Silk Porter
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Silk PorterSilk Porter
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Porter - American
Ranked #289
Ranked #19,356
3.84 | pDev: 9.9%
May 14, 2021
Dec 20, 2007
Very Good
Silk PorterSilk Porter
Notes: None
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

650 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.2%. Black colour, large to moderate brown head. Nice aroma of mildly roasted malts and caramel malts, notes of coffee, caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Silky smooth mouthfeel and flavour, like the name makes you anticipate, The flavour has the same elements as the aroma, with just the right sweetness, and sufficient hops in the finish. Very enjoyable and easy drinking.

May 14, 2021
Photo of Tony210
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours dark, appropriate head. Malty aroma. Surprisingly robust flavor, chocolate, a little yeast. Overall an ok porter. Note - this bottle is probably 4 years old.

Bomber, no date, at least 4 years old.
3.75 rating

Aug 16, 2020
4.02 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Mar 19, 2020
3.77 by desint from Belgium on Jun 19, 2019
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 08, 2019
Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

The pour is a deep dark chocolate brown, propping up a creamy tan head. The nose is cocoa and toffee - I’m literally drooling.

The taste has the cocoa and toffee notes, but there’s also a black cherry component that is really nice. And excellent porter, IMHO.

Mar 31, 2018
4.3 by tottel from Netherlands on Mar 01, 2018
3.69 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Feb 10, 2018
3.5 by jeffthepony from Georgia on Oct 31, 2017
4.1 by mike22ne from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2017
3.74 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Aug 16, 2017
4.15 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Aug 02, 2017
Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in July 2017. There was no bottled on date, and I drank it about 1 monthafter purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a very thick tan/brown head. Head is thicker than many other porters & stouts, and left a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted coffee and toasted malts. There is some hint of sweetness from caramel, chocolate, and cocoa as well, but overall the roasted malts dominate the others. I do not get much hops aroma. There is a little earthy aroma, which I do not like.

Taste: The roasted malt flavor is pronounced. There is an interesting balance between the coffee, roasted malts, and some bitterness from hops. There is some chocolate and a little berry sweetness, with these and the bitterness enhancing the taste and adding some complexity. There is a medium alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: Medium alcohol, but with a very smooth body, that is not too creamy.

This is a nice, complex porter, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a medium-bodied porter, it is very smooth and enjoyable to drink.

Jul 23, 2017
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jul 19, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a mostly black color with a nice two finger white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Some lace, slightly speckled. The aroma had some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, slight smoke, slight brown sugar. The flavor blended the previously mentioned aromas together - roasty, sweet and subtle smoke. All leads into the aftertaste and bled into the finish. The feel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch above with a nice soft carbonation about it. ABV felt good. Overall, nicely done porter well worthy of having again.

Jun 25, 2017
3.75 by Beerhemoth from Illinois on Feb 09, 2017
3.87 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Dec 26, 2016
4 by Tinafatlard1 from Pennsylvania on Dec 11, 2016
3.75 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Dec 10, 2016
3.81 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Dec 10, 2016
4.08 by jakecattleco from California on Oct 22, 2016
4 by TheBen5 from Alabama on Aug 29, 2016
Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

Drank at Cerveteca, Lisbon.

A: The body is opaque black with a minor beige to brown head that looks terribly well.
S: The aroma has three main characteristics, being the most findable an awesome smell of coffee that connects almost perfectly with the roasted malts. On top of this, a minor yeast aroma that's like a cherry on top.
T: This is my kind of beer, where the roasted malts make a great bridge with the heavy coffee tones and the sweetness of both come together. This, for me, is heaven.
M: Silk Porter is, obviously, silky with a medium to high body and with high density. Low bitterness to respect the initial sweetness and awesomely balanced.
O: I'm into stouts and porters that are coffee based. With that in mind I'm able to say that this beer represents me in craft beer. Thank you Hoppin' Frog.

Jul 27, 2016
Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black and sheening. Head settles quickly. Thin and delicate rings of lacing.

S: Molasses and soft notes of char. Charcoal. Coffee beans. Roasty barley. Semi-sweet chocolate. Subtle earthy hop.

T: Molasses up front. Semi sweet chocolate chips. Woody and roasty flavors build to impressive heights. Dark roast coffee. Woody. Heavily roasted barley. Dark fruit notes of plum and Concord grape deep at its core. Subtle earthy hops. Long roasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Full with a silky smooth, velvety texture. Ample carbonation provides a bit of lift.

O: I personally enjoyed this quite a bit. The nose is a little on the shy side, but in taste and feel it has everything you could want in an American Porter. As advertised, it is silky smooth in body. The great mouthfeel really makes it.

Jul 20, 2016
3.79 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 02, 2016
3.65 by CPAles from Illinois on Apr 30, 2016
4.11 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Apr 21, 2016
4.15 by stephenlee from England on Mar 16, 2016
3.75 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 14, 2016
4.23 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2016
Photo of Sabtos
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Lighter black than their stouts, to dark brown, with a dense smooth tan head.

Frog really knows how to achieve a roasty element to the beers. However this is a touch more mellow than their heavier dark beers. Coffee, cocoa powder, and raisin also come forward on the nose.

Taste and feel is as you might expect is silky roasted malt and chocolate syrup with a nuttiness that rounds it out. It's a pretty balanced brew that is able to take on other flavors really well, which is why it does great in tower infusions and is such a good base beer for the Cafe and Infusion A variants.


Having this puppy freshly on draft in December 2021 at the source years after they discontinued officially releasing it in favor of reserving full batches to flavor it for the Infusion A treatment, it's surprisingly bitter compared to where dark beers have gone since, but nostalgically enjoyable all the same. While the above review is spot on, there are also notes of tobacco leaf, smoke and tang I hadn't detected or noted before.

Dec 15, 2015
3.73 by davet100 from Virginia on Dec 15, 2015
3.91 by harryhops from Delaware on Nov 29, 2015
3.96 by AMCimpi from New York on Nov 29, 2015
3.52 by StretchZep from Ohio on Nov 28, 2015
3.75 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Nov 21, 2015
4.35 by StJimmy92 from Ohio on Nov 19, 2015
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Oct 31, 2015
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Oct 31, 2015
Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by beergoot from Colorado

Deep, dark, nearly opaque mahogany brown and red body; dense, rich, rocky head. Full aroma of roasted grains and cocoa powder; chocolate; mild maraschino cherry fruitiness. Charred grain flavor; milk chocolate; bitter. Heavy and smooth mouthfeel; mostly sweet finish.

Big in dark malt and roasted grain flavor followed by a dry, somewhat astringent bitterness sums up this beer. Flavorful and velvety smooth with a mild overall harshness that keeps this from being a truly outstanding porter.

Aug 30, 2015
Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 343 ratings