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

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Added by Mitchster on 03-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 217
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, ring sized tan bubbling head. Figs, oats, toasty malts and port on the nose; the scents emerge as the beer warms. Freshly ground espresso beans, dark chocolate and roasted malts are the immediate impressions. Very well balanced, an addicting sweetness; the body evolves to a creaminess that resembles the smoothness of a warmed to room tempature milkshake. Fruity malts (yes), left lingering on the palate, emerging woody notes as well. The true definition of a medium bodied beer, and the picture perfect definition of a porter. World class! Don’t pass this baby up!

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Photo of Kornoms
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
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 StevieW
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Murky dark brown color. Fluffy full beige tan. Smell was perfect combination of roasted chocolate, toasted carmel toffee, and a hint of hops. Rich and inviting. Great tasting roasted chocholate taste, hints or carmel as well. Slight shot of bitterness finishes, then roasted chocolate bitterness lingers. Great taste through and through. Supersmooth feel, full bodied and full flavored to the end. Light carbonation. Takes Porters to a new level for me.
Hats off to the Belgianbum for the trade.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark.

1/2 inch of ivory white head that quickly dissipated.

Smells were of freshly milled grains. Chocolate Malts... Dextrine Malts... Crystal Malts.... all guesses, but I can smell the grains as if they were in the mash tun. Fantastic!

The taste is reminiscent of circus peanuts. Creamy and sweet and delectable. The dark malts are so perfectly balanced with a sweet and smooth character. An incredible porter!

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle second week of March.

Poured into a pint glass a really dark, boardering on black, with a nitro looking head that falls into the beer resulting in a big froth-like head and after it dies down, leaving a entire curtain of cling around the glass. No carbonation, looks like a hand pulled beer. Looks nice, looks very nice. When swirled the head is reactivated.

Nose of dark bitter chocolate, molasses, coffee, toffee, charcoal. Really roasty, caramel malt, taffy, milk chocolately, vanilla. there is so much going on in here, a wonderfully complex and beautiful aroma.

A really dark and somewhat bitter onset in the taste with a smooth chocolate and coffee appearance. The bitterness never gets too bitter, nicely balance. Finishes with a slight minerally ting and warming bitter chocolate in the back of the throat

Nicely warming in the belly. Goes down too easy, slides down the throat.

Ultra smooth mouthfeel, creamy and really light on the tongue, like liquid silk. Magnificent. A perfect feel. This is world class.

It goes down so, so easy because of the silkiness in the mouth. This is what I will think of when I think of a high quality, exceptional beer. Try it, highly recommended.

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Photo of intensify
4.76/5  rDev +24%
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 Murph
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with a thin head that ran away quickly. The smell is loaded with roasted/burnt aromas and a chocolate sweetness as well . The flavor starts off with the roasted bitterness but that is soon subdued by the chocolate flavors. There is an aftertaste of smokiness as well. The beer is smooth across the mouth and very drinkable. Wow, what an awesome porter. Great burnt characteristics but a nice balance too. One of my top 5 or so porters.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
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 fretlessman71
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Ska hails from the Four Corners area of Colorado, and the artwork on all of their bottles is a lot of fun. Ska makes an ESB that they actually put in CANS, and I hear very good things about it. Why shouldn’t the ska-bangers have good craft brew to call their own, anyway?

APPEARANCE: Deep dark brown, just barely translucent. Firm tan head leaves a good amount of lacing; fades to a thin cap.

AROMA: Chocolate malt from a mile away. Maybe I’ll have a glass of Ovaltine after this! Faint hops as well. Mmmm… chocolate.

FLAVOR: Very light creamy carbonation (does that make any sense?) greets the tip of my tongue. Nice dark chocolate flavor. Very subtle and pleasing burnt black malt character. Hops are just enough to be noted and appreciated. Lightly sweet finish.

MOUTHFEEL: This is as good as it gets. Creamy, lively, good weight in my mouth without making me feel that I need to chew the beer to get it down.

DRINKABILITY: If this was on tap, I’d put on a pair of cheap skivvies and glue my butt to the barstool. And insert a catheter.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Ska sure got it right for fans of chocolate-leaning porters. Someday they’re going to be very well known for this beer, I predict!

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Photo of Todd
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date, cool label though.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown/near black beer with ruby edges. Head is pretty decent to start, then settles to a tan cream lace -- retains the lace for its lifetime.

Smell: Luscious malty aroma of caramel, light fruit, touch of molasses and freshly milled grains. I have to mention that the aroma is really fresh, like one of the best to have sneaked up my nostrils in a long time -- or maybe it's the homebrewer in me who likes the aroma of milled malt?

Taste: Loads of malt goodness in this beer! Nice rich, robust body and character. Mouthfeel is very smooth, silky smooth and even. Caramel, fruity, woody/earthy notes, roasted bite, chocolate and grain flavours meld nicely with a extremely balanced hop bitterness and faint herbal background. Finish is a bit burnt, with notes of grain and a dryness on the palate.

Notes: Ga damn! This is one helluva porter! Robust, flavourful, highly drinkable and the brewers are into Ska to boot. I'll have another please ...

