Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by Spider889:
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours black with a two finger head with decent retention. The head is very bubbly and not as thick as I prefer in heavy dark beers. Minimal lacing receeds quickly.
Smells of oak, toffee and vanilla, roasted mocha coffee, and a little hint of sherry.
The taste is sweet with mild roasted malt bitterness. There is some coffee and definitely wood in the flavor profile with a little bit of hops and dark cherry in the finish.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, the heavy carbonation makes it a fairly easy drinker. All the malt and wood leaves the mouth dry while the sweet character lends itself to a smooth mouthfeel. It is a difficult sensation to describe, but silky is exactly how this beer goes down. It seems the name fits nicely.
I enjoyed this brew, and the low abv made it easy enough to finish the bomber myself. However I find myself wanting more out of the beer. In the future when I'm looking for some Hoppin' Frog I will most likely gravitate towards one of the B.O.R.I.S. variants.
Serving type: bottle
08-04-2010 05:40:23 | More by Spider889
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3.91/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Nice dark brew. A dark brown color with near opacity. The head never really formed. I have a thin cap settled on-top to appreciate.
Sultry dark cocoa notes with malt burliness and heavy roast. Has a little 'rugged' beneath the velvety decadence of the maltiness. Hints of coffee and berries. Refreshing nuances of dark fruit; refreshing, considering the volume of deep malt roast. There might be a nip of citrusy hops underneath it all, but it's hard to pick up on.
Minerally and earthy with a bit of grit, but it's just accented by a longly-kilned grain base with specialty malts adding dry bitterness and flavors of cocoa powder, oats, and blackberry. The hops almost have a rhubarb tanginess to them, but they're so far removed from the mainstay maltiness. Hints of espresso and chicory. Solid porter flavor.
The body is absolutely dreamy; silky with great body and a smooth wetness that gets patched up with some sporadic grainy mealiness. That's right, if you hold in on the tongue long enough, you can feel some texture. The levels of carbonation are low enough to enjoy the exquisite body and feel of this beer.
This is quite damn good. Not the cheapest bomber, at $8.99 a pop, but I didn't mind swinging it, after the fact. Not something I'll go to again anytime soon, but that's a barrier that the retail price put in place. The beer is certainly good enough to revisit, and again and again.
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2013 02:57:53 | More by thecheapies
Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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