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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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)
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

TeddyBrew, Jun 25, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance – This one came out of the tap a dark ruby in color. It was quite pretty and almost dark purple when held up to the sunlight. The head came up nicely as well and pooled on top of the liquid.

Smell – The roasted malts and big liqueur-style sweetness are about evenly balanced in this porter. The nose though is really light and hard to pick apart.

Taste – The roasty malts are light at the tongue but very pleasing. The sweets really pick things up. It’s a natural kind of sweetness almost like a malt syrup.

Mouthfeel – This is somewhere between light and medium-bodied and very creamy and smooth in the mouth. There’s a touch of bitterness at the finish that nicely rounds out the mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This was a bit light but otherwise went down nicely.

RoyalT, Mar 13, 2005
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

The moderate level of carbonation pushes up enough lacing to stay presentable, nearly pitch black with some dark brown hues on the edges. Aromas of dark chocolate, burnt caramel and minty hops are in the forefront, faint smoky charred grain in the back. Creamy mouthfeel with a small but refreshing smoothness, medium-bodied. Roasted flavors come in bold but there is no sign of massive bitter or acrid flavors, just a mellow balance which is very welcoming. Small pocket of dark berry fruitiness, hint of yeast. A little complex in the middle with suggestions of burnt sugar, ghost-like vanilla, dark milk chocolate and a modest minty citric hop flavor. Speaking of hops, the bitterness does come through, but again, there's balance. Finishes on the sweet side with some roasted choco-goodness.

Its funny, on the bottle it reads, "So good, it's scary ..." Hale's is right about the good part, perhaps great, and the scary part is that our pints are now empty and there is no more Troll Porter in front of us.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 24, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

LXIXME, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

nhirsch04, May 25, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured a pitch-black color with a toasted brown head. The head is thin and quickly diminishes to a skim. With a swirl all kinds of tiny lace dots stick to the glass, and there seems to be an oiliness to the liquid. Very Russian Imperial Stout in appearance.

The RIS likeness also moves into the aroma. Gobs of gooey chocolate, sugar-glazed fig and high-powered graham cracker permeate the nose, while the roasty/smoky traits of your average porter lag far behind.

There's a good bit of roasted grain in the flavor, bordering on burnt, although balance is achieved through deep dark chocolate tones, a creamy sweetness, succulent grape flavor, and a considerable but controlled hop bitterness. Everything is evened out well along the flavor chain, plenty of balance, but ultimately the chocolate takes the lead and that works very well for this beer.

The mouthfeel is probably the most obvious resemblance to a traditional porter, having some creamy slickness but with carbonation sizzle overtaking that. Just a hair thin for my liking. The slightly tart finish creates the mildest of puckers inside the mouth.

Very obviously an Americanized porter, and that's fine by me as the flavor profile is colorful and busy--though not at all messy. "So good, it's scary..." says the label, and I agree. My third Hale's and their third winner from where I'm drinking.

Metalmonk, Nov 13, 2009
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

A: poured pretty much brown with burnt edges and some oily reds at the rim. This beer displayed the most intricate splattered lacing I have seen in some time. It conjured up small gatherings here and there, all colored a dingy yellow-white. The head fizzed away to leave a meager ring to keep me company for most of the drink

S: hearty earthy chocolate malts, some hops, and if your sniff hard enough maybe some chocolate brownie whiffs. Judged by the nose, I am going to be disappointed. I could hardly gather any roasted malts. But, I do not give up hope yet...

T: alright, things are swinging around. My first sip gathered a blocky bakers chocolate bar and a few roasted malts within. These flavors come across much stronger on the palate, mostly the chocolate, than in the nose. I dare say that the darker flavors hint at some molasses and coffee notes.
The tail end of the sip gathers some flaky green herbal hops that lend a touch of spice to the tongue. The bitter chocolate and the shot of grassy grapefruit hops provide a soft tanginess in the finish (chocolate covered grapefruits?)

