Propeller Revolution - Propeller Brewery

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer was born for greatness. Sent by English brewers via the Baltic Sea to the court of the Czars, Russian Imperial Stout was brewed to very high gravities and allowed to ferment on the long voyage. The result? A dark, strong and bracing brew.

Propeller's version weighs in at a whopping eight percent alcohol content, with a deep, rich, black colour. The taste of alcohol is well masked by the intense hop bitterness, extreme roasted malt and dark fruit notes.

Propeller Brewing Company has brewed and bottled this unfiltered ale each year since 2006, making Propeller the extreme brewing pioneers of Nova Scotia. This seasonal offering is only available at the Propeller Cold Beer Store on Gottingen Street, and select private retailers in Halifax.

Russian Imperial Stout - imbibed by Peter, adored by Catherine and now reclaimed by you, the People. Za Vas!

60 IBU

(Beer added by: MMansfield on 01-19-2007)
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Photo of byronic
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Thanks to CaptainMurphy for this one!

Pours black and leaves a nice thick collar in a snifter glass. Definite presence of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose. Interesting blend of malts, coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke. The finish is on the bitter side with a strong presence of coffee and dark chocolate. Very little carbonation with a rich creamy texture. Simple yet quite drinkable.

Photo of SchoonerNS
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%

Got on a trade from Curtis. Thx Curtis! Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- 4.5- WOW this is dark. BLACK. Pours a nice head that is gone in no time

S- 4.0- Nice roasted malt and chocolate

T- 4.25- Nice RIS. Very roasted and chocolaty. Super rich palate. Coffee. Yum

M- 4.25- Yup it's thick! LOL nice RIS

O- 4.31- This is a winner. Wish I had more.

Food Pairing

This wonderful RIS went well with..... Beef Stew heavy on the root vegetables.

Enjoy!!

Photo of BRYeleJR
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bottle from the Liquor Store on PEI
Pours a solid black color with a huge frothy tan head that persists forever. Vinous chocolate fudge and caramel maltiness dominate the aroma. Light earthy floral round out the nose. The flavor is rich thick chocolate caramel and roast with quite a vinous fruity edge to it. Light smoke and earth round us out nicely. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a rich creamy ashy mouthfeel. Wow thats a pretty nice stout right there! Reminds me a lot of Bell's Expedition, I really enjoyed this.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Paul_PABrewNews
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Dark and evil, no light peering through this brew. Light kaki colored head...
Aroma : Dark and Bakers Chocolate. Espresso Coffee Tones. Soft Char and Smoky & Toasted Grains, and a smooth floral Booze aroma.
Body: Body was a bit thin overall. Full Medium mouth feel, soft carbonation pushed the flavors around in your mouth, but overall a smooth drinking beer with lingering bitterness and soft floral booze notes.
Flavor: Nice imperial stout, Dark and Bakers Chocolate, Smoky Char and Toasted Grains. Floral Booze and Finishing with a lingering earthy, coffee bitterness. Cheers!

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of sdm9465
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of TheHammer
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The head is out of control on this one, as after a fairly delicate pour it produced over three fingers of head and overflowed the glass. The body is a dark stout black that shows ample carbonation. Retained it's head like crazy and produced good lacing. Just way too much of it.

Smell: Smoky, dry malt dominates the notes with a slight anise tone to it and notes of plum in the background. Warming really helped out it's case, and all in all it's good but nothing really stands out.

Taste: Starts with a sweet molasses note, that turns quickly as a sudden kick of dry, burnt malt busts onto the scene without much fanfare and then quickly departs with a slight coffee and raw alcohol note. It's a little bit lacklustre for a RIS to be honest. Nothing bad for the style, but nothing memorable.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and while the transitioning is a little rocky, it does leave a nice smoky malt and molasses aftertaste that doesn't overstay it's welcome or cling needlessly.

Drinkability: Solid, and not quite as heavy as you'd expect an RIS to be. The dryness takes a little bit out of it, but it sits down well and despite ample carbonation, doesn't leave me belching.

Final Thoughts: I'll have to say, of all the RIS's I've tried, this one comes across as the most run of the mill. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. I'd give it a try, but I wouldn't set your expectations overtly high.

Photo of spinrsx
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $5

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, grains, light vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some grains and a bit of vanilla.

