Metalchopz (2626) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally came out November 2004 in a 12-pack, now available in a Sleeman mixed pack in Quebec. Worth re-rating it as I really enjoyed this one the first time around. Like all their beers, it is filtered to the max. Still, a nice dark ruby red-brown colour comes out of it. Its head is creamy, beige coloured, has good retention and gives patchy lacing. The nose is a nice balance between the burnt malt, the dark fruits and the mild hop. Refreshing crisp mouthfeel with a slight dry finish. Plum taste, prunes and raisins. I really enjoy the balance of the smoke from the burnt malt and the hop in the finish, that lingers into the aftertaste. Probably Sleeman’s best brew.
Diogène (1069) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark red-brown with a thin beige head with below average retention. Nothing much in the aroma, sugar, a hint of roasted malt and maybe some hops. I was surprised with the flavor though nothing extravagant, there is some chocolate and coffee with very moderate bitterness and lightly roasted malt. Very drinkable, the best offering from Sleeman I have had yet.
czar (5839) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours pale-brown. Nose is cereal, like corn, but there is an interesting nutty, toasty. Nicely hopped. Very thin body, but I must admit that for a Sleeman beer, it is a not-too-bad porter! Although the beer still has the Sleeman skunky feeling, maybe the clear bottle or just cheap malts and yeast...
Spab (2845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
341 ml (clear) bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark, slightly reddish cola brown with very thin tan cap. Light aroma with some roast and coffee notes. Taste has a pleasant though understated roastiness and a little coffee-ish bitterness. Fine, fairly mild carbonation. Fine but not great.
Bendrixian (1343) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
why clear bottle? terrible.
pours fairly dark with slight head. aromas are cereal and grain, like corn malts or something. little roast, more like an adjunct ale than a porter. palate is lightly roasted and some coffee bean. there is light body, in its class of beers it is boring and terrible, but for sleeman it is pretty darn good.
i’m not wasting any more time on this one.
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
341ml bottle. A little light in colour for a porter - about the colour of watered down coke with a light tan head that leaves very little lace. Slight coffee nose with some underlying hops and a hint of spice but it all seems out of balance. Tastes more like cola and coffee poured together with notes of chocolate fading in and out and a weird funk through the finish, but slightly interesting.
mmacleod75 (112) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured nice dark brown with very little head. Malty aroma with coffee hints, and slightly sweet. Malt flavor with roastiness, coffee with a mild hoppy finish. Since it is a porter, I was expecting a more robust and complex flavor, but it seemed to me more like a strong brown ale. It was good, and I enjoyed it, but I guess I was expecting more.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium brown in color with small tan head. Aroma is a bit off - slightly metallic. Flavor initially is sweet and malty - definitely a brown porter and not a robust porter. Finishes crisp and slightly hoppy. Not bad for an English style porter.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JUN 22, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
As a beer, its really not to bad, but as a porter, its kind of a fail. The aroma is mild, and lager like, but with light notes of coffee and roastiness, It kind of smells like they had a lager, but added roasted malts for the colour more than anything. The flavor again, is a little better, starts out smooth, coffee, burnt chocolate, roastiness, bitter, a little on the soapy side, but not too bad. The mouth feel is watery for porter.
Really not very porter like, but drinkable, and tasty enough to remain interesting. But the soapy finish would make this beer and unlikely candidate for a session ale.
williamherbert (1395) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
07/2007, known as Porter 68: 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.