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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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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of pasdachuri
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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 angelmonster
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I open this bottle a rush of air comes out, I begin to pour the beer and foam fills up half the glass. It takes about five minutes for the head to go down so I can pour the rest of the glass. Finally I get a nice 3 1/2 finger tan head. Body is an extremely dark brown color, almost black. Head retention and lacing were good

Smell is of lightly roasted malt. Slight smell of copper also. There is also some faint chocolate and coffee. Hops arent in the nose

Taste is much better than smell. Smoky, roasted malt comes in first. There is a nice sweetness that is countered by some slightly bitter hops. There is a weird metallic after taste that comes and goes.

Mouth feel is good. Carbonation isnt as much as I thought it would be after the initial pour. Body is light but not watery. Head left some cream through most of the glass

Drink ability is good. Sessionable, like most porters. Not the best porter ever, or even in Colorado, but still good. Would buy again

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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 katan
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint, labeled april

A - Dark brown to almost amber. Not opaque or black. No hazing detected. head formation is strong, well retained at 2mm. Light brown in color.

S - Roasted and caramel malts lead the way - sweet. A hair of yeast breadiness in the background. Almost reminds me of a brown ale.

T - Starts off with a light amount of crystal/caramel malts. Mid-stream starts to show bitterness, but not much for hops. Finishes a more harsh roasted barley bite, almost coffee like. Sticks around on your tongue until an almost buttery taste sits on your tongue.

M - Full bodied - especially for the style. Carbonation supports the beer, also giving it a bit of bite on the tongue. Coating and clinging.

D - As far as porters go, this beer lands just above the middle for me. Flavors are easy going, the abv is manageable. Probably the only downside is that I'm getting full from the carbonation.

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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 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 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 nick76
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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 DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ska uses a special ingredient in this beer: love. Will it make a difference in this offering? On to the beer:

All 12 ounces are in my mug. Opaque color with edges of ruby brown. Head is 1/2 inch thick on top, but is holding up well so far. Good creamy lacing on the glass. The aroma is a mix of flavors. Powdered cocoa and banana dominate...a chocolatey delight. Tastewise....more of the cocoa/banana combo whip the palate into shape. The roastiness/astringency in the porter is low compared to other porters. Lightly hopped towards the back. Mouthfeel is super-smooth, a little creamy, with a medium body.

A well-built porter from Ska. It reminds me a lot of Black Butte Porter, and that is good company to be in.

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Photo of Kamuimusackie
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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 cagocubs
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a tannish white head that retained decently. Explosion of roasted malts through the nose. Hints of chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee present as well. The taste is much like the smell. Can taste the hints of chocolate and coffee with the roasted malts. The mouthfeel is great with nice coating and good body. This is very drinkable especially for a porter.

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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 SouthLoopSuds
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
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 thekevlarkid
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bomber this one was a dark brown with some reddish highlights. Massive tan head, good retention and sticky lacing. The aromas were rather subtle, chocolate, malt and hints of creamy coffee. The flavors were considerably more distinct, roasted malt first followed by clear coffee and chocolate. Caramel sweetness as it warms up. Pleasant, semi-bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel and despite the large head not over carbonated. I generally prefer stouts but this porter is better than the Ska Milk Stout.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with root beer ambered highlights at the edges and bottom. Thin, light tannish cap of foam that lasts briefly before a sifting hint is left on top. Lacing sits on the glass in the forms of a some small broken strings.

Aroma is light with a warm chocolate sweetness under some smokey/burnt roastyness.

Nice firm taste of easy going cocoa flavors, mild milky chocolate sweetness, and hints of burnt black malt. The tone is weel placed and makes for a quick, pleasing taster of a porter.

Simple, firm, medium, creamy body. Nice little touches of dryish, noteably heavier roast and burntness pick up in the finish along with burnt grassy hop notes.

A very nice and fairly easy drinking porter!

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle and a glass at the Bent Elbow Hotel and Restaurant in Silverton, CO, elevation 9,300 feet above sea level.

Moderate pour yields a huge rocky four-finger head (altitude?) over and almost-opaque dark dark chestnut body. Head fades to a solid ring, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is figs, chocolate, burnt sugar, chocolate malt, a hint of soy sauce.

Taste follows smell, except with the addition of pepper and a dry-ish cocoa powder note.

Mouthfeel is creamy enough, but not so thick.

Drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown color with massive tannish head that threatened to escape the glass. Too much carbonation? Left some nice sticky lacing.

Smell is subdued, with only a slight hint of roasted malt.

Taste has the same roasted malt character, with the addition of coffee and chcoalte. A light touch of vanilla is also present.

Left a nice taste in the mouth, without going too far.

An easy drinking beer. May be appropriate to session.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan froth tops a rich brown body with ruby highlights. Nice color and presentation, but the thin and quickly dissipating head and dearth of lacing reduces the appearance score. Nice aroma, with coffee, chocolate, and hints of berry. A stronger aroma would help matters--good scents, just a bit too faint. The flavor, on the other hand, represents an improvement over the smell. I'm fairly impressed with the complexity of tastes--plenty of coffee, chocolate, berry overtones, and a touch of caramel. Really delicious and harmonious. The mouthfeel is just as crucial with Ten Pin, smooth and tasty with decent bitterness. Good porter--not great, but certainly solid and good.

This I'd recommend, and it's a couple steps above Black Hook Porter, which I tried recently. This is smoother, more flavorful, and more complex. Recommended.

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Photo of Rayek
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An interesting Porter. Very malty compared to most US takes on the style.

A: Looks great. Deep brown/garnet color. Almost black. Rocky and foamy tan head sticks around and leaves really nice lace.

S: Malty. Chocolate, biscuit and brown sugar aromas, with a faint grassy hop note.

T: Molasses and Licorice sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Hops are there to balance and provide a small grassy bitterness. The taste of this beer is all up front with the malt. Finishes quickly and rather clean, with a lingering molasses sweetness.

M: Light body and quite watery. A little slick on the tongue.

D: Nice session Porter. Light body makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
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 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 barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
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 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 Zorro
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in trade from Limesmut.

Clear dark brown beer, but the head never really forms.

Smell is strong malt and chocolate and roast malt. Lesser coffee aroma with a slight sour scent for patent malt. Fairly sweet smelling.

The taste starts out thick and fairly roasty. Little sweet with lots of chocolate flavor. Alcohol level seems low.

Mouthfeel is OK.

OK and drinkable but I really expected more punch from an imperial porter. I have had better.

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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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Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 217 ratings
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