Silk Porter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

very good
160 Reviews
Silk PorterSilk Porter

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by klewis on 12-20-2007

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 330
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
Pours a very dark brown, near black in color. A nice two inch head forms on the pour. Smell is highly roasted malts. Taste is a lot more of the roasted malts with just a hint of something sweet as well. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Not sure "silky" is the word I would use to describe it, but still a damn good porter. HF is making some very good beers. If they could only up the complexity a bit they would be right there with the best.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, nearly black beer with a light brown head that was quickly fleeting. Absolutely no head retention or lacing.

The caramel and roasted malts seemed to dominate the nose.

Caramels and dark malts hit the tongue, the hops are barely present and there is an afternote of chocolate.

A little watery for a porter, though the labels claim of "silky smooth" is certainly accurate.

I enjoyed this, but I can't see myself having more than one of these in a session.

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Photo of ph2001
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in pint glass

pours thick, a hard pour still gets no head out of it. black. smelly roasty and chocolatey.

a very smooth light body. it has a light roasty taste over malt. there's a balance of light sweetness and bitter flavors, but it still seems very mild.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S = Malty chocolate and dark fruits.

T = Lightly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and slight hint of bitterness rounds out the flavor. The bitterness is very minimal and is perfectly used for balance. The highlight of this beer is the semi-sweet, cafe-mocha finish...which is great!

MF = Incredibly smooth. Medium body with low carbonation.

Overall, this is one fantastic beer regardless of style and is one of the smoothest I've tasted.
I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of JDV
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of miketd. Thanks man! Pours nice and black with a lasting, creamy tan head. Smell is dusty bittersweet chocolate and dark cherry fruitiness. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and dark fruitiness. Leaning on the sweet side with a chocolate covered cherry flavor. Creamy soft carbonation and a semi-rich body. Very easy drinking. Really nice.

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Photo of DavidEddie
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with some tan lacing. Faint aromas of chocolate, malt, and dark fruits. Very smooth flavors of dark chocolate, burnt carmel, dark fruits (mainly cherries), and mild coffee. Mouth feel is creamy and chewy. Good amount of carbonation. Drinkability was really good. It's great to have this brewery make it to Chicagoland. Recommended!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - no light getting through this one. This bomber uncapped without a peep of carbonation, hmm. The pour makes a very conservative head, even with a good bounce. A thin wispy cover, a few dots and streaks on the glass. Upon closer inspection of the bomber, I notice a hairline crack in the glass. It looks like it must havve occurred at capping, like the cap was crimped on too hard. Feeling inside the neck, it is totally smooth so I have no reservation about the safety of the beer, but the carbonation is another thing...

Aroma - roasted grain, kind of woody, a touch of coffee beans. Fades to near obscurity as it settles.

Taste - sweet chocolatey roasted malt. As expected, this is nearly flat. Gives the flavor full play, but it does lose a step. The grains have a fine, roasted flavor, nuances of chocolate and coffee alongside that are tasty. A bit of balancing hops provide a bit of bitterness, but not much. The finish is just lots of roastiness and a touch of abv warmth. Lengthy aftertaste of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel - the flatness certainly brings out the full smoothness of the beer, I'll give it that. Moderate weight to the body.

Drinkability - while the carbonation is an issue, the taste is the thing, and this beer has that covered in spades. I'll go for another one if I can find it.

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Photo of mdm46410
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a extremely dark brown with a one-finger thick head of creamy tan foam that lasted throughout most of the glass. Some light lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of fresh coffee, milk chocolate, and caramel. The flavor consisted of rich roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and some light vanilla. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and creamy/smooth with soft carbonation. A really tasty porter with a fruity complexity that stretches a little outside the norm. Well done!

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Photo of smellsofstout
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark motor oil color. Modest light tan head. Chocolate, grain and some nuttiness and spice in aroma. To much wet grain in the nose for me. Sweet malt, cinnamon, some clove and a few other mild spices. Complex chocolate flavors. lots of chocolate in the finish very Thick rich feel. mellow start, yet a very strong finish. could down these some of these pretty easily.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown with very deep blood highlights. I love the color of this head. A light swiss cheesy brown, but pour retention. Goes quickly to a ligh foam with no lacing. Very sbtle aroas coming from this beer. Faint chocolate and coffee with no notice hops. As the ber warms, he creamy chocolate flavo develops more and more. This then blends with a light hint of coffee, molasses, and maybe a little pipe tobacco. But almost sessionable. Very warm, and dark smooth flavors. The namesake for this porter is very fitting, perfect actually. This beer just gently glides over your tongue and down your throat.

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Photo of budsboy
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep, deep brown, nearly opaque, with a quickly subsiding tannish head.

Smell is chocolate and toffee, bittersweet with acidic notes.

Roasted malt flavors and chocolate sweetness balanced by an acidic quality. Alcohol is masked.

Medium bodied, but fairly smooth nonetheless.

