1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Not Rated.
Silk PorterSilk Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

265 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 265
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 13
Gots: 23 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 201-225 | 226-250 | 251-275  | next › last »
Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 153 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DavidEddie
DavidEddie

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some tan lacing. Faint aromas of chocolate, malt, and dark fruits. Very smooth flavors of dark chocolate, burnt carmel, dark fruits (mainly cherries), and mild coffee. Mouth feel is creamy and chewy. Good amount of carbonation. Drinkability was really good. It's great to have this brewery make it to Chicagoland. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 03:13:46 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - no light getting through this one. This bomber uncapped without a peep of carbonation, hmm. The pour makes a very conservative head, even with a good bounce. A thin wispy cover, a few dots and streaks on the glass. Upon closer inspection of the bomber, I notice a hairline crack in the glass. It looks like it must havve occurred at capping, like the cap was crimped on too hard. Feeling inside the neck, it is totally smooth so I have no reservation about the safety of the beer, but the carbonation is another thing...

Aroma - roasted grain, kind of woody, a touch of coffee beans. Fades to near obscurity as it settles.

Taste - sweet chocolatey roasted malt. As expected, this is nearly flat. Gives the flavor full play, but it does lose a step. The grains have a fine, roasted flavor, nuances of chocolate and coffee alongside that are tasty. A bit of balancing hops provide a bit of bitterness, but not much. The finish is just lots of roastiness and a touch of abv warmth. Lengthy aftertaste of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel - the flatness certainly brings out the full smoothness of the beer, I'll give it that. Moderate weight to the body.

Drinkability - while the carbonation is an issue, the taste is the thing, and this beer has that covered in spades. I'll go for another one if I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 01:48:50 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of mdm46410
mdm46410

Indiana

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a extremely dark brown with a one-finger thick head of creamy tan foam that lasted throughout most of the glass. Some light lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of fresh coffee, milk chocolate, and caramel. The flavor consisted of rich roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and some light vanilla. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and creamy/smooth with soft carbonation. A really tasty porter with a fruity complexity that stretches a little outside the norm. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 23:07:53 | More by mdm46410
Photo of smellsofstout
smellsofstout

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark motor oil color. Modest light tan head. Chocolate, grain and some nuttiness and spice in aroma. To much wet grain in the nose for me. Sweet malt, cinnamon, some clove and a few other mild spices. Complex chocolate flavors. lots of chocolate in the finish very Thick rich feel. mellow start, yet a very strong finish. could down these some of these pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 15:49:49 | More by smellsofstout
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

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

Pours a very deep brown with very deep blood highlights. I love the color of this head. A light swiss cheesy brown, but pour retention. Goes quickly to a ligh foam with no lacing. Very sbtle aroas coming from this beer. Faint chocolate and coffee with no notice hops. As the ber warms, he creamy chocolate flavo develops more and more. This then blends with a light hint of coffee, molasses, and maybe a little pipe tobacco. But almost sessionable. Very warm, and dark smooth flavors. The namesake for this porter is very fitting, perfect actually. This beer just gently glides over your tongue and down your throat.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 04:31:14 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of budsboy
budsboy

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, deep brown, nearly opaque, with a quickly subsiding tannish head.

Smell is chocolate and toffee, bittersweet with acidic notes.

Roasted malt flavors and chocolate sweetness balanced by an acidic quality. Alcohol is masked.

Medium bodied, but fairly smooth nonetheless.

Finishes a bit dry, maybe, but very drinkable. Pleasant version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 21:44:58 | More by budsboy
Photo of HopDerek
HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with lighter brownish red edges, nice tan head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of chocolate, chalk, toasted malt, and citrus. Tastes of milk chocolate and burnt toasted malt up front with a nice caramel and toffee middle and a coffee finish. Medium in body and low in carbonation, very smooth and creamy with good chocolate and caramel sweetness mixed with a nice bitternes and some burnt notes. A solid porter from Hoppin' Frog with a good balance of flavors, though they could be a little more robust.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 12:06:27 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Kegatron
Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 16:46:18 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Scrumtralecent
Scrumtralecent

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured into a pint glass. A very dark pour with very little light brown head.

S: The smell is full of roasted malts and caramel. Perhaps a little oak very hidden as well.

T: A nice dark malty taste dominates. A small backbone of hops comes out in the end however the taste does not linger for long. Small hints of nutmeg and coffee.

F: This porter is indeed silky. Seems to slide right down not leaving a whole lot behind besides some remnants of malts.

