Ten Pin Porter! | Ska Brewing Co.

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Ten Pin Porter!Ten Pin Porter!

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 218
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Black color. Just over one finger of frothy light brown head with less than average retention and no lacing.

4.5 S: Wonderful! Chock full of chocolate and sweet caramel. Rich maltiness and lightly grainy. Not overly complex, but a pleasure to sniff.

3.5 T: Taste is a bit disappointing after the nose, but it isn't bad. Lighter than I expected, but still a good hit of chocolate. Lighter on the caramel though. Slightly grainy and slightly roasty. Pretty good.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but smooth enough.

3.5 D: I'm drink this again. It's a decent beer. I'd prefer it to be a bit thicker, but otherwise solid.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Blakaeris
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep chocolate brown with a decent head that leaves generous lacing.

Smell is dark roasted malt, coffee, and chocolatey dark grain. Hints of molasses and caramel.

Taste is similiar to the nose along with an interesting fruitiness. Chocolate flavor really shines while the coffee and smokey grain fades in the background. Finish is moderately dry and crisp.

Mouthfeel is a little light of medium. It's too bad, a fuller mouthfeel would have made a huge impact.

Although this beer is a little lighter and sweeter than I would prefer it is still a decent offereing and well worth a try. Certainly this is the best beer I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Jredner
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light chocolate and molasses aroma. Amber brown with a thick mocha head. Sweet chocolate fore followed by a smooth and mellow malt profile. No roasted notes at all really to the very last part of the finish where a toned down splash of hop and roasted flavors come through. I found this enjoyable even though it is sweeter than it should be style wise.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown colored head of bubbly foam. Some decent retention and a little lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, caramel and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate and toffee with a coffee-like, bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry finish.

D - This is another high quality brew from Ska. A tasty, sessionable porter.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle, thanks to whoever sent me this one. Poured into a standard shaker glass, the porter appears a clear deep brown color with about two fingers of lingering light ecru foam. The head leave no lacing to speak of. Flavor and aromas consist of medium toasted bready grains, both milk and dark chocolates, slightly sour and bitter mocha notes, a hint of caramel, some more cocoa, earthy bitter hops. This porter falls somewhere between medium and full bodied and is amply carbonated. Again, thanks for the chance to try this. It made for some decent drinking.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - I love the label artwork! It reminds me of those old Pushead-designed Metallica T-shirts that I wore in high school! A thick and creamy head looks like frothed Starbucks cold frappaccino...the kind that comes in the little milk bottle. Retention kinda sucks. After a minute, I'm left with a thin collar and some haze. The color is pretty dang black, with some brown showing only when held up to direct light. Lacing is pretty nice, and a quick swirl builds up the finger of head again.

S - Chocolate, rootbeer, and marshmallow. Reminds me of those little hard chocolate Santa's or big Easter Bunnys. Focused on milk chocolate. Not super-assertive, but nice enough.

T - The sweet rich milk chocolate from the nose is there, but with more roasty overtones. Wood, charcoal, and hard rootbeer candy...the kind shaped like the little wooden barrels.

M - A little thiner than I would like. Low level of carbonation. A really nice barky, woody, ashy, and dry finish wraps up the chocolate flavors nicely.

D - Pretty good. Nothing really special, but definitely above average. Way too thin IMO. Needs some meat on it's bones to be a truly great beer. I'll have to seek out the Nefarious imperial version of this decent porter! The body of this brew is a lot like a Schwartzbier, and the drinkablility is boosted by that rich but thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for the beer.

Good looking porter, dark brown with over an inch of foam.

A very lactic aroma upfront, like warm milk. It takes me a while to push that aroma aside but I do pick up some coco and coffee as well. The lactic notes took me by surprise at first but they do tone down later on and the coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malts, and toffee push forward in a nice blend. There is also a malted milk aroma.

Tastes of toasted malts, light coffee, and a little butter. There's also a taste of malted milk and nutty malts.

Very smooth and easy to drink. Slightly dry and roasted finish.

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Photo of malcontent
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The crema-esque head, pretty as it is, vanishes all too quickly for my liking. The body of this porter, however, is dark & dangerous looking: beautiful.

