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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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Photo of therica
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= very deep chestnut but strong light comes through when held up to one. One-finger tan head in a pint glass.

S= nuts, light chocolate, astringency, dark fruits in a mild nose.

T= slightly dry malts, green malts, green and mature hops. I'm not getting much of the typical porter chocolate nut dark fruit effect in the taste.

M= slightly astringent and dry.

O= an interesting drinkable porter from the Dundee label of Genessee / Matt's.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber/blackish color with an inch thick, tan head. Has creamy lacing.

Smell - Sweet, toffee, roasted malts, and earthy aromas.

Taste - Roasted malts, caramel and toffee, quite sweet, with earthy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Has a thick, creamy body with medium carbonation.

Overall - Not particularly my favorite style of beer but I thought I'd try it out. It's definitely good for what it's supposed to be. I just don't really like coffee flavors in anything.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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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 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 Cylinsier
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a dark ebony wood color, minimal light passing through, with a brownish head that is low from the start.

Smells of roasted malts like oats, and coffee. Mild nutty bitterness.

Tastes a bit chocolatey with some coffee sans acidity, and toasty oat like malts again, with a final touch of hop.

Moderate to full body, low carbonation, creamy finish.

Shockingly good porter, almost stout like, and a surprising treat. There are plenty of better porters, but probably not at this price. I would have this again.

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Photo of MrOH
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep, dark reddish brown with a big tan head. Good lace.

Lots of caramel and toffee with a hint of roast.

Roast, followed by caramel, and then a bit more roast.

Medium bodied with medium carbontion.

Nothing too complicated, but that's ok, it's a nice easy drinking beer. The whole is definitely more than the sum of it's parts on this one.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours near-black with ruby highlights and edging. Off-white head that gives way to moderate clumpy lacing.

S - Dark, roasted malts. Caramel, dusty cocoa. Earth. Hint of hops.

T - Cocoa with some coffee. Earthy caramel overtones. Subtle general spectrum hops bitterness tightens up the finish a bit.

M - Medium.

O - A good Porter. Represents exactly the style.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep bronze color-a very dark brown but has some nice clean highlites to it. Malty and toffeeish aroma. Nice chocolatey flavors. Not much in the way of roasted grains. Caramel and toffee dominate. Somewhat of a hop bite in the finish. Lingering sweetness. Ok body wise. I really like this-more of a heavy brown ale then a porter to me.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #118
Served On: 01/29/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was in the mixed 'Craft Pack' I found at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA for around $13.00.

Look: Poured a deep dark filtered mahogany color. The head was a thin layer of light-tan foam.

Smell: Strong roasted malts. Coffee and toffee notes with some earthy hops.

Taste: The taste was absolutely amazing for a Genesee offering. The palate was first hit with a coating of woody French Vanilla. Then the roasted coffee set in. A rustic hop started out the finish – followed by a pleasant coffee and hop bitterness. The mouth feel was very soft a creamy.

This is a great Porter. I’ve had a couple other Dundee offerings and this one is the best so far. Even though it won't quite hold up to an Anchor or a Sierra Nevada, this is till a very solid Porter.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass (also sampled in a borrowed nonic, but nothing changed):

A: black body with a big tan/light brown lumpy head with sticky foamy lacing following the beer as it goes down

S: nutty, chocolate, some light coffee subdued but coming out as the beer warms

T: bittersweet through slight coffee and chocolate, bitter hops

M: medium, watery, extremely sessionable, no aftertaste or finish

O: just an average American Porter, not sure if I'd have this again ... ?

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a motor oil black color, produced a thick tan head, above average retention and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and caramel/toffee. Full bodied, this American Porter had a decent malt backbone, some slight flavor of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Overall, this is a very drinkable Porter, a beginners Porter. If you looking for a big English style Porter, this one isnt for you, but this makes a nice session beer - decent for an entry level porter. Prost!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown, completely opaque in the middle of the body. The edges of the glass, the bottom, and the top betray a slightly lighter colored beer, as coppery amber hues show up to highlight the edges of the body.

Aromas of caramel and roasted barley along with a little bit of chocolate. The taste is in the same vein, but it is far more chocolatey than the aroma. Unfortunately, the roasted flavors don't carry like they did in the aroma.

The feel is a little thin for a beer that touts itself as "roasted and robust," but it has a solid creaminess to it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very dark brown color with a frothy tan head..lively this one is and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is sweet and has a caramel-chocolate malt profile that is low on the roast. Not much hops and just a twang of nutty yeast.

Taste is burnt sweetness with a little tannic astringency on the finish. Very little hops, just enough for a little balancing bitterness and the body is not really all that full for the moderate, pervasive sweetness. Not bad, worth a try in the mixed-pack format, but not one I would buy a whole sixer of.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark ruby, with a rich, foamy head and stylish lace. Impressive appearance.

Aroma is sweet, with a slight roastiness and an almost nut-like tone.

