Propeller London Style Porter - Propeller Brewery

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 95
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
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! (890 characters)

Photo of KaiMiller
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown color with just hints of ruby highlites to let me know its not black. A small head falls to patchyness over the top. Nose is nice, with a healthy dose of roasted and chocolate notes, almost like powdered cocoa. Very mellow. Flavor is right there with the flavor. Light roasted with promineny chocolate notes, almost a creamyness to it. I enjoy it a lot. Incredibly tasty. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Incredibly drinkable brew. Smooth, very flavorful, very nice nose. The chocolate notes are just awesome. (550 characters)

Photo of kjyost
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to BBrianBoogie for this one. Bottled Feb 2010, poured into a beer mug.

Pours a virtually opaque black. When held to a halogen bulb a bit of red comes through. Little head is apparent, and no lacing. This though is the only letdown of the beer. The aroma is excellent, with notes of licorice and sweet molasses dominating. The body is quite complex and is rich, sweet and almost chewy. The flavour is perhaps missing some roastiness, but has an excellent balance between the licorice and the seeming oak notes within the beer. If I spent the time, I could likely pick out a dozen different flavours in the beer, but I am enjoying it too much right now to be analyzing it... I honestly wonder if this beer has ben aged on wood... Excellent, I could drink this all night and not get sick of it. (799 characters)

Photo of Orrshow
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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! (1,011 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark color with a medium head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and tons of diacetyl-type smells. The diacetyl works in a positive way. The flavor is very nice. Lots of chocolate and some coffee-bitterness. Very sharp flavor from the coffee-bitterness. The body is a thick-moderate and the drinkability is quite good. (387 characters)

Photo of Long813
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From: Old Triangle

A: Dark brown almost black body with one finger of off white head. Retention is mediocre and lacing is great.

S: Huge fronts of dry roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Such a pleasing aroma.

T: Not letting down the senses, tons of roasted malts, notable coffee beans and dark chocolate. Some caramel notes at the end. Not an overpowering flavour, but the overall effect very very good.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Thicker than water texture and leaves a dry roasted finish.

D: This is my go to beer at a bar. I love this brew so much and the price just makes it unreal. So easy to drink, but full of flavour. (676 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4.39/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml "bomber" bottle acquired via beer trade...

A - The beer has a dark brown, opaque body, topped by a rich, yet airy light caramel head. Lots of small bubbles can be visible at the start. Head retention and lacing are quite good. Looks like a beautiful porter to me!

S - The beer gives out a nice roasty arome, with loads of chocolate and caramel notes, some dark fruit, vanilla, and a little smokiness to it. Not super-intense but strong enough.

T - Starts out pretty sweet, with chocolate, vanilla, and caramel notes and a very nice roastiness. Then comes a bit of earthy hops and a touch of smokiness. The finish is fairly bitter, with lingering roasted notes. There is nothing unique about this porter, but everything about it is just very tasty, so it tastes excellent

M - Medium body to it. Quite effervescent at first, which is normal for porters, this beer becomes quite mild after. No trace of alcohol. Moderately dry and bitter.

D - The drinkability is great on this one. The beer goes down like a charm. Being not too thick and not at all boozy, it is super sessionable, all the while being delightful.

Overall, this is one of the finer Canadian porters I've had, and probably one that's closest to the British examples of the style. (1,254 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black spare some isolated shreds of red-violet. It is wholly opaque less of course those shimmery, colourful scrapes (which even to the light amount to no more than accenting). Its head, a very dingy tone of tarnished white, is thin and appears quite debilitated. Apparently it isn't, as the peppered shotgun-spray remnants would attest.

The aroma is like a rich cocoa-bean laced chocolate that was macerated in cold coffee and then steeped in a smokehouse for a few days. All desirable elements -sweet, bitter, roasty- can be accounted for by nose alone. That little ounce of smoke is a flattering touch and the presence of both coffee and cocoa beans can be considered vivid.