M: I am finding this porters body to be worthy of note. The first word that comes to mind is slick. The body is a sturdy medium and seems alright for a porter, maybe a bit thin? Not bad though

D: in the end, roasted flavors made a showing and the hops came with a vigilante force. It gives the tongue a workout and is fairly easy to drink, I don't mind this porter...hops and chocolate

Magpie14, Jun 15, 2009
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3.08/5  rDev -19.8%

benscottcary, Today at 12:54 AM
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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

hreb, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

evilkorova, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -1%

22oz picked up at the Coop today.. for about $4.50.. enjoyed from my New Belgium snifter.

Fairly aggressive pour left big bubble tan head that didn't stick around for that long and left zero lacing. Brew is very dark brown.. very very dark brown.. only reveals crystal deep ruby highlites when held close to a light... sticky lacing appears as I start actually drinking this one.

Aroma is light for sure.. only whiffs of chocolate and dark malts.. some grassy hop notes.

Flavor is much better than the nose on the porter front. Quite a bit of chocolate malt and sorta nutty/coffee component... touches of caramel.. Significant fruitiness.. I am having a hard time picking out the hop flavors... I know they are there.. Nice fluid body.. Citrus and pine hops emerge alot more as it warms.. Glad I have a second glass.

Hale's is a really good brewery ... the "Troll" on the label is something that must be experienced in person. Today I was looking at the label trying to figure out WTF it was. I did a little research and found out it was the Fremont Overpass Troll... I haven't seen/paid attention to it in years. I remember the first time though (fond memories), Brenda and I got lost in Seattle and parked .... and after a short walk stumbled upon the troll.. very cool public art.. sorta sad though that a VW Beetle paid with its life to make it. :)

JohnGalt1, Feb 27, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

A: A deep brown with ruby highlights... close to black. Head picks up late, but ends up a bubbly creamy light tan and sticks around for a while.

S: Smoky or toasty malts... a little bigger than some I've had? Coffee-like, and mildly chocolate aromas, almost stouty.

T: A pretty big porter, very malty... a little tinny or acedic - can't quite put a finger on it. Some deep, dark fruits, a touch of coffee, and a sweet edge post-finish.

M + D: Calm, smooth, and a pretty hefty aftertaste. Makes for a little slower drinker, but quite good if taken that way. A lot of burnt notes through it all... maybe like burnt rubber in some ways? Just a little though... it's decent, and I'd give it another shot... a bomber purchase at a time, probably.

Proteus93, May 11, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Upon its release from the 22 ounce brown bottle, it resides in the glass a deep brown with hints of ruby at the edges, the head is a couple or three fingers in size, creamy dark tan and after it's demise leaves a surrounding coat of lace upon the glass. Nose is steeped with roasted grain, somewhat sweet and a nice hint of the hops, delightful I’d say. Start has a good malt presence, sweet with a hint of bitterness and a pleasing to the palate wheat toast flavor. Finish is nicely hopped, moderately acidic with the sweetness and the touch of bitterness to the end, somewhat dry, and a fine porter in its own right.

Gusler, Oct 04, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jnoelani, Aug 16, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Very dark - crimson hue to the light - tan head dissipates quickly. Nose of coffee and hops. Medium mouthfeel. Coffee flavors, anice, plenty of roast malt. Hints of chocolate. Hoppiness kicks in...and kicks! A bit oliy. Just a touch of smoke.

A very flavorful beer. Outstanding melding of hops and malt.

sweethome, Oct 07, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

Braz, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

wchasse222, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

elektronen, Jul 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

cre83, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades slowly to a ring leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted/burnt coffee nose. Flavor is roasted/burnt coffee, a little sweetness, smooth. Bakers chocolate aftertaste. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.
This is their Troll Porter.

jdhilt, Dec 30, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Appearance: clear black in color with a nice 1" tan colored head. Some nice lacing developed.

Smell: the nose easily detected roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: the tastebuds followed the nose as the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate dominted, while some soft breadiness and hint of alcohol rounded it out. The definition of a liquid meal.

Mouthfeel: lightly dry and smooth throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Finish is long on the roasted and coffee tones.

Drinkability: great. Several of these can be quaffed in a session. This beer is not a one time brew, as this was available in June 2006. If you see it on tap try it.

Gavage, Jun 30, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Zach122, Oct 31, 2013
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Hale's Troll Porter from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.