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

Hale's Troll PorterHale's Troll Porter
BA SCORE
68%
Liked This Beer
3.87 w/ 75 ratings
Hale's Troll PorterHale's Troll Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Washington, United States
halesbrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DrewBeechum on 06-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,472
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
75
Liked:
51
Avg:
3.87/5
pDev:
10.85%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of herman77
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown but not quite black, plenty of reddish accenting around the edges. Head is short, dark tan color. Retains mainly a collar and a thin film on top, although lacing is pretty badass.

Some roasted barley notes, a tiny hint of chocolate, and some Goji berry-like fruitiness. Should be significantly stronger for this style.

Lots of hops that show up in the flavor, plenty of bitterness and a lemon Pine Sol presence that's trying to sneak through the heavily roasted malt. Not quite coffee-strength and bitterness in the malt, but definitely dark chocolate.

Medium porter, definitely not much bigger than normal. Fairly creamy in the mouth, but loses a little something in the finish. Just a bit underwhelming; nothing off or wrong about it.

Not bad in a pinch. Pretty decent price for a pretty decent porter.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hale's Ales 'Troll Porter' @ 7.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a hint of ruby red peeking thru a medium size tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-weak smelling
T-crisp & clean tasting porter
MF-ok/decent carbonation , full body
Ov-ok/good beer , decent porter
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

O: B-

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Photo of Braz
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of powdersoldier
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Athenian, Pike Place, Seattle

A: Shoe polish brown with a nice tan one-finger head that lingered.

S: Chocolate, light coffee, cocoa, anise and caramel.

T: Lightly robust with a chocolate/caramel/cocoa charge that finishes with a lightly bitter coffee note. Sweet.

M: Medium with medium, creamy and charred carbonation.

O: What a cool homage to the Seattle Troll. Great label, too. Since we sat on the Troll's hand, it was fitting to quaff this tasty porter. You go, Hale's Ales.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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 BostonPhilly
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of KStark
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Asics
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mjw1200
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of trytoketchup
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of dnichols
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of nhirsch04
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Magpie14
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 +6.5%
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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Hale's Troll Porter from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
Beer rating: 68% out of 100 with 75 ratings
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