Thanks to Arctic Liquors for the sample.

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Photo of Kamuimusackie
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the best porters I've had. It isn't too sweet, and it has an overall good balance of flavor. I had this on a night where I was enjoying a wide variety of porters. Surprisingly, this one stood out the most. What came to mind when drinking this porter was: "this is how a beer should be". It tasted like a beer but with great flavor. Imminently after taking my first drink of the ten pin, I said out loud "that is chocolate". Very interesting and great experience. My favorite porter of the night.

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Photo of MJR
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. The color gives the impression of a murky, cloudy brew, but it's quite clear when held to a strong light. It's tan head starts out well enough, then fades to a wispy covering with a thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: If I had to pick one word to describe the aroma, it would be 'fresh.' This smell of this beer just reeks of freshly milled grains. It has a big dose of coffee-like roasted grains, with a bit of caramel underneath. There's also hints of licorice and diacytel. Balancing it all out is a bit of herbal hops.

Taste: The freshness of the aroma carries over into the flavor. There's a point where newly fermented beer looses it's 'green' flavor and is fully ready. This beer seems to be right at that point. Loads of roasted grains, caramel, and chocolate combine with hints of licorice and an earthy graininess and are balanced by a herbal hop bitterness to form an extremely impressive porter. Lengthy finish with a roasted grain dryness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, with a smooth mouthfeel. If there were more residual sugars in the body, this one would be near perfect. Finishes dry and delicious.

Drinkability: Damn good! This is a fantastic porter! I want more of this...now!

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent dark ruby--far from opaque--a small whitebrown head that dies away quickly and moderate lacing.

Very nice smell. Deep chocolate, roasted, malt, and coffee. Burny odor of charcoal darkness.

Roasted malt very present up front, very bitter and fantastic. Dark, dark chocolate in the back for just a second and then BAM there's this fist of deadly death malt right across your face.

Woah. I was not expecting this. Fantastic!

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Photo of malcontent
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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 chugalug06
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 JayQue
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good Porter....Exceptional appearance and smell. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dense brown color, a little light gets through at the edges of the glass. Big tan head with very good retention. Sheets of heavy lacing on the glass. Overall a very impressive "look".

Very pronounced roasted malt aroma with some chocolate and coffee. My wife got a whiff even across the room.

Tastes like a good Porter. Roasted malt, coffee bitterness at the end and some mild chocolate flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and crisp, due to the slightly bitter finish.

Very drinkable, nicely balanced. A good beer for "a pint man" to look at, savor and enjoy. Several of these over a long evening would be very welcome.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Crosling
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent porter. A notch below Colorado's best porter (Cutthroat Porter) but still pretty damn tasty!

Exceptional looking for a porter. Nearly pitch black with a nice lace and a nice head.

Aroma is dry and roasty with coffee, chocolate, burnt wood and some fruits.

Roasted malts are dry on the palate. Chocolate, caramel, subtle coffee and lightly hopped. Very tasty!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I must say, I wasn't expecting much after having the Nefarious Ten Pin, but this is actually a good porter.I was worried that since the Imperial Porter was so light that this beer would be uber light and utterly flavorless. Turns out it is fairly robust, even.

The beer pours to an almost completely opaque brown (almost black), with a nice tan head that sticks to the glass fairly well.

The smell is of chocolate malts, only very gently roasted. Smells like a porter should, though certainly it's not the best I've had. The taste is very similar, but with a nice subtle hop in the finish. Very tasty, though not overly complex by any means.

The body is very thin, but the flavor is not. Dries out to an almost tasteless finish, but it is a very hugely drinkable porter. Better than I was expecting, and much better than what some of the people I work with have told me.

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Photo of Twincrasher
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 pbrian
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting porter. Like a dark, fruity ESB almost. Molassas and caramel notes linger. Fruityness again. Fresh tasting. A little flat, but tasty.

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Photo of pasdachuri
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice brown body but with very little head.

Roasted malts, chocolate, and hint of molasses are easily detectable. Promising porter scent.

outstanding combination of the cocoa & coffee flavors with a a roasty, balanced finish. Subtle vanilla and floral hops. It's reminiscent of an Edmond Fitzgerald.

Would definitely recommend and my only regret about this beer is that I bought a single rather than a sixer.

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Photo of Nomad1219
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Color was black to ruby tinged when held to light
S- Roast and hops, slight coffee and chocolate tinges
T- Very nice
M- Smooth and even, not thick or viscous
D- One was good two was better the initial hoppiness smooths out as the tongue aclimated

I thought this was a very good porter though a little hoppy in the first tasting. It smoothed out over the couse of the bottle and left me satisfied.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a big, deep-tan head with light retention. The color was a deep brown with garnet highlights. The nose gave off a slight licorice aspect along with a light chocolate smell. The mouthfeel was light with the chocolate taste reappearing on the tongue. The finish had a mild smokiness overlaying the continued chocolaty-ness. Yum yum. It also produced decent lacing throughout. Now, I’m definitely headed back to John’s.

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