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

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Dundee PorterDundee Porter

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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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 wiseguy142
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is black and pours with an ugly soda like head. Really if I didn't just pour this myself I'd think I was looking at Coca cola. But it's not, it's beer.

Aroma is nice, but not great. Roasted barley, a very classic "porter smell" if that really exists. Hints of metal and banana (a dangerous combination..).

Flavor is robust up front but finishes on the watery side. Reminds me a bit of a darker Genny Bock- like milk chocolate marshmallows.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. A little too peppery in the carbonation reminds me of the Coca Cola thing again. I think I like this beer more than my overall ratings would indicate. I definitely dig the marshmallow character of it and it's very easy to drink. They just need to make the head look better, maybe boost the body, drop the carbonation, and bring out the flavors and aromas a little cleaner.

wiseguy142, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of clemtig76
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle as part of a multi-pack picked up at Green's in Greenville, SC. Pours a dark mahogany brown with some ruby highlights and a light tan head. aroma is of roasted malts with some caramel, chocolate, and coffee notes. Tastes toasty with toffee and caramel with just a little grassy hops in the finish. Not a bad poeter at all for the price paid. Well done.

clemtig76, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, black in color with a lot of light brown head.

S- Has a very strong chocolate and caramel malty scent to it.

T- The taste is not as strong as you would think it would be after smelling it, but it is still fairly heavy on the chocolate and caramel scent.

M- Somewhat bitter beer with a strange after taste to it.

D- Fairly drinkable, but this beer is not really my type so I would not have more than one or two in a sitting.

Overall a solid Porter. Not too overpowering taste wise, but the weird after taste is a bit of a turnoff.

Bagman007, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of rdub
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from 12-pack sampler bottle. Dark motor oil brown with a thin tan head quickly dissipating. Tiny bit of lacing. Porter smell with not much going on. Taste was mild for the porter style. I got mostly smoke with some coffee background. Tasted a lot like a Yuengling Black n Tan. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability pretty good and easy for the style. Pretty OK but nothing exceptional.

rdub, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of budgood1
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a nearly opaque crimson hue, with a thin tan head that dies quickly reducing to very thin lace. cocoa aroma with chalky notes. taste races behind with more of the same. chalky milk chocolate, some smokiness with a herbal hoppiness. some fruit flavours flutter about in an all encompassing manor. all light and relatively easy on the palate. there is a touch of this same sourness i've been chasing throughout the sampler pack i've bought. not so offending here. medium bodied as per dundee specs. mouthfeel leaning light and lager like. drinkability rather respecatable with the rest of the dundee sampler pack pack in the rearview mirror.

another just average stab at the style. rather mundane and mostly boring at best, even though i tend to gravitate towards beers of this style. my scores are relatively kind considering....

budgood1, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an opaque dark brown with a bit fluffy two-finger tan head. The smell is not as strong as some porters, but has most of the components. Some sweet chocolate and coffee is there. The taste starts off with some sweet malt that gives way to some pretty mild hops with a bit of the coffee and chocolate flavors you'd expect. Not bad, but not really what expected. It almost tastes closer to a less hoppy black and tan rather than a porter. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. This is a very drinkable for a porter, probably due to the fact that it feels a little toned back, likely due to the need of the company to keep it at under 7% ABV.

TheTrevor, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this very GOOD beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very dark and the beer had a very nice tan head. The beer was caramelly and malty smelling. The taste of the beer was very roasted coffee tasting and was a nice blend, kinda nutty also. Lacing was good. i will buy again. I like this company a lot.

Minkybut, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into an imperial pint yields a four-finger tan head over an opaque dark-ruby-brown body. Head diminishes and gets bumpy, then fades away completely.

Smell is not very strong, but is pleasant. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate malt, burned fruit, sweet cherries. Nice smell. Hope it tastes this good.

Taste is nice dark chocolate. Surprisingly rich. Much like the aroma. I was prepared to be disappointed, but I'm not.

Weakest point of this beer is the mouthfeel: not nearly thick enough.

Despite the thin mouthfeel, this tastes good enough to make it worth repeating.

ColoradoBobs, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of mHabes
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a nice head. Leaves a rim of foam after the initial head dies down.

String caramel smell, but very little chocolate or coffee present in other porters.

Seems overly carbonated with a lot of high notes. I had it right after a great lakes porter, and it tastes hollow in comparison. More bitter, with less malt, chocolate and coffee flavors.

The carbonation and the bitterness overpower the toasty flavors.

Better than expected, and not a bad beer, but in direct comparison to GL, it was the definite loser.

mHabes, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of PeterGriffin
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a phillies world series tankard. Smells of roatsy hops. The color is very dark and head is an inch high. The taste of coffee and caramel is present with hints of chocolate, slightly. Some lacing. Overall a very drinkable porter. The carbonation is pretty high for a porter, which could lend to its drinkability. Not bad beers coming out of Dundee, especially for the price.

PeterGriffin, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark brown, almost no light gets through. Nice thcik tan head and good retention and lacing.

Smells of carmel malts.

Tastes really good. Roasted and carmel malts dominate... tasting hints of chocolate.

Nice thick body, no unpleasant aftertaste.

Certainly not a session beer, by the end of the second I was done drinking it for the night; but a great beer all the same.

donteatpoop, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dundee- Porter

A- Deep dark brownish black with a big foamy head. Good lacing on the glass.
S- Nice roasted coffe beans and semi-sweet chocolate.
T- Sweet chocolate with a good creamy coffee flavor. Light flavors on the tongue.
M- Sweet and creamy with a nice dry finish. Slight hop presence in the end.

Overall- The best of the variety 12 pack. Easy to drink and enough flavor to make it sessionable.

