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Dundee Porter - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 440
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John on 11-04-2006

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Photo of kdawg105
4.88/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Porter! Very balanced! What you would expect in appearance and smell not quite as prominent as I would like but the taste is exceptional. It taste of sweet malts and toffee like. Mouthfeel outstanding its smooth and creamy and this makes for an overall great Beer. Fellow Advocates please note that you can find most of the beers I have rated at Kroger with there pick 6 it is a great way to try different types of craft brews! (433 characters)

Photo of Skilbarton
4.82/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can generally tell from first taste if I really like a beer and I really like this beer. Not a husky Porter but not light either. The chocolaty taste is there but not overbearing. It's drinkability encourages one to open a second and maybe a third and that works for me! (272 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another of the recent drop-offs, courtesy of my local trader, Tone77!

From the bottle: "Be big."; "Roasted and robust"; "Porter is said to have been the brew of choice for London laborers and transportation workers. Like many workingmen, they are big and burly. Unlike most workingmen, they are rich and deep. Face it, labor just ain't what it used to be. Now it gives us eyestrain, carpal tunnel, and expanding pant sizes. Dundee Porter is a throwback to another time when work made your bones tired and people didn't care a hoot about carbs. Be big. Even for a little while."

Oooh, I loves me a porter! My porter pour produced two fingers of thick deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a dark chocolate roastiness that made me think of my late father - he was the first person that I knew of that really liked dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the taste was like dark chocolate ice cream. I closed my eyes at one point and could imagine it as such. Man, was this good! Finish was semi-sweet and deeply chocolaty, but that was OK by this self-avowed hophead. Even I need to step back from the IPA onslaught and remind myself that there are some good malty beers available these days. I can really recommend it as a dessert beer, but to make it a steady diet might be too much for the likes of me. Very nice and worth seeking out. (1,428 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dundee Porter....Rochester NY.

Appearance-opaque brown/black. Nice creamy tan head bubbles rise up and disappear, a nice layer of carbonation remains. Decent.

Smell-nutty malt, alcohol, small notes of toffee and sugar. Hops and alcohol fairly hidden.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium bodied, malt and chocolate notes, super smooth and creamy, finishes on a strong note, layer of malt.

Drinkability-smooth, heavier alcohol is well hidden, well balanced.

Overall-well done, the best beer in my Dundee sampler, all flavor notes work well, reminescent of Stegmaier in PA, I really enjoyed this. (586 characters)

Photo of JimFalzone
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It came in a JW Dundee sampler box. It was only $7 for the 12 pack at Giant Markets in Binghamton, NY. My expectations were a little low. I have pounded many Honey Browns in the past because it is decent brew when you are on a budget. But I wouldn't give it rave reviews. This porter, however, is the best of both worlds.

It pours with medium head and medium carbonation. The head disappears in a few minutes.

It has a great mouthfeel and is very drinkable. The slightly elevated alcohol content prevents this from being a session beer. But you can share a 6 pack and be OK.

Which leads me to my only complaint. The only place I can find this beer is in the sampler pack. I would love to be able to buy it by the case. (762 characters)

Photo of apratsunrthd
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark, nearly opaque brown with a big, foamy tan head

S - really nice toasty coffee smell --very bold

T - Wow. Really impressive, especially for a Dundee brew. Extremely nice toasty coffee flavor. Reminds me a lot of my favorite Porter, St. Peter's.

M - very smooth and creamy. A creamier head would be a big benefit here. Definitely not too fizzy. Goes down just right.

D - buttery and creamy almost to the point of being heavy. (441 characters)

Photo of tj4288
4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into chilled mug.

a- very very dark black. almost completly black even when held up tp light. great big creamy 3finger head, only receded slightly staying thick and creamy. leaves great lacing

s- a slight hint of malt, a hint of floral hops, and some burnt bitter coco. generaly weak smell.

t- a little on the malty side, not very harsh or bitter at all. some chocolate, roasty malts.

m- nice smooth creamy feel. not to heavy but not watery. perfect amount of carbonation to quench a thirst.

d- fairly easy drinkin but still holds a great body and perfectly balanced amount of flavor. this is a porter that i would grab for a second one. and yes i would buy it again. (695 characters)

Photo of spike882
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark in color, almost black with ruby brown color showing around the edges. Pours with a nice two inches of light tan head than lingers for a good amount of time and leaves generous lacing on the glass.

Smell of ripe fruits, molasses, chocolate, and sweet malt. Very nice balance.

