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 blakelive784
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass:

A - Pours an extremely dark brown/black head with a weak half finger, tan head. The head disappears quickly.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Some sweet fruity notes (perhaps banana?). Quite mild in strength.

T -Nice cream on the open. Roasted barley, chocolate and coffee notes. Definite banana esters as predicted by the nose. No hops characteristics to speak of.

M - Full bodied and coarse. Dry on the finish.

D - A good all around porter. Built well with distinct flavors. I'd certainly have this one again.

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Photo of paxchristi
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into stein.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown porter that is hardly opaque but is a very dark mahogany hue with perhaps some extremely dark red hues where it is penetrated by light. The head is a bubbly head that is hardly acceptable for a good porter. It fizzles within moments, and I'm left looking at what seems to be a very thin porter.

Smell: Some medium roasted sweet malts with hints of light roast coffees. I caught perhaps even the lightest note of booze. At 5.5ABV, I should smell no booze in a porter. It all seems really underpowered. Not very complex nose.

Taste: Fortunately, the taste is a bit more full than the nose-- though it certainly follows suit but with extras. It still has a very good flavor. The malt gives it its body and the coffees and sweeter malts and sweet yeasts give it some accents that make a very smooth flavor. This time around, I caught an ever so slight hint of chocolate cherries.

Mouth: Very medium bodied for a porter-- almost too light for my own personal taste. I prefer my porters much thicker and much richer. However, its going for a drinkable porter. It probably accomplishes that.

Overall: A pretty good porter with an unusually high drinkability. I probably won't ever buy this one out of the bottle again. If I find it on tap, I might give it another whorl. I'm underwhelmed for what I expected, but I'm glad I tried it. It's definitely unique, but just not something I'm going to write home to mom for.

EDIT 10/8/2011: Probably a bit better in the taste as it warms. There are some pretty decent chocolate and subtle chocolate notes that I didn't notice before. I've noticed that I'm underwhelmed by American Porters in general. I also previously drank this right after I had a Founders Porter...which is light-years better.

EDIT 10/13/2011: Vanilla notes in the nose. I've never had a beer grow on me more than this one. I will buy again when I want a good porter. I recommend this one totally. Grade has been adjusted.

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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 xylophonica
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355ml bottle, note the ABV on this bottle states 5.3%.

A - Dark coffee coloured. There's a touch of red shining through but little head of which to speak.

S - Dark chocolate and sweet sugary caramel scents.

T - Fairly smooth and surprisingly sweet. Has a solid malty flavour with some other sweetish port flavours. Good sensation of rich fruity shiraz.

M - Smooth and quite subdued. A bit plain, very little happening.

O - Enjoyable sweet porter. A good example of the style but not the best.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown body, 1 finger head, ok lacin

S: nutty, smoky, mild cocoa, malt

T: sweet nutty, big malt, mild bitter semi-dry finish

M: med body, hint of semi-dry mouth

O: Just ok, not my favorite. Seems a little
light in the body. Sessionable porter.


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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 DavoleBomb
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Black color. Just over one finger of frothy light brown head with less than average retention and no lacing.

4.5 S: Wonderful! Chock full of chocolate and sweet caramel. Rich maltiness and lightly grainy. Not overly complex, but a pleasure to sniff.

3.5 T: Taste is a bit disappointing after the nose, but it isn't bad. Lighter than I expected, but still a good hit of chocolate. Lighter on the caramel though. Slightly grainy and slightly roasty. Pretty good.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier, but smooth enough.

3.5 D: I'm drink this again. It's a decent beer. I'd prefer it to be a bit thicker, but otherwise solid.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got back from Disney vacation and need to unwind with a couple of Ten Pin Porters from SKA. The appearance is quite nice...dark rich color with nice ecru creamy head. The smell has a light roast and malt nose. The taste is pretty darn good. SKA was able to get a decent body on a porter without selling their sole to high ABV. There roastyness hits well to start then comes off the pallete clean, but leaves just enough to keep the taste going. The mouthfeel is beautiful for a nice taste porter....perfect for cooler nights. Absolutely worth a try!

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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 OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured inot a Sam Admas Boston Lager glass...

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque with a creamy brown brwon head.

S: a roasty character, filled with rich chocolate and coffee, also a hint of lemon and lactose sugar in the background

T: has a smoky coffee flavor upfront then a taste of unsweetened cocoa and brown sugar. finishes burnt and bitter, but i like it.

