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Propeller Revolution - Propeller Brewery

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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery visit their website
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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mikeyv35

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Date: 06/06/2011
Type: 16oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Thanks to Brad(Rutager) for throwing this in as an extra in our over the borders trade!

Pours an ink black in color w/ a 1 finger creamy tan head that produces heavy lacing. Aromas of bittersweer Baker's Chocolate, charred malts, molasses, and leather. The taste starts off w/ chocolate and molasses up front, followed by vanilla, and finishes w/ slight hop bitterness. Stylistically a little thin, but I really digged the mouthfeel personally. Medium bodied and very creamy and lush due to appropriate carbonation. This was very easy to drink being on the lower side of the ABV spectrum.

Overall, not spectacular, but a very well put together RIS that is very flavorful and enjoyable to sip on.

06-12-2011 18:28:18 | More by mikeyv35
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-06-2013 10:53:36 | More by beerhunter13
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Single 500mL bottle, courtesy of Santa. The big guy always knows...

Poured into a nonic. Black, good viscosity, nice half inch of light tan head, great deal of lacing. Shows its heft. Very nice-looking brew.

Nose is sweet malt, caramel, nice chocolate, bit of hops and leather. Sweetness is this brew's angle.

Tasty stout, quite sweet, but finishes with a decent hop bitterness. Some leather seeps through in the aftertaste. Chocolate is quite noticeable. Fine stout.

Decent thickness, but carbonation is quite mild.

Propeller has always impressed me, and this stout was certainly up to those high standards. A bit sweet, but still hearty and flavorful, and doesn't show its alcohol.

12-28-2012 21:46:07 | More by JohnnyBarman
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours jet black with very little head. Malty aroma with some chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite roasty with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Body is a little thinner than I'd like in a Russian Imperial Stout, but the mouthfeel is still decent. Good drinkablity, this is not as complex as some other Russian Imperial Stouts, but still a great beer!

02-26-2011 23:12:09 | More by chickenm
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-11-2013 19:44:41 | More by JonnyBeers
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ipc2000

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-24-2014 13:02:58 | More by ipc2000
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

OK, you got me. That is, not one or two but 3 bottles sent by OKBeer.
In a word, ovaltine chocolate milkshake. And a 5 on that. Great coco aroma, appearance, creamy taste and aftertaste--I mean 14 hours later, I am satisfied on chocolate. Not cloying, but sweet rather than bittersweet chocolate.

Not for everybody, as many want a balanced RIS, with noticeable bitterness.
Had it again three weeks later and the fresh and thick taste faded faster than a teenager's ruby red lipstick in the rain. Smokey chocolate. Not bitter nor sweet.

Bobby, thanks again.
Third tatsing a year later courtesy of Neal. More coffee and chocolate second, result of aging? Not as thock mouthfeel.

02-04-2007 04:07:29 | More by Sammy
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phirleh

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-04-2013 13:08:53 | More by phirleh
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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

05-09-2013 02:40:55 | More by joemcgrath27
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Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

Presented in a foil-topped 341ml bottle with a clipped-in bottling date. Chilled for 20 minutes and then served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Pours a completely opaque jet black, not so much as a glimmer of light showing anywhere. Oily and thick, it almost oozes its way out of the bottle. Moderately vigorous pour yields a small dark tan cap which dissipates gradually until only a swirling pattern of surfacing bubbles remains. The slowly turning vortexes lend life to what would otherwise appear to be motor oil. Some lacing.

Smell is deep and complex. Dates, raisins, plums, and candied figs abound, sweet and sticky. Dark and bitter chocolate backing the profile, never imposing itself but never out of your mind. The light citrus of the hops shows as well, along with a hint of strong Turkish coffee. Summer berries and cherry as well, this is a thing of beauty. I'd give smell a 6 if I could, it's just that good.

Taste is bold, strong chocolate and coffee coming through loud and clear. Grapes and port wine as well, a hint of the alcohol sweetness showing up in the finish. The hops are unmistakable but not overwhelming. This is definitely in the English tradition, well crafted and subtle (at least as subtle as this style can be) as opposed to a wallop of hops and coffee that'll try to knock you off your seat. Not a beer to wrestle with, but one to caress, to hold in your mouth as long as you can because you want to get every nuance of it.

Mouthfeel is oily and thick, leading to an extremely lengthy finish. Carbonation is perfect, never letting up but never coming on too strong, and drinkability is extraordinary. The best beer that has ever called Nova Scotia home, bar none. John Allen and Propeller deserve credit for making a truly world-class imperial stout.

01-22-2007 00:38:22 | More by Mandrake
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-07-2013 06:34:56 | More by GRG1313
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Apperance. Pours a viscous black with half a finger of dark chocolate head.

