Beer Name: Silk Porter
Brewery: Hoppin’ Frog
Beer Style: Porter
Size: 22 oz. bottle
Beer Advocate: 86
If you are a regular reader of this blog then you might have seen me write about how I will drink a heavy stout/porter regardless of the time of year; that being said, when the weather and the leaves start to turn, that need for dark beers becomes all the more insistent. So when on my last trip through lovely NE Ohio I saw a bottle from Hoppin’ Frog that I hadn’t seenin Columbus before, I had to have it.
Silk Porter is aptly named at least on appearance; it is shiny black in color, and it has no noticeable head which makes it look as though it slides up and down the glass… like silk (get it). The nose brings some coffee notes as well as a bit of dark malt sweetness and maybe a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel on the beer also reminds me of silk. It is exceptionally smooth with just enough carbonation to make it not fall flat on the tongue. Unlike the smell, the beer’s taste is mostly of sweet chocolate with light notes of coffee. The nose did foreshadow the nice amount of sweetness found when drinking this beer.
This beer is very very drinkable for a porter; it is smooth, chocolate, coffee, and (yes) silky. If I had one criticism, though it would be that it may be lacking the bitter coffee/chocolate taste that I enjoy so much in stouts and porters. That said, I think this would be a great beer for those trying to convert someone who is afraid of stouts/porters to the dark side.
Sessionability: 6-pack. There might be only one or two dark beers that I would consider more drinkable and also interesting enough to make me want to have more than a couple.
Overall: 5-pack. Not the most exciting beer that I have ever had, but it is not even an ounce bad.
Would Best Be Consumed: Crepes with strawberries and cream.