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

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Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)Sleeman Fine Porter (68*)
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Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada | website

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:
106
Avg:
3.06
pDev:
21.57%
 
 
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Photo of yesyouam
2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sleeman Porter 68 is a very dark and dim red ale with a huge, frothy, waxy and dimpled off-white head that leaves great lacing. Looks supreme. There is a sharp metallic tone in the aroma; a whiff of freshly-dug earth and grain that resembles... wheat? It is medium bodied, a bit creamy and the finish is alkaline. It's well bittered and there is a dark flavor from the malt. Not much roastiness, like instant coffee. The most pronounced thing is the long finish of bitter green shrubbery: juniper, arbor vitae, etc. There is a tiny crumble of chocolate cookie in there. The lacing and the aftertaste lasts all night.
(rated Aug 2, 2007)

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Photo of EnemyWithin
2.87/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle in Unibroue glass on Sept 17, 2013

Appearance: 4.25
Dark black/ brown body with just slight transparency. 1-2' of brown white head.

Smell: 2.75
Very little aroma, improves somewhat with warming. Chocolate and roast malt primarily, with slight sweetness. Hops profile more European with faint mineral/earthy notes.

Taste: 2.75
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.

Mouthfeel: 2.5
Thin, very watery. Minimal presence of hops.

Overall: 3
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.
Not recommend.

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Photo of ADR
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The cap still says "John Sleeman presents", the package and neck label say "Porter 68"...

Thin pour, but dark in color, lets brown highlights shine through. Head rises fairly high, almost an inch, is tan, and laces pretty well. Aroma is mildly malty, but with some stale tones and almost a rancid popcorn back half of the nose. Light body, lower carbonation. The taste is not too bad, aspects of cocoa with a bit of roasty tang that's pretty striaghtforward. Minimal hop expression. Mouthfeel and solidity of flavors are just too fleeting, the close is pretty watery with some tobacco residue in the finishing qualities.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This and other Sleeman products are drastically reduced at the terrific Neil St. Piccadilly, with their having procured a ton of it and others when a distributor went belly-up. I mixed a sixer and tossed in a couple Porter 68s. Nice look, a deep muddy brown with a slightly tan top, ringing the trusty Yankees pint glass with ample lacing.

I'm not impressed with the aroma, which emits faint coffee and chocolate malts but is on the whole thin on character. I expected more, as with the taste, which is a bit better. The coffee emerges a bit more in the taste, but I'm left wondering where the malt is. After all, this IS porter. This could use a lot more chocolate and caramel malt, which would do wonders for the taste and add some much-needed heft. As it stands now, this is thin. I'm glad that its carbonation stands up well, yet mouthfeel is far more than that. This lacks texture. I'm highly intrigued that the title of the brewery is "Sleeman Brewing and Malting." It would do well to remember the latter part of this, for malt is woefully absent from Porter 68.

As far as porter goes, this is ordinary. OK in a pinch, but not one I'll buy again.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a standard pint. Last of the sampler.

Appearance is a dark ruby to light chocolate. Two finger head that settles to a light cap with lacing all around.

Smell is unremarkable. Hints of toasty caramel and light hop.

Taste is burned caramel malt with a sour hop finish. Coffee with bitter, burned notes.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly...just wrong.

Drinkability is low as the mouthfeel gives less than adequate backing to the flavor.

Not very good. I've had bad porters and this one is right on par.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear 341ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, brown with ruby highlights. Off-white to beige head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but recedes to a few islands and a thin ring around the edge. Doesn't really look like a porter. Looks more like a brown ale.

Smells like most other Sleeman products. Malts, nutty, pecans. So far, this could be just like their honey brown.

Straight ahead malt profile with a hint of nuts. Bitter finish reminds me of the inside of a pecan shell. Very similar to their honey brown, but without the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is like a lager, in other words, too watery for a porter. Moderate carbonation.

This isn't a true porter. Nothing like any other porter I've ever had. Too many Sleeman offerings all taste the same. Same profile with subtle differences in all their darker beers. Worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. I got a six pack for Christmas and I tried a couple straight out of the bottle and it tastes better that way than in a glass, which isn't saying much.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.72/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There's enough in there to be called a porter, but not enough to be called a good porter. The chocolate, coffee, and caramel flaovrs are present, but do little to improve the character of the malt. There are low level bittering that really don't balance the medium malt base. The flavors are quite separate and don't meld well. The caramel flavor seems a bit artificial. The body is what I'd expect from an amber ale (Amber Bock-ish), and never shows creaminess or smoothness. It's a beer that's has 'value engineered' the quality out. I don't think it was intended to be a good beer.

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Photo of emerge077
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep crimson color in the light. Big, irregular foam, with sheets of lacing as it settles.

Smell is basic and average, just a grain odor that could be applied to any random beer. No roasty aroma. Also a mineral smell that i've only noticed in eastern euro lagers and pilsners. Could have something to do with age, but this bottle has been in my fridge for 3 mos. Who knows.

