Propeller London Style Porter - Propeller Brewery

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Propeller London Style PorterPropeller London Style Porter

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2002

This beer style was created in the mid-1750's. A dark full-flavoured beer but smoother and less bitter than stout. Made with softened water, Propeller London Porter is a blend of pale, roasted and chocolate malts, hopped with English and North American varieties.

Porter was the drink of the masses long before lagers or modern ales were fashionable. The name Porter originated because this strong, nourishing drink was reputed to be the favourite beverage of the hard working porters of London's Covent Gardens.

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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by Kooz:
Photo of Kooz
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife brought me a 650ml bottle from her trip to Nova Scotia. I was pretty excited to tap it because the bottle was pretty big and that meant I'd get extra beer!

Regular pour presented a dark brown, almost opaque porter. Not as dark as some, but pretty nice. The one inch head disappeared pretty quickly, with no lacing.

It smelled of over-toased, almost burnt coffee beans. Not in a bad way, mind you.

Taste is about the same as the smell, so it's petty good. A bit harsh right up front, but eases out after a few sips.

I could drink this--not too many, but certainly a few.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick tan head. Very dark ruby in appearance. Not very good head retention. Noticeable flavours of roasted malt and hints of coffee and chocolate. Suprisingly light and not too rich with a smooth finish that is highlighted by a light, black licorice sweetness.

Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I actually rated this 22 oz bottle a bit higher when I sampled it 10 days ago while I was in Maine, but I lost my notes. This Propeller pours a dark, thick, and opaque body with a tall and lasting, tan head. Copious lacing, in sheets and patches, cover the sides of the glass.

Aroma features chocolate malt, roasted almonds, anise, and Concord grapes.

Mouthfeel is rich and coating, with a white pepper, hops bite on the tongue. Robust and full bodied.

Amazing taste! Very malty, with chocolate, pipe tobacco, some cola, prunes, herbal anise, and a note of pink grapefruit from the fresh hops leaf. A faint, metallic note is also present from the minerals in the hard water. Finishes smooth and even, with an aftertaste of stewed pears and prunes.

Stunning in its complexities, this is one of the better Porters in the world. Almost like a worldclass Stout. Highly recommended!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Henry House in downtown Halifax, on a crisp early fall afternoon. Doesn't get much better than this in terms of setting.

Poured into a Propeller nonic glass. Dark, chestnut brown, nearly black, with a thick creamy head which survives throughout the pint. Sheets of creamy lacing. Great looking porter.

Nose is dark fruit, dark coffee, dark chocolate, cream, caramel. Good malt profile.

An excellent, well-crafted porter which has some lovely roasted grain, caramel, dark coffee and cream notes to it. Dry finish.

Medium-thin bodied, watery, but with a pleasant creaminess.

Holds up well a few years after I last had it, and with it being on draught a few blocks from where it was brewed, it certainly was at its very freshest, which made it taste all the better.

Photo of pwoods
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this brew.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours deep brown, almost black, with just a touch of light on the edges. Decent head on the pour, somewhat frothy, with a bit of retention. Some decent lacing.

S: Light roasted malts. Some stale coffee and a touch of toffee. Maybe a hint of lactose.

T/M: Lightly roasted malts with the same stale coffee and light sweetness from the toffee. There's a small touchof lactose in the back. Body is medium with a light drying finish.

D: Low ABV and drinks real easy. Not bad at all.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark colour, molasses and liquorish in nose. finishes on the waterly-medium mouthfeel mild side. A lot of malt, more sweet than roast. Astringent. Harsh but toned down with water and malt. Better than average beer, but fair as a porter.
Five years later, and charred malt is predominant, but certainly drinkable.

Photo of Orrshow
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This beer pours an instant black with a small cap of bubbly tan head on top. The head quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Very nice but lack of head takes away.

Smell – Smells mostly of chocolate. Coffee is present as well as minor hints of roasted malt. Very nice to put to your nose.

Taste – Superb. This beer starts very strong of chocolate which moves onto a bitter flavor. Coffee comes about slightly but not as much as most porters I’ve tasted. The finish is very nice leaving a gentle roasted feeling on the tongue. Every sip gets better with this one.

Mouthfeel – Perfect body for the style. A touch coarse to begin with but as I got farther into the glass that went away. I could swish this one around and enjoy every second of it.

Drinkabiltiy - Second to none. This beer went down oh so smooth and could be sipped all night.

I absolutely loved this beer. My high expectations were definitely met here. Cheers to elricorico for sharing!

Photo of jbonapar
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Halifax's Propeller Brewery, in my opinion, makes the best British Style Beer's in North America. I've yet to find one comparable to the Porter or the Best Bitter.

For the Porter

Appearance - 750ml bottle shipped from Halifax to Ottawa. 1 month old. Dark dark brown, as a porter should look. Minimal head (similar to other Propellers).

Smell - Delicious sweet malt with a touch of hops. Bread, chocolate and hints of raison.

Taste - A perfect balance of Sweet and Bitter. Less bitter than a stout and sweeter than a traditional porter. Almost like a Porter with a touch of a sweet German Dopplebock. Chocolate and smooth malty caramel come through. A touch of bitterness.

