Silk Porter
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Porter - American
Ranked #457
Ranked #22,678
3.85 | pDev: 9.87%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
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Sigmund from Norway

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

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
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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

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
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joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dec 15, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

STYLE American Porter | ABV 6.2% | AVAILABILITY Year-round

Roasty, Burnt, Firm, Toasty

While my palate is processing the onslaught of roasty flavors, the silkiness of this beer rounds out the brashness. Good to know it has a fitting name. Hoppin’ Frog puts a bigger focus on the roasted malt character than anything else here. Chocolate, charcoal, burnt grain, molasses, chicory, a faint fruitiness and a suggestion of floral hops are the most noticeable complexities and nuances. Bold without decimating my palate, each sip brings me closer to this brew.

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #102 (JUL 2015)

Aug 25, 2015
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Jetnotjets from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid porter, but nothing special. There are many more porters out there that deliver where this one doesn't. It reminded me of a good base recipe that was never improved or embellished upon. I enjoyed it, and I'd probably by it again, but it doesn't make it to onto my go-to list of porters that I keep in the man cave. There's nothing special about it, but there's nothing bad about it either. More of an entry level porter for someone just trying out this genre of beer rather than an established porter drinker.

Aug 13, 2015
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dcmchew from Romania

3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a light mocha head, pretty frothy and messy.
There's a bit of oxidation on the nose, but also nice roasted malts, an unexpected fruitiness, not just the generic dried dark fruit, bit of chocolate and faint coffee. Doesn't really scream anything in particular.
Zesty sip, with a nice berry note, fresh plum, but quickly getting drier and drier, with raisin and faint dried fig. Roast, chocolate biscuits, sweet dark caramel malt, with dry dusty hints of walnut and coffee in the finish, with the zestiness still lingering.
Aftertaste has sugared toast, light prune, burnt sugar and a touch of hop. Medium to light body, medium carbonation, "soft" and pretty smooth.
A refreshing porter, nothing too complicated, but no reason to be disappointed.

Mar 03, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke, light nuttiness, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light hop notes; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good robust porter. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Jul 20, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$ 8.99/bomber at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head small (2 cm), light brown fizzy, rapidly diminishing to partial 2mm ring and some random floating bubbles
Lacing poor – rare small island which usually slides back down to join the ring
Body dark brown with a little light passing at the nadir of the snifter
Flavor begins with faint roasted malt and bitter chocolate, rapidly fading to just a faint roasted malt bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

This is a porter, but not a particularly exciting one. The price point is rather high in relation to the quality – at $ 5.99/bomber I might be buying more, if I couldn’t find any Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.

Jul 18, 2014
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msquared36 from Ohio

3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate with a reddish tint around the edges. Soft pour yields a fat sand color head.

Aroma of berries, malt and a hint of smoke. Not particularly strong scent.

Dry chocolate up front with a slight fruity sweetness toward the end.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown. On the watery side. Expected more out of a beer with "silk" in the name.

Overall not bad but had higher hopes. Could have been more robust all around.

Apr 16, 2014
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tmzl from Slovenia

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Pours with average, semi-thick (bottom has small bubbles, they get bigger towards the top), creamy, mocha head. It has good retention, mostly diminishing; patchy, thin, thick layer leaves some fine lacing. Dark with light brown (maybe some amber) hue, can't see through but the pour was with lighter body.

Smell: Freshness from plums and black berries and smooth roast with mostly milk chocolate and caramel. Some oats and grain with light espresso underline too. Maybe a bit of lemon hops also in the mix.

Taste: Fresh start with dark berries and plum dumplings - light sourness. Continues into medium light sweetness with smooth darker malt character, roast, milk chocolate, caramel. Light mineral notes present. The end is also smooth, light bitterness, mostly roast with milk chocolate. Some light sourness comes in the after too.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, but creamy, smooth with right amount of carbonation - enhances the silky feeling.

Overall: Suiting name, nothing stands out, everything relatively smooth, light and well balanced, yet has many thing to show.

Mar 17, 2014
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brew. A dark brown color with near opacity. The head never really formed. I have a thin cap settled on-top to appreciate.

Sultry dark cocoa notes with malt burliness and heavy roast. Has a little 'rugged' beneath the velvety decadence of the maltiness. Hints of coffee and berries. Refreshing nuances of dark fruit; refreshing, considering the volume of deep malt roast. There might be a nip of citrusy hops underneath it all, but it's hard to pick up on.

Minerally and earthy with a bit of grit, but it's just accented by a longly-kilned grain base with specialty malts adding dry bitterness and flavors of cocoa powder, oats, and blackberry. The hops almost have a rhubarb tanginess to them, but they're so far removed from the mainstay maltiness. Hints of espresso and chicory. Solid porter flavor.

The body is absolutely dreamy; silky with great body and a smooth wetness that gets patched up with some sporadic grainy mealiness. That's right, if you hold in on the tongue long enough, you can feel some texture. The levels of carbonation are low enough to enjoy the exquisite body and feel of this beer.

