Not as robust tasting as most porters, but it does have some porter like qualities and is easily among Sleeman's best offerings. It doesn't have as much of a coffee taste as it does a chocolate malty taste. There's a hint of vanilla up in there too, and you'll taste nuts and hops in the finish. This is a good porter for those who are new to the style. This means that you don't have to appreciate a porter in order to appreciate this. If you do appreciate porter you may find this a little too half-assed for your liking. This was a seasonal brew for Sleeman's this year so look for it again in the fall. Rumour has it that they're going to hit the US market with it next fall as well.
Reviewed: November 20, 2005
Here in the US, it's called "Porter 68." I actually did "research" for once, and there's only one Porter in Sleeman's website, and according to the site, the Porter is on page 68 of their recipe book. Thus, common sense tells me they're one and the same. It reminded me of Yuengling's porter. Not great, but not horrible. A slight coffee flavor, definitely more robust that a standard ale, but not as hearty as most porters. If someone I knew wanted to try a porter for the first time, I would steer them to porters like this or Yuengling before tackling the better ones.
Reviewed: June 03, 2007