

The smell is dark softly roasted grains mixed with coffee and chocolates. Deep in the background is chalky dried fruits like raisins and currants. Not as heavy as I would expect from such a dark brew.

Taste is inline with a Baltic Porter. There are heavy roasted grains leading off followed by a nice sweetness. Some cherries and raisins mixed with dark chocolates and a (singular) coffee bean.

Mouthfeel is very nice, a good smoothness and thin carbonation make a creamy beer. The down side is a slightly salty and chalky fresh milled grain finish. That aftertaste is slightly disappointing and distract from the big malt flavors and the medium bitterness. Still I would buy this one again, it's a good big beer.

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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 magictrokini
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hate the wax-top bottle, but won't hold it against the beer. Clear brown-black pour with a short off-white head. Strong roasted malt and cocoa aroma. Blend of the same with a strong hop profile. Somewhat out of balance, but got better as it warmed. Never found the bing cherry, but the coffee, smoke, and cream flavors were nicely woven into the beer. Smooth, wtih a bitter finish.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue-waxed bottle featuring the skeleton of Kris Kringle, the crowned King of Christmas as he returns from the grave to mete out justice with his bony fists. No one honestly has trouble getting the caps off these things, do they? C'mon, guys...

Appearance: Pours a black body with a modestly sized, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of dark, roasty grains, powdered chocolate, and coffee, giving it an overall mocha-like scent.

Taste: Roasted maltiness with a sweetish blend of bitter chocolate and caramel and the distinct taste of smokey, fire-charred grains. Sip of coffee. Interesting hint of oranges and ripe figs. Blend of earthen, roasty, piney bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with a lingering taste of chocolate syrup.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Nice creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: While not as catchy or charming as some, it's still a mediocre to downright decent imperialized porter from SKA Brewing.

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

Deep brown almost up to black, the Ten Pin looks the part. Served with a nice creamy head that leaves some nice sheets of lace.

Aroma is very darkly roasted, without a hint of the "European" style yeast component that normally accompanies a beer of this style. It smells pleasantly enough (a bit light perhaps) but not quick what I expect of a Baltic.

Big ass malt/roast component, definitely coffee-like, bitter, and prevalent. Some chocolate sneaks in, with just a tiny nod towards anise.

Medium full body that brings a good amount of heft and expansiveness. Fairly creamy, with the alcohol well-hidden. Not bad at all.

Not quite the right style I think, but this is a tasty and massive American porter. Look out for this one if you like them dark and wicked.

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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 surfnebr
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oil black with a thick, creamy, light brown head which hangs around well, good lacing/legs to boot.

The nose is of roasted chocolate, coffee, tootsie rolls, cream and vanilla.

The coffee, roasted malt, chocolate flavors show up immediately, sweet up front with a nice bitter finish, like coffee. the 8% abv is well masked, you get little hints of booze as you drink, this beer is smooth. Its not as full bodied as I would like a porter to be, but its a nice change. I could drink more than a couple of these and not feel as if I ate a four course meal.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark brown with a 1finger head that leaves quickly.

S- very dark and roasty. a little sweet. some chocolate, raisins, figs, and maybe a little coffee.

T- very roasty more coffee than i could smell. a nice hoppy kick at the end. very well balanced

M- rich and creamy. leaves the mouth feeling dry

D- very easy to drink. not that overly strong that having a second one in a sitting would be that huge of a problem. ill try this one again sometime soon.

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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy active bubbles create two fingers of carmel colored head. Fades fast leaving only dots of lace. Body is absolute jet black. Nose is full of spunky carmalized sweet malt and smokey chocolate. Smokey spicy tingling richness enters the mouth and then thins out a bit. A woodsy almost nutty sweetness develops on the back of the tongue. A dark bitterness is there on the mouthfeel that shows signs of a hop profile. Stays pretty thick on the back of the mouth also. Solid drinkability.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, sampled at The Map Room:

Into pint glass, pours a dark brown bordering on russet, good tan starter head, decent retention, nice lacing. The aroma reveals a good dose of lactose, which will distract me. Dark roasty malts, some chocolates. Taste has more lactose, some powdered chocolate, which gets it dry and chalky, some good bitter roasted malt. The mouth is pretty thin for a big porter, but its easy enough to drink. In all, pretty stock, but decent enough.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark with a floaty off white head. Lots of carbonation present.
Smells very malty, frutiy and sweet. Bodes well for the taste.
Taste followed the smell but with a very dry, bitter finish. Very mild notes of chocolate and raisins. Very carbonated and a slightly watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. pours a deep rich brown color, that is almost black since no light goes through it. the brew has a nice tan/light brown head with a low retention rate and mild lacing.

S: rich roasted malts...tons of coffee and toffee, with some bittersweet chocolate as well. some molasses.

T: Wonderful roasted malts, chocolate, huge coffee flavors, some toffee, some caramel. reminds me of dark corn syrup or molasses.

M: very smooth and creamy. subtle almost compared to other IPs I have had. low to mild carbonation. medium to heavy body.

D: absolutely amazing. highly recommended. great dessert beer.

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Photo of Trueant1
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cola like color. Sits in the glass Very dark brown/black. Nice foam head. Lacing coats the glass completly.

Smells of sweet medium roasted malts, hints of peppery alochol spice, dark fruits, stale smells, and urine.