This may be a porter but it has all the thick and hearty characteristics of a stout. The taste is roasty and bittersweet, just as it should be. Flavour specifics include finely conched milk chocolate, coffee grinds, chocolate muffins and a handful of caramelized almonds. If traditional English Porters come any tastier than this I've yet to find that out.

The beer drinks fantastically. The carbonation is just a little lower than what would be typical for other ales, good thing because it allows all the sooty, roasty, bittersweet aftertastes to linger uninterruptedly. Its element of roast is just right - any more and it would have detracted from flavour; any less and this wouldn't have enough character.

It would seem Propeller must have treated their water as well; the texture is coarse and very mineral-y. The beer is hearty but not heavy on the stomach - I'm actually anxious for the second half of this bottle. The way that bitter and sweet have been fused amidst this roasty, sooty mouthfeel is the sign of an experienced, talented brewmaster.

And presumably a worldly one too. Not many people outside the UK make traditional, true to style porters that can stack up against the old-world originals. Along with Fuller's London Porter, Propeller's is arguably the best example of the style that comes to my mind. The ideal, complete beer fridge would definitely have bombers of this stocked on its shelves. (2,116 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of Mandrake
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of ludachris
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,017 characters)

Photo of trevorwideman
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle shipped from Halifax thanks to mmansfield. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass.

Pours thick like motor oil (well maybe not quite, but there's lots of body). Opaque even when held to a light. A 1/8 inch head subsides quickly, leaves a slight lace on the top and around the glass. Smell is of unsweetened chocolate, espresso, and hefty roasted malt.

Taste is huge, the chocolate aspect of this beer is the first to hit your tongue, certainly not overly sweet, and very smooth. There's a faint caramel sweetness in the background, followed by the espresso. The hops certainly never take centre stage, but they form a serious backbone, and make themselves most evident in the finish and the aftertaste. Flavour-wise, nothing in the beer is unexpected, but it's done very well, and each one of the different aspects of this brew is very distinct on the palate and huge. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and hefty and creamy. There is a ton of malt in there. Carbonation is mild, but perfect for the style. This is a huge and dare I say manly brew that lends itself so well to this late fall evening watching an odd snowflake fall from the sky.... a wonderful sipping beer. (1,179 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, not quite opaque, with some hints of red at the edges of the glass. Couple of fingers of tan head dissipate to one finger's worth that sticks around. Smells like well-roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and slightly of alcohol. Tastes like caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted grains with a slightly bitter finish. Alcohol pokes its head up here and there. Lightly carbonated, full bodied, and nicely drinkable. (428 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good porter, this beer is similar to the mighty Fuller's London Porter in a lot of ways. Its head starts of big and tan but dissipates quickly. There is weblike lacing on the glass. The smell is of burnt grains, light hops and coffee. The smell is not as strong or complex as Fuller's. Theres a distinctive yeast smell (thats in all the propeller ales), its not a bad thing, just distinct. The taste is much better than the smell. Its very full and robust with great chocolate, coffee, malt, nut and anise flavors. The hops are a bit one dimensional and rather subdued for my liking. The mouthfeel is grainy but smooth. This beer is overall very delicious and I would seek it out again (its hard to come by in Ontario). (721 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Henry House, Halifax, NS.

A-Deep, dark brown with subtle ruby highlights with a thick light tan head that holds on strong and leaves nice ringing lace.

S-A light wafting of roasted malt, a bit of coffee and some earthiness.

T-Roasted malt up front with touches dark chocolate, coffee and sweet caramel malt. Subtle hint of light smokiness in the finish.

M-Medium body with the incredible smoothness one expects from cask delivery. Good lasting flavours.

D-Above and beyond my expectations! A full-flavoured, smooth and rich brew that is mighty tasty, I am sure the cask delivery helps out quite a bit. (618 characters)

Photo of froggyfrog
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a shared bomber. From notes:

A: Black. Minimal head. Some ruby tint.

S: Perfect Porter nose. Stale malt. Some roast. Lactic.

T: Oat. Black malt. Sage. Strong coffee. Molasses.

