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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Photo of benito
1.97/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This clearly is going for the lighter end of the porter spectrum--a Colorado interpretation of a brown porter that is marred by a too-forward bitterness and watery flavors.

Dark brown in color with ruby-ish highlights when held to the light and a persistent, fizzy and clumpy off-white head that recedes to a 1/4" crown above the beer. Aromas are faint hints of coffee, maple, and cola. Watery flavors imbalanced by a biting hop finish. Like aromas, the flavors are faint: there's a bit of licorice, some cola, and a very faint hint of coffee or chicory at the end of each swig. The flavors are muted by the watery mouthfeel and bitter aftertaste that takes hold of the beer about
halfway across the tongue. Where is the caramel, nuttiness, or toffee flavor?

Ska's misfired with this one: skip it and don't look back

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Photo of bnes09
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
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 Mitchster
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with 6 different malts and hopped with Perle and Willamette. Part of a 12-pack sampler (3 of each brew) from the brewery. Adorned with a very stupid looking label.

Pours to a medium dark brown, requiring a hefty pour to achieve a semi-creamy light tan head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rather clean for the style with minimal complexity. I want something more but what I get is cow manure sprinkled with fertilizers, a little cola-like chocolate malt, a touch of medium roast coffee and that's about it. Mouthfeel is a little off-sharp at first and ends muddy and highly oxidized with a medium body. A little watery for the style, or maybe it's just the lack of complexity that gives me that impression. The taste is about an echo of the aroma with a touch of caramel and minerals amidst some soapiness in the finish. The aftertaste is very mild and brief (more caramel and soap) with a substantial wet cardboard flavor and ruddy mouthfeel. Too cleanly fermented with a noticeable lack of esters, no appreciable alcohol. Bitterness is rather non-descript, mild, and waxy.

A rather dull porter...it's a decent beer but just so plain boring for the style and probably the most generic porter I've ever had. Pass on this one...yawn.

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Photo of SouthLoopSuds
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice color, dark with healthy head.

S: Something just didn't sit right with me. A bit off, and very subtle.

T: It didn't blow me away, but it didn't make me wretch either. Average at best. Kind of weak for a porter.

M: It felt weak.

D: I like their True Blonde, but I'll probably pass on this next time.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Why bowling references? Pours a close to black but closer to a darker shade of brown. Good clarity but limited head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

The nose is limited with some lighter malt notes. Mostly a light toasted and a bit of chocolate. Some bread like notes as well. No hop presence. Some light DMS and a touch of yeasty esters as well, rose-like aromas.

The taste is also limited but some good characteristics. Some roast and chocolate malt flavors come out but are subtle. Some lactic almost mocha flavors. Some nutty flavors as wells as a light butter finish. Some generic hop flavors but very subtle. Some off flavors leaves a oily finish with a almost oxidized finish.

The texture is light with almost watery feel. Somewhat oily but really lacks depth. Very limited overall.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep brownish black with noticable crimsom highlights, pours with a small beige head that quickly settles to a ring, leaving only spots of lace.

Aroma is soft and subtle, with toasty bread and caramel, a hint of charred wood, and some earthy and grassy hop bitterness.

Flavoe much the same, charred caramel and toast, faint hints of charred wood, and some mild hop bitterness. Not bad, just simple.

Body is medium, and the big bubbles of Co2 dissapear by the end, leaving the mouthfeel flat and lifeless. Meh.

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Photo of Realale
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear black with brown highlights. Fine, creamy 1/2" head settles to a thin, incomplete cap.

Nose is toasty chocolate, with an over-whelming dose of dark roasted coffee. Some leafy hop notes as well.

Medium weight in the mouth. Coffee takes over on the palate, although the chocolate tries its best to add some complexity. No real hop presence on the palate. Some yeasty fruitiness develops at the end. Decent length. Carbonation seems a little harsh, or perhaps its the water treatment. Just too much roast barley for me.

Thanks to MJR for the sample!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is a mild roasted coffee. Starts with a mild roasted coffee flavor and finishes with a slight bitterness. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Super 7-Even Raleigh, NC.

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Photo of Jredner
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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 mralphabet
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
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 maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color, nice creamy light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass, roasty chocolate-coffee aromas. Roasted burnt chocolate coffee flavors, nice bitter-sweet flavors, good roasted bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a semi watery mouthfeel, average.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out deep dark brown with a nice head that quickly disappears. The aroma is of slight roasted malt and some chocolate. Taste was of slight roasted malt and thats about it. Very smooth both on taste and finsih. Decent porter to sit ar ound and drink.

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Photo of KajII
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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 nick76
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is right for a porter with toasted malt, coffee, and hops. The appearance is brown with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma simple and moderately bitter. The palate is average. Overall a decent porter. I would have one again if offered.

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Photo of battlekow
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in a trade because it used to be Todd's pick as his favorite porter, though he's now switched to O'Fallon Smoke.

Factoring in the fact that I was underwhelmed by both O'Fallon Smoke--apparently Todd's and my taste in porters do not coincide--and the Nefarious Ten Pin, it figures I'd also be less than amazed by the regular Ten Pin, and I was. Don't get me wrong, it's completely drinkable and I wouldn't turn one down, but it didn't float my boat. Here's why:

The nose was too caramelly, not roasted enough--treading on brown ale territory. Taste was thinnish for a porter, some chalkiness and sourness upfront, albeit with a nice toasted finish.

Overall, it's neither really to style nor, as is the case for some beers, deviant but still tasty. It's just dull.

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer spews from the 12-ounce brown bottle a deep brown with ruby highlights, the head portly in size and the consistency frothy with the color a winsome tan and the lace left over a thick sheet to obscure the glass. The nose has a light toasted aroma with a caramel and nut like sweetness, fresh and clean, the start is slightly sweet with a modest malt presence and the top a bit thin in its feel. Finish has a mild acidity and the hops pleasantly spicy, quite dry aftertaste, a pleasant albeit light porter in my estimation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy light brown head that sits atop a dark, almost black, clear, amber colored beer. The aroma is fruity at first but then finishes with a solid roasted coffee bean note. The fruitiness again reminds me a bit of cherries. The taste is quite light. It is sweet with a lightly astringent roasted note in the finish. This is again a very light and easy drinking beer that seems quite appropriate as a session porter. This beer has notes of toasted biscuits, cherries, burnt raisins, and a hint of vegetal character perhaps.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely tuned ale, black and tan body and head....If you picked up a dark chocolate booze infused candy, this is what your smelling

I can definitly pick up alcohol which is strange as it isn't too high in ABV at 5.5 also tasted is figs, and roasted malts, a little bittering as it warms.

A medium bodied buddy with low carbonation

Overall not a bad porter, i'd give it a try if your new to beer and want a simple intro to American or UK Porters

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Photo of Honisbygonis
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Tone
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of humanawho
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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 nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours dark reddish-brown - light in color for a robust porter - with an off-white head that lasts.

Aroma is nice: clean roast and chocolate.

Flavor is very sweet for the style. Roast and chocolate with some caramel malt.

Medium body with some roasty burn on the palate.

A little above average for the style overall. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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 claytong
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

im a bit harsh since im not a huge porter drinker. this one is a bit bitter for my taste and light at that for such a robust beer. i like some heat or spice or heavy sweets.
roasty, malty (not terribly strong), maybe ill try to another to see if everyone is getting something im not here, not getting caramel or molasses. bitter choc, yes.

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Photo of bbothen
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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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