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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 34
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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Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

woemad, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +4.2%

NickThePyro, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Braz
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Braz, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of KStark
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

KStark, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

powdersoldier, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +4.2%

bernat1971, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

leedorham, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of mjw1200
4/5  rDev +4.2%

mjw1200, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of dnichols
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

dnichols, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Asics
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Asics, May 26, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Magpie14, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of hreb
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

hreb, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of beertaster13
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

beertaster13, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of Powderhornphil
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

Powderhornphil, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of sweethome
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

sweethome, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Zach122, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of drewbage
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

drewbage, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of trytoketchup
3/5  rDev -21.9%

trytoketchup, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of rkuhnel
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

rkuhnel, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of nhirsch04
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nhirsch04, May 25, 2014
Photo of jnoelani
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jnoelani, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of erikm25
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

erikm25, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Dsimenson
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Dsimenson, Jul 13, 2014
Hale's Troll Porter from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.