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

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BA SCORE
70
okay

91 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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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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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev +11.9%

The one finger head of tan foam covered a dark copper/light mahoghany body and left a nice lacing ring. The body is medium and has ample carbonation. The aroma is quite light and does, indeed, give an impression of cooked vegetables. Fortunately the flavor is a bit better than average and has good balance between the sweetness and the bittering hops. The drinkability is better than either the Cream Ale or the Honey Brown versions of Sleeman's beers.

09-20-2004 17:00:15 | More by AtLagerHeads
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.7/5  rDev -42%

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.

09-10-2004 22:41:23 | More by slitherySOB
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masterbruewer

Ohio

2.95/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured a medium amber color with decent off-white head.

The smell was more grainy than malty with a hint of malty flavor.

The taste was decent, grainy undertones, but a solid taste, not extravagant.

The mouthfeel was light and almost non-existent.

Very drinkable. Like all Sleeman beers, this is a solid example of the style, but nothing great.

08-15-2004 21:31:38 | More by masterbruewer
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Gump

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -1%

Here's a review for all of the Sleeman beers that I have tasted.
Very grainy and proud on the tongue. Perfect light golden color and strong "beer" taste. Smells like beer, tastes like beer. Nothing really stands out to make this a special drink, and unfortunately all styles are very similar. I include the cream ale, honey brown lager, silver creek lager and original dark into this review.
Of all the Sleeman I have tried, the dark is the better.

08-04-2004 05:01:58 | More by Gump
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budgood1

Minnesota

1.6/5  rDev -45.4%

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.

06-15-2004 00:13:05 | More by budgood1
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

05-23-2004 23:01:05 | More by pootz
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shirfan

New York

3.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a clear iced-tea color, with a moderate, soapy head.

A menacing cooked-veggie aroma fairly flies out of the bottle, but quicky disperses and gives way to mild caramel malt.

Taste is passable if you're in the mood for caramel, perhaps Munich malts and "drinking without thinking". Sort of an Oktoberfest Junior. Finishes a bit too watery, with non-descript bittering hops, and not enough of them.

This is nothing special, but better than the average Canadian macro. There's nothing "off" that I detected other than the initial odd whiff, and if there are adjuncts here they hid them pretty well...certainly not deserving of the really rotten scores some BA's have posted. Maybe it goes bad quickly; Guelph isn't that far from here so I suspect my sixer is fairly fresh.

02-01-2004 22:49:22 | More by shirfan
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Garin

Alberta (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -3.4%

Hm. Well, they call it "original dark ale" here, but I guess it doesn't matter.

A clear copper bronze beer, with a white, bubbly, fizzy head that shrinks quickly to a thin film, with almost no lacing.

Loads of caramel on the nose, with malty chocolate hints in there as well. There is a slightly odd metallic aroma that comes and goes.

The flavour is *almost* malty throughout, with a slightly sour twinge in the finish. It's strangely empty, the malts and other flavours don't really have any depth. Too bad, as it's quite promising otherwise.

In the mouth it feels clean and light, with an interesting supple sort of feel.

Overall, it's an ok beer, but nothing really noteworthy.

01-04-2004 00:43:14 | More by Garin
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

1.98/5  rDev -32.4%

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.

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

Georgia

2.1/5  rDev -28.3%

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.

08-11-2003 20:47:46 | More by rabidawg
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jackndan

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

06-02-2003 11:37:12 | More by jackndan
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -4.4%

Clear brilliant copper color....large head at first, but quickly becomes a slight coating. There's a slight skunkiness to the aroma, and I bought this beer in a cardboard 12 pack that won't let much light in...but oh well, it was there, but just a little. There's also some graininess in the aroma. This beer is very smooth on the palate, but leaves much to be desired in the flavor department. I get touches of caramel and that's about it. This beer just doesn't do it for me.

04-17-2003 16:40:26 | More by AudioGilz
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

This surprised me, after having the Cream and Honey Brown, I thought it would be much better. This dark wasn't very dark at all. Color is solid brown like that of varnished wood with deep yellow tones. Solid, frothy head that settled down well. Smell was a musty grain, kind of light, with a caramel tone. Taste was slightly watery for a dark, some caramel and a bit of oat bread and grassy notes. Felt to light to be a dark, could've had more body. Not bad, but definately had better darks. I was disappointed to say the least after liking the Cream Ale so much.

03-22-2003 09:19:53 | More by tavernjef
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Jason

Massachusetts

1.58/5  rDev -46.1%

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.

03-10-2003 18:15:24 | More by Jason
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

12-16-2002 10:17:29 | More by ADR
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John

New York

3/5  rDev +2.4%

Found this very sweet. Not a bad brew though.

10-26-2001 14:06:46 | More by John
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Sleeman Original Dark (50*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
70 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.