Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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3.65/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
10-02-2007 00:29:24 | More by SetarconeX
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
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
3.73/5 rDev +21.1%
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.
07-17-2008 03:23:10 | More by ajmoody76
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
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)
3.35/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
09-16-2007 19:31:36 | More by GrimmReaper
2.55/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
01-26-2007 04:01:38 | More by sauron681
3.53/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
01-14-2008 02:33:03 | More by WillieMoe
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
3.45/5 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
2.85/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottle in Unibroue glass on Sept 17, 2013
Dark black/ brown body with just slight transparency. 1-2' of brown white head.
Very little aroma, improves somewhat with warming. Chocolate and roast malt primarily, with slight sweetness. Hops profile more European with faint mineral/earthy notes.
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.
Thin, very watery. Minimal presence of hops.
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.
09-22-2013 18:48:22 | More by EnemyWithin
3.2/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-03-2006 06:58:33 | More by Iguana
1.88/5 rDev -39%
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.
06-28-2008 07:28:37 | More by charliedango
4.6/5 rDev +49.4%
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!
05-15-2007 01:12:13 | More by baxterbrew
3.05/5 rDev -1%
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 didnt quite live up to my expectations. I liked it well enough to finish the six-pack I received through my beer club but I dont believe Id purchase it on my own.
05-22-2007 20:10:32 | More by rm0312
2.9/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-09-2008 02:23:32 | More by Popkorn615
3.03/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
06-24-2007 22:25:15 | More by drlumps62
2.13/5 rDev -30.8%
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
10-02-2010 06:28:31 | More by SuperSnake
Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.