Dundee Porter - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
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3.53/5 rDev +2%
Dark chocolate brown with russet colored edges. I'm unable to see light on the opposite side of the glass, but get the impression that the beer wouldn't be opaque on a brighter day. The head is golden brown sugar in color and has an attractive look about it, both on the pour and thereafter. Quite a bit of lace nails down the above score.
The nose is very nearly absent. I might be able to identify the proper style if blinded. On second thought, I doubt it. A whiff of 'dark malt' reaches my nose, but that's it. Maybe it'll open up with warming. Edit: it does.
Porter is a slightly above-average porter that escapes being considered merely average by being roastier and a wee bit more bold than most beer of this style. The flavor profile could still use some work, however.
I'm reminded of a light stout more than a porter (if such a distinction can be made), due to the roastiness, the coffee beaniness and mild char. Porters don't usually taste this 'black'. A bit of a lactic tang, however, brings the taste buds back into porter territory. Sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw.
The mouthfeel works. It's medium, perhaps a tad more full, and is as smooth as it needs to be, no more. Since the carbonation didn't make an impression until I went looking for it, I'd say that it's spot-on as well.
I've always considered High Falls Brewing Company to be a poor man's Matt Brewing Company (Saranac). Both are located in Rust Belt cities along the I-90 corridor in upstate New York and both brew average to slightly above-average beer on their best day. JW Dundee's Porter might be HFBC's most accomplished offering.
12-31-2007 14:52:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
Found this one in the fridge in the cabin when we checked in, looks like it was left behind by the last occupant, but no matter, it was still getting tried. Taken right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass to be my first beer on vacation. This one was consumed on 10/09/2008.
The pour was decent with a very dark chocolate brown color coming forward almost immediately. What followed was just the slightest touch of lacing coming up, a light tan color, which then settled down quickly leaving behind essentially nothing.
The aroma was light, lots of roasted malts and a hint of cocoa, rather decent, but needed a little more pop to really get a fire under it. The flavor though was a bit better. Rich and warming, a nice roasted malt, touches of caramel and a hint of a bakers chocolate like bitterness. Rich and creamy, it had a smooth feel to it, albeit a touch light and over carbonated. Not as thin as I would have thought though. Easily a nice sit down porter, a little above session levels but not terribly so.
Overall not bad, interesting I would have to give it for sure with a richness and fullness that I did not think it would have. For the price it was more then decent and something that I would have no issue with trying again.
10-18-2008 13:33:34 | More by mikesgroove
3.4/5 rDev -1.7%
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body crowned with two fingers of light beige foam. Meager splotches of lace on the way down.
Smell: Predominate nose smelling of dark malts with notes of chocolate, licorice dust, and dark fruits with a fine, fine whiff of spice in the distant background.
Taste: Dark maltiness with a touch of unsweetened chocolate powder, light roast, and a hint of licorice. Lightly sweet at the start, but washes out for a faintly sourish, vaguely fruity accent hinting at raisins. Hop profile with a touch of spiciness and a restrained bitterness. Splash of mineral water. Dry maltiness on the latter half until the finish. One of those beers that doesn't improve with any warmth, quite the opposite, in fact, so, don't waste a minute with this one.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A basic but acceptable porter. It offers light tastes with a light body aimed for ease of drinkability, one would assume.
03-07-2010 18:50:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.18/5 rDev +20.8%
"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.
01-01-2007 04:16:06 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
A - Poured out a dark black color with a caramel colored, one-finger head. No lace.
S - It smelled of roasted malt and some chocolate.
T - It tasted of roasted malt. It was very sweet, too. A nice caramel/chocolate taste, as well.
M - It was crisp and had a sharp bite on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This beer really surprised me. It might be the best JW Dundee product that I've had.
06-05-2007 17:35:44 | More by zeff80
3.75/5 rDev +8.4%
Dundee Porter pours a clear, very dark brown (almost black) body with ruby highlights. The creamy dark tan head holds well and leaves nice wide-rings of craggy lace behind.
The aroma is a touch perfumey and fruity, rather than chocolatey or roasty, but it does have an edge of dark malt. Some floral and just gently grassy hops are present as well.
Oddly, a fair amount of dark maltiness with chocolatey notes and a hint of soft roastiness (think thin, watery coffee) appears in the flavor. There's also a cocoaish edge, and some hop flavors. The yeasty fruitiness is presesnt as well, and it's a tinge sharp and berry-ish, but wow, why is the chocolate/roastiness not so prevalent in the nose? Odd.
It's medium-light bodied, but leaning more towards medium, and the carbonation is kept in check leaving it smooth across the palate.
Overall, it's a pretty impressive English-style porter with a lot of yeasty character, an incredibly smooth roastiness, and a delicate, gently spicy finish that doesn't linger at all. You could drink a lot of these, but I'm not sure how satiating they are.
10-15-2008 02:34:39 | More by NeroFiddled
2.45/5 rDev -29.2%
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 theres 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, theres not as much coffee and chocolate flavor as you would expect. Theres 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 Ive had in the style. If Im looking for a Porter, this would be one of the last that I would select.
07-08-2007 05:51:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.43/5 rDev -0.9%
A - One finger of off white head on an opaque, black body. The head settles down quite quickly, but it leaves behind thick lace.
S - Light coffee roast, with a hint of chocolate. Slight hop aroma and a little bit of caramel malt, otherwise quite clean.