MF. Middle weight. Drying. Gum-puckering.

D: Slow and easy. Great Porter flavor. Spot on. (285 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass oct8 2010

A quite dark sitting on the table but when held to the sun it has a nice ruby red glow, loose tan head retains well and leaves a few patches of lace

S mellow milk chocolate and a little fruitier then expected but a little faint

T some prune on top of what I smell but very nice even some hops shine through, some mild coffee too and nothing overpowers anything else well done

M not overly thick, medium bodied and slightly creamy from the bubbles

D I could drink quite a few of these great flavor for a session beer my bomber was gone in no time

one of the better beers I had on my trip out East, try this one if you get the chance (684 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had been on my wishlist for quite some time, and finally this March I went down to New Brunswick and Newfoundland and found this immediately in the first liquor store I went in, which made my whole trip worth it. Propeller Porter comes in that size of bottle I love best: 650 ml. A simple black and brown label with the Propeller logo and a small statement about the malts and hops used covers the bottle. A light brown head that can appear almost red in spots forms atop the dark mollasses-brown beer. The colour is deeply dark, only showing some brown when held to the light. The head stayed nicely as a thin but unbroken layer, leaving sheet lacing that left islands of very fine bubbles on the glass. As good or better than most porters for appearance. Dusty, grainy and chocolate-laden aroma at first. Very dry, like fresh coffee beans. The smell is also full of creamy, milky malts that blend with licorice and some maple syrup notes. Resinous, woody notes too, along with raisins, prunes, and a little astringent chemical twang, which is really quite pleasant and tickles the nose. Porter has never been my favourite style, but I can tell that this is an excellent interpretation of it. Salty sourish malts on the front of the tongue. The middle gives more of the syrup and licorice, but the salty dry malts really define the taste, though never overpowering the balance. A lot of tree bark or wood notes in the flavour, along with powerful tastes of coffee beans and bitter chocolate. The taste is quite sweet too, but I did not notice until the beer warmed a little. The finish is all coffee, leaving a respectable bittering in the mouth, along with a roasty, meaty aftertaste. A lot of nut taste too, like pistachio or almond even. A solid taste, though lacking a little for me still(but then again it could just be my lack of enthusiasm for the porter style). The body is highly carbonated, and definitely full. This is only a 5% porter, and I could drink it continuously throughout a night, making it a good session beer. A wonderful porter from Halifax. I would love to take it out on a rainy day fishing. (2,123 characters)

Photo of charlesw
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (629 characters)

Photo of MMansfield
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Bishops Cellar, however, it's also available at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola colour with a nice sized tanned head. Very thick in body, head diminishes to nice lace.

Aroma: Strong roasted malts with breads, grass, chocolate, coffee and a slight smokeyness.

Taste: Strong smokeyness in the flavour, with bitter sweet chocolate as well as strong coffee notes. Not ovely hop heavy, taste is characterized by the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with a little carbonation. Pefect mouthfeel for this styled porter.

Final Statement: Took me a while to review this, mostly because I prefer my porters & stouts in the fall/winter months. Beautiful brew from Propeller, love the beer, love the company. Can't wait to bag a deer this fall and celebrate with a pint of Propeller Porter. (827 characters)

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up somewhere on the Eastern shores of Nova Scotia two days ago and enjoyed it at home in West Hill last night, it's about three weeks since it was bottled. Cola dark, tan one to two finger head, dense, leaves surface mostly covered with a solid ring and some lace. Low and steady carbonation under that dark brown surface. Smell is of chocolate biscotti biscuit with cocoa aromas. Measured bitterness, chocolate flavours, lightly hopped with a silky smooth mouthfeel and rich texture. But wait, there's more ... a bit of banana or lactose sweetness tucked in with some brazil nut astringency in the finish provides more depth to this English style Porter. Exceedingly drinkable, possibly the best Propeller beer I've been lucky enough to sample, next trip to Halifax I will definately visit the brewery very close to Purdy's Wharf. (845 characters)

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Propeller London Style Porter from Propeller Brewery
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