Ten Pin Porter!
Ska Brewing Co.

Ten Pin Porter!Ten Pin Porter!
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American Porter
3.88 | pDev: 12.37%
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Ten Pin Porter!Ten Pin Porter!
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, thin, 2/5" tan head. Aroma was mostly roasted malt. Had some toffee.

Some hops to give it a bitterness, still chewy, but not thick. Mild chocolate malt. Good porter that is well balanced.

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appetizer: almost no carbonation with a black-red brown appearance; mildly sweet aroma

Entree: smooth initial taste (similar to Founder's Porter I sampled just prior so maybe biased), with less mildly harsh aftertaste, which dissipates nicely / better as compared

Dessert: better than Founder's, still behind Deschutes, and comparable (albeit differing since vanilla) to Linenkugel's Snowdrift.

Each his/her own, so your call.

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Photo of bnes09
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown, semi-opaque. Absolutely zero head after an aggressive pour.

Mild aroma of espresso and tobacco. Roasted nuts. Lactose tartness.

Roasted almonds, toast and coffee bitterness. Hint of molasses. Piney, earthy hop. Descent balance. Sour aftertaste.

Medium bodied; rough, grainy texture. Harsh carbonation.

This beer is just not that good.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled a 12 ounce bottle on 11/25/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours almost a full black with some orange hues. A very tiny tan head was seen and left some spotty lacing when sipped. The aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. Taste was that with some bitter chocolate as a finish BUT actually pretty easy to drink. Lots of coffee flavor actually with perfect carbonation. Over all pretty decent porter and good for the colder months.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Learned this brew was being discontinued and had to pick up a few 6-packs as it was one of the first craft brews I ever liked.

Slow rising and fast falling loose tan foamy head. Leaves very mild lacing... Thin, black brew.

Highly roasty, lots of caramel malt, coffee.

Nicely thin, chalky, robust and drinkable. This is definitely an easy drinker. Lots of airy roasted, chocolate, nothing over done. Zero bitter bite and is delightfully smooth with well placed sweetness. Very quaffable.

RIP Ten Pin, it's been nice knowing you. I hope you make a reappearance as a modified recipe even better!!! Nice job with Ten Pin SKA, cannot wait to see what you have coming to replace...

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Photo of bluedaisyboo
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Pours almost black but with a slight orange tiny. Almost no head and with little lacing.

S: Scent of dark-roasted coffee initially but slightly more bitter. Overall pleasant smell but slightly more bitter than I anticipated.

T: Coffee is foremost on the tongue with chocolate following with a somewhat bitter finish. Espresso lingers long after finish.

M: Moderatly dense from the initial sip, but sits creamy and slightly denser after. Swallowing feels as if I were sipping a creamy, chilled espresso.

O: Very enjoyable. I personally prefer slightly less bitter porters, but this one is delicious. I don't know that I could drink more than one or two in a sitting, but it's very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of guityler83
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark dark brown with ruby red highlights. Small half finger head formed when poured with a little heat behind it, Colored like a mocha and receeded fast. It looks like a coke.

S: Suddle sweetnes and mildly roasty. An overripened apple note comes out on top when given a swirl.

T: Dark roasted coffee flavor persists from the first sip to the lingering aftertaste. Sweetness that reminds me of horchata and a round bitterness that balances the whole thing out.

M: Super low carbonation and big body.

O: An enjoyable and balanced porter. I don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting, but this would pair very well with a steak or some BBQ

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured nearly black but actually dark brown with orangish highlights. The tan head is moderate in size and retention. Good lacing.

S: A surprising amount of coffee in the aroma, with plenty of dark roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.

T: Roasted malts, soft coffee, toffee and a little brown sugar. Slightly sweet at the start but turns nearly bitter by the finish

M-- Light-medium body and carbonation.

