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. 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. johndoughty (5438) - 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. 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. pumpkinhead2 (928) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2017
Bière brune foncée aux reflets rubis, parfaitement limpide, belle effervescence moyenne-élevée, et surmontée d’un col beige pas tellement large, mais bien dense, mousseux et persistant. Arômes de grain torréfié, légère fumée, sucres foncés (caramel surtout, un peu mélasse et chocolat…), noix, terre, marron, tourbe, léger boisé… Par moment, les effluves semblent également quelque peu fruité (bleuet, raisin, cerise noire…) avec quelques pointes d’acidité citrique… Nez bien intéressant et agréable, belle complexité, intensité plutôt moyenne cependant. En bouche, pétillement moyen sur la langue, onctuosité bien intéressante au palais, breuvage moelleux et velouté. Au goût, pain grillé et grain rôti (malt foncé, mais pas nécessairement torréfié…), moins sucré que ce que le nez laissait présager (on reste surtout dans les nuance de caramel) et présence en bouche de noix, terre, marron, tourbe, légère fumée, léger boisé… Mais la bière surprend par son côté bien houblonné, c’est herbacé et feuillu, presque résineux, et la finale présente une agréable amertume moyennement élevée. Je trouve ça franchement (et étonnamment!) bon, solide équilibre des saveurs, complexité et intensité en bouche très élevées! Très bonne bière!!
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. 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. 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. williamherbert (1544) - 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. Metalchopz (3384) - 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.