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

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Dundee PorterDundee Porter

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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 Redrover
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness dating. Poured into a standard pint, the beer is dark brown with a large, dense tan head.

The aroma is of toasted malts, some dark fruit and brown sugar.

Roasted malts and coffee notes to leadoff. Raisins, plums and molasses to follow. You get a small blast of alcohol followed by a chalky finish.

The beer is a bit over carbonated but I still thought this was a pretty easy drinker. If the brewer could tone down the alcohol in the backend, it would be a real winner. As it stands, it is an enjoyable stab at the style.

Redrover, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one is black with a few red-brown highlights and a nice one finger beige head. The head lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a bubbly collar and some smoke on the surface of the beer. A swirl leaves spotty wet lace on the glass, and builds up the foamy finger of head again.

S - Sweet Cocoa Puffs cereal and milk. Dark bittersweet chocolate and some roasted coffee beans too. Hot cocoa powder and steamed milk. A hint of grassy hop aromas too.

T - Lots of hops here! Tons of cocoa powder...and Cocoa Puffs cereal flavors, along with some bitter chocolate and dark coffee too. This is really damn good.

M - Medium bodied, well-built, creamy, and moderately carbonated with a dry hoppy finish with lots of coffee aftertaste.

D - This is an outstanding session beer. It's not crazy or overwhelming in complexity, but it sure can shake what it's got. This is, along with the IPA, a stunning beer from what I previously considered a mediocre brewer. Well done Dundee.

pmcadamis, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of klewis
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light reddish-brown when held to the light with a moderate foamy head. Lots of lacing.

S: A malty smell with a modest caramel smell and a sweet candy-like aroma. A bit odd for a porter but not unpleasant.

T: Malty and mild-flavored. A roasted coffee taste with a bit more of that candy-like sweetness.

M: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Not outstanding, but surprisingly tasty compared to the rest of the Dundee's lineup. Could be a solid session porter.

klewis, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a fluffy tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt chocolate coffee scents

T - Much like the smell roasted malt with chocolate coffee

M - This is a medium bodied beer pretty smooth

D - This is a good porter from JWs its worth a try its a good beer

armock, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of sudz42
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a porter, which I define as a slightly sweeter stout with a reddish hue, this is a great beer. Wish it were more "stout-like" but that's my problem. As mentioned it has some ruby color, and big on the malt with enough roast to satisfy a stout drinker. There is a hop aftertaste, thank goodness.

This is a mellow beer, better than any other porter I've tried except home brew.

I'm always impressed by what High Falls does--they are truly the best "macro" brewery with macro price offerings in the northeast anyway ($6)

sudz42, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of ericj551
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

JW Dundee's Porter pours a deep black that only shows hints of red when held up to the light. The aroma is a hint of sweet caramel followed by slightly astringent roasted malt. The flavor is dominated by the dark roasted malt, a little more astringent than in the aroma. The beer seems kind of thin and dry, lacking some of the flavor that was alluded to in the smell. Overall it's a decent porter and a steal as part of a mix pack for $8.99.

ericj551, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown/black color, non-transparent, thin brown fluffy head that dissolved into a thin ring

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet, hint of caramel

T- Chocolate, dark malts, roasted coffee beans, smokey, caramel, hint of bitter hops

M- Medium/heavy weight, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, flavorful

D- Great session beer

This is definatly one nice porter. Good auroma and even better flavors. I'm so glad that this is a local beer that I can get for fairly cheap.

iceball585, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown with russet colored edges. I'm unable to see light on the opposite side of the glass, but get the impression that the beer wouldn't be opaque on a brighter day. The head is golden brown sugar in color and has an attractive look about it, both on the pour and thereafter. Quite a bit of lace nails down the above score.

The nose is very nearly absent. I might be able to identify the proper style if blinded. On second thought, I doubt it. A whiff of 'dark malt' reaches my nose, but that's it. Maybe it'll open up with warming. Edit: it does.

Porter is a slightly above-average porter that escapes being considered merely average by being roastier and a wee bit more bold than most beer of this style. The flavor profile could still use some work, however.

I'm reminded of a light stout more than a porter (if such a distinction can be made), due to the roastiness, the coffee beaniness and mild char. Porters don't usually taste this 'black'. A bit of a lactic tang, however, brings the taste buds back into porter territory. Sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw.

The mouthfeel works. It's medium, perhaps a tad more full, and is as smooth as it needs to be, no more. Since the carbonation didn't make an impression until I went looking for it, I'd say that it's spot-on as well.

I've always considered High Falls Brewing Company to be a poor man's Matt Brewing Company (Saranac). Both are located in Rust Belt cities along the I-90 corridor in upstate New York and both brew average to slightly above-average beer on their best day. JW Dundee's Porter might be HFBC's most accomplished offering.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8.99 for the mixed Craft 12-pack...

