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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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If a troll requests a pint of porter, you’d better have a good, big one to offer. Troll Porter fits that bill. Black, round and complex, with mocha and chocolate overtones and a fine hop profile. Very tasty brew. 6.6% ABV 31 IBUs Malts: 2-Row Pale ~ Crystal 75L & 120L ~ Munich ~ Special Roast ~ Chocolate ~ Carafa III ~ Torrefied Wheat Hops: Apollo ~ East Kent Goldings Original Gravity: 16.5° Plato

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (8705) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2009
Thanks to Stefan and Elisabeth for bringing a 650ml bottle from Seattle to Tromsø. Pours a dark, brown-red body with a low, vanilla coloured head. Nice glass-lacing. Rather vaguely aroma with hints of roasted malts and dry herbs. The taste brings overriped, dark fruits with minerals and hints of iron, giving it all a metallic profile. Dry bitter endnotes. As I had expected more, the Troll Porter turned out a bit disappointing, but still rather drinkable [Shared at a beer session, Tromsø 29.01.2009].

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Thanks to Andre for the bomber! Poured deep reddish-brown with a short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up toasty caramel and slightly sour coffee with lesser notes of cocoa and burnt black patent.. moderate-to-heavy overall roast. The flavor had a little more sourness than I’d like, but it was still tasty.. caramel and coffee grounds with moderate roast on the core.. light herbal and tea-like bitterness around.. finished with sour black malts and some residual sweetness. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. OK flow, but the sourness got in the way at times. OK overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
<b>7/28/2007</b>: Hale’s Troll Porter has a clear brown color. There is a frothy brown head on top and not much aroma. The flavor is dry and contains some roasted malt and hints of chocolate. However, the flavor really seems watered down despite the medium-light to medium body that is smooth on the palate. This is a very disappointing brew.

<i>Sample from 22 fl. oz. bottle sent to me by bitbucket and shared at the "Columbus Tasting: Ate, now with gramatical errors" event. Thanks Bob! Rating #70 for this beer...</i>

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Another one of those thin and metallic tasting beers that I feel couldn’t help but be better off the tap. Maybe someday will get the chance to re-rate but I never want to see this in the bottle again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bomber. Sweet malty porter aroma on the nose with some roast in the background. Black body with tan head. Sweet malts thoughout beer with some roasted coffee and some caramel in the mix. Little dryness left on the palate. Good wind down beer for after work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18159) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2008
Draught @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a tan head. Has a roasted malty aroma with some hints of chocolate. Roasted malty dark fruit and chocolate flavor. Roasted malty dark fruit finish with some hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2008
<i>Bottle, #403</i>   Black pour with minimal head. Slightly roasted aroma with a bit of earthyness. Flavor follows with a hop bite. Decent porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Average, in nearly every sense of the word. I’ll give it a slight bump in flavor (which is, I guess, what counts the most) but nothing would make me want to purchase this again. The beer exhibits a sweet caramel nose, roasted malt flavor, and bitter chocolate finish. Inexpensive offering that I might come back to in a pinch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (2791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Bottle: Near black pour with a very small brown head. Faint aroma of roastiness and coffee. Flavor is simple and straightforward. A blend of roast, chocolate, and coffee. Well balanced. A basic offering within the style, but well done. Probably will fly below the radar - it’s like a stealth bomber for the price of a mere fighter plane.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesy of Acertain. The aroma is detergent-esque with sharp chocolate notes, lactose sugar and mild roast. The body is black and holds a thin tan head. Fore is roasty, with dark fruit and some very noticeable soapy/detergent notes. Nice mouthfeel, but on the whole not really feeling this one due to the off flavors.

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