Sleeman Original Dark (50*) - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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2.88/5 rDev -1.7%
Deep crystal clear mahogany, with a relatively thick beige head that settles to a thin but complete cap leaving some lacing.
Nose is relatively subdued, and the restaurant where this was sampled pours at a decent temperature. There's some bready malt, a touch of caramel, and a hint of earthy hops.
Better in the mouth, but not overly complex. Reminded me more of an average Dunkel than an Amber ale (which is what Sleeman claim it is). From an objective point of view, it's decently malted, and there are some minor supporting appearances from a bit of caramel, and a touch of earthy hop.
Mouthfeel is eerily slick and slightly artificial. It's drinkability is okay, in an I'm not a beer to challenge anyone way, and it's an unobtrusive dinner companion, but I will certainly pass on it next time I see it in favor of something that might be more interesting.
09-16-2006 01:22:36 | More by Realale
3.1/5 rDev +5.8%
An amber color, that lightens towards the bottom of the glass, it has an off white head that forms ever slightly and then dissolves away quickly; carbonation is fairly visible. The smell of malt is very evident, not much of hop aroma. The malt dominates the flavor giving it smooth mellow taste. Medium bodied to a light feel towards the end. A fairly easy to drink beer nothing to radically impressive, a descent beer.
08-25-2006 01:42:14 | More by cameraman
3/5 rDev +2.4%
My sadomasochistic love for Sleeman's beers has already been well documented. And with that in mind, I present Sleeman Original Dark - the only Sleeman beer left that I'd never tried (not including the Light and the Amber, one of which isn't available in this reason, and the other... which is light). In any event, it's probably worth mentioning that this isn't a Euro Dark Lager, but - as per Sleeman's website - an ale (most likely an English Brown Ale).
Sleeman Original Dark *is* most likely the best looking brew of the Sleeman family, though that's not saying much by any means. Pours an amber-brown with some faint ruby and copper hints around the edges, with about a finger of faintly tan head. The cap lasts about three or four minutes before being reduced to a ring (though admittedly a... somewhat thick ring) with a fair bit of (quite runny) lacing. Not bad looking, I guess, but not very enticing, either.
Smell is marked by the signature cooked vegetable odour (cabbage? carrots?) of Sleeman, though it's not quite out in full-force as it is in their other brews. Fairly nutty, some sweet malt, with some grassy, sour hoppiness on the back-end. It's noteable that Sleeman's promotional explain that a portion of the malt was replaced with corn grits "to give a more lively body" - and the corn is certainly detectable, though its thankfully not an unpleasantly sweet corny nose. Nothing special - about the same nose as any Sleeman beer with a bit more roasted malt.
Taste is decent. Cooked veggie taste comes through, as does the corn grits. Beyond that, a respectable maltiness that's fairly nutty and a distant grassy hop presence. Faint caramel; oddly sour finish, with just a twinge of bitterness. Again, nothing special, though nothing especially offensive. Your average Sleeman beer.
Mouthfeel is also average. Carbonation is a bit too lively for my tastes. Fairly light in the mouth, though certainly a step above other Sleeman beers in the body department. However, drinkability is also only average because after just a couple of these I'm left with an unusual taste in my mouth (the corn grits?) and am ready to kill for pretty much anything BUT another one.
Still though, all in all it's not bad. It might even lead a drinker toward a bit more exploration. But it's really entirely average in pretty much every respect. I won't buy this again (maybe I would if Sleeman still sold 6-packs at the Beer Store), but I won't turn it down, and I'll take it in lieu of a lot of other domestic beers, but I'm not especially impressed. 3's across the board.
07-14-2006 05:26:26 | More by headlessparrot
3.15/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours an amber brown color with a disappointing 1-finger head of tan foam that fades quickly down leaving minor lacing. Nose is strongly of sweet malt. Sweet malt as expected upon first tasting, fairly well attenuated against a hopsy background not bad. Finishes a little bitter and slightly sour. Theres a bit of sweet aftertaste, but its not too cloyingly sticky like some of the sweeter ales Ive tried. Mouth is semi-creamy, watery, lightly carbonatedoverall a touch above average. Drinkability is not bad; this beer goes down easy, is satisfying, and not bad tasting.
