Silk Porter | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a pour. Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place. Nice tight, dry finish as it fades off into the night, this was a great way to end my evening.

Overall a very solid beer. One of the best i have had as a standard porter in a long, long time. I would have no issue going after thi one any day.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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 mwill7287
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/1/11, home

22oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A: Dark brown, with a thin layer of head which dissipated into random assortment of bubbles within a minute. Lacing around the perimeter of beer's surface is retained throughout the drink. Smallest amount of light seeps through when held up to lamp. Very, very carbonated around the surface area of the beer upon pour.

S: Mild smell of chocolate, on the weaker end. Doesn't do much.

T: As expected, the predominant taste is of chocolate, rather sweet with a tad bit of bitterness. Taste, although fairly rich, does not last long on the tongue.

M: Not too heavy for being a porter. Strong at first, fading quickly.

D: I find myself drinking this beer relatively swiftly for a porter. Finishing this bomber will be no problem. Drinkable.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/11/11
*From notes

A: This one is dark and ugly - better then I had expected. It's got a good 1.5 finger head that looks like one of Grandma's chocolate chip cookies.

S: Creamy toffee and black coffee on the nose. I also detect traces of cocoa nibs and smoked malt.

T: Ehh - it's ok. Maybe it's me, maybe I'm just getting older. But I'm really finding that a lot of the low ABV porters and stouts I've had recently taste like processed chocolate sauce in skim milk. More Ovaltine? No thanks.

There's also a trace layer of malt and hops that lay down and take it like a sissy from the Hershey's syrup.

M: No suprise here: it's got that patented Hoppin' Frog forced carb that sticks my tounge like a prsion shank. It makes the overall presentation come off like a carbonated Yoo-Hoo.

O: I mean no offense when I say this, but I'm over Hoppin' Frog. Their beers aren't bad (other then the Frosted Frog, which is an unmitigated disaster), they just don't wow me in any way. Ever.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aggressively poured from bomber to Sam adams boston lager glass.

Appearance: almost opaque brownish, black beer with a tan/brownish head.

Smell: cocoa, carmel, roasty, milk chocolate, smells really fresh.

Taste: chocolate & roasty flavors that do not come across bitter at all! Slight hint of hops at the end of taste that give it a fresh taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body and smooth, but not silky. Moderate carbonation appropiate for the style.

Drinkability: This beer is a great example of a porter. I say this is a very sessionable porter. It got alot of flavor, but not too much that you can't keep drinkn. i drank the whole bomber fast and i could have had more! Solid Porter. My first Hoppin Frog Brewery beer 7 i think I will seek out more from them.

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Photo of stewart124
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chocolate brown with a centimeter of tan head.

Slightly astringent nose with roasted notes.

Medium bodied with a decent amount of hops and a smooth chocolate character that eminates throughout. This is silky but not overpowering. The alcohol is hidden behind layers and layers of milk chocolate. Little bitterness and almost no bitterness from the roasted malts.

This is a delicious porter and oh so drinkable.

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Photo of cooncat
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at room temp. into my SA glass. A pour down the center gave an initial 2 fingers of tan head, which diminished rapidly to a little foam around the edges ... a little disappointing. The dark color isn't opaque, if held to a back light. Dark hues of deep red/garnet highlight the edges. No lacing either (also disappointing).

The nose is pretty complex, with roast caramel, licorice, chocolate malt notes, and a citrus hop note. Being able to notice hops in the nose definitely makes this an American Porter, as compared to a Brown or Robust porter.

Taste follows the nose pretty close. Roasty caramel malt is up front, with hints of chocolate, coffee and licorice in the background. No escaping a citrus hop note in there, which is not overpower, but occupies a nice place in the background. Carbonation is mildly low, giving a medium mouthfeel. Not sure I'd rate this as 'silky' .. needs a bit more body for that.

Drinkability is good, as nothing is 'over the top'. Could easily drink this one all night.

Is this my favorite porter? No, but it is a solid example of the style. I can recommend it to one and all. Hoppin' Frog, in general, makes very good brews, and their lineup includes some Gold medal winners. While this one isn't a gold medal winner, it IS worthy of a try!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When held to a bright light, the pour is a very clear, dark mahogany with a nice 3-finger, tan head that falls rather quickly to a cover without lacing.

The smell is chocolate, licorice, a hint of dark fruit and dark roasted malt.

