Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by DavidEddie:
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Pours black with some tan lacing. Faint aromas of chocolate, malt, and dark fruits. Very smooth flavors of dark chocolate, burnt carmel, dark fruits (mainly cherries), and mild coffee. Mouth feel is creamy and chewy. Good amount of carbonation. Drinkability was really good. It's great to have this brewery make it to Chicagoland. Recommended!
06-02-2008 03:13:46 | More by DavidEddie
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4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
Only the third beer I have had from this brewery,the other two I had mixed feelings about.Poured a deep dark cola color with a thin creamy toasted almond top,heavy roast in the nose along with some wood and earth,a tinge of bitter chocolate comes thru as well but is somewhat faint.Roasted as all get out on the palate (wich I like),with some espresso roast coffee notes,finishing very dry and earthy with some wood tones.Man if the mouthfeel was just a little bigger to hold up to those big flavors this would be seriously top notch in my book,as is a very good "robust" porter.
09-15-2009 20:44:54 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev +6%
A - Pours deep brown/black with two fingers of head. Head is looks creamy and is quite persistent.
S - Slightly sweet roasted malts with hints of coffee.
T - Primarily roasted malts up front. Coffee and a bit of dark chocolate follow, with the coffee lingering on and on. Nice.
M - Silk porter is a very apt name. Very creamy /slick mouthfeel a perfect amount of carbonation.
O - Very enjoyable porter. Would put this up among my favorites.
02-18-2012 15:06:36 | More by warnerry
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
Bomber w/o freshness info
Pours near black and lifts a HUGE head, that raised infection concerns. The head slowly receeded and left loads of dark tan thick sheeting. Mouthfeel wise things seem to be in order, so seems this one is in decent shape, just pours out a huge head...notes of chocolate, dark malts and waves of sweet malts, add up to a flavorful porter, smooth on the palate, but generally on the sweet side. A wee bit thin for my liking. Could use some more hops, more dense flavors and more body to add to the intrigue, balance and interest here.
06-01-2012 02:59:49 | More by Billolick
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation
Smell: chocolate and roasted malt
Taste: roasted malt and chocolate
Mouthfeel: super smooth, semi-sweet, light bodied, moderate carbonation
Drinkability: The mouthfeel is excellent as this is super smooth and could drink a couple for that. Flavor wise, I have had better. Would not look for this, but once started, several could go down due to the smoothness.
05-12-2010 14:19:00 | More by tigg924
4.95/5 rDev +29.6%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle I found at Capone's in Norristown. Unfiltered with clumps of brown solids in bottom after pour. Near black color with substantial brown head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is mellow chocolate, rummy dark fruit and vanilla. Initial taste is dark fruit rum which is quickly overshadowed by sweet chocolate with coffee, caramel , vanilla and molasses notes. The hops are not apparent but rather bringing balance to the force of the malt in perfect balance. There is a long chocolate aftertaste that persists for a long time, seemingly forever. This is a delicious porter that does not assault the taste buds and is truly silky as the name implies.
05-15-2013 18:25:59 | More by wattoclone
4.47/5 rDev +17%
Appears a dark nearly black body with ruby highlights when held toward the light, deep tan head forms thick with a nice creamy texture soft carbonation forms with minimal even thin lacing with each sip. This was my favorite beer when infused with Espresso beans at last years Steel City Big Pour in the Burgh.
Aroma dark roasts bring out mild cocoa and dark roasted coffee accents but a nice creamy filled airiness is detected within each sniff. Mild metallic astringency with herbal hops finishing delicately. Almost a toasted marshmallow comes out as it warms very nice burnt caramel malts in the thick of it.
Flavors are nice creamy dark roasted malt profile brings out layers of light coffee and milk chocolate in this one, with a running back bone of caramel malt to lighten up the roasts a bit. A very nice interpretation of a classic style slightly smokey malts to liven things up, finishes with a mild herbal hop flavor classic brew straight out of Ohio these guys are the dark beer specialists of the North.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly chewy with girth yet it still manages to slide across the palate as smooth as silk, no astringency finishes creamy sweet almost milky. Really good carbonation flow without overdoing anything a truly balanced feel to it.
Drinkability is dangerous I wish I get a whole sixer of this decent pricing for the Hoppin Frog line of beers this one should be their flagship nix their standard Hoppin' to Heaven IPA and say hello to the Silk Porter.
12-12-2009 00:25:25 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Sam's in Chicago, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.
A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, opaque. 1 finger tan head forms and then falls withing a minute or so to a nice skim. Lacing started good when the head was up but only produces some random wisps once fallen.
S: Chocolate is on the heavier side but not massive. The typical porter scents; chocolate, light coffee, cola, light molasses, a pleasant dry/chalky scent.
T/M: Nice fruity sweetness. Malts are very sweet dominant but not robust, thick, heavy, cloying etc... and that's what makes Baltic Porters(and even porters in general) so great. There's a touch of bitterness but not really from hops or from a strong coffee character. Lots of dark juicy fruits but not what you'd expect from a RIS or dark Belgian. Body is nearly full but not heavy and carbonation is controlled.
D: 6.2% for a Baltic Porter is pretty damn low. Alcohol isn't present but I don't normally notice them in BP's anyway. Very drinkable, as porters should be. Hoppin' Frog is a damn fine brewery.
