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

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 28 | 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 obrike
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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)

Photo of soju6
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a tan head & little lacing.

S: Mainly a nice malt aroma with some traces of chocolate.

T: Nice roasted malt taste with a hint of chocolate. Nice clean finish, fairly dry.

F: medium body, quite smooth.

D: Another good brew from Dundee. Not overpowering, very enjoyable. Good drink while kicking back.

Photo of sauron681
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head that is thick and creamy, yet fizzy Has a nice medium mouthfeel that makes it quite drinkable.

Starts sweet in the mouth, but finishes chalky and dry. Hints of chocolate, and coffee bitterness, and mellow toffee notes. Very smooth overall. Also a lite alcohol aftertaste. Lingers long in the mouth.

I found this quite good for a "mainstream" brew. There are better porters out there but this was quite tasty for a common beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lionking
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dundee Porter from the Dundee variety 12 pack.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This beer is very dark, black with some ruby hues as i hold the glass up to the light. Head is about a quarter of a finger,

The nose is a coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is more of the chocolate. Beer is moderately crisp in the mouth. The drinkability is good. Doesnt taste like a 6.5% alcohol beer. I like this porter very much and would buy it again.

Photo of PintOHops
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Pint

A - Pretty damn dark, a bit of red when held up to light. Produced a 1-2 finger head, retention wasn't great, didn't stick around. No lacing to mention, a nice ring held atop throughout entire consumption.

S - Soft combo of coffee/chocolate, it's a bit dry with some dark fruity notes, a bit of plum, some licorice, and some alcohol in there. Nothing big & around average.

T - Some milk chocolate upfront unfolding into semi rich smokiness, some dark chocolate & mocha flavors. A bit of licorice on the finish along with some lingering roasted malts. Pretty good.

M - Moderately crisp & around medium bodied. A little smooth, around average.

D - Average drinkability, I could drink a couple pints I suppose. There's just allot better out there that I would choose over this. Not bad but I wont be buying this one again. Still worth a try for sure.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into snifter...

A: Pours a dark black with a creamy white head of two fingers. Falls pretty quickly and leaves decent lacing.

S: Fairly muted aroma, roasted malt a hint of caramel and faint grassy hops.

T: Much better than the nose, big roasted malt profile upfront featuring hints of cocoa and coffee along with a hint of sweet malt. Not too heavy which is nice being as it is a porter. Grassy hops on the finish crisp things up nicely.

M: Pretty spot on for a porter, lighter mouthfeel with nice carbonation and smooth dry finish.

D: Smooth and drinkable, exactly what a porter should be.

Photo of Thur123
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep dark red color that's much closer to a brownish black than red. About one finger of head on a fairly heavy pour and the head is khaki colored. The smell is...a sweet and slightly roasted malt character. The sweetness reminds me of brown sugar and cake frosting a little bit, with some raisins. A nice nose that's a little light but smells good.

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The roasted flavor is more pronounced in the flavor of the beer, with the sweetness showing up at the end of the profile, with slight tastes of cocoa and sugar, and definitely a dark bread flavor. The body is better than I expected with more volume than some of the other Dundee's I've had. This is better showing for Dundee, and maybe perhaps their best offering, at least from what I've had. A nice session porter that lets you know what a simple porter is like.

Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no visible freshess information.

A- This one pours out a dark brown colored body with ruby red highlights around the edges of the glass. a small khaki colored head forms on top.

S- dark roasted malts come through first. after that comes some dark and milk chocolate. a slightly hoppy/coffee finish.

T- the taste is like the smell. dark roasted malts and semisweet chocolate. moderately bitter coffee finish.

M- medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- the high level of carbonation takes something away from this one. something i can have a couple of but would look for something else after that.

Photo of Onenote81
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a ruby-tinted dark brown. Not as black as expected. There's a nice frothy tan head capping it off. Dissipates to a ring around the edge; leaves some sticky lace on glass. Scents of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some faint coffee, and minerals.

