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Propeller London Style Porter | Propeller Brewery

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Propeller London Style PorterPropeller London Style Porter
BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
102 Ratings
Propeller London Style PorterPropeller London Style Porter
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,379
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
102
pDev:
10.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 70
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Kremlock
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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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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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1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Definitely a beer I'd recommend!

Pours a dark, clear brown with amber highlights at the edges of the glass. Limited coffee-coloured head and lacing. Mouthfeel is not oily or creamy, perhaps even a bit thin, but I enjoyed drinking it.

Aroma of roasted chocolate malts is absolutely lovely. Well balanced taste mirrors the smell and is followed by a pleasantly bitter and lingering dry finish, with an unexpected hint of smokiness...

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of fostachild
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pitch black, about an inch of light tan head. okay retention/lacing.

smells like coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

taste was similar - sweet, lots of roasted malt, bit of coffee and chocolate.

good drinkability and overall good porter but nothing amazing.

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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.

HV

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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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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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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 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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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml "bomber" bottle acquired via beer trade...

A - The beer has a dark brown, opaque body, topped by a rich, yet airy light caramel head. Lots of small bubbles can be visible at the start. Head retention and lacing are quite good. Looks like a beautiful porter to me!

S - The beer gives out a nice roasty arome, with loads of chocolate and caramel notes, some dark fruit, vanilla, and a little smokiness to it. Not super-intense but strong enough.

T - Starts out pretty sweet, with chocolate, vanilla, and caramel notes and a very nice roastiness. Then comes a bit of earthy hops and a touch of smokiness. The finish is fairly bitter, with lingering roasted notes. There is nothing unique about this porter, but everything about it is just very tasty, so it tastes excellent

M - Medium body to it. Quite effervescent at first, which is normal for porters, this beer becomes quite mild after. No trace of alcohol. Moderately dry and bitter.

D - The drinkability is great on this one. The beer goes down like a charm. Being not too thick and not at all boozy, it is super sessionable, all the while being delightful.

Overall, this is one of the finer Canadian porters I've had, and probably one that's closest to the British examples of the style.

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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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Propeller London Style Porter from Propeller Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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