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

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: DrJay on 10-30-2004

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: 80 | Hads: 105
Photo of wheatyweiss
2.74/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a standard pint. Last of the sampler.

Appearance is a dark ruby to light chocolate. Two finger head that settles to a light cap with lacing all around.

Smell is unremarkable. Hints of toasty caramel and light hop.

Taste is burned caramel malt with a sour hop finish. Coffee with bitter, burned notes.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly...just wrong.

Drinkability is low as the mouthfeel gives less than adequate backing to the flavor.

Not very good. I've had bad porters and this one is right on par. (533 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.86/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
2.86/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This and other Sleeman products are drastically reduced at the terrific Neil St. Piccadilly, with their having procured a ton of it and others when a distributor went belly-up. I mixed a sixer and tossed in a couple Porter 68s. Nice look, a deep muddy brown with a slightly tan top, ringing the trusty Yankees pint glass with ample lacing.

I'm not impressed with the aroma, which emits faint coffee and chocolate malts but is on the whole thin on character. I expected more, as with the taste, which is a bit better. The coffee emerges a bit more in the taste, but I'm left wondering where the malt is. After all, this IS porter. This could use a lot more chocolate and caramel malt, which would do wonders for the taste and add some much-needed heft. As it stands now, this is thin. I'm glad that its carbonation stands up well, yet mouthfeel is far more than that. This lacks texture. I'm highly intrigued that the title of the brewery is "Sleeman Brewing and Malting." It would do well to remember the latter part of this, for malt is woefully absent from Porter 68.

As far as porter goes, this is ordinary. OK in a pinch, but not one I'll buy again. (1,156 characters)

Photo of EnemyWithin
2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle in Unibroue glass on Sept 17, 2013

Appearance: 4.25
Dark black/ brown body with just slight transparency. 1-2' of brown white head.

Smell: 2.75
Very little aroma, improves somewhat with warming. Chocolate and roast malt primarily, with slight sweetness. Hops profile more European with faint mineral/earthy notes.

Taste: 2.75
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.

Mouthfeel: 2.5
Thin, very watery. Minimal presence of hops.

Overall: 3
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.
Not recommend. (898 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a black/dark brown color with a small, white head. Leaves a little lace.

S - It smelled of malt and not much else.

T - It tasted of roasted malt and a little dark chocolate.

M - It was warm and creamy.

D - Not a bad porter. It just didn't grab me in terms of flavors. It wasn't as complex as it should be. (332 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sleeman Porter 68 is a very dark and dim red ale with a huge, frothy, waxy and dimpled off-white head that leaves great lacing. Looks supreme. There is a sharp metallic tone in the aroma; a whiff of freshly-dug earth and grain that resembles... wheat? It is medium bodied, a bit creamy and the finish is alkaline. It's well bittered and there is a dark flavor from the malt. Not much roastiness, like instant coffee. The most pronounced thing is the long finish of bitter green shrubbery: juniper, arbor vitae, etc. There is a tiny crumble of chocolate cookie in there. The lacing and the aftertaste lasts all night.
(rated Aug 2, 2007) (636 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
2.89/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big brown bottle, no label on body, only neck tag and ... ah, 'engrained' lettering on the body. Good look. Pours a dark black brown color, copper brown around the edges, with fluffy head lasting about 2 minutes shrinking to a thin film, and tons of lacing all down the glass, almost too much. Faint malty aroma with a queer burnt something in the background, couldn't quite pick it out. I found the body too thin, and the taste followed along those lines... roasted malts, some chocolate, and some smoke that I didn't particularly. Hop presense is minimal, as is carbonation. Mildly drinkable beer, I'd have it but probably wouldn't pay for it again. (651 characters)

Photo of Popkorn615
2.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a dark brown, near black, body with a two-fingered, light tan colored head that slowly dissipates to a 1cm covering. Low carbonation, but decent lacing.

S - Nutty, malty, and dark chocolatey.

T - Coffee and dark chocolate flavors push through the most. The Sleeman Porter *68 leaves a little bitter, nutty aftertaste which personally I did not find too appealing at all. The taste isn't that strong either. An overly strong taste can be a negative, but so can a weak taste, and I believe that's what this beer possesses.

M - Although there are a sporadic few moments (very few) where the beer feels slightly "fluffy" at times, for the most part it is a touch too watery for my taste. It lacks actual body and feels as if you are almost drinking water with its low carbonation and lack of warmth and thickness.

D - I've recently become a dark beer connoisseur, and this was one beer that I had to try just to add it to my list of beers that I've tasted before. Unfortunately, it will probably remain there - on the list of beers that I have 'once' tried, for I don't think that I will be voluntarily choosing, or even recommending, this beer, as I was very displeased with its overall rating. I think I need to go pick me up a case of Sam Adams Cream Stout to refresh my taste buds. (1,296 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,106 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.01/5  rDev -1.3%
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... (1,099 characters)

Photo of drlumps62
3.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a frosted glass at 40-45 degrees.

A: Probably what I liked the most about this brew. Poured a dark brown that could barely be seen through.The head was a 1" tan head that disappeared fast. The lacing was tight and present all the way down to the end of the glass.

S: Nothing jumped out at me.

T: Mild everything. Not that it is bad, I just prefer more. There is a mild smokiness along with a sweet maltiness. Then you get a slight bitterness. Then it was over.

M: A little weight here. Pleasent balance. Here, middle of the road counts.

D: Yeah. Nothing unpleasant here. (595 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another in the Sleeman line from the mixed twelve pack that appeared magically at my distributor last week.
The appearance is bland but dark and cloudy and totally lacking in head. The nose has muted chocolate and roasted malt and is nice enough, just not very strong.
Taste starts well but has something artificial in the aftertaste. Texture is far too thin and watery. If it could back up the half decent taste this beer might be something. Instead, it's just another macro porter wannabe. (497 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was suprised to see this at the LCBO, and instead of buying my regular few bottles of Svturys, I picked this 6 pack up.

Bottle- Poured a dark body, black appearance, but on closer examination, the colour is a very dark red/aburn, with a medium sized beige head. Also some nice foam present around the edges even after several minutes. Aroma is malty, earthy, and suprisingly sharp. Taste is malty, bitter, slightly bready, and extremely full. Leaves a nice aftertaste, consisting of slight biterness.

I must congratulate Sleeman on this one. Definitely a step in the right direction. (588 characters)

Photo of rm0312
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks good in the glass - very dark brown - just like a porter should. The off-white head was also appealing. After all that, the taste was a bit disappointing though. I love porters and this didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I liked it well enough to finish the six-pack I received through my beer club but I don’t believe I’d purchase it on my own. (360 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.09/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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: 3.09, 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... (2,059 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (675 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger, light tan head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Deep amber color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Starts with a roasted/burnt coffee flavor, finish is burnt coffee. $1.29 for a 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA. (293 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (837 characters)

Photo of botham
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (865 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,839 characters)

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (868 characters)

Photo of Iguana
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (715 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.26/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (608 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.32/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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! (918 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (252 characters)

Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.