Rune (8705) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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].
Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
<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>
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
anders37 (18159) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
<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.
BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
jake65 (2791) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.