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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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86
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298 Ratings
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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: klewis on 12-20-2007

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Ratings: 298 | Reviews: 155
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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wattoclone
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

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.

Photo of RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of McNealc31
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black with some ruby hightlights around the bottom and a finger of mocha colored head. That shrinks down into a thin, creamy retention that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is roasty, fairly sweet with chocolate and caramel, and posesses a good bit of coffee character too.

The taste is once again very sweet up front with toffee, caramel, and cocoa notes. I'm also getting a bit of fruit tartness as well. Coffee runs through the middle and adds some much needed bitterness to even things out. The mouthfeel is indeed like it's name, creamy and silky smooth.

This wasn't a bad Porter from Hoppin' Frog. I would have liked to have tasted a little more of that roast that was in the aroma but this was still a fairly tasty and easy drinking affair.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Malty chocolate and dark fruits.

T = Lightly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and slight hint of bitterness rounds out the flavor. The bitterness is very minimal and is perfectly used for balance. The highlight of this beer is the semi-sweet, cafe-mocha finish...which is great!

MF = Incredibly smooth. Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall, this is one fantastic beer regardless of style and is one of the smoothest I've tasted.
I highly recommend this one.

Photo of andrewm190
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good porter. My first from Hoppin Frog and certainly a fine enough attempt to warrant several more. Most notably, there is a strong coffee aroma, as well as a notably smokey aftertaste. One of the smoother porters as well. Pours with a healthy head and pitch black. Fairly thick, but about average for a porter, certainly not overbearing. A fine balance of taste and the alcohol is understated.

Worth your time.

Photo of shbobdb
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Man, now this is what I am talking about!

This beer is like chocolate milk. Just great. The drinkability is wonderful, there is a nice hint of maple syrup. A light roastiness from the grains. It all just comes together so well. I want to write more, but the genius of this beer is that it is so simple. When you've done everything right, there isn't much to say, you know? Delicious malt, lots of chocolate, a nice sweetness, but not too much on any of those account. Just a great drinking beer. After every sip I want another, but it is complex enough to savor. I could drink the bomber over the course of an entire afternoon or I could drink it in five minutes. That is high praise indeed!

Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. A good dark brown pour, not much of a cream colored head. I probably could have gotten more with a more vigorous pour. A peaty chocolate aroma. Medium body, good amount of lively carbonation. Earthy malt, grass and quite a bit of chocolate flavors. Could use some more balance with some hops and or roast coffee flavors. Just a little bit of sourness/bitterness that I'm not quite sure of. Finishes like a glass of chocolate milk, but a glass made with some milk that is almost bad. This is not improving as it warms a whole lot. A good porter and very drinkable, I've just had some better recently, namely the Founders Porter. Wow I didn't even notice, would never have classified this as a Baltic.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown, almost black with a very small tan head and a bit of scattered lacing. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate. Aroma is pretty weak, but still nice. Taste is similar to the aroma (but stronger), the roasted/burnt malt and coffee flavors stand out and there's also some nuttiness too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has average carbonation and it's very smooth. Drinkability is good but not great. Overall I think it's a decent beer, but it's not one of Hoppin' Frog's best. With that being said, I'd buy it again and it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of theghost3
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a 1-finger beige head. Some lacing.

The smell is chocolate, wood and toasty malts. The flavors consist of dark chocolate with burnt toast malts, bitter wood, and a hint of molasses. The mouthfeel is crisp at first, but becomes more smooth over time; medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer. It's crisp, which I like in a porter. It would go well with a chocolate dessert or grilled meat.

Photo of TexIndy
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info. It was black in color. Slight carb in center and some lacing. It had a large tan head that slowly settled into a film and collar.

The aroma was dark fruit, weak coffee and roasted malt. Wasn't getting the chocolate that others mentioned. Not a big fan of dark fruit aromas. Also missed the chocolate and stronger coffee aromas that I usually find in this style. As is, it didn't really excite me that much. The taste followed the aroma. Tasted more like a baltic porter to me than an American porter - which goes counter to a lot of reviews and the recent switch here from baltic to American in style.

Overall, a disappointment for me. I've had 2 other Hoppin' Frogs that were excellent and AmPorter is one of my favorite styles so expected a lot and got a little. Mild recommendation if you like Baltic porters. For me, one and done.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very dark walnut black to brown edged body, gives a simple 1 and a half finger tan head. Head falls slowly and leaves a fairly good sized puck and collar.

Nose has a faint banana, classic malt roast character, something spicy getting into burnt clove territory and other brown spices. Hints of dry spice, and a mix of classic porter roast.

Mouthfeel feels a little tight and carbonated. Silky and smooth this is not. However, flavor file seems to hint perfectly with what's on the nose. I don't have too many porters that seem to give off a faint banana like yeast estery quality, this one seems to. It doesn't dominate, there is classic roast char, and that dryness matches well. Some tongue numbing here, but also bringing out those roast characters nicely.

Overall fairly solid, the title for this beer though I think is not truly authentic. It is without question a better than average porter. Not going to be a personal favorite, but could have one with no complaints.

Photo of jmalex
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer I didn't know existed until I saw one on the shelf at Julio's Liquors. I figured I'd grab one and bring it home.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass a deep brown to black with a one-finger light beige head. It drops to a thick collar with splotchy foam patches across the surface.

SMELL: Heavy doses of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and black malts - all in equal proportion. Alcohol is extremely faint but still there, and hop aroma might be even fainter. The perfect mix of malt aromas is the star here though, and really comes on in full force.

TASTE: The robustness of the aroma doesn't seem to translate to the flavor at all. It seems a little empty with just some slight caramel and bready roasted malt showing up. Some hints of dark fruits are there as well. The finish is just as empty, not giving near as as much of the dark, rich flavors as it could.

MOUTHFEEL: Disappointingly thin... at least for the style. A medium body joins with an average carbonation to yield an underwhelming mouthfeel.

DRINKABILITY: Not horrible, but it loses points for overall impression. Otherwise, it drinks like a 6% beer should.

This beer really seems to restrain itself, especially after such a promising, robust aroma. I tend to be skeptical of the trend for more, More, MORE, but it seems like this beer could actually use it. The chocolatiness, the roastiness, and the body just isn't there. It leaves me really wanting more.

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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.