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Propeller Revolution - Propeller Brewery

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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 ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of thick and creamy tan head tower over its pitch black body. The head is composed of larger bubbles and has great staying power. No lace is left behind and I question if that has to do with the beer or the glass I'm using.

The alcohol comes through as spicy and dry. Aniseed and a deep roastiness give the trademark impression of a RIS. Alcohol soaked cherries and white and dark raisons add a syrupy sweetness. The nose isn't as intense or pronounced as other RIS's I've had but the weight and complexity is still there.

Spicy alcohol notes mixed with dry roasted malts pinch the sides of the tongue and work there way into the finish where bits of coffee grind come through as well. Soft, understated sweet raisons sit on the middle of the tongue. Mellow notes of anise graze the back of the palate.

Medium bodied with a medium impact. Dry in the finish with a soft creaminess throughout. A little too thin for my liking. The ABV is noticeable but only helps to further the flavour. Well balanced from beginning to end.

Overall, this is a decent, well-crafted RIS but it is nothing out of the ordinary. More weight to the body and feel and more intensity in any or all of the flavours would make this stand out. A good introduction to the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 21:24:36 | More by ludachris
Photo of mmurphy525

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-08-2011 23:54:20 | More by mmurphy525
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black with some brown notes, one finger mocha coloured head, some lace on the top of the glass. Smell is roasted malt and tons of chocolate, coffee, some notes of alcohol, raisin like dark fruit with more chocolatey bittersweet notes. Taste is deeply roasted malt, slightly smokey, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted finish and aftertaste. Light-med carbonation, full body, good weight. Very drinkable, easy drinking with lots of flavour and really good but is missing something that would make this great, very enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 14:31:50 | More by peensteen
Photo of mikeyv35

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 18:28:18 | More by mikeyv35
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 03:00:47 | More by Rutager
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice RIS from one of the best East Coast brewers. Not the most complex but still well made with lots of luscious notes on the finish. Instant drinkability with no need for aging this is on the money for the mouthfeel and the nose. Would purchase again

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 22:22:49 | More by canucklehead
Photo of chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:12:09 | More by chickenm
Photo of LazyL

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Big Bobby D for this brew from the East Coast. He's leaving the beer Meca of the West Coast for the Seas of limited variety of the East.
This looks as black as a night in downtown Moncton. The large pillowy toffee coloured head flatened out quickly and left a rootbeer float style lace on the glass.
The nose is Stout all the way. Good molasses, coffee and a bit of smoke. I get a bit of sweet alcohal here too.
There is a little bitterness that balances out the sweetness and the boozy flavours.
The carbonation and the body are quite light.
I get a nice sweet/bitter fight on the after taste that is appealing. Over all, this is a good big stout that will definately warm those cold East Coast nights. At least there is one beer worth drinking that I have tried from the other coast. Half way through my bomber and the 8% is starting to kick in. Nice. I'd say its growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:06:29 | More by LazyL
Photo of PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The windchill is about -30 degrees Celsius tonight, so I thought, "Tonight'd be a good night to try a gut-warming 8% RIS."

This beer pours about as black as an 8-ball. There isn't much head to it - a finger's worth at the top, after a hard pour. It's a small-bubbled creamy brown. It doesn't stay that tall for very long.

When I first smell from the bottle, a bit of hops comes out - a nice surprise. Once in the glass, you can smell some chocolate (with some dark cherry notes... possibly from the alcohol), roasted coffee, and some oats.

The flavour is mostly chocolate... like a dark chocolate mousse with a roasted coffee finish that has the bitterness of a mild IPA. Rather nice. Quite nice, in fact, that the 8% is hidden well, and that there's nothing in it so sharp or sweet as to make it difficult to drink. You could down a bunch of this right before you go down (unexpectedly to you) on the floor.

This one feels pretty good, actually... the bitterness is mild enough that it doesn't overpower the aftertaste of coffee... it calls you back for more, rather than making you think about taking a smaller sip the next time. It might be a little light body-wise, but that's part of what helps to make it so drinkable. It's more than medium in body, and the finish is just a bit sticky.

