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

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Dundee PorterDundee Porter

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224 Reviews
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Reviews: 224
Hads: 449
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John on 11-04-2006

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Reviews: 224 | Hads: 449
Photo of kevinjosephlee
1.83/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Dark, dark brown, almost completely opaque with a tan head with weak retention but ok lacing.

S: Swells sweet and malty with not hops balance.

T: Malty sweetness up front, cloying all the way through. Acrid metallic flavor in the finish.

M: High carbonation with a syrupy, unclean finish.

Notes: I have disliked all the beers from this brewer so far and the porter has as been done in an unpleasing manner. Sorry guys, your beer is just too cloyingly sweet; perhaps this is to cover up the lack of complexity?

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.85/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark brown with amber tones. Opaque. Head recedes quickly, lacing is light.

S: Sweet malts, toast, molasses.

T: Tastes like the smell... Sweet malts, molasses, some coffee.

M: Light bodied and a little watery.

D: The best of the sampler case I picked up. Not something I'd seek out for my own drinking. But Dundee has struck me as a very good social / game / party beer, and out of their lineup I'd select this one for an occasion.

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Photo of Clockwork420
2.12/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I gotta say this from the get go...

This was somthing I have walked by many a time now and never bought till now. And at a KILLER $4.99 a sixer, I couldnt pass it this time. And with the fact its a seasonal!

Poured from bottle into glass stein. Slightly warmer than the others I have done. Not freezing cold but definitly not american pub cold.

A- Black as night. Perfect or near perfect pour. Black with a tan head about 2 or 3 fingers of goodness. Dissipated to almost none.

S- Now I know this smell. And its Malt. It smells sickly sweet.
Reminds me of the same kinda smell from a cheaper malt brew. Not surprized or amazed.

T- Kinda what I suspected. Its the same as the smell. Sickly kinda sweet. Rather on the thin side. Warm after taste of alcohol. Didnt mask it. Kind of a odd aftertaste besides alcohol. And Im not happy with this one so far.

M- Thinner. Not chewy at all, no sticking to your teeth feeling.
Alcohol and malt is what Im tasting. Slippery. Almost oily. Funny alcohol taste on lips afterwards.

D- I mean yeah, its better than colt but not better than Sam Smith. What else should I say? Its strong like Colt, and smells like it to me. But I would take this any day over frat boy swill.

Overall. Im not happy. I thought this one was gonna be much better. And It didnt serve. The color the packaging and everything told me hey.... a decent cheaper porter for me to try.

And it was worth the $5 for it. But I wouldnt pay $6 for it.
You feel me?

Im sticking to Bareknuckle for now...
There still may be hope for A&B. Who knows.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured cold from the bottle.

This beer poured brown, but much lighter than traditional porters. The smell is nothing like a traditional porter and is much more sweet and malty. The taste is along those same lines... malty, almost no roasted-ness and not like a porter should be. The roasted flavour is barely noticeable on the aftertaste.

Would I buy it again> Absolutely not.

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Photo of ljbrisson
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a Coca-Cola brown into a weizen glass. Looked exactly like a glass of Coke, which I think influenced the rest of the experience for me. Aroma was of malt, sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel was thick, heavy, and chewy. The mouthfeel on this beer is just terrible. In my experience porters should be lighter-medium body and this was just syrupy in my mouth. Completely turned me off. Taste was sugary sweet, syrupy, with chocolate and a tinge of roastiness. No hop presence at all. Overall I did not like this beer. I think it is the worst of the Dundee offerings I have had so far. I like their IPA, Pale Ale, and even the Honey Brown. But this one just does not click with me and I feel does not fit the style.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Black body. Big tan/light brown head with decent retention and low stick.

Smell - Nutty and chocolate maltiness. A bit musky in the finish.

Taste - Stale, watered down coffee. Thin sour, bitter hop.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Astringent. Somewhat solvent.

Overall Drinkability - Meh. Not bad. Just thoroughly unimpressive.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.46/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of coffee and chocolate with a touch of hops, but there’s a metallic background that throws the whole smell off.

T: The taste is a little bit different than most Porters. It starts out with dark fruit and, despite the smell, there’s not as much coffee and chocolate flavor as you would expect. There’s a decent hops presence for the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, dry and sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent representation of style, this is definitely not one of the better beers I’ve had in the style. If I’m looking for a Porter, this would be one of the last that I would select.

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Photo of brdc
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks azurelimits for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle actually states JW Dundee's, not Dundee.

Near black, no head.
Aroma is very faint, and so is the taste. I let the beer warm up hoping for an improvement, and not much happens. A few signs of toasted malts, faint alcohol, coffee. Very little here, did not finish mine.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This 12 oz twist-off pours almost black with ruby highlights and an impressively thick creamy head that laces up the glass and everything.

Nose: Little to speak of. Faint whisps of roasted malts. Kind of musty. I should mention that this bottle has been in the fridge since last Christmas.

