Café Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by McNealc31:
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
From the first smell, the extra coffee is evident. In fact, that’s all I smell. Thankfully, there is enough going on in the flavor, including chocolate and toffee, to balance things out. The texture is quite smooth and creamy. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. I am surprised how much the other flavors come through considering how strong the coffee aroma is.
I actually like this better than the regular Silk Porter. The texture is smoother and the coffee flavor is wonderful.
03-10-2013 02:40:47 | More by McNealc31
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
A fairly thick-looking dark brown, this beer develops a tan head just about one finger tall. It doesn't drop to less than about 1/4 of a finger, remaining thick and dense. Lacing is dropped in patches well down the glass.
Pretty straightforward, the coffee comes out nicely with a roastiness to it, free of any off-putting bitterness, acidity, or acrid notes. A note of cocoa sneaks out as well.
The flavor translates as exactly as any beer I've ever tried. Coffee, roast, cocoa: check. Just a bit of hops for balance under a sturdy malt foundation. Balance is really very good.
The feel is standard for a porter. If this was huge and massively thick, I'd probably dock points. If they wanted to call this a stout, I'd dock points. As it is, it's right. There's a good thickness and robustness to a full body, none of it taken too far. Nicely crisp just up front but without being given up later, it's otherwise the smoothness that makes it.
04-21-2013 00:12:47 | More by Brenden
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
I was orinally draw to this beer by the claim of it being a coffee porter. I've had plenty of stouts brewed with coffee, but its not every day you find a porter. I've had many of Hoppin Frogs other offerings and have never been disappointed.
This one is no different. A very dark porter when poured. You then get blasted with coffee smell. The same goes for the first taste. Coffee is squarely in the forefront of this brew. The 'Cafe' taste fades and goes on to a familiar Porter malty taste.
This one definitely ranks up there. My wife (who doesn't drink too regularly) actually liked it enough she ordered her own. She loves the coffee tastes but a Stout is usually just too heavy for her. She tasted this and said it was just right for her with it being a bit lighter as a Porter.
01-12-2014 02:36:45 | More by wildcatboy
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Café Silk Porter pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s not quite opaque, but it’s close. When held to light, burgundy highlights are apparent at the edges. An off-white collection of bubbles gathers on the surface, but doesn’t rise above that. Disappears quickly too. That’s a little disappointing. The color is good though. All in all, not bad.
It’s not all that surprising that coffee is strong out of the gate. As a coffee fan, I love it. It’s a nice, strong roasted coffee smell. It’s complemented very well by a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. They seem to be present in equal proportions. Definitely close. It doesn’t smell sweet at all. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. I’m not getting any. Given its abv, that’s not too big of a shock. While it’s not overly complex or complicated, it does smell good.
The flavor is equally as impressive as the nose. If you’re a coffee fan, you’ll probably like this beer. It features a nice, strong roasted coffee flavor that really delivers. Roasted and chocolate malts. They are equally strong. The chocolate variety features a mix of bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa flavors. They blend extremely well with the coffee flavor. I like it a lot. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I’m not getting much at all. That really is about it. It’s straight forward and simple, but it is really tasty. Finishes with a mix of chocolate, roasted, and coffee flavors.
Café Silk Porter has a light-medium body. Carbonation seems very light and soft. It feels a tad thin though. A bit more body would definitely be a good thing.
I’m a fan of this beer! I love coffee and it works extremely well in this one. Hoppin’ Frog did a nice job with it. A little more body would improve it, but that’s about the only complaint I have. Good stuff.
12-22-2012 04:47:54 | More by prototypic
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that sticked around for a while. There's a small amount of lacing. It smells like black coffee and roasted malt. Doesn't sound like much, but it does smell good! It tastes like coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. This is certainly a coffee dominant brew. I think it's good overall, and I'd buy it again. $8.99 a bottle.
10-27-2012 22:32:45 | More by bluejacket74
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
Considerably darker than most standard porters I can think of. A nice khaki head swells to about a half finger before settling to form a thin cap that laces well.
Definite coffee aromas with milk chocolate and a touch of caramel. The coffee contribution takes a bittersweet direction like espresso or fresh oily beans. I like it. The coffee profile alone keeps me interested.
It's a bit more multidimensional on the palate... sort of a caramelized cane sugar thing going on... like a macchiato or something. Nice... well-executed traditional porter flavor profile with the addition of that deep, silky coffee.
Hoppin' Frog doesn't always impress but this one is hitting the spot.
05-26-2013 23:41:17 | More by yamar68
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
22 ounce bottle
Served in a mug
A - It is pretty darn dark. Even when held to the light none comes through. The finishing touch was an inch of mocha head.
S - My nose is met with the pleasant aroma of fresh roasted coffee.
T - The first taste was like a sip of iced coffee. I was surprised by the amount of coffee flavor in this. After awhile some black coffee bitterness builds up in the aftertaste.
M - As the name suggests, it is silky smooth with little carbonation.
O - I haven't had a whole lot from Hoppin' Frog, but I have liked every offering to this point. Another great beer from a brewery that I am going to have to start sampling more.
01-10-2013 21:54:10 | More by buschbeer
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a bottle into a Bell's Snifter. It pours very dark with just a bit of light sneaking through. Mahogany highlights. Nice 2 fingers of tan head with good retention and really nice lacing. Nose is a bit faint, but I do pick up some light roasted notes and a little bit of coffee, though not as much as I expected.
The beer has a somewhat full body and a pretty firm feel, though it is a bit thinner than I would like. There is a slightly sweet malty note on the tip of the tongue, followed by nice bittersweet coffee notes. I feel this beer could use a little bit more sweetness and a bit more body to support the coffee. Still, the flavor is very pleasant and strikes a nice balance between drinkability and roasty flavor - the hallmark of a good porter.
Overall, a good porter, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed. I expected a nice, creamy, semisweet, silky-smooth beer with intense flavors of coffee and chocolate. This beer lacked the complexity of the porters from Great Lakes and Founders and was a bit overpriced for the quality.
11-06-2012 10:23:29 | More by deadonhisfeet
3.31/5 rDev -16.6%
Poured into a perfect pint.
4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of tan creamy/frothy head. Retention is pretty good for a coffee beer and a good bit of lacing is left.
3.5 S: The nose is a bit mild - even the coffee is weaker than I'd expect. Still, what is there, is very pleasant. Roastiness, grainy maltiness, and hints of chocolate. Not a lot of complexity, but good enough.
3.25 T: The taste is even more mild. Same flavors - coffee, grain, roast, and chocolate - but there's less depth than in the nose.
3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not much creaminess. Though creaminess is tough to get when coffee is in play, I still expect a bit more. Goes down easy though.
3.25 D: It's not bad, but I don't see a re-buy anytime in the near future.
02-09-2013 03:21:48 | More by DavoleBomb
Café Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.