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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

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of bobsy
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once upon a time this beer was in Canada's top 25, and on that basis I've wanted to try it for a long while. A big thanks to Dave for sending me a bomber. Everything about this beer is classic porter without pushing any boundaries. Its very solid, but not in the top tier for the style, and probably not something I'd buy too often if it was readily available. Pours a very dark bown with a small tan head. Decent retention and a touch of lace. Aroma of weak coffee, smoke and anise is a touch muted. Not as much roast in the flavour as I would expect - quite light and sweet, with weak coffee (again) smoke (again), a touch of brown bread, chocolate and grass. Medium bodied, but with a very restrained carbonation, which seems to lighten the body. A good porter, but not one to seek out unless you're a big fan of the style.

bobsy, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

ThatWineGuy, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Ludachris during his trip to Nova Scotia, thanks man.

Appearance - Unsurprisingly black with good signs of carbonation and poured with a solid thumb of head. However, this head doesn't seem to retain that well and looks a lot more air filled, then what I'd normally expect from a porter. It does lace quite well though.

Smell - Raisins and roasted malts dominate the nose, with small notes of berries and coffee although it does take quite a bit of warming to come out. It's still pretty solid though.

Taste - Starts with a toasted malt and grape flavor, but then the malt and grain flavor quickly turns into an almost charcoal like taste that you'd expect from burnt toast. Thankfully, it is balanced with a delicate hop presence that adds a bit of fruit to the mix.

Mouthfeel - The aftertaste of this beer is the same as eating burnt food, and it lingers for a long time. Also, the beer lacks the creaminess that most porters boast. The carbonation is decent though, that and it does transition between tastes decently, albeit to tastes I don't really enjoy.

Drinkability - Unsurprisingly the beer is quite heavy and while there are no bloating or gas issues, I would not say this one goes down that smoothly nor would I call it exceptionally refreshing. That being said, I do have to give it some leeway as it is a porter.

Final Thoughts - Well, it is a decent porter, but I'll be honest I've had better. That burnt flavor needs to be toned down and this beer certainly is going to need a nitro tap to aid it. I'm not a big fan of many darker beers, and when I do feel like them, there are simply better offerings then this one. It was worth a one shot deal, but that's it.

TheHammer, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to mjohnston (again) for this DLD 09 in person trade...

Shared with pwoods - 22 ounce brown bomber.

Pours like a porter should. A rich, dark brown (almost black) with an average tan head. No lacing and average head retention.

Smells like a porter should! Roasted malts, various grains and traces of sweet lactose or creaminess.

Light flavored blend malts, like the nose. A fair amount of roast on these grains... Light and easy to drink, beyond it's almost menacing appearance. Light floral hops trail on this, as well.

Lighter bodied then I was expecting after seeing and smelling it. Almost watery in my mouth. I see this as a good crowd pleaser with no frills.

beachbum1975, May 12, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

pwoods, May 12, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Deuane, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of KaiMiller
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

KaiMiller, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

nighthawk, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of charlesw
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

charlesw, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes: bomber bottle split amongst friends in downtown halifax, ns. This one pours dark cola brown with ruby edges. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, etc. Taste is heavy yet light almost akin to yuengling porter with the way the whole cocoa thing takes hold. A nice light porter with a good depth of roasted malt flavors and a slight young hop tinge in the back palate. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but it keeps the drinkability somewhat in check. An easy drankin' workin' mans porter.

francisweizen, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of BigBry
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

BigBry, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 3rd week of July, about 5 weeks ago.

A - opaque black, no head, just a few soapy bubbles

S - coffee intermingling with english hops, and a hint of sweetness

T - Not overly roasty, porter characteristics don't really show up until the aftertaste. Starts out with basic malt sweetness and no hop flavour. The aftertaste is excellent, with a nice bit of coffee and hop bitterness.

M - Lifeless, almost no carbonation, a little more would greatly improve the overall character. Body is decent for a session porter.

D - I'm giving it a 4, because I can tell that this would be great with more carbonation.

I received 2 bottles of Propeller to sample, and both were undercarbed. This is unfortunate, because the other reviews speak of wonderful, body, head, and lacing... all of which are completely missing from my bottles. This is still a good porter, but not outstanding.

Thanks to MMansfield for the bottle!

markaberrant, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An overall decent porter, but not quite up to par.

Dark, roasted appearance with a thin, tan head. Sweet roasted malt, toffee and chocolate scents, Roasted taste, but with an odd-sweet corn syrup and rubber tire taste.

Carbonation is spot on, and this is not a bad brew. The strange rubbery taste is the only real downside.

BDTyre, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A real dark porter with a dark tan head. This is both complex and very drinkable. The chocolate notes open up when the bottle warms up but the burnt flavours are held back in order to create a drinking porter. Lots of character in the main body but there is a light touch that increases the drinkability

canucklehead, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of froggyfrog
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

froggyfrog, May 15, 2007
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.

grub, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of canadametal
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml Bomber from NSLC. Made the second week of November, making this beer one week old. Definitely on of my favourites from the Propeller camp. A smooth, creamy, session porter. Opaque black. 2 finger cap with very appealing dark tan colour. Beautiful lacing streaming down the glass to the very end. Exceptional flavour of roasted chocolate malts and coffee. A creamy mouthfeel with minimal yet apparent crisp. This beer is very well crafted and I'm fortunate to have easy access to all of the Propeller brands.

canadametal, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of Conrad
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great offering from Propeller!
A: Pours thick and dark, like Guiness. Head was medium thickness, but dense, and settled quickly, leaving pretty lacing that followed to the last sip.
S: Dry - no sweetness at all. Big chocolate, but the unsweetened baker's kind, not the candy bar kind. Heavy malt with coffee notes.
T: Up front - choclate followed by roasted malt. Very little hops presence. Then some gentle sweetness showed up when the drink warmed up a bit. Some complex flavours here that I can't put my finger on, but all are pleasant and fun to try and sort out.
M: Thick and creamy full body, as a porter should be. Medium effervesence that compliments the beer and does not get in the way of the taste.
D: Goes down smooth and easy. A taste treat. Wish I had more in the fridge.

Conrad, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of MMansfield
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

MMansfield, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

trevorwideman, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh!! A nice drinkable london porter.

Deep cola colored, nice 2 finger tan cap lasts and laces well.

Medium bodied, good malt spine soapy-charred character and a silky mouth feel.

Fresh dark malts up front, some dried fruits, toasty, charred chickory...wet finish where some bittering and charred toast tastes prevail.

A dinkable session porter...3 of 4 of these will slide right down

pootz, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of Cwrw
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Cwrw, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

Orrshow, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

elricorico, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Mandrake, Dec 17, 2005
Propeller London Style Porter from Propeller Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.