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

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Dundee PorterDundee Porter

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John on 11-04-2006)
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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a sampler pack. Along with the Pale Bock Lager, those were my two favorites. Poured into a standard frozen pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown with a nice head on it that stayed for almost the entire drink.

S: Roasted nuts, coffee, earth, toasty malt and a honey sweetness.

T: Malt, coffee, earth with a cola-like character in the finish. A little sweet going down. Slightly watery for a porter.

Drinkability: Good one to have 4 or 5.

Value: In the format I purchased it, awesome. $10.69 for a 12-pack sampler. Worth every penny. If they priced these in six packs for around $5.99, I'd buy it sometimes.

WeezyBoPeep, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stakem, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Mosley1212
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown with a red tint, half inch of tan foam

S - Malts, hops, dark chocolate

T - Tastes of heavy hops with a biting alcohol after taste

M - Bitter to the tongue, not a pleasant feel

D - I could see enjoying a few of these,but not many. I'm not a big fan of this beer.

Mosley1212, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Instantly formed a massive 3 finger tan head which disipated quickly with moderate lacing. Dark brown translucent body.

Very nice coffee and roasted malt aroma. I can also detect some chocolate and caramel scents. After coming to proper temp. I can also picking up something along the lines of black cherries...

Starts with a big toasted coffee bean flavor then goes into the caramel and roasted malts. Finishes with a kick of dry black coffee.

Decent mouth feel...thin but not too thin. Ever so slightly creamy and carbonated.

Very drinkable...pretty true to the style and represents it quite well.

mgbickel, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of TheMadJack
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass

The beer is a dark blackish brown, letting light through only around the edges, and then only if you're looking. Moderate, foamy, buff colored head that settles after a minute or two. Extremely minmal lacing that follows the beer down as you drink it. No sticky foam coating the glass, but little protrusions upwards from the head.

Raisins, alcohol, allspice, coffee beans, biscuits and roasted malts readily apparent in the nose, with a faint smoke. Complex but not overpowering.

Flavor is somewhat bitter, chocolate over a toasty base, fading to an unmistakable coffee and caramel, almost like a cappucino, but that's about it. Still very pleasant, but not a lot of the complexity that the nose promised.

Speaking of, as the beer warms a nice brown sugar note comes through both in the nose and on the palate.

The beer feels warm and smooth on the tongue, with firm but mellow carbonation that lifts the brew and keeps it active in your mouth.

This has good drinkability for a Porter, finding its place somewhere between Porter and Stout. Not overpowering, but not watered down, either. Ranked it high in that regard because it's good for a Porter - still not as easy to put away as, say, Heineken. If I were making a session of it, I'd make a sandwich as well.

TheMadJack, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of kevinjosephlee
1.83/5  rDev -47.1%
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?

kevinjosephlee, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of the JW Dundee craft pack, the bottle label states to 'be big". Let's hope so as I pour this brew into my Sammy Adams freebie glass. Dark black with brown edges, a frothy tan head bubbles up and leaves a sheet of lace. Good start.

Above average whiff of chocolate malt and caramel. Also better than average quaff of the same, the only real drawback is the somewhat thin body. A touch of coffee and burnt toast push this to a stout style, but still a decent beer from the craft pack after experiencing mostly pedestrian brews from the brewer before.

This should be available in a sixer.

Vancer, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with reddish highlights. Not opaque -- light definitely gets through. Fizzy tannish head that disappears fast. Appears flat.

S: Faint nose -- some roasty malt is about it, maybe a hint of sweeter malt (caramel or toffee).

T: Not much going on here either. Some roasted barley, a hint of coffee.

M: Slightly thin; weak in feel.

D: At least it's light and generally non-offensive, so you can drink it fast. Why you'd want to is a different question.

Kendo, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of cnally
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was gifted to me. Thanks, pops.

The appearance is a barely transparent reddish brown with tints of red around the ends of the glass as light shines through. A mega-fizzy head falls down with a decent lacing. Sounds like soda pop.

Deep malty nose in the aroma. Very sweet smelling, with hints of dark fruits like cherry grape and plum. A distincive alcoholic nose as well.

Very mild porter flavor here. The first taste is a sweet one, but that quickly fades into a surprising bitterness. The smoke flavor so associated with porters is really held back, way in the background, but in the finish you can sense it. Fairly sweet taste.

