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Sleeman Original Dark (50*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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91 Ratings

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An all malt ale, Sleeman Original Dark is brewed from a combination of roasted barley malts, English Aroma hops, and deep well water. Its unique flavour has become a trademark in the Sleeman lineup.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 12-18-2005)
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Photo of mwilbur


1.35/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Very pale tan-red with thin cream colored head that quickly disappears. Uninspiring.
S: Strong malt and perhaps a hint of raisin.
T: Bleah! VERY watery. Terrible tasting...AVOID! If it was anything like the aroma, this would be at least a passable beer...but it is not.
M: Thin, watery, and terrible.
D: Completely NOT! Not even worth a curious look...as in, that's a terrible car crash, I should probably look away...but you don't. Not even worth the morbid curiosity.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 21:59:11 | More by mwilbur
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light dark beer with no head and minimal carbonation. Aroma is quite weak with some roasted malt being noticeable. Taste is also sub par with a watery feeling ruining the whole thing. Another bad lager from this Canadian macro is the only thing I can say about this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 16:54:53 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Jason


1.58/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 oz. clear glass bottle with no freshness date, noticed some particles in the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed sunset amber with a solid froth, there is some clinging action as the lace drops a ring here and there.

Smell: Ghastly skunked cabbage and some toasted husk make me cringe at the first sniff.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp with a slick medium body. Cooked veggies and astringent metallic notes amongst the malt and hops. The malt flavour seems flat with a monotone toasted character. Hops are processed to the point of only leaving a bitterness. More astringent flavours hit the palate when the drying finish rounds the corner.

Notes: A problematic dark lager, off flavours and aromas as well as the haze appearance made me toss the rest being that I did not want to torture myself any longer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 18:15:24 | More by Jason
Photo of budgood1


1.6/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

pours out a slightly darker amber colour...huge frothy bone white head and lots of lace. looks good in glass. the aroma is lots of syrupy adjuncts...and a bit of grassy hoppiness. the taste is really boring...bordering on unpleasant because of all the slick syrupy crappiness and a prickly artificially carbonated mouthfeel. the body of this beverage is round and empty...reinforcing the notion that some cheap ass ingredients were used to produce this lame "dark lager". i guess i'll use the rest of my bottles of this in my sampler pack for cooking...because this beer isn't made for drinking.

a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2004 00:13:05 | More by budgood1
Photo of SkullFission


1.68/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer sits in the 12 oz. bottle the same color as beef gravy, or maybe vegetable soup. It has decent head retention, but there isn't much head to retain in the first place.

It smells vaguely like the aforementioned vegetable soup, with a little bit of a malt smell. The mouthfeel isn't bad, but stings a bit if you let it sit on your tongue. This is probably one of the worst tasting beers I have ever had. I'm absolutely forcing myself to finish this one, and attempting to repress my urges to throw it out.

This beer seemed a bit promising, until I tasted it. There's nothing comparable to this taste, except for maybe rotten cereal. I will never, ever drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 00:13:05 | More by SkullFission
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.7/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sleeman's cream ale is a decent beer. However, it's the only decent beer I seem to remember having from them. Anyways, original dark pours a dark colour. Duh. Almost a Coca-Cola black. Hardly any head whatsoever. Overly carbonated. It really does look like a soda. Smells off. Cooked veggies, cabbage, stale toast and sugar. Dare I taste it? I payed for it, I might as well experience it. Ugh. Though not as bad as the smell would lead me to believe, it is still an awful beer. Sickly sweet taste up front, followed by a stale sour candy. Aftertaste was cooked vegetables. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated, like seltzer water. Won't be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 22:41:23 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

1.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sleemans should put out a brown ale, and it should look just like this dark lager, although would taste nothing like it. Only in a perfect world....

So it's a decent looking beer (listed as a lager, although it's referred to as an ale in the small print along the blue label around the neck), a deep rich amber with a thickish head. The head doesn't last long, but leaves a foamy ring and a bit of lacing as well.

A very tinny, metallic scent on the nose with some mysterious funky presence behind it. Wait....okay, I went and washed my hands. Nope, it's still there, so I know it's not me, it's definitely in the beer.

Flavour has a sourness to it, the malts and hops are very unbalanced, there is an astringency to the toasted malt and hops leave a medicinal impression.

Mouthfeel is full at the very start, but thins out and becomes very oily quite fast, leaving more of a watery impression in the end.

To review and sum up, if Sleemans made a brown ale that looked like this, but tasted nothing like it, then I think they'd have an okay beer on their hands. But this....this... I'm not sure what this is, but it's not very good at all. No more for me though, I'll tell you that much.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 19:42:04 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of rabidawg


2.1/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Looks decent, with a nice amber-brown color, average carbonation, and a creamy head. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Hmmm . . . some definite potential here. Some roasted malt notes, and a definite dark chocolate backbone. Must explore further.

Taste: Wow. This one really disappoints. The chocolate tastes like artificially-sweetened chocolate syrup. Very odd sweetness. The taste of this beer is truly almost sickening. I could have finished the beer, but I had no desire to do so. Very, very disappointing. Will not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 20:47:46 | More by rabidawg
Photo of giblet


2.13/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

well i am very disapointed. expected a decent beer. only for the packaging. i did not know who this company was, just that i had not had it before. i bought it and well i will suckem dowm. not very good pour. little to no head, carbonation and no lace. light amber color. little grain smell and taste. i will pound these because they are better than pouring them down the drain.



Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 22:07:40 | More by giblet
Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at the grad club at University of Western Ontario- Dark amber base, with an off white head that fizzes away. Aromas of corn, grains, raisin bran? Skunky too. Sweet malt flavour base, with mild bitterness. Mild bitter finish. Not good, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 15:18:19 | More by mrmanning
Photo of bigbluebeerguy


2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

07-23-2014 23:15:04 | More by bigbluebeerguy
Photo of OldTime


2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

03-10-2012 06:50:42 | More by OldTime
Photo of bzach


2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

10-16-2012 03:29:36 | More by bzach
Photo of DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

02-13-2013 22:06:35 | More by DaPan
Photo of happygnome


2.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a: amber color with eigth inch of head that dissapoears fast with a little lacing
s: bready and nutty malts not too inviting
t: grapefruit taste, kind of strange but not too bad
m: medium bodied with average amount of carbonation

overall this isnt too bad of a brew, but nothing that i will get again

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 19:37:13 | More by happygnome
Photo of Frozensoul327


2.45/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A totally lackluster brew. Pours out to a dark burned oak color iwht a small head of foam. No Lace. Lower level of carbonation. Aromas of malts and grain. Some stink of sweet veggies. Taste was boring and a bit abrasive; bland roasted malts, dry grain, corn husk and sour hops. All mixed into one, not separate flavors, mind you. Not that appealing. Mouthfeel was a touch denser than the bottled water I had with lunch. Drinkability? No thanks. I've had far better Dark beers. Pass on it.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: The muts seemed to enjoy it. Then again, they've been known to drink out of the toilet too.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 23:37:43 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of Brent


2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a difficult beer to describe, because it really didn't make much of an impression on me. Whether you want to call it a dunkel or a brownish sort of amber ale, it was pretty meek. Some vague caramel malt flavor and nondescript hops. About the only noteworthy characteristic was a consistent harshness that started up front and ran through the finish. Just not a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 15:09:33 | More by Brent
Photo of jackndan


2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman’s Dark: Not a very good dark beer, and not a very good beer overall. It poured a deep copper color, and in fact was not particularly dark at all, and I had no trouble looking through it to see that it was generally clear. The head was slightly off white, but it didn’t stick around long enough for one to take notice of it. The aroma was very malty, tending toward caramel, with some grainy adjunct notes as well. The taste was fairly flat, and if there was a hop in there, you’ll have to forgive me for failing to notice it. The dominant malt taste was caramel/toffee with bare hints of dark chocolate as well. All in all, not worth the bother.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 11:37:12 | More by jackndan
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

09-08-2013 18:48:46 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of Borgs


2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

07-11-2014 20:40:24 | More by Borgs
Photo of UncleJimbo


2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz clear glass bottle with label only on neck.

This lager poured a clear, light copper color with creamy, off-white foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was woody with light malt and a slight sour twang. The taste was malty with a light touch of caramel. There was a somewhat sour flavor that I can only describe as "cheap lager taste". There was a touch of a woody flavor with a hint of alcohol and an almost whisky-like flavor, and finally a touch of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp and lightly tangy with medium-light body and modest carbonation. Overall the feel was thin, and the aftertaste was bitter. This was not a lager that I would like to drink more of.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 04:20:39 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of philbe311


2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle of the Canadian version smuggled over the border past the Mounties from by a co-worker...

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of slightly rocky fairly standard off-white colored head... Minimal retention gives way to a full veil of lace and thin collar... The color is a warm medium brown... Fully translucent... A good bit of moderate to quick paced carbonation throughout...

S - Loaded with pale malts and caramel... Some cereal and grain notes... Slightly nutty... Pleasant, but quite subdued...

T - Pale malts out the wazoo... Toffee... Caramel... Nutty... An odd slightly off putting medicinal finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light carbonation... Slightly sleek... A slightly chalky burnt finish...

D - A bit underwhelming... No terrible, but not something I would recommend nor seek out for myself in the future...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:52:46 | More by philbe311
Photo of Naes

New York

2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is a dark amber brew with a decent white frothy head.
Its aroma is grainy and a bit malty, though it is not very present.
The flavor has a bit of caramel malt and just the slightest amount of hops.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is low on the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 06:47:25 | More by Naes
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can’t improve on a lot of the derogatory (but applicable)comments of the other posters who show distain for this brewer’s knack of taking traditional beer styles and torpedoing them with wussied out versions for mass consumption by generation Duh. Poured a clear brown and that is where any resemblance to a dunkel ended...weak aromas of adjuncts, over carbonated, fizzy watery mouth feel with no distinct finish and no after taste. Suffice to say this is neither a decent lager worth any characteristic at all except a weird over boiled hop presence that I found quite offensive. I was glad I was given one by a friend ....it saved me the trouble of buying 6 to taste and pouring 5 down the sink.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 23:01:05 | More by pootz
Photo of ADR


2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearish light amber appearance with a weak head of small bubbles that lasts about 10 seconds in the glass. Sweet aroma, vague sense of a Twix bar in chocolate and caramel notes. Dead body, watery and sweet with caramel flavors early but little hop sense or moxie in the mouth. Finishes clean (i.e. vacant) with little aftertaste, but nothing upfront is very inviting to sip again. Like the Honey Brown Lager, there's not much to make me want to buy this again, though it would be drinkable to me if offered.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 10:17:29 | More by ADR
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Sleeman Original Dark (50*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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