Overall: Meh, its worth a try, but dont expect anything fantastic.
07-12-2006 23:08:10 | More by jettjon
2.73/5 rDev -6.8%
A head that lasts is its feature, and there is a light amber colour. Smell is cheesy though a hint of malt there. rather very dry and on thin side, average for Sleeman. I taste some hop, but not too tasty. Yes this is an example of the style, but a mediocre one.
06-25-2006 03:04:12 | More by Sammy
3.4/5 rDev +16%
Poured a rich ruby/amber hue with a one finger creamy head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell was very subtle. There was a definite malty sweetness.
The taste was very well balanced. A nice upfront malt sweetness capped off by a good hop bite. A bit of green apple tartness is detected.
The mouthfeel was full, with a relatively dry finish.
Overall an average amber. Hits the spot.
06-23-2006 03:29:55 | More by plaid75
3.18/5 rDev +8.5%
The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry aroma with a slightly sweet crystal malt scent. It has a bit of a toasted aroma. The taste is average. It has an extremely dry flavor that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It's light with some malt sweetness, but it finishes with a coarse dryness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average American amber. It's too damn dry for me. It's plain and devoid of any real character. It's one and done for me.
06-10-2006 21:56:48 | More by WesWes
2.45/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
05-10-2006 23:37:43 | More by Frozensoul327
4.05/5 rDev +38.2%
A- poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Good head, about a finger. It dropped pretty quick but left some lacing. Enough carbonation to replenish the lace all the way through. The color is a darker coppery red. Good clarity.
S- I could smell the maltiness once the cap was off. A roasted malt with caramel notes. very plesant. Not an extremely high ABV, but there is some alcohol smell that mixes with the malt. I like that a lot.
T- Warm maltiness with hops and caramel undertones. It's sweet, but the roasty warmth of it counter balances. It's not complex in the least, but I think it's doing what it supposed to be doing.
M- It feels warm on the tongue. The carbonation reactivate the taste and smell in the mouth just enough. It's a slow fizz, not a burn. It is slightly on the watery side. Not bad, I just want it to have a little bit more to it.
D- I think this is a pretty fun beer. It's a good session. I'll be going back to it.
04-13-2006 12:55:11 | More by bort11
3.23/5 rDev +10.2%
Maybe the best of the Seeman offerings. The others had not panned out well with me, but this one shows more character, despite it's flaws. Typical of effortless Ambers, this one tastes moderately sweet, though the sweetness doesn't really take on and descernable character. Amber in color with a fizzy carbonation. Head does not last long. Smells sweet (powdered sugar) and a light toasty aroma. Tastes also lightly toasty with a sweet taste that takes on little character. Quite Amber Bock-ish. A sweet tacky feel on the toung with a long, sweet finish despite it's lack of real character. It's worth drinking if a friend offers one, but don't go out of your way.
04-04-2006 02:02:48 | More by BEERchitect
2.98/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a decent off-white head that fades quickly but manages to leave some traces of lace.
The aroma is mildly malty with only the slightest hint of herbal hops.
The taste is mildly sweet malt with some vague caramel or toffee hints. The finish has some slight burnt roast notes and very mild hints of hops.
I'm not sure if this is an amber lager or a euro style dark, but it is overall pretty bland, not at all complex. Easy enough to drink, with a light/medium body.
03-30-2006 03:13:31 | More by whynot44
2.78/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured a straght up amber, actually it looked a lot like my moms iced tea. Especially when the head and film went away two minutes after pouring. Smell is a bland cyrstal malt and wilting floral hops. tase starts with a run o' the mill crystal malt flavor with some very mediocre hop bitterness. The finish is a bit of a scowl inducing taint flavor. You guys know what the "taint" is right.
