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

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102 Ratings
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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.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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 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 TheBierBand
3.73/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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.

Photo of drlumps62
3.03/5  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.

Photo of happygnome
2.25/5  rDev -26.5%
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

Photo of rm0312
3.05/5  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.

Photo of baxterbrew
4.6/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer! I think it might be the best porter that I've ever tasted.

A: Dark Dark Dark, with hints of red around the edges. Pours with a nice head with faint lacing around the edges.

S: Hoppy, very faint here.

T: Very balanced. Definitely malty but the hops clear the palate nicely. There is a mild fruity note here.

M: Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

D: I could drink these all night. Again one of the best!

Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep crimson color in the light. Big, irregular foam, with sheets of lacing as it settles.

Smell is basic and average, just a grain odor that could be applied to any random beer. No roasty aroma. Also a mineral smell that i've only noticed in eastern euro lagers and pilsners. Could have something to do with age, but this bottle has been in my fridge for 3 mos. Who knows.

Taste is sweet, very mildly bitter, not roasty. Style-wise this is more of a Dunkel lager. None of your typical porter characteristics. Stale tobacco and metallic notes unfortunately linger in the finish.

Thin and sweet, kind of gross. Not sessionable, avoid this.
Part 3 of my personal average porter tasting aka "cleaning out the fridge".

Photo of zeff80
2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of becktone
1.78/5  rDev -41.8%
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.

Photo of sauron681
2.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark amber, that is clear. Not much carbonation. Head is rocky, but thick, and light tan. Nice aroma of cocoa, and fruit (apple?) Tastes of light chocolate, with a sweet hint of malt. However, it quickly finishes to a chalky, burnt grain taste. Hard to distinguish any hops whatsoever. Halfway through the session, there was a real alchohol bite to it. Fairly difficult to finish the bottle, I lost interest with its lack of overall flavor.

Photo of Chaz
3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Iguana
3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of beertaster13
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice dark ruby with a mocha/tan head, that settles into lacing. The smell was of alcohol and lightly buttered grains. Alcohol ruled the scent. The taste is of dark roasted malts, hints of toast. The alcohol is strong and overtakes all other flavors. This one just didn't blend well, the alcohol was too noticeable, while it is called a porter, it looks like a porter, but it just doesn't quite have that porter taste that I have come to love.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There's enough in there to be called a porter, but not enough to be called a good porter. The chocolate, coffee, and caramel flaovrs are present, but do little to improve the character of the malt. There are low level bittering that really don't balance the medium malt base. The flavors are quite separate and don't meld well. The caramel flavor seems a bit artificial. The body is what I'd expect from an amber ale (Amber Bock-ish), and never shows creaminess or smoothness. It's a beer that's has 'value engineered' the quality out. I don't think it was intended to be a good beer.

Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev +17%
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.

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 Brent
2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not bad, but possibly one of the most boring porters I've had. Poured dark brown, but a bit lighter than average. General roasted malt aroma and similary nondescript roasted malt flavor. Doesn't really go anywhere, just bland - like a bit darker version of the equally unimpressive dark ale.

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.

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