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

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72
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101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 2
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 becktone
1.78/5  rDev -42.2%

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.

becktone, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

ThinkAgain, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of mrmanning
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

mrmanning, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

jettjon, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +29.9%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -2.6%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of happygnome
2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

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

happygnome, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of slitherySOB
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.

slitherySOB, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -2.6%

CurtisD, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of wheatyweiss
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

wheatyweiss, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of Chaz
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

Chaz, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

Noxious26, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of GoHabsGo
3/5  rDev -2.6%

GoHabsGo, May 26, 2014
Photo of beertaster13
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

beertaster13, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Naes
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. 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.

Naes, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of kinger
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

kinger, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Ragingbull
3.35/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

Ragingbull, May 03, 2009
Photo of plaztikjezuz
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.

plaztikjezuz, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of baiser
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.

baiser, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of TheBierBand
3.73/5  rDev +21.1%

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.

TheBierBand, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Popsinc
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.

Popsinc, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of Phocion
2.23/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

Phocion, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

orangemoustache, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Cwrw
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.

Cwrw, Dec 14, 2004
Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.