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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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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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2002)
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Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

10-31-2005 15:18:15 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of kmpitz2


4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

10-24-2005 00:59:34 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of clvand0


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

10-24-2005 00:55:31 | More by clvand0
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a dark brown, clear, and a small tan head that goes quick, no lacing. Smell is roasted grains, chocolate, some alcohol, and some grassy hops. Taste is roasted grains and grass, smooth chocolate and oats, little bit of alcohol in the finish. Smooth and medium bodied, low carbonation, tasty.

10-01-2005 22:20:59 | More by Viggo
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

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.

08-05-2005 20:07:02 | More by Goldorak
Photo of DrJay


3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Very dark brown, clear, with a dense tan head. Chocolate aroma, licorice, caramel, and a light coffee roastiness. Smooth texture, slight astringency with carbonation on the low side. Quite sweet, lactose, some chocolate, and a bit of tangy character and low bitterness. Dry finish with some roasted. A good porter and one that I'd like to encounter on-tap some time.

07-27-2005 00:51:54 | More by DrJay
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%

650 ml bottle. Picked up a lot of these; decided to have a bottle here and there before settling down to review it...

Pours a dark, deep ruby, a bit on the purple side, but giving the impression of a thick black. The head was about 2.5 cm to start with, but it settled down to an impressive lace for the remainder of the glass. A few bubbly streams trickle upwards here and there, but, despite actually having quite consistent carbonation, it gives the impression of being nearly flat.

Aroma is immediate with a hefty, robust coffee note, which seems to defy any attempt to detect anything else.

It's medium-bodied, with a smattering of carbonation.

The taste doesn't strike me as being exceedingly sweet; the roasted chocolatey malt is there, all round and smooth, with a touch of cloves. The finish is a touch of bitter coffee, nicely hopped and perfect for a porter. The aftertaste is admirable, leaving only a fond trace... and a surge of tingling across the tongue and the back of the outh.

I really enjoy this porter. I'm going to be sure to pick it up while the NLC still hasn't changed it's mind about stocking something from out-of-province...

05-13-2005 20:27:14 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

11-28-2004 01:56:07 | More by Sammy
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!

07-31-2004 15:46:46 | More by merlin48
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

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).

04-29-2004 18:35:27 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of manchester81

Alberta (Canada)

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!

03-18-2004 19:33:34 | More by manchester81
Photo of PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

Comes with a best before date (I'm 3 days over) that gives about a year from labeling. This porter poured out a rich black with a rich, creamy, brown head. Some lacing. Nose of dark chocolate. Smells sweet. Taste is very chocolate, coffee, sweet, and bitter. How's that? Leaves a very light sweet aftertaste of sugar on the lips with a slight bitter roasted coffee flavour down the throat. This is good stuff. Good thing it comes in a 650 mL bottle - I can just sit here and enjoy another glass. Cheers!

11-19-2003 00:56:02 | More by PiratePete
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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.

01-14-2003 10:04:31 | More by Popsinc
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Propeller London Style Porter from Propeller Brewery
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