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Hale's Troll Porter - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

Hale's Troll PorterHale's Troll Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%


Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RoyalT on 03-13-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 31 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Braz:
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Braz

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at Safeway. Deep brown in color with a light tan head. Aromas are kind of a sweet, just a hint of a root beer like scent. Smooth taste, creamy. LIght coffee bitterness and a light malt sweetness. Nicely balanced. Very creamy body and heavy mouthfeel. Pretty good offering. Would have again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 06:24:27 | More by Braz
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bernat1971

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-09-2014 17:03:06 | More by bernat1971
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KStark

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-23-2014 04:49:21 | More by KStark
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Demon_Lung

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-24-2014 20:40:07 | More by Demon_Lung
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hreb

Washington

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer pours muddy brown with a heavy and substantial head. Caramely porter aroma suggests sweetness and toastiness. But the nose does not prepare me for the massive viscous beast in the bottle. Big on coffee flavors from the roasted malt. Heavy, but also very neutral on the back of the tongue. I don't know if I should describe this as delicate or overpowering; it's like there's a really high volume of really mild flavors. One thing is for sure: it masks it's 6.6% ABV (per Hale's website) perfectly. The finish is off-dry and pretty well balanced for how tall the profile of this porter is. I don't get any particular citrus or other specific hop flavors, but there is a swarm of lace left on my glass. Resiny.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:48:19 | More by hreb
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-29-2013 02:26:07 | More by BillRoth
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mjw1200

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-07-2013 14:45:41 | More by mjw1200
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Arizona

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-07-2013 06:06:31 | More by trytoketchup
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

12-02-2013 04:51:12 | More by William85
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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-31-2013 19:30:58 | More by Zach122
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NickThePyro

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-22-2013 05:04:53 | More by NickThePyro
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wchasse222

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-15-2013 01:27:40 | More by wchasse222
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elektronen

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-12-2013 02:04:59 | More by elektronen
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

06-24-2013 16:13:14 | More by BostonPhilly
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powdersoldier

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-04-2013 22:58:47 | More by powdersoldier
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Asics

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-25-2013 23:13:33 | More by Asics
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-18-2013 20:09:35 | More by LXIXME
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cre83

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-14-2013 09:02:29 | More by cre83
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leedorham

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-25-2013 17:07:45 | More by leedorham
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-14-2013 00:17:57 | More by Hopmodium
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz, tap in Bainbridge Harbour

A: Deep dark opaque brown. There is some reddish hues around the bottom. Fluffy slightly off white nitro blanket head. Leaving tons of lacing on the glass.

S: Mild roast. Milk chocolate. Some slightly piney hops as well.

T: A little bit of bitterness up front. In the middle of the sip you get that roast and chocolate character. The nitro makes this nice and smooth.

M: Medium bodies

O: B-

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-10-2012 19:14:31 | More by inlimbo77
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jnoelani

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

08-16-2012 07:03:41 | More by jnoelani
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried on-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a deep brown colour, with flashes of red to it. Body is opaque and solid, with a fluid aspect to it. Head is a pocked solid film of mocha-off-white. Some solid lace. Looks pretty decent.

Some roast on the nose, a little nutty grain characters and some mild malt sweetness. Overall, it's pretty dull, and very generic.

Light roast on the front palate, but very little body or sweetness to back it up—it leaves the mid-palate feeling rather weak and empty with some mild carbonic characters. Slightly grainy roasted characters on the back. It just underlies how generic it feels.

Mouthfeel lingers a little, but it's still exceptionally light.

This is very average, and not very exciting. It reminds me of a "dark ale" brewed by a mass-producing brewery, only paying lip-service to what makes the style good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 03:30:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
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strongaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-06-2012 10:11:42 | More by strongaf
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ccrida

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught served in a footed tulip pint, Troll Porter is dark, ruddy brown with a tight off-white head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is muted, a little roast, more caramel, especially as it warms.

Taste is a little roasty, lots of coffee, a touch nutty, and mild acidity. A touch of minty fuggles as well, which is welcome.

Mouthfeel is pretty soft, smooth, slick. The nitro lightens the body.

Drinkability is fine, it's a decent porter, but not particularly notable. Average.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-16-2012 01:06:27 | More by ccrida
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Hale's Troll Porter from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.