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Café Silk Porter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Café Silk PorterCafé Silk Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WesM63 on 10-20-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
162
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
19.55%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
15
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 162
Photo of timmy2b
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a small tumbler/wine style glass. Very dark color, almost black with a creamy off white head which was small and did not linger too long on top. Coffee scent is heavy in the nose along with a slight nutty scent. Coffee beans is the main flavor with a light roasted malt aftertaste. The Coffee flavor dissipates as the beer warms and a slightly creamy and bitter chocolate flavor take over. Very drinkable beer that I personally preferred as it was cold more than as it warmed towards room temperature.

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

Bottled
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 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 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 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 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 chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate coffee flavor is good but not great.
Long lasting aftertaste. Medium-light body seems a touch too thin.
Dark roasted grains struggle to peak through the coffee.

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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 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 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 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 msquared36
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 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 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 BMMillsy
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 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 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 DavoleBomb
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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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 nrbw23
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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