Overall, I was really pleased with this one. I was braced for a sipper, maybe something that would be unbalanced... what I got was a well-balanced RIS. A little light, but tasty, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:02:52 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 23:37:15 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dated: Decemeber, week 3
From: Premier Wine and Spirits

A: Pitch black body with two fingers of dark mocha head. Head retains for a good while and leaves thick blotchy lacing

S: Dark roasted chocolate, roasted coffee and a sweet taste of caramel

T: Much like the aromas, tons of dark chocolate, mild roasted coffee beans a a hint of caramel. Very balanced tasted and alcohol is not noticeable.

M: Medium bodied and medium-low carbonation. Has a water like texutre that I am not fond of for a RIS, but it's still good. Has a bitter malt after taste.

D: Great local RIS and easy to drink. It's not the best RIS I've had, but it is easy to drink and well priced. Props to Propeller.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:02:25 | More by Long813
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass may6 2010

A dark as night with a two finger mocha head that slowly falls to a 1/4in film that leaves a few partial rings of lace

S lots of bakers chocolate with some mild coffee and booze pretty much what you expect in a good RIS

T not far off the smell but with a little ash and just a touch of licorice and molasses

M a little thinner then I expected but not watery by any means, decent carbonation helps its cause

D would not have guessed it was 8%alc there's little evidence of it so it may be a little too easy to drink

thanks Moniker for sending this one my way, a solid beer from out east that I will drink again. I have a bottle lined up in another trade so I may set it aside for a while and see if it improves

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 07:14:32 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Buebie


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from NASH in an in person trade.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pub glass. Off the pour only a thinnish brown head forms. But as I look agin 30 seconds later, its now a solid inch. Receding somwhat quickly to leave a collar of retention. Slick lace drapes make its way back into the brew, leaving spotty thin lace down the glass.
The beer itself is black like a moonless night, no penetration.

Aroma is of roasted chocolate, molasses, loads of roasted grains, chocolate malt, and a hint of grain alcohol.

Taste is all about roasted chocolate and plenty of it. Loads of smokey roasted chocolate grains, a touch of coffee after the swallow. Lingering with coffee, bitter chocolate and a semi-sweet candy honey flavor.
Molasses through the middle with something resembling candy sugar, or beat sugar. Alcahol in the flavor is non existant. This beer is a very easy drinker.

Mouthfeel is ultra slick with a super creamy feel, mixing with modest carbonation.

Hops have dropped out, although I'm not sure how old this actually is. The lable is clipped with January, week 2, but no year. Its a solid RIS repping the traditional form. I recommend picking this up if you are in the Halifax area. Its a solid contender to many of the better RIS's I've had.

Thank you greg for this very kind extra! I'm ecstatic I was able to try this.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 00:51:36 | More by Buebie
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a glass resulted in very dark stout, with a small amount of chocolaty tinged head. Smells slightly of roasted coffee. Flavor is also slightly coffee like, somewhat sweet, and finishes with a moderate lasting bitter aftertaste. Based on taste and feel, I wouldn't have guessed it was 8% abv.

Overall, not bad, but for some reason I can't see myself having more than a glass or two at any given time.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 22:07:23 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black body with a small mocha mocha head that provides a decent lace. Delicious aroma of chocolate, dark pitted fruit and tobacco. Raisin, toffee, and chocolate flavours dominate a rich palate, before moving to a rich tobacco smokiness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium-heavy mouthfeel with restrained carbonation.

Very nicely done imperial stout from this Halifax brewery. One of the beter imperial stouts in the country. In fact, the alcohol is so well-hidden that this stout could almost be sessioned, which is pretty dangerous!

Thanks to Troy for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 02:51:32 | More by bobsy
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottle, freshness date would be notched on the label, but it appears they have had some trouble with their label cutters. It's local though, so I know it's a fresh bottle.

Pours an opaque black, with just hints of a very dark ruby-brown at the edges of the glass. A mocha-coloured head is about one finger thick at its height, and quickly sinks to a very thin haze on the surface.

Nose is roasted grains, with some muted coffee and dark fruit.

Taste is roasted-charred grains, dark fruit (mostly raisin or date, maybe some sweeter blackberry), coffee, toffee and very dark chocolate. Alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Charred-grains re-assert themselves in a mildly bitter finish that is quite long.

Medium body, very mild carbonation gives it a bit of creaminess, but not as much as some examples of the style.

Surprisingly drinkable, the alcohol is not hidden but mild enough that I have to remember to slow down.

