Propeller Revolution from The John Allen Brewing Company Limited in Halifax, Nova Scotia is an opaque black with a moderate sized, frothy tan head that is retained as collared film and leaves some thick lace. This Russian Imperial Stout carries strong pine oil and spruce notes in its smell. Behind them are aromas of date, red berry, raisin, coffee and chocolate.
The taste of Propeller Revolution with dark roasted malts and has an assertive bitterness. The woodsy character also remains, backed by coffee and chocolate flavours. The stout is full bodied and grainy, with a fairly mild carbonation and a tangible oiliness. There is a tart berry note in the finish and the bitter aftertaste has a roasted coffee tone.
The label of Propeller Revolution is black, with a large red star and wording printed in yellow. There is freshness dating notched into the label that gives an approximate date of production and a detailed description of the beer, along with a note to keep the beer refrigerated.
Propeller Revolution is unlike any other RIS I’ve tried to date. The outdoorsy feel of the aroma is very distinctive and sets it apart from the growing crowd of Canadian brewed imperial stouts. It was released in limited quantity in 2012 as part of the LCBO winter beer feature and I really hope to see it back in Ontario in the future.
Great on its own as a winter afternoon sipper, Propeller Revolution also goes well with creamy cheeses, dark chocolate, heavy breads and beef or game-based stews. Propeller Revolution regularly sees distribution throughout Nova Scotia in the winter months and you can visit the brewery’s retail store in Halifax seven days a week.
Type: Russian Imperial Stout
Region: Nova Scotia, Halifax
Brewery: The John Allen Brewing Company Limited
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 8.0%