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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Reviews: 154 | Hads: 303
Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (307 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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 (541 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (478 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

The CPJ (296 characters)

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.38/5  rDev +15%
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. (632 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 wcintula
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark. Looks like dark black coffee in the glass. The head is initially about a finger thick and off tan in color, but dissipates quickly and soon the beer really appears like coffee.

The smell of coffee is unmistakable. Bits of sweet caramel come through as well. Lots of roastiness in this beer.

The coffee is prevalent in the taste as well, but there's a lot of sweetness from the caramel. It's not oversweet, just sweet enough to let you know it's not a stout.

In the mouth, it's immediately smooth and creamy. There's a lot of sweetness, but not too much, and it balances well with the roasty, smokiness, and slight bitterness of the coffee.

This is a good beer. It's almost exactly what I'm looking for in a porter. Would like some more ABV heat, but this is well done. (788 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 700th beer review. Poured from a bomber into a stemmed glass. Tons of carbonation from the start. Have to pour slow to avoid spillage. Not much lacing on the glass though. Dark brown colored body with a huge beige head that looked like a root beer float. Smell was not extremely pronounced, but had an aroma of chocolate milk. Taste was very pleasing, though I found it less on the bitter roasted side, and more on the sweet side for a porter. Mouthfeel was bubbly from the carbonation, and also a bit thin to be honest. Overall I liked this beer, but it reminded me less of a porter and more of a lighter version of a milk stout. It was a good choice, but I am glad I found this bottle on sale for $6 and didn't pay much more than that. (740 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours black w/ a sliver of chocolate head that quickly goes away. Good carbonation, and less than stellar lacing. You can't see through this one at all, very dark. Nice looking beer for the style.

S- Hops, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Very nice smelling beer, especially for the style. Hope this Porter tastes as good as it smells. I have high hopes, especially from this brewery.

T- A little let down by the taste. You get the chocolate and coffee/hops... but- there's something missing. It doesn't have the big bold taste I was expecting from the nose. It has taste, but not a full bodied taste.

M- This is the downfall of this beer. It's just WAY too thin, and very dry. Definitely not worthy of 'silk porter'. I want something a little heavier, thicker and more luxurious. Average feel at best.

O- A decent Porter that's really let down by its thin taste/feel. A little more oomph and this brew would be outstanding. Worth picking up if you're a fan of the style, otherwise.... (997 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 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 mwill7287
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/1/11, home

22oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Dark brown, with a thin layer of head which dissipated into random assortment of bubbles within a minute. Lacing around the perimeter of beer's surface is retained throughout the drink. Smallest amount of light seeps through when held up to lamp. Very, very carbonated around the surface area of the beer upon pour.

S: Mild smell of chocolate, on the weaker end. Doesn't do much.

T: As expected, the predominant taste is of chocolate, rather sweet with a tad bit of bitterness. Taste, although fairly rich, does not last long on the tongue.

M: Not too heavy for being a porter. Strong at first, fading quickly.

D: I find myself drinking this beer relatively swiftly for a porter. Finishing this bomber will be no problem. Drinkable. (789 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/11/11
*From notes

A: This one is dark and ugly - better then I had expected. It's got a good 1.5 finger head that looks like one of Grandma's chocolate chip cookies.

S: Creamy toffee and black coffee on the nose. I also detect traces of cocoa nibs and smoked malt.

T: Ehh - it's ok. Maybe it's me, maybe I'm just getting older. But I'm really finding that a lot of the low ABV porters and stouts I've had recently taste like processed chocolate sauce in skim milk. More Ovaltine? No thanks.

There's also a trace layer of malt and hops that lay down and take it like a sissy from the Hershey's syrup.

M: No suprise here: it's got that patented Hoppin' Frog forced carb that sticks my tounge like a prsion shank. It makes the overall presentation come off like a carbonated Yoo-Hoo.

O: I mean no offense when I say this, but I'm over Hoppin' Frog. Their beers aren't bad (other then the Frosted Frog, which is an unmitigated disaster), they just don't wow me in any way. Ever. (1,020 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aggressively poured from bomber to Sam adams boston lager glass.

Appearance: almost opaque brownish, black beer with a tan/brownish head.

Smell: cocoa, carmel, roasty, milk chocolate, smells really fresh.

Taste: chocolate & roasty flavors that do not come across bitter at all! Slight hint of hops at the end of taste that give it a fresh taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body and smooth, but not silky. Moderate carbonation appropiate for the style.

Drinkability: This beer is a great example of a porter. I say this is a very sessionable porter. It got alot of flavor, but not too much that you can't keep drinkn. i drank the whole bomber fast and i could have had more! Solid Porter. My first Hoppin Frog Brewery beer 7 i think I will seek out more from them. (759 characters)

Photo of stewart124
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown with a centimeter of tan head.

Slightly astringent nose with roasted notes.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of hops and a smooth chocolate character that eminates throughout. This is silky but not overpowering. The alcohol is hidden behind layers and layers of milk chocolate. Little bitterness and almost no bitterness from the roasted malts.

This is a delicious porter and oh so drinkable. (421 characters)

Photo of cooncat
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at room temp. into my SA glass. A pour down the center gave an initial 2 fingers of tan head, which diminished rapidly to a little foam around the edges ... a little disappointing. The dark color isn't opaque, if held to a back light. Dark hues of deep red/garnet highlight the edges. No lacing either (also disappointing).

The nose is pretty complex, with roast caramel, licorice, chocolate malt notes, and a citrus hop note. Being able to notice hops in the nose definitely makes this an American Porter, as compared to a Brown or Robust porter.

Taste follows the nose pretty close. Roasty caramel malt is up front, with hints of chocolate, coffee and licorice in the background. No escaping a citrus hop note in there, which is not overpower, but occupies a nice place in the background. Carbonation is mildly low, giving a medium mouthfeel. Not sure I'd rate this as 'silky' .. needs a bit more body for that.

Drinkability is good, as nothing is 'over the top'. Could easily drink this one all night.

Is this my favorite porter? No, but it is a solid example of the style. I can recommend it to one and all. Hoppin' Frog, in general, makes very good brews, and their lineup includes some Gold medal winners. While this one isn't a gold medal winner, it IS worthy of a try!

Na Zdravje! (1,300 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When held to a bright light, the pour is a very clear, dark mahogany with a nice 3-finger, tan head that falls rather quickly to a cover without lacing.

The smell is chocolate, licorice, a hint of dark fruit and dark roasted malt.

The taste is roasted malt up front followed by the chocolate & licorice flavor finishing with a tangy acidic taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light but still smooth & creamy.

Drinkability is very good. Not too high in the ABV, tasty though for the price ($7.99) there are better porters. Definitely worth a try from a solid brewery. (577 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to drink this one on a Caribbean Cruise. Cheers to Holland America for not breaking my stash of craft brews in my luggage...

Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Head dissipates fairly quick, and although there is a fair amount of lacing that sticks to the glass; it is nothing to special...

S - Chocolate, brown sugar, and a little roastiness come through...

T - Wow, this one is really smooth. Chocolate, roasted malts, and brown sugar. Finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness. Abv well hidden. Tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A little thin for my personal likings. Tend to like porters to be a little more thick and creamy...

D - Not the best porter out there, but definitely a solid brew, and something I would buy again if I saw it in my area...

Cheers... (883 characters)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly reduces.

Has a nutty smell, with toffee malt and cocoa. Smells quite pleasing.

Mild malt, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate meld for a creamy smooth brew.

Medium to full bodied with very little bitterness.

Smooth and quite drinkable, I look forward to having this again. (383 characters)

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