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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almosy blackish body with a decent head that died somewhat quick. A mixed malt aroma of roasted and sweet malt like caramel and chocolate with hint of coffee. Smooth, creamy, with a good amount of sweetness like caramel and cocoa and has a touch of stickiness. Medium-bodied brew also has some citric hop bitterness and good carbonation leads to a dry and crisp backend. Not complex or the most flavorful but a good porter.

Photo of bruachan
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

frothed well but the head lasted only so long. lacing looks like it might be good. very dark, of course...with a hint of red blazing through the darkness

sweet smelling to start with a touch of smoke. enough char to keep it firmly in porter territory. nondescript hop aroma. not complex, really

it's smooth, as (ostensibly) advertised...and disappears from my tongue in a jiffy. some early sweetness, followed by kilned bitterness (which fades into hop bitterness)(but not enough), but everything vanishes without enough of a fight

aftertaste is strange. frankly, (like i said) it vanishes rather serrepticiously. i guess "silk" translates to "sly"...but is that good? mild and session beers are meant to be drinkable, but i don't think that means innocuous

Photo of ne0m00re
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/07/10- Had this one out of a 22 oz.
A: Black with ruby hues, not a lot of head, but a thick cream collar forms.
S: Espresso, chocolate, cream, fresh banana (almost green), and some caramel.
T: Everything you'd expect, but creamier with a little more charred characteristic and a very distinct raisin aftertaste. Comes off like how you'd imagine a "Belgian Porter" would.
M: Mildy syrupy but nicely frothy.
D: Really good.

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.

Photo of Spider889
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a two finger head with decent retention. The head is very bubbly and not as thick as I prefer in heavy dark beers. Minimal lacing receeds quickly.

Smells of oak, toffee and vanilla, roasted mocha coffee, and a little hint of sherry.

The taste is sweet with mild roasted malt bitterness. There is some coffee and definitely wood in the flavor profile with a little bit of hops and dark cherry in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, the heavy carbonation makes it a fairly easy drinker. All the malt and wood leaves the mouth dry while the sweet character lends itself to a smooth mouthfeel. It is a difficult sensation to describe, but silky is exactly how this beer goes down. It seems the name fits nicely.

I enjoyed this brew, and the low abv made it easy enough to finish the bomber myself. However I find myself wanting more out of the beer. In the future when I'm looking for some Hoppin' Frog I will most likely gravitate towards one of the B.O.R.I.S. variants.

Photo of nerdrocker101
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin black with a smallish tan head. Smells and tastes of roasted malt with traces of coffee and smoke. Certainly does lean towards a silky texture, but I found the body to be a little thinner than I would have hoped. A little more than moderately carbonated.

Overall, very drinkable. Paired nicely with steak. Rich and flavorful without overpowering.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: Smelled of coffee, malt, chocolate, and a burnt quality.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a slightly odd burnt wood quality. A decently constructed flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable porter.

Photo of thepeter
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - thick creamy head with good retention and leaves a nice lacing.

S - Smeel is quite subdued, light coffee, both dark roasted malt and a bit of fruitiness

T - Very similar to the smell and much lighter flavored than most porters.

M&D - Very easy to drink and remarkably light on the palate compaired to most porters.

A nice easy drinking porter, one I could (and did) drink on a warm summer day.

Photo of biglite351
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nicely dark for a porter. Off white foam that leaves slight lace.

S - malts, caramel, something a slight bit bitter. Possibly a sweet fruit as well.

T - sweet malts, caramel with possible chocolate. Slight bitterness like in the scent.

M - slight coating. Very mild tingle on front of tongue and top of back of throat. Very smooth.

D - the smoothness and decent flavor, combined with a great price level ($7 for a bomber) make this an all nighter.

Photo of elgiacomo
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottled early/mid May 2010.

Pours medium bodied dark brown with a one finger head, even with a vigorous pour, no real lacing, quickly reduces to a small ring, eventually to almost nothing.

There is some sweet chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, day-old coffee on the nose, although it is all quite subdued.

Flavor features good caramel, some dark fruit, chocolate, a tiny bit of citrus hops.

Finishes sweet, a little sticky, thin bodied, low carbonation, dull.

The flavor saves this, but an average Porter overall, and not a good value.

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a nice tan head. Light penetrates only the edges.

Aroma is of deeply roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Maybe a little bit of molasses, too.

It tastes just like it smells: delicious! Dark malt, molasses and a little coffee. Hop bitterness is decent and welcome. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, coming in just above full-bodied. Carbonation is right where it should be. Not minimal, but also not out of control.

Drinkability is pretty high. Polishing off a 22 is not an issue. Hoppin' Frog is proving itself to be a really worthwhile brewery. Hopefully someday they'll start bottling six packs.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice opaque warm sable with a fairly thick tan head that is more like the head of cola since it fizzes a lot and dissipates more quickly than most beer heads. Aroma is strong and smoky with hints of quality coffee and brown sugar. Flavor is like fine roast coffee with a touch of molasses and just a hint of hops. Texture is fizzy and lively, a teensy thin but otherwise quite good.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque black cherry with a little tan head. It smelled like roasted coffee and dark chocolate and brown sugar, with some dry banana? Something artificial there that doesn't seem quite right. It tasted like roasted coffee with some bitter chocolate and burnt barley and brown sugar. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a nice standard porter that tasted pretty clean and nicely balanced, although somewhat boring. The scent had a strange element, but it had good body and was easy to drink. Probably not a beer I'll ever try again.

Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown color with a small tan/brown colored head that fades to a thin layer.

S- Not much going on here.. weak chocolate and roasted malt aroma.

T- Flavors consist of dark licorice, some coffee bean, slight chocolate.

M- Very thin bodied medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

D- Easy drinking due to its thin body however there is not much for an aroma and/or taste.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt and chocolate

Mouthfeel: super smooth, semi-sweet, light bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The mouthfeel is excellent as this is super smooth and could drink a couple for that. Flavor wise, I have had better. Would not look for this, but once started, several could go down due to the smoothness.

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, a hint of caramel and sweetened chocolate.

T- The taste like the aroma is roasted malts up front with a good amount of sweetness, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The taste is a little on the sweet side at times and I feel it could use just a little more hops to balance out the sweetness. Not bad though.

M- The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected but weighs in at around medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Hoppin' Frog Silk Porter is a pretty decent Porter that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love HF, here's a brew I haven't tried...

A: Looks good. Pitch black with a small head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: Smells of oaks, malts, and chocolate roastiness upfront. Raisins and dark fruits in the middle. Smells good.

T: Good taste. Bready, raisin with bitter chocolate upfront. Oaky dark fruit in the middle with water on the backend.

M: Doesn't stick around in your palate for too long. Needs a little more flavor left in your mouth. Good.

D: Goes down very easy. A little too watery so goes down for some of the wrong reasons. Good.

All in all, this is not as good as some of the other brews from HF. Good to try once if you like the brewery otherwise, it's not worth hunting down.

Photo of CaraAndMike
2.69/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A/ this bottle poured a scant head that disappeared after a second, otherwise had a dark, chocolate-like body

S/ the smell was its best characteristic with a sweet, roasted malt earthiness

T/ disappointing due to being overly carbonated and having a sweetness that lingered too long

M/ flat

D/ discarded the majority of this bomber down the drain

Given some of the positive reviews, I wonder if this bomber was severely out of date. As it was, I would not purchase it again.

Photo of Gehrig
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy dark brown-to-black body with two soda-like fingers of tan foam; brief duration and decent lacing on the pint glass. Good chocolaty smell with dark roasted coffee and a bit of sweet berry.

Nice taste, smooth with lots of chocolate and coffee bean. Silky? Well, to a degree yes, the texture is, though less so than maltier porters and, therefore, less smooth. Ramping up the malt would add considerably to the texture and mouthfeel, which Hoppin' Frog got rather well with the toned-down carbonation. This worried me from the initial, soda-like pour. Thankfully, my concerns were short-lived. There is, however, a bit of a thin taste to this, as if the nice smooth feel sacrificed a more well-rounded flavor in the process. I find myself wanting a bigger, bolder taste.

Overall, a good porter, nice flavor, but one that would be loads better with a heavier malt load. A good go from Hoppin' Frog.

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...

Photo of jamie2dope
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silk Porter is a great name for a beer, figured I would get that out of the way first. Color is black, with a decent amount of head. Smell is of chocolate, mainly milk, along with licorice, and sweet vanilla frosting. Taste is more than satisfying. I get milk chocolate mostly, along with some licorice notes and definite dark chocolates. Body is medium to heavy, and ever so easy to sip. I had strayed away from this beer in the past, but since this was marked down at Marty's for about six dollars, I decided it was time to give it a try. This is a delicious Porter that I recommend to everybody who is a fan of the style. Cheers

Photo of Lerxst
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a medium brown with very little head or lacing. Nothing real impressive here.

S-Smells good. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and surprisingly some alcohol.

T-Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Typical for the style, but its nothing terribly exciting.

M-A bit on the thin side with harsh carbonation.

D-The harsh carb level takes this one down a half point. Otherwise, its pretty drinkable.

This is not a bad beer, but its very expensive. I can't see myself buying this again. Now if they knock the price down to 4 or 5 bucks a bomber, I'd reconsider. But there are better porters out there that cost a lot less.

Photo of redsonja
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A/ deep dark brown almost black

S/roasted malts

T/roasted malts a hint of chocolate

M/ dry roasted taste that is quik gone

D/ nice porter like the ones from the u.k.
good taste of malts that are roasted well
with a good hint of chocolate and later a hint of caramel.

Photo of Tomdee74
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay too much carbonation kills this. It is a pretty good porter and drinkable; however, it is too carbonated.

A - Poured a dark brown porter color that produces a pretty big and firm head. More of a head I'm used to seeing on a pale ale or IPA and not on a Porter

S - Smells pretty good.. has the smell of chocolate and raisins as most porters.

T - Okay this is weird... It does taste good; however, it is highly carbonated and that takes it down some. I do believe a little less of that would produce a better taste.

M - It does feel light and crisp and not like a very heavy porter. It almost has a mouthfeel of something you would drink on a warm summer day, but looks like something for the fall/winter

D - Goes down pretty easy I must say. I wouldn't really run for these; however, it is not the worst thing by far that I've tasted. Split a bomber amongst three people and I think it's the perfect amount!

Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.