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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 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 Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear brown color that sports some mahogany highlights. A one finger head lingers a while. Some moderate lacing paints the glass.

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, and hint of molasses are easily detectable.

Taste: roasted malts, molasses, mild chocolate flavors, and a hint of coffee make up a well balanced porter. Bitterness is mild but noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Nice and smooth on the tongue. Relatively short aftertaste as the chcocolate and molasses lingers in the mouth.

Drinkability: nice session porter here. This was the best beer of the variety pack I purchased from Ska.

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Photo of benito
1.97/5  rDev -49.1%
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 briman
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with ruby hues when held up to the light. About a 1/4 inch light brown head. Average retention, with somewhat minimal lacing.

Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate, & coffee.

Flavor has dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee flavors. Roasted malt flavors stick around to the end. Hops come in to balance things out in the finish, and provide a mild bitterness which lasts for a second into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance is good, with a nice smooth character that coats as it goes down. Flavors overall are a little on the mild side, in my opinion. I say this because the website calls this a complex robust porter, but I don't think the flavors really stand up and take notice enough for that to be true. It's a good basic porter, with good drinkability, but could use some more punch if it really wants to be "robust".

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of ggaughan
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed a 12 oz bottle of this while at the GABF back in September. The beer poured a nice brown body with a thick, medium brown head with good retention. The aroma was of coffee and toasted malts. Very pleasing to the nose. The taste was a good kick of coffee, more toasted malt and a touch of chocolate as well. The mouthfeel is fairly full but pretty drinkable and not overly filling.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with impressive head for an American porter, and dark color with slivers of orange on the bottom. The only downfall in the look is the mass of carbonation bubbles suctioning up on the side of the glass like barnacles. Nose is grainy at first but later warms into nice full coffee and roasted tones.

Mmm, porter season is just about here, although a little later here, south of the Mason Dixon line. Taste is malty and sweet without being overly so. Dry and tasty and leaves impressive lacing. Pleasant toasted aftertaste and smooth but a bit thinner in mouthfeel than I had hoped for. Still, a pleasant surprise, and leaving me looking forward even more to big brother Nefarious chilling in the fridge.

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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 bashiba
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown with clear mahogony highlights and a creamy tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell was of very light burnt malts.

Taste has a bit of dark chocolate with some smoky burnt wood taste along with a nice bit of earthy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy.

A pretty tasty and drinkable porter. Easily the best beer I had out of my Ska Sampler.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Atypically of a Ska brew, the porter has a very weak head, only reaching about a centimeter in depth after a very vigorous pour. Body is a dark cola-coffee brown.

Smell: Light coffee, toasted marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanuts, maple syrup, caramel, and soft estery notes.

Taste: Sweet and malty but fairly light, with lots of mocha and nutty notes with a roasty, balanced finish. Subtle vanilla and floral hops. Crispness lends the impression of cola.

Mouthfeel: Thin, nearly flat, yet lush and smooth and somewhat sticky.

Drinkability: This isn't bad, but I had another bottle of this just a week or two ago that was much better, so I am trying to take that into consideration in this review. Still, there is something to be said for consistency.

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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 AlexJ
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
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 neonbrown82
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 mynie
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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 battlekow
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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 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 WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice crystal, roasted, and black malt scent that is subtle, but still present. The taste is good. It has a smooth and rich malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet and toastey. It's full of crystal malts, but with a roasted malt edge. The taste is quite complex. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer and one of the best porters I've tried; a good drinker.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased in the ska brewing mix pack. lucked out and got 4 ten pin porters and only 2 reds (not a fan of their red).
i really dig this porter. 12oz bottle, great artwork.
pours up a very dark, not quite black, some brown on the edges, color. head is chunky and off white, but not very large, with cream surrounding random large bubbles.
smell is not very strong, more bread-like, almost a grain scent. mainly a sweet, malt aroma.
great tasting porter. very little hop presence, some gently in the aftertaste, and even then not much. starts off with a creamy milk sweetness, just a touch of coffee, with some buttery notes. little smoke seeps in there midway through the glass. quite a lovely mix of flavors.
creamy and smooth, but some zing on the tongue, medium to just over that. perfect mouthfeel for a porter.
drinkability is high indeed. could have done a bunch of these and would seek it out again. too bad i can only get it in the 12 pack!


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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 maxpower
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
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 walleye
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to bbb63 for sharing this at the Kuhnhenn gathering on 6/10. poured coke color with a tan head. aroma coffee, (sorry styles) I like the coffee, roasted malts, chocolate,raisisns and a small amount of hops. flavor ahh the coffee, malts, dark fruits and chocolate. and got just a hint of alcohol. not to bad

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish to dark molassses appearance held to the light it does pass theough nicely. Creamy head with brownish bubbles. Smells or alcohol, fruit & some hops. Has a great full malty feeling on the tounge. Would go great with steak or dessert. Hard to be unbiased, I enjoy all the beer from this brewery! Would get old after 3 or 4...

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -16%
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 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 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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Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 217 ratings
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