Palate: Astringent. Maybe it's the lack of freshness. Maybe the grains were toasted too long. Either way, not good for me.

Mouthfeel: There's a little bit of body in there but it could be thicker.

Drinkability: Let's just say I'm thankful this was the last one in the fridge.

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Weak white head that disappeared within a couple minutes. Very dark brown, root beer color. Smell was good, caramel malt and light hops, although not much coffee or smokeyness. The taste was medium malt, more like a dark nut brown without the sweetness. Again, no coffee, no roasted or smokey flavors, and little, if any chocolate. As far as mouthfeel, this was slightly more heavy than your typical black and tan. Flat out thin for a porter!

Not a bad tasting beer, but not at all what you expect from something labeled a porter.
Let's hope I got an old bottle. Although, a decent bottled porter should hold up better than this.

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Photo of jwc215
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a thin tan head that becomes a patch.

The smell is light/mild - slight roasted notes.

There is a bit of chocolate - more in an "arificial sweetener" sort of way. Some fruity alcohol comes through. There are sour notes that come through as well and bring down the beer somewhat.

It attempts to be bigger than it is, but the body is just a bit too weak for the 6.5% alcohol.

Well, it's cheap. Not terrible, but the sour notes annoy me, as does the alcohol notes that come through, without the body or depth to justify it.

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Photo of budgood1
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a nearly opaque crimson hue, with a thin tan head that dies quickly reducing to very thin lace. cocoa aroma with chalky notes. taste races behind with more of the same. chalky milk chocolate, some smokiness with a herbal hoppiness. some fruit flavours flutter about in an all encompassing manor. all light and relatively easy on the palate. there is a touch of this same sourness i've been chasing throughout the sampler pack i've bought. not so offending here. medium bodied as per dundee specs. mouthfeel leaning light and lager like. drinkability rather respecatable with the rest of the dundee sampler pack pack in the rearview mirror.

another just average stab at the style. rather mundane and mostly boring at best, even though i tend to gravitate towards beers of this style. my scores are relatively kind considering....

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Photo of alleykatking
2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark chocolate brown. When held up to the lights there are some dark amber highlights around the sides of the glass. Even with a hard pour I didn't get much of a head at all. Nothing to be proud of to say the least. Soapy lacing that just slides down the glass and hits the beer. Almost looks like a flat soda.

S- Nice big roasted malts smell on the forefront of this beer. Soy sauce comes through the head upon further sniffs. Some low lying sweet hints come and go but never really stick around. Not a terrible smelling beer at all...expected this to be a lot worse to be honest.

T- Roasted malt upfront on this beer. Big roasted taste.Right after the intial taste it goes down hill. The middle to ending of this beer seems a little too watery for me for the style. Also, there is a strange metallic tint to this beer. Don't know if it's from oxidation or what but it kills the beer a little bit with it's annoying factor.

M- Lighter mouthfeel which I found suprising. Carbonation seems a little off and made this beer more dull and watery to me. Didn't really do anything on the palate just came and went leaving some rusted roasted tastes on the tounge.

D- This could be a very drinkable beer if a couple of things changed. First and foremost the metallic taste has to go. It ruins the beer starting with the first taste. Second this beer needs more umph..to it in the middle and end. This would be a lot better to me if they put a little more effort into the middle and end of this beer. I didn't expect much and didn't get it in return. I can see a lot of people liking and drinking this since it is kind of watered down.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed 12 pack I received as a birthday present. Poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance is cola brown, a bit on the light side for a porter. Quite a bit of clarity at the edges. 2 fingers of brownish head, great retention, some lacing. The nose features some faint notes of raisins and pumpernickel bread. A small amount of roasted grain is present. The taste is pretty plain. Starts with a touch of chocolate malt which fades into nothingness quickly. A bit of a harsh metallic flavor on the end. The mouth feel is thin and well carbonated. Over all, this is a pedestrian porter that I would not seek out.

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Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date into my Sam Adams sensory glass. Poured a nice tan head with nice lacing. Color is a deep copper brown.

Smell is pretty decent, like a normal porter. A strong scent of carmel is there. Now the taste: I think this beer is way to bitter and sweet. I really didn't like the mouthfeel and I could tast the alcohol a little too much for it only being 6.5%.

Well, it was part of the mix pack, so it wasn't a bad deal at the price, but no something I would go and buy a six pack of on a regular basis.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured very dark mahogany red/brown with large frothing head and decent lacing into pint glass

S - burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet maltiness and a somewhat fruity tone. Light air of Mendocino pungency

T - bitterness of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa. Chocolate sweetness follows and finishes with a coffee-like aftertaste. Decently balanced

M - medium bodied, leaning towards the heavy side but still lighter than other porters. Creamy and mouth-filling

D - ok I guess, can't have it with everything though. A bit too carbonated for my liking

Overall - has a light waft of pungentness of Mendocino beers that I find highly offensive. Otherwise I would rate this much higher

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a snifter...color is pretty on-point for the style, a rich very dark brown with a decent head. Smell isn't too heavy or distinctive...taste is ok...I've had a lot of better porters and drank a really good one just before this bottle. Mouthfeel is fine...just an average standard porter, not bad but not amazing. Decent value as part of 'craftpack' (those seem to be all the rage these days).

