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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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 drpimento
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was from a bomber I got recently at Sam's in Chicago. Poured with a fine bubbled tan head, little lace. Color was opaque brown to black. Aroma was a smokey, dark, ripe fruit. Flavor was the same with a bit of sour. Tad thin. Finish is a slight sour tang on back of tongue. Seems to me average at best.

drpimento, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a small ring of light tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, roasted nuts and coffee, and bitter chocolate. Flavor is slightly medicinal with roasted malt, not as tasty as the aroma. It's ok, but nothing special, and certainly medicinal.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of BacklitAvenger
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black with a brownish cast. From the start I can tell it's way carbonated because of what must have been a four finger head on a reasonably gentle pour.

Smell - This is the best aspect of this beer. The high carbonation I suspect makes the aromatics disperse better. Roasty, chocolate, coffee, and caramel/toffee abound.

Taste - I was let down a bit. This is a very sweet porter, I think a little too sweet. Additionally, the flavor is somewhat roasty, but there's a rather strong grainy taste that I feel doesn't belong. It dominates the flavor profile leaving me wanting some real black malt flavor or roast or chocolate. The grainy twang is the only thing I'm tasting by the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel - Watery, yet sticky from the sugar. Definitely way overcarbonated. The first sip I had I nearly choked on because all of a sudden there was all this foam in my mouth.

Drinkability - Reasonable, but the sweetness and extreme effervescence lowers the score for me.

Not a bad beer by any means, but I guess I bought into the HF hype a bit and expected something that would compete with the best of porters. The mouthfeel issue and the excessive grainy twang persuade me not to buy another bottle unless the recipe changes much.

BacklitAvenger, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A huge airy head, 4+ fingers I'm talkin about. Brownish color on the head, black with hints of red for the brew. Between the head and the active carbonation, I'd say over carbed.

S: A little sweet, but pretty weak in general.

T: Not much, again, weak, but not really watered down, just weak. There is a milt roast here, but no hops.

M: It's sparkling, basically, but I like it.

D: Only flaw here is because of the carbonation it's a little gassy. Not even done and already burping quite a bit.

mdwalsh, May 20, 2009
Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark chocolate to black color with a tan head that fades to some lacing. No light passed through the body of this beer.

S: The major nose on this is chocolate. There are other subtle tones that are typical of porters: a slight smokiness, maybe a little vanilla.

T: Just like the nose. The chocolate malt is the major tone. The vanilla adds a little sweetness. A well-balanced flavor.

M: This is one smooth beer. Medium body and not overly carbonated.

D: This is a very well built beer. Very drinkable: balance taste, smooth finish - not harsh, lightly carbonated but not flat. This is a good session beer. At 6.2 ABV and it being a full 22 oz bottle makes it a little stronger than I like. But that makes it a good beer to share with friends.

BobbyBeerman, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with chocolate highlights. Small, tan head.

Aroma is fairly sweet with a touch of chocolate. Some vanilla as well.

Kind of bready in the flavor with some of that chocolate flavor gone. More breadiness.

Not bad. I cant say this blew me away or was awful. Average.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. A good dark brown pour, not much of a cream colored head. I probably could have gotten more with a more vigorous pour. A peaty chocolate aroma. Medium body, good amount of lively carbonation. Earthy malt, grass and quite a bit of chocolate flavors. Could use some more balance with some hops and or roast coffee flavors. Just a little bit of sourness/bitterness that I'm not quite sure of. Finishes like a glass of chocolate milk, but a glass made with some milk that is almost bad. This is not improving as it warms a whole lot. A good porter and very drinkable, I've just had some better recently, namely the Founders Porter. Wow I didn't even notice, would never have classified this as a Baltic.

Bung, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented lightly chilled and served in a snifter, Silk Porter is matte burnt chestnut in color with an oily cap of espresso crema-like foam atop. The brew is impressive in its utter darkness-- not at all 'black', but instead glossy and sparkling clear, inky, coal-tarry brown-black, trimmed in burnt hazelnut at the periphery. The cap of foam soon consolidates and settles into a slim collar that deposits only minimal lacing onto the glassware.