The body is crisp and leaning towards harsh with a moderate-to-high amount of carbonation. This could be smoothed out just a tad. Flavors of roasted coffee beans right away, but there's an odd metallic flavor finishing out the first few sips. This goes away after awhile though, and this becomes a decent Porter. Roasted malty goodness here. Not the best, but not bad.

Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like malty beers. I am not the biggest fan of bitterness. This beer's malty and roasted profile has endeared me to it. This is very drinkable and, coupled with the malty profile, I would describe this beer's drinkability as "hearty" and "gulping". The texture is of a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.

I had this straight out of the fridge and, I believe, this played a part in highlighting an early slightly metallic taste. As the beer warmed, the metallic taste disappeared and I was left with the malt, mild notes of burnt sugar, dried raisins and figs (perhaps what they mean by dark fruits),and some hints of French roast coffee.

The finish has a slight bitterness that doesn't last long at all. This brief bitterness brings to mind expresso and some lemon peel. I must note however, that this bitterness leaves no lasting traces.

If I'm able to find this in a six pack, I'd get it again. I definitely want to try this on tap. This is probably my favorite of the Dundee beers.

Photo of Engineerrock
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Very dark, nice head.

S: A little bit of roast.

T: Lots and lots of alcohol-almost rubbing alcohol. Something roasty chocolate, malted, and good. Bitterness well balanced.

M: Pretty smooth and not too heavy.

D: Could have a second if not for the heavy alcohol.

Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Really dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brownish-white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a blanket of bubbly carbonation on the surface. Leaves a sticky beer ring as it does. More spider web lacing as you drink it down.

S: Espresso bean and dark chocolate roasted malt.

T: Roasted coffee beans, and bittersweet chocolate. A little sweet touch of molasses, too.

M: Thick, hearty and robust. Slightly bitter and dry finish. A touch of sweetness lingers. Does have a bit of a carbonated feel.

D: Sipping beer.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Really nice deep dark appearance, and a nice roasted malt nose. Flavor is basic, but a nice combo of roasted components with a little sweetness. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of drcarver
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a dark brown body with a medium brown 1 finger head sits on top. Fades to decent lacing that sticks to the sides. Definitely the best looking beer from the variety pack.

S - smells of malt and slightly fruity. none of the typical roasted/burnt aroma

T - Sweet and creamy on the finish. A sour aftertaste hangs toward the end. A bit of roasted flavor and the presence of alcohol. Nicely smooth eventhough there is carbonation

D - Definitely. I nice dark beer.

Photo of Skilbarton
4.82/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can generally tell from first taste if I really like a beer and I really like this beer. Not a husky Porter but not light either. The chocolaty taste is there but not overbearing. It's drinkability encourages one to open a second and maybe a third and that works for me!

Photo of TheDeuce
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dundee Porter....Rochester NY.

Appearance-opaque brown/black. Nice creamy tan head bubbles rise up and disappear, a nice layer of carbonation remains. Decent.

Smell-nutty malt, alcohol, small notes of toffee and sugar. Hops and alcohol fairly hidden.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium bodied, malt and chocolate notes, super smooth and creamy, finishes on a strong note, layer of malt.

Drinkability-smooth, heavier alcohol is well hidden, well balanced.

Overall-well done, the best beer in my Dundee sampler, all flavor notes work well, reminescent of Stegmaier in PA, I really enjoyed this.

Photo of BrewMaven
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from my Dundee sampler..Which was only supposed to last 'till Christmas!? Maybe I'm not drinking enough beer.

Pours near opaque deeeep crimson with a low tan head which quickly receded to a ring leaving spotty lace.

I honestly couldn't pull anything from this particular beer aromawise..Could just be the weather and my poor sniffer. Thus my default average rating since I can neither praise nor fault what I can't smell.

Taste was easier thankfully consisting of Burnt malt, slight coffee and a copper finish which diminished as the beer warmed.

Fairly light mouthfeel with low carbonation.

A good Porter to session since it's light on the ABV and not as filling as my beloved Polish Baltics. Cheers!

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.

Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Mosley1212
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of mgbickel
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of TheMadJack
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.