Creamy, slightly fizzy carbonated mouthfeel.

You what this one is? It is the perfect "first porter I ever had" territory. Let a newbie taste this one to start getting interested in porters. A very mellow taste...a slightly sweet one...what's not to like? Very decent.

cnally, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of mempath
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice pancake batter head that laces a bit and settles soon...as dark as a stout.

smokey burnt caramel smell. or grilled dark dried fruit...

taste is actually sweeter than i expected. still, the smoke and coffee. nice depth that lingers a bit. mouthfeel seems less carbonated than it should be.

as it warms, i notice a touch of hops in the finish.

nice, but i wouldn't session it. unless alot of pub fare was involved.

mempath, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a dark brown with ruby tints, and a thin off-white head that lingers a while and leaves okay lacing. Nose is a complex mix of charcoal, licorice and a hint of acramel. Mouthfeel is a bvit on the thin side, but the flavor picks up where the nose left off and throws in just a slight morsel of smoked wood and alcohol. Finish is extrmely dry, and also short, but all and all, not a bad beer by this brewer that normally does not impress me.

kimcgolf, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of vdread
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dundee Porter
bottle to glass

a-nearly black with a little red coming through. thick two finger head that faded to a thin little collar and left a decent amount of lace.

s-not so much when cold, but once it warms up, i can smell dark malts and some chocolate and coffee.

t-coffee, dark fruits, some bitter chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, some floral, slightly citrus hops in the back.

m- medium bodied, good carb makes it smooth in the mouth and a little bitter without too much.

d- about average. not a bad porter, but not the best either. easily accessible.

this came in a dundee craft pack that also had a pale ale, ipa, wheat, honey brown, and a bock.

i find this to be the best of the pack, not only because i like darker beers, but because it is the only style that doesn't seem like watered down versions of the style they represent.

vdread, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

alleykatking, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of waltek1
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving size: 12 ounce brown bottle that is part of the Dundee Craft Pack. There is no expiration date or born-on-date on either the bottle nor on the case itself.

A: Poured dark brown into a 14 oz glass. The light sand-colored head disappeared quickly.

S: A mix of roasted malt and peat. Not overly aromatic.

T: Dominated by a roasted coffee taste, with a smoky malt undertone.

M: One definitely feels the carbonation on the palate. Medium bodied brew.

D: Not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I have enjoyed both bottles of porter from the Dundee Craft Pack in one sitting.

This is a solid offering by Dundee Brewing, especially at the Dundee Craft Pack's price point. A good stepping-stone beer, this porter would serve well in introducing someone to the style. It is drinkable, has good flavor, but is not overpowering.

waltek1, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Dundee Sampler Pack...

A: deep, dark brown with a frothy khaki head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts, roasted nuts and hints of carmel and cocoa.

T: like the scent, roasted malts, roasted nuts, hints of sweet carmel and cocoa. slight smoke. Not full flavored, but good.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation

D: Nice, decent porter... nothing more and nothing less.

rfgetz, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of showell
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, this is the second one I've tried from my mixed Dundee 12 pack.

Appearance on this one is okay. I really have come to expect darker from a Porter. The head was about an inch, and disipated in about a minute and a half. The smell was burnt coffee. The taste was a bit thin and weak for a porter. It was by no means bad, just kind of weak. Mouthfeel was okay. Drinkability was okay too. Maybe it's a porter "light"?

I don't know. So far, I'm not terribly impressed with Dundee. It's not BAD, it's just not great either and there's lots of other better beers. Still, I got the mixed 12 pack for a decent price. I think I paid around $12 for it. Not bad for something new to try.

showell, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown in color with an off-white head

Smell: A nice roasted coffee smell with a slight hint of malted sweetness

Taste: It still has that roasted taste, similar to the smell but unfortunately it almost has a bitter medicinal taste. The unpleasant medicine taste is very slight but still it has an off taste because of it.

ruckus232, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of bushbeer75
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Dundee Porter poured black with a limited tan head and lacing. The aroma and taste is of light burnt coffee and roasted malts. This Porter is a little on the thin side for the style. It has smoothness despite the thinner body.

