Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 303
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate and roasted malts; the roasted flavors particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. (576 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown."

--Chinese proverb

Chocolate fudge brown that is just barely opaque when backlit with sunshine. Bright light also reveals generous orange and bronze highlights at the edges of the glass. Thankfully, there's no letdown when it comes to the crown. A thick slice of golden beige colored foam deposits lovely looking lace as it lingeringly deflates.

Silk Porter smells like an American porter due to the fruity hoppiness emanating from the glass. Besides, the ABV is little low for a Baltic (note: the style has since been changed). Chocolate and coffee, in roughly equal measure, make up the lion's share of the aroma. This should be a good one...

... and it is. Although I'd like a little more body, this is how a porter should taste. There isn't as much hop flavor as expected and there's significantly more chocolate. Might Mr. Karm have added a few shovelfuls of cocoa nibs to the kettles?

The flavor profile is akin to a chocolate brownie (with a few small chunks of grapefruit peel and coffee bean) drizzled with melted caramel. If it wasn't for the lack of a lactic tang, milk stout might be a possibility.

Any beer with an ABV higher than 6.0% should be more full than this. And any beer with Silk in the name should be more silky. Thanks to understated bubbles, SP is acceptably smooth, but it definitely doesn't qualify as silky smooth.

Silk Porter is more evidence that Hoppin' Frog is Ohio's second best brewery. Not that there's much competition in a state that should be, but isn't, packed with outstanding breweries. If you're looking for an easy drinking American porter with an accent on chocolate, this is your beer. (1,701 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (840 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque jet black color with ruby highlights. It had a two-finger, light brown head of fluffy foam that left some lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and some sweet chocolate. Some mild floral aromas, too.

T - It tasted of sweet cocoa and caramel. Some roasty malt presence. Very, very mild bitter hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - Not a robust porter. It's a very sweet porter that tastes like a milk stout. Worth a try. (495 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (563 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (1,497 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown glass bottle served into a Beck's flute in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of fair cream, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, nuts, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy chocolate, decent nuts, light cream, and light caramel. Complex enough, but badly built and balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet; fairly complementary of the flavour but not the style.

Dr: Fairly high ABV, drinkable enough, and decently priced. (503 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee, as well roasted malts and nuts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent porter with some nice roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Would try again. (392 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke, light nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light hop notes; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good robust porter. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,447 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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! (801 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown almost black color that shows some ruby highlights when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark chocolate up front but then quickly becomes quite roasted with espresso notes, burnt grain husks, lots of toasted whole grain and even a touch of musty malt character. The aroma is definitely on the charred and burnt side of the spectrum, though it is not so much as to leave the aroma harsh.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, the beer has a medium'ish body to it that lightly coats the palate. The carbonation provides a substantial prickle as well as some sharp carbonic acid; after the carbonation is forcibly removed the beer becomes much more smooth and well integrated. Sweet malted chocolate and some roasted berry notes up front are tempered by a herbal hop flavor, a hop bitterness and a roast grain bitterness in the finish. Hmm, after stepping away from my beer for a bit, I think I know what makes this taste so sweet. There is a definite, though subtle, note of diacetyl here that adds a touch of butterscotch to the flavor. This definitely has a simplistic, at time annoying sugar sweetness to it.

This is a nice beer, I was definitely in the mood for some dark grain on this cold, by Tucson standards, winter evening and this has hit the spot. I could wish for a touch more smooth, chewy dark malt, with a bit less of the simple sweetness (more of a caramelized malt sweetness would have worked a little better here), but this is still a tasty beer. Well here is a bit of a dichotomy, the more I work my way through this bottle, the more cloying and annoying it gets. Not horrible, but I am really not digging the simple, sugary sweetness here; the body is just too light to support this amount of sweetness. (1,875 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with a small off white head. moderate lacing down the glass.

Aroma has some coffee and chocolate notes as well as a little bit of fruit. Not a huge aroma but a very pleasant smelling beer.

Taste is very good, it has some coffee and chocolate flavors along with the roastedness of the malts. I'm enjoying the taste very much. The flavors are not too overpowering, a nice drinkable porter.

Creamy mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

I very much enjoyed this bomber, it's too bad they don't distribute here so I can buy more of their beers. (597 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, dark brown, nearing an opaque black. Crimson and copper highlights show when held to the light. The off-white cap slowly fades away and leaves streaks of webbing around the glass.
Smell is of ripe, dark fruit, cocoa, mocha, espresso, green, citrusy hops, and a touch of anise.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the standout cocoa and mocha java flavors coming to the forefront.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and really smooth in the finish. (478 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a light mocha head, pretty frothy and messy.
There's a bit of oxidation on the nose, but also nice roasted malts, an unexpected fruitiness, not just the generic dried dark fruit, bit of chocolate and faint coffee. Doesn't really scream anything in particular.
Zesty sip, with a nice berry note, fresh plum, but quickly getting drier and drier, with raisin and faint dried fig. Roast, chocolate biscuits, sweet dark caramel malt, with dry dusty hints of walnut and coffee in the finish, with the zestiness still lingering.
Aftertaste has sugared toast, light prune, burnt sugar and a touch of hop. Medium to light body, medium carbonation, "soft" and pretty smooth.
A refreshing porter, nothing too complicated, but no reason to be disappointed. (760 characters)

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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.