Overall - Seems a little thin to be a RIS to me. The flavours are nice but not bold either. Drinks and tastes more like a regular stout in my books. Still a good beer though

Photo of mick303
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle cracked open with a lot of carbonation and a tremendous 4.5 fingers of head on the pour. This was one heady beer and took quite awhile to get into the glass with successive pours. Colour is dark black, great retention and lacing on a soapy tan head. Should mention this beer probably had at least 1.5 yrs on it.

S – dark molasses, licorice root, dark cocoa, really thick but a lot more exotic spice character than you usually find, in lieu of some of the coffee and really dark malts, some roasty chocolate malt character. Like a mélange of earthy asian spices, very interesting. 4.5

T – a creamy start, with a strong molasses back ground also chocolate malts, cocoa, some aged lemon notes, a subtle cognac spiritiness. Dark malts really come through, but a hint of yeasty sharpness adds an interesting dimension, slightly musty, some acidity creeping in, aged cherries and some dry fruitiness, full profile with lots of dryness, and toastiness on the finish. There is a lot going on, maybe it would improve if it tied together a bit more, still quite impressive. 4.

M – overall its fairly light for a big RIS, with ample carbonation, on the high side, lots of creaminess but balanced with a lot of dryness from the beer. Drinks really nicely, good drinkability balanced with a satisfying fullness, especially on the aftertaste. 3.75

Quite a good beer, blending in some really interesting spice notes not typically encountered. A slight underlying dark sugar sweetness throughout which holds together the beer quite nicely, enjoyable and worth trying if you come across this one. 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of tbeckett
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes.

A - Poured black with a solid finger and a half thick, creamy brown mocha head. Pillowy head sat on there really nicely. Good half finger of retention. No real lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Really nice chocolate and roast combo. Really chocolatey, milk chocolate.

T - Really chocolatey again. Roast, dark fruit, milk chocolate. Sweet but not cloying.

M - Good carbonation, full body, sweet finish turned bitter.

O/D - Simple but tasty for an Imperial Stout. Nails the basic requirements. Quite drinkable. A good one.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

big ups to andrenaline for including this trade treat from one of my fave east coast Canadian brewers
A - solid black, thumb of brown creamy head retained well with fairly consistent lacing as it receded
S - cocoa and roastiness with a unique spice note that I can't put my finger (allspice or cloves maybe???), touch of cola on the back
T - big roasty malts with a splash of cola, mild dry dusty cocoa, mild grassy hops and leathery flavours round it out
M - near to chewy but lightened slightly by the alcohol, smooth and slightly musty with just a touch of alcohol drying it out, very sneaky drinkable
O - a very nice entry into the style, nice traditional flavours with ease of consumption being a highlight for me

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Some Russian Imperial Stouts are black as tar, others are not. Revolution's illuminated reddish trim gives away the brownness (as opposed to blackness) of its complexion. Its head also has a distinctly brownish tinge as well as buttery texture; the lacing it etches in the glass appears as some kind of code, the likes of which you'd need to call the Sanskrit experts in to transcribe.

The aroma, oddly enough, has a distinctive pumpkin spice quality as it practically drips with anise, ginger or clove-like spice, traces of vanilla and brown sugar, and a strong earthiness (courtesy of hops). It is also characterized by notes of instant coffee powder and tart choke cherries. Not at all unpleasant though should be richer malt-wise and not what I was expecting.

In the flavour, coffee replays along with smoky malts, black fruits, a sliver of chili and drops of vanilla. More than just fine to drink fresh - it's encouraged. Aside from being unsubstantial for aging, alcohol is a non-factor and significant hopping provides an earthy element for which the beer is better-off having. It definitely has a spiced Christmas cake/pumpkin ale thing going on.

The beer looked a bit gloppy coming out the bottle and, indeed, the mouthfeel is initially quite chewy. Once swallowed, however, prickly bubbles catch you by surprise, clearing the way for a dusty, oxidized, somewhat metallic texture and the heavily vinous qualities that develop in the aftertaste. It is decidedly dry and offers little lingering roast, virtually no depth and zero intensity.

Not to take away from Propeller's pioneering efforts but Revolution is hardly rousing for an imperial stout. Sure, an offering like this goes a long way to rectifying and, ideally, reforming a lacking Atlantic Canadian beer portfolio, but despite the usual excellent quality and artisanal approach of this brewery, it's not an imperial stout I'd confidently recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Propeller Revolution from Propeller Brewery
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