Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first in the John Sleeman Presents series, Sleeman Fine Porter is straight from page 68 of the family recipe book. The original Porters were the drink of the working class in 1700s England where they were seen to be more nutritious. Take a sip of history today and experience this brew just as George Sleeman presented it back in the 1800s.

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Reviews by SetarconeX:
Photo of SetarconeX
3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Visually brown, a bit on the dark side but by no means inky. Doesn't smell like a whole lot, a bit of malt, but it could be quite a bit stronger. Tastes decent. A few more hops than I would have thought from the nose, but with a few metallic hints that really detract from the brew.

It's ok. It's drinkable. It's actually pretty boring. I think my time might be better spent elsewhere.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown pour with a decent looking tan head. The nose remains mild but has hints roasted malt and cocoa.

Taste wise I was quite suprised. It actually had some Porter-like qualities to it. Some semi sweet, roasted malts off the top followed by a chocolately-cocoa mix and finally bending towards a bitter sweet finish w/underlying hoppiness. The chocolate bitterness lingered quite nicely.

The mouthfeel for the most part was smooth with a fairly light body.

Overall I was impressed by this beer, mostly b/c Sleeman's other products are so awful. This is not a bad example of a porter. Believe it or not, i've had worse.

Kudos to Sleeman for stepping out of their main stream macro lineup and offering up something a little more interesting.

By far Sleeman's best brew.

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Porter is nice and dark although far from black. The head came up well enough.

Smell – Wow, there are some dark malts in this puppy. They are really hard core, almost like an RIP like Old Ras or something along those lines. The coffee is generous, and the light bready aspect of this bouquet almost got me thinking about Belgians.

Taste – The flavors here are big and intense. There’s more fruit than I picked up at the nose, I’d say something cherry-esque. The malts are roasted dark but there’s a nice toasty middle to the flavor profile. Just when you think it might be a bit much, it pulls back and let’s you off the hook.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium-bodied, in fact I’d call it that, and lightly carbonated with some stiff bitterness up front of all places.

Drinkability – This was a very different AP but well worth a look. I don’t remember who sent this to me as it has been in my fridge for a while, but I owe someone a big thanks.

Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

One of the highest-scoring Sleeman beers on BeerAdvocate.com. This Porter is drawn right from page 68 in the Sleeman family recipe book, hence the name.

Deep-brown color with garnet hues when held up to the light. Quick to foam, then slowly subsides to a dense rocky head with great retention. A tad roasty in the nose; metallic, with a mild sweetness rounding out the aroma. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel meets a light yet tight crispness within the medium body. A one-note roasty flavor blankets the palate for the duration. Moderate hop bitterness with a faint herbal flavor to balance. Light, fruity twang doesn't have enough to rise above the roasty character. Finishes with that same roasty flavor, along with a bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue.

The trite roasty temperament just does not hack it--far too many other craft-brewed Porters on the market today are in a totally different league. There's nothing specifically bad about this beer, but the flavors just don't mesh, and it leaves the beer like a jigsaw puzzle that's missing a few pieces.

Photo of masikon
2.08/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This poured a near black with some ruby highlights, chunky head but receded quickly leaving crusty lacing. Nose is of indistinqushable burnt malt, perhaps some bitter chocolate scent if I really think about it being there. Taste is awkward and pretty vile, again very mild flavorwise with typical roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is completely off, very light and watery..doesn't match the taste at all. Overall not a good porter, no redeeming qualities with so many better examples available.

Photo of ADR
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The cap still says "John Sleeman presents", the package and neck label say "Porter 68"...

Thin pour, but dark in color, lets brown highlights shine through. Head rises fairly high, almost an inch, is tan, and laces pretty well. Aroma is mildly malty, but with some stale tones and almost a rancid popcorn back half of the nose. Light body, lower carbonation. The taste is not too bad, aspects of cocoa with a bit of roasty tang that's pretty striaghtforward. Minimal hop expression. Mouthfeel and solidity of flavors are just too fleeting, the close is pretty watery with some tobacco residue in the finishing qualities.

