Sleeman Original Dark

Sleeman Original Dark

Rated 3.019 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Sleeman Brewing And Malting Company

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Style:  Amber Ale

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

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An all malt ale, Sleeman Original Dark is brewed from a combination of roasted barley malts, English Aroma hops, and deep well water. Its unique flavour has become a trademark in the Sleeman lineup. Tasting Notes: Original Dark's ruby red/brown hues are accented by dense tan foam. The medium body features roasted malt flavours, with hints of caramel and toasted grains showing through. You'll find that the taste is balanced and aromatic with a surprisingly clean finish.

ID: 6353 Last updated 7 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank35846
Overall Percentile22.3
Style Rank891 of 1236
Style Percentile27.9
Lowest Score1.6
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.022
Weighted Score3.019
Standard Deviation0.582

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  • STANG 237 reviews
    rated 2.0 6 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 3

    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.

  • BROTHERBRANDO 186 reviews
    rated 3.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Sipping on some partly cloudy hazy browny redish colored beer here. Gots a little candy aftertaste. Hmm.. do I taste a little lemon? Well, thats the third sip... hmm.. tastes a little rough, if little rough has a flavor. It's alright.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 6

    My experience with Sleeman has all been through the Albertson supermarket chain. And overall I may not have been blown away by their beers, I’ve been satisfied. This one pours an opaque reddish brown. Not bad. The off white head, though frothy, is small and has no hang time disappearing almost entirely within short order. The aroma sweet, malty and some fruit. Little carbonation, the body is decent and smooth. The flavor is the biggest disappointment. Rather bland malt.

  • CYBERCAT 9450 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    AKA Sleeman La Rousse. Pours a dark, warm, almost opaque mahogany with a decent head. Aroma is malty with hints of spice and yeast. Flavor is well-rounded, mainly malty with some hops and touches of spice and smoke. Mouthfeel is nice and edgy so it goes down rough.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    The aroma is of caramel and is very hoppy. The color is a tawny, rich amber with delicate roasted malt accents with a small, white head. The mouthfeel is powerful and not watered down like some ales. The flavor is of roasted malts with generous amounts of hops and finishes smoothly with little alcohol aftertaste. This amber ale is great and I have yet to have a Rogue beer that was poor in quality.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This was a unique beer being a Sleeman's product. The beer pours a beautiful dark copper colour with an off-white head that lasts. The beer rolls on the tongue as a medium bodied brew with mild carbonation. The aroma was mild with no overpowering malt of hop feel. The taste was similarly bland.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 2.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    It's been a while since I have had this one, purchased in a 12 pack variety of Sleeman beers: it pours an almost translucent copper colour with a small off white head. Plenty of caramel and semi-sweet malted notes, flavor is mildly acidic with soft biscuity malts.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 3.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    this was a decent dark ale, i drank two of them in a variety 12 pack that i bought last year. I would recommend there company. Very interesting styles and history of there company.

  • THESTER 141 reviews
    rated 3.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Has clear brown appearance with white head. Malty aroma is consistent with most amber ales. Taste is not well balanced and I dislike the suprising bit of hops that tales the malty flavor. Not a very good amber ale

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 2.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    This dark lager pours a medium amber color from a 33cl bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel and sweet, touch of toast. Light to medium bodied lager. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops, ) There are hops here?) are slightly earthy. Tastes like a bunch of other macros. Not really objectionable, because there is no flavor here. Bland, bland, watery and boring. Perhaps a little more flavor than a diet coke, but not much. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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