Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by Xul:
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours very dark brown to almost black, capped by a finger of fizzy, pale mocha head. Retention is poor as it dissipates quickly, leaving behind scattered lacing.
S: Semisweet chocolate and roasted malts up front with some slightly acrid roastiness/coffee. Caramel and light nutty character in the background.
T: Starts out with some roasted malts with a hint of char, before a burst of dark fruits hits on the mid-palate. Dark chocolate and coffee come in near the backend and stick around through the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a touch thin but it's not a huge detriment.
D: Goes down easily and the acrid/charred nature of the roast is restrained enough to not affect drinkability. Solid porter.
Serving type: bottle
09-11-2010 15:14:28 | More by Xul
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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
86 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.