Tastes of malted chocolate milk, raisons, plumbs, and stale coffee. Some bittering, and alocohol present but not overpowering the nice "sweets".

MOutfeel is creamy, smooth, and perfectly carbonated. A slight coating of the mouth from all the thick malts used in this beer.

Very nice Ska!

This drinks WAY too easy and nice for 8%

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Photo of murrayswine
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm an old school rater who rates all the categories separately.

On opening and the initial pour, this big imp porter is all Baltic, and true to style with plum currants hints of toffee, and raisins wafting around.

The beer presents a semisweet cocoa front parred with muscat grapes and a hint of coffer roast. but for the most part, this is a True to style Baltic porter.

The mouthfeel is perfect, Creamy and with a hint of malolactic acid softening and buttering up the foam.

All in all, if it wasn't a bit boozy, this would be a very good end of the day porter.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cap pops and the neck fills with foam but doesn't quite overflow. Poured from a wax-dipped 22oz. bottle in the sam adams glass. It's a very dark brown with light passing through only the very edges. Lots of foamy bone colored head that lingers.

Smell is a little off and may have been oxidized.

Taste is roasty and chocolately but, again, the flavor is a little off. Slight sherry tinge.

Mouthfeel is average and it's only drinkable but not all that enjoyable.

Overall, disappointing. I recently brewed a baltic porter and actually prefer it. The reason I picked this up originally was to get a benchmark for my homebrew but I didn't get around to trying it until now. Maybe that was a good thing!

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

22 oz bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a small tan head. Slight retention with some decent lace.

S: Very subtle smells of chocolate and roasted malt, nutty. Nice smell.

T: Not a whole lot going on here. Bit of roast coffee and chocolate, but sort of lacking. Hint of warm alcohol and slight bitterness in finish. Not bad but could have more.

M/D: Carbonation is a little high but body remains a little creamy, full bodied, bit of chalky feeling in the finish. Decent drinkability. A decent beer that could use some bolstering.

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Photo of BullCityB
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black with a thin tan head. Retention seems to be on the low end, but for the style, that's not too big a problem.

The aroma is very good. Dark fruits, roasted malts, and a bit of sourness are the primary components, with a little sweetness as well. No alcohol to be found here, it appears to be well hidden.

The flavor is quite roasted - it strikes me as more roasted than some stouts I've had recently. There's not as much fruitiness as in the nose, but it's still there. Overall the balance is decidedly roasted and bitter, with espresso and cocoa dominating. The balance and flavor improve with a little more warming - a little more sweetness takes some of the sharpness out of the picture, and a little more fruit comes through. I let it sit out of the fridge for 45 minutes before tasting, but that was even a bit too cool apparently. Hop flavor is hardly existent. There is just a hair of alcohol noticable now as well.

In the mouth, this beer is a little on the thin side. Carbonation is unobtrusive, but it doesn't have the smoothness that I have gotten from the better Baltic Porters. The lighter body lends a nice drinkability, however.

Overall, this is pretty good, but I would probably recommend it served a bit warmer than most beers, even in this style. It doesn't send me into the trance-like state of, say, Yeti or Duck-Rabbit's rendition of the style, but it is still worth a tasting or two.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very inky black in color with a ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Smell is very roasted, dark chocolates. Maybe some coffee and black malt. Taste is more of the burnt dark chocolate. Pretty bitter and strong. Easy drinking, but not overly complex.

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

A wax-sealed bomber with funky cartoon-skeleton artwork on it; poured repeatedly into a 14 oz goblet yields an opaque near-black body with cranberry highlights at the edges and a finger of loose-bubbled head that shrinks to a rocky ring and leaves spotty lacing. Second pour brings forth a hefty, swirly chunk of tan-and-brown fine-bubbled head that retains much better and leaves more lacing than the first.

Smell is richly sweet and malty; 'unsulphured' molasses dominates to the point I can think of little else.

Taste is extremely molasses-y; very sweet, a little chocolatey, with a mineral/metallic character and sour-ale twang.

Medium body; mouthfeel is substantial and chewy, but with a nice clean finish. Too sweet to drink very many, but it might be fun to sop this one up with some nice homemade buttered biscuits.

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

pours a nice dark brown 1 inch head, over a very dark rudy liquid. smells roasty and malty. very nice. Good lacing after second pour. looks very inviting. Chocolate hits first, then a nice roasted malt flavor. smooth mouth feel wonderful stuff. good!

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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 Beertracker
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ska's Nefarious Ten Pin (Imperial Porter) pours up with ample carbonation that creates a moderate tannish brown head that neatly tops the dark brown body. The roasty aroma features cocao nibs, coffee grounds, and a moderate fruitiness. The flavor is not as generous as the aroma would lead one to believe, but there's a solid maltiness marked by a some spicy bitterness that delivers a slightly sharp, bittersweet chocolate-cherry finish. Medium-full bodied with some creaminess & alcoholic warmth. Slight astringency. Enjoyable robust porter, but lacks some fullness, richness, and depth & complexity of a true world class Baltic porter. Definitely worth seeking out. Here's to the King of the Alley!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out deep dark brown with a nice head that quickly disappears. The aroma is of slight roasted malt and deep chocolate. Taste was of slight roasted malt and wham chocolate, lots of it. Very smooth both on taste and finsih. Like a hershey bar. GREAT!

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Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter from Ska Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 454 ratings.
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