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


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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Ruby red in colour, this all malt ale is brewed from a combination of roasted barley malts and English aroma hops. Smooth in taste. The hopping is generous but not bitter and has a unique flavour that has become a trademark for Sleeman.

NOTE: Known as "Sleeman Original Dark 50* Amber Ale" in the US.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (10701) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2015
New England Bucket List Trip #140. Keg. Pours a clear red with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel, raisin, toffee. The taste is raisin, toffee, grain, mild grassy hops. Thin bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tricker (341) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Bière rousse de 5.5 % d’alcool. Petit col mousseux au versement. Elle possède un goût sucré et âcre, mais avec une amertume sérieuse en finale. Elle possède également un goût de torréfaction caramélisée, mais soutenu par l’amertume (style limette). Goût riche, mais amer. Correcte !

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
OntBeerDrinker (496) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
3 finger head stays a moment then gone. amber red looking. smell caramel malt, maple nut brown ale? smell. Taste is bitterness & some flavor plus water & it’s high medium bodied. Smell is best part. Look, smell & taste is NOT dar ale. It 100% fail’s as a dark ale. More like an amber ale, amber pale ale, English bitter. Deff NOT a dark ale. :( It’s okay but not what I perfer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Minderbinder (2620) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle 341ml. Pours clear brown/very deep amber with low light-beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of caramel, malt. Taste is of caramel, malt, slight acidity, faint bitterness, sugar, hints of roasted malt, faint nuts, slight unpleasant aftertaste. Palate: Light body, medium-high carbonation. Overall: Not too bad, but very bland. Straight-forwardly uninteresting, and that aftertaste...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BreWedge (400) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
341 ml bottle @ Pier Seventeen Blind River. Pours a clear ruby red with a large beige head. Aromas are grass, hay, chalk and a little alcohol. Tastes are grain and caramel malts. Light bodied, medium carbonation with a very short finish. Pretty standard mass-produced stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
PhillyCraft (4072) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle with Pat, pours scotch brown with light head. Notes of caramel, toffee, bread, malt, dark fruit, and toast. Full body. Very sweet, good dessert beer if your a bum or something.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lesifflebiere (1493) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
Les bulles, assez nombreuses, traversent rapidement ce breuvage rouge-orangé mince et parfaitement limpide, laissant un modeste col de mousse. Sucrée, elle a des relents de pomme et de malt légèrement grillée ; elle est assez moelleuse. Le houblon ferme la marche, avec une légère sécheresse ressentie. Pas très goûteuse ni tellement originale, mais la Sleeman rousse a d’autres mérites : accessible, bien dosée, et juste assez discrète dans les domaines du nez et de la gorge. Une rousse « safe », un peu timide même, mais qui réussit là où elle ose s’aventurer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spab (2845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
341 ml bottle from The Beer Store. Pours a clear amber-brown with tiny off-white cap that disappears quickly to nothing. Aroma is caramel and a light, dusty hoppiness. Flavour is slightly musty with syrupy caramel, sugary grains and a little tea-like bitterness. Average body; slughtly syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rocbyter (1958) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Sweet grain and malt aroma. Clear dark orange color with a small white head. Sweet grain aroma throughout. Just a bad beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
reebtogi (4891) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
341ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a finger of white head that settles down to a few spots of lacing. Aroma is light caramel and mild hops. Taste is malty sweet with a bit of roast bitterness and a mild hoppy finish. Body is a little watery thin and carbonation is on the light side. Overall, this is not a very good beer.

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