Photo of foamer
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341 ml clear bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown with a subtle ruby hue. Bubbly tan head which retains moderately well. Nose is a combination of sweet and roasted malts. Taste is sweet malts and toffee - not overly complex and leads to a fairly short toffee finish. Nice carbonation, not overwhelming but rather thin on the mouthfeel. Seems a little light for a porter overall.

This is the first in a series of limited edition beers from John Sleeman’s original 19th century recipe book. It is by no means a spectacular beer, but certainly my favourite offering from an otherwise mediocre brewery.

Special thanks to my folks for bringing this one from back home.

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml clear bottle, thankfully part of a closed six-pack. Called 'Fine Porter' in these here parts.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby red hue, with two fat fingers of foamy, pillowy pale beige head, which leaves a decent array of spidery webbed lace around the glass as it slinks away. It smells of thin bready chocolate malt, some equally undermined nuttiness, a hint of ugly butter, and an indeterminate sweet metallic nature. The taste is edgy, anemic bready caramel malt, a bit more of the metallic booze, and earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit too edgy to be considered outright smooth. It finishes with more of that neutered caramel and bastard nuttiness, with a further, almost sour character, unrelated to the original intent of the style.

I haven't had a Sleeman offering in a long while, after my dalliance with them many years ago. Now, their weaknesses are all to obvious - plain, timid, and just lacking the weight of the standard bearers of the style in question - talk to the boyz in the Winnipeg hood for tips, Johnny-boy...

Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

September 2003 batch. A bit of aging may have helped it. Still strong carbonation. Lagerish body with porter flavour, welcome but of bitterness. Not thin but on weak flavour for style. Quaffable. Blackish with some head, mollasses aroma. Not a bad one.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lets set one thing straight....I hate Sleeman's bottles. It's lack of label and it's raised lettering make it look like a kiddy root beer, and it makes it hard to tell which one of their beers it is. Wait, Westvleteren does the same thing...but somehow it's much cooler when it's a mysterious and virtually unobtainable abbey brew. The shape of the bottle is cool, I wish they would just put a label on it. I love bottle artwork, and this sort of thing spoils it for me. Anyhow,

A - This black brew has a red cast to it, and supports a big brown foamy head that has pretty good retention and leaves a good deal of lace on the glass. The head never dipped below a thick finger, and swirling built the head up even more.

S - I smell toffee and caramel right off the bat, along with a nice dose of hay-like hops. Dark chocolate, and a little hint of roasted coffee show up as it warms. Nothing really stands out, and it could be a bit more assertive IMO, but it's a nice standard porter aroma with maybe more tobacco and less chocolate than most.

T - Bitter cooking chocolate and dark roast coffee show up first, then a powerfully smoky and roasty tobacco flavor comes through and really asserts itself much more than the weakish nose. I actually taste cigarettes and pipe tobacco, which isn't necessarily a bad thing since I used to smoke, and still enjoy a very occasional cig if I'm out too late with my few friends that still smoke.

M - Light bodied and moderately carbonated with a bitter and slightly dry finish. Really sticks to your teeth and won't let that cigarette taste go....just like a real cigarette!

D - A decent porter that is somewhat forgettable, but nice. I can't say anything bad about this brew, but there is something about that tobacco-laden taste that is a bit too much. That said, I could drink a few of these.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - Clear but nearly impenetrable deep amber, thumb od tan head retained well

S - Roasty, grainy, chocolate maltiness, mild adjunct

T - Roasty and syrup sweetness, dark chocolate, light leafy hint and subtle smoke

M - Medium weight and brightly carbonated, light bitter with a bit of a chaulky finish

O - Pleasantly surprised given Sleeman's usual mass produced brerw, I may be given a sypathy point or two here given the lacklustre nature of their usual lineup, but thi has me optimistic about future offerings in this series if it does continue

Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my glass looks exactly like a glass of cola.

Smell is bitter and slightly pungent.

Taste is very bland, and the taste that is present isn't very pleasing. I don't know how to describe it other than not good.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, especially for a porter.

