Propeller London Style Porter | Propeller Brewery

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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

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of froggyfrog
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a shared bomber. From notes:

A: Black. Minimal head. Some ruby tint.

S: Perfect Porter nose. Stale malt. Some roast. Lactic.

T: Oat. Black malt. Sage. Strong coffee. Molasses.

MF. Middle weight. Drying. Gum-puckering.

D: Slow and easy. Great Porter flavor. Spot on.

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Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one of my coworkers hooked me up with this and some other propeller goodies direct from the brewery. thanks deniz!

650ml bottle with a production date of the first week of february, so nice and fresh.

pours nearly opaque black with a big dense brown head. quickly drops to a layer on top of the glass, but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. roasty. bit of dark chocolate. hint of sourness. big bready malt.

taste is good. bittersweet chocolate. roasty. touch of sourness. medium-low bitterness level. touch of alcohol. bready malt, but lighter than i expected from the aroma. the hint of sourness gives it a bit of a baltic slant, and the light bitterness also makes me think it leans towards english too.

mouthfeel is good. carbonation level is below average and well integrated. very smooth. body feels a little thinner than expected.

drinkability is good. fairly well balanced, but the alcohol is a touch more prominent than i expected for 5%abv. overall a nice and enjoyable porter.

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Photo of canadametal
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml Bomber from NSLC. Made the second week of November, making this beer one week old. Definitely on of my favourites from the Propeller camp. A smooth, creamy, session porter. Opaque black. 2 finger cap with very appealing dark tan colour. Beautiful lacing streaming down the glass to the very end. Exceptional flavour of roasted chocolate malts and coffee. A creamy mouthfeel with minimal yet apparent crisp. This beer is very well crafted and I'm fortunate to have easy access to all of the Propeller brands.

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Photo of Conrad
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great offering from Propeller!
A: Pours thick and dark, like Guiness. Head was medium thickness, but dense, and settled quickly, leaving pretty lacing that followed to the last sip.
S: Dry - no sweetness at all. Big chocolate, but the unsweetened baker's kind, not the candy bar kind. Heavy malt with coffee notes.
T: Up front - choclate followed by roasted malt. Very little hops presence. Then some gentle sweetness showed up when the drink warmed up a bit. Some complex flavours here that I can't put my finger on, but all are pleasant and fun to try and sort out.
M: Thick and creamy full body, as a porter should be. Medium effervesence that compliments the beer and does not get in the way of the taste.
D: Goes down smooth and easy. A taste treat. Wish I had more in the fridge.

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Photo of MMansfield
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Bishops Cellar, however, it's also available at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola colour with a nice sized tanned head. Very thick in body, head diminishes to nice lace.

Aroma: Strong roasted malts with breads, grass, chocolate, coffee and a slight smokeyness.

Taste: Strong smokeyness in the flavour, with bitter sweet chocolate as well as strong coffee notes. Not ovely hop heavy, taste is characterized by the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with a little carbonation. Pefect mouthfeel for this styled porter.

Final Statement: Took me a while to review this, mostly because I prefer my porters & stouts in the fall/winter months. Beautiful brew from Propeller, love the beer, love the company. Can't wait to bag a deer this fall and celebrate with a pint of Propeller Porter.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle shipped from Halifax thanks to mmansfield. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass.

Pours thick like motor oil (well maybe not quite, but there's lots of body). Opaque even when held to a light. A 1/8 inch head subsides quickly, leaves a slight lace on the top and around the glass. Smell is of unsweetened chocolate, espresso, and hefty roasted malt.

Taste is huge, the chocolate aspect of this beer is the first to hit your tongue, certainly not overly sweet, and very smooth. There's a faint caramel sweetness in the background, followed by the espresso. The hops certainly never take centre stage, but they form a serious backbone, and make themselves most evident in the finish and the aftertaste. Flavour-wise, nothing in the beer is unexpected, but it's done very well, and each one of the different aspects of this brew is very distinct on the palate and huge. Mouthfeel is extremely thick and hefty and creamy. There is a ton of malt in there. Carbonation is mild, but perfect for the style. This is a huge and dare I say manly brew that lends itself so well to this late fall evening watching an odd snowflake fall from the sky.... a wonderful sipping beer.

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Photo of pootz
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh!! A nice drinkable london porter.

Deep cola colored, nice 2 finger tan cap lasts and laces well.

Medium bodied, good malt spine soapy-charred character and a silky mouth feel.

