Silk Porter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
330 Ratings
Silk PorterSilk Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by klewis on 12-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
330
Reviews:
160
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 330 |  Reviews: 160
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down rather quickly, leaving lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate and roasted malts; the roasted flavors particularly stand out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exquisitely balance American-style Robust Porter that never either the flavor of bittersweet cocoa or French roasted coffees. And with a velvety smooth mouthfeel that lives up to the 'silky' namesake- a malted milk flavor and feel puts a sparkle on this session. Neutral yeast character keeps any fruitiness or spices restrained and understated. Fully attenuated for dryness and clean alcohol taste puts emphasis squarely on the heavy toast (nearly roast) character that provides the underpinning for the coffee, chocolate, and semi-dry toffee flavor.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown glass bottle served into a Beck's flute in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of fair cream, great thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, nuts, and cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy chocolate, decent nuts, light cream, and light caramel. Complex enough, but badly built and balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet; fairly complementary of the flavour but not the style.

Dr: Fairly high ABV, drinkable enough, and decently priced.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque jet black color with ruby highlights. It had a two-finger, light brown head of fluffy foam that left some lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and some sweet chocolate. Some mild floral aromas, too.

T - It tasted of sweet cocoa and caramel. Some roasty malt presence. Very, very mild bitter hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - Not a robust porter. It's a very sweet porter that tastes like a milk stout. Worth a try.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only the third beer I have had from this brewery,the other two I had mixed feelings about.Poured a deep dark cola color with a thin creamy toasted almond top,heavy roast in the nose along with some wood and earth,a tinge of bitter chocolate comes thru as well but is somewhat faint.Roasted as all get out on the palate (wich I like),with some espresso roast coffee notes,finishing very dry and earthy with some wood tones.Man if the mouthfeel was just a little bigger to hold up to those big flavors this would be seriously top notch in my book,as is a very good "robust" porter.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with a small off white head. moderate lacing down the glass.

Aroma has some coffee and chocolate notes as well as a little bit of fruit. Not a huge aroma but a very pleasant smelling beer.

Taste is very good, it has some coffee and chocolate flavors along with the roastedness of the malts. I'm enjoying the taste very much. The flavors are not too overpowering, a nice drinkable porter.

Creamy mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

I very much enjoyed this bomber, it's too bad they don't distribute here so I can buy more of their beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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 russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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

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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 330 ratings.
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