Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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3.08/5 rDev 0%
341 mL bottle taken from a Sleeman Selections pack picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled and poured into a mug. I've wanted to try this one for years, but not quite enough to buy 24 of the damn things.
Pours a deep reddish-brown colour, not quite opaque with 1.5 fingers of puffy, creamy, light beige-coloured head appearing at the surface. It wilts slowly over the next few minutes, depositing a veil of lacing around the glass and eventually settling into a dense, creamy cap. Looks great, but the aroma is nothing inspiring - kind of reminds me of the Honey Brown, except the malts have a more roasted character. Otherwise, it's a little nutty, with caramel/corn syrup making up the remainder of the bouquet.
Very basic porter flavour, but pretty tasty for a Sleeman product. Roasted malts, toasted nuts and a very slight chocolate note are detectable, followed by a caramel sweetness that gradually fades into a light, earthy bitterness in the finish. The bittersweet finish is a much-appreciated touch - the only reason I can see myself tolerating this one in larger quantities. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with slightly more body than the other products from this brewery I have tried... still kind of watery for a porter, though, and much too fizzy. That's where my complaining stops, though - this is actually quite easy to drink, with a mild, agreeable flavour. Nothing wrong with that - not every beer needs to blow me away to be likeable.
Final Grade: 3.08, a C+. Sleeman Fine Porter isn't bad at all by macro standards - I could see myself potentially having a pint or two of this if it were on-tap at a bar without much in the way of craft options. It's also the best beer in this sampler pack by a considerable margin. That being said, anyone who has tried a quality craft/imported English porter will probably quickly forget about this brew, as it isn't an especially great example of the style. Possibly the best beer carrying the Sleeman name, although I'll need to try the Original Dark to confirm that, I suppose...
12-29-2013 18:01:15 | More by thehyperduck
2.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottle in Unibroue glass on Sept 17, 2013
Dark black/ brown body with just slight transparency. 1-2' of brown white head.
Very little aroma, improves somewhat with warming. Chocolate and roast malt primarily, with slight sweetness. Hops profile more European with faint mineral/earthy notes.
Very mild flavor, comes across a bit watery. Very faint chocolate with background of nondescript ale. Touch of sweetness detectable. Bitterness is a bit surprising; it's very mild, but present. And definitely more than I would anticipate from a macro, which is nice.
Thin, very watery. Minimal presence of hops.
Not a great offering, but slightly more drinkable than other beers more Sleeman. The slight bitterness is pleasant surprise. Still despite being boring, its not offensive. I could see it having mass appeal.
09-22-2013 18:48:22 | More by EnemyWithin
3.5/5 rDev +13.6%
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
08-24-2012 20:22:45 | More by joemcgrath27
2.75/5 rDev -10.7%
Clear 341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.
Clear, brown with ruby highlights. Off-white to beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but recedes to a few islands and a thin ring around the edge. Doesn't really look like a porter. Looks more like a brown ale.
Smells like most other Sleeman products. Malts, nutty, pecans. So far, this could be just like their honey brown.
Straight ahead malt profile with a hint of nuts. Bitter finish reminds me of the inside of a pecan shell. Very similar to their honey brown, but without the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is like a lager, in other words, too watery for a porter. Moderate carbonation.
This isn't a true porter. Nothing like any other porter I've ever had. Too many Sleeman offerings all taste the same. Same profile with subtle differences in all their darker beers. Worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I got a six pack for Christmas and I tried a couple straight out of the bottle and it tastes better that way than in a glass, which isn't saying much.
01-22-2012 02:35:53 | More by Noxious26
Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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