M: full body, thick and creamy, leaves the mouth dry

Overall, one of the better porters I have had. Only thing that put me off was the lactose I noticed. If you like well roasted porters, or milk stouts, check this one out.

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Photo of Rhettbuck
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall - not a bad beer, but there are better for the price.

Appearance - Dark, very dark. Light itself struggles to pass through this vacuums porter. That light which does make it reveals the rich reddish brown color of the beer. There was a slight bit of light carmel foam when I poured, but its quickly dissolved to just a few remnants lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - I had to check my nose to see if I could still smell, the aroma was so weak. Short of sticking my face fully in the glass, I was able to catch a whiff of carmel. The smell coming from the bottle was quite a bit stronger and carried some sweet notes.

Taste - Considering the weak smell, it didn't surprise me that the initial taste was less than news worthy. What I did notice was bitter, luckily I like bitter. Reminds me of eating dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - By far my biggest complaint was the carbonation of this beer. It seemingly overwhelms the beer. Belching after a few sips. Lingering bitter taste of the beer.

Drinkability - Considering the price, not hard to imagine working this in. Except for the fact that there are better porters for the same price.

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Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slowly foams up to a finger of dark tan brown, many larger bubbles brings it right back down to the surface, credible lacing but nothing that unique. As black as any stout, meager hint of orange at the outer rims, completely opaque. Very dry and malty nose full of cocoa and mocha powder, ground coffee, oats, dried molasses, brown sugar, floral like orange, other citrus blossoms, the hops more of a blunt punch that crisp penetrating presence. Medium-bodied, the carbonation too hyper for the overall mouth weight and feel, churns things too much, keeps it dry too, flavors don't have much chance to soak in. No denying the coffee, dark chocolate, mocha dust component, some licorice, molasses and graham cracker but not much else. Smoky to the point of closing in on ashen, cigarette or wood ash. Orange peel, quinine, mineral water tighten the weave further. Cloves and cinnamon stick. Too muscular and "in your face" pour moi but well enough crafted and can see other folks liking it.

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Photo of bishopgary
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, molasses with a bit of brown around the edge. Nice amount of tan head, with good retention. This is how a porter should pour from a bottle.
S: Big aroma. Coffee and chocolate, a lot of roast malt only a hint sweetness and a touch of hops.
T: This brew really showcases roasted malt, well rounded with a bit of burnt flavor, a bit of caramel/toffee, and bit of yeast. Really good, well balanced.
M: Nice body, coats the mouth and tingles a bit.
D: Great all around dark beer anytime you are in the mood for this style.

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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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger, light brown colored head of bubbly foam. Some decent retention and a little lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee, caramel and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate and toffee with a coffee-like, bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry finish.

D - This is another high quality brew from Ska. A tasty, sessionable porter.

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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 aewinte1
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly transparent dark brown with a nice 2 inch head
S- Smells pretty much like sweet dark chocolate.
T- Taste is kind of plain. Don't get me wrong it tastes good with nice hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate, but the taste is not as complex as I would have wanted. Slightly sweet, not terribly strong with that roasted malt flavor.
M- Mouthfeel is nice and carbonation is adequate. Body is somewhat thin.
D- Drinkability is very good. Alcohol is hidden perfectly and the beer is quite refreshing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a small off-white head, good retention, some good lace.

S: Dark cocoa, little bit of brown sugar and licorice.

T: Lots of bittersweet chocolate, some dark malt, but the chocolate dominates here. Moderately sweet, no roasted flavours.

M: Bit on the thin side. Creamy, smooth.

D: Solid porter. Good flavours, I could certainly have this again.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle while in North Carolina. Poured into my pint glass, the porter was dark brown with a short tan head and thick lacing. The aroma is full of dry, dark chocolate. The flavor is smooth at first with roasted grains and a hint of coffee bean with more cocoa taste. Soon a citrus hop taste hops pop through for a mildy bitter finish. The body is a touch thin for the style, but it's totally acceptable and makes the beer more drinkable. Overall, a tasty session porter.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Apr 2010.

Poured in a nonic pint glass. Small cola colored head, quickly dissipates. Well carbonated. Color of Coca Cola. The aroma is chocolate, cinnamon and sour cherries. Cola and cocoa flavor to start. Sour tart fruitiness through the middle and aftertaste, hint of vanilla. Light body, bubbly mouthfeel. Ethanol is mild.

Good interpretation of the style.

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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 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 angelmonster
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 -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 katan
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Ten Pin Porter! from Ska Brewing Co.
3.84 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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