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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 biegaman
2.28/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For a style that is so often thoroughly black it's a bit unexpected to find that Sleeman Porter is hardly black at all: it's complexion is perfectly clear and dominated by flaring auburn highlights. (Considering the brewery's portfolio and reputation, however, perhaps this shouldn't be so shocking.) To its credit, at least, it generates a decent head.

At best, this aroma could only generously be described as that of a dark lager. It is nothing even abstractly like what a porter should smell like. There's scarcely any roast barley, nothing chocolaty or nutty or sweet - just cheap caramel and a nasty bout of diacetyl. The poor quality (and stingy use) of ingredients is made immediately apparent.

There's a colloquial expression that captures my impression of this beer: yuk! Any remotely robust or dark flavours taste synthetic and/or spoiled: chocolate (cheap, dollar-store kind from three Easter's ago); coffee (yesterday's, with the grinds floating in it); and malts (or, rather, the chemical- and corn syrup-based kind used only by industrial breweries).

But forget the taste, it's the mouthfeel that's truly a heroic monstrosity. So bad, in fact, that in a strange way it's almost commendable. The way in which cloying, synthetic corn sweetener is blended with that astringent, acrid "roast" element is applaudingly awful and must have required someone who really had no clue what they were doing.

Likening this to any halfway-decent porter is like considering Steven Segal's movies to be thought provoking and emotionally stimulating. You'd have to be stupid to believe this is a real porter. I'm all for Sleeman drinkers expanding their horizons and trying different, less pedestrian styles but it's obviously a bad idea for the brewery itself to try to do the same. (1,786 characters)

Photo of SuperSnake
2.14/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was so disappointed in this beer. Drank this along side fuller's london porter and it does not stand up.

A: Deep brown light enough to see a reddish colour

S:Slight sweet smell but very macro grain smell also.

T: Bitter with a weird fruit licorice roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bitter

Drinkability: Not good

Not goo get Fullers London Porter for sure (360 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 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 Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.68/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a GINORMOUS tan,foamy, frothy head and a slathering of lace. Color's a dark, clear brown. Aroma is quite mild, chocolatey, and malty. Flavor's a little more complex with the above characteristics, but also a bit of fruit, a bit of bitterness, a bit of hop, and a hint sour. On the thin side. Not too bad, but it seems they're a bit over frugal with the malt bill here. Finish is - eh... (398 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 kinger
2.47/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Porter? no way not with this one. Pours a transparent dark amber with thin head and a decent amount of lacing. Looks more like a dunkel or amber ale. Aroma is faint and sweet, trying to locate some hops or malts and keep coming up short. Mouthfeel is too thin and watery for a porter, but it is clean and slightly smooth. Flavor is decent, a bit too sweet for my liking. Again the taste doesn't resemble a porter, but it is enjoyable in small doses. Not a big fan of this offering from an otherwise solid brewer. (512 characters)

Photo of ajmoody76
3.7/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

free night from the wife and kids. decided to catch up on a couple beers. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. dark brown with a one finger head. some lace.

chocolate malt nose. light hop boquet. no off odors.

good toasty and chocolate flavor. not a great deal of hop presence. dry aftertaste. nice balance.

mid to full body. good carbonation. i like this style a lot. pretty good example. would drink again. (426 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 tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown color with moderate tannish head.

Smell shows some roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate, but very light.

Taste has more of the roasted malt character, with some dark fruit flavors also note. A touch of bitter coffee also shows through.

Finishes with nice taste retention and a long lingering dryness.

Really a very good beer. Much more than I expected. (383 characters)

Photo of charliedango
1.92/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Prior descriptions have pretty much nailed the overall look and smell of the beer. I got a 3 inch head out of my pour though. This particular porter is quite bitter and not as rich as I'd hoped due to the excessive carbonation. The mouthfeel is slightly frothy (as expected with this level of carbonation) and the aftertaste seems to be more alcohol than anything else. At only 5.5% ABV I'm surprised the alcohol flavor is as noticeable as it is.

Overall, not what I would call a good representation of the style. (556 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 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 KarlHungus
3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (418 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)

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 Phocion
2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Number three from my Sleeman sampler pack. 330 ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with hints of red when held up against the light. About one finger of a creamy beige head that holds decently and sticky but fairly thin lacing. So far we're off to a better start than the previous Sleemans.

Okay, let's forget that last statement. One whiff of this thing and I get...well, almost nothing. I have to stick my nose straight into this one to get just a tiny hint of chocolate and roasted malts. This is a porter and I've had light macro-lagers with more of an aroma than this. Disappointing.

Thankfully the flavor profile is a bit more than the non-existent nose. Chocolatey roasted malts and a bit of a metallic twang of bitterness. Not impressed.

Extremely watery for a porter. Downright unpleasant. Avoid at all costs. (833 characters)

Photo of WillieMoe
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (479 characters)

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