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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | 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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Midwestern gem from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours mahogany/black with 2 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & dark chocolate & dark fruit once warmed up

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, & a hint of licorice up front. Roasted malt dominates as this warms along with dryness & cocoa powder, plus a touch of leafy hops. Finishes dry, slightly grainy, with chocolate & roasty malt

MF: Smooth as well,,,silk, nice medium body

Drinks pretty easy, not the most complex Baltic porter I've had, but worthy of adulation, none the less

Photo of jsquire
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark porter with faint mahagony hues when held against the light. Foamy brown head that shrank to a lasting slick on the beer. Pretty subtle nose with some roast grain and coffee notes. I get an odd, almost berry flavor in this, like they bottled the berry beer first and didn't clean out the lines. Strong coffee in the finish, with some chocolate and burnt toast. I can't get past that raspberry thing. Interesting porter.

Photo of seangroves
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark with about 1/4" of light almost caramel head that dissipates quickly

Very malty with hints of chocolate and roasty-ness and a vague touch of hops.

Bitter chocolate really comes through with a malty sweetness and at the end a strong presence of roasted malt that lingers with a slight presence of hops in the aftertaste, very smooth.

Very light/somewhat watery with a high degree of carbonation.

This beer is light enough that it could easily be drank in a session and has a multitude of tastes/flavors that come out, especially as you let the beer warm. I would more than likely drink another.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to kryptic and lightindarkness for this brew.

Pours a thick black color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy dark tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee/coffee. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with the dark stuff. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very nice brew, highly recommended.

Photo of jmalex
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer I didn't know existed until I saw one on the shelf at Julio's Liquors. I figured I'd grab one and bring it home.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass a deep brown to black with a one-finger light beige head. It drops to a thick collar with splotchy foam patches across the surface.

SMELL: Heavy doses of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and black malts - all in equal proportion. Alcohol is extremely faint but still there, and hop aroma might be even fainter. The perfect mix of malt aromas is the star here though, and really comes on in full force.

TASTE: The robustness of the aroma doesn't seem to translate to the flavor at all. It seems a little empty with just some slight caramel and bready roasted malt showing up. Some hints of dark fruits are there as well. The finish is just as empty, not giving near as as much of the dark, rich flavors as it could.

MOUTHFEEL: Disappointingly thin... at least for the style. A medium body joins with an average carbonation to yield an underwhelming mouthfeel.

DRINKABILITY: Not horrible, but it loses points for overall impression. Otherwise, it drinks like a 6% beer should.

This beer really seems to restrain itself, especially after such a promising, robust aroma. I tend to be skeptical of the trend for more, More, MORE, but it seems like this beer could actually use it. The chocolatiness, the roastiness, and the body just isn't there. It leaves me really wanting more.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Sliffy et al in a visit to Columbus. Pour dark like a porter,not much of a head, a little dot lacing, smells roasty without being over the top. Very smooth drinking porter. Drying aftertaste. Carbonation tingles, its above average, but we are OK with it. Coffee, chocolate malt, anise, a bit of cinammon.

Photo of blakesell
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into an over sized brandy snifter.

Appearance- Beer pours a very dark red that would perceived as black if not held to the light, with a minimal espresso foam tan half finger head that quickly dies to nothing and no lacing whatsoever on the sides.

Smell- Rich toffee sweetness with a bit of milk chocolate in the background. Alcoholic esters making the beer smell like a much higher gravity than 6.2% dark fruits and a deep port/sherry smell, sherry in that papery nuttiness way, and port in that deep sweet flavorful grape way.

Taste- Rich and malty with that toffee coming in stronger and a bit more black licorice, hints of coffee, and more of that milk chocolate, this tastes nearly like a stout, but then this is a Baltic porter so it is coming pretty close to the style. A figgy nuttiness also lingers on the sides of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Lightly cloying, full bodied, moderately smooth, and low in carbonation.

Drinkability- A fine porter that Fred has offered up to us here, but then we all know that his crowning achievement is BORIS the crusher and that lovely Double IPA of his, Mean Manglaneshi. I will be leaving this beer by the wayside while I go for more of those beers that I love so much.

Photo of nrbw23
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a black color with red highlights when held up to the light. A light brown head with decent retention and leaves light lacing.

S- Lighter than I expected but I can pick up roasted malts and some chocolate.

T- Lightly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. A little on the sweet side by very nice.

M- Medium in body and very smooth. Light on the carbonation.

D- Very nice Porter. Worth a shot for sure.

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

Pours dark, getting a rich head with a strong pour, slight lacing.

Smell is faintly roasted malts.

Rich cocoa taste emanating from black patent and chocolate malts. Hop bitterness isn't present

Silky smooth light mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

Overall a very easy drinking Porter.

Photo of cameraman
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark brown , with hint of a reddish hue in the glass. A quater inch caramel colored head forms on top, show steady retention. A strong coffee and chocolate fragrances, this is followed by the an abrasive scent of alchol. The malty chocolate flavor comes out right at the start, then blending to a coffee flavor,and finishing with a earthy bitterness. The feel is very reflective of the title, very smooth and easy flowing, leaving a clean dryness on the back of the palate. This is a very good porter, the one let down was the strong scent of alchol. It made up for that with a strong taste, which is the main aspect to want in a beer, and the very slick and smooth feel.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
Pours a very dark brown, near black in color. A nice two inch head forms on the pour. Smell is highly roasted malts. Taste is a lot more of the roasted malts with just a hint of something sweet as well. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Not sure "silky" is the word I would use to describe it, but still a damn good porter. HF is making some very good beers. If they could only up the complexity a bit they would be right there with the best.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, nearly black beer with a light brown head that was quickly fleeting. Absolutely no head retention or lacing.

The caramel and roasted malts seemed to dominate the nose.

Caramels and dark malts hit the tongue, the hops are barely present and there is an afternote of chocolate.

A little watery for a porter, though the labels claim of "silky smooth" is certainly accurate.

I enjoyed this, but I can't see myself having more than one of these in a session.

Photo of ph2001
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in pint glass

pours thick, a hard pour still gets no head out of it. black. smelly roasty and chocolatey.

a very smooth light body. it has a light roasty taste over malt. there's a balance of light sweetness and bitter flavors, but it still seems very mild.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Malty chocolate and dark fruits.

T = Lightly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and slight hint of bitterness rounds out the flavor. The bitterness is very minimal and is perfectly used for balance. The highlight of this beer is the semi-sweet, cafe-mocha finish...which is great!

MF = Incredibly smooth. Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall, this is one fantastic beer regardless of style and is one of the smoothest I've tasted.
I highly recommend this one.

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

Bottle courtesy of miketd. Thanks man! Pours nice and black with a lasting, creamy tan head. Smell is dusty bittersweet chocolate and dark cherry fruitiness. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and dark fruitiness. Leaning on the sweet side with a chocolate covered cherry flavor. Creamy soft carbonation and a semi-rich body. Very easy drinking. Really nice.

Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.