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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 12-20-2007)
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Photo of Dogbrick


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from West Point Market in Akron. This brew pours black with a little bit of a ruby highlight. Medium thick and foamy light beige head that has decent retention. Latticework of lace on the glass. Sweet malty aroma with touches of nuts and coffee. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. The finish is dry with coffee and hops flavors. Overall this cousin to Old Leghumper is a good Porter and I look forward to it being bottled.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2008 20:37:04 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of klewis


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from the brewery.

A: Pours nearly black with a modest, frothy head. Moderate lacing left behind.

S: A subtle, burnt chocolate aroma.

T: Much like the smell. A dark roasted malt flavor predominates with a touch of chocolate that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The taste is a bit subdued and light for a robust porter.

M: Very nice, smooth texture with moderate carbonation. Light-medium body.

D: A good porter, but it fell slightly below my expectations after so many other outstanding beers. For me, a little more oomph and this would be stellar. Still, it's worth buying again.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2007 13:18:23 | More by klewis
Photo of msquared36


3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate with a reddish tint around the edges. Soft pour yields a fat sand color head.

Aroma of berries, malt and a hint of smoke. Not particularly strong scent.

Dry chocolate up front with a slight fruity sweetness toward the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown. On the watery side. Expected more out of a beer with "silk" in the name.

Overall not bad but had higher hopes. Could have been more robust all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:57:13 | More by msquared36
Photo of tmzl


3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours with average, semi-thick (bottom has small bubbles, they get bigger towards the top), creamy, mocha head. It has good retention, mostly diminishing; patchy, thin, thick layer leaves some fine lacing. Dark with light brown (maybe some amber) hue, can't see through but the pour was with lighter body.

Smell: Freshness from plums and black berries and smooth roast with mostly milk chocolate and caramel. Some oats and grain with light espresso underline too. Maybe a bit of lemon hops also in the mix.

Taste: Fresh start with dark berries and plum dumplings - light sourness. Continues into medium light sweetness with smooth darker malt character, roast, milk chocolate, caramel. Light mineral notes present. The end is also smooth, light bitterness, mostly roast with milk chocolate. Some light sourness comes in the after too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, but creamy, smooth with right amount of carbonation - enhances the silky feeling.

Overall: Suiting name, nothing stands out, everything relatively smooth, light and well balanced, yet has many thing to show.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 10:52:47 | More by tmzl
Photo of thecheapies


3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brew. A dark brown color with near opacity. The head never really formed. I have a thin cap settled on-top to appreciate.

Sultry dark cocoa notes with malt burliness and heavy roast. Has a little 'rugged' beneath the velvety decadence of the maltiness. Hints of coffee and berries. Refreshing nuances of dark fruit; refreshing, considering the volume of deep malt roast. There might be a nip of citrusy hops underneath it all, but it's hard to pick up on.

Minerally and earthy with a bit of grit, but it's just accented by a longly-kilned grain base with specialty malts adding dry bitterness and flavors of cocoa powder, oats, and blackberry. The hops almost have a rhubarb tanginess to them, but they're so far removed from the mainstay maltiness. Hints of espresso and chicory. Solid porter flavor.

The body is absolutely dreamy; silky with great body and a smooth wetness that gets patched up with some sporadic grainy mealiness. That's right, if you hold in on the tongue long enough, you can feel some texture. The levels of carbonation are low enough to enjoy the exquisite body and feel of this beer.

This is quite damn good. Not the cheapest bomber, at $8.99 a pop, but I didn't mind swinging it, after the fact. Not something I'll go to again anytime soon, but that's a barrier that the retail price put in place. The beer is certainly good enough to revisit, and again and again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:57:53 | More by thecheapies
Photo of schwemjw


3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark black with no head. a light tan coats the edges of the glass.

S: ROAST! light semi sweet dark chocolate with coffee beans and brown sugar. A little touch of burnt toast.

T: Sweet milk chocolate with a very earthy hop. Vanilla, roast and big bold coffee. Sweet toffee finishes this bad boy off. A little touch of bitterness.

M: Surprisingly light, very smooth.

O: This is a very tastey beer. Nothing outstanding, just solid all around / 88

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 05:55:47 | More by schwemjw
Photo of wattoclone


4.95/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 18:25:59 | More by wattoclone
Photo of BMMillsy


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head. Smells of dark fruit, roasted malt, hint of chocolate. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate, with medium and very smooth mouthfeel. It seems as though there is lactose present in this. Right amount of medium carbonation. Bit of a lasting hop presence. Nice beer. This doesn't have the same character and bite as the Cafe version, but is decent all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:27:54 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of superspak


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy extremely dark reddish brown color with a small khaki foamy cap with poor retention that reduces to a a ring of lace. Nearly zero lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, cocoa, toffee, raisin, molasses, banana, and earthiness. Ok aromas with decent balance and weak strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, molasses, toast, raisin, light fruits, earthiness, and herbal. Slight herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, toast, bread, raisin, light fruits, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Pretty good flavor balance, but not nearly as robust as I was hoping for; zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent porter. The flavors were not nearly as robust as I was hoping; and it felt a little off balance. Very smooth to drink though. This may have been an old bottle, which could be the culprit; but this was still quite enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 06:01:28 | More by superspak
Photo of Tucquan


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-11-14 in Danville, KY

A - Opaque dark brown/black with a 1-finger dark tan head with an aggressive pour. Head fades quickly and leaves mild lacing.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, medium roasted oasted grain, brown bread, alcohol and some black licorice.

