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

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Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

Added by DrJay on 10-30-2004

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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of baxterbrew
4.52/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown color with moderate tannish head.

Smell shows some roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate, but very light.

Taste has more of the roasted malt character, with some dark fruit flavors also note. A touch of bitter coffee also shows through.

Finishes with nice taste retention and a long lingering dryness.

Really a very good beer. Much more than I expected.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This Porter is nice and dark although far from black. The head came up well enough.

Smell – Wow, there are some dark malts in this puppy. They are really hard core, almost like an RIP like Old Ras or something along those lines. The coffee is generous, and the light bready aspect of this bouquet almost got me thinking about Belgians.

Taste – The flavors here are big and intense. There’s more fruit than I picked up at the nose, I’d say something cherry-esque. The malts are roasted dark but there’s a nice toasty middle to the flavor profile. Just when you think it might be a bit much, it pulls back and let’s you off the hook.

Mouthfeel – This is almost medium-bodied, in fact I’d call it that, and lightly carbonated with some stiff bitterness up front of all places.

Drinkability – This was a very different AP but well worth a look. I don’t remember who sent this to me as it has been in my fridge for a while, but I owe someone a big thanks.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep mahogany red. There is a rocky cardboard-brown head. It's not altogether thick, really. Some glassy depth to the look of it.

Has a really pleasant, deep and dark berry smell with just that hint of coffee. The coffee smell is milder than most porters, and that's not a bad thing. Has a good mix of both sweet and bitter. Nice cherry, really nice.

The taste comes across much more bitter than the smell. The sweet cherry/berry is only an accent. The coffee comes through a lot stronger in the taste than in the smell. It does sweeten as it warms.

The feel is bitter on the tongue. Not real thick but creamy enough. It's actually relatively smooth for a porter; doesn't have the usual sandpaper viscosity. Pleasant, not thick or dry. The drink overall is thin but pleasant. It's bitter first, sweet second. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of TimeLincoln
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best product sleeman has offered. By far.

It has a light mouthfeel, with a well rounded malt flavour. It has a toffee-like flavour, with a hint of chocolate, rather than the black patent flavour of some post-industrial revolution porters.

A fine beer indeed.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Like all the Sleeman's, another good looking beer; deep brown color with garnet highlights, a long-lasting head and good lacing

Smell: Roasty aroma with a strong licorice aspect

Taste: Starts out with a big coffee flavor that mellows a bit by mid-palate; after the swallow, some off phenolic flavors appear and then, at the finish, there is some moderate hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After three drain pours from Sleeman, I actually think this one is pretty tasty; not the best porter I have ever had, but I will finish the bottle

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Photo of Cwrw
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted scent that boasts of black and chocolate malts. It's dry and earthy with a slightly sweet edge. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, yet earthy flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit sweet and toastey. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking porter. It's quite earthy with nice sweet maltiness.

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Photo of pootz
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard 341 clear embossed Sleeman bottle. Date coded labeled "fine porter, Limited edition 2004". Served at 40deg.F after an all day chill.

Pour reveals a dark, clear mahogany-red ale with a medium- pored, sticky 2-finger tan cap that laces nicely on the glass. (heads like a quality porter should) Carbonation seemed toned down from other fizzy Sleeman drinks (It looks very promising)

Aromas of sweet caramel, toasted grains, a wisp of grassy hops....and some other signature Sleeman aroma (dextrin?)

Front end is malty with a burnt toffee pronouncement....this then turns to an unexpected creamy mouth feel as the hops take over the balance and depart a distinctive sharp balance between burnt toast and tangy resinous hopping. Finish is average and not as fast as I would have expected for a Sleeman ale. The finish is where the hops really take over and leave a metallic after taste preceded by a kind of sweet charred discernment.

Overall a flavorful mild porter with a couple of sharp edges. A good attempt at a mega porter, a sure step up for Sleeman. I'm impressed...I'll buy some more...I want to see what some age will do for the few sharp edges and the under lying charred grain tastes in the new brew. These are all that keep this from being a smooth mild tasty porter. Maybe that signature Sleeman dextrin taste will disappear as well.

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Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light brown color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of cream with a hint of roasted malt. The taste has more of a roasted character than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this beer is more like a Dark Mild than a porter. I could drink this again when in the mood for a milder dark beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured a light, slightly creamy head with little retention and eventually a film that lasted only five minutes. Color was a transparent brown with a few garnet highlights. Some minut lacing.

Smell- A somewhat roasted malt aroma penetrates the nostrils with some dry hops mixed in.

Taste- A little too much dryness for a porter, but some alright roasted malts and vanilla help make for it. With a dry, unobtrusive bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- A little tart but some nice creamy notes are noticed in the middle of the palate. Pretty easy going down and very easy to drink.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much retention, but a decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts. Nice,but weak. Body is on the light side with some carbionation. Taste is of coffee,and dark chocolate.Roasted,but not overly so. This is a good light porter.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sleeman Fine Porter from Sleeman Breweries

Look: Dark Ruby, with 1 finger of white and brown head.

Smell: Chocolate, hops, caramel.

Taste: Very light on the chocolate taste, the carbonation is very present. The hops are very present, some roasted malt also. Very basic as a porter.

Feel: Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Very easy drinking.

So overall would I recommend ? Honestly I don't know on this one. For a sleeman product very nice but as a Porter and for the price makes me very hard to recommend it. There is better porter for this price but as a sleeman product this is one of there top.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the classy packaging and the fact this is a limited release. This is nowhere as good as Tree's Spy Porter but I consider this to be the best beer from Sleeman and a good pint. Pours Opaque black with an okay head. The nose is average but the taste is quite nice. Burnt malts and a sweetish finish make this very drinkable. Not a sipper but rather a session porter, this is a step in the right direction for these guys.

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Photo of WillieMoe
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.51/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep rust brown color with an attractive and rocky light-tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt and grain. There’s a little huskiness that seems a little off-center. Also, some chocolate and caramel aromas. Rustic and a little dry in front. The brew has a decent bitterness, and a nice hop presence that comes forth in the mid-taste. Nice use of bittering hops. Somewhat astringent in the finish (maybe from that husk-like quality in the nose?). Medium to the lighter side of body. Very easy to drink. Better than I expected, to be honest.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.51/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 108 ratings