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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
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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cvm4

Mississippi

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
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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
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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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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warnerry

Michigan

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
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beergod1

Ohio

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
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bobhits

Kentucky

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
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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peabody

Kentucky

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
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

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
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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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harrymel

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled unk

A: dark brown with a finger of mocha foam which falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lace
S: nutty, cocoa, some nice wood notes and vanilla. Nice.
T: dry porter with nice sweet noted in the midpalate. Nice.
M: modest body with nice carb and a dry finish.
O: good stuff from a good brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 06:07:12 | More by harrymel
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Brent

Kentucky

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

Although the label proclaims this as a throwback to the traditional English porter style, I think the American porter style, as listed here, hits the mark. Silky indeed, with a smooth mouthfeel, bordering on slick. Nicely balanced hops and deeply roasted malt notes, with a bit of smoke in the malt. Black with a thin, mocha head and some sweet chocolate malt in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 16:30:32 | More by Brent
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with a creamy tan head that fades fast but leaves nice soapy lacing.

The aroma is earthy with mild chocolate and cocoa tones, roasted hints on the edges.

The flavor has nice balance of milk chocolate and cocoa with hints of vanilla and roasty hints. Earthy background with hints of coffee in the finish. Burnt crust edges.

Silky and smooth.

Overall, a very drinkable, mild mannered, smooth porter with an awesome mouthfeel. Very down to earth, balanced and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 23:09:58 | More by JayS2629
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Such a dark brown brown it's almost black, with a tan one-finger head that reduces to a thin covering.
S: It certainly does smell silky, with aromas of creamy chocolate and caffè latte.
T: Again chocolate and coffee, but tastes watered down.
M: Very thin given the aromas/style.
O: This tastes like a 'light' porter, should such a thing shamefully exist. The aromas are very nice, the flavors are there but it's just thin.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 15:38:40 | More by ONUMello
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark brown, tan head. This does look silky.
Smell: Not much of a nose to speak of. We'll see if more comes out as it warms.
Taste: This is silky indeed. A quaffer. Not much complexity though I find myself draining this fast.
The least of the Hoppin's I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:03:03 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a pitch black with 2 fingers of tan foam that slowly faded leaving some good lacing all around the glass
S - nice roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and coffee with a bit of an age problem.
T - taste follows aroma closely, there is a slightly burnt flavor, almost like a coffee bitterness, but I'm also picking up some chocolate and vanilla as well.
M - smooth and creamy with a medium body, the carbonation is a bit high and I'll detract for that
D - very nice flavor, not really anything special though. Very nicely balanced brew

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 06:48:38 | More by mikereaser
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ilk Porter pours just like a porter should; inky black and just a trace of head. Full nose lets you know you need to get ready for an assault of flavor. Lots of roasted and toasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate. Even a bit past roasted into charred. A dry, chalky, woody finish. Is that chicory?

The name, I think, is a bit misleading. It's not as creamy and silky as other porters. In fact, it's more harsh than most. Mind you, that's not a bad thing. Very solid beer, here

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 01:33:58 | More by McNealc31
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dragonWhale

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wandering through the aisles looking for hurricane beer, I thought this one might suffice. Having just had the BORIS for a second time and loved it, I figured stabbing out at this one might be a delight.
Poured a couple tulips for me and the lady. And it is black and sexy, rich mocha head that dies slowly, nobly.
Robust porter, this is. Rich chocolate aroma with a burnt coffee background.
Flavor is very rich and full of chocolate and coffee, some berry fruit in the background, very nice.
Thick mouthfeel for a porter, definitely borderline stout, but I ain't gonna complain. Reminds me of a poor man's Founder's Porter, and that ain't no knock.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 04:16:54 | More by dragonWhale
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, coffee, roast, malts

taste: cocoa, coffee, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body

overall: a very rich and complex porter. border line stout. glad I got to try it.

cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 18:41:43 | More by THECPJ
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:49:46 | More by RedSpecial1
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kojevergas

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 03:02:52 | More by kojevergas
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wcintula

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, no freshness date visible.

Pours dark black with an espresso cream head, no lacing. Smells of strong roasted coffee, taste profile follows up with a dark sweet fruitiness, but all around the smell and flavor could be stronger. Very prickly carbonation distorts the perceived body of the beer, I'm finding it thinner than I'd like. Very decent, don't know if I'd come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 13:59:25 | More by wcintula
Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.