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 nerdrocker101
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin black with a smallish tan head. Smells and tastes of roasted malt with traces of coffee and smoke. Certainly does lean towards a silky texture, but I found the body to be a little thinner than I would have hoped. A little more than moderately carbonated.

Overall, very drinkable. Paired nicely with steak. Rich and flavorful without overpowering.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a somewhat thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: Smelled of coffee, malt, chocolate, and a burnt quality.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a slightly odd burnt wood quality. A decently constructed flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable porter.

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Photo of thepeter
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - thick creamy head with good retention and leaves a nice lacing.

S - Smeel is quite subdued, light coffee, both dark roasted malt and a bit of fruitiness

T - Very similar to the smell and much lighter flavored than most porters.

M&D - Very easy to drink and remarkably light on the palate compaired to most porters.

A nice easy drinking porter, one I could (and did) drink on a warm summer day.

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Photo of biglite351
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nicely dark for a porter. Off white foam that leaves slight lace.

S - malts, caramel, something a slight bit bitter. Possibly a sweet fruit as well.

T - sweet malts, caramel with possible chocolate. Slight bitterness like in the scent.

M - slight coating. Very mild tingle on front of tongue and top of back of throat. Very smooth.

D - the smoothness and decent flavor, combined with a great price level ($7 for a bomber) make this an all nighter.

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottled early/mid May 2010.

Pours medium bodied dark brown with a one finger head, even with a vigorous pour, no real lacing, quickly reduces to a small ring, eventually to almost nothing.

There is some sweet chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, day-old coffee on the nose, although it is all quite subdued.

Flavor features good caramel, some dark fruit, chocolate, a tiny bit of citrus hops.

Finishes sweet, a little sticky, thin bodied, low carbonation, dull.

The flavor saves this, but an average Porter overall, and not a good value.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a nice tan head. Light penetrates only the edges.

Aroma is of deeply roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Maybe a little bit of molasses, too.

It tastes just like it smells: delicious! Dark malt, molasses and a little coffee. Hop bitterness is decent and welcome. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, coming in just above full-bodied. Carbonation is right where it should be. Not minimal, but also not out of control.

Drinkability is pretty high. Polishing off a 22 is not an issue. Hoppin' Frog is proving itself to be a really worthwhile brewery. Hopefully someday they'll start bottling six packs.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice opaque warm sable with a fairly thick tan head that is more like the head of cola since it fizzes a lot and dissipates more quickly than most beer heads. Aroma is strong and smoky with hints of quality coffee and brown sugar. Flavor is like fine roast coffee with a touch of molasses and just a hint of hops. Texture is fizzy and lively, a teensy thin but otherwise quite good.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Pencible
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured an opaque black cherry with a little tan head. It smelled like roasted coffee and dark chocolate and brown sugar, with some dry banana? Something artificial there that doesn't seem quite right. It tasted like roasted coffee with some bitter chocolate and burnt barley and brown sugar. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a nice standard porter that tasted pretty clean and nicely balanced, although somewhat boring. The scent had a strange element, but it had good body and was easy to drink. Probably not a beer I'll ever try again.

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Photo of Yesac
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown color with a small tan/brown colored head that fades to a thin layer.

S- Not much going on here.. weak chocolate and roasted malt aroma.

T- Flavors consist of dark licorice, some coffee bean, slight chocolate.

M- Very thin bodied medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

D- Easy drinking due to its thin body however there is not much for an aroma and/or taste.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: chocolate and roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt and chocolate

Mouthfeel: super smooth, semi-sweet, light bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The mouthfeel is excellent as this is super smooth and could drink a couple for that. Flavor wise, I have had better. Would not look for this, but once started, several could go down due to the smoothness.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, a hint of caramel and sweetened chocolate.

T- The taste like the aroma is roasted malts up front with a good amount of sweetness, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The taste is a little on the sweet side at times and I feel it could use just a little more hops to balance out the sweetness. Not bad though.

M- The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected but weighs in at around medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Hoppin' Frog Silk Porter is a pretty decent Porter that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love HF, here's a brew I haven't tried...

A: Looks good. Pitch black with a small head that quickly fades to nothing.

S: Smells of oaks, malts, and chocolate roastiness upfront. Raisins and dark fruits in the middle. Smells good.

T: Good taste. Bready, raisin with bitter chocolate upfront. Oaky dark fruit in the middle with water on the backend.

M: Doesn't stick around in your palate for too long. Needs a little more flavor left in your mouth. Good.