The taste is roasted malt up front followed by the chocolate & licorice flavor finishing with a tangy acidic taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is somewhat light but still smooth & creamy.

Drinkability is very good. Not too high in the ABV, tasty though for the price ($7.99) there are better porters. Definitely worth a try from a solid brewery.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to drink this one on a Caribbean Cruise. Cheers to Holland America for not breaking my stash of craft brews in my luggage...

Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Head dissipates fairly quick, and although there is a fair amount of lacing that sticks to the glass; it is nothing to special...

S - Chocolate, brown sugar, and a little roastiness come through...

T - Wow, this one is really smooth. Chocolate, roasted malts, and brown sugar. Finishes with a dark chocolate bitterness. Abv well hidden. Tasty...

M - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A little thin for my personal likings. Tend to like porters to be a little more thick and creamy...

D - Not the best porter out there, but definitely a solid brew, and something I would buy again if I saw it in my area...


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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly reduces.

Has a nutty smell, with toffee malt and cocoa. Smells quite pleasing.

Mild malt, caramel, coffee and dark chocolate meld for a creamy smooth brew.

Medium to full bodied with very little bitterness.

Smooth and quite drinkable, I look forward to having this again.

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Photo of theghost3
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a 1-finger beige head. Some lacing.

The smell is chocolate, wood and toasty malts. The flavors consist of dark chocolate with burnt toast malts, bitter wood, and a hint of molasses. The mouthfeel is crisp at first, but becomes more smooth over time; medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable beer. It's crisp, which I like in a porter. It would go well with a chocolate dessert or grilled meat.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice dark dark brown with the nice ruby reddish hints that typically surround the borders of porters. A nice .5 inch head pops up with some nice tight bubbles. The retention is pretty long with some nice slight lacing. The pour seemed to show a nice slightly viscous liquid.

S - Aroma starts off with some roasted malt notes. Mild but delicious milk chocolate hints as well as some slight dark chocolate bitterness. There are some nice caramel hints and nice brown sugar notes. The sweetness in this beer is full and delicious but not overwhelming. Very nice aroma.

T & M - Starts off with the nice roasted character. Slight coffee notes and some good chocolate sweetness and caramel malt sweetness as well. There is some nice malt backbone to this beer and surprisingly there seems to be some slight spice in the middle part of the beer between the roasted character and the sweetness. It is interesting to say the least. The mouthfeel is nice and medium and it has some nice viscosity to it that makes the beer fill bigger than the 6% ABV would lead you to believe.

D - This porter is great. Awesome for the holidays and the colder weather. Great ABV for this beer and style.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black as oil, 1 inch tan head that died fast

Smell - Smoked malts, some sugars and barley, a little coffee and nut to it. No smell to strong

Taste - The beer is call silk porter for good reason. It has a lushious sweet chocolate taste mixed with smoked nut porter. I love the sugar flavors and the malts. The bitterness is very low since the sweetness covers it up

Mouthfeel - So nice and sweet, tounge is screaming, pallette is happy, and my tastebuds are rocking. Wow this is dessert in a bottle

Drinkabilty - I crushed the 22oz. With it being only around 6% and being so smooth and sweet, I could drink two 22ozers no problem. Its a dessert beer but, i could so see drinking this in the summer with a steak on the grill. Third beer in a row from hoppin frog that ive loved, the brewery is a beer or so away from becoming a top favorite of mine.

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Photo of jlandis
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This silk porter pours a beautiful pitch black with 2 finger creamy tan head that slowly fades into a small ring. The aroma is amazing and slightly unexpected. The first thing that comes to mind is that first deep breath in a humidor filled with the finest cigars. There is an element of musty wood, rich roasted grains and luscious sweetness. The flavor is just as exciting as the aroma. Rich smooth roasted grains hit you up front, and soon you are enjoying the sweet caramel malt. Tobacco and musty wood create a fantastic finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with subtle carbonation. This is an all around amazing beer. I wasn't expecting the cigar / tobacco elements, but they really take this beer to the next level.

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Photo of lovetranquillity
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a light tan head. Looks thick due to the color.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts, burnt sugar.

Initial taste is sweet sugary malt, some vanilla , and coffee and chocolate flavors in the background. Tastes are not overwhelming. It is like a simplified version of a milk or cream stout.

Very smooth mouth feel but slightly sticky on the lips. Medium carbonation enough to be noticeable.

