Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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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
4.7/5 rDev +23%
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!
12-16-2008 23:05:31 | More by shbobdb
4.58/5 rDev +19.9%
A: Pours a dark chocolate to black color with a tan head that fades to some lacing. No light passed through the body of this beer.
S: The major nose on this is chocolate. There are other subtle tones that are typical of porters: a slight smokiness, maybe a little vanilla.
T: Just like the nose. The chocolate malt is the major tone. The vanilla adds a little sweetness. A well-balanced flavor.
M: This is one smooth beer. Medium body and not overly carbonated.
D: This is a very well built beer. Very drinkable: balance taste, smooth finish - not harsh, lightly carbonated but not flat. This is a good session beer. At 6.2 ABV and it being a full 22 oz bottle makes it a little stronger than I like. But that makes it a good beer to share with friends.
04-02-2009 02:06:36 | More by BobbyBeerman
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
4.43/5 rDev +16%
Pours very dark brown, close to black, with a red hue and a nice dark tan head. The aroma is mocha with heavy chocolate, roasty malt and smooth vanilla woodiness. Medium smooth body that is thick and oily with clean sharp carbonation. Tastes rich, very smooth, almost a nitro, with a dark malt, Chocolate, coffee, and sweet molasses or Brown Sugar. This a really good porter, Hoppin Frog is 1 of my favorites.
01-09-2012 21:42:54 | More by beergod1
4.4/5 rDev +15.2%
A: Pours pretty dark for a porter, a nice dark brown that verges on black. Also there's a fair amount of fizzy head initially that fades quickly leaving only a trace on the surface of the beer.
S: Smells mainly of sweet cocoa and alcohol.
T: Sweet cocoa at first, followed by a touch of alcohol heat, and then a nice coffee roast note which gradually fades.
M: Lives up to its name as the flavor is quite 'silky.' Also, a nice dusty feeling in the finish.
O: A great example of flexibility within the style without deviating too much from traditional guidelines. Not incredibly bold, but I could definitely drink more than one.
08-17-2011 00:49:46 | More by RedSpecial1
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
(coffee infused firkin @ The Big Tap In)
LOOK: A dark oily black looking liquid, almost no head, big bubbles, ominous.
SMELL: Strong delicious coffee scent, like a warm latte.
TASTE: Black coffee, roasted malts, really nice bitterness.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a low carbonation.
OVERALL: The coffee infused silk porter was a success. Got the best of both worlds.
04-22-2012 21:02:23 | More by Stinkypuss
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, very near black body with a plentiful, light khaki-colored head.
Smell: Richly-scented aroma of dark malts, with inviting notes of anise, espresso powder, chocolate milk, and charred toast. Also some curious, welcome hints of blackberries.
Taste: Dark malts, yielding tastes of lightly sweet chocolate and licorice twists, followed by toasted grains, caramel, and marshmallows. "Molasses?" Yes, TheLibrarianGirl, I was just getting to that. Molasses. Modestly smoked hand-picked blackberries. Faint, though fairly complimentary sourness. Very small hint of bitterness, with the hops definitely take a back seat in this one, though there is a smidgen of earthy bitterness for the roasty, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Velvety smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A certainly solid, rich, pleasant, albeit pricey porter.
09-20-2010 01:22:37 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield last week for $6.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.
A Light brown creamy head over a dark brown body that shows some dark mahogany colors in front of direct light. OK look, a bit more lacing or a longer lasting head would have improved it. 3.0
S Dark roast malt with a nice, sweet, coffee/caramel scent that I find really good. 4.5
T I am happy to report that this porter has all of the dark roast malt that you expect and that the promise of an interesting smell (with its coffee/caramel scent) was realized as there is a nice, subtle sweetness as well. The sweetness stays with me for longer than the dark roast malt but each create a great s'mores type of roasted/sweet goodness that I really like. 4.5
M Silky I think is a good description for this delicious porter. 4.0
D Very good to me due to the nice sweetness along with the expected dark roast malt. 4.5
Notes: Some may not appreciate the sweetness in this beer but find it quite enjoyable. I just read the side of the label which states that there are barley malt and caramel malt used. That makes sense...
02-24-2010 06:05:51 | More by adamette
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
07-08-2008 00:24:31 | More by Riverwarrior
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Thanks goes out to kryptic and lightindarkness for this brew.
Pours a thick black color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy dark tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/coffee. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with the dark stuff. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, highly recommended.
10-07-2008 23:35:13 | More by Wasatch
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light tan head. Looks thick due to the color.
Smells of chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt sugar.
Initial taste is sweet sugary malt, some vanilla , and coffee and chocolate flavors in the background. Tastes are not overwhelming. It is like a simplified version of a milk or cream stout.
Very smooth mouth feel but slightly sticky on the lips. Medium carbonation enough to be noticeable.
Very easy to drink because of the low alcohol percentage, relatively low bitterness, a good dessert beer. You could drink a whole 22 ounce in a sitting without feeling a buzz. It is pretty close to a cream stout.
I would buy it again.
10-16-2010 02:19:45 | More by lovetranquillity
4.28/5 rDev +12%
What a pour. Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place. Nice tight, dry finish as it fades off into the night, this was a great way to end my evening.
Overall a very solid beer. One of the best i have had as a standard porter in a long, long time. I would have no issue going after thi one any day.
05-22-2011 21:58:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.28/5 rDev +12%
Serving Type - 22oz bottle
Appearance - Black as oil, 1 inch tan head that died fast
Smell - Smoked malts, some sugars and barley, a little coffee and nut to it. No smell to strong
Taste - The beer is call silk porter for good reason. It has a lushious sweet chocolate taste mixed with smoked nut porter. I love the sugar flavors and the malts. The bitterness is very low since the sweetness covers it up
Mouthfeel - So nice and sweet, tounge is screaming, pallette is happy, and my tastebuds are rocking. Wow this is dessert in a bottle
Drinkabilty - I crushed the 22oz. With it being only around 6% and being so smooth and sweet, I could drink two 22ozers no problem. Its a dessert beer but, i could so see drinking this in the summer with a steak on the grill. Third beer in a row from hoppin frog that ive loved, the brewery is a beer or so away from becoming a top favorite of mine.
11-17-2010 07:06:03 | More by wvsabbath
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
Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.