T - Coffee/ chocolate roast flavors followed by clean, slightly sweet malt. The roasted character reasserts itself in the finish and lingers.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and fairly dry.
D - Easily drinkable. The flavors don't stand out, but it has a nice roasted quality if you take the time to appreciate it.
12-02-2007 05:40:32 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +15.6%
Appears with a dark ruby brown body nearly black with a large tan moccha head, which dwindles slowly leaving behind scattered chunks of lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate in cocoa powder form nicely rounded with a creamy latte' effect, balanced herbal hop bouqet. Flavor has more dark chocolate and mild coffee and light fruity ale notes from the dark roasted malt character with a soothing herbal expressive hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a semi creamy texture and it's evenly carbonated coming off very smooth on my palate. Drinkability is one great solid porter I'm very impressed with the quality of their craft lineup...I'm a fan of High Falls including their Amarillo hopped pale ale.
02-21-2007 23:47:23 | More by WVbeergeek
4.05/5 rDev +17.1%
Pours a nice chestnut/mahagany with 2 fingers+ of fluffed up mocha head. Very good lacing and head retention
S: Slight fruittyness & roasted grains
T: Roasted grains, fruittyness & a hint of iron & booze up front. Dryness with a hint of vanilla follows. Finishes with chocolate sweetness, vanilla, grainyess & dryness
MF: Medium bodied with very good balance, a little too carbonated for me
Drinks very easy for abv, this is easily the best offering I've had from this brewery & it makes we wonder why can't put some balls behind their other offerings? I'd surely buy this again. The other 5 will be going down my neck at a friend's BBQ tonight!
03-17-2007 18:30:15 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
a very pleasant and drinkable american style porter. this beer pours pretty dark brown, but when held up to a bright light lets a few rays through. like a really dark rootbeer, with a half inch of white head lingering. the nose is complex for a dundee beer, lots of english style dark malts, a waft or cocoa, and some bitter char too, but only in small quantity. the flavor belnds these elements gracefully. i taste a little coffee, some sweet but rich and earthy malts, which impar a sort of natural bitterness to the beer. there is also more hops than the style usually calls for, which makes it finish punchy and fun. i drank all of them from the mixed 12er in one sitting because the texture was creamy, the carbonation was fair, and the body was nice and full, which i really get off on this time of year. there is nothing too standout about this porter, but its one of those beers that just belongs in your glass. i was plenty pleased with it, despite it not scoring too high in any capacity.
12-10-2012 06:08:35 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +15.6%
The beer pours a deep, dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, chocolatey scent that as well as a nice roasted malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. It has a rich, roasted taste that is quite flavorful. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good American porter. It's looks and tastes great. This is a good seasonal offering from High Falls.
01-22-2007 21:39:41 | More by WesWes
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a brown-red color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee. The flavor is a mix of toffee, dirt, earthy hops as well as some chocolate and smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Dundee beers, but still nothing too special.
07-05-2010 02:30:16 | More by Mora2000
2.7/5 rDev -22%
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.
02-10-2008 22:03:42 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +15.6%
Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).
Another big surprise from the mixed pack. A high ABV for a standard porter but like the IPA it isn't noticeable at all. Pours a nice dark reddish hue and is extremely flavorful. Just behind the IPA for the best beer in this mixed pack.
09-21-2008 21:58:43 | More by oriolesfan4
4.58/5 rDev +32.4%
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.
03-28-2012 00:25:58 | More by woodychandler
3.7/5 rDev +6.9%
Ordered a bottle at Daniel Jack's in Syracuse. Served in a pint glass, it was a good looking beer. Had a nice tan head with retention and lacing, what a pleasant surprise. Smells of milk chocolate malts. The taste is pretty mellow, but I'm getting some nice citrus hops along with the malt. It's not exactly full-flavored, but it is tasty. Very easy-drinking and if I found a 6er the same price as the honey brown, I might pick one up.
02-16-2007 14:56:59 | More by tempest
3/5 rDev -13.3%
Poured a deep, deep brown, almost black. Small white head that waves bye bye after a minute or so. Smell is of roasted malts, with a hint of dark chocolate. Body is thin with some carbionation. Taste is nicely bittered up front with a weak sweet dark chocolate finish. Roasted all the way. The only thing it has going for it is roasted malts.
05-02-2008 22:42:30 | More by barleywinefiend
3.6/5 rDev +4%
Pours a dark brown that you can tell would be clear if it wasn't so dark. Has some brownish hues around the edges and slightly less than a finger of tanned head. Little bit of lacing going on here. Nose has burnt notes of chocolate, coffee, yeast and a bit of hop/citrus in the end. Taste is a little yeasty and metallic but also includes heavily toasted/kilned grains. High amount of carb makes the feel seem quite light. Overall not bad. Not something to go out of your way for but surely is as good or better than average.
12-15-2009 23:58:42 | More by stakem
3.33/5 rDev -3.8%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a jet black body with a light beige head that is pitted but last and last. There is strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that can be seen at the edge of the glass.
S- The smell of coffee roasted malt with a field corn note has some nice richness to it.
T- The taste of black bitter roasted malt has a strong sour flavor with a cream flavor that is faint. There is a nougat note that increases as the beer warms. There is alight tartness that lingers after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.
D- Most porters air on the side of watered down stouts but this porter is big and robust. I guess the bottle is telling the truth. The malt tastes are nice and roasted but the sour and nougat flavors are to strong.
10-15-2007 02:37:35 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.75/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
10-08-2008 02:48:57 | More by mothman
Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.