T - Dark/charred grain, chalky, astringent, dark chocolate, mild sweetness, touch of coffee and dark fruit. Charred/roasted and hop bitter finish lingers.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Not as thick as I like but good enough.

O - Lots of flavor and pretty well-balanced. A good but not great porter. I like the Boris stout more than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 23:38:20 | More by Tucquan
Photo of prototypic


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 03:11:01 | More by prototypic
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth but a little syrupy, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid porter to drink for a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 04:18:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of cvm4


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty brown as black. Nice dark tan 1 finger head. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Huge roasted malt presence and sweet chocolate.

T - Sweet, licorice, roasted malt throughout. Faint chocolate notes abound.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Doesn't really coat the mouth.

O - Not a bad mid-road porter. I'd probably choose others over this though.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 19:21:20 | More by cvm4
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:59:49 | More by Billolick
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up locally a WHILE ago (so take that in mind with this review...). brew enjoyed out of a Hhill Farmstead tulipy wine glass.

a - brew poured a watery black with little to no head, what was there was gone almost instantly and no lacing was left.

s - straight up hershey chocolate syrup. some roasted malts, but sweet chocolate syrup leads the way.

t - very sweet like the nose suggests. some char and roastiness in the background. as i got into the brew, the chocolate syrup subsided and the classic porter char came out. pretty decent.

m - some porter char, but a bit thicker than expected. really sweet. the sweetness fell into the background by the 2nd pour and the feel had more char.

o - overall, not a classic porter. very syrup and very sweet. decent. i'd like to try it fresher since i don't pick up any of the coffee that other reviewers speak of. not bad, but not great. reminiscent of BORIS flavoring, but in a porter...those flavors seem to work better with a big stout and not with a porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 02:12:44 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-22-2012 21:02:23 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of smakawhat


3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:28:00 | More by smakawhat
Photo of warnerry


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 15:06:36 | More by warnerry
Photo of beergod1


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 21:42:54 | More by beergod1
Photo of bobhits


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle the body is a light brown, but once in the glass you'll be hard pressed to find much light breaking through. A decent head and a hint of lacing finish things.

Roasted malt and vanilla notes are really all I can pick up here. Yes that means that coffee and chocolate are in there, but really anymore these aromas without some more overt notes just smell like roasted malt to me.

Dark roast meets hops, vanilla, and lactose. I have no idea what a "porter" is vs a "stout" but this tastes like a great porter. Hops are noticed but not over powering. The lactose seems to subdue the roasted characters and give off a smooth and creamy finish. The roasted flavors give off coffee and chocolate notes.

There's no doubt this is a thinner bodied beer with amazing carbonation to give it a bit of a creamy or silk mouth feel. If that sounds good, enjoy and if not well there's other beers for you.

This is a really good American Porter. It seems to hit the notes that I expect from a Porter without fail, but I gotta question the price tag. 8 bucks for a 6.2% Porter that isn't just simply outstanding seems harsh to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:28:14 | More by bobhits
Photo of WoodBrew


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 00:55:28 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of BEERchitect


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 17:29:28 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of peabody


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out really dark with just a few brown bubbles. Lacing on the glass.
Smell is not as charred as I would have liked. Some alcohol in the nose despite the low 6.2%.
Taste is just a tad weak but it does have some char and character. The alcohol is barely noticable.
Mouthfeel is sticky but not enough retention of the flavor to keep you enthused.
Overall, this is pretty nice for a Porter, just a bit weak.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 22:11:22 | More by peabody
Photo of IdrinkGas


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Pitch black with a finger of head. No lacing.

Picking up some dark fruit in the nose. Along with roastiness and cocoa powder.

Up front its a dark fruity sweetness followed by lightly roasty flavors. Caramel and a dry cocoa in the end.

Lower carbonation and a silky smooth mouthfeel as expected.

Easy drinking but nothing exciting about this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:12:25 | More by IdrinkGas
Photo of micromaniac129


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown thats quite nearly opaquee with the exception of blood orange high lights. Doesn't pour with much of a head. A collar at best.
Aromas of deep roasted almost burnt malts dominate. Some bittersweet chocolate can be scented also.
lots of good flavor with of course deep deep roasted malts rich chocolates and ash.
A bit thin on the palette with a grittiness in the body.
The flavors seem to explode in the mouth filling every corner like foam. A rather plain porter that didn't live up to the label descripition.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 14:01:56 | More by micromaniac129
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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.