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

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
86
very good
37 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
71
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
15.18%
 
 
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7
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Hale's Troll PorterHale's Troll Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drewbage on 06-13-2003

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 71
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, samall tannish head. Nose was good, not to heavy and not to telling but I got some cocoa and coffee beans, roasted malts. Tasted of chocolate, coffee beans and it was pretty smooth. Well balanced beer and smooth on mouthfeel. Really good in my opinion.

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Photo of sweethome
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beertaster13
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fabulous porter. Pours a dark brown/black with a mocha tan head that is gorgeous. The smell is of chocolate and roasted espresso beans, hints of dried fruit and nuts. The taste is sweet of raisins and mocha butter with a very nice rich chocolate taste, medium bodied but drinkable. If ever at Mchormick's where this is on tap have the burger with this beer, they both do wonders for each other.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On nitro-tap at Hare & Hounds in Poulsbo, WA. Color is deep dark red-brown, with creamy one finger head and persistent clinging lacing. Aroma is deep, dark roasted malt, sweetness, with floral hops, heady. Flavor is malt, a bit if coffee, a bit of sweet caramel, mildly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium thick and creamy. Overall this is an outstanding porter, which I really recommend on nitro-tap. A really memorable taste experience!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque/black. Almost no head, and what was there to begin with dissipated within moments.

Nose is dissapointingly faint but cocoa/chocolatey.

Palate is a blast of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Simply amazing combination here. Worth it!

Finish is medium long and roasty.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of Troll Porter in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, somewhat translucent with a garnet red hue, caped with a bubbly tan head.

Smell is a roasted charcoal aroma with some candy-like dark chocolate and a fruity plum scent.

Taste is very good. A charcoal coffee flavor, chocolate and bit of black licorice flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel full-bodied, viscous but minimally cloying and smooth.

Overall a very good porter. Better than the Deschutes Black Butte which is my porter measuring stick.

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Photo of OSCWEAX
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is AMAZING. I can't wait for it to make it's reappearance on store shelves this fall. Dark and rich with caramel and molasses on the nose, incredible creamy mouth feel, and a finish that makes me want more. I found that there was a hint of, call me crazy, Christmas candy in the taste. This beer represents the fall and football for me.

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Hale's Troll Porter from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.