Finishes a bit dry, maybe, but very drinkable. Pleasant version of the style.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with lighter brownish red edges, nice tan head has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of chocolate, chalk, toasted malt, and citrus. Tastes of milk chocolate and burnt toasted malt up front with a nice caramel and toffee middle and a coffee finish. Medium in body and low in carbonation, very smooth and creamy with good chocolate and caramel sweetness mixed with a nice bitternes and some burnt notes. A solid porter from Hoppin' Frog with a good balance of flavors, though they could be a little more robust.

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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 Scrumtralecent
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured into a pint glass. A very dark pour with very little light brown head.

S: The smell is full of roasted malts and caramel. Perhaps a little oak very hidden as well.

T: A nice dark malty taste dominates. A small backbone of hops comes out in the end however the taste does not linger for long. Small hints of nutmeg and coffee.

F: This porter is indeed silky. Seems to slide right down not leaving a whole lot behind besides some remnants of malts.

D: A nice, easy porter by Hoppin' Frog. Perfect for a sunny day when a lighter bodied porter is desired. The taste wasn't all that complex or interesting, but wasn't overpowering to help compliment the easy mouthfeel. Don't think I would seek this one out again, but I wouldn't object to having another.

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Photo of pwoods
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Sam's in Chicago, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, opaque. 1 finger tan head forms and then falls withing a minute or so to a nice skim. Lacing started good when the head was up but only produces some random wisps once fallen.

S: Chocolate is on the heavier side but not massive. The typical porter scents; chocolate, light coffee, cola, light molasses, a pleasant dry/chalky scent.

T/M: Nice fruity sweetness. Malts are very sweet dominant but not robust, thick, heavy, cloying etc... and that's what makes Baltic Porters(and even porters in general) so great. There's a touch of bitterness but not really from hops or from a strong coffee character. Lots of dark juicy fruits but not what you'd expect from a RIS or dark Belgian. Body is nearly full but not heavy and carbonation is controlled.

D: 6.2% for a Baltic Porter is pretty damn low. Alcohol isn't present but I don't normally notice them in BP's anyway. Very drinkable, as porters should be. Hoppin' Frog is a damn fine brewery.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown, almost black with a very small tan head and a bit of scattered lacing. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, caramel and chocolate. Aroma is pretty weak, but still nice. Taste is similar to the aroma (but stronger), the roasted/burnt malt and coffee flavors stand out and there's also some nuttiness too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has average carbonation and it's very smooth. Drinkability is good but not great. Overall I think it's a decent beer, but it's not one of Hoppin' Frog's best. With that being said, I'd buy it again and it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 22oz bottle that I bought from the brewery. Had a brownish tint head that stayed a little bit. Color to me was pitch black almost stoutish. Smell was of very dark roasted malts. Smelled like a shot of expresso. Coffee like taste was no surprise since thats what it smelled like. It was good though. Not too overpowering. Had a slight caramel hint at the end as well. Mouthfeel was pretty smooth but heavier. A very good beer to drink. Don't think its a session beer because it is pretty filling. This is the closest craft beer brewery to my house so I had to try it and support them even those it was a little on the expensive side. $5.75 for a 22oz bottle! I still have 4 more styles to try from them and hope they are just as good.

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

Growler from West Point Market in Akron. This brew pours black with a little bit of a ruby highlight. Medium thick and foamy light beige head that has decent retention. Latticework of lace on the glass. Sweet malty aroma with touches of nuts and coffee. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. The finish is dry with coffee and hops flavors. Overall this cousin to Old Leghumper is a good Porter and I look forward to it being bottled.

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Photo of MayorAdamWest
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, first off thanks to my friend in Cleveland for the bottle. Fred from the brewery says I'll be able to pick up Hoppin' Frog in Chicago soon... I can't wait. They are making some amazing stuff. On to the review...

Appearance: Rich "coca-cola" black. Not brown, not quite true black. Nearly no head formed even with a near straight pour into my snifter.

Smell: Sweet...milky... toasty. Pleasant... Pleasing...

Taste: Okay, So my buddy in Cleveland got a suggestion from Fred to add whole coffee beans to the glass to enhance the flavor. I poured half the bottle without and half the bottle with. To be honest... Without the beans it was only mediocre. Sorry HF. Kinda sweet. Kinda malty. Kinda good. Once I added the beans it was an entirely different story. The coffee added a bitterness that excited the flavor and just blew me away. HOLY COW! After a year long love affair with the Frog I was worried. Man was I wrong.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Little carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: Well... without the beans I don't think I'd come back to this one. With the beans I could drink this one all day long. Seriously, add the beans.

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Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from the brewery.

A: Pours nearly black with a modest, frothy head. Moderate lacing left behind.

S: A subtle, burnt chocolate aroma.

T: Much like the smell. A dark roasted malt flavor predominates with a touch of chocolate that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. The taste is a bit subdued and light for a robust porter.

M: Very nice, smooth texture with moderate carbonation. Light-medium body.

D: A good porter, but it fell slightly below my expectations after so many other outstanding beers. For me, a little more oomph and this would be stellar. Still, it's worth buying again.

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