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Propeller RevolutionPropeller Revolution

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Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada

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

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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid RIS that I’m glad to see in Ontario. Pours an inky black with impressive coffee-coloured head and offers a creamy mouthfeel, although not as thick bodied as I'd expected. A pleasant aroma of roasted dark malts with underlying barrel tannins. Robust and well balanced flavour includes chocolate, cocoa and coffee tones with a nicely dry finish. Decent blend of sweet and bitter is a real pleasure to sip on a snowy afternoon. Thank-you, Propeller!

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled in week one of Nov 2012. I've been looking forward to popping this one open since I picked it up a few weeks ago – but I was a little saturated on imperial stouts at the time and decided to put this one off until 2013. I've had a sample of this RIS before and really liked it, but this mug contains my first true glass of the stuff. Served slightly chilled.

Pours an opaque, inky black colour, topped at first with two fingers of puffy, foamy, tan-coloured head. The abundance of bubbles within the foam kind of make it look like a spongecake, at least for five minutes or so - after which point the head has seeped away, leaving behind a smooth, dense, creamy cap at the surface. A few modest smears of lacing stick to the sides above the collar. The aroma is malty, sweet, a little roasted and a little fruity, with hints of cocoa, butterscotch, molasses, prunes and milk chocolate. A faint smoky note becomes more noticeable as the drink warms.

Tasty, though perhaps not the most bold-tasting RIS I've had in the last little while. The flavour has more roasted malt than the aroma let on, with a mixture of dark chocolate and brown sugar notes. Not much dark fruit; rather the chocolate is directly overtaken by anise-like herbal notes in the finish and the sweet, malty, somewhat roasty, bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable, but works well with the bitter finish. Medium-bodied; there's some thickness to it but this one is kind of straddling the line between 'ok' body and 'just plain weak' body. The carbonation is also a bit high for an RIS which doesn't help the situation. One thing I will say is that it's very drinkable for the style, almost dangerously so.

I really enjoy the taste of this stuff, but it's worth pointing out that I wouldn't consider this a particularly complex or rich-tasting RIS. It's flavourful in a relatively straightforward, carefully manicured way, with just enough kick from the booze to remind you to expect a punch once you're finished the glass.

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. This is my first review of anything in Propeller Brewery's portfolio, but if their other beers are anything like Revolution Imperial Stout, I've been depriving myself for no good reason. This stuff is better than most of the OCB RISs I've tried over the last few months, and pretty good value at its Ontario price point. More body would be appreciated, but this is still one of the better imperial stouts in the country as far as I'm concerned. A brew I hope the LCBO keeps bringing back every winter.

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Photo of CurtisD
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Bottled November 2012, week one.

Body is fairly black, mocha head with excellent retention and pretty nice lace. Nose has some spiced dark fruits, molasses chocolate and some sweeter malt character. Palate has brown sugar, vanilla, some spice, chocolate and roast comes out heavy in the mid and late-palate. Medium feel, creamy texture and alcohol is disguised. A tasty imperial stout from a brewery that's generally underwhelming.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great brew included in the winter LCBO release.

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

S - Nose is sweet with cocoa and espresso, some musty notes and malted milk on the finish.

T - Flavour profile is unique, sweet and musty cocoa, burnt toast, hints of leather and tobacco with a toasted oatmeal flavour that lingers alongside an odd metallic seaweed flavour.

M - Medium bodied, slightly prickly and finishes with a tacky finish.

O - A tasty RIS that offers up some unique flavours and was quite enjoyable. A tasty treat that is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 500mL bottle, courtesy of Santa. The big guy always knows...

Poured into a nonic. Black, good viscosity, nice half inch of light tan head, great deal of lacing. Shows its heft. Very nice-looking brew.

Nose is sweet malt, caramel, nice chocolate, bit of hops and leather. Sweetness is this brew's angle.

Tasty stout, quite sweet, but finishes with a decent hop bitterness. Some leather seeps through in the aftertaste. Chocolate is quite noticeable. Fine stout.

Decent thickness, but carbonation is quite mild.

Propeller has always impressed me, and this stout was certainly up to those high standards. A bit sweet, but still hearty and flavorful, and doesn't show its alcohol.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of FEUO
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of maltyb
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint bottle from the LCBO, produced in the 1st week of November.

Pours an impressive, coffee colored head which diminished during the course of drinking, leaving a ring. The color is pitch black, definition of dark in a beer.

Aroma: Roasted malts, cocoa, faint coffee. I could tell this would be a sweet beer by the aroma, and the smell of dark chocolate really dominates..

Taste: Very sweet, chocolate. No real hint of the 8% ABV, and finished with a nice hop bite. That bitterness on the end really cleans up the sweetness on your palette and invites you to take another sip. Scarily drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, you can tell it still has a decently high gravity. Not detecting a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is a really enjoyable dessert-like beer. I'd be hard-pressed to drink more than one in a row, but that single one is fantastic. The appearance and taste are spot on for what I seek in a RIS. Initially I had trouble getting a good feel for the aroma but it built and really stood out. Try this if you get the chance.

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Photo of Groulxsome
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled first week of November.

Beer is black with a good-sized tan head. Pretty good retention, lots of lace. Looks good!

Smell contains burnt caramel, roast malt and some milk chocolate. Almost a bit of burnt marshmallow.

Taste has a good amount of roast malt and chocolate, along with some caramel. A bit of anise. Finish is moderately bitter, with the hops making themselves known, a bit of an earthy flavour.