Taste is sweet, very mildly bitter, not roasty. Style-wise this is more of a Dunkel lager. None of your typical porter characteristics. Stale tobacco and metallic notes unfortunately linger in the finish.

Thin and sweet, kind of gross. Not sessionable, avoid this.
Part 3 of my personal average porter tasting aka "cleaning out the fridge".

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Photo of DrJay
2.71/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The package indicates that this is a limited edition beer for 2004 and that we can expect a new offering each November from Sleeman.

Clear, dark brown with ruby highlights topped by a tan head of fine bubbles. Moderate retention and nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Light roasted/chocolate malt aroma mixed with a light floral (almost noble) hop character and a very noticeable licorice or cola smell. The flavour starts with a weak malty and roasted sweetness, followed by a sharp bitterness that becomes quite strong at the finish. The licorice character carries through as well. But overall, the flavour is kind of mild and is missing the maltiness that I expected. Fairly dry, not quite astringent finish. Medium/light body with medium/low carbonation.

341 mL clear bottle.

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Photo of drpimento
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured with a GINORMOUS tan,foamy, frothy head and a slathering of lace. Color's a dark, clear brown. Aroma is quite mild, chocolatey, and malty. Flavor's a little more complex with the above characteristics, but also a bit of fruit, a bit of bitterness, a bit of hop, and a hint sour. On the thin side. Not too bad, but it seems they're a bit over frugal with the malt bill here. Finish is - eh...

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Photo of sauron681
2.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Brent
2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not bad, but possibly one of the most boring porters I've had. Poured dark brown, but a bit lighter than average. General roasted malt aroma and similary nondescript roasted malt flavor. Doesn't really go anywhere, just bland - like a bit darker version of the equally unimpressive dark ale.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice dark ruby with a mocha/tan head, that settles into lacing. The smell was of alcohol and lightly buttered grains. Alcohol ruled the scent. The taste is of dark roasted malts, hints of toast. The alcohol is strong and overtakes all other flavors. This one just didn't blend well, the alcohol was too noticeable, while it is called a porter, it looks like a porter, but it just doesn't quite have that porter taste that I have come to love.

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Photo of Drew966
2.59/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman Porter 68* pours a dark chocolate brown color with an off white head from a brown 11.5 ounce bottle. There is only the slightest tinge of roasted malt in the aroma, I think I can smell some hops too, just barely. I can't help but think that I would like a thicker mouthfeel, but this one is at least marginally adequate. There is a slight roasted malt taste, mostly in the aftertaste, and a bit of hops in the middle, but really just a little bit. Caramel flavor becomes more apparent as the beer warms. My biggest complaint about this beer is that it just doesn't have enough flavor. What little there flavor there is, it's gone in a moment. Disappointing, but not awful.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Blood-soaked tobacco with bright orange trim. The head is three fingers after a spirited pour and looks better than decent. It's malted milk in color, with a soft frothiness that still permits a mild rockiness. It falls in sections and is beginning to leave fine tatters of lace that don't quite cover half the glass. Note: much more lace is seen in the end.

Sleeman Porter looks like a porter, but it sure doesn't smell like one. In fact, it doesn't smell like much of anything at all... except maybe an exceptionally weak, mineral-infused, hopless Euro pale lager. I know that doesn't sound appealing. Believe me, it isn't.

The flavor has more guts than the nose. However, in the grand scheme of things, it's still virtually gutless. This is hideously undermalted beer. Minimally roasted barley is the only thing greeting my taste buds. The flavor profile can best be described as watered-down chocolate and weak tobacco tea. A near complete lack of sugar allows what hops are present to deliver their full complement of bitterness.

The mineralness noted in the nose is present on the palate, but isn't bothersome. As I drink, I'm amazed by the amount of bitterness and find myself wishing for more malt to alleviate the dryness of the finish. A little more flavor is available with warming. In the end, this is tolerable beer more than it's good beer.

The mouthfeel is light. I'd even go so far as to call it thin. It's off the bottom end of my 'porter mouthfeel' scale, but it does fit with the rest of the beer's attributes.

After tasting Sleeman's abysmal Honey Brown Lager, I had no illusions that Porter 68 would be great beer. The 68 is supposedly a reference to this beer's page number in an old beer recipe book found in a family member's attic. Anyway, I can't bring myself to recommend it for any purpose (cooking maybe?), even though it isn't horrible and gained some measure of my respect by the final ounce.

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Photo of Naes
2.54/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This porter is almost black in color with reddish hues around the edges. The head is a small frothy layer of light tan foam. Lacing is good.
The aroma is faint, but is of malts.
The flavor is a bit watered down for a porter. It’s slightly roasty, with a bit of bitter chocolate and a mild hop presence.
Mouth feel is light and mildly carbonated.
This is not the best of porters.

