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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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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 (565 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -34.4%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.12/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.66. First time I'd seen it. I'm always up for a new porter, but things I'd heard in the past about Sleeman were less than complimentary, so I opened this one with few illusions. No freshness date to be found. I found it odd that there's no mention of the location of the brewery beyond Canada. Last time I checked, Canada was a big place.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer's appearance. This poured a dark brown/black color that took on a reddish hue when held to the light. A big tan head sat atop the proceedings. A spotty lace was left behind. Sadly, this would be the highlight of this beer.

This is one of the more anemic-smelling porters I have encountered. There's a vague bitter dark chocolate scent and a more sweet caramel scent... and that's about it. No hoppiness to note. As this warms up, the sweet aspects become more cloying. This begins to smell like an overly sweet brown ale with some coffee thrown in.

The nose is remarkably similar to the smell, except that it's more watery - not the quality I look for in a porter, to be sure. The vaguely bitter roasted malt taste is first, then quickly is beaten down by a watery sweetness, before the proceedings finish with a dry steel note. Ugh.

Mouthfeel? What part of watery didn't you get from what I said above?

This is vaguely drinkable in comparison with some of the worst macro swill imaginable, but it really doesn't shine when compared to anything else. This porter richly deserves the rating it's come to have on this site. I shan't be buying any of these again. (1,613 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman Porter 68* pours a dark chocolate brown color with an off white head from a brown 11.5 ounce bottle. There is only the slightest tinge of roasted malt in the aroma, I think I can smell some hops too, just barely. I can't help but think that I would like a thicker mouthfeel, but this one is at least marginally adequate. There is a slight roasted malt taste, mostly in the aftertaste, and a bit of hops in the middle, but really just a little bit. Caramel flavor becomes more apparent as the beer warms. My biggest complaint about this beer is that it just doesn't have enough flavor. What little there flavor there is, it's gone in a moment. Disappointing, but not awful. (680 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.63/5  rDev +19%
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. (1,378 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 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 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 BDTyre
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (286 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 Blakaeris
2.03/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours rather thin and watery. Head dissipates quickly to a very thin ring.

Smell is bitter with burnt dark malt and not much else.

Taste is similiar to smell but much stronger. There is a strange smokiness to the beer. Unfortunately it is not well balanced. The flavor seems disjointed.

Mouthfeel is very thin for a porter. It seems to be watered down.

I will not have this brew again. I am surprised that this brew is so poorly crafted. (449 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 maxpower
2.26/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.5 oz thick brown bottle pours a clear dark brown color with a small head of large bubbles that leaves some lacing in my glass. Chocolate aromas, caramel, chocolate and smoke flavors, light to medium bodied with a watery and thin mouthfeel, not much going on with this porter. (278 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 riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (267 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 williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep mahogany red. There is a rocky cardboard-brown head. It's not altogether thick, really. Some glassy depth to the look of it.

Has a really pleasant, deep and dark berry smell with just that hint of coffee. The coffee smell is milder than most porters, and that's not a bad thing. Has a good mix of both sweet and bitter. Nice cherry, really nice.

The taste comes across much more bitter than the smell. The sweet cherry/berry is only an accent. The coffee comes through a lot stronger in the taste than in the smell. It does sweeten as it warms.

The feel is bitter on the tongue. Not real thick but creamy enough. It's actually relatively smooth for a porter; doesn't have the usual sandpaper viscosity. Pleasant, not thick or dry. The drink overall is thin but pleasant. It's bitter first, sweet second. Really easy to drink. (854 characters)

Photo of becktone
1.81/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Eye: Here is the redeeming quality of this beer. It has a rather nice creamy tan/tea stained head. As the head eventually recedes into nothingness lacing it leaves is quite good looking. Its only been a minute or two since I poured it and already its almost a film.The color is dark copper-reddish brown. A bigger head, with better retention is needed here if this beer wants to be eye candy. The carbonation also looks to be a bit high for a porter.

Nose: Very poor nose for an American Porter. It smells rather dull, very little malts in the aroma. As a matter of fact it smells more of hops than of chocolate and black malts. Smells a bit watered down and like a green bottled import from Europe. Very, very faint crystal malt in there. It just doesn't smell anything like it should.

Tongue: This beer sucks. Besides the dark color it is nothing close to an American Porter. Those damn Canadians at Sleeman should just stop while they're ahead. Don't try to brew a style if you're going to come nothing close to it. There's a bit of black malt bitterness, a tiny bit of smokiness, and a whole lot of watery tastes.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Where to start, there a just so many flaws with this beer. I brewed a kit porter from Brewer's Best-I think it was my first homebrew-and it was better than this. The feel of Sleeman's ' 68 Porter is mostly like that of tonic water. Real thin body, much thinner than one would expect for a porter. In my opinion the carbonation levels are too high as well for the porter style, however since the body of this beer is so-damnably light higher carbonation actually does it justice. However, since porters are supposed to be lighter in carbonation and heavier of body this is off. This is a beer I'll not be buying again, ever. It completely sucks. (1,800 characters)

Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev +19%
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. (856 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 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 happygnome
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: amber color, easily seen through. Eigth inch of tan head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: light smoky malt aroma with hints of hops, kind of a bland smelling ber
t: smoky flavor with hints of chocolate, surprisingly hoppy for a porter
m: light to medium bodied with average amount of carbonation

overall this is one of the worst porters ive had, there is supposed to a dark dark color, not an amber color, there are a lot of hops for its style (467 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
1.93/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm reviewing this beer cold. I mean cold as a Bud served at a biker bar cold. As this beer warms, it gets worse. This porter pours a muddy black colour, with a bit of coffee coloured foam that quickly disipates. Their is one ring of lace at the top of the glass, where the top of the foam reached its peak. That is all. First smell is skunk. Not surprised. The glass is clear, and this bottle came from Canada to Africa. But I had the rest, and they were all the same. And, considering some of the disappointments I've had with Sleeman before, I'm considering it safe to assume that this would smell and taste the same if I bought it at the LCBO and drank it straight away. After awhile, I smell a bit of caramel barley and chocolate. Taste is skunky. But, it also has a caramel and chocolate flavour that reminds me a bit of a chocolate bar. Too sweet, but the skunkiness balances it out. Surprising, eh? Skunk actually balancing something. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and almost oily like a fish. It's pretty undrinkable, I find. Something I won't partake of again. (1,065 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
2.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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. (1,015 characters)

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)

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