A delicious beer and in my opinion one of the best Porter's around.

I would love to see Propeller make some bottle conditioned beers as i still find they are missing something to make them perfect. A touch of yeast with a nice foamy head would make these the perfect beers.

Photo of Mandrake
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark, but not quite black. Ruby hints are visible around the edges, and the head is about 2 fingers and a medium tan. Smells very chocolatey with some toffee and coffee as well. Tastes strongly of chocolate, with that taste mostly overwhelming the toffee hints and maltiness. Feels great in the mouth, thick enough to be a nice porter without feeling like I have to chew it. Also pretty drinkable, I finished the 650 ml bottle enjoying every sip, and will certainly be having it again.

Photo of eat
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost-black, thin-looking body topped with a patchy cover of mocha-coloured head. Some lacing.

Bready nose with pumpernickel and cracker, roast malt, minerals, a touch lactic, a little caramel and a hint of boiled vegetable.

On the light side flavour-wise but well-balanced and on-style. A little watery with roast malt, bread and light notes of cocoa and coffee. Boiled vegetable sneaks in here too; not strongly but enough to be a little distracting. The finish is short, leaving only traces of roast and cocoa; some more drying could be an improvement.

Pretty light body but it's not too out of place. Medium-low carbonation.

I was hoping for more with this one; their bitter is one of my favourites in the country, I thought they would nail an English porter too. It's pretty easy drinking (extra points given here for that) but not flavourful enough for my taste. A decent porter but I wouldn't pick this up again.

Photo of elricorico
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650mL bottle with a production date of the 2nd week of December, making it about 3 months old. This was delivered to me by my aunt from New Brunswick.

It pours black, no light getting through. I didn't manage to coax much head out of it, and the tan cap faded away rather quickly to nothingness.

I like the smell right away. It has a nice coffee and bitter chocolate aroma that is strong enough to be interesting. A hint of charcoal and faint creaminess rounds out the smell.

The taste is great too. This beer is ripe with a coffee bean flavour that is not so bitter as a stout, more creamy. The finish is just touch grainy, but keeps a bit of the coffee richness. A great taste for a porter.

The word creamy keeps coming up in my review, and mouthfeel is the same. Carbonation is quite light, but a little prickly.

I am a big fan of porters, and this one is top notch in my opinion. The only thing I'm missing here is the head, but that isn't a great big deal. If this was available here, I don't think I'd let it disappear from my fridge for long.

Photo of Goldorak
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back by a co-worker on his recent trip to Nova Scotia.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a stringy crown of coffee-colored lace.

Smell: Roasted, I'd even say peated malt, it had a little Bamberg thing going on that I enjoyed! It later mellowed out with some dark fruit, almost vinious character. If they were going for an old-school, three-threads type of porter served in earthenware jugs in the late 1700's in the UK, my guess is that a fresh batch not too contaminated by wild yeast might very well smell like this.

Taste: Quite a decent body, good torrefied malt taste, aftertaste a bit short but still satisfying. As much as I was dissapointed by this brewery's overhyped (IMHO) ESB, I wasn't going to give this one a second thought and it pleasantly surprised me.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a medium dark brown bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The roasted malt with a subtle undertone of chocolate and coffee also dominates taste. Body is medium full and carbonation is low. Very good example of the style.

Photo of charlesw
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well. That's a pretty darned good drink, I think. Nice and dark (not opaque). Beautiful thick foam about a finger high. And it's still a finger high. And it's still a finger high. And you get the picture. Doesn't really smell like much - like, well, like anything. As in, I can't smell it. Weird. What? Maybe a hint of earthiness. Certainly not a lot more than that. Tastes, well, like a porter. Sweet, bitter end, some dry chocolate. Some caramel malts, hints of burned things. But really mellow and sweet on all of that (except maybe the little bite to the bitterness). Good in the mouth and if I could get more I'd drink more!

Photo of ZorPrime
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Moniker for this one.

The beer is black with nice red color on the edge. No head, only a very thin film of small bubbles. The smell provides notes of smokiness... so good. Hint of roasted malts. I note the presence of chocolate in the aroma. The taste is smoky. I don't get much roasted malts. The bitterness shows is presence in the aftertaste.

Carbonation is felt in the mouth, maybe a little too much. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Cheers to Moniker, thank you for this beer!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle courtesy of Bobsy, a good fellow! Pours a dark brown with some lightish milky chocolate head.

Nose is chocolates with a dose of roasted malts, lighter than your average porter I would say and lacking the smokey elements I'm looking for.

Really a clean, drinkable porter if not a touch on the light side of the spectrum. Lots of milk chocolate, hints of brewed coffee, roasted malts (again, not as bold or prominent as your bigger porters) but all of this adds up to a drinkable beer that I could enjoy on most any occasion including on this humid warm evening on the balcony. Lacking any real smokiness.

Smooth carbonation, light-ish body but yet enough flavor to enjoy - a solid East Coast beer in my books.

Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cjbmcdon for this one. Split with my wife with our supper, ecuadorian chicken.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, bottled 3rd week of April 2010.

