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

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

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%


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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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 19:31:36 | More by GrimmReaper
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Ragingbull

California

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 19:36:58 | More by Ragingbull
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 20:04:14 | More by Popsinc
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 05:09:05 | More by BigBry
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 00:15:43 | More by IronDjinn
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foamer

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 17:45:50 | More by foamer
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baiser

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 01:26:09 | More by baiser
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2005 06:15:55 | More by BDTyre
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 20:22:45 | More by joemcgrath27
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Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is deep rich and dark walnut with ruby highlights topped by a beige cap of foam that laces beautifully. A nice beer to look at.

Aromas are somewhat light but not absent. Notes of caramel and hops jostle with firm malt accents and roasted cereal up front and in the middle. Faint traces of holiday fruit cake round out the olfactory experience cleanly.

It is worth mentioning that the carbonation of this beer is not as brash as other Sleeman products and this is a definite plus for this beer. A wide stream of fine bubbles ascends to feed the sticky head. At first one notices a rather complex set of flavours (for Sleeman) through a light to medium bodied and firmly textured minerally brew. A mix of roasted malt and caramel followed by mild fruity flavours open up the tastes and are followed shortly by a satisfying bitter bite of earthy hops.

Easily my favourite product by Sleeman. Nicely drinkable, and interesting to savour while being very accessible to the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 06:17:37 | More by Beersignal
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep rust brown color with an attractive and rocky light-tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt and grain. There’s a little huskiness that seems a little off-center. Also, some chocolate and caramel aromas. Rustic and a little dry in front. The brew has a decent bitterness, and a nice hop presence that comes forth in the mid-taste. Nice use of bittering hops. Somewhat astringent in the finish (maybe from that husk-like quality in the nose?). Medium to the lighter side of body. Very easy to drink. Better than I expected, to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 17:20:44 | More by Suds
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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a dark brown beauty sitting in its pint glass, with a quickly dissolving head. It also has a nice little caramel tint to it as well.

The smell is like a roasted nutty chocolate? It's smoky and has that malty vinegar scent mixed in.

The taste is much like the smell, and it has a sharp fizzy taste about it.

It's sort of dry, a bit bitter and you can slightly feel the hoppiness. A very good porter out there that you could easily drink several of on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 02:33:03 | More by WillieMoe
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the classy packaging and the fact this is a limited release. This is nowhere as good as Tree's Spy Porter but I consider this to be the best beer from Sleeman and a good pint. Pours Opaque black with an okay head. The nose is average but the taste is quite nice. Burnt malts and a sweetish finish make this very drinkable. Not a sipper but rather a session porter, this is a step in the right direction for these guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 02:17:29 | More by canucklehead
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a light, slightly creamy head with little retention and eventually a film that lasted only five minutes. Color was a transparent brown with a few garnet highlights. Some minut lacing.

Smell- A somewhat roasted malt aroma penetrates the nostrils with some dry hops mixed in.

Taste- A little too much dryness for a porter, but some alright roasted malts and vanilla help make for it. With a dry, unobtrusive bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- A little tart but some nice creamy notes are noticed in the middle of the palate. Pretty easy going down and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 02:27:38 | More by scruffwhor
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riversider76

New York

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, but a decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts. Nice,but weak. Body is on the light side with some carbionation. Taste is of coffee,and dark chocolate.Roasted,but not overly so. This is a good light porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 17:59:30 | More by riversider76
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light brown color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of cream with a hint of roasted malt. The taste has more of a roasted character than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this beer is more like a Dark Mild than a porter. I could drink this again when in the mood for a milder dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 17:37:35 | More by KarlHungus
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redmosquito

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 21:27:01 | More by redmosquito
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard 341 clear embossed Sleeman bottle. Date coded labeled "fine porter, Limited edition 2004". Served at 40deg.F after an all day chill.

Pour reveals a dark, clear mahogany-red ale with a medium- pored, sticky 2-finger tan cap that laces nicely on the glass. (heads like a quality porter should) Carbonation seemed toned down from other fizzy Sleeman drinks (It looks very promising)

Aromas of sweet caramel, toasted grains, a wisp of grassy hops....and some other signature Sleeman aroma (dextrin?)

Front end is malty with a burnt toffee pronouncement....this then turns to an unexpected creamy mouth feel as the hops take over the balance and depart a distinctive sharp balance between burnt toast and tangy resinous hopping. Finish is average and not as fast as I would have expected for a Sleeman ale. The finish is where the hops really take over and leave a metallic after taste preceded by a kind of sweet charred discernment.