This Ale has good drinkability for a Porter, however, was hoping for a slight bit more flavor.

bushbeer75, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of jimj21
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mixed twelve pack. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown. Pour produces about two fingers of light brown head. Retention is decent and there is a good amount of lacing. When held up to the light, there are some reddish tinges around the edge. Good appearance for a porter.

Smell is malty and sweet. There is a slight bit of roastiness as well. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a small amount of floral aroma. Hints of cocoa as it warms.

Taste is what you would expect from a good porter. Malty/caramel sweetness is balanced by some roasted bitterness. Hops are floral and don't contribute much bitterness. A little fruity sweetness is there in the middle. Seems like there is some dark chocolate there in the beginning which sweetens a little toward the end.

Mouthfeel is good and quite creamy. Medium bodied. Could be a tad thicker, but not bad. Carbonation is a little low, which works with the style.

I think this is the best of the six styles in the twelve pack. and a good beer overall. There is a lot of good flavor and it's easy to drink. A good take on the style.

jimj21, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
3/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

GordonQuid, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of CHL
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and opaque with a pleasant tan head that rings the glass. Perfect visage of a dark beer.

Smell is malty, and vaguely sweet, with perhaps some piney hops. Can't put my finger on it, but it's not what I would hope. However, it delivers pretty well on taste. There's nice malt, with just a touch of roastedness, and some chocolate-tabacco kinds of flavor. It's biased on the sweet side and leaves a sticky sort of aftertaste that I don't like, but it's great going down. Medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation and very smooth.

This came from their sampler pack, and I think it's the best of the lot.

CHL, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Bockrules
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger dark tan head. Head has fallen apart about two-thirds down the glass, leaves a few splotches of lacing.

S - Upon opening the bottle, can smell sweet roasted malt along with some molasses notes. Makes me want to take a sip!

T - Sweet up front followed by a powerful and well balanced body. Toasted malt and molasses notes are well balanced by (English?) hops. Finnish is bitter-sweet before fading into a molasses aftertaste. Simple, but good.

M - Medium-heavy body with a very creamy texture. This beer seems to expand in my mouth, a quality I look for in a well crafted porter. Excellent work!

D - This was probably the best beer in Dundee's Craft Pack. Although this beer is very well balanced, the one dimensional molasses flavor would get to me after a while, so I would only want to drink one or two of these in a night. Now that I have tried the entire selection, I can say that Genesee brewing company tends to make average, unmemorable beers. I would recommend the craft pack to someone just getting into beer tasting because it's cheap,relatively inoffensive to a macro drinker, and offers a good general idea of different beer styles. That being said, I hope to never purchase Dundee again (Except perhaps the honey brown for wrenchin' beer).

Bockrules, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a flute. No freshness date is evident on the bottle or label.

Pours a very dark, clear, nearly-opaque brown that shows deep ruby when held to the light. Shows off a full, thick, rich head of tan mousse that fades away slowly, settling to a thin crown that leaves behind slight patchy lace on the walls of the glass.

The malty aroma holds notes of caramel and toffee with slight toasted biscuit and a bit of licorice.

A medium, mildly-carbonated body carries with it a somewhat bitter palate of lightly-burnt biscuit and unsweetened chocolate, caramel and toffee and just a bit of dark pit fruit. Finishes very dry with and mildly bitter, with a hint of grain and praline.

Quite drinkable, and a very nice interpretation of the style. A bit robust and a touch heavy with its 6.5% ABV, but quaffing a few of these in good company would certainly be no chore. Very satisfying.

superdedooperboy, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a menacingly dark black. Serious black. Absolutely opaque, even held up to the light. The head is a nice, milk chocolate brown. Made about one finger of head that lingers for a while. Delicious looking.

S - Smell is big on this. Almost like cappuccino and red wine. Intriguing and rich.

T - Very interesting taste. Bitter chocolate and coffee taste. Not exceedingly bitter, however. Taste lingers for a while and leaves a nice bitter taste behind. I noticed a little metallic taste to it on the first few sips, but I either got used to it or had it too cold because it tastes much better now.

MF - Smooth from start to finish. Almost a milky consistency.

D - Taste is good, but I think it's a little too heavy to have more than one or two.

MikeBrandman, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of tj4288
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

tj4288, Jul 01, 2009
Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.