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


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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pouring this bottle into a glass, I could smell a bitter chocolate and smoke. The color was brownish red. The foam was frothy which lasted a while then dissipated quickly after that. To my palate, there was a medium sweetness, moreso than most dark beers. The bitterness was not too overwhelming, I guess a medium bitterness. I have had more bitter lagers, which makes this a good beer. There was definitely a full and creamy body. Somebody stated that it was very carbonated, well it was not too carbonated in my region (and this is fresh and sat in my mouth very well). Overall, this has been one of the best dark beers I have had...should be labeled as a Black and Tan, which is more of what it tastes like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
Actually my bottle said Sleemans Porter 68, but I believe this listing is a rename of that, assuming from the recipe page 69 reference. However my experience is that what I tasted was significantly better than the reviews here so I’m not sure. Anyway, here’s my review of Porter 68: Poured nearly black, had a tidy tan short head which faded Porter-style, leaving some nice sticky lace. On the nose was dark roasted malt, grass, both herbal and floral hops, grapefruit, raisins, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, leather and brown sugar. Flavor was heavily toasted malt, espresso, and earthy tones balanced by astringent grapefruit/juniper hops, deeper were fruit and sugar undertones, deeper still the faint crackers and sourdough bread flavor of yeast. Very full bodied, enough to please the stout lover or the hophead. Mouthfeel was protypical Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4982) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2006
Dark and far more powerful than you would expect from a 5.5 per center. Malty with a slight coffee flavour this is an impressive porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Sleeman Brewing & Malting Company, Ltd.--Porter 68*--2006 Release--11.5 oz. Bottle--5.50% ABV--30 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Porter. Mild lacy tan head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Mild burnt hop front. Smooth mild dry sweet crusty biscuit thin roasted toffee black cherry body. Crisp odd mild tangy clean hop end. Well made. Sampled 5/25/2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - APR 12, 2006
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head which quickly deminishes. Aroma consists of coffee and some chocolate. The flavour contains malt and some fruit. I enjoyed this beer and it has become one of my regulars.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jacktripper (20) - CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Pours a very dark brown with a mocha head. Aroma is of chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Flavour is much of the same with an added element of malt. Finish is quite smooth. Overall a good porter and probably the best Sleeman beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUN 5, 2007
Nose of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee, caramel and some alcohol. Pours espresso with ruby highlights. The decent cascade resolves into a mostly lasting rocky beige head that leaves good lace. The huge front is roasted followed by a warm spicy acidic middle. The finish is tangy and roasted. The medium body is dry and soft to lively.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamherbert (1499) - Syracuse, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (3074) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a FREAKISHLY-huge frothy almond head and a near opaque deep-deep reddish body. Nose of a typical porter: roasted malt, coffee. Nose of a typical Sleeman: tinny, adjunct-clear-bottle smell. The flavours are fairly full riding on an oily palate. Slightly bitter black licorice yet very good chocolate and cream undertones. My favourite of the Sleeman line... no wonder Josh cut his Asian trip short, he is rushing back to sample this limited time offer.

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