O: A good porter, not overly sweet despite the apparent scarity of hops.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown color with a minimal tan head and minimal lacing

S-coffee, smoke, chocolate, earthy

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent porter but needs a little more depth of flavor

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Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish black with absolutely no head to speak of

S - creamy chocolate, roasted malts

T - chocolate, roasted malts, raisins, figs, plums

M - a bit thin, medium bodied, lightly carbonated

This beer is a bit disappointing. The appearance and mouthfeel both present as flat. The flavor is OK, but it lacks any complexity and could use a bit of hop bitterness for balance. This is easy to drink, but in the end forgettable. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of cousineddy
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a samuel adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: pours a deep rich onyx, reminds me of the color of black licorice. Virtually no head and no lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts slight hoppy backnotes. toasted bread

Taste: Toasty bread and biscuits. Dark chocolate and weak coffee.

Mouthfeel. slippery with almost no carbonation, flatter than expected but not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall: Solid porter, i was dissapointed with the lack of head. Would be open to trying this one again.

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Photo of KajII
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a murky dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head that receded down to a medium film and large collar thus creating good runny lacing.

The aroma was on the mild side with a roasted dark bread malt, light resin hops and a sweaty yeast along with notes of milk chocolate and coffee.

The taste was lightly roasty and somewhat sweet with a touch of chocolate from the onset, progressing with a light bitterness and a nice note of coffee towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a slight bitter roastiness left behind.

Mouthfeel was a few shades below medium in body with a thin watery texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall I found this brew to be rather thin for a Porter, although it was quite flavorful and very easy going down...


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Photo of Twincrasher
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice look for a porter. Dark brown with tan head. Good retention.

S: Should have sipped much warmer. Still, at cold temps a very chocolate-like aroma.

T: Balanced hop and sweet unfermented sugars. Really nice.

M: Good.

O: Very nice porter. Not a big fan usually. Nice job.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! what a great beer. I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees and watched the blackness set in . Lacing was good after sucking off the tan head. The beer was malty with yummy mocha hits playing with the taste buds. I will certainly buy this beer again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

didnt care for the nefarious ten pin imperial version, so i tried this semi doubtfully. i was impressed though. it pours chocolatey dark brown with a very minimal tan head thats reduced to patches after just a minute or so. it smells like deep dark smokey malts and cocoa powder. theres also a bitterness to this, but at this point im unsure if is from the hops of from burnt malt. the flavor confirms its hops, surprisingly hoppy on the tail end. theres plenty of chocolate going on too, raw and unrefined, but just in a supporting role. feel is smooth and drinkable, well enough carbonated for a porter, and the finish is long and layered. overal much much much better th.n its imperial big brother. this is a yummy session porter, perfect for autumn,

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Photo of LXIXME
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small tan head quickly dies into practically no lacing above a super dark brown to black colored porter.

Light aroma of roasted to almost burnt chocolate malts aroma.

Dark roasted chocolate and light coffee malt tastes that has a slight bitterness to it.

A dry aftertaste that harbors some of the dark chocolate malts on this creamy full bodied beer.

A very worthy porter.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ML bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to my GF for bringing back a bottle from the brewery on her US trip

A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled a brownish black color with good ruby highlights. Nearly clear when shown to light. Half finger of light milk chocolate head that swiftly fell to the same color of film and collar. Good spotty lacing with this.

S-- Soft at first but built well. Coffee, warm roast, earth, and dark chocolate. Nose gets bigger and more rounded as it warms.

T-- A bit thin but very acceptable. Dairy milk, roast malts, soft coffee, and a little brown sugar. Slightly thin at the start but it builds quite well.

M-- Light bodied and medium to low carbonation. Good long lasting earthy, bitter and acidic coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel and roast finish. Once again really builds well and warms up quite well.

O-- Really good low ABV porter. Quite complex and well built for a beer like this. Something like this is quite good for a nice cool evening in Durango. Top notch stuff

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours black with a 1 finger beige head. Very minimal lacing bubbles.

S- roasted malts, coffee and some dark chocolate.

T- lactose, dark chocolate, and roasted malts.

M- light body and carbonation. Silky and very smooth.

