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

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Hale's Troll PorterHale's Troll Porter

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very good

35 Reviews

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 67
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 10.79%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-13-2003

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 67
Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of beertaster13
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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 sweethome
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 drewbage
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle this poured jet black with a small tan head with no lacing. Nose of chocolate and molasses. Nice thick mouthfeel and flavor of burnt malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and molasses. Touch of fruits, mostly raisins. Finish slighty bitter and the only times the hops come into play. Better than average,., just not great.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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 erikm25
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured quickly and aggressively into a pint glass. Dark coffee brown body. Crisp crimson highlights glow around the bottom edges of the glass. Head is a bubbly two finger caramel coloring. Moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Faint chocolate, fruity candy, and lightly toasted nutty aromas. As this warms the coffee smells are much stronger and helps round out a rather subtle nose.

T: Roasted malts. A dominant balance of coffee and chocolate tastes. Caramel, nuts, and toffee add to the finish. Additionally, there is raisin sweetness and a surprising slight hops tinge. Overall, interesting and well done combination of tastes.

M: Mouth feel is nice with a good finish, just maybe a little thin.

D: Bottle has a cool picture of the Fremont Troll which adds some cool local character. I thought this was a very decent and drinkable beer. I suspect that the bottle doesn't quite to the beer justice so I look forward to trying it on tap. This is my first beer of many beers to come from Hale's.

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Photo of jletts
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hale's Troll Porter

Ah, the Fremont Troll. You must see the Troll to understand the inspiration for this beer; and then it all makes sense. I picked this up recently (Feb. 08) in Seattle, so I doubt it has been retired. Poured cellar temperature into an Imperial Pint Glass with a small quickly fading head; appeared dark brownish black with some light getting through around the edges. The aroma was rather mild, focusing on milk chocolate, coffee, with maybe a hint of lactose...hard to pull much out of the aroma. The taste is a different story. Very bold flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and piney hops, followed by peat, some burnt caramel, and hints of vanilla emerged, with a mouthfeel that is just about right for the taste. This is a good porter for hopheads. I need more.

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Photo of OSCWEAX
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
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
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.