NJpadreFan, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a 1/3 inch off-white head. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malts, but it is oddly weak. Fits the style, but a little on the weak side. Tastes of roasted malts, but the hops are limited to a light background. Smooth, coats the mouth, and low carbonation. The overall body is a little weak, but there's enough sweet, bitter, and roasted malts to make up for it.

Tone, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Arbitrator
1.85/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark brown with amber tones. Opaque. Head recedes quickly, lacing is light.

S: Sweet malts, toast, molasses.

T: Tastes like the smell... Sweet malts, molasses, some coffee.

M: Light bodied and a little watery.

D: The best of the sampler case I picked up. Not something I'd seek out for my own drinking. But Dundee has struck me as a very good social / game / party beer, and out of their lineup I'd select this one for an occasion.

Arbitrator, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very dark brown with hues red there is little to no head. The nose is dark chocolate, toasted malt and hints of molasses and hops. The taste is more like a stout. I was hoping for a thicker body and a fuller mouth feel. Overall an okay porter.

colts9016, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, the color of this beer is dark brown with some rosy hi-lites. It is topped by a one finger tan head that leaves some nice sticky lacing. The aroma is mainly roasted malts. The taste has a small bite of bitterness, like mild coffee. I also detect some sweetness from mildly roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

abcsofbeer, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A dark cola color pour,with a finger of kaki colered head,Smells like coffee that's been sitting around all day on the burner. Very dark and nice.A pleasant surprise with this taste. Very dark and toasty, loads of coffee flavors and caramel malt.Very nice/drinkable little porter here.

WakeandBake, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of spike882
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark in color, almost black with ruby brown color showing around the edges. Pours with a nice two inches of light tan head than lingers for a good amount of time and leaves generous lacing on the glass.

Smell of ripe fruits, molasses, chocolate, and sweet malt. Very nice balance.

Taste is full and satisfying but not overwhelming. A lot of the character in the smell is present in the taste and is sweet and chocolatey but not overpowering. Dark chocolate bitterness remains in the finish but is very enjoyable. Although there is a lot of flavor this one is a very easy drinker.

spike882, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a near opaque liquid that had a one finger head of tan foam that settled down into a clingy cap. Good retention and some broken curtains of lacing. The aroma was malty, roasted and semi-sweet caramel with lots of chocolate and hints of ripe fruit. The flavors were an interesting and enjoyable blend of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and some nougat with an underlying fruitiness. The finish was long and coffee-like in bitterness. The body was medium-full but not as rich as it could be. Still, I found this beer smooth, pleasant to drink and affordable. A great session choice.

thekevlarkid, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of youngleo
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a two fingered thick head. Head was caramel in color, and also hung around a while. Had some very nice lacing. Porter was almost black in color with a slight brown hue. Smelled of caramel and burnt coffee. Smelled good. Tasted of burnt coffee with a little chocolate and malt. You could also taste a little alcohol. Felt a little thick in the mouth. Carbonation was good. Would love to make a session of these. Will buy again. Good value for the money.

youngleo, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decided to grab another beer from my sampler pack.

Pours a nice dark brown with amber/ruby highlights. Opaque with a nice tan with minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, molasses and a touch of brandy.

Tastes like the nose with hints of molasses, brown sugar and light coffee. A bit inconsistent and watery at times. Strange, green apple-like puckering finish. Light bodied with medium flavor.

Definitely my favorite offering from High Falls.

beachbum1975, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of luciusgilmer
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had not had a Dundee in a while (used to drink the honey brown back when it was cheap but, in my opinion at the time, better than average macro lager). I had this porter from the now ubiquitous Dundee 12 packs that look like a craft brew variety pack. Only had a chance to try the porter.

A; solid, what I'd expect from a porter. Brown enough, not much head.
S: I was surprised given my low expectations to get a strong whiff of chocolate (nice) and toasted grain.
T: solid taste of grain and chocolate.
M: definitely worth sipping and tasting, but smooth (thin) enough to drink at a comfortable pace.
D: good in this category; I gave it an extra .5 for its reasonable price, good quality ratio.

luciusgilmer, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of brdc
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks azurelimits for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a snifter. The bottle actually states JW Dundee's, not Dundee.

Near black, no head.
Aroma is very faint, and so is the taste. I let the beer warm up hoping for an improvement, and not much happens. A few signs of toasted malts, faint alcohol, coffee. Very little here, did not finish mine.

brdc, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The pour produces a one inch thick foamy head. It has a light tan color and very good retention. It fades very slowly and makes some cool, slick lacing as it makes its way down the glass. The body has a very dark brown color that is nearly opaque with dark, deep crimson highlights.

Smell: The aroma is rather light and has some light roasted malt notes with some leafy hops and a hint of sweet caramel.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has solid base of sweet roasted malt with dark caramel and light coffee notes. Hop flavor is modestly balanced and has a nice leafy tone with a very slight metallic touch creeping in as well. The finish has a quick flash of roasted flavor before quickly fading off the tongue. The palate has a solid medium body and a slick smooth texture with well balanced carbonation.

Notes: Overall this was a very solid Porter with good drinkability. To me this is one of the better offerings from the Dundee craft beer line of the High Falls Brewing Co.

generallee, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a moderately large, frothy tan head with above average retention. Lacing is quite good. Some ruby tones when held up to light.

S: Roasted malts, hints of cocoa and caramel. Perhaps a nutty aroma and a whiff of alcohol as well.

T: Nice roasted malt with a vaguely buttery/caramel hint. Some subdued cocoa and perhaps a bit of coffee as well. Vague notes of alcohol, nuts, and smoke are barely noticeable.

M: If not thick, then it's at least moderately robust. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

D: As far as porters go, this is a nice, middle of the road offering. Probably the best of the Dundee sampler pack, it's a great porter for the price.

Clydesdale, Nov 07, 2008
Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.