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

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 461
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

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 TheBrewo
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at The Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house hefe glass glowing a deep reddish amber. It held a film of a head of big white and creamy bubbles, leaving flecks of lacing down the glass as the liquid receded. Carbonation appeared average, and no haze or sediment was noted. The nose showed adjuncty grain, sweetness of cooked raisin syrup, warmed brown sugars, and big caramel malts. Our first impression was that, as in the nose, the flavoring was much sweeter, and less roasty, than expected. The taste opened with rich caramel sugars, fig sweetness, and booze. The flavoring mirrored that of a cheaper Scotch ale. The middle peaked with a dryer toasted malt on the back, with more caramel and bright dextrin sweetness continuing to show through. Finally some deeper chocolate notes came on the back, with a renewed fruity sweetness of cherry, and hints of orange flesh. The aftertaste breathed mildly of roasted malts, light caramel toast, fusel booze, and warmed plum pudding. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was the same. Each sip gave decent slurp and smack, but little in the way of cream or froth. The mouth was coated, with little dryness to the palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. The nose showed big sweetness (much more than expected, actually) with strong caramels and dark, boozy fruit. The appearance, on the other hand, showed hues of a much lighter style, which was due, according to our served, to the generous use of chocolate malts, rather than the typical mix with roasted barley. This, coupled with the aroma, gave the air of a different style, which we felt to be a little too liberal of an interpretation, as the big, roasty qualities of the style were certainly lost amongst the sweetness and fruitiness.

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Photo of Josiah2729
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger tan head. The head fades fast to give only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – Sweeter toffee and caramel as well as aromas of dark bread and a light roasted malt are present mingling producing a nice sweet bready aroma.

Taste – A dryer dark bready flavor with hints of a very light sweetness are upfront. As the flavor advances it bitters more as some roasted flavors of a light coffee and burnt toast become present. These flavors last to the end where they leave a bitter roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is very average in thickness with a slightly lower level of carbonation. The body is a little lighter then desired as a thicker body would allow all the roasted flavors to really be tasted.

Overall - A little on the dry side without much variety in the flavor profile. One I would likely not go back to again and again.

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Photo of jifigz
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a dark brown with red highlights when held up to the light. The head is extremely bubbly and lingered only a short time. The aroma is mild cola and some dark toasted grain. The flavor is a little richer than what I would have gathered from the smell. It is dark roasted grains with hints of chocolate and stale coffee. The alcohol becomes evident in the flavor just before the final flavor comes in that is all cola. The beer finishes kind of dry and thin on the palate. I like my porters to have a bit more body than this does, but it's not bad.

For being a product made by Genesee I feel like this isn't too bad. Good work for a cheaper brew.

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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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Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.