Taste is full and satisfying but not overwhelming. A lot of the character in the smell is present in the taste and is sweet and chocolatey but not overpowering. Dark chocolate bitterness remains in the finish but is very enjoyable. Although there is a lot of flavor this one is a very easy drinker. (586 characters)

Photo of sraimondi
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a 12 pack for $9.99 in NW Connecticut. Poured a very dark hue, with very little light shining through, even when placed right in front of an incandescent light. Very prominent head which dissipated over time; very good and persistent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt and some chocolate overtones. Taste is similar to aroma, with roasted malt dominating, but no cloying sweetness. The mouthfeel was my favorite attribute; full and smooth, reminding me of the benchmark porter IMO, Fuller's London Porter. The drinkability is quite good; you do not feel the elevated ABV. Overall, this is one of the best American porters I have ever had, regardless of price. When you consider this 12 ouncer only cost $0.83, you can't beat it. I'm really wowed. The best Dundee's so far. Prosit!! (795 characters)

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite by far of the JW Dundee line of beers.
Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with nice tan head, but reduces rather quickly. Spotty lacing.

Rich delicious smell of roasted malt and hints of coffee.

Extremely well balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Pleasant unsweetened chocolate aftertase.

Mouthfeel is just alright. Medium bodied, but a little too heavily carbonated.

Overall a good example of the style in my opinion. I really enjoy this beer. A great value for the money. (495 characters)

Photo of 88blkiroc
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice dark brown, nice thick tan head that lasts leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Slightly faint but notes of chocolate and coffee

Taste: Strong chocolate taste, slightly bitter with a little coffee flavor. Warm and toasty. Leaves a long lasting bitter black coffee aftertaste, but not unpleasant. Great carbonation all the way to the end. The flavor gets much more intense as the beer warms up. I would recommend drinking this one slightly chilled as it really comes out more the warmer it is. Very drinkable.

Got this one in a variety pack. I've had Dundee beers before and they impressed me as being pretty good cost. This one does not disappoint. A great drinkable Porter. (698 characters)

Photo of mhuber
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate brown color with a thin tan head that lingers. Bitter dark chocolate flavor. Lots of lacing. Almost no aftertaste. This is a pretty good beer! (152 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought as part of Dundee's Ales & Lagers Seasonal Pack from Southtown Beverage on 4/26/13. Case price was $ 17.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Smith's Pint Glass. Served at Ambient Temp.

appearance: clear medium brown, liked Brewed black tea supports a 2 finger shortbread colored head. nice lacing.

aroma: nice toasted malt with English style earthy hops.

mouthfeel: smooth, maybe a little thin for the style.

taste: lovely, caramel sweetness with a touch of cocoa. some hazelnuts.

notes: Wow! wasn't expecting a beer this good from Dundee but it is an excellent beer. Maybe a little light for the style in color, mouthfeel and body but it is delicious beer that can hold it's own and will become a regular of mine. (732 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle as part of a multi-pack. Pours a dark brown/black nearly opaque body with ruby-red highlights and a half inch of light tan head. Smells toasty with strong caramel notes and a hint of hops. Tastes toasty with toffee and caramel with slight grassy hops toward the finish. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. A darn good porter for sure, much better than expected, and certainly the best beer from this brewer I've had so far. (443 characters)

Photo of andebrice
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color that shows deep scarlet when held to light. Full tannish head, long lasting. Lacing continues down glass as I drink. Smells of sweeter malts and apples, and a bit of nut. Taste starts of a bit nutty and sweet finishes very malty burnt coffee. Has a sharp edge to it. Enjoyable. Not a lot of carbonation, feels good on mouth, leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. malts taste a bit over roasted for my liking, but is well balanced with the sweet start. A very drinkable Porter, not only because of the lower cost to purchase this brew, compared to some English imports and domestic crafts, but because I believe it does a good job of balancing it's ingredients. (674 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one is black with a few red-brown highlights and a nice one finger beige head. The head lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a bubbly collar and some smoke on the surface of the beer. A swirl leaves spotty wet lace on the glass, and builds up the foamy finger of head again.

S - Sweet Cocoa Puffs cereal and milk. Dark bittersweet chocolate and some roasted coffee beans too. Hot cocoa powder and steamed milk. A hint of grassy hop aromas too.

T - Lots of hops here! Tons of cocoa powder...and Cocoa Puffs cereal flavors, along with some bitter chocolate and dark coffee too. This is really damn good.

M - Medium bodied, well-built, creamy, and moderately carbonated with a dry hoppy finish with lots of coffee aftertaste.

