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.

Discofish's rating

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Discofish (152) - USA - MAR 27, 2007
I would more classify this is as a lager than a poter. Nice caramel color, fizzy in the glass. Has a somewhat metallic taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 1, 2015
probably the best of the Sleemans I tried, but that ain’t saying much. Light all around - look, flavor and feel. Nose is like a cross between a cola and a real porter. Not offensive, just weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beardbeerman (283) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Fluid pour with a rich brown shade and a reddish hue. The head quickly fades away to a central hazel layer. The nose expresses notes of fresh ground coffee with a light sweetness in the back. The taste offers a good deal of bold bitterness from the hops which attack the back of the palate. Hints of coffee add some colour and you do get some chocolate but I thought it missed some kick to truly stand out. The mouthfeel is slightly effervescent and oily, ending somewhat vapory. Overall I found this one less flavourful than other Porters I so far had the chance to try out. It lacked some sweetness which is a key feature of this beer type. I still have to point out that this Porter isn’t in any way brewed with any sweetening agent (such as maple syrup), not that it excuses anything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
341ml clear bottle, dark brown color, with a fluffy tan-kaki head, with a light biscuit, toasted, caramel, bready, toasted, chocolate malt, faint nutty nose, with a toffee, toasted bread crumbs note, with some pie crust, burnt dried fig, raisin, bran muffin accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a faint yeasty, light grainy toasted, caramel, biscuit, roasted malty, toffee, coffee, burnt toast character, with some flowery leafy hop, mild roasted grind coffee bean, burnt nut flavors, leading towards a toffee, caramel, toasted maltiness, burnt toast, roasty bitterness finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - AUG 10, 2013
Colour is a very deep brown, with an attractive head and decent lace. Aroma is disappointingly mild, some mild biscuit and very faint coffee. Taste is an OK bitter, but lacks complexity. Feel is somewhat medium, but could be bigger to be more satisfying. Overall, a skippable porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiereLuc (1170) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
Bière brune aux reflets cuivrés, faible mousse. Nez de grains torréfiés, de sucre brun avec un peu d’anis. En bouche, la bière est mince avec un fond de café et de sucre et une finale qui présente une fine amertume.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lesifflebiere (1521) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
Brune foncée avec une bonne mousse couleur cassonade, semble plutôt mince et pétillante. Au nez, café et sucre cuit, avec un peu de boisé. En bouche, c'est plutôt tranquille, même si cette nouvelle recette semble un peu plus audacieuse : café à la toute fin, saveurs à peu près justes, mais aqueuse, trop pétillante et trop effacée. Correcte, pour un porter d'entrée de gamme, mais pas de révélation ici.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rodenbach99 (3681) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2013
Bouteille transparente de 341ml. Belle robe acajou-brun avec une mousse épaisse beige. Un nez de café et de toffee. Des arômes de bonbon toffee au café. Une bouche de chocolat, de café avec des grains rôtis. Drôle d’amertume en fin de bouche. Agréable tout de même.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2013
*Beer Review* Sleeman Fine Porter. It’s getting dark out and my iPad takes terrible pics in the dark. Insane amount of head over a very dark brown beer. Hoppy malty sweet scent. Thick and rich, especially after the lagers and IPAs I just had. Clings to the tongue. Coffee. Roasted nuts. Something just a touch too bitter that ruins it. Not completely ruins it, it’s still rather good but it seems to have mor potential. This one is more my speed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bulldogops (1373) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle. 5.8%. Dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head, medium retention. Aroma is roast malts, coffee, light chocolate. Taste is burnt espresso. Mouthfeel is dry, lightly carbonated. Overall, a decent brew, but certainly not the best example of a porter out there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 18, 2013
Sample at the Fredericton Craft Beer Festival. Colour not as dark as I was expecting, almost no head. Aroma is mild, caramel and old coffee. Taste is average for a porter. Overall, not much to love or hate here. It manages to be a porter without excelling.

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