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Brewed by Sleeman Brewing & Malting Co. (Sapporo)
Style: Porter
Guelph, Canada

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Also known as Porter 68.
Brewed in small batches and limited quantities, Fine Porter is the first of the John Sleeman Presents series. Taken right from page 68 of the family recipe book, it pays homage to the original Porters of Great Britain, and was brewed by George Sleeman back in the 1800s.
Tasting Notes: Fine Porter is one of the more flavourful styles of ale. It has a rather bold, malty taste and a deep, rich colour.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2004
"John Sleeman Presents" my ass....341 ml bottle "2004 vintage" whoo-whoo. Big lasting light tan rocky head, thick creamy topping with nice lacing; hey, it looks good! Nose is alright -- mostly licorice at first, with some chocolate emerging late, a hint of vanilla...but it quickly turns slightly sourish, flat and lactic with a sour/bitter finish. Body is ok. Better than other Sleeman products, like thats saying anything.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2004
341ml cleam embossed bottle. Poured dark brown, ruby highlights, light tan head thick and well formed. Bit of hop in the aroma, not much else. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavours of roasted malts show up immediately, then fade into a light iron note that continues in the moderately bitter finish. A lighter interpretaion of porter and maybe Sleeman’s best effort to date.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
Dark brown ... more like indian red, pour with a thin tan head. No aroma and no taste to mention here at all. It was quite smooth and watery, with a fresh citrus and burnt skunk texture. But there was nothing that really distinguishes or makes it a fine porter. It’s certainly quenchable but that’s probably not enough.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
This porter pours a extremely dark red with a light tan head. There is scents of grape citrus, molasass and spice. First sip had a burnt taste to it. Slightly sweet with low carbonation. Very small citrus taste in the flavour. The finish is burnt with some smoke and spice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark brown color with a medium light brown head. The first thing I smell is skunk pee, damn those transparent bottles, I can also smell chocolate and roastyness. Rich, roasty malt flavor with chocolate and skunk, mild bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Too bad for the skunk aroma and flavor because it would have been an decent porter which suprises me a lot from Sleeman.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crockett (1007) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours mahogony and clear. Tall creamy light tan head. Very little carbonation compared to other Sleeman products. Faint skunk on the nose. Maple, chocolate, earthy roasted aroma. Chocolate and bitter burnt notes. Pepper. A bit of licorice and soapy hop. Finish is long and roasted. Compared to the rest of the Sleeman line, this is amazing.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (2915) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Nez:skunked gout:amertume et un petit lege gout de fume noisette.Bon petit porter son seul defaut est qu’il est dans une bouteille transparente.Le gout de moufette est present dans le porter.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
Bottled. Nice effort for Sleeman. Dark reddish brown colour. Aroma is indistinctly malty. The flavour is better than I was expecting. Hints of chocolate and roastiness with a slightly "charred taste" on the finish right before a nice touch of bitterness. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 December 2005 Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black body with a small beige head and decent lacing. Aroma has strong notes of licorice and anise. Flavour has plent of dark malt up front, and is malty sweet with a dry undercurrent throughout. Notes of licorice candy, molasses and spruce. Bottle from NSLC in Halifax. Average palate. Pleasant, better than last years but lacks a clear vision of what it wants to be. 6-7/3/7/3/13-14<P> November 2004 Bottle. Pours a very dark ruby tinged brown boy with a bit beige head, and leaves some rather fetching lacing on the glass. Aroma is mildly metallic, with some agoraphobic notes of licorice and chocolate malt peaking out. Flavour is slightly bitter over some sweet malt. Something that aspires to be roastiness but doesn’t quite make it lingers on in the aftertaste. Very slight dry ashen sourness in the finish. Palate is medium bodied but I would like more for this style. Suprisingly good. Thanks for the bottle Tupalev. 6/4/6/3/14

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
I was suprised to see this at the LCBO, and instead of buying my regular few bottles of Svturys, I picked this 6 pack up. Bottle- Poured a dark body, black appearance, but on closer examination, the colour is a very dark red/aburn, with a medium sized beige head. Also some nice foam present around the edges even after several minutes. Aroma is malty, earthy, and suprisingly sharp. Taste is malty, bitter, slightly bready, and extremely full. Leaves a nice aftertaste, consisting of slight biterness. I must congratulate Sleeman on this one. Definitely a step in the right direction.


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