Hale's Troll Porter - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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2.53/5 rDev -34.5%
On tap at post St ale house.
A: dark, dark beer with mocha foam atop which is persistent. Rings of lace.
S: nutty with slightly too much toasted character making it a little too dry.
T: malts are coffee like with a tad more bitter than I would prefer in this brew. A slightly astringent and almost sour character here.
M: full bodied with light carb and a semi slick finish.
O:. Not particularly enjoyable.
11-28-2011 01:25:19 | More by harrymel
3.03/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
08-07-2012 03:30:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.18/5 rDev -17.6%
I'm a big fan of the Fremont Troll. As I recall, my band took some promo shots with the Troll back in... what was it?... '91? That troll sure lasted longer than my band.
In any event, I imagine the mighty Troll might prefer a porter with a bit more attitude than this one. This is a brown porter, not brewed to the robust style more common to our region. So roasted qualities are in short supply and the taste tips more to the sweet. The beer is not flawed in any way, but neither does it command much enthusiasm. The Troll shows a casual chocolate sweetness with enough bittering to grab your attention and tastes like the 1980's-style recipe we've mostly outgrown. Not bad, but better beers await you.
03-03-2008 04:10:44 | More by RedDiamond
3.35/5 rDev -13.2%
I was served a pint from the tap in a chilled glass at Uncle Sam's Saloon in Kennewick, Washington.
A: It poured dark ruddy body with a tall caramel head that hung in there for quite some time before falling to a thin layer over the liquid.
S: It had a sweet roasted malt profile with hints of chocolate and spices.
T: The sweet and biting roasted malts dominated before a tangy biting bitterness from the hops coated the back of my tongue. The alcohol was well hidden.
M: It was light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a somewhat watery presence. It started sweet and ended bitter.
D: It was a fine brew with a nice balance of flavors, light body and pleasant appearance.
11-15-2008 06:38:49 | More by dnichols
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
02-16-2012 01:06:27 | More by ccrida
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
Sampled in Imperial Pint at the Brewery Pub.
Beer pours a deep dark opaque black brown with ruby laser like highlights in the light. Head is a low tan and big bubbled that disappears quickly.
Nose is of lightly roasted coffee with a ending note of diacetyl butteriness.
Flavor is similiar to a dark roasted roux with a thick coating feeling mixed with a brown butter impression of diacetyl.
A quick touch of black malt acid marks the knee of the palate before a thick finish with a hint of the sweetness that proceeds.
06-13-2003 00:38:40 | More by drewbage
3.48/5 rDev -9.8%
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. Its 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. Theres a touch of bitterness at the finish that nicely rounds out the mouthfeel.
Drinkability This was a bit light but otherwise went down nicely.
03-13-2005 03:14:44 | More by RoyalT
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
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
06-15-2009 01:55:59 | More by Magpie14
3.6/5 rDev -6.7%
Appearance: Pours a pretty dark chocolate with ruby highlights and a forthy mocha head; nice retention and lace patterns
Smell: For all the malt that is in this brew, it is very hard to discern it in the aroma, which is more herbaciously hoppy than anything else
Taste: I'm not surprised, therefore, that the hops in the aroma immediately jump into the flavor profile, with just a little hint of roast and chocolate underneath; by mid-palate, the brew turns a bit phenolic, with an odd plastic flavor; after the swallow, the roast finally arrives, and the finish has a coffee ground bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: While this beer has its merits, I cannot say that I am too crazy about the flavor profile
Thanks, cannabanaceae, for the opportunity
03-09-2009 00:11:10 | More by brentk56
3.66/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
01-14-2014 02:48:19 | More by hreb
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
05-11-2008 22:43:09 | More by Proteus93
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
Had this on tap at The Elk Public House for $4.00. This is named for the infamous Troll statue/sculpture located under the Aurora Street Bridge near Seattle's Fremont district, which depicts a large troll devouring an actual Volkswagen Beetle.
This was a dark brown in color, with a good sized tan head. Mild amount of lace – it was there, but it wasn’t terribly noteworthy.
Smell was of roasted malt and brown sugar. I thought this, while tasty smelling, could use a little bit less sweetness in the nose.
This was pretty much the same as the nose. It starts out with a nicely roasted character. Then there’s a sweet brown sugar taste. This didn’t taste bad at all, but I thought it could have been better if it was more toned down. Still, a fine porter to quaff.
This was somewhere between medium and full-bodied. Acceptable level of carbonation for a porter.
This was a little too sweet to be considered an outstanding porter, but it was still quite good. The sweetness wasn’t to an unpleasant, cloying degree, so I think I could have had several of these if time (I had to be at work in an hour) and finances (I’m currently a broke-ass poor grad student) permitted.
04-05-2005 21:16:55 | More by woemad
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
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
09-10-2012 19:14:31 | More by inlimbo77
3.78/5 rDev -2.1%
Probably shouldn't be retired as this beer has just recently started being distributed in Arizona.
Pours with a fat, one-finger thick, light brown colored head that sits on top of an opaque, almost black colored beer. The aroma smells oddly of a light oxidation; which is odd because this bottle is fairly new. Malt notes of roast coffee, deeply toasted grain, dark chocolate, blackened raisins and even some rum like notes are also noticeable in the aroma.
Thick and chewy, much more so than I was expecting. The beer does seem to taste lightly oxidized, but it is rich enough that this actually adds to the flavor & complexity of this brew. Sweet notes of darkly caramelized sugar and burnt fruit are offset by a bitterness born of burnt grain and hops. Chewy chocolate notes joint dusty cocoa flavors as well as some solid black coffee notes. At times this tastes like a combination of chocolate and coffee liquors, though it definitely leans towards the coffee side of the flavor spectrum. There is some alcohol presence here, which leads to a soft warming sensation as the beer slides down your throat; in fact this lingers on in the throat after the beer is gone. The roast malt character is quite pronounced here; at times it is a nice balancing note to the malt sweetness and chewy body, but at other times it can lean towards an acrid bitterness and acidity.
Quite a tasty brew, I certainly was not expecting something with quite such a pronounced flavor profile. This is definitely on the rich, chewy side of the Porter spectrum.
08-08-2007 02:26:25 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
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. :)
02-27-2008 09:28:37 | More by JohnGalt1
Hale's Troll Porter from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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