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

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Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 21.57%
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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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 106
Photo of beertaster13
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of Naes
2.54/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. It’s 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.

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Photo of Phocion
2.2/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of kinger
2.47/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of baiser
3.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Visually brown, a bit on the dark side but by no means inky. Doesn't smell like a whole lot, a bit of malt, but it could be quite a bit stronger. Tastes decent. A few more hops than I would have thought from the nose, but with a few metallic hints that really detract from the brew.

It's ok. It's drinkable. It's actually pretty boring. I think my time might be better spent elsewhere.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.51/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Tim2000
2.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of sauron681
2.62/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of masikon
2.11/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
2.87/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of foamer
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 Sleeman’s 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.

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Photo of Iguana
3.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Popkorn615
2.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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