The smell is tangy and mochalike with lots of juicy, zesty green citrus. Dark roasty notes of coffee are laced with toasted cereal drizzled with blackstrap molasses and a touch of vanilla caramel spiked with licorice.

The taste is smooth and laden with coffee and creamy caramel, with a warming note of liquory vanilla. A splash of fermenting apple and mashed brown banana lingers in the sticky, silky finish, only to be dusted dry with a spot of earthy hoppiniess. As the drink goes on and the bottle warms further, the fruitiness holds the center position of the flavor profile, led by the monkeyfruit note all smashed together with cocoa.

The drink is succulent and medium in body with fine carbonation and is smooth, silky, and superbly drinkable. Though I question the accuracy of the classification of Silk Porter as a "Baltic Porter" here on Beeradvocate, the beer is nonetheless quite rich, flavorful, and plenty drinkable.

cvstrickland, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Gueuzedude, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of rayjay
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again go to csmiley in Black Booty 09

Deep hazy chocolate colored beer with a glorious hand-pumped like brown head.

Lots of carmel malt on the nose, almost matched by roasted malts. Smells good but sweet. A bit of Coca Cola and CO2 as well.

I'm definately getting a lot of Coke, but with less carbonation. Lots of that carmel malt stuff. Mild creamed corn. Lots of dusty chocolate malt, probably no roasted barley. Hops are way in the back.

Body is big and silky, some chewiness. Overall it doesn't really quite come together. Probably could use some bicarbonate or other hardness in the water. I'll call it average.

It's easy enough to drink a bottle of this one. Pretty good if you prefer sweet beers with lots of unfermentables. Cheers!

rayjay, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of wcudwight
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with almost no head. I had to really pour hard to get anything resembling a head to come up. Beer looks like it's lacking carbonation. Maybe that's where the silk comes from.
Nice aroma of chocolate malts and hint of grapefruit. Think of chocolate covered grapefruit that's heavy on the chocolate.
Flavor is of roasted grains, coffee with heavy cream, black liccorice, and the faintest hint of citrus hops that really add to the beer. Quite the tasty beer.
Mouthfeel is silky but seems a bit thin for a Baltic Porter. Perfect for a regular porter though.
It's a good beer that I'm glad to have the chance to try, thanks too jdoncbus and The Educators BIF.

wcudwight, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger head of moderately dark brown filled with big old bubbles popping hither and yon, curiously not much lacing. Pitch black in hue without any change to be seen. Clove, anise tinged nose, blunt malt, chocolate burst, the roast recedes as you chase after it, the grape, plum fruit scents come with a sliver of vinegar to them, the creamed coffee just semi-sweet, pinch of toffee, odd lack of penetrating power, like it gets the bra off and then doesn't know what to do next. Medium-bodied, the carbonation disperses the flavors from the attack on. Toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa powder all tactful to a fault, the roast lacks lift from below. Oats, unprocessed grains and hay find their way in with time. Black licorice, anise and light orange peel help. Retains all of its weight and forward momentum through the finish but still seems foursquare. Basically, it's trying to impress and play it off legit at once.

farrago, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, with a very small head, poured into the glass like motor oil, thick an viscous,very mild carbonation. Slight, tan colored head. Tastes like smooth chocolatey fudge with mild coffee and light hop bitterness. Heavy duty mouthfeel. Decent brew.

biggred1, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured the deepest of dark black/browns with zero light penetration and almost no head. Granted it was fridge temp when poured, but it only put up about 1/8" head that disappeared inside of a minute. No lace down the glass.

S= After letting this one warm a bit, I found aromas of rich heavy malt sweetness, chocolate, and coffee.

