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Café Silk Porter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Café Silk PorterCafé Silk Porter

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by WesM63 on 10-20-2012

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 160
Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small 1 finger light mocha head. Head settles to a film fairly quickly. Leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of amazing dark coffee with a hint if some sweetness.

T: Spot on the nose, dark yet moderately sweet coffee.A tiny bit of roasted malts.

M: Silky smooth, medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall this is excellent. Lots of delicious silky smooth coffee. These guys never cease to amaze me.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a 4 finger, creamy mocha head, Cafe Silk pours with some dark carbonation, blackish with brown and burnt red edges.

Chocolatey coffee aromas waft off increasingly powerful waves--this is a true mocha experience. A sort of drying aroma of roasted walnut follows up as well.

Smooth roasty malts and dry roasted coffee flavors come in with just enough sweet chocolate to complement and bring that mocha element.

As with the base brew, calling this Silk is right on the mark. While it's a bit thinner than BORIS, it's more substantial than most porters, and extremely flavorful. Assisted by being one of the lower ABV brews by Frog, this is just downright chuggable.

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Photo of beesy
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Three Floyds Teku glass.

A - pours a clean looking tobacco colored brown. From a vigorous pour, a nearly 3 finger deep frothy head that's dark sand in colored. The head maintains longer than I was expectd, leaving some traces of lacing.

S - gourment coffee - more like Starbucks than Folgers. Yummy! Roasty, slightly acrid and chocolate.

T - lots of coffee roastiness paired with lots of sweet milk chocolate and a tad of sweetness. A slight bitterness linger but it seems to be more of a roasty malt and coffee bitterness than hop bitterness. A tad of fruitness, most linkely a yeast profile.

M - full bodied. Slick and creamy on the tongue. Very nice complement to the loads of flavor found in the bottle.

D - surprisingly easy to drink. I found myself drinking well over half the bottle while writing.

Overall, a damn tasty beer - I'm going to find a few more bottles tomorrow. The mouthfeel and gourmet coffee flavors and sweet chocolates make this beer so special. I'm a big a Breakfast Stout fan but would pick this up most any day over it.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a nice foamy, tan 1 inch head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Huge coffee aroma. Nuts, smokey malts. Coffee is really overpowering.

Taste - As expected, up front punch of coffee at first sip. Not as aggressive as the smell lead me to believe, the coffee is nice and smooth, lighty sweet, smokey and nutty. Caramel malts add a really nice sweet flavor. Some chocolate along with some raisins and dates come out near the finish to eliminate any bitterness from the coffee.

Mouthfeel - The tongue gets the coffee, smokey malts and nut flavor, where the palate gets the sweet flavors of the malts, along with dark fruits and chocolates. Aftertaste is a mix of coffee and caramel malts.

Overall - Really nice beer. This is really balanced, smooth and easy to enjoy, even for a non coffee drinker like me. Has a great coffee bite mix with sweet malts and chocolate. Excellent beer, a great variation to silk porter, and I will be drinking this again.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into snifter.
Look - Oily black/brown. minimal lacing. Light brown head settles to a thin ring around the glass.
Smell - Coffee, hint of chocolate.
Taste - Roasted grains and coffee. Milk chocolate sweetness.
Feel - Lightly carbonated. Silky smooth. Latte feel to it.
Overall - Totally enjoyable porter. A treat in the morning with breakfast or a dessert beer. I am so glad to have finally tried a Hoppin' Frog beer. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown body with big thick tan head
Full on fresh ground just brewed
Silky smooth coffee taste with a hint of chocolate mousse
slightly thin for the abv & full on taste
but this is mighty fine

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Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, nearly black body; thick, foamy, light brown head. Strong coffee aroma; charred grain; chocolate notes. Big coffee flavors; milk chocolate; slowly building yet lingering bitterness and touch of astringency. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy with a bittersweet finish, smooth on the palate.

Coffee-forward initial impressions that slip into a mostly rich and chocolaty tasting. Big and complex and some interesting depth make for a very enjoyable porter tasting experience.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of wildcatboy
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of yamar68
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks alelover!

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.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sposter4
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours black with minimal head. Smell of black Light roast coffee with a similar taste that lingers. Very smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Cigar City Snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown color that actually looks like coffee - ironically enough. One finger or less of head, without much lacing and residue on the glass.

S - Coffee dominates the nose. Also abound are whiffs of roasted malt and chocolate. The scent resembles the smell of toffee.

T - As the smell would suggest, the taste starts and finishes like drinking a black cup of joe. Inner-twined you get roasted malts, pine, and hops, combined with a small note of citrus and sweet. It works.

M - Lighter body than you would think from the pour. I would say medium to full, definitely not just full. It's very drinkable though. Could easily finish this bottle quicker than I thought.

O - Overall this is money. The darker and stronger you like your java the more you'll probably like this beer. I like it a lot - especially for the price. Great Value.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber $ 9.99 at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of coffee, coffee, and coffee
Head small (1.5 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring.
Lacing good – partial rings and stalactites of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of coffee; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Tastes like a light coffee – no gastric burn after drinking it. Smooth and creamy like a porter, good aroma and appearance. At 6.2 % the alcohol isn’t very high, but still cannot be smelled or tasted.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle shared by RussianDragon. Thanks man.

Black body with a small beige collar. Bittersweet chocolates, coffee, roast, light char. Smooth on the palate. Nice flavor, delivering good balance. Easy to drink. Solid.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if I have tried enough Hoppin Frogs, so I am setting out to remedy that. What a nice way to start.

It opens a quality brew, with nice head (a bubble sat on the top of the bottle for two minutes), and great lacing.

The aroma is pungent. There is coffee there, but there also is hops feel to it like a bag of reefer. This comes through in the taste too. Beyond just coffee porter is a pungent hops tang (akthough not much bitterness).

The aftertaste is a fleeting twang. Overall this brew is great, but I wish they had take it a notch higher, and I see other bombers in the store, so maybe they did.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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