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Propeller London Style Porter - Propeller Brewery

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Propeller London Style PorterPropeller London Style Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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39 IBU

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Reviews by mmurphy525:
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

mmurphy525, May 21, 2013
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Photo of Popsinc
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Popsinc, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of merlin48
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%

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!

merlin48, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

djcreepshow, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

pwoods, May 12, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Sammy, Nov 28, 2004
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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

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!

Orrshow, Mar 14, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

jbonapar, Nov 07, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Mandrake, Dec 17, 2005
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

eat, Sep 08, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

elricorico, Mar 12, 2006
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

Goldorak, Aug 05, 2005
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3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 31, 2005
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

TimeLincoln, Jan 12, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

charlesw, Feb 27, 2008
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

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!

ZorPrime, Dec 05, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

CurtisD, Sep 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

DoubleMalt, Sep 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Derf36, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

ritzkiss, Jul 29, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

papat444, Jul 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

mntlover, Nov 09, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

manchester81, Mar 18, 2004
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Propeller London Style Porter from Propeller Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.