Overall a flavorful mild porter with a couple of sharp edges. A good attempt at a mega porter, a sure step up for Sleeman. I'm impressed...I'll buy some more...I want to see what some age will do for the few sharp edges and the under lying charred grain tastes in the new brew. These are all that keep this from being a smooth mild tasty porter. Maybe that signature Sleeman dextrin taste will disappear as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 21:35:15 | More by pootz
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted scent that boasts of black and chocolate malts. It's dry and earthy with a slightly sweet edge. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, yet earthy flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit sweet and toastey. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking porter. It's quite earthy with nice sweet maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 19:40:02 | More by WesWes
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jettjon

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the characteristic Sleeman bottle, pours into the pint glass a dark, ruddy brown. Fairly solid 2-finger head of light brown-tan foam fades moderately to a thin sheet, leaving very good lacing on the glass. Nose is pleasant and ale-like, with sweet but not cloying malts and hint of roasted coffee. Taste is initially unremarkable, mainly mild sweet malt, but soon it fades to a decent coffee-bitter flavor more in the lines of a porter. Mouth is much thinner than I’d prefer in a porter, really very little body there at all. Drinkability is pretty good, however, as this is an unassuming and mild dark/porter style beer that is easy to drink. The 5.5% ABV doesn’t hurt.

Overall: A very moderate porter that might be useful to get new beer fans into the style, but otherwise should probably be passed up for the many superior offerings available.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 23:30:08 | More by jettjon
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SetarconeX

Florida

3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 00:29:24 | More by SetarconeX
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Like all the Sleeman's, another good looking beer; deep brown color with garnet highlights, a long-lasting head and good lacing

Smell: Roasty aroma with a strong licorice aspect

Taste: Starts out with a big coffee flavor that mellows a bit by mid-palate; after the swallow, some off phenolic flavors appear and then, at the finish, there is some moderate hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After three drain pours from Sleeman, I actually think this one is pretty tasty; not the best porter I have ever had, but I will finish the bottle

Purchased from beergeek.biz

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 00:46:44 | More by brentk56
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best product sleeman has offered. By far.

It has a light mouthfeel, with a well rounded malt flavour. It has a toffee-like flavour, with a hint of chocolate, rather than the black patent flavour of some post-industrial revolution porters.

A fine beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 15:47:46 | More by Derek
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classy-looking 6-pack box, with the John Sleeman signature, date, alcohol content, ingredients and even tasting notes printed on a label which covers the opening of the box. Twist-off red cap with "2004 limited edition" on it. Clear bottle, keeping with Sleeman tradition. It poured decently enough, with a very large-bubble head, but one which formed a solid creamy covering over the beer. Deep rich rosewood and amber hues. Very nice looking beer. The lacing is cream coloured and could use some viscosity--this beer does not seem to leave much lace. The aroma is sweet, lactosed malt, with some definite spiciness and black licorice. Green, young grains, well-roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, cinnamon, and some raisins or plums. I was not expecting such a good aroma. The taste delivers on the aroma. Full up chocolate raisins at the front, dark coffee grains on the middle, and strong toasted flavours lingering in the finish. Extremely sedimentary aftertaste: you can feel the grains in this one, like barely-filtered coffee. Some cream, definite coffee, mollasses, some alcohol, and just enough hop balance. Strong bread notes in the long-finish. Porter being the mark, this is hitting it. Carbonation is decent, but a little more bite would be even better. This is a very consumeable porter, delivering on all the flavours I expected. I must admit, in a Sleeman desert, this is an oasis of the brewery. The first Sleeman beer I have bought in probably three years or more, but this is one I could enjoy quite regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 10:33:08 | More by Cwrw
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.5 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The soft pour provided a scant 1/2" head of light beige foam that settled to a thin cap. The beer was ebony in color and nearly opaque.

The aroma was not too pronounced. I could pick up a sweet roasted malt and brown sugar.

The taste was nice... plenty of roasted malty sweetness but with some honey and apple. The finish and aftertaste is dominated by a nicely balanced bitterness that I believe comes from the roasted malt as well. This has got several distinctive flavors.

The mouthfeel on this one is refreshing... lighter body than many porters, but not bad. The carbonation is on the high side of average.

Drinkability: Above average from the porters I've tried. Not one I will actively seek out.... but not bad at all...I prefer a more robust, creamy porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 01:43:31 | More by TheBierBand
Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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