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Silk Porter - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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very good

157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 15
Gots: 36 | 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:
Beer added by: klewis on 12-20-2007

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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 310
Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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...


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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of theghost3
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a 1-finger beige head. Some lacing.

The smell is chocolate, wood and toasty malts. The flavors consist of dark chocolate with burnt toast malts, bitter wood, and a hint of molasses. The mouthfeel is crisp at first, but becomes more smooth over time; medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer. It's crisp, which I like in a porter. It would go well with a chocolate dessert or grilled meat.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice dark dark brown with the nice ruby reddish hints that typically surround the borders of porters. A nice .5 inch head pops up with some nice tight bubbles. The retention is pretty long with some nice slight lacing. The pour seemed to show a nice slightly viscous liquid.

S - Aroma starts off with some roasted malt notes. Mild but delicious milk chocolate hints as well as some slight dark chocolate bitterness. There are some nice caramel hints and nice brown sugar notes. The sweetness in this beer is full and delicious but not overwhelming. Very nice aroma.

T & M - Starts off with the nice roasted character. Slight coffee notes and some good chocolate sweetness and caramel malt sweetness as well. There is some nice malt backbone to this beer and surprisingly there seems to be some slight spice in the middle part of the beer between the roasted character and the sweetness. It is interesting to say the least. The mouthfeel is nice and medium and it has some nice viscosity to it that makes the beer fill bigger than the 6% ABV would lead you to believe.

D - This porter is great. Awesome for the holidays and the colder weather. Great ABV for this beer and style.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black as oil, 1 inch tan head that died fast

Smell - Smoked malts, some sugars and barley, a little coffee and nut to it. No smell to strong

Taste - The beer is call silk porter for good reason. It has a lushious sweet chocolate taste mixed with smoked nut porter. I love the sugar flavors and the malts. The bitterness is very low since the sweetness covers it up

Mouthfeel - So nice and sweet, tounge is screaming, pallette is happy, and my tastebuds are rocking. Wow this is dessert in a bottle

Drinkabilty - I crushed the 22oz. With it being only around 6% and being so smooth and sweet, I could drink two 22ozers no problem. Its a dessert beer but, i could so see drinking this in the summer with a steak on the grill. Third beer in a row from hoppin frog that ive loved, the brewery is a beer or so away from becoming a top favorite of mine.

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Photo of jlandis
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This silk porter pours a beautiful pitch black with 2 finger creamy tan head that slowly fades into a small ring. The aroma is amazing and slightly unexpected. The first thing that comes to mind is that first deep breath in a humidor filled with the finest cigars. There is an element of musty wood, rich roasted grains and luscious sweetness. The flavor is just as exciting as the aroma. Rich smooth roasted grains hit you up front, and soon you are enjoying the sweet caramel malt. Tobacco and musty wood create a fantastic finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with subtle carbonation. This is an all around amazing beer. I wasn't expecting the cigar / tobacco elements, but they really take this beer to the next level.

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Photo of lovetranquillity
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light tan head. Looks thick due to the color.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt sugar.

Initial taste is sweet sugary malt, some vanilla , and coffee and chocolate flavors in the background. Tastes are not overwhelming. It is like a simplified version of a milk or cream stout.

Very smooth mouth feel but slightly sticky on the lips. Medium carbonation enough to be noticeable.

Very easy to drink because of the low alcohol percentage, relatively low bitterness, a good dessert beer. You could drink a whole 22 ounce in a sitting without feeling a buzz. It is pretty close to a cream stout.

I would buy it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, very near black body with a plentiful, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Richly-scented aroma of dark malts, with inviting notes of anise, espresso powder, chocolate milk, and charred toast. Also some curious, welcome hints of blackberries.

Taste: Dark malts, yielding tastes of lightly sweet chocolate and licorice twists, followed by toasted grains, caramel, and marshmallows. "Molasses?" Yes, TheLibrarianGirl, I was just getting to that. Molasses. Modestly smoked hand-picked blackberries. Faint, though fairly complimentary sourness. Very small hint of bitterness, with the hops definitely take a back seat in this one, though there is a smidgen of earthy bitterness for the roasty, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A certainly solid, rich, pleasant, albeit pricey porter.

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Photo of Xul
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown to almost black, capped by a finger of fizzy, pale mocha head. Retention is poor as it dissipates quickly, leaving behind scattered lacing.

S: Semisweet chocolate and roasted malts up front with some slightly acrid roastiness/coffee. Caramel and light nutty character in the background.

T: Starts out with some roasted malts with a hint of char, before a burst of dark fruits hits on the mid-palate. Dark chocolate and coffee come in near the backend and stick around through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a touch thin but it's not a huge detriment.

D: Goes down easily and the acrid/charred nature of the roast is restrained enough to not affect drinkability. Solid porter.

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

I got this one on for sale today for $3.99 - what a steal.... or maybe it's not... that's yet to be determined.

A: Dark, dark brown, with a bit of see-through around the edges, and about a 1/4 inch head. Totally appropriate!

S: Sweet roastiness with a substantial coffee nose. There is also a mild date or raison-like smell to the brew.

T: A bit thin in the body, but the coffee notes are very nice. This is sort of like a "mini" coffee stout. I wish the overall taste filled out the palate more.

M: It has a mild creaminess, which I can see a bit as a result of the bubble formations on the side of the glass. The actual thickness of the liquid is very nice.

D: Pretty smooth. I honestly can't find any real flaws in this department.

Overall: Great for the $, but there are better Porters out there.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by nickd717. Thanks, Nick.

Dark chocolate brown, close to opaque. A tan head retains fairly well.

Pretty nice aroma, chocolatey and nutty with a twang of acidic roast.

Roasty and nutty on the palate, reminiscent of roasted peanuts. Hints of licorice with a chocolate and coffee finish. The body is a tad thin, but I can't fault it too much for that, it's quite good overall.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, in color with red highlights. A thick tan head that diminishes after a while.

S: The nose is very closed to me, but what I get is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe some vanilla, but no hops.

T: Smooth and creamy flavor of chocolate, caramel, malts, and coffee. A delicious blend of roasted malts and bittering hops creating a balanced flavor.

M: A silky medium body with a lot of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, a must try for a porter.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.