T= Lots of sweet malty and chocolate flavor up front that slowly grows bitter as the roasted grain and coffee flavors kicked in. Some more muted flavors appear like dark ripe fruits and mildly earthy hops (briefly). Finish was still fairly sweet and certainly chocolatey.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a silky smooth. creamy mouthfeel and very low carbonation level.

D= Really a fantastically drinkable and flavorful beer here. No alcohol presence, and pleasant amounts of chocolate making this a sessionable beer. Excellent!

spointon, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes slowly, with sticky lacing. Aroma is roasty grains. Taste is sweet dark malts upfront, with light hoppiness and a slight warmth to close. Mouthfeel is silk smooth, as advertised, and drinkability is good as well. Good stuff.

ppoitras, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Packforever1976
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temp. in my oversized snifter.

A: Pours jet black, with a nice creamy tan head. Decent retention. Does recede fairly quickly though, leaving a nice film on top. Nice lacing.

S: Smells of sweet chocolate with a nice blend of toffee. A hint of dark roast coffee as well. The sweetness dominates the nose.

T: Tastes like chocolate milk at first. SOme bitter dark roasted maltslead to a slight hop bitterness. Finishes on the thin side.

M: Carbonation is a little high for my liking. It's also too thin to be considered a Baltic. I was hoping for a little more of a viscous body, which would really help round out the flavors and bring everything together.

D: This is pretty drinkable. This is not a Baltic porter, there's just no way. A good porter, but not a Baltic. A good, but not great beer.

Packforever1976, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of shbobdb
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Man, now this is what I am talking about!

This beer is like chocolate milk. Just great. The drinkability is wonderful, there is a nice hint of maple syrup. A light roastiness from the grains. It all just comes together so well. I want to write more, but the genius of this beer is that it is so simple. When you've done everything right, there isn't much to say, you know? Delicious malt, lots of chocolate, a nice sweetness, but not too much on any of those account. Just a great drinking beer. After every sip I want another, but it is complex enough to savor. I could drink the bomber over the course of an entire afternoon or I could drink it in five minutes. That is high praise indeed!

shbobdb, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the darkest porters I've ever seen. Stout black with no apparent carbonation and just a slight ring of head around the rim of the tulip glass.
Smell is very mild, slight roasty chocolate, dark caramel malt, sweet malt as well.
Taste is a subdued, roasted chocolate, slight tangy fruit, mild hop finish. Overall the taste is very mild, perhaps a little too mild. It could use something to amp it up a bit.
Silky mouthfeel with a slight carbonation that tingles nicely.

kirok1999, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Maudite tulip. Poured two shades shy of black; no light penetration. No head to speak of off the pour, only some bubbles around the shoulders; however, some foam is revealed with a gentle swirl of the glass, but it quickly dissipates. Nose was roasty with some coffee undertones and a suggestion of dark fruit towards the back. Taste follows nose with a touch of char at the finish. Mouthfeel fell close to medium with a light carbonation in the background. Easy drinking and closer to a traditional porter than a baltic; sessionable and flavorful for the style.

Jwale73, Dec 14, 2008
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 Vancer
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A "new" one from da frog - pours black with a fast dying tan head, not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is loaded with cocoa with a sweet malty backbone. Quaff is very woody and burnt chocolate, almost astringent finish.

Not exactly a standout porter in my book (just IMO), I'm a bit surprised as I expected more from this brewery. I think the previous reviews were amped up due to the reputation of this fine brewery - I'd pass on this one in the future.

Vancer, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

weeare138, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark brown/black color with a foamy light brown head that left some good sticky lacing.

S - first wiff I got a hint of alcohol and then some roasted coffee beans.

T - roasted coffee and some chocolate notes, alcohol is apparent.

F - somewhat smooth with low carbonation.

D - it's ok but there are much better Baltic Porters out there.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 14, 2008
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 lordeche
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark berries, and chocolate. Flavor contains a bit of bitterness from roasted malts and coffee, some sweeter notes from the dark fruit presence and some deep chocolate notes. Palate is very smooth and full with some slight stickiness.

lordeche, Nov 09, 2008
Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.