Propeller Revolution | Propeller Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada
drinkpropeller.ca

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer was born for greatness. Sent by English brewers via the Baltic Sea to the court of the Czars, Russian Imperial Stout was brewed to very high gravities and allowed to ferment on the long voyage. The result? A dark, strong and bracing brew.

Propeller's version weighs in at a whopping eight percent alcohol content, with a deep, rich, black colour. The taste of alcohol is well masked by the intense hop bitterness, extreme roasted malt and dark fruit notes.

Propeller Brewing Company has brewed and bottled this unfiltered ale each year since 2006, making Propeller the extreme brewing pioneers of Nova Scotia. This seasonal offering is only available at the Propeller Cold Beer Store on Gottingen Street, and select private retailers in Halifax.

Russian Imperial Stout - imbibed by Peter, adored by Catherine and now reclaimed by you, the People. Za Vas!

60 IBU

Added by MMansfield on 01-19-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
66
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate and subtle coffee is interesting but a tad weak. Taste of light bitter chocolate and coffee is more subtle then expected with some medium roasted malt. Body is oily and even a bit watery; I was expecting a fuller body as well as more of a creamy texture. Overall, while this is an interesting IS I thought it lack some complexity and the body was a bit too watery. I wonder if a got a bad bottle considering the high rating that this beer received or maybe I don’t appreciate the style as much as others.

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Photo of Derek
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brown-black, medium tan head; very little retention or lace.

S: Pleasant British fruityness (lacking in plenty of north american versions), chocolate, brown sugar, roasted nuts.

T: Great British fruityness, plenty of chocolate, some nut, warming alcohol, a little fusil. Maybe more of an American Double than a RIS?

M: Moderate body (maybe a little thin for its weight); slightly chalky.

D: Drinkable, but not overly enticing.

Thanks for the sample sammy!

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Photo of crwills
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting with northyorksammy, biegaman, grub, and derek. Thanks guys!

Great colour on this one. Black with red highlights. Mild milk chocolate aroma. Very dry mouthfeel for an RIS. Flavour is bitter, strong coffee and nuts. Mild dark fruit aftertaste, a little bit sticky.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.39/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The head is out of control on this one, as after a fairly delicate pour it produced over three fingers of head and overflowed the glass. The body is a dark stout black that shows ample carbonation. Retained it's head like crazy and produced good lacing. Just way too much of it.

Smell: Smoky, dry malt dominates the notes with a slight anise tone to it and notes of plum in the background. Warming really helped out it's case, and all in all it's good but nothing really stands out.

Taste: Starts with a sweet molasses note, that turns quickly as a sudden kick of dry, burnt malt busts onto the scene without much fanfare and then quickly departs with a slight coffee and raw alcohol note. It's a little bit lacklustre for a RIS to be honest. Nothing bad for the style, but nothing memorable.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation helps out the entire beer, and while the transitioning is a little rocky, it does leave a nice smoky malt and molasses aftertaste that doesn't overstay it's welcome or cling needlessly.

Drinkability: Solid, and not quite as heavy as you'd expect an RIS to be. The dryness takes a little bit out of it, but it sits down well and despite ample carbonation, doesn't leave me belching.

Final Thoughts: I'll have to say, of all the RIS's I've tried, this one comes across as the most run of the mill. Nothing bad, but nothing exceptional. I'd give it a try, but I wouldn't set your expectations overtly high.

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Photo of Tmappin
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a glass resulted in very dark stout, with a small amount of chocolaty tinged head. Smells slightly of roasted coffee. Flavor is also slightly coffee like, somewhat sweet, and finishes with a moderate lasting bitter aftertaste. Based on taste and feel, I wouldn't have guessed it was 8% abv.

Overall, not bad, but for some reason I can't see myself having more than a glass or two at any given time.

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of byronic
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Thanks to CaptainMurphy for this one!

Pours black and leaves a nice thick collar in a snifter glass. Definite presence of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose. Interesting blend of malts, coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke. The finish is on the bitter side with a strong presence of coffee and dark chocolate. Very little carbonation with a rich creamy texture. Simple yet quite drinkable.

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Photo of kjyost
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a clear super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of ludachris
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of thick and creamy tan head tower over its pitch black body. The head is composed of larger bubbles and has great staying power. No lace is left behind and I question if that has to do with the beer or the glass I'm using.

The alcohol comes through as spicy and dry. Aniseed and a deep roastiness give the trademark impression of a RIS. Alcohol soaked cherries and white and dark raisons add a syrupy sweetness. The nose isn't as intense or pronounced as other RIS's I've had but the weight and complexity is still there.

Spicy alcohol notes mixed with dry roasted malts pinch the sides of the tongue and work there way into the finish where bits of coffee grind come through as well. Soft, understated sweet raisons sit on the middle of the tongue. Mellow notes of anise graze the back of the palate.

Medium bodied with a medium impact. Dry in the finish with a soft creaminess throughout. A little too thin for my liking. The ABV is noticeable but only helps to further the flavour. Well balanced from beginning to end.

Overall, this is a decent, well-crafted RIS but it is nothing out of the ordinary. More weight to the body and feel and more intensity in any or all of the flavours would make this stand out. A good introduction to the style in my opinion.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Okbeer straight from Halifax. The pours out an excellent color and head for the style. Exceptional looking impy stout. Aroma is mostly muted coffee. Didn't get much else, other than a fruity like smell?? Has a nice solid mouthfeel- lively roasted malts with some other sweet tastes- amost like smores -chocolate and marshmellows. Hops are there but in a supporting role. The roast in the malts shows up more on the finish. There's still some sort of fruity flavour I'm picking up that I can't place.
Its great to see a Canadian brewery taking a stab at this style of beer- so big kudos to this east coast brewery. A very enjoyable impy stout and it would be nice to see more canadian takes on this great style of beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black body with a respectably-sized, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Lovely aroma of roasted barley, chocolate, dark caramel, with mild notes of licorice.

Taste: Roasted malts with chocolate and dark caramel sweetness. Faint earth bitterness. Slight sourness on the finish. Scarcely any hop flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An ample RIS, but could stand to have more potent, more aggressive flavor profile.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Jan 08.

A - completely black, dark tan head forms and quickly recedes to a thin cap, but holds up well.

S - not overly strong, more malty chocolate than roasted coffee, mild fruity esters, some alcohol

T - comes on strong, but overall taste is somewhat laid back. I can taste the alcohol. Bittersweet chocolate in the finish. More fruit and maltiness comes through as it warms.

M - chewy, almost too full, low carbonation

D - a solid interpretation, but not a stand out.

I expect an RIS to be assertive, powerful and complex. This seems somewhat reserved, the brewer definitely took an English approach. Improves as I work my way into the 2nd half of the glass. The alcohol should smooth out with age, I shall see how my 2nd bottle cellars.

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

UPDATE: Tried another bottle on Dec 9, 2008 from same batch, so about 1 year old. This is a beautiful beer, powerful aroma, tons of licorice and cherry flavours, with a complimentary smooth mild roast. Alcohol is completely hidden. Rates much higher than my original 3.8

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Photo of phirleh
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Propeller Revolution from Propeller Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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