Very easy to drink because of the low alcohol percentage, relatively low bitterness, a good dessert beer. You could drink a whole 22 ounce in a sitting without feeling a buzz. It is pretty close to a cream stout.

I would buy it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Xul
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown to almost black, capped by a finger of fizzy, pale mocha head. Retention is poor as it dissipates quickly, leaving behind scattered lacing.

S: Semisweet chocolate and roasted malts up front with some slightly acrid roastiness/coffee. Caramel and light nutty character in the background.

T: Starts out with some roasted malts with a hint of char, before a burst of dark fruits hits on the mid-palate. Dark chocolate and coffee come in near the backend and stick around through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a touch thin but it's not a huge detriment.

D: Goes down easily and the acrid/charred nature of the roast is restrained enough to not affect drinkability. Solid porter.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this one on for sale today for $3.99 - what a steal.... or maybe it's not... that's yet to be determined.

A: Dark, dark brown, with a bit of see-through around the edges, and about a 1/4 inch head. Totally appropriate!

S: Sweet roastiness with a substantial coffee nose. There is also a mild date or raison-like smell to the brew.

T: A bit thin in the body, but the coffee notes are very nice. This is sort of like a "mini" coffee stout. I wish the overall taste filled out the palate more.

M: It has a mild creaminess, which I can see a bit as a result of the bubble formations on the side of the glass. The actual thickness of the liquid is very nice.

D: Pretty smooth. I honestly can't find any real flaws in this department.

Overall: Great for the $, but there are better Porters out there.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BrewCrew2010
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, in color with red highlights. A thick tan head that diminishes after a while.

S: The nose is very closed to me, but what I get is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe some vanilla, but no hops.

T: Smooth and creamy flavor of chocolate, caramel, malts, and coffee. A delicious blend of roasted malts and bittering hops creating a balanced flavor.

M: A silky medium body with a lot of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, a must try for a porter.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almosy blackish body with a decent head that died somewhat quick. A mixed malt aroma of roasted and sweet malt like caramel and chocolate with hint of coffee. Smooth, creamy, with a good amount of sweetness like caramel and cocoa and has a touch of stickiness. Medium-bodied brew also has some citric hop bitterness and good carbonation leads to a dry and crisp backend. Not complex or the most flavorful but a good porter.

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Photo of bruachan
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

frothed well but the head lasted only so long. lacing looks like it might be good. very dark, of course...with a hint of red blazing through the darkness

sweet smelling to start with a touch of smoke. enough char to keep it firmly in porter territory. nondescript hop aroma. not complex, really

it's smooth, as (ostensibly) advertised...and disappears from my tongue in a jiffy. some early sweetness, followed by kilned bitterness (which fades into hop bitterness)(but not enough), but everything vanishes without enough of a fight

aftertaste is strange. frankly, (like i said) it vanishes rather serrepticiously. i guess "silk" translates to "sly"...but is that good? mild and session beers are meant to be drinkable, but i don't think that means innocuous

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/07/10- Had this one out of a 22 oz.
A: Black with ruby hues, not a lot of head, but a thick cream collar forms.
S: Espresso, chocolate, cream, fresh banana (almost green), and some caramel.
T: Everything you'd expect, but creamier with a little more charred characteristic and a very distinct raisin aftertaste. Comes off like how you'd imagine a "Belgian Porter" would.
M: Mildy syrupy but nicely frothy.
D: Really good.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee, as well roasted malts and nuts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent porter with some nice roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Would try again.

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Photo of Spider889
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a two finger head with decent retention. The head is very bubbly and not as thick as I prefer in heavy dark beers. Minimal lacing receeds quickly.

Smells of oak, toffee and vanilla, roasted mocha coffee, and a little hint of sherry.

The taste is sweet with mild roasted malt bitterness. There is some coffee and definitely wood in the flavor profile with a little bit of hops and dark cherry in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, the heavy carbonation makes it a fairly easy drinker. All the malt and wood leaves the mouth dry while the sweet character lends itself to a smooth mouthfeel. It is a difficult sensation to describe, but silky is exactly how this beer goes down. It seems the name fits nicely.

I enjoyed this brew, and the low abv made it easy enough to finish the bomber myself. However I find myself wanting more out of the beer. In the future when I'm looking for some Hoppin' Frog I will most likely gravitate towards one of the B.O.R.I.S. variants.

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Silk Porter from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 339 ratings