Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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2/5 rDev -35.1%
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.
01-23-2006 03:42:22 | More by bashiba
3.98/5 rDev +29.2%
Appearance This Porter is nice and dark although far from black. The head came up well enough.
Smell Wow, there are some dark malts in this puppy. They are really hard core, almost like an RIP like Old Ras or something along those lines. The coffee is generous, and the light bready aspect of this bouquet almost got me thinking about Belgians.
Taste The flavors here are big and intense. Theres more fruit than I picked up at the nose, Id say something cherry-esque. The malts are roasted dark but theres a nice toasty middle to the flavor profile. Just when you think it might be a bit much, it pulls back and lets you off the hook.
Mouthfeel This is almost medium-bodied, in fact Id call it that, and lightly carbonated with some stiff bitterness up front of all places.
Drinkability This was a very different AP but well worth a look. I dont remember who sent this to me as it has been in my fridge for a while, but I owe someone a big thanks.
01-21-2006 01:19:42 | More by RoyalT
2.08/5 rDev -32.5%
This poured a near black with some ruby highlights, chunky head but receded quickly leaving crusty lacing. Nose is of indistinqushable burnt malt, perhaps some bitter chocolate scent if I really think about it being there. Taste is awkward and pretty vile, again very mild flavorwise with typical roasted bitterness. Mouthfeel is completely off, very light and watery..doesn't match the taste at all. Overall not a good porter, no redeeming qualities with so many better examples available.
01-07-2006 04:49:52 | More by masikon
3.35/5 rDev +8.8%
September 2003 batch. A bit of aging may have helped it. Still strong carbonation. Lagerish body with porter flavour, welcome but of bitterness. Not thin but on weak flavour for style. Quaffable. Blackish with some head, mollasses aroma. Not a bad one.
01-05-2006 03:48:43 | More by Sammy
2.9/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
12-28-2005 02:04:28 | More by objectivemonkey
2.25/5 rDev -26.9%
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.
12-19-2005 23:03:34 | More by maxpower
2.55/5 rDev -17.2%
This porter is almost black in color with reddish hues around the edges. The head is a small frothy layer of light tan foam. Lacing is good.
The aroma is faint, but is of malts.
The flavor is a bit watered down for a porter. Its slightly roasty, with a bit of bitter chocolate and a mild hop presence.
Mouth feel is light and mildly carbonated.
This is not the best of porters.
11-29-2005 02:30:39 | More by Naes
2.88/5 rDev -6.5%
The cap still says "John Sleeman presents", the package and neck label say "Porter 68"...
Thin pour, but dark in color, lets brown highlights shine through. Head rises fairly high, almost an inch, is tan, and laces pretty well. Aroma is mildly malty, but with some stale tones and almost a rancid popcorn back half of the nose. Light body, lower carbonation. The taste is not too bad, aspects of cocoa with a bit of roasty tang that's pretty striaghtforward. Minimal hop expression. Mouthfeel and solidity of flavors are just too fleeting, the close is pretty watery with some tobacco residue in the finishing qualities.
11-06-2005 00:32:11 | More by ADR
2.45/5 rDev -20.5%
Dark brown brew with a short-lived head that leaves a decent collar.
Subtle roasted coffee aroma.
The flavour is quite underwhelming. Slightly malty and nutty, followed by a astringent grainy taste leading to an indistinct hop bitterness. Quite dry all the way through, this porter is definitely lacking something. The body is very thin and carbonation is high.
Not much to say, a watered-down interpretation of the style.
09-18-2005 00:55:13 | More by Tim2000
British Columbia (Canada)
3.7/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
08-09-2005 15:47:46 | More by Derek
3.23/5 rDev +4.9%
Pours a dark amber that I found hard to see through. The tan head doesn't seem to want to exist at all. You could probably pour this beer into a mug while standing on a rooftop and still get no action. Not even the barest lace to speak of a moment after I poured it.
Smells nutty, some raspberry, some coffee. Ultimately, though, this smells like a Sleeman brew to me. This does not say much, in my books.
Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit above light. Not bad. A bit more carbonated than I'm used to for a Porter.
Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of blackstrap molasses, with an understated bitter finish. I also find that a hidden nuttiness emerges as it warms. Definitely more nuanced than Sleeman usually is, but I still find it too watery and sweet. However, as it comes from Sleeman, I was impressed. This is not their average brew. It's much better.
05-28-2005 01:49:46 | More by JustinBathurst
3.6/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
02-11-2005 21:27:01 | More by redmosquito
3.13/5 rDev +1.6%
A brewery rep for sleemans stopped in to work today and had a bottle he shared with us. this beer is only available in canada right now. but he said this fall it will be sent on tot he american market. he also said it was a pre prohabition style porter. i did not realize that canada had a prohabition?? ;-)
it poured a very dark amber with a nice brown head.
the aroma was mostly malt, but hints of chocolate and hops were present. the flavor was malty with chocolate, with hop bitterness and flavor with carmel.
a very good beer, but it was average, i like something a bit more robust. this beer if it was pale would do well on the american market. but i think beer geeks and snobs will be turned off by the lack of flavor and mouthfeel. i usually compaire most porter to fullers london pride, and this is adverage to that beer.
02-11-2005 04:15:51 | More by plaztikjezuz
3.48/5 rDev +13%
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.
01-28-2005 01:26:09 | More by baiser
1.98/5 rDev -35.7%
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.
01-15-2005 03:58:48 | More by slitherySOB
3.4/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
01-14-2005 05:09:05 | More by BigBry
3.45/5 rDev +12%
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 Sleemans 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.
01-13-2005 17:45:50 | More by foamer
British Columbia (Canada)
3.5/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
01-07-2005 06:15:55 | More by BDTyre
3.45/5 rDev +12%
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.
12-15-2004 00:15:43 | More by IronDjinn
3.73/5 rDev +21.1%
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.
12-14-2004 10:33:08 | More by Cwrw
3.53/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
12-04-2004 06:17:37 | More by Beersignal
British Columbia (Canada)
3.55/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
12-02-2004 02:17:29 | More by canucklehead
3.38/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
11-04-2004 20:04:14 | More by Popsinc
3.63/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
10-30-2004 21:35:15 | More by pootz
2.68/5 rDev -13%
The package indicates that this is a limited edition beer for 2004 and that we can expect a new offering each November from Sleeman.
Clear, dark brown with ruby highlights topped by a tan head of fine bubbles. Moderate retention and nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Light roasted/chocolate malt aroma mixed with a light floral (almost noble) hop character and a very noticeable licorice or cola smell. The flavour starts with a weak malty and roasted sweetness, followed by a sharp bitterness that becomes quite strong at the finish. The licorice character carries through as well. But overall, the flavour is kind of mild and is missing the maltiness that I expected. Fairly dry, not quite astringent finish. Medium/light body with medium/low carbonation.
341 mL clear bottle.
10-30-2004 02:43:09 | More by DrJay
Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.