03-28-2006 05:10:13 | More by scruffwhor
2.88/5 rDev -1.7%
The last of four Sleeman beers in the Heritage Beer Collection mixed pack. This dark ale is a more medium brown and almost crystal clear. No head and fairly bland look. Nose is sweet with hints of malt and alcohol but little more.
Taste is malty and pleasing but not overly complicated. Not truly an amber but has enough to not be a total fraud. Overall, still nothing special
03-14-2006 04:20:03 | More by daliandragon
3.48/5 rDev +18.8%
Appearance: Pours a golden yellow brown color. There is a foamy head that seems to disappear quicklyk.
Smell: There is only a faint aroma - mostly hops and sugar.
Taste: The flavor is really faint as well. Mainly, there are notes of hops and yeast, with a bit of sugary residue left on the tongue after.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth for this much carbonation. I think too much carbonation though.
Drinkability: You could probably session this one with no problems, but for some the carbonation might make it too gassy for several in a row.
03-07-2006 03:45:51 | More by GuinnessSmurf
2.48/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
03-06-2006 15:09:33 | More by Brent
2.83/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours an off-red, some brown notes. A thin, quickly dissolving off-white head. The nose is of malts, corn and some earthy notes. Medium in body; very thin, tender hops and some honey notes. Ashy malts come into play, but not for long; the palate is slightly burnt, off-charcoal feel here. Pretty bland.
02-19-2006 15:43:48 | More by GeoffRizzo
3.73/5 rDev +27.3%
Appaerance: Dark mahogany colored body, white head is pretty large, yet fast fading.
Smell: Smells light malt and very light carmel.
Taste: For sleemand being a macro brewer, this is none too bad. Almost a euro dunkel with the grainy flavor and subtle roasted malts, pretty good.
I could easily session this beer; I can't say it is a great or even very good beer, but it is good for what it is.
02-07-2006 02:25:33 | More by TastyTaste
2.63/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
01-21-2006 06:47:25 | More by Naes
2.95/5 rDev +0.7%
11.5 oz thick brown bottle pours a clear amber color with a small creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Bready aroma with a nutty caramel flavor, medium bodied with a somewhat harsh mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry. Not much going on, average at best.
12-18-2005 18:46:31 | More by maxpower
3.25/5 rDev +10.9%
Pretty decent amberish lager. Crisp and slightly spicy means a nice balance of hops. Slight toasty caramel flavor from the darker malts, but doesn't overpower like some dark lagers. Nice beer. Nothing spectacular, but a good option when you have limited choices.
12-05-2005 00:30:54 | More by ahking
3.18/5 rDev +8.5%
Foamy cream colored head, good retention, some lacing. An amber brew, through and through. Nondescript yet pleasant hoppy nose, Kraft caramel sweetness. Very lightly sweet, some grainy malt flavor, but no real hop flavor. Bitterness is faint and quick. Aftertaste is minerals and stale malt extract. Pretty light in the mouth considering the evident sweetness, yet the moderately light carbonation makes sure this is not at all inappropriate. Very average beer.
04-19-2005 21:36:19 | More by yen157
2.68/5 rDev -8.5%
This beer is a clear brown color with a thin light beige head. Very thin lacing also. Light malt and nuts in the nose. Light-bodied and a little sweet, with some malt flavor along with a touch of hops. What little flavor that is present gives up the ghose pretty quickly though. The finish is clean and lightly hoppy but that falls off just as fast. Decent for very brief periods.
03-06-2005 17:35:18 | More by Dogbrick
1.5/5 rDev -48.8%
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.
02-23-2005 16:54:53 | More by Phyl21ca
2.53/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
01-25-2005 04:20:39 | More by UncleJimbo
1.68/5 rDev -42.7%
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.
11-18-2004 00:13:05 | More by SkullFission
Sleeman Original Dark (50*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
70 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.