Full bodied, sightly on the light side for an RIS, though this not surprising given the 8% abv. Smooth and creamy. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very solid and tasty RIS.

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Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, production date Week 3 of January in unknown year.

Appearance: Black as night with about 2-3 fingers worth of foam that settles to a strong thick ring. Color of the head is a not too dark, not too light mocha brown.

Smell: Really good with some licorice, cocoa, sweet roasted coffee and some molasses.

Taste: Has a rich but not too sweet flavor. Coffee grains, light licorice, cocoa liquor with some dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Bit viscous with a full body though shows a bit of thinness midway but doesn't really affect the tasting experience.

Overall: Really enjoyed this steady yet flavorful stout.

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Photo of bcrocker
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Jeffo
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade last summer. I can't remember who gave me this Propeller stuff, but it was solid. Cheers!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour yields a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. Black body and no carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Could be blacker for the style, but this is a solid looking beer.

SMELL: Bold nose with lots of roasted malts, dark baker's chocolate, burnt coffee beans and a hint of molasses for good measure. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate and a touch of sweet molasses up front. Lots of roasted and bitter chocolate at the swallow, moving into a big and persistent aftertaste of bitter chocolate and coffe, lots of roasted flavors, and even a hint of red wine. Flavorful and interesting stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight as well. Nicely creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a little bite after the swallow and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A bit too much burn for the ABV.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around! A nice, inviting nose and lots of good flavor to match. One of the better Canadian imperial stouts I've had so far. Cheers for the trades gents. This one comes highly recommended.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" light brown head over black liquid.

S: Molasses, espresso, caramel, roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt, caramel, espresso and a bit of a pine hop bite. Nice.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Drinkable and tasty, there is almost a nuttiness to the taste profile.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of cjbmcdon. Served in a Kuhnhenn goblet. I believe this is from late 2010.

A - Bottle is a slight gusher. Ample finger-plus of dark tan foam settles to a mottled near-complete cap, thick collar, and glass-coating lace. Body is dark chocolate brown with some visible bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Smell is heavy on the molasses and dark fruits, tobacco, dark roast, baker's chocolate, with some earthy, leathery notes and perhaps a touch of smoke. There's a fruity and musky aroma when the beer reaches room temperature.

T - Taste has more in the way of milk chocolate and caramel sweetness to it. Definitely sweeter, with some mild roasty bitterness and hint of anise and bread in the finish. Charry flavors get increasingly intense over time.

M - Carbonation is unusually zesty for the style. Body is pleasantly medium-full, with lingering stickiness and minimal alcohol presence - perhaps a hint of warmth on the throat after 6oz or so.

D - The mild gushing and leathery aroma had me concerned there was a nascent brett infection, but the flavor is still quite sweet so I not totally convinced that's the case. Still, it's a very solid traditional English RIS, and it drinks bigger than the listed 8% (other than the mildly obnoxious carbonation). I worked through the 500ml bottle over the course of an hour and would happily consume this again if I were in the Maritimes. However, if you've got this vintage on hand, drink up.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle I got from a beer mail from Nova Scotia...

A - Deep, dark opaque brown, almost black body, with a reach and creamy mocha-coloured head. Looks nearly flawless. A true RIS look! Very good head retention.

S - The first thing I noticed in the aroma was the well-pronounced hoppiness, with a nice earthy touch to it and some citrus notes. Then I got all the lovely roasty dark characteristics of an imperial stout. Chocolate, espresso, a bit of vanilla.

T - Big on the vanilla and chocolate. Then comes the coffee-like roastiness. Nice level of sweetness. After a while I began tasting some dark fruit; maybe prunes and dates. Fairly bitter after-taste, both from the roasted malts and the hops. Some lingering semi-sweet chocolate notes.

M - Medium-bodied. Perhaps not as thick as some more potent RIS. VERY smooth and creamy, despite the noticeable bitterness. The alcohol is well-masked even when the beer warms up.

O - First and foremost, this is a great example of the style! It's not the most complex RIS, but it's super-smooth, flavourful and drinkable. Highly recommended, if you can get it!

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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 mmurphy525
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of peensteen
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly jet black with some brown notes, one finger mocha coloured head, some lace on the top of the glass. Smell is roasted malt and tons of chocolate, coffee, some notes of alcohol, raisin like dark fruit with more chocolatey bittersweet notes. Taste is deeply roasted malt, slightly smokey, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasted finish and aftertaste. Light-med carbonation, full body, good weight. Very drinkable, easy drinking with lots of flavour and really good but is missing something that would make this great, very enjoyable though.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 06/06/2011
Type: 16oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Thanks to Brad(Rutager) for throwing this in as an extra in our over the borders trade!

Pours an ink black in color w/ a 1 finger creamy tan head that produces heavy lacing. Aromas of bittersweer Baker's Chocolate, charred malts, molasses, and leather. The taste starts off w/ chocolate and molasses up front, followed by vanilla, and finishes w/ slight hop bitterness. Stylistically a little thin, but I really digged the mouthfeel personally. Medium bodied and very creamy and lush due to appropriate carbonation. This was very easy to drink being on the lower side of the ABV spectrum.

Overall, not spectacular, but a very well put together RIS that is very flavorful and enjoyable to sip on.

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Propeller Revolution from Propeller Brewery
Beer rating: 82.2% out of 100 with 107 ratings
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