Silk Porter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

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
Reviews:
159
Ratings:
323
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
40
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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of wattoclone
4.94/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 cvm4
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up locally a WHILE ago (so take that in mind with this review...). brew enjoyed out of a Hhill Farmstead tulipy wine glass.

a - brew poured a watery black with little to no head, what was there was gone almost instantly and no lacing was left.

s - straight up hershey chocolate syrup. some roasted malts, but sweet chocolate syrup leads the way.

t - very sweet like the nose suggests. some char and roastiness in the background. as i got into the brew, the chocolate syrup subsided and the classic porter char came out. pretty decent.

m - some porter char, but a bit thicker than expected. really sweet. the sweetness fell into the background by the 2nd pour and the feel had more char.

o - overall, not a classic porter. very syrup and very sweet. decent. i'd like to try it fresher since i don't pick up any of the coffee that other reviewers speak of. not bad, but not great. reminiscent of BORIS flavoring, but in a porter...those flavors seem to work better with a big stout and not with a porter.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Silk Porter
(coffee infused firkin @ The Big Tap In)

LOOK: A dark oily black looking liquid, almost no head, big bubbles, ominous.

SMELL: Strong delicious coffee scent, like a warm latte.

TASTE: Black coffee, roasted malts, really nice bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a low carbonation.

OVERALL: The coffee infused silk porter was a success. Got the best of both worlds.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very dark walnut black to brown edged body, gives a simple 1 and a half finger tan head. Head falls slowly and leaves a fairly good sized puck and collar.

Nose has a faint banana, classic malt roast character, something spicy getting into burnt clove territory and other brown spices. Hints of dry spice, and a mix of classic porter roast.

Mouthfeel feels a little tight and carbonated. Silky and smooth this is not. However, flavor file seems to hint perfectly with what's on the nose. I don't have too many porters that seem to give off a faint banana like yeast estery quality, this one seems to. It doesn't dominate, there is classic roast char, and that dryness matches well. Some tongue numbing here, but also bringing out those roast characters nicely.

Overall fairly solid, the title for this beer though I think is not truly authentic. It is without question a better than average porter. Not going to be a personal favorite, but could have one with no complaints.

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Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown/black with two fingers of head. Head is looks creamy and is quite persistent.

S - Slightly sweet roasted malts with hints of coffee.

T - Primarily roasted malts up front. Coffee and a bit of dark chocolate follow, with the coffee lingering on and on. Nice.

M - Silk porter is a very apt name. Very creamy /slick mouthfeel a perfect amount of carbonation.

O - Very enjoyable porter. Would put this up among my favorites.

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Photo of beergod1
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, close to black, with a red hue and a nice dark tan head. The aroma is mocha with heavy chocolate, roasty malt and smooth vanilla woodiness. Medium smooth body that is thick and oily with clean sharp carbonation. Tastes rich, very smooth, almost a nitro, with a dark malt, Chocolate, coffee, and sweet molasses or Brown Sugar. This a really good porter, Hoppin Frog is 1 of my favorites.

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Photo of bobhits
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle the body is a light brown, but once in the glass you'll be hard pressed to find much light breaking through. A decent head and a hint of lacing finish things.

Roasted malt and vanilla notes are really all I can pick up here. Yes that means that coffee and chocolate are in there, but really anymore these aromas without some more overt notes just smell like roasted malt to me.

Dark roast meets hops, vanilla, and lactose. I have no idea what a "porter" is vs a "stout" but this tastes like a great porter. Hops are noticed but not over powering. The lactose seems to subdue the roasted characters and give off a smooth and creamy finish. The roasted flavors give off coffee and chocolate notes.

There's no doubt this is a thinner bodied beer with amazing carbonation to give it a bit of a creamy or silk mouth feel. If that sounds good, enjoy and if not well there's other beers for you.

This is a really good American Porter. It seems to hit the notes that I expect from a Porter without fail, but I gotta question the price tag. 8 bucks for a 6.2% Porter that isn't just simply outstanding seems harsh to me.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tyring the Silk Porter from Hoppin Frog and I am a little dissappointed only in the fact of appearance due to lack of head and no lacing. The color was a silky smooth dark opaque. The smell is roasty but mostly sweet malt and peat. The taste is very smooth and silky with very sweet malts hints of roast, peat, caramel/chocolate. Mouthfeel is ok....smooth medium body with weak, if any, carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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 peabody
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out really dark with just a few brown bubbles. Lacing on the glass.
Smell is not as charred as I would have liked. Some alcohol in the nose despite the low 6.2%.
Taste is just a tad weak but it does have some char and character. The alcohol is barely noticable.
Mouthfeel is sticky but not enough retention of the flavor to keep you enthused.
Overall, this is pretty nice for a Porter, just a bit weak.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Pitch black with a finger of head. No lacing.

Picking up some dark fruit in the nose. Along with roastiness and cocoa powder.

Up front its a dark fruity sweetness followed by lightly roasty flavors. Caramel and a dry cocoa in the end.

Lower carbonation and a silky smooth mouthfeel as expected.

Easy drinking but nothing exciting about this one.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown thats quite nearly opaquee with the exception of blood orange high lights. Doesn't pour with much of a head. A collar at best.
Aromas of deep roasted almost burnt malts dominate. Some bittersweet chocolate can be scented also.
lots of good flavor with of course deep deep roasted malts rich chocolates and ash.
A bit thin on the palette with a grittiness in the body.
The flavors seem to explode in the mouth filling every corner like foam. A rather plain porter that didn't live up to the label descripition.

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Photo of harrymel
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled unk

A: dark brown with a finger of mocha foam which falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lace
S: nutty, cocoa, some nice wood notes and vanilla. Nice.
T: dry porter with nice sweet noted in the midpalate. Nice.
M: modest body with nice carb and a dry finish.
O: good stuff from a good brewery

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the label proclaims this as a throwback to the traditional English porter style, I think the American porter style, as listed here, hits the mark. Silky indeed, with a smooth mouthfeel, bordering on slick. Nicely balanced hops and deeply roasted malt notes, with a bit of smoke in the malt. Black with a thin, mocha head and some sweet chocolate malt in the aroma.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with a creamy tan head that fades fast but leaves nice soapy lacing.

The aroma is earthy with mild chocolate and cocoa tones, roasted hints on the edges.

The flavor has nice balance of milk chocolate and cocoa with hints of vanilla and roasty hints. Earthy background with hints of coffee in the finish. Burnt crust edges.

Silky and smooth.

Overall, a very drinkable, mild mannered, smooth porter with an awesome mouthfeel. Very down to earth, balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Such a dark brown brown it's almost black, with a tan one-finger head that reduces to a thin covering.
S: It certainly does smell silky, with aromas of creamy chocolate and caffè latte.
T: Again chocolate and coffee, but tastes watered down.
M: Very thin given the aromas/style.
O: This tastes like a 'light' porter, should such a thing shamefully exist. The aromas are very nice, the flavors are there but it's just thin.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark brown, tan head. This does look silky.
Smell: Not much of a nose to speak of. We'll see if more comes out as it warms.
Taste: This is silky indeed. A quaffer. Not much complexity though I find myself draining this fast.
The least of the Hoppin's I've had so far.

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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.
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