This is quite damn good. Not the cheapest bomber, at $8.99 a pop, but I didn't mind swinging it, after the fact. Not something I'll go to again anytime soon, but that's a barrier that the retail price put in place. The beer is certainly good enough to revisit, and again and again.

Oct 15, 2013
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schwemjw from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark black with no head. a light tan coats the edges of the glass.

S: ROAST! light semi sweet dark chocolate with coffee beans and brown sugar. A little touch of burnt toast.

T: Sweet milk chocolate with a very earthy hop. Vanilla, roast and big bold coffee. Sweet toffee finishes this bad boy off. A little touch of bitterness.

M: Surprisingly light, very smooth.

O: This is a very tastey beer. Nothing outstanding, just solid all around / 88

Jul 31, 2013
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wattoclone from California

4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle I found at Capone's in Norristown. Unfiltered with clumps of brown solids in bottom after pour. Near black color with substantial brown head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is mellow chocolate, rummy dark fruit and vanilla. Initial taste is dark fruit rum which is quickly overshadowed by sweet chocolate with coffee, caramel , vanilla and molasses notes. The hops are not apparent but rather bringing balance to the force of the malt in perfect balance. There is a long chocolate aftertaste that persists for a long time, seemingly forever. This is a delicious porter that does not assault the taste buds and is truly silky as the name implies.

May 15, 2013
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head. Smells of dark fruit, roasted malt, hint of chocolate. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate, with medium and very smooth mouthfeel. It seems as though there is lactose present in this. Right amount of medium carbonation. Bit of a lasting hop presence. Nice beer. This doesn't have the same character and bite as the Cafe version, but is decent all around.

Jan 16, 2013
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-11-14 in Danville, KY

A - Opaque dark brown/black with a 1-finger dark tan head with an aggressive pour. Head fades quickly and leaves mild lacing.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, medium roasted oasted grain, brown bread, alcohol and some black licorice.

T - Dark/charred grain, chalky, astringent, dark chocolate, mild sweetness, touch of coffee and dark fruit. Charred/roasted and hop bitter finish lingers.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Not as thick as I like but good enough.

O - Lots of flavor and pretty well-balanced. A good but not great porter. I like the Boris stout more than this.

Nov 14, 2012
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prototypic from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Silk Porter pours a dark chocolate fudge color. Looks nice. It’s not quite opaque. With a little light behind it, there are a few burgundy highlights that show at the outer edges. A light tan head caps it off. It rises to about a finger and a half in height before falling back to a surface covering. Lacing was moderate and sticky. Looks good.

The nose is impressive. It has a really nice chocolate malt base. It doesn’t smell sweet at all. Smells like cocoa and dark chocolate. Roasted coffee follows and is a perfect complement to the chocolate. Smells delicious. A really nice citric hoppy scent emerges late. I wasn’t expecting that. Smells mostly like grapefruit. Alcohol isn’t much of a factor. It’s not very big, so that’s not surprising. I like it. Smells really nice.

The flavor is easily as good. The malt base brings a strong chocolate flavor to the mix. It’s a blend of bittersweet dark chocolate and cocoa. It doesn’t have any real sweet quality. Roasted coffee certainly packs a punch and is the x-factor here. It works extremely well with the chocolate flavors. Hops are surprisingly strong. They do have a citric flavor and add just a slight bitter factor. Nevertheless, they are secondary to the chocolate and coffee flavors. Alcohol is buried. All in all, very tasty stuff.

Silk Porter has body that falls on the lighter side of medium. It feels a bit thin. More body would definitely improve it. Having said that, carbonation is very light and soft. It’s definitely easy drinking. This bomber is disappearing quickly and I wouldn’t mind having another.

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery brews some really nice beer. Their roster is full of it. Silk Porter is another nice example. While it might not be complicated or overly complex, it is tasty beer that delivers. If you haven’t had a bottle by now, pick one up. You’ll be glad you did.

Oct 28, 2012
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth but a little syrupy, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid porter to drink for a while.

Aug 03, 2012
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty brown as black. Nice dark tan 1 finger head. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Huge roasted malt presence and sweet chocolate.

T - Sweet, licorice, roasted malt throughout. Faint chocolate notes abound.

M - Light body, medium carbonation. Doesn't really coat the mouth.

O - Not a bad mid-road porter. I'd probably choose others over this though.

Jul 14, 2012
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Billolick from New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber w/o freshness info

Pours near black and lifts a HUGE head, that raised infection concerns. The head slowly receeded and left loads of dark tan thick sheeting. Mouthfeel wise things seem to be in order, so seems this one is in decent shape, just pours out a huge head...notes of chocolate, dark malts and waves of sweet malts, add up to a flavorful porter, smooth on the palate, but generally on the sweet side. A wee bit thin for my liking. Could use some more hops, more dense flavors and more body to add to the intrigue, balance and interest here.

Jun 01, 2012
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 343 ratings