Fresh dark malts up front, some dried fruits, toasty, charred chickory...wet finish where some bittering and charred toast tastes prevail.

A dinkable session porter...3 of 4 of these will slide right down

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Photo of Cwrw
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had been on my wishlist for quite some time, and finally this March I went down to New Brunswick and Newfoundland and found this immediately in the first liquor store I went in, which made my whole trip worth it. Propeller Porter comes in that size of bottle I love best: 650 ml. A simple black and brown label with the Propeller logo and a small statement about the malts and hops used covers the bottle. A light brown head that can appear almost red in spots forms atop the dark mollasses-brown beer. The colour is deeply dark, only showing some brown when held to the light. The head stayed nicely as a thin but unbroken layer, leaving sheet lacing that left islands of very fine bubbles on the glass. As good or better than most porters for appearance. Dusty, grainy and chocolate-laden aroma at first. Very dry, like fresh coffee beans. The smell is also full of creamy, milky malts that blend with licorice and some maple syrup notes. Resinous, woody notes too, along with raisins, prunes, and a little astringent chemical twang, which is really quite pleasant and tickles the nose. Porter has never been my favourite style, but I can tell that this is an excellent interpretation of it. Salty sourish malts on the front of the tongue. The middle gives more of the syrup and licorice, but the salty dry malts really define the taste, though never overpowering the balance. A lot of tree bark or wood notes in the flavour, along with powerful tastes of coffee beans and bitter chocolate. The taste is quite sweet too, but I did not notice until the beer warmed a little. The finish is all coffee, leaving a respectable bittering in the mouth, along with a roasty, meaty aftertaste. A lot of nut taste too, like pistachio or almond even. A solid taste, though lacking a little for me still(but then again it could just be my lack of enthusiasm for the porter style). The body is highly carbonated, and definitely full. This is only a 5% porter, and I could drink it continuously throughout a night, making it a good session beer. A wonderful porter from Halifax. I would love to take it out on a rainy day fishing.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This beer pours an instant black with a small cap of bubbly tan head on top. The head quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Very nice but lack of head takes away.

Smell – Smells mostly of chocolate. Coffee is present as well as minor hints of roasted malt. Very nice to put to your nose.

Taste – Superb. This beer starts very strong of chocolate which moves onto a bitter flavor. Coffee comes about slightly but not as much as most porters I’ve tasted. The finish is very nice leaving a gentle roasted feeling on the tongue. Every sip gets better with this one.

Mouthfeel – Perfect body for the style. A touch coarse to begin with but as I got farther into the glass that went away. I could swish this one around and enjoy every second of it.

Drinkabiltiy - Second to none. This beer went down oh so smooth and could be sipped all night.

I absolutely loved this beer. My high expectations were definitely met here. Cheers to elricorico for sharing!

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Photo of elricorico
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650mL bottle with a production date of the 2nd week of December, making it about 3 months old. This was delivered to me by my aunt from New Brunswick.

It pours black, no light getting through. I didn't manage to coax much head out of it, and the tan cap faded away rather quickly to nothingness.

I like the smell right away. It has a nice coffee and bitter chocolate aroma that is strong enough to be interesting. A hint of charcoal and faint creaminess rounds out the smell.

The taste is great too. This beer is ripe with a coffee bean flavour that is not so bitter as a stout, more creamy. The finish is just touch grainy, but keeps a bit of the coffee richness. A great taste for a porter.

The word creamy keeps coming up in my review, and mouthfeel is the same. Carbonation is quite light, but a little prickly.

I am a big fan of porters, and this one is top notch in my opinion. The only thing I'm missing here is the head, but that isn't a great big deal. If this was available here, I don't think I'd let it disappear from my fridge for long.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours quite dark, but not quite black. Ruby hints are visible around the edges, and the head is about 2 fingers and a medium tan. Smells very chocolatey with some toffee and coffee as well. Tastes strongly of chocolate, with that taste mostly overwhelming the toffee hints and maltiness. Feels great in the mouth, thick enough to be a nice porter without feeling like I have to chew it. Also pretty drinkable, I finished the 650 ml bottle enjoying every sip, and will certainly be having it again.

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Photo of Derek
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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 mntlover
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown boardering on black can see hints of brown, sports a medium sized tan head that leaves spotty lace.

Aroma is toasted malt lots of chocolate dominating everything else, lightly sweet nice.