The beer pours a dark brown base with a light caramel-colored 1" head, a few signs of lacing on the glass throughout. The aroma hints of chocolate coupled with its core of roasted malts.

The taste is well balanced with the roasted malt and chocolate, a little heavy at first, but relatively smooth at the end of the delivery. The retaining head leaves for a mellow mouthfeel, and at 6.5% with all else considered; make this a very nice and drinkable beer.

Final Thought: A nice start to the craft pack, I've had Honey Brown many times before and this is as about as good maybe better than it. Great for the price!

mobyfann, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a dark brown on the pour and appears jet black with a brown hue around the edge of the glass with a thin, off-white, bubbly head. The smell is definitely of roasted malt, hints of chocolate and peat. The taste is very much the same only more defined. Smokey malt with a very balanced but oblivious hoppiness. Finishes smooth with a hint of smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy, not overly-aggressive carbonation. Overall drinkability is decent, I'm more impressed with this beer than I would have expected.

gmfessen, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Tilley4
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I actually liked this beer a lot better than I thought I would. I picked this one up for around $1.00 a bottle on sale at the local liquor store and thought I would give it a shot.

Black as midnight on the pour, actually a very solid head as well.

Smells like coffee that's been sitting around all day on the burner. Very dark and nice.

Man, pleasant surprise with this taste. This is actually one of the better porters I've had in a while. Very dark and toasty, loads of coffee flavors and caramel malt.

Very nice little porter here. Next time I see this I will be picking up several bottles of this. I really enjoyed it.

Tilley4, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was fortunate to find a 6-pack of the Porter available at one store, as my typical locations I go to only had it in the mixed pack.

Pours dark with not much head, and what head there is quickly dissipates.

Smell is not very strong but can barely make out the roasted malt.

Taste has decent roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee. Has a bitter aftertaste.

Overall, I find this to be a decent budget porter.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. 20 ounce "Tulip" pint glass.

A - Nice brown that allows some red tinted light through when held up to the light. A finger of head the color of cola foam. Not a bad look.

S - Some faint sweet malts. Some chocolate and coffee

T - A fairly nice bitter flavor. Some coffee hits right away. Fades to a pretty mellow finish, some sweet chocolatey malts.

M - Medium bodied but a little on the light side and a touch too much prickly carbonation for the style.

D - Not a bad porter. Nothing special and it is a bit overcarbonated. Still a pretty pleasant flavor. You can forget it's over 6% ABV and have a few, so watch out because it does go down easy.

EStreet20, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of JimFalzone
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It came in a JW Dundee sampler box. It was only $7 for the 12 pack at Giant Markets in Binghamton, NY. My expectations were a little low. I have pounded many Honey Browns in the past because it is decent brew when you are on a budget. But I wouldn't give it rave reviews. This porter, however, is the best of both worlds.

It pours with medium head and medium carbonation. The head disappears in a few minutes.

It has a great mouthfeel and is very drinkable. The slightly elevated alcohol content prevents this from being a session beer. But you can share a 6 pack and be OK.

Which leads me to my only complaint. The only place I can find this beer is in the sampler pack. I would love to be able to buy it by the case.

JimFalzone, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off white head on an opaque, black body. The head settles down quite quickly, but it leaves behind thick lace.

S - Light coffee roast, with a hint of chocolate. Slight hop aroma and a little bit of caramel malt, otherwise quite clean.

T - Coffee/ chocolate roast flavors followed by clean, slightly sweet malt. The roasted character reasserts itself in the finish and lingers.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and fairly dry.

D - Easily drinkable. The flavors don't stand out, but it has a nice roasted quality if you take the time to appreciate it.

nickfl, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a light beige head that is pitted but last and last. There is strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that can be seen at the edge of the glass.

S- The smell of coffee roasted malt with a field corn note has some nice richness to it.

T- The taste of black bitter roasted malt has a strong sour flavor with a cream flavor that is faint. There is a nougat note that increases as the beer warms. There is alight tartness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- Most porters air on the side of watered down stouts but this porter is big and robust. I guess the bottle is telling the truth. The malt tastes are nice and roasted but the sour and nougat flavors are to strong.

rhoadsrage, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

AP: Pours out a pretty thick brown color with a thin, bubbly brown-ish head that becomes not much more than a scattered cap rather quickly.

Nose: Heady molasses and brown sugar malt scent with chocolate, almonds, roasted nuts and a tangy hop with a mild heat.

flavor: roasty, malted nuts with brown sugar, tangy and mildy bitter hop that pops out after and is mellowed by a burnt wheat effect.

Feel: full body look, medium feel with a crisp bite and smooth thickness on it's way down.

DA: This is my favorite of the dundee's line, they make a nice, clean brew.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.45/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of coffee and chocolate with a touch of hops, but there’s a metallic background that throws the whole smell off.

