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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 15
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: klewis on 12-20-2007

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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 310
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.

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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!

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of beergod1
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Silk Porter
(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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of adamette
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exquisitely balance American-style Robust Porter that never either the flavor of bittersweet cocoa or French roasted coffees. And with a velvety smooth mouthfeel that lives up to the 'silky' namesake- a malted milk flavor and feel puts a sparkle on this session. Neutral yeast character keeps any fruitiness or spices restrained and understated. Fully attenuated for dryness and clean alcohol taste puts emphasis squarely on the heavy toast (nearly roast) character that provides the underpinning for the coffee, chocolate, and semi-dry toffee flavor.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlandis
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This silk porter pours a beautiful pitch black with 2 finger creamy tan head that slowly fades into a small ring. The aroma is amazing and slightly unexpected. The first thing that comes to mind is that first deep breath in a humidor filled with the finest cigars. There is an element of musty wood, rich roasted grains and luscious sweetness. The flavor is just as exciting as the aroma. Rich smooth roasted grains hit you up front, and soon you are enjoying the sweet caramel malt. Tobacco and musty wood create a fantastic finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with subtle carbonation. This is an all around amazing beer. I wasn't expecting the cigar / tobacco elements, but they really take this beer to the next level.

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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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of budsboy
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, deep brown, nearly opaque, with a quickly subsiding tannish head.

Smell is chocolate and toffee, bittersweet with acidic notes.

Roasted malt flavors and chocolate sweetness balanced by an acidic quality. Alcohol is masked.

Medium bodied, but fairly smooth nonetheless.

Finishes a bit dry, maybe, but very drinkable. Pleasant version of the style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

22 oz. bottle:

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with a tan head that descends to a slowly vanishing patch. Trailing lace disappears.

The smell is of chocolate with coffe-like roastiness, toffee and underlying fruitiness. Robust chocolatey aroma stands out well.

The taste is of chocolate, caramel, nuts with a gentle touch of earthy, slightly fruity bitterness. Sweetness balanced well by roasty character and a touch of bitterness. Finishes somewhat abruptly, though some smoke and a touch of chocolate linger a bit.

It has a silky smooth medium body with noticeable, though not harsh, carbonation.

An easy-drining, nicely balanced while keeping malty character, porter with subtle complexities. Alcohol is well-covered. Very enjoyable!

Thanks again John!

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is more then a year old I think,or maybe it's the new one I bought. No BB date, so how would I know. Sephiroth sent one of these to me before Hoppin Frog came into town.

Pint glass. A tan & cocoa-lined cascade that eventually settles & stiffens into a rigid pop-marked hockey puck of khaki-colored goo. Matte black, brown leather-lined body.

Piercingly sharp old world porter scent of macerated raisins & figs. I didn't expect that. Chocolate malt, sticky beer residue, burnt sugar, & a medium strength roast.

Toasty dry malt upfront. A touch tangy(more old school), riding into bittersweet char & ever increasingly heavy roast. A subtle sugar coat that's pretty new & fun for me. Dry, slightly crusty finish with some light espresso that is evident in both the new & old bottles. A little too stoutly, but still pretty nice.

Powdered, low-fat milk texture. Slightly watered down, though rich enough to roll. Carbonation is very low, but pricks up near the end.

Besides one bottle being a little more heavy with it's roast, I really can't tell them apart. Good stuff. :)

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, in color with red highlights. A thick tan head that diminishes after a while.

S: The nose is very closed to me, but what I get is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe some vanilla, but no hops.

T: Smooth and creamy flavor of chocolate, caramel, malts, and coffee. A delicious blend of roasted malts and bittering hops creating a balanced flavor.

M: A silky medium body with a lot of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, a must try for a porter.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

Dark chocolate brown, close to opaque. A tan head retains fairly well.

Pretty nice aroma, chocolatey and nutty with a twang of acidic roast.

Roasty and nutty on the palate, reminiscent of roasted peanuts. Hints of licorice with a chocolate and coffee finish. The body is a tad thin, but I can't fault it too much for that, it's quite good overall.

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Photo of spointon
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured the deepest of dark black/browns with zero light penetration and almost no head. Granted it was fridge temp when poured, but it only put up about 1/8" head that disappeared inside of a minute. No lace down the glass.

S= After letting this one warm a bit, I found aromas of rich heavy malt sweetness, chocolate, and coffee.

T= Lots of sweet malty and chocolate flavor up front that slowly grows bitter as the roasted grain and coffee flavors kicked in. Some more muted flavors appear like dark ripe fruits and mildly earthy hops (briefly). Finish was still fairly sweet and certainly chocolatey.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a silky smooth. creamy mouthfeel and very low carbonation level.

D= Really a fantastically drinkable and flavorful beer here. No alcohol presence, and pleasant amounts of chocolate making this a sessionable beer. Excellent!

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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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