05-01-2008 03:23:01 | More by pwoods
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
Courtesy of Sliffy et al in a visit to Columbus. Pour dark like a porter,not much of a head, a little dot lacing, smells roasty without being over the top. Very smooth drinking porter. Drying aftertaste. Carbonation tingles, its above average, but we are OK with it. Coffee, chocolate malt, anise, a bit of cinammon.
09-14-2008 22:11:25 | More by Sammy
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
Tyring the Silk Porter from Hoppin Frog and I am a little dissappointed only in the fact of appearance due to lack of head and no lacing. The color was a silky smooth dark opaque. The smell is roasty but mostly sweet malt and peat. The taste is very smooth and silky with very sweet malts hints of roast, peat, caramel/chocolate. Mouthfeel is ok....smooth medium body with weak, if any, carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.
12-04-2011 00:55:28 | More by WoodBrew
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
A- Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head.
S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, a hint of caramel and sweetened chocolate.
T- The taste like the aroma is roasted malts up front with a good amount of sweetness, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The taste is a little on the sweet side at times and I feel it could use just a little more hops to balance out the sweetness. Not bad though.
M- The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected but weighs in at around medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- Overall, Hoppin' Frog Silk Porter is a pretty decent Porter that is definitely worth a try.
04-12-2010 04:40:33 | More by cjgator3
4.25/5 rDev +11.3%
Extremely dark. Looks like dark black coffee in the glass. The head is initially about a finger thick and off tan in color, but dissipates quickly and soon the beer really appears like coffee.
The smell of coffee is unmistakable. Bits of sweet caramel come through as well. Lots of roastiness in this beer.
The coffee is prevalent in the taste as well, but there's a lot of sweetness from the caramel. It's not oversweet, just sweet enough to let you know it's not a stout.
In the mouth, it's immediately smooth and creamy. There's a lot of sweetness, but not too much, and it balances well with the roasty, smokiness, and slight bitterness of the coffee.
This is a good beer. It's almost exactly what I'm looking for in a porter. Would like some more ABV heat, but this is well done.
07-16-2011 02:12:11 | More by RickS95
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
ilk Porter pours just like a porter should; inky black and just a trace of head. Full nose lets you know you need to get ready for an assault of flavor. Lots of roasted and toasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate. Even a bit past roasted into charred. A dry, chalky, woody finish. Is that chicory?
The name, I think, is a bit misleading. It's not as creamy and silky as other porters. In fact, it's more harsh than most. Mind you, that's not a bad thing. Very solid beer, here
08-31-2011 01:33:58 | More by McNealc31
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Silk Porter pours a dark chocolate fudge color. Looks nice. It’s not quite opaque. With a little light behind it, there are a few burgundy highlights that show at the outer edges. A light tan head caps it off. It rises to about a finger and a half in height before falling back to a surface covering. Lacing was moderate and sticky. Looks good.
The nose is impressive. It has a really nice chocolate malt base. It doesn’t smell sweet at all. Smells like cocoa and dark chocolate. Roasted coffee follows and is a perfect complement to the chocolate. Smells delicious. A really nice citric hoppy scent emerges late. I wasn’t expecting that. Smells mostly like grapefruit. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. It’s not very big, so that’s not surprising. I like it. Smells really nice.
The flavor is easily as good. The malt base brings a strong chocolate flavor to the mix. It’s a blend of bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa. It doesn’t have any real sweet quality. Roasted coffee certainly packs a punch and is the x-factor here. It works extremely well with the chocolate flavors. Hops are surprisingly strong. They do have a citric flavor and add just a slight bitter factor. Nevertheless, they are secondary to the chocolate and coffee flavors. Alcohol is buried. All in all, very tasty stuff.
Silk Porter has body that falls on the lighter side of medium. It feels a bit thin. More body would definitely improve it. Having said that, carbonation is very light and soft. It’s definitely easy drinking. This bomber is disappearing quickly and I wouldn’t mind having another.
Hoppin’ Frog Brewery brews some really nice beer. Their roster is full of it. Silk Porter is another nice example. While it might not be complicated or overly complex, it is tasty beer that delivers. If you haven’t had a bottle by now, pick one up. You’ll be glad you did.
10-28-2012 03:11:01 | More by prototypic
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours nearly black with a nice tan head. Light penetrates only the edges.
Aroma is of deeply roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Maybe a little bit of molasses, too.
It tastes just like it smells: delicious! Dark malt, molasses and a little coffee. Hop bitterness is decent and welcome. Tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, coming in just above full-bodied. Carbonation is right where it should be. Not minimal, but also not out of control.
Drinkability is pretty high. Polishing off a 22 is not an issue. Hoppin' Frog is proving itself to be a really worthwhile brewery. Hopefully someday they'll start bottling six packs.
06-11-2010 04:50:33 | More by BigJim5021
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
Another Midwestern gem from joe1510, cheers Joe!
Pours mahogany/black with 2 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing
S: Coffee & dark chocolate & dark fruit once warmed up
T: Coffee, dark chocolate, & a hint of licorice up front. Roasted malt dominates as this warms along with dryness & cocoa powder, plus a touch of leafy hops. Finishes dry, slightly grainy, with chocolate & roasty malt
MF: Smooth as well,,,silk, nice medium body
Drinks pretty easy, not the most complex Baltic porter I've had, but worthy of adulation, none the less
11-09-2008 03:32:42 | More by russpowell
Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.