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:
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Added by klewis on 12-20-2007

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Reviews:
159
Ratings:
324
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
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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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Photo of mikereaser
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a pitch black with 2 fingers of tan foam that slowly faded leaving some good lacing all around the glass
S - nice roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and coffee with a bit of an age problem.
T - taste follows aroma closely, there is a slightly burnt flavor, almost like a coffee bitterness, but I'm also picking up some chocolate and vanilla as well.
M - smooth and creamy with a medium body, the carbonation is a bit high and I'll detract for that
D - very nice flavor, not really anything special though. Very nicely balanced brew

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Photo of McNealc31
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ilk Porter pours just like a porter should; inky black and just a trace of head. Full nose lets you know you need to get ready for an assault of flavor. Lots of roasted and toasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate. Even a bit past roasted into charred. A dry, chalky, woody finish. Is that chicory?

The name, I think, is a bit misleading. It's not as creamy and silky as other porters. In fact, it's more harsh than most. Mind you, that's not a bad thing. Very solid beer, here

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wandering through the aisles looking for hurricane beer, I thought this one might suffice. Having just had the BORIS for a second time and loved it, I figured stabbing out at this one might be a delight.
Poured a couple tulips for me and the lady. And it is black and sexy, rich mocha head that dies slowly, nobly.
Robust porter, this is. Rich chocolate aroma with a burnt coffee background.
Flavor is very rich and full of chocolate and coffee, some berry fruit in the background, very nice.
Thick mouthfeel for a porter, definitely borderline stout, but I ain't gonna complain. Reminds me of a poor man's Founder's Porter, and that ain't no knock.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, coffee, roast, malts

taste: cocoa, coffee, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body

overall: a very rich and complex porter. border line stout. glad I got to try it.

cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pretty dark for a porter, a nice dark brown that verges on black. Also there's a fair amount of fizzy head initially that fades quickly leaving only a trace on the surface of the beer.

S: Smells mainly of sweet cocoa and alcohol.

T: Sweet cocoa at first, followed by a touch of alcohol heat, and then a nice coffee roast note which gradually fades.

M: Lives up to its name as the flavor is quite 'silky.' Also, a nice dusty feeling in the finish.

O: A great example of flexibility within the style without deviating too much from traditional guidelines. Not incredibly bold, but I could definitely drink more than one.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
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 wcintula
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, no freshness date visible.

Pours dark black with an espresso cream head, no lacing. Smells of strong roasted coffee, taste profile follows up with a dark sweet fruitiness, but all around the smell and flavor could be stronger. Very prickly carbonation distorts the perceived body of the beer, I'm finding it thinner than I'd like. Very decent, don't know if I'd come back to it.

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Photo of RickS95
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark. Looks like dark black coffee in the glass. The head is initially about a finger thick and off tan in color, but dissipates quickly and soon the beer really appears like coffee.

The smell of coffee is unmistakable. Bits of sweet caramel come through as well. Lots of roastiness in this beer.

The coffee is prevalent in the taste as well, but there's a lot of sweetness from the caramel. It's not oversweet, just sweet enough to let you know it's not a stout.

In the mouth, it's immediately smooth and creamy. There's a lot of sweetness, but not too much, and it balances well with the roasty, smokiness, and slight bitterness of the coffee.

This is a good beer. It's almost exactly what I'm looking for in a porter. Would like some more ABV heat, but this is well done.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My 700th beer review. Poured from a bomber into a stemmed glass. Tons of carbonation from the start. Have to pour slow to avoid spillage. Not much lacing on the glass though. Dark brown colored body with a huge beige head that looked like a root beer float. Smell was not extremely pronounced, but had an aroma of chocolate milk. Taste was very pleasing, though I found it less on the bitter roasted side, and more on the sweet side for a porter. Mouthfeel was bubbly from the carbonation, and also a bit thin to be honest. Overall I liked this beer, but it reminded me less of a porter and more of a lighter version of a milk stout. It was a good choice, but I am glad I found this bottle on sale for $6 and didn't pay much more than that.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours black w/ a sliver of chocolate head that quickly goes away. Good carbonation, and less than stellar lacing. You can't see through this one at all, very dark. Nice looking beer for the style.

S- Hops, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Very nice smelling beer, especially for the style. Hope this Porter tastes as good as it smells. I have high hopes, especially from this brewery.

T- A little let down by the taste. You get the chocolate and coffee/hops... but- there's something missing. It doesn't have the big bold taste I was expecting from the nose. It has taste, but not a full bodied taste.

M- This is the downfall of this beer. It's just WAY too thin, and very dry. Definitely not worthy of 'silk porter'. I want something a little heavier, thicker and more luxurious. Average feel at best.

O- A decent Porter that's really let down by its thin taste/feel. A little more oomph and this brew would be outstanding. Worth picking up if you're a fan of the style, otherwise....

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