Café Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.06/5 rDev +2.3%
First had: bottle from the brewery fridge
Poured into a HF goblet, a dark brown-black color with a luscious tan head that receded to a thin layer, and rejuvenated when swirled; nice lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee. Simple and obvious, but very nice. Taste of rich coffee, not too much, not too little, roasty, accompanying the dark malts, a bit of creamy sweetness to balance things out. Great mouthfeel for a porter, on the fuller side of medium-bodied--for a porter--smooth, and delicious. A very good brew overall. Should've gotten more.
03-28-2013 02:03:39 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +0.8%
22 ounce bottle into signature pine glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours fairly clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge roasted coffee beans, espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and light earthy hops. Damn nice aromas with big coffee presence and good balance; exactly what I hoped for with this bottle. Taste of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, and light earthy hops. Fair amount of earthy roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toast, and earthy hops on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness of roasted flavors with the coffee; with zero cloying flavors noticed after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice coffee infused porter. Very nice coffee flavor and balance with roasted flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.
12-17-2012 04:15:37 | More by superspak
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
4.29/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
05-30-2014 00:41:20 | More by vfgccp
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
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
1603rd Review on BA
Bottle to Hoppin Frog Snifter
Thanks to JM03 for this bottle
App- A nice dark brown pour. Pretty dense throughout the glass and only has a about 1/4" head even with a healthy pour and a couple swirls to awaken the beer. When the head was there it was a bit tan and left maybe a couple dots of cling. It was nice but wanted to see more.
Smell- I liked this beer on the aromatic side. Had a good amount of roast behind it like a small black cup of coffee and the freshness of actual coffee beans. Matched against a bit of a roasted malt with a bit of dark chocolate. A bit light all around but nice.
Taste- Its a nice porter. I will say that the base porter does seem to get lost a bit with the addition of the coffee and what I will say is a bit too much roasted malt but is actually smoothed out a bit by the chocolate.
Mouth- The body and feel on this was very good. It was nice to see a fairly less grainy medium body and balanced out by the coffee. The carbonation was a bit of a low-medium and even a couple swirls were needed to aerate this one. A healthy bit of coffee and chocolate are the residual flavors.
Drink- It was a very tasty beer. I appreciate Hoppin Frog and am glad John sent this one down. Very balanced and not overdone with the coffee as I ran into with Epics BBB.
11-05-2012 16:00:01 | More by FosterJM
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
3.93/5 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
Café Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.