Taste is sweet and malty. A little on the thin side, actually. I get slight hints of chocolate and coffee notes, but overall, they are well submerged.

Not bad, just really very adequate. I say, easily sessionable, but far from an exemplary porter.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is also of roasted malts, a good bit of coffee is present, just a touch of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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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 jmarklan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice ebony that reveals mahogany and red when held up to the light. Creamy tan head that dissipates after a few minutes and leaves some nice lacing.

S: A very mocha aroma; chocolate syrup and slight coffee.

T: This is not a very robust porter, and i'm not complaining about it either. Chocolate syrup dominates the flavor with coffee settling in with the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. Just right.

Overall: A very simple yet enjoyable porter.

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

Pours a rich very dark brown, nearly black, but with nice mahogany highlights. There is a decent tan head, but this retreats rapidly, leaving little more than a ring.

Good mouthfeel, with well-chosen carbonation. Medium body.

Aroma: mild: sweet dark malt; noticeably hoppy; slight hints of smoke and dark fruits.

Taste: light for style, but otherwise without serious flaws. Has the hoppy tinge expected of an American Porter.

O - An average quality porter, leaning towards the light side in flavor. Good value as part of Dundee 'craftpack'.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a sampler pack.

A: dark brown with a nice bubbly head that lingered very well.

S: Roasted nuts, coffee and a bit of a sweet almost honey scent

T: Roasted malt and warm earthy taste. Slight coffee note. Nothing overpowering about his one.

M: Very light for a porter, well carbonated and goes down easy.

O: Not a bad porter but seems a bit watered down. Good porter for those who cannot handle the bold tastes as this seems a bit muted.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of divineaudio
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


a - pours a deep mahogany brown with a finger of sudsy, tan head. retention is good, calming to a thin cap after a few minutes. leaves a few chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - roasted malt with toffee notes. faint dark fruity notes.

t - muted roastiness balanced by a fairly prominent herbal bitterness. faint spice notes with a sticky sweet finish.

m - thin with a little more carbonation than i prefer.

o - decent beer and goes down pretty easy, could have a few no problem. nothing memorable style wise though. wouldn't mind picking up a seasonal pack with these in it again, but i wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.88/5  rDev +38.6%
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!

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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 obrike
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer number two tonight from Dundee's mixed 12 pack.

Color is black/brown...cola like, a few hints of red...Head disappates quickly, but leaves a nice thin lace for duration...spotty lacing throughout. Not too shabby.

Smells good. I'm getting chocolate, vanilla, smokey malt...maybe a touch of sweetened coffee...much better than i anticipated.

Taste feels a bit thin...follows nose, but way to light/subtle for a good porter. Pretty carbonated, but super thin. This beer had great potential. Still, a decent effort by Dundee.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#127. Part two of my four part Dundee Craft Pack review. Somehow there's a one-year gap between the last review and this one, which is interesting, as I've seen this beer (in the variety pack) just about everywhere, and at the impressive $10.99 price tag could make an easy buy for anybody rubbing nickels together.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass at room temperature. Served at about 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 2 finger depth frothy head that has average retention. Lacing left at the surface is quite clingy and sticks around, but no further lacing beneath it seems to stick for long. Color is a very dark brown with some deep ruby highlights at the bottom. Beer looks quite clean and filtered from the little light that gets through. Looks aren't bad for this beer, but as in many beers, the head could improve. 4

(Smell) Some buttery dark caramel, toffee, bitter chocolate and possibly some very light coffee grounds. Smells like there's some potential in this beer if I could just smell it in its full glory. Smell is mildly potent at just about all temperature ranges and could improve much more. Good sweet and bitter characteristics, other than the potency, I'm enjoying it. 3.5

(Taste) Not too shabby. A sweet hearty dose of caramel and toffee lie up front followed with a nip of bitter chocolate and earthy hop cresting the finish. Very mild alcohol character peeks through in larger sips. The overall taste is done rather well but is a tad watered down which is unfortunate for the flavors in this beer. It could be worse, but could be far better too. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite smooth with a mildly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is somewhat well hidden, but discernible in minute amounts. Body is a light-medium, way too thin for a porter. It does alright by the taste, but needs more substance to reach the ranks of the almighty porter gods. 3

(Overall) A surprisingly decent victory by Dundee standards; it's one of the better offerings by the hit-or-miss Dundee, but because this is found in a variety pack, you can't get more than 3 without going out of your way and buying another box! It should be more commonly available than this. Like most porters, this is best served and appreciated at a much warmer than average temperature. The taste and the aroma improved and balanced out vastly around the 50 degree mark. I can't say that I would claim to go out of your way to have this beer, considering the large amount of stellar porters that come out at this time of year. However, it certainly is proving to be the best reason to buy any Dundee product as thus far. 3.5

Genessee Brewing Company's
Dundee Porter
B- (3.48)

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