D: Goes down very easy. A little too watery so goes down for some of the wrong reasons. Good.

All in all, this is not as good as some of the other brews from HF. Good to try once if you like the brewery otherwise, it's not worth hunting down.

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Photo of CaraAndMike
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A/ this bottle poured a scant head that disappeared after a second, otherwise had a dark, chocolate-like body

S/ the smell was its best characteristic with a sweet, roasted malt earthiness

T/ disappointing due to being overly carbonated and having a sweetness that lingered too long

M/ flat

D/ discarded the majority of this bomber down the drain

Given some of the positive reviews, I wonder if this bomber was severely out of date. As it was, I would not purchase it again.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muddy dark brown-to-black body with two soda-like fingers of tan foam; brief duration and decent lacing on the pint glass. Good chocolaty smell with dark roasted coffee and a bit of sweet berry.

Nice taste, smooth with lots of chocolate and coffee bean. Silky? Well, to a degree yes, the texture is, though less so than maltier porters and, therefore, less smooth. Ramping up the malt would add considerably to the texture and mouthfeel, which Hoppin' Frog got rather well with the toned-down carbonation. This worried me from the initial, soda-like pour. Thankfully, my concerns were short-lived. There is, however, a bit of a thin taste to this, as if the nice smooth feel sacrificed a more well-rounded flavor in the process. I find myself wanting a bigger, bolder taste.

Overall, a good porter, nice flavor, but one that would be loads better with a heavier malt load. A good go from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of adamette
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield last week for $6.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Light brown creamy head over a dark brown body that shows some dark mahogany colors in front of direct light. OK look, a bit more lacing or a longer lasting head would have improved it. 3.0

S Dark roast malt with a nice, sweet, coffee/caramel scent that I find really good. 4.5

T I am happy to report that this porter has all of the dark roast malt that you expect and that the promise of an interesting smell (with its coffee/caramel scent) was realized as there is a nice, subtle sweetness as well. The sweetness stays with me for longer than the dark roast malt but each create a great s'mores type of roasted/sweet goodness that I really like. 4.5

M Silky I think is a good description for this delicious porter. 4.0

D Very good to me due to the nice sweetness along with the expected dark roast malt. 4.5

Notes: Some may not appreciate the sweetness in this beer but find it quite enjoyable. I just read the side of the label which states that there are barley malt and caramel malt used. That makes sense...

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silk Porter is a great name for a beer, figured I would get that out of the way first. Color is black, with a decent amount of head. Smell is of chocolate, mainly milk, along with licorice, and sweet vanilla frosting. Taste is more than satisfying. I get milk chocolate mostly, along with some licorice notes and definite dark chocolates. Body is medium to heavy, and ever so easy to sip. I had strayed away from this beer in the past, but since this was marked down at Marty's for about six dollars, I decided it was time to give it a try. This is a delicious Porter that I recommend to everybody who is a fan of the style. Cheers

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Photo of Lerxst
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a medium brown with very little head or lacing. Nothing real impressive here.

S-Smells good. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and surprisingly some alcohol.

T-Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Typical for the style, but its nothing terribly exciting.

M-A bit on the thin side with harsh carbonation.

D-The harsh carb level takes this one down a half point. Otherwise, its pretty drinkable.

This is not a bad beer, but its very expensive. I can't see myself buying this again. Now if they knock the price down to 4 or 5 bucks a bomber, I'd reconsider. But there are better porters out there that cost a lot less.

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Photo of redsonja
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A/ deep dark brown almost black

S/roasted malts

T/roasted malts a hint of chocolate

M/ dry roasted taste that is quik gone

D/ nice porter like the ones from the u.k.
good taste of malts that are roasted well
with a good hint of chocolate and later a hint of caramel.

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Photo of Tomdee74
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay too much carbonation kills this. It is a pretty good porter and drinkable; however, it is too carbonated.

A - Poured a dark brown porter color that produces a pretty big and firm head. More of a head I'm used to seeing on a pale ale or IPA and not on a Porter

S - Smells pretty good.. has the smell of chocolate and raisins as most porters.

T - Okay this is weird... It does taste good; however, it is highly carbonated and that takes it down some. I do believe a little less of that would produce a better taste.

M - It does feel light and crisp and not like a very heavy porter. It almost has a mouthfeel of something you would drink on a warm summer day, but looks like something for the fall/winter

D - Goes down pretty easy I must say. I wouldn't really run for these; however, it is not the worst thing by far that I've tasted. Split a bomber amongst three people and I think it's the perfect amount!

