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

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72
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102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 19.28%
Wants: 3
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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Photo of DaPan
2/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of BigBry
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Photo of Drew966
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of pootz
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of woemad
2.1/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of yesyouam
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
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)

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of bzach
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Blakaeris
2.03/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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: 3.08, 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...

Photo of Gehrig
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of maxpower
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of botham
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
2.9/5  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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.93/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.