D - This is an outstanding session beer. It's not crazy or overwhelming in complexity, but it sure can shake what it's got. This is, along with the IPA, a stunning beer from what I previously considered a mediocre brewer. Well done Dundee. (981 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unusual find..In a 12 pack that was selling for 7.99. Pours a dark almost balck with a minimal head but very nice lacing. Smell is a very nice blend of dark roasted malts with some very nice hop undertones. Taste is excellent...a very nice blend of coffee, toffee and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is chewy and rich. Drinkabilioty is very good...smooooth. (350 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours almost black with a one inch tan head leaving a ring of lace with each drink. roasted malt and slightly burnt coffee aromas. taste of coffee, caramel, hint of dark chocolate. mouthfeel light, crisp, a little dry. i like the fact that its on the dry side as some tend to be a little to sweet. nice tasty beer. (314 characters)

Photo of Josiah2729
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance-Deep dark brown with large two finger head that quickly dissapates with minimal lacing.

Smell- Dark malts, some coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and licorice.

Taste-Dark malts with slight coffee/dark chocolate flavers. Slight bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium thickness, low carbination.

Overall-Nice Porter, very enjoyable. This is a go to drinker for me. When I want a nice dark beer at a good price, this has been a go to for me. (490 characters)

Photo of iceball585
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown/black color, non-transparent, thin brown fluffy head that dissolved into a thin ring

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet, hint of caramel

T- Chocolate, dark malts, roasted coffee beans, smokey, caramel, hint of bitter hops

M- Medium/heavy weight, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, flavorful

D- Great session beer

This is definatly one nice porter. Good auroma and even better flavors. I'm so glad that this is a local beer that I can get for fairly cheap. (487 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Roasted and Robust" per label and I have to say they got it right.Poured a very dark brown with just a slight tint of ruby a mocha colored creamy very well retained head atop,pretty roasted aromas like that of French roast coffee and real earthy tones.Bold flavors abound unsweetned chocolate intertwined with heavily roasted malt abig earthy raw finish really stays in tune with the boldness of this brew.Wow color me suprised JWD Porter went way above my expectations this is one beer they out did themselves doing I really like this porter,its truth in advertizing. (569 characters)

Photo of xare
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a dark black, opaque brew with a thin 1/4 inch head of foam that quickly goes away. You can see some touches of ruby red/dark brown glinting from the bottom of the glass but it's totally opaque otherwise.

Smells like toasted malts, touches of chocolate and coffee, but an nice blend. Almost like taking a whiff of a toned down espresso drink with a lot of beans mixed into it.

Taste is a strange amalgam. Tastes like a watered down Guinness at first, then the richness hits you at the end with a nutty-coffee taste. Rather surprised by how good this tastes.

Mouthfeel is great - very rich, smooth, and a bit creamy. Isn't too heavy, but isn't a superior mouthfeel, but damn close.

Beware of its drinkability. Before I knew it, I was half done with the beer and had to remind myself to slow down. If I had said, ah the hell with it, the faster I finish this, the faster I can start the next one, it'd have gotten a perfect 5.

Overall - rather surprised and pleased with this beer, especially since I wasn't expecting much from it and it was the last of the beers I wanted to try from the Dundee Craft Pack. (1,119 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a near opaque liquid that had a one finger head of tan foam that settled down into a clingy cap. Good retention and some broken curtains of lacing. The aroma was malty, roasted and semi-sweet caramel with lots of chocolate and hints of ripe fruit. The flavors were an interesting and enjoyable blend of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and some nougat with an underlying fruitiness. The finish was long and coffee-like in bitterness. The body was medium-full but not as rich as it could be. Still, I found this beer smooth, pleasant to drink and affordable. A great session choice. (610 characters)

Photo of sudz42
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a porter, which I define as a slightly sweeter stout with a reddish hue, this is a great beer. Wish it were more "stout-like" but that's my problem. As mentioned it has some ruby color, and big on the malt with enough roast to satisfy a stout drinker. There is a hop aftertaste, thank goodness.

This is a mellow beer, better than any other porter I've tried except home brew.

I'm always impressed by what High Falls does--they are truly the best "macro" brewery with macro price offerings in the northeast anyway ($6) (525 characters)

Photo of Calico
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours with a dark mahogany, almost blackish brown color. Big, foamy tan-colored head stays around for a while.

Good, malty aroma, caramel notes. Richness is evident in the aroma. Small amount of hops in the aroma nicely balances out the sweetness of the malt.

Robust roasted malt flavor, balanced by sweet medium body. Roasty but not harsh. Very nice chocolatey note in the mid-palate. Excellent, full-bodied interpretation of the Robust Porter style.

Slight alcohol warming but not excessive. Good carbonation is retained even after sitting a while.

No obvious flaws in this brew. I'd rank it right up there between Great Divide St. Bridget's Porter (below this one) and Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter (above this one).

For $4.89-$4.99/6-pack, it is hard to beat. I hope High Falls adds this to their permanent line-up. (850 characters)

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Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.