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Photo of Beersquad
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Slight sweet malty scent.
Poured into a tulip glass hoping to capture or maintain head. The head was very bubbley for a porter and is disappears rather quickly leaving some small lacing on the glass.

Dark appearance but not thick. YOu can see light coming through near bottom of the glass. More like a cola then a porter.

The taste - very carbonated, especially for a porter. Maltly somewhat bitter but very thin. Little after tasted.

I had a half of one. It's an average tasting mainstream type beer. I didn't see the point of finishing it.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, opaque shade of amber with a thin, tan, half finger head that doesn't even stay around for 15 seconds. Dull.

S - Clean light toasted barley, hints of cream, plum, and maybe chocolate (I'm stretching). Mild in strength and not entirely inviting.

T - The roasted barley is much more apparent than it was in the nose. A strange watery open bleeds into the roasted malt body. Dark fruits close the beer. It's got decent flavors, but it's incredibly simple and underwhelming. It's a good base, but needs some serious work.

M - Medium bodied, watery through a coarse and dry finish. Oddly built.

D - I'll pass on this one in the future. I'm disappointed by the beer and brewery, though I've only had the sampler pack.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark dark brown, almost black, looks like cola, with a biege fizzy head that fades to a thin layer almost instantly. pretty good head retention but hardly a lace.

the aroma is pretty non exsistent. you have faint hints of roasted malt, faint whiffs of alcohol, maybe some sweet maltiness. you definatly have to smell deep to get the aroma.

all the dundee beers in the variety craft ive been drinking seem to have that same malty twang. there some slightly roasted malts, nothing crazy. a touch sweet, then finishs nice and bitter with some lingering cocoa flavors. a touch of a raison flavor in there.

sparkly bitey carbonation really ruin this for me. light to medium body. overall just fizzy.

drinkability isnt too bad, but id turn this down for almost any other craft beer from a different brewery. i wouldnt seek it out, and definatly wouldnt suggest it to anyone. dundee definately did not impress, i will be avoiding it indefinatly

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Photo of goochpunch
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out almost solid black with hues of burnt sugar on the edges of the glass when brought towards a light. Head is mocha color but doesn't hold its shape and fizzles out, but leaves some scattered lacing. In the nose there is some roastiness, molasses, flat yeastiness, and sweaty body. Kind of nasty. Flavor is mostly molasses with some burnt malt in the end and some chocolate interwoven throughout. Pretty standard. Far too sweet for me, and has an astringency that is not always pleasant. Mouthfeel is a too prickly and the body is so-so. I'm not crazy about this, but it's not really a drain pour either.

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Photo of midaszero
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Opaque dark brown with tiny coffee head and no lacing

S - Little bit of a coffee choclate smell slight chemical smell

T - Sharp coffee and chocolate flavor coasts the gums a little

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Not as bad as a expected. Decent porter actually. Wouldn't neccessarily mind sitting down with one in the cool weather

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Photo of Bagman007
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, black in color with a lot of light brown head.

S- Has a very strong chocolate and caramel malty scent to it.

T- The taste is not as strong as you would think it would be after smelling it, but it is still fairly heavy on the chocolate and caramel scent.

M- Somewhat bitter beer with a strange after taste to it.

D- Fairly drinkable, but this beer is not really my type so I would not have more than one or two in a sitting.

Overall a solid Porter. Not too overpowering taste wise, but the weird after taste is a bit of a turnoff.

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Photo of GordonQuid
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark amber, one inch head that dissapates to a quarter inch head with slight lacing.

Smell is a bit hollow for a porter. but there is some grainy sweetness in the nose as well as some toasty biscuit. Virtually no hop profile.

Taste is a slight burnt toast and cara malts. Very drinkable and not at all bad. The 6.5% ABV gives it a nice finish.

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Photo of jrnichols
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A dark amber in color, but not opaque or cloudy when held up to the light. a medium head which dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell is somewhat faint, a little malty with maybe a tiny bit of nut.

Malty and sweet, with a note of chocolate, and a very faint smokiness. Also has a slight metallic aftertaste that I have noticed in other Dundee beers.

Feels light, not as creamy as some other porters. Lightly effervescent.

This beer is from a sampler pack of Dundee beers and like most of the ones I've sampled, it is OK, but doesn't quite stack up to others of it's kind. Although this is the best beer of the sampler, it still seems like a watered down version of a true porter. But it is easy to drink, the flavor is enjoyable, and the 6.5% ABV leaves a nice buzz. I would buy a 6-pack of this if I saw one, if only because the price is fairly cheap.

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Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.