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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 chinchill
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.
Near black body is opaque with dark ruby highlights. The tan head is creamy and durable.
Chocolate and coffee in the nose both reappear in the flavor but with faint coffee and lots of dark roasted grains.
Smooth, full body.

Overall; not quite up with Fullers but admirably close.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery
Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights and a smallish off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of roasted grain, toffee, caramel and hints of earthy. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent porter, I prefer them a bit more robust, but this one is tasty.

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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 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 Derek
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown-black, with a little tan head, leaves a nice lace.

S: Fruity, raisins. Smells like they've chose a good yeast.

T: Well rounded maltyness: mocha, chocolate and slightly nutty. No roasty or burnt flavour.

M: Body is relatively light, carbonation is moderate.

D: I could certainly drink a few of these.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass oct8 2010

A quite dark sitting on the table but when held to the sun it has a nice ruby red glow, loose tan head retains well and leaves a few patches of lace

S mellow milk chocolate and a little fruitier then expected but a little faint

T some prune on top of what I smell but very nice even some hops shine through, some mild coffee too and nothing overpowers anything else well done

M not overly thick, medium bodied and slightly creamy from the bubbles

D I could drink quite a few of these great flavor for a session beer my bomber was gone in no time

one of the better beers I had on my trip out East, try this one if you get the chance

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Photo of biegaman
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black spare some isolated shreds of red-violet. It is wholly opaque less of course those shimmery, colourful scrapes (which even to the light amount to no more than accenting). Its head, a very dingy tone of tarnished white, is thin and appears quite debilitated. Apparently it isn't, as the peppered shotgun-spray remnants would attest.

The aroma is like a rich cocoa-bean laced chocolate that was macerated in cold coffee and then steeped in a smokehouse for a few days. All desirable elements -sweet, bitter, roasty- can be accounted for by nose alone. That little ounce of smoke is a flattering touch and the presence of both coffee and cocoa beans can be considered vivid.

This may be a porter but it has all the thick and hearty characteristics of a stout. The taste is roasty and bittersweet, just as it should be. Flavour specifics include finely conched milk chocolate, coffee grinds, chocolate muffins and a handful of caramelized almonds. If traditional English Porters come any tastier than this I've yet to find that out.

The beer drinks fantastically. The carbonation is just a little lower than what would be typical for other ales, good thing because it allows all the sooty, roasty, bittersweet aftertastes to linger uninterruptedly. Its element of roast is just right - any more and it would have detracted from flavour; any less and this wouldn't have enough character.

It would seem Propeller must have treated their water as well; the texture is coarse and very mineral-y. The beer is hearty but not heavy on the stomach - I'm actually anxious for the second half of this bottle. The way that bitter and sweet have been fused amidst this roasty, sooty mouthfeel is the sign of an experienced, talented brewmaster.

And presumably a worldly one too. Not many people outside the UK make traditional, true to style porters that can stack up against the old-world originals. Along with Fuller's London Porter, Propeller's is arguably the best example of the style that comes to my mind. The ideal, complete beer fridge would definitely have bombers of this stocked on its shelves.

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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 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 DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

S - Cocoa and burnt toast, hints of espresso and milk chocolate.

T - The flavour is a bit more tart than implied by the nose, the espresso dominates with some bitter dark cocoa come through on the finish. Some leafy greens hop notes also creep through.

M - Medium, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty porter that leans a bit more on the bitter side than the sweet side. Nicely balanced and easy drinking, flavourful and a solid sample of the style. Well worth a try and easily sessoinable.

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Photo of papat444
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cjbmcdon for this one. Split with my wife with our supper, ecuadorian chicken.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, bottled 3rd week of April 2010.

Appearance: Lots of light brown foam atop an opaque black body with brownish tints and major lacing left behind.

Smell: Roasted notes with malt, chocolate and some hops.

Taste: Roasted flavor but not burnt with a bit of coffee but mostly cocoa. Not bitter at all except when it warms up a bit. Very malt-like though the hops come out more as it nears room temp. My wife detects some smokiness in there though i find it barely perceptible. Very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth with a low carbonation. Coats the mouth and has a great balance.

Drinkability: Very high. No troubles at all.

Overall: Porters are not my strong suit but i believe this one ranks as one of my favorites. Highly recommended.

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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 francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BigBry
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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