Smell. Coffee, roasty malt and dark chocolate. A hint of grassy hops.

Taste. Bitter chocolate, tobacco and coffee. Some lasting bitter coffee and little smokey wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium carbonation. Some warm alcohol.

Overall. A good drinking stout. Rich and thick and pretty tasty.

03-28-2011 03:00:47 | More by Rutager
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate and subtle coffee is interesting but a tad weak. Taste of light bitter chocolate and coffee is more subtle then expected with some medium roasted malt. Body is oily and even a bit watery; I was expecting a fuller body as well as more of a creamy texture. Overall, while this is an interesting IS I thought it lack some complexity and the body was a bit too watery. I wonder if a got a bad bottle considering the high rating that this beer received or maybe I don’t appreciate the style as much as others.

06-05-2007 17:21:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottled November, week 1.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black. A thin layer of light brown head formed and receded to a ring around the glass.

S - A fairy sweet nose. Roast, semi-sweet chocolate, dark caramel and molasses.

T - A big bitter roast profile with sweet chocolate, dark caramel and molasses in the background.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Light carbonation.

02-09-2013 20:14:36 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours black as night, slight light brown head. Light lace and retention. Molasses, roast, leather, coffee, dark fruits, faint booze. Chocolate, figs, molasses, spicy notes, dark fruits. Creamy medium ful body. Solid, nice RIS. Not the highest I ABV, but feels substantial still.

Thanks Chris!

03-21-2013 01:40:57 | More by EgadBananas
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

12-28-2012 04:21:13 | More by ThinkAgain
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Thanks to Long813 for sending me 2 bottles of this craft beer. I was eager to taste this one.

Very dark color with a brown head (think and creamy). The head sticks well to the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malts with some floral hops. Nice aroma. Not much licorice there as I'm accustomed by RIS. Nevertheless this is a great smell. The second bottle had some woody hops aroma too that I didn't recall getting in the first bottle.

Taste: Chocolate with a hops touch... woody in the taste. The finish is like a good coffee.

Mouthfeel: I would prefer this one to be heavier, however it is not very bad... a medium body beer.

Drinkability: High.

A robust and complex RIS in my opinion. A good beer overall.

06-13-2010 23:37:15 | More by ZorPrime
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours pitch black, off white head that settles down to nothing. Aroma of malt, black malt and delicate fruity esters. Flavor of delicious dark and acrid malt, some anise and spice. Proper carbonation and warming alcohol fell.

A very typical russian imperial, but a exellent ale still. Thanks to NASH for this bottle for CanLIF 4!

06-30-2008 02:34:05 | More by bloberglawp
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Has a large good looking tanned head fades to a small reflection of its former self. Not much lacing and a dark black color.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and molasses.

Tastes of chocolate malts, bitter but not coming from hops and fruits.

03-11-2008 04:09:07 | More by irishkyle21
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mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-08-2011 23:54:20 | More by mmurphy525
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CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-04-2013 16:22:39 | More by CurtisD
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Paul_PABrewNews

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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!

06-29-2014 02:09:07 | More by Paul_PABrewNews
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xgrafcorex

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

another beer i received from a friend up in canada as part of a trade. if any of you watch the show trailer park boys, propeller is a local nova scotia brewing company that makes beers that the boys frequently drink during the movie and some of the shows.

chose the snifter to make sure i didn't drink it too fast..also get a better smell. pours out pretty dark..almost looks like liquefied tar. one finger head that dissipates to a ring of foam. no lacing on my glass. also some small bubbles rising up to the surface. the smell is nice...very coffee like with some unsweetened chocolate and a very very faint hint of alcohol. tastes very roasted, that is the first thing that comes to mind, then it seems to have a bitter sweet aftertaste that lingers. not quite as heavily bodied as i'd have thought.

the person i traded with to get this 12 oz bottle seems to find the growlers slightly more enjoyable. this was my only tasting of this beer, so i can't say for myself...but i eagerly welcome the opportunity to find out!

07-04-2007 08:00:27 | More by xgrafcorex
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, production date Week 3 of January in unknown year.

Appearance: Black as night with about 2-3 fingers worth of foam that settles to a strong thick ring. Color of the head is a not too dark, not too light mocha brown.

Smell: Really good with some licorice, cocoa, sweet roasted coffee and some molasses.

Taste: Has a rich but not too sweet flavor. Coffee grains, light licorice, cocoa liquor with some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Bit viscous with a full body though shows a bit of thinness midway but doesn't really affect the tasting experience.

Overall: Really enjoyed this steady yet flavorful stout.

10-23-2012 19:45:21 | More by papat444
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%

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

10-14-2013 00:02:54 | More by spinrsx
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Propeller Revolution from Propeller Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.