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

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that had decent retention and left a nice bit of lace around the side of the glass

S - The aroma produced by this beer were roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some coffee

T - The taste of this beer had the usual suspects for a Porter, roasted malts, chocolate, and milky coffee

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer is what it says it is, a Silky smooth Porter, this would be a much better in a 6 pack rather than a bomber, but I'll take what I can get, a damn good Porter

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.The beer is a little gushy on the pour with fluffy beige to tan head of 5-6 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. Aroma is chocolatey and some roasted malt notes. A little phenolic rubber in the background, which could be the source of the gush earlier.
First sip reveals an average body and fine yet fizzy carbonation. Flavor is sweet brown sugar and dry cocoa powder mixing with a little roast malt. No hops on ABV to be found here, no off flavors either which was a concern from the start of the review.
A pretty good beer that isnt outstanding but is easy to drink and good while not being complex.
A nice beer that I think I saved, a few more months in my cellar may have been a bad thing. Enjoy but dont go crazy about this beer.

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

Received from the phenomenal trader kryptic!

A- Beer pours jet black, absolutely no light penetrates this brew. Decorated with plenty of tan, frothy head this beer leaves good lacing and has excellent head retention.

S- Plenty of rich chocolate aromas along with a nuttiness and a bit of sweetness.

T- Starts off with a roasted coffee and malt taste followed by the rich chocolatey flavor that appeared in the smell. Finishes off sweet. A well balanced brew.

M- Medium bodied but this thing has too much carbonation for a porter. Leads to a prickly mouthfeel that I don't really desire in a porter.

D- Good, a great beer to relax and unwind with.

The only thing that really hurts this beer is the amount of carbonation. Other than that it was a fantastic beer. Thanks again kryptic!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a dark nearly black body with ruby highlights when held toward the light, deep tan head forms thick with a nice creamy texture soft carbonation forms with minimal even thin lacing with each sip. This was my favorite beer when infused with Espresso beans at last years Steel City Big Pour in the Burgh.

Aroma dark roasts bring out mild cocoa and dark roasted coffee accents but a nice creamy filled airiness is detected within each sniff. Mild metallic astringency with herbal hops finishing delicately. Almost a toasted marshmallow comes out as it warms very nice burnt caramel malts in the thick of it.

Flavors are nice creamy dark roasted malt profile brings out layers of light coffee and milk chocolate in this one, with a running back bone of caramel malt to lighten up the roasts a bit. A very nice interpretation of a classic style slightly smokey malts to liven things up, finishes with a mild herbal hop flavor classic brew straight out of Ohio these guys are the dark beer specialists of the North.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly chewy with girth yet it still manages to slide across the palate as smooth as silk, no astringency finishes creamy sweet almost milky. Really good carbonation flow without overdoing anything a truly balanced feel to it.

Drinkability is dangerous I wish I get a whole sixer of this decent pricing for the Hoppin Frog line of beers this one should be their flagship nix their standard Hoppin' to Heaven IPA and say hello to the Silk Porter.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.32/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thinner looking one finger tan/brown head that makes tones of crackling noises. Poor retention, head dissipates very quickly and disappears totally. Dark brown and some carbonation in the form of little bubbles. Resembles flat cola.

SMELL: Some smoky barley malt and mound so tobacco, perhaps even cigarette smoke. Hints of sweet caramel malt in the back and a faint touch of milk chocolate as well. Too weak to make a statement, and perhaps that's a good thing. I don't mind some tobacco aromas and flavors, but this is a little over the top.

TASTE: Smoky and roasted barley malt and bitter coffee flavors compete with caramel sweetness up front, which was quite a pleasant surprise. The tobacco makes an appearance, which borders on the unpleasant. Aftertaste is strong and long lasting, consisting of bitter-sweet milk chocolate, bitter coffee and smoky tobacco. A decent taste profile actually; much better than the nose advertised.

PALATE: Disappointing here again. Thinner body and, surprisingly, higher levels of carbonation. Mildly creamy going down, but carries too much air on the way. Finishes quite dry on the palate, almost too astringent. Not full or creamy enough for the style. A bit of a mess here.

OVERALL: I could certainly finish this one, but wasn't necessarily looking forward to the next sip. A big disappointment. I had higher hopes for this offering, from a brewery I otherwise enjoy very much. Am also a big fan of porters as well, but this one just didn't work out. Reminded me more of a weaker Baltic porter that missed the mark. Too heavy on the tobacco, too boring a look, and too light and astringent a palate, this is one I won't be picking up again.

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