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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.87/5  rDev +25.8%
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 +25.3%
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 +24.5%
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 +23.8%
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 +23.3%
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 +23%
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Murph
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
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 +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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Photo of fretlessman71
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
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 +17.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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