Propeller London Style Porter | Propeller Brewery

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Propeller London Style PorterPropeller London Style Porter
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Propeller London Style PorterPropeller London Style Porter

Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-02-2002

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Photo of zduerr
1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

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.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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.


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Photo of TheHammer
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Kooz
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife brought me a 650ml bottle from her trip to Nova Scotia. I was pretty excited to tap it because the bottle was pretty big and that meant I'd get extra beer!

Regular pour presented a dark brown, almost opaque porter. Not as dark as some, but pretty nice. The one inch head disappeared pretty quickly, with no lacing.

It smelled of over-toased, almost burnt coffee beans. Not in a bad way, mind you.

Taste is about the same as the smell, so it's petty good. A bit harsh right up front, but eases out after a few sips.

I could drink this--not too many, but certainly a few.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one last summer from a fellow beer lover. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Might be 2 years old

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Dark brown, transparent body with next to no carbonation evident. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring, but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and dark malts, dark chocolate, and some sweet vanilla cream. Light milk chocolate notes as well. Still bold enough with some nice cream aromas.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely, with roasted and chocolate malts, sweet cream and vanilla flacors up front. More cream at the swallow with a light touch of bitter coffee and powdered cocoa. Mild but lingering aftertaste is a nice mix of roasted malts, sweet cream and bitter cocoa. Pretty good really.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light, unfortunately, but creamy enough on the palate, Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. A touch more weight would help here.

OVERALL: A good beer that has held up well I imagine. While it is probably bolder, more aromatic and flavorful when fresh, this was certainly a pleasure to drink after a couple years. A fuller palate and it would be even more of a pleasure, but that is often my complaint with this style. Regardless, well worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers guys! Recommended.

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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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Photo of bylerteck
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.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mmurphy525
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DreamDeath
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Westvleteren12
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Pouring into a pint glass results in a black ale with two fingers of chocolaty head. Head quickly evaporated to a small covering on top. No real lacing going on.

Smell is a light, through rich, sweetness, with some faint coffee flavors at the end.

The taste actually starts out with a bit of bite. Kinda reminds me of carbonation, but in a quick burst and not quite as bubbly. A subtle sourness comes next, but is brief. Finally, there is a coffee flavoring, which lingers in the mouth after you finish your swallow.

Overall, it is a solid and smooth and fairly normal porter.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a dark brown. Good looking brew. Smells is roasty but also sweet. Dark malt meets a dark sugary sweetness. Flavor is roasty, chocolatey and quite sweet. The sweetness dries out during the finish, which is preferred. Has more body than what you'd expect from a beer at 5%. A simple Porter.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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