Café Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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2.6/5 rDev -34.5%
Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bomber bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $8.99 a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. No observed "best by" date.
A Medium brown creamy head that lasted one minute over a dark mahogany body that only lets light through in front of direct light. Good look. 4.0
S I have to say I LOVE the smell of this beer with the medium roast malt that I expected from a porter to the nice addition of coffee announced on the label. 4.5
T The medium roast malt is there...the coffee is there...but there is a strange bitterness sensed on the back of my tongue that is off putting. In contrast to the smoothness that is claimed on the beer's label, there is a certain lingering bite of burnt coffee bitterness that is not good. I was really geared up for a smooth, silky porter and I got a cold coffee bitterness instead. Not good. 2.0
M As mentioned, the lingering bitterness is an unwelcome part of the taste AND the feel. I am afraid that I am not impressed by the feel of this beer. I am beginning to wonder if I got a possibly "turned" bottle? Save-On is usually quite good at keeping things fully fresh or nearly fresh but with no "best by" date on the bottle it is difficult to know for sure. As far as the beer from this bottle....2.0
D/O Drinkability is not so good with that bitterness. Overall this is not a good beer for the same reason. 2.0
Notes: This beer's review started off very strong but took a downturn due to that one factor. Too bad too. I like the guys at Hoppin' Frog.
12-08-2012 06:10:52 | More by adamette
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
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
A- Pours a black color with red highlights when held up to the light. A light brown head that turns into a few little bubbles and leaves hardly any lacing.
S- Lighter than I expected but I can pick up roasted malts and some chocolate. Picking up coffee, but not a huge coffee bomb like I was expecting.
T- Lightly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Not a whole lot different than the Silk Porter.
M- Lighter side of medium in body and very smooth. Light on the carbonation.
O- Not bad by any means. I was having a hard time telling the difference between both Porters, but worth a shot for sure.
12-24-2012 22:25:03 | More by nrbw23
3.69/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
04-19-2014 01:53:49 | More by msquared36
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours black with light tan head.
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.
Overall this is good. I am always dissappointed with the thinness of porters but this was good for the style.
02-11-2014 00:00:47 | More by TrappistJohnMD
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
Draft at Stubbies in Gaineville. Pours black with small kahki head. Smells like roasted coffee, spicy earthiness and more coffee. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Lots of coffee up front, bit of malt sweetness in the middle, ending with more coffee. Good porter, slightly thin but nicely robust flavors melding together with the coffee and roast.
05-12-2013 13:51:50 | More by BMMillsy
Café Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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