Taste is nice malty lots of chocolate again pick up some toasted malt leaving hints of nuts. Finish is hops grassy in flavor but leaving a grapefruit like bitterness. Smooth easy drinking and flavorable porter.

Mouthfeel is a good medium, nice soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good a nice chocolatey porter with a good hop presence. Want to thank merlin48 for sharing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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 kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown color with just hints of ruby highlites to let me know its not black. A small head falls to patchyness over the top. Nose is nice, with a healthy dose of roasted and chocolate notes, almost like powdered cocoa. Very mellow. Flavor is right there with the flavor. Light roasted with promineny chocolate notes, almost a creamyness to it. I enjoy it a lot. Incredibly tasty. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Incredibly drinkable brew. Smooth, very flavorful, very nice nose. The chocolate notes are just awesome.

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Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark color with a medium head that has ok retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and tons of diacetyl-type smells. The diacetyl works in a positive way. The flavor is very nice. Lots of chocolate and some coffee-bitterness. Very sharp flavor from the coffee-bitterness. The body is a thick-moderate and the drinkability is quite good.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Goldorak
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back by a co-worker on his recent trip to Nova Scotia.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a stringy crown of coffee-colored lace.

Smell: Roasted, I'd even say peated malt, it had a little Bamberg thing going on that I enjoyed! It later mellowed out with some dark fruit, almost vinious character. If they were going for an old-school, three-threads type of porter served in earthenware jugs in the late 1700's in the UK, my guess is that a fresh batch not too contaminated by wild yeast might very well smell like this.

Taste: Quite a decent body, good torrefied malt taste, aftertaste a bit short but still satisfying. As much as I was dissapointed by this brewery's overhyped (IMHO) ESB, I wasn't going to give this one a second thought and it pleasantly surprised me.

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 JustinBathurst
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle. Picked up a lot of these; decided to have a bottle here and there before settling down to review it...

Pours a dark, deep ruby, a bit on the purple side, but giving the impression of a thick black. The head was about 2.5 cm to start with, but it settled down to an impressive lace for the remainder of the glass. A few bubbly streams trickle upwards here and there, but, despite actually having quite consistent carbonation, it gives the impression of being nearly flat.

Aroma is immediate with a hefty, robust coffee note, which seems to defy any attempt to detect anything else.

It's medium-bodied, with a smattering of carbonation.

The taste doesn't strike me as being exceedingly sweet; the roasted chocolatey malt is there, all round and smooth, with a touch of cloves. The finish is a touch of bitter coffee, nicely hopped and perfect for a porter. The aftertaste is admirable, leaving only a fond trace... and a surge of tingling across the tongue and the back of the outh.

I really enjoy this porter. I'm going to be sure to pick it up while the NLC still hasn't changed it's mind about stocking something from out-of-province...

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good porter, this beer is similar to the mighty Fuller's London Porter in a lot of ways. Its head starts of big and tan but dissipates quickly. There is weblike lacing on the glass. The smell is of burnt grains, light hops and coffee. The smell is not as strong or complex as Fuller's. Theres a distinctive yeast smell (thats in all the propeller ales), its not a bad thing, just distinct. The taste is much better than the smell. Its very full and robust with great chocolate, coffee, malt, nut and anise flavors. The hops are a bit one dimensional and rather subdued for my liking. The mouthfeel is grainy but smooth. This beer is overall very delicious and I would seek it out again (its hard to come by in Ontario).

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Photo of manchester81
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a local product! The beer i am reviewing came in a 650 mL bottle with a best before date. Prop porter pours out a dark brown/ruby colour. The thin head quickly fades to a nice lacing. Coffee and tobacco aromas are present from the beginning. The taste is of rich, dark roasted malts and with a little bit of a spicy mouth feel. As for drink ability, after finishing the beer i certainly want another, or three! but it sits a little too heavy in the stomach for a whole session. Still a great Halifax micro!

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Photo of PiratePete
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes with a best before date (I'm 3 days over) that gives about a year from labeling. This porter poured out a rich black with a rich, creamy, brown head. Some lacing. Nose of dark chocolate. Smells sweet. Taste is very chocolate, coffee, sweet, and bitter. How's that? Leaves a very light sweet aftertaste of sugar on the lips with a slight bitter roasted coffee flavour down the throat. This is good stuff. Good thing it comes in a 650 mL bottle - I can just sit here and enjoy another glass. Cheers!

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Propeller London Style Porter from Propeller Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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