T: The taste is a little bit different than most Porters. It starts out with dark fruit and, despite the smell, there’s not as much coffee and chocolate flavor as you would expect. There’s a decent hops presence for the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, dry and sticky finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent representation of style, this is definitely not one of the better beers I’ve had in the style. If I’m looking for a Porter, this would be one of the last that I would select.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of Clockwork420
2.1/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I gotta say this from the get go...

This was somthing I have walked by many a time now and never bought till now. And at a KILLER $4.99 a sixer, I couldnt pass it this time. And with the fact its a seasonal!

Poured from bottle into glass stein. Slightly warmer than the others I have done. Not freezing cold but definitly not american pub cold.

A- Black as night. Perfect or near perfect pour. Black with a tan head about 2 or 3 fingers of goodness. Dissipated to almost none.

S- Now I know this smell. And its Malt. It smells sickly sweet.
Reminds me of the same kinda smell from a cheaper malt brew. Not surprized or amazed.

T- Kinda what I suspected. Its the same as the smell. Sickly kinda sweet. Rather on the thin side. Warm after taste of alcohol. Didnt mask it. Kind of a odd aftertaste besides alcohol. And Im not happy with this one so far.

M- Thinner. Not chewy at all, no sticking to your teeth feeling.
Alcohol and malt is what Im tasting. Slippery. Almost oily. Funny alcohol taste on lips afterwards.

D- I mean yeah, its better than colt but not better than Sam Smith. What else should I say? Its strong like Colt, and smells like it to me. But I would take this any day over frat boy swill.

Overall. Im not happy. I thought this one was gonna be much better. And It didnt serve. The color the packaging and everything told me hey.... a decent cheaper porter for me to try.

And it was worth the $5 for it. But I wouldnt pay $6 for it.
You feel me?

Im sticking to Bareknuckle for now...
There still may be hope for A&B. Who knows.

Clockwork420, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out almost solid black with hues of burnt sugar on the edges of the glass when brought towards a light. Head is mocha color but doesn't hold its shape and fizzles out, but leaves some scattered lacing. In the nose there is some roastiness, molasses, flat yeastiness, and sweaty body. Kind of nasty. Flavor is mostly molasses with some burnt malt in the end and some chocolate interwoven throughout. Pretty standard. Far too sweet for me, and has an astringency that is not always pleasant. Mouthfeel is a too prickly and the body is so-so. I'm not crazy about this, but it's not really a drain pour either.

goochpunch, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark black color with a caramel colored, one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and some chocolate.

T - It tasted of roasted malt. It was very sweet, too. A nice caramel/chocolate taste, as well.

M - It was crisp and had a sharp bite on the tongue. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This beer really surprised me. It might be the best JW Dundee product that I've had.

zeff80, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a dark brown with some tan reddish highlights at the bottom and the edges. A thick chunky tanned head floats on a robust lopsided super sized pillow. A few clumps of lace along with a ring at the top of the glass. Carbonation sticks to the glass.

Nose: Roasty, chocolate,

A slightly thin mouth. The flavors are definately 'roasted and robust'. Smoked chocolate cocoa, some coffee and port. A unique roasted bitterness leaves the mouth feeling slightly astrigent.

Not a bad porter, seems like it'd be good as a desert beer. Not something I'd look to session.

beerphan, May 31, 2007
Photo of chris19571978
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of the Honey Brown so decided to try the sampler pack. When I poured the beer I noticed the thick and creamy head immediately. The body color was black as night. I took a wiff and immediately smelled chocolate and malts. Maybe even a dark coffee flavor. I also liked the fact that it also smelled roasted. The after taste had malts and hops as well as chocolate and roasted coffee beans. A fantastic beer for the price. A must try if you love porters or dark coffee.

chris19571978, May 22, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is not a bad beer at all...even considering that it comes from ole jw dundee's selections... Pours with a nice sized light brown head...lacing is actually quite predominant...smell needs a lot of work...taste is nice and roasty.. MUCH better than one would think, and i have been off porters for a while, good stuff.. jw's has been doing me over lately...

Onslow, May 20, 2007
Photo of sraimondi
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a 12 pack for $9.99 in NW Connecticut. Poured a very dark hue, with very little light shining through, even when placed right in front of an incandescent light. Very prominent head which dissipated over time; very good and persistent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt and some chocolate overtones. Taste is similar to aroma, with roasted malt dominating, but no cloying sweetness. The mouthfeel was my favorite attribute; full and smooth, reminding me of the benchmark porter IMO, Fuller's London Porter. The drinkability is quite good; you do not feel the elevated ABV. Overall, this is one of the best American porters I have ever had, regardless of price. When you consider this 12 ouncer only cost $0.83, you can't beat it. I'm really wowed. The best Dundee's so far. Prosit!!

sraimondi, May 13, 2007
Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.