D: A nice, easy porter by Hoppin' Frog. Perfect for a sunny day when a lighter bodied porter is desired. The taste wasn't all that complex or interesting, but wasn't overpowering to help compliment the easy mouthfeel. Don't think I would seek this one out again, but I wouldn't object to having another.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 03:28:25 | More by Scrumtralecent
Photo of pwoods
pwoods

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Sam's in Chicago, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, opaque. 1 finger tan head forms and then falls withing a minute or so to a nice skim. Lacing started good when the head was up but only produces some random wisps once fallen.

S: Chocolate is on the heavier side but not massive. The typical porter scents; chocolate, light coffee, cola, light molasses, a pleasant dry/chalky scent.

T/M: Nice fruity sweetness. Malts are very sweet dominant but not robust, thick, heavy, cloying etc... and that's what makes Baltic Porters(and even porters in general) so great. There's a touch of bitterness but not really from hops or from a strong coffee character. Lots of dark juicy fruits but not what you'd expect from a RIS or dark Belgian. Body is nearly full but not heavy and carbonation is controlled.

D: 6.2% for a Baltic Porter is pretty damn low. Alcohol isn't present but I don't normally notice them in BP's anyway. Very drinkable, as porters should be. Hoppin' Frog is a damn fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 03:23:01 | More by pwoods
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown, almost black with a very small tan head and a bit of scattered lacing. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate. Aroma is pretty weak, but still nice. Taste is similar to the aroma (but stronger), the roasted/burnt malt and coffee flavors stand out and there's also some nuttiness too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has average carbonation and it's very smooth. Drinkability is good but not great. Overall I think it's a decent beer, but it's not one of Hoppin' Frog's best. With that being said, I'd buy it again and it's definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 00:13:09 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of PorterLover83
PorterLover83

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 22oz bottle that I bought from the brewery. Had a brownish tint head that stayed a little bit. Color to me was pitch black almost stoutish. Smell was of very dark roasted malts. Smelled like a shot of expresso. Coffee like taste was no surprise since thats what it smelled like. It was good though. Not too overpowering. Had a slight caramel hint at the end as well. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth but heavier. A very good beer to drink. Don't think its a session beer because it is pretty filling. This is the closest craft beer brewery to my house so I had to try it and support them even those it was a little on the expensive side. $5.75 for a 22oz bottle! I still have 4 more styles to try from them and hope they are just as good.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 21:59:28 | More by PorterLover83
Photo of Dogbrick
Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Growler from West Point Market in Akron. This brew pours black with a little bit of a ruby highlight. Medium thick and foamy light beige head that has decent retention. Latticework of lace on the glass. Sweet malty aroma with touches of nuts and coffee. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. The finish is dry with coffee and hops flavors. Overall this cousin to Old Leghumper is a good Porter and I look forward to it being bottled.

Serving type: growler

03-14-2008 20:37:04 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of MayorAdamWest
MayorAdamWest

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, first off thanks to my friend in Cleveland for the bottle. Fred from the brewery says I'll be able to pick up Hoppin' Frog in Chicago soon... I can't wait. They are making some amazing stuff. On to the review...

Appearance: Rich "coca-cola" black. Not brown, not quite true black. Nearly no head formed even with a near straight pour into my snifter.

Smell: Sweet...milky... toasty. Pleasant... Pleasing...

Taste: Okay, So my buddy in Cleveland got a suggestion from Fred to add whole coffee beans to the glass to enhance the flavor. I poured half the bottle without and half the bottle with. To be honest... Without the beans it was only mediocre. Sorry HF. Kinda sweet. Kinda malty. Kinda good. Once I added the beans it was an entirely different story. The coffee added a bitterness that excited the flavor and just blew me away. HOLY COW! After a year long love affair with the Frog I was worried. Man was I wrong.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Little carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: Well... without the beans I don't think I'd come back to this one. With the beans I could drink this one all day long. Seriously, add the beans.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 13:47:19 | More by MayorAdamWest
Photo of klewis
klewis

Ohio

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

Growler from the brewery.

A: Pours nearly black with a modest, frothy head. Moderate lacing left behind.

S: A subtle, burnt chocolate aroma.

T: Much like the smell. A dark roasted malt flavor predominates with a touch of chocolate that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The taste is a bit subdued and light for a robust porter.

M: Very nice, smooth texture with moderate carbonation. Light-medium body.

D: A good porter, but it fell slightly below my expectations after so many other outstanding beers. For me, a little more oomph and this would be stellar. Still, it's worth buying again.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2007 13:18:23 | More by klewis
« first ‹ prev | 201-225 | 226-250 | 251-275  | next › last »
Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.