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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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86
very good

280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 12-20-2007)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Sammy, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

zestar, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.7%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  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.

metter98, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

mikesgroove, May 22, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.38/5  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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

oberon, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.7%

JAHMUR, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

largadeer, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

zeff80, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Kegatron, May 12, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  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

russpowell, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

mdfb79, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

beernads, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

jwc215, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 27, 2013
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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.