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Photo of Tim2000
2.51/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of kinger
2.47/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Porter? no way not with this one. Pours a transparent dark amber with thin head and a decent amount of lacing. Looks more like a dunkel or amber ale. Aroma is faint and sweet, trying to locate some hops or malts and keep coming up short. Mouthfeel is too thin and watery for a porter, but it is clean and slightly smooth. Flavor is decent, a bit too sweet for my liking. Again the taste doesn't resemble a porter, but it is enjoyable in small doses. Not a big fan of this offering from an otherwise solid brewer.

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Photo of biegaman
2.28/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

For a style that is so often thoroughly black it's a bit unexpected to find that Sleeman Porter is hardly black at all: it's complexion is perfectly clear and dominated by flaring auburn highlights. (Considering the brewery's portfolio and reputation, however, perhaps this shouldn't be so shocking.) To its credit, at least, it generates a decent head.

At best, this aroma could only generously be described as that of a dark lager. It is nothing even abstractly like what a porter should smell like. There's scarcely any roast barley, nothing chocolaty or nutty or sweet - just cheap caramel and a nasty bout of diacetyl. The poor quality (and stingy use) of ingredients is made immediately apparent.

There's a colloquial expression that captures my impression of this beer: yuk! Any remotely robust or dark flavours taste synthetic and/or spoiled: chocolate (cheap, dollar-store kind from three Easter's ago); coffee (yesterday's, with the grinds floating in it); and malts (or, rather, the chemical- and corn syrup-based kind used only by industrial breweries).

But forget the taste, it's the mouthfeel that's truly a heroic monstrosity. So bad, in fact, that in a strange way it's almost commendable. The way in which cloying, synthetic corn sweetener is blended with that astringent, acrid "roast" element is applaudingly awful and must have required someone who really had no clue what they were doing.

Likening this to any halfway-decent porter is like considering Steven Segal's movies to be thought provoking and emotionally stimulating. You'd have to be stupid to believe this is a real porter. I'm all for Sleeman drinkers expanding their horizons and trying different, less pedestrian styles but it's obviously a bad idea for the brewery itself to try to do the same.

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Photo of maxpower
2.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.5 oz thick brown bottle pours a clear dark brown color with a small head of large bubbles that leaves some lacing in my glass. Chocolate aromas, caramel, chocolate and smoke flavors, light to medium bodied with a watery and thin mouthfeel, not much going on with this porter.

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Photo of happygnome
2.23/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a: amber color, easily seen through. Eigth inch of tan head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: light smoky malt aroma with hints of hops, kind of a bland smelling ber
t: smoky flavor with hints of chocolate, surprisingly hoppy for a porter
m: light to medium bodied with average amount of carbonation

overall this is one of the worst porters ive had, there is supposed to a dark dark color, not an amber color, there are a lot of hops for its style

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Photo of Phocion
2.2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Number three from my Sleeman sampler pack. 330 ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with hints of red when held up against the light. About one finger of a creamy beige head that holds decently and sticky but fairly thin lacing. So far we're off to a better start than the previous Sleemans.

Okay, let's forget that last statement. One whiff of this thing and I get...well, almost nothing. I have to stick my nose straight into this one to get just a tiny hint of chocolate and roasted malts. This is a porter and I've had light macro-lagers with more of an aroma than this. Disappointing.

Thankfully the flavor profile is a bit more than the non-existent nose. Chocolatey roasted malts and a bit of a metallic twang of bitterness. Not impressed.

Extremely watery for a porter. Downright unpleasant. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of SuperSnake
2.14/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

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Photo of woemad
2.12/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $1.66. First time I'd seen it. I'm always up for a new porter, but things I'd heard in the past about Sleeman were less than complimentary, so I opened this one with few illusions. No freshness date to be found. I found it odd that there's no mention of the location of the brewery beyond Canada. Last time I checked, Canada was a big place.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer's appearance. This poured a dark brown/black color that took on a reddish hue when held to the light. A big tan head sat atop the proceedings. A spotty lace was left behind. Sadly, this would be the highlight of this beer.

This is one of the more anemic-smelling porters I have encountered. There's a vague bitter dark chocolate scent and a more sweet caramel scent... and that's about it. No hoppiness to note. As this warms up, the sweet aspects become more cloying. This begins to smell like an overly sweet brown ale with some coffee thrown in.

The nose is remarkably similar to the smell, except that it's more watery - not the quality I look for in a porter, to be sure. The vaguely bitter roasted malt taste is first, then quickly is beaten down by a watery sweetness, before the proceedings finish with a dry steel note. Ugh.

Mouthfeel? What part of watery didn't you get from what I said above?

This is vaguely drinkable in comparison with some of the worst macro swill imaginable, but it really doesn't shine when compared to anything else. This porter richly deserves the rating it's come to have on this site. I shan't be buying any of these again.

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Photo of masikon
2.11/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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Sleeman Fine Porter (68*) from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.
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