Mmm, chocolate malt with a whisper of honey creates a delicious smelling bouquet.

Oh, yeah. Just the right amount of thickness for a porter, completely consumable. Coats the mouth & throat with its mocha essence; outstanding combination of the cocoa & coffee flavors with a very pleasant amount of alcohol on the palate. It's reminiscent of an after-dinner liqour or dessert wine.

I've usually found that porters can be grouped into categories of either sweet or smoky. As a prime example of the former type, Ten Pin ranks as the pick of the litter for me. Outstanding.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bbothen
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours out a clear reddish brown color with a small 1 finger deep tan colored head.

Aroma is subdued. Roasted malts, chocoate, and some hoppy fruitiness.

Taste is much better than aroma suggested. Roasted/toasted malts, soft chocolate and coffee flavors, slight fruity hops.

Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, lingering roastiness.

Easy drinking porter. Nothing to go out of your way to get IMO.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very nice deep brown/garnet color. Almost black. Nice 2 fingers of foamy tan head sticks around and leaves really nice lace.

S: I'm getting malty right upfront with notes of dark chocolate, and brown sugar aromas, with a faint grassy hop.

T: Surprisingly light molasses and chocolate sweetness then follows with a grassy hop bitterness.... The strong malt porter flavors are not there for me... The finish is rather quick but clean... the aftertaste has some molasses and the grassy hops with it.

M: The body is light to mid but a little on the watery side. It does leave a little slickness on the tongue.

D: The overall feel is a little lighter than most porters I've had, not a bad beer just not as porter as I like... I would drink 1 or 2.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown in color and nearly completely opaque. A huge brown head then rose up over the top of it and took forever to settle down, only actually fading depositing large amounts of side glass lacing.

Lots of wonderful chocolate notes, fresh brewed coffee with that delicate sweetness added in that just made the whole thing really come together wonderfully. Smooth mellow taste here. chocolate right up in your face, smooth notes of sugar mixed in along with hints of light vanilla. Wonderful feel here with deleicate carbonation that avoided the too filling side of it. it was almost too good, and too easy to drink, this went down way too fast.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Tone
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is as it should be. Beautiful dark body with amber rose highlights at the edges all topped by a small heavy head that faded to a thin lacing immediately.

Sweet chocolate, slight fruity character, and an earthy malty note all create the smell. All in all the smell is very light and hard to find.

Loads of sweet fruit on the tip of the tongue (cherry, strawberry, apricot) then mellows with malt then a small coffee finish. Yum. I love this kind of beer. The tastes change all the way through, from beginning to finish to aftertaste, constant evolution. Tons of complexity and no one flavor out-stands the other.

Mouthfeel was way lighter than I expected but really wet and a bit zippy from carbonation. Phenomenal balance. I dig this. Now I have to get my hands on the Imperial Nefarious version.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tayner from a while back...

Pours dark brown. Tan head rises up and leaves a ring after a few minutes. Spotty lacing shows up. Smells of nuts, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and grains. Taste is pretty much the same. Good mixture of chocolate malts and light caramel. A hint of coffee underneath. Again a grainy flavor and light grassy hop presence. All along there is a nutty flavor that carries this beer well. Mouthfeel is pretty light and smooth. Not big enough to be creamy but good. Easy drinking beer for sure. A solid Porter that I think I could have a couple of.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a small off-white head, good retention, some good lace.

S: Dark cocoa, little bit of brown sugar and licorice.

T: Lots of bittersweet chocolate, some dark malt, but the chocolate dominates here. Moderately sweet, no roasted flavours.

M: Bit on the thin side. Creamy, smooth.

D: Solid porter. Good flavours, I could certainly have this again.

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Photo of humanawho
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby brown color, nice cream colored head and ok retention, good lacing

S - smell is pretty odd, a little hint of oranges, doesn't fit the taste well

T - good balanced roastyness, not too heavy just basic but good

M - mouthfeel is average

D - nice and a little light makes good drinkability

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Photo of Dat
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of LXIXME
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 218 ratings