Appearance: Lots of light brown foam atop an opaque black body with brownish tints and major lacing left behind.

Smell: Roasted notes with malt, chocolate and some hops.

Taste: Roasted flavor but not burnt with a bit of coffee but mostly cocoa. Not bitter at all except when it warms up a bit. Very malt-like though the hops come out more as it nears room temp. My wife detects some smokiness in there though i find it barely perceptible. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth with a low carbonation. Coats the mouth and has a great balance.

Drinkability: Very high. No troubles at all.

Overall: Porters are not my strong suit but i believe this one ranks as one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown boardering on black can see hints of brown, sports a medium sized tan head that leaves spotty lace.

Aroma is toasted malt lots of chocolate dominating everything else, lightly sweet nice.

Taste is nice malty lots of chocolate again pick up some toasted malt leaving hints of nuts. Finish is hops grassy in flavor but leaving a grapefruit like bitterness. Smooth easy drinking and flavorable porter.

Mouthfeel is a good medium, nice soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good a nice chocolatey porter with a good hop presence. Want to thank merlin48 for sharing.

Photo of manchester81
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a local product! The beer i am reviewing came in a 650 mL bottle with a best before date. Prop porter pours out a dark brown/ruby colour. The thin head quickly fades to a nice lacing. Coffee and tobacco aromas are present from the beginning. The taste is of rich, dark roasted malts and with a little bit of a spicy mouth feel. As for drink ability, after finishing the beer i certainly want another, or three! but it sits a little too heavy in the stomach for a whole session. Still a great Halifax micro!

Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from mmurphy525, 341ml into a tulip. Thanks dude.

Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque with the smallest ruby highlights seen when held to the light. A two finger tan head is formed with a decent thickness to it, this falls to a thin head. Nose has milk chocolate, mild roast but mostly milk qualities and notes of caramel, chocolate and roast - none of which stand out more than the others. Taste has some mild chocolate and roast, slight bitterness and a mild dryness. Not alot else going on in this department. A bit light and somewhat watery in the body, the carbonation here is too high for my liking initially - had to swirl this one around quite a bit to get it to a desirable level. Moderately drinkable and alright for the most part, if uninteresting for the better part.

Photo of ludachris
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly deep, bordering black, chestnut brown with one finger of creamy light tan head that displays good retention and leaves thick sticky lines of lace.

Milk chocolate, vanilla, and espresso are easily found over a roasted and toasty malt backdrop with a bit of an earthy edge. Rich and quite inviting.

Earthy and semi-sweet in the taste with the notes of chocolate being less pronounced than the nose would lead you to believe. The roasty character is present throughout, but really comes through in the end when paired with a lingering coffee grind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully silky, smooth, and medium bodied. I'd never think a Porter could be refreshing, but this one proved me wrong.

I'd say that this is my favourite offering from Propeller and also my favourite English Porter I've had to date. It sports an average ABV but is still packed with flavour and doesn't lack in body. Very well balanced and very easy to drink. The Halifax beer scene is great, and this beer attests to it.

Photo of BigBry
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MMansfield for this 650 ml bottle.
Pours deep and dark color, opaque black, thin tan head that fades to a thin floating cap of foam. Thin sheets of lace coat the glass with each sip. Smells of bitter coffee, charred grain, and a bit of sweet malt. Roasted flavor, smoke, coffee, all malt, not much hoppiness to speak of in the mouthfeel. The aftertaste has a little hop bitterness to it.
Little carbonation keeps it smooth, almost like a cask ale. Full body, esy drinking, went down easy. I have been very impressed with all the Propeller beers I have been lucky enough to try, and this was no exception.

Photo of LampertLand
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Propeller Brewery 'London Style Porter' @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $5

A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking out along the glass edge with a medium size tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-smells boozey , robust , and some roasted malts

T-nice porter , definate creamy start on the swallow that has a bit of dryness at the end

MF-ok/good carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-good beer , I've walked by this brew so much , never trying or buying , glad I finally did buy & try , I will definately drink more in the future

prost LampertLand

Photo of KaiMiller
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, almost black, with dense slightly rocky tan head. Aroma is coffee, dark fruits, dark malt acidity. Hell of smooth in the mouth, like a chocolate milkshake. Tangy roasty malts. A rich medium body. Smooth smooth smooth. Perfect porter. I sometimes forget how lucky I am to have this in my city.

Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of my coworkers hooked me up with this and some other propeller goodies direct from the brewery. thanks deniz!

650ml bottle with a production date of the first week of february, so nice and fresh.

pours nearly opaque black with a big dense brown head. quickly drops to a layer on top of the glass, but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. roasty. bit of dark chocolate. hint of sourness. big bready malt.

taste is good. bittersweet chocolate. roasty. touch of sourness. medium-low bitterness level. touch of alcohol. bready malt, but lighter than i expected from the aroma. the hint of sourness gives it a bit of a baltic slant, and the light bitterness also makes me think it leans towards english too.

mouthfeel is good. carbonation level is below average and well integrated. very smooth. body feels a little thinner than expected.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, but the alcohol is a touch more prominent than i expected for 5%abv. overall a nice and enjoyable porter.

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