Recently Teena was in Halifax visiting friends and, being the great wife that she is, brought me back 3 beer from Propeller Brewery, which is only available down east.
I have written before about 2 of the brews she brought back, both of which I love. The Propeller ESB is one which was my Beer of the Week, and is on occasion available in Ontario but very hard to find. The Propeller IPA is a fabulous beer which I have enjoyed only once before and was glad to see it come out of her bag.
The third beer was a Propeller Porter. According to the Propeller website ... "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."
This beer also won Gold at the World Beer Championships (Chicago) in 2007 and 2008. Not bad!
The beer does pour pure black and has an enjoyable aroma. It has a nice head that held and lots of lacings lined the side of my glass. There was a nice balance between the roasted malt and hops and, yes, it is smoother than a stout. I am starting to notice the difference between the 2 styles.
I am becoming more and more fond of porters and would not hesitate to crack open another one of these. Propeller is definitely among my favorite Canadian breweries.
Thanks, honey! You rock!