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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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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
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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39 IBU
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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 68
Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Cocoa and burnt toast, hints of espresso and milk chocolate.

T - The flavour is a bit more tart than implied by the nose, the espresso dominates with some bitter dark cocoa come through on the finish. Some leafy greens hop notes also creep through.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty porter that leans a bit more on the bitter side than the sweet side. Nicely balanced and easy drinking, flavourful and a solid sample of the style. Well worth a try and easily sessoinable.

Photo of zduerr
1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely a beer I'd recommend!

Pours a dark, clear brown with amber highlights at the edges of the glass. Limited coffee-coloured head and lacing. Mouthfeel is not oily or creamy, perhaps even a bit thin, but I enjoyed drinking it.

Aroma of roasted chocolate malts is absolutely lovely. Well balanced taste mirrors the smell and is followed by a pleasantly bitter and lingering dry finish, with an unexpected hint of smokiness...

Photo of EnemyWithin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Risser09
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter · fridge temp · produced the first week of september, 2011

Appearance: Pours jet black with a 1" light brown head. Decent retention, pancake on griddle meniscus, very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aromatic malt, roasted grains, brown sugar, caramel, maple sugar. No hops to speak of.

Taste: Ouch. To me, this is not a good example of the style. THe beer is thin, dull and not complex at all. Flavor profile consists of some roasted grain, but goes no further. There is some lingering hop bitterness to the brew.

Mouthfeel: Again, thin, roasty, although very slick to drink.

Overall: This was a disappointment. This beer lacks any brilliance to make a drinker come back for more.

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of fostachild
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pitch black, about an inch of light tan head. okay retention/lacing.

smells like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

taste was similar - sweet, lots of roasted malt, bit of coffee and chocolate.

good drinkability and overall good porter but nothing amazing.

Photo of sholland119
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Split Crow, Halifax, 9/9/11.

A-Pours a dark brown, opaque with a thin pool of tan head and good lacing.

S-Sweet malt with a hint of roast.

T-Slight roast, malty rather thin and underflavored.

M-Very thin and watery.

O-This one was just alright for me, certainly nothing special.


Photo of eat
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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 mmmbeer
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. standard bomber, bottled the first week of June, 2011 and sampled the week after that in Nova Scotia - talk about fresh! Brewed with pale, crystal, chocolate and roast malts, and Warrior and Willamette hops; 39 IBUs. Pours nearly completely black, with 1/2" of frothy tan head that leaves nice sheets of lace, but eventually dissipates almost completely. Mild roast in the nose, with light coffee, milk chocolate, a dash of hops, and earthy yeast. Quite roasted on the palate, earthy, with charred malts, light hops, a bit of ethanol, and a bitterness that is more roast than hop. A touch too acidic and charred, but still balanced enough. The body is lightish, dry, creamy at times, with a bit too much carbonation and a bitter/charred finish. Easy enough to drink, but a little too roasted to make it a good session beer. Would probably go well with food though, I'm thinking a seared steak.

Photo of tbeckett
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle that my boss brought back from Halifax for me. Production date: June, week 4.

A - Pours black with red around the edges. One finger creamy tan head. Good carbonation. Good retention with a nice half finger and a few chunks of lacing.

S - Nice rich coffee and chocolate. Slightly roasted but the coffee and chocolate are well blended and meld well together.

T - More roasted. Much more roasted. Some slight cola. Sweet on the tongue with a strong chocolatey note and some coffee again. Less enticing than the aroma for sure. Nutty in the finish.

M - Gentle carbonation with a fairly full, creamy body. Sweetish finish.

O/D - Smells much better than it tastes. Not bad and highly drinkable, yet lacking. Tasty, yet a little too sweet.

Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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 NightINgale
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with Loftarasa. Dated 2nd week of April, but I'm assuming it's from '08 as I received it in early '09. Served in my Cantillon tumbler.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that has excellent retention and leaves behind spotty lace and a thick cap. The body is a transparent dark brown color. Good looking low-ABV English Porter.

S - Reminds me a little bit of that waxy Christmas chocolate. There's some nuts, diacetyl, and a touch of plastic. As it warms, a bit of smoke comes out. This is somewhat off-putting.

T - Taste is a less waxy. Roast grains, dark chocolate, bitter nuttiness. It's a pretty solid English Porter.

M - Active zesty carbonation, smooth medium-light body, clean finish. Unsurprisingly there's not alcohol heat.

D - I'm guessing this is better fresh, but it'd be an above-average session porter in Ontario. Hopefully the LCBO will import a batch and I'll get to try a new batch.

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of Long813
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of kjyost
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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 ludachris
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 ZorPrime
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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 jbonapar
4.23/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Buebie
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I picked up this brown 22 ounce bomber at a Halifax NSLC in the beginning of July, just now cracking it.

Poured into a pint glass, produceing a 2 inch tan head. The retention on this beer is kwality! 10 minutes after pouring, it has a half inch still sitting here, totally impressed.
Color is black, no light penetration.

Aroma of dark fruit, roasted grains, mild chocolate, toasted nuts and a slite peanut butter resemblence, as well as just a bit of dark roast coffee beans.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin with an abundance of carbonation bite.
Taste produces some of that dark fruity flavors detected in aroma. mild chocolate grains, a bit of wood, a touch of cereal grains and burnt caramel. Balance is good, without too much of one thing going on, its roasty but not overdone like some porters.
Annoying amounts of black licorice and molasses flavors showed up as this thing warmed.

A textbook example of the style, but not any one thing that really stands out allowing this one to shine through the pack.
Still, by no means a bad beer.

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