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

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72
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101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 2
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.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-06-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Hermanater, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Slightly above average but much room for improvement. Not quite dark enough for your standard porter, and a bit too thin and watery. Taste is okay, a bit industrial but not terrible.

Sort of a porter-lite, easy to drink a good session beer. Too bad that this is limited availability.

BDTyre, Jan 07, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

sbarre, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

KStark, Jul 17, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev +13%

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.

baiser, Jan 28, 2005
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3.45/5  rDev +12%

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.

foamer, Jan 13, 2005
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3.45/5  rDev +12%

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.

IronDjinn, Dec 15, 2004
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3.4/5  rDev +10.4%

Dark opaque brown poured from the traditional clear Sleeman's bottle. Full head, some tiny bubbles from continued carbonation, left a hint of lace. Dark, roasted malt aroma, plus smell of brown sugar and some nuttiness. Taste is of dark roasted malt, some coffee and cocoa, and slight hop finish. Medium bodied, yet thin and almost watery, but still a nice effort from Sleeman's. Good flavors and very drinkable. Not sure how it would stack up against other brews in this style.

BigBry, Jan 14, 2005
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3.38/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

Popsinc, Nov 04, 2004
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3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Sammy, Jan 05, 2006
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3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

GrimmReaper, Sep 16, 2007
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3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Ragingbull, May 03, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

Clear/brilliant cola brown in color, with a pale tan head and minimal lacing. Nose is fruity, with up-front plums and prunes. Nose is also slightly metallic, but with no overt hop aroma to speak of . . . Tangy and bittersweet, with roasted and dark malts. Bitter! Wow, there's more hop bitterness in this than I am accustomed to as per the style, sharp, and some might find it a bit harsh. Finish is dry, with some biscuity malt lingering and more of that insistant hop. Carbonation is moderate and body is on the thin side. With the bitterness as prominent as it is it lacks a bit in sessionability, but I can see knocking two of these back with no problem. Not bad overall, although the bitterness is a little bit overbalanced and overshadows the rather pleasant malt qualities. Still, it's from an older recipe and an older era, and I give Sleeman credit for this brave rendition - hope they maintain these recipes!

Chaz, Dec 23, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ThinkAgain, Jun 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

irishkyle21, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

The last of my tasting notes...

A - Pours a nice dark mahogany colous with a reddish hue, finger of head with decent retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Mild but some nutty and chocolate notes come through.

T - The chocolate notes dominate, although come across a tad bitter. The finish is creamy with some milk chocolate undertones.

M - Medium bodied, but a bit prickly going down, however, finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A tasty porter and a surprisingly tasty offering from the Sleeman line-up. Probably the most flavourful I've had from the company to date and certainly worth a try.

andrenaline, Sep 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Mar 11, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev +4.9%

slackt, Sep 02, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a dark amber that I found hard to see through. The tan head doesn't seem to want to exist at all. You could probably pour this beer into a mug while standing on a rooftop and still get no action. Not even the barest lace to speak of a moment after I poured it.

Smells nutty, some raspberry, some coffee. Ultimately, though, this smells like a Sleeman brew to me. This does not say much, in my books.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit above light. Not bad. A bit more carbonated than I'm used to for a Porter.

Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of blackstrap molasses, with an understated bitter finish. I also find that a hidden nuttiness emerges as it warms. Definitely more nuanced than Sleeman usually is, but I still find it too watery and sweet. However, as it comes from Sleeman, I was impressed. This is not their average brew. It's much better.

JustinBathurst, May 28, 2005
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3.2/5  rDev +3.9%

Decided to pick this one up at the store after passing on it a few times, the lack of a label on the front really discouraged me. As I poured it I couldnt help but think it looks a bit thin for a porter, nice 2 inch beige head on it though, kinda a deep brown on the beer itself, personally i prefer porters darker. Smell is a bit better, hints of vanilla and roast malts. Taste is like watered down porter, really thin, hints of chocolate and roast malts in the taste, but nothing too strong. Mouthfeel is mediocre, its like water basically, nothing special about it, just thin. Drinkability is ok I guess, 5.5% abv and goes down easy, but a serious lack of flavor like other more easily obtainable porters for me.

Iguana, Oct 03, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

pmcadamis, Aug 31, 2007
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3.15/5  rDev +2.3%

11.5 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a deep garnet color, basically black, with garnet highlights and a half finger of tan head that remains for a minute or so. light lacings.

aroma is creamy, with lightly roasted malt and a grainy base. a sweet character adds to the creamyness, giving the brew a simple and subtle profile, with a slight metallic tinge.

taste is roasted with a bit of coffee on the edges, along with a touch of dark fruit and a clean finish of light residual grain. unique in the clean finish, without much of an aftertaste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean finish and a slick mouthfeel. texture is creamy and smooth, with a smooth finish.

drinkability is good. this brew is light in body and clean finishing for a porter, which gives it a unique character, while remaining decently rich and creamy. a mid-line porter, worth a try.

botham, Jul 14, 2008
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3.13/5  rDev +1.6%

A brewery rep for sleemans stopped in to work today and had a bottle he shared with us. this beer is only available in canada right now. but he said this fall it will be sent on tot he american market. he also said it was a pre prohabition style porter. i did not realize that canada had a prohabition?? ;-)

it poured a very dark amber with a nice brown head.
the aroma was mostly malt, but hints of chocolate and hops were present. the flavor was malty with chocolate, with hop bitterness and flavor with carmel.

a very good beer, but it was average, i like something a bit more robust. this beer if it was pale would do well on the american market. but i think beer geeks and snobs will be turned off by the lack of flavor and mouthfeel. i usually compaire most porter to fullers london pride, and this is adverage to that beer.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 11, 2005
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3.13/5  rDev +1.6%

This porter poured out a deep dark transparent brown,with a moderate amount of tan head that leaves behind a good amount of stickyness as it slowly dissapates.The aromas are sweet,and smokey with hints of nuttyness.I found the taste pretty average for a porter,deep dark malts,slight dark chocholate bitterness,with a burnt coffee finish.It has a good solid body,not to heavy and definently not to light,the carbonation is soft and not overwhelming,good balance.Pretty drinkable as far as porters go,but for me I would have to switch to somthing a bit lighter after a couple,this is not one to seek out,but at the same time,not a bad beer to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

orangemoustache, Feb 17, 2008
Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.