O- nice porter but nothing stands out.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive deep brown with ruby highlights around the edges. A half inch of tan foam that persists nicely and leaves fits and rings of lace. Smells pleasantly of mild coffee, chocolate, banana, and roasted malt. Taste follows the same elements presented to the nose almost precisely, its slightly sweet but adds a washing of fruity hop. Body seems lighter than I'd expect. The mouthfeel is velvety with a good level of carbonation. Clean finish that leaves you riding a fading wave of roasted..just to the edge of burnt..malt. Very good porter.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this brew in a mix-and-match six pack at the store the other day. Hadn’t heard much about Ska Brewing, but the label was fancy and I needed a few more beers to round out my sixer of porters. So I grabbed this basically because of the snazzy packaging. Who says colorful packaging doesn’t work on adults? Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance – Pours a nice super dark brown with a big three finger tan head that takes a while to settle down. Once it does it leaves mediocre lacing, but otherwise the appearance of this porter is substantial.

Smell – Roasted malts, coffee, the lightest fruit essence. The dark roasts and coffee are certainly the dominating feature.

Taste – Chocolate, coffee, and the roasted malts and barley. There is a strong roast element to this brew, and it’s nice.

Mouthfeel – Creamy, pretty rich, good body and carbonation. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall – This is a good brew, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a sessionable porter. At 5.5 ABV it won’t overwhelm you with alcohol, tastes great, and the bottle makes a good conversation starter! In all seriousness, this is a good porter, and I would absolutely buy it again.

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Photo of Kornoms
4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap and it was amazing! Pours a dark brown with a caramel colored head. The smell has notes of chocolate, a bit of toffee, and roasted malts. The taste is similar to the smell, but with a bit of extra flavors (banana?) and a sweetness from the yeast that make the overall drinking experience excellent.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour, slight beige head, pretty thin 1/4" maybe, not much in the way of lacing or retention of the small amount that was there.

A mix of toffee, roasted black malt aroma. Taste of a little bit of caramel, a little bit of fruityness, throw in a scintilla of hops. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than a lot of porters these days, but far from a detraction or negative aspect of the beer. Chocolate existence is pretty mild too, just like every other aspect here, except for drinkability.

Pretty solid all the way around. A good 6 pack beer on a mild day.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a nice dark chestnut color with warm overtones of red. It actually reminds me of a Guinness Draught from bottles, only a shade lighter. Less than half a finger of head, but it settles down to a consistent and lasting beige ring.

This is a reliable porter. When you think porter, you probably think of the milk chocolate and hoppy twinge that Ten Pin Porter delivers. The most surprising aromas are chicory and mint. This is a quite minty porter, which is a welcome surprise. It works.

The most impressive aspect of Ten Pin Porter is how unified it is. I mean that in the sense that it is difficult to pick out individual flavors here. It's a very consistent, coherent flavor profile. It's a hoppy American porter, certainly, and those hops lend a minty/fruity element to the milk chocolate and slight roast. But mostly, this beer doesn't evolve from first taste through the finish. It is everything at once, and at all times. It tastes good. This is a good porter.

This is pretty thin, even for a porter. It's not really bad at all, but it is noticeably insubstantial.

Overall, this is a good American Porter. It's light, but full of flavor. It's coherent and consistent. I'd love to put back a couple of pints of this at a local bar.

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Photo of intensify
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Live Tasting

Picked up this about a week ago and SKA Brewing Company is about 4 hours from my town so it's pretty fresh.

A- Dark color with a nice caramel color head. The body looks exactly like coca-cola.

S- Chocolate malts and a slight toffee.Slight banana. Nothing much else going on. What i do smell is excellent.

T- Taste's almost like it smells, but with a kick. Slight taste of banana with some toffee.

M- Nice thick feel. Sticks to your tongue and probably your ribs. Syrupy but in a good way.

I would definatly buy this beer again. the price was reasonable and i can get it pretty much anytime so i expect to have some more of these in my fridge.

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, roasted malt, hint of hops, slight caramel malt, and hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of hops, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good blend and body.

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Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
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