mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ww, garsh. I just canít resist a wax-covered bottle head and I also love skeletons and so even though I wasnít really bowled over (a hur hur) by the regular Ten Pin Porter and other beers I had from Ska, I decided to fork over a decent chunk of change for a bomber of this here brew.
Pours a very dark ruby with a small white head. Rather pedestrian pour, but itís saved by good lacing.
Smells of deep coffee and light roasted malts. Not very strong at all, not very complex at all. Nice, but weak.
Tastes great. Very complex roasted malt starts off with coffee and hazelnut, like a fine cafť latte, getting chocolately sweet near the middle and ending with a light, bittersweet hop. Good, but not as intense I as I had expected.
I would have merely thought this a good, borderline very good, regular porter were the word "imperial" not so present on the bottle. As is, itís a good beer, but it loses points for not being potent enough to rank as a good example of either an imeperial or Batlic porter. Still, well worth a try.
ElGaucho (2339) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong, chalky, rich aroma with some lactose. Nice. Completely opaque body. Good sized yellowish tan head. Slight dark brown hues at the bottom of the glass. Some lace. Initially strong alcohol profile that tastes stronger than 8%, but then the palate gets used to it and the alcoholís not as strong. A little too dry. Light to moderate hop profile at the back of the tongue. A very good brew. The appearance (lace, head) isnít there, but otherwise, very solid.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a small, frothy, tan head. Aroma of roasty, burnt chocoffee, licorice, and subtle alcohol. Same flavor only the alcohol is no longer subtle. Full, smooth body. Solid porter.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Map Room, Chicago: pitch black color with a small tan head on top. Light roasted malt nose with a bit chocolate. Some sour milk in the taste at first followed by a burnt malt taste - papery finish. Kind of dry and cardboardy.
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted nose, black color, frothy beige head. Chocolate notes, coffee end. Napkin, papery touch in the finish too. Thinish with a creamy feel. Decent.
frankenkitty (1986) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
When I cut the wax and pop the cap, I notice some rust on the inside of the cap! Isnít wax supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening? Sure enough, I detect oxidation in the aroma. What happened here? (And a better question... why did I sit on this bottle for six months before opening it? Seems like I hatched a lemon.) Pours near-black with garnet highlights, but it takes a long time for my glass to fill due to the enormous tan head that towers over the rim and settles slow in a rocky mass. Dank, dusty, roasted malts with prune and a helping of piney hops in the aroma, harsh alcohol when warm. Flavor finds chocolate and roasted bitterness, but alcohol is hot and adds to a metallic taste. The mouthfeel, however, is smooth and creamy. I donít know... I hate to say it, but the best thing about this beer may be itís name and label (although Skaís original <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/ska-ten-pin-port Pin was none-too-impressive, either.)
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kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draught sample at Clark Street Ale House, Chicago) Deeb black-brown with very little brown head.. Malt aroma. Flavors of roast malt and dark fruits. A bit thin in body.
SpringsLicker (3318) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Whaleman for this one!
This pours dark brown and lifts up a light-brown head that disappates quickly.
Nutty malt aroma with chocolate and some caramel.
Smooth sweet start and the roast malts add to some bitterness at the finish. A bit thin bodied for a Baltic Porter to me.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, creamy tan head. Nose held nice notes of cocoa, berry, chocolate and cream, with lighter tones of espresso and nut. Flavor had a cherry coffee tang up front, milk chocolate notes in the middle, and ended with a decent hop bitterness to round it out. Medium bodied, but a tad thin in the mouthfeel, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. If you run across it, then certainly worth a try...
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Bottle... Black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The nutty, earthy nose is of chocolate creme with a hint of black cherry. Perfectly balanced flavor. Roasted maltiness with medium hop bitterness. A touch chocolaty. Thin for the style. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes chocolaty and dry.