A solid, if not exceptional example of a RIS. I'm putting a couple in cellar to see where they go.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 18:59:11 | More by nighthawk
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MMansfield for the trade. Got 2 bottles, have been saving this one for a while. LAbel as pictured above, gold foil covered cap.
Desciption from the label - "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, imbibed by Peter, adored by Catherine and now reclaimed by you, the People. Za Vas!"
Black as used oil, dark tan foam. Head slowly recedes and leaves thin sheets of lace. SMells of burnt toffee, cocoa, coffee. Lots of flavor, coffee, raisins, smoky/burnt malts. Lots of levels of flavor, with more coming out as it warms. I would say medium bodied, which keeps it from being too cloying, and easy to drink. Not overly carbonated makes it smooth and slightly creamy. A well balanced mix of roasted malts and earthy hops.
Excellent pairing with barbequed steak dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 14:14:50 | More by BigBry
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Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 04:09:07 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viva la revolucion! And thanks to mmansfield for the bottle, 2007 version.

A nice looking RIS. Black and opaque, half finger dark tan head formed on the pour into my Darkness tulip. Quite mildly carbonated, head quickly faded to leave a thin collar.

Toffee, char, anise, and the underlying aroma of milk chocolate are the most noticeable scents. Some rum soaked raisin and earthy, leafy hops also present.

Big on toffee and dark rum soaked raisin, fruity hint of blackberry also present. Then the charred malts show up with a hint of smoke and more noticeable anise. Flavours of espresso gradually reveal themself and build as i drink, adding another level of complexity to this tasty brew. These flavours are asserted over top an underlying bed of softer roasted flavours of milk chocolate. Some woody bitterness with notes of decaying leafy organic matter show up in the finish.

A solid, medium bodied brew. Subdued level of carbonation makes it seem even heftier. Slightly smooth and creamy in feel, with some noticeable alcohol warmth. A nice balance is reached between the malts, charred malt, and earthy hops.

Pretty drinkable for what it is, a fairly big and solid, more traditional RIS in approach styled beer. While certainly not session fare, this would be a solid stout for those looking to get into the style as well as those who favour the more traditional interpretation of the style. What a treat it would be to be able to sip on this all night long on a cool night in February like tonight. The more I drink the more impressed I become, wish i could say this with all the beers I dirink. Thanks Matt!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 00:48:44 | More by demcorhip
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 08.

A - completely black, dark tan head forms and quickly recedes to a thin cap, but holds up well.

S - not overly strong, more malty chocolate than roasted coffee, mild fruity esters, some alcohol

T - comes on strong, but overall taste is somewhat laid back. I can taste the alcohol. Bittersweet chocolate in the finish. More fruit and maltiness comes through as it warms.

M - chewy, almost too full, low carbonation

D - a solid interpretation, but not a stand out.

I expect an RIS to be assertive, powerful and complex. This seems somewhat reserved, the brewer definitely took an English approach. Improves as I work my way into the 2nd half of the glass. The alcohol should smooth out with age, I shall see how my 2nd bottle cellars.

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

UPDATE: Tried another bottle on Dec 9, 2008 from same batch, so about 1 year old. This is a beautiful beer, powerful aroma, tons of licorice and cherry flavours, with a complimentary smooth mild roast. Alcohol is completely hidden. Rates much higher than my original 3.8

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 02:11:35 | More by markaberrant
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black body with a respectably-sized, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Lovely aroma of roasted barley, chocolate, dark caramel, with mild notes of licorice.

Taste: Roasted malts with chocolate and dark caramel sweetness. Faint earth bitterness. Slight sourness on the finish. Scarcely any hop flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An ample RIS, but could stand to have more potent, more aggressive flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 23:47:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received courtesy of Mandrake for CanBIF3!

Pours an opaque black, huge thick tan head, nice lacing, great retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is sweet, lots of dark fruit, light chocolate, coffee, some dates, not bad. Taste is malty, chocolate milk, roast, light toffee, some light fruits, dates, alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth. Do not taste the 8% at all, very well integrated. Not the most complex or flavourful RIS but pretty damn solid. Thanks Peter!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 23:02:27 | More by Viggo
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 08:00:27 | More by xgrafcorex
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one with me. thanks eric!

12oz bottle.

pours opaque black with a big dense dark tan head. drops slowly and leaves some spotty lace.

aroma is nice. milk chocolate. light biscuity malt. pretty fruity too.

taste is nice. bit of bittersweet chocolate. light coffee. biscuit malt. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. the alcohol is hidden very well. tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 01:31:02 | More by grub
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