collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2004
Sleeman meens great flavour, hiding behind WAY WAY WAY too much water. Great dark chocolate color, Thick beige head. Roasted nut chocolate aroma, but WAY too faint. Flavour smokey, nut, LIGHTLY bitter, Watery. aftertaste nut. SUCH A GOOD ATEMPT, but in watering the flavour, they may have made it more palatable to the average person, but it’s a specialty beer, a christmas pressent for canadian beer lovers, so fuckup bigtime on this. BTW: they only brewed 200,000 bottles of this, just so they could say "We brew less than a ounce per canadian" caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
Opaque with reddish tint, thick frothy beige head. This is a Sleeman’s? Aroma could be better. Some roasted nut and chocolate aspects. Flavor is decent, although a bit thinner than other porters. As a medium-sized brewery, it would be interesting to see this as a regular offering, it might introduce more people to the different styles of beer that are available. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2004
Thanks to tupalev for sharing his six-pack. Very nice ruby-brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma is... odd. A little roasty, sort of sour, faintly hoppy - hard to describe, really. Body is a little on the thin side. Flavour is surprisingly good - roasted malt, cocoa, anise, and a pleasantly dry finish. Not a world-beater by any means, but a strong effort from this otherwise lacklustre brewery. I’m really curious to see what they’ll pull out for their 2005 limited edition... Cartoonkhaki (1316) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2004
The best thing that Sleeman’s has brewed so far... Nothing all to special though..... dark beige head good slight nut aroma... watery nothing sticks to that palate.... decent... If it wasn’t limited edition I’d buy it once and awhile. CapFlu (5132) - 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.
Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
I thought, "way hey! here’s a proter brewed by a domestic macro brewer! Why not?". Well, I’ve got to say it’s good for a macro. Had a not-so-nice smell when I opened it. Wasn’t a skunky smell, more of a macro smell if you can qualify that. Tasted malty, which is always a plus. I’d get some more, but there will be no tears shed once it’s "gone forever". muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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. pintbypint (3834) - 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. 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. Tessic (1206) - 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.