Overall not the most drinkable beer, I will be avoiding this in future.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kinda liked this one but our local LCB don't carry it anymore.
Pours a nice blackish brown with a tinge of red showing through,good size foamy tan head with good retention and nice lacing.
The nose is of caramel,berries,coffee and some smoke flavour,very nice aroma.
Taste's like syrupy toasted coffee with some smoke flavor in the end,some bitterness and than dryness.
Light to medium body with good carbs and kinda leaves a tobacco taste in the mouth in the aftertaste.
Quite a good beer,worth trying and probably the best of all the Sleeman's variety.

Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep crimson color in the light. Big, irregular foam, with sheets of lacing as it settles.

Smell is basic and average, just a grain odor that could be applied to any random beer. No roasty aroma. Also a mineral smell that i've only noticed in eastern euro lagers and pilsners. Could have something to do with age, but this bottle has been in my fridge for 3 mos. Who knows.

Taste is sweet, very mildly bitter, not roasty. Style-wise this is more of a Dunkel lager. None of your typical porter characteristics. Stale tobacco and metallic notes unfortunately linger in the finish.

Thin and sweet, kind of gross. Not sessionable, avoid this.
Part 3 of my personal average porter tasting aka "cleaning out the fridge".

Photo of TimeLincoln
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Ragingbull
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with an almost purple tone to the color when held up to the light. Light head of wispy foam. The nose has a gently sweet malt presentation about it. The attack is very mild and the flavors are gently malty with hints of coffee and smoke. As it approaches the finish the smoke flavor really takes over and dominates the aftertaste while it manages to leave the finish pretty clean. The sweetness of the malt is set off nicely by the smoke and coffee flavors. This is hands down my favorite offering from Sleeman, but I also have an affinity for porters. Come to think of it, I might have patrol the Sleeman section again and see if there are any new offerings.

Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not bad, but possibly one of the most boring porters I've had. Poured dark brown, but a bit lighter than average. General roasted malt aroma and similary nondescript roasted malt flavor. Doesn't really go anywhere, just bland - like a bit darker version of the equally unimpressive dark ale.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now this is an interesting step for Sleeman, this limited edition porter. Comes in a fancy-pants rustic packaging, reminescent of the labelling they put on higher end scotch. Except the font reminds me of the one they use on President's Choice products. Actually it reminds me of the look of John Labatt's Classic a little too. Still, it's a classy looking 6 pack. What I also took note of that was out of the ordinary was there are actual labels on the clear bottles as well, which is out of character for Sleeman, but they still have the logo embossed on the other side of the bottle.

Pours out fairly thin in body, but has an pleasant mahogany appearance with amber highlights. A small tan head on the pour, settles quickly to a wafer-thin cap, scant traces of lacing. The aroma is a winner for a Sleeman product, a fair amount of character. Toasted and chocolate malts, some toffee, with notes of licorice and roasted coffee. Although the flavour contains similar elements, there is no real backbone to it until the finish and the lingering aftertaste. Starts out weak and watery, picking up momentum for an aftertaste of chewy roasted malt, hints of espresso and chocolate. Curious that it tastes better after it's already been swallowed, no real action in the mouth. Aside from being fairly light and watery, even this porter suffers from the classic Sleeman carbonation issue, a little caustic on the palate. By far the best thing I've tasted from Sleeman to date, they are heading in a decent direction here, but still have a ways to go to put together a well-rounded offering.

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of redmosquito
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the bottle this beer appeared more of a nut brown in color than a dark porter brown, but once in the glass the beer seemed darker with a whitish head. The aroma was nice, chocolate and toasted malt initially and woody and nutty as it warmed. The flavor was malty and tosted without any bitter or astringency. A nice mouthfeel but slightly on the thin side. This beer impressed me with its balance and quality I would order this again.

Photo of baiser
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, almost opaque brown, with a tan head and deep ruby highlights. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee/chocolate, some toffee flavour, not bad. Taste was decent. This isn't bad for a Sleeman product. It's a beer that has exceeded my rather low expectations, but overall, it's pretty drinkable. Although way too sweet, it does have characteristics of a decent porter. Roasted flavours, chewy malt, slight bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel a bit thin, but drinkability is good.

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Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.