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Café Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Café Silk PorterCafé Silk Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesM63 on 10-20-2012)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 11/13/12

Medium dark brown on the pour; settles up darker, though. At first it didn't seem like any foam was going to form. I switched to something of a harder pour and manager to get 1/4th inch head (not that it lasted long). Specks of lace.

Fresh ground coffee beans dominate the aroma. Roasted notes are kept in line behind the beans. Dark grains and earth undertones. If you like the smell of coffee in your beer, this is for you.

Coffee is balanced by a chocolate flavor that didn't seem represented in the aroma. Moderate, even roast throughout. Some dark berry notions. Dry with coffee bitterness that lingers on the finish.

The body is a smooth, slinky medium. One downside is too vigorous carbonation. One upside is that I'm even lazy when drinking beer, so the carbonation kinda cools off.

This is one to let warm up; I find it really hits its stride somewhere between refrigerated and room temperature. This is good, but at Hoppin' Frog's price point, I won't be giving it a second round.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 05:00:59 | More by Ryan011235
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4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Black as espresso beans with a mocha colored head that calms to a wisp with light watery lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, coffee grounds, dark chocolate.

Taste: Much like the aroma, bitter coffee and dark chocolate dominate. A nice roasted body with a tang of hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry.

Overall: A lot of great coffee flavors in this, another great beer from Hoppin' Frog.

Serving type: bottle

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4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark muddy brown with caramel and ruby highlights. Thin off-white head settles into a thick halo with great retention, but poor lace.

S - Dry bitter chocolate, chipotle, dry coffee grinds, toasted bread crumbs.

T - Dry, smooth and well integrated. Medium roast coffee, toasted rye brad, dusty char, cocoa powder, and a touch of caramel sweetness. Mineral finish.

M - Medium-light body. Great finish: dry with nice legs.

O - Smooth, fantastic, roasty coffee flavor.

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3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black, completely opaque. Thin sand colored head.

Smells like my great grandma's kitchen - cheap, strong coffee lingering over bread and a host of other unidentifiable scents. I guess that's a compliment.

Taste of roasted malt with notes of vanilla and berry. Black coffee aftertaste.

Quite smooth, though a little watery.

Coffee is present in the scent and taste but not particularly strong. More like a porter with coffee notes rather than a "coffee porter." I strongly prefer this to the regular silk porter. More intricate tastes and lives up to the silk in the name better.

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TrappistJohnMD

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Smell is toasted malts and coffee. Roasted nuts.

Taste is dark toasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Moderate bitterness late.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Light carbonation.

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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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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.

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Café Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.