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

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 220
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 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.

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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black body with a small head and very little lace. A light smell of roasted malts and some chocolate and some other sweet malts, but nothing stands out. A nice, smooth beer with some creaminess to it. While not outstanding the beer has a nice touch of roasted malts and caramel with hints of chocolate. Medium and almost full bodied, this beer surprised me. A good porter that isn't bad to have.

Photo of midaszero
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Opaque dark brown with tiny coffee head and no lacing

S - Little bit of a coffee choclate smell slight chemical smell

T - Sharp coffee and chocolate flavor coasts the gums a little

M - Medium body and medium carbonation

D - Not as bad as a expected. Decent porter actually. Wouldn't neccessarily mind sitting down with one in the cool weather

Photo of Squelch
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep dark brown or black. Tan head dissipates fast.

Smell: Wonderful malt and roasted aromas. best part of this beer.

Taste: Lacking based upon aroma. Could have been so much more. Pretty bland. Was expecting to be hit with huge roasted flavors. Mildly roasted and ester flavors from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy.

Drinkability: Very nice beer. Well done.

Photo of thain709
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice dark brown...bordering on black...mocha head with good lacing throughout

S - I did not like the smell at all...i got hit with a whiskey scent

T - Although I was turned off by the smell...the first step turned me around...Great smooth malt flavor with a coffee finish

M - Not too thick and perfectly smooth in the palate

D - A good porter for the price...not bad tasting for the price either

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

Found this one in the fridge in the cabin when we checked in, looks like it was left behind by the last occupant, but no matter, it was still getting tried. Taken right out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass to be my first beer on vacation. This one was consumed on 10/09/2008.

The pour was decent with a very dark chocolate brown color coming forward almost immediately. What followed was just the slightest touch of lacing coming up, a light tan color, which then settled down quickly leaving behind essentially nothing.

The aroma was light, lots of roasted malts and a hint of cocoa, rather decent, but needed a little more pop to really get a fire under it. The flavor though was a bit better. Rich and warming, a nice roasted malt, touches of caramel and a hint of a bakers chocolate like bitterness. Rich and creamy, it had a smooth feel to it, albeit a touch light and over carbonated. Not as thin as I would have thought though. Easily a nice sit down porter, a little above session levels but not terribly so.

Overall not bad, interesting I would have to give it for sure with a richness and fullness that I did not think it would have. For the price it was more then decent and something that I would have no issue with trying again.

Photo of beeragent
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle:

A - Dark brown, forming a 1/4 inch mocha head that faded quickly. Very light spots of lace on the glass.

S - Strong roasted malt aroma with a hint of coffee.

T - Roasted malt flavor dominates the palate, along with a hint of bitter chocolate in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with little to no carbonation.

D - Not a bad porter, but not the most flavorful either. This was good in a mixed pack, but I wouldnt buy a sixer of just this. Worth a try though.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dundee Porter pours a clear, very dark brown (almost black) body with ruby highlights. The creamy dark tan head holds well and leaves nice wide-rings of craggy lace behind.

The aroma is a touch perfumey and fruity, rather than chocolatey or roasty, but it does have an edge of dark malt. Some floral and just gently grassy hops are present as well.

Oddly, a fair amount of dark maltiness with chocolatey notes and a hint of soft roastiness (think thin, watery coffee) appears in the flavor. There's also a cocoaish edge, and some hop flavors. The yeasty fruitiness is presesnt as well, and it's a tinge sharp and berry-ish, but wow, why is the chocolate/roastiness not so prevalent in the nose? Odd.

It's medium-light bodied, but leaning more towards medium, and the carbonation is kept in check leaving it smooth across the palate.

Overall, it's a pretty impressive English-style porter with a lot of yeasty character, an incredibly smooth roastiness, and a delicate, gently spicy finish that doesn't linger at all. You could drink a lot of these, but I'm not sure how satiating they are.

Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date into my Sam Adams sensory glass. Poured a nice tan head with nice lacing. Color is a deep copper brown.

Smell is pretty decent, like a normal porter. A strong scent of carmel is there. Now the taste: I think this beer is way to bitter and sweet. I really didn't like the mouthfeel and I could tast the alcohol a little too much for it only being 6.5%.

Well, it was part of the mix pack, so it wasn't a bad deal at the price, but no something I would go and buy a six pack of on a regular basis.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the relatively inexpensive ($9.99) 12-pack sampler. I had tried the Honey Brown, but that's the only Dundee (or J.W. Dundees) product I knew. This one (finally) hit the spot... the third one I tried from the sampler. Decent for the style. Almost opaque ebony black (with mahogany highlights) and a gray head that left foamy lacing on the sides. Roasted/smoky malt in the nose, with same in the taste. Tiny hint of hops bitterness to round out the profile and enhance drinkabilty. Not bad!

Photo of TubaManJack
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark, almost black color after pouring it into my mug. There was a reddish amber color. There was about an inch of creamy thick foam across the top

S- Smells like a malty chocolate bar. The aroma is pleasant and maybe a little coffee tones.

T- It tastes like it smells. Chocolate, Coffee, and malt ohh my.

M- The bite of the alcohol is almost unnoticeable. It is slightly thick but refreshing

D- For the cost of the twelve variety pack and its relatively low cost really raises its "beer value."

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).

Another big surprise from the mixed pack. A high ABV for a standard porter but like the IPA it isn't noticeable at all. Pours a nice dark reddish hue and is extremely flavorful. Just behind the IPA for the best beer in this mixed pack.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When held to the light, dark ruby highlights reval a single, steady coulumn of bubbles rising to the top of this black coffee brown brew. Only a one fnger had after the pour that instantly recedes to nothing. The is a faint coffee with very soft roasted malts. Nothing special. The taste has a bit more substance than the aroma. Starts with some mild chocolate beans in the starts. Coffee and black peppery hops hit the middle of the tongue. The finish is a creamy coffee cream and mocha. This beer feels very good on the palateis creamy smooth an soft all in one. I definetly underesimated this beers flavors and texture.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with garnet highlights on the side. A thin pathetic head makes an appearance but fades fast, that's typical with High Falls beers I've noticed.

Smell is very pleasing. It has notes of buttery chocolate, coffee and dark roasted malts. Mild but there is enough there to make me want to drink some.

An excellent example of how a porter should taste. This one isn't as bold as other great porters but it has all the great basic flavors. There is a lot of dark toasted malt flavors combined with a semi sweet chocolate and coffee finish. The beer is silky smooth and quite flavorful.

A smoothly carbonated beverage that has a slightly chalky/ charcoal finish that I could do with out. Other then that this is a surprisingly great beer. I bought this as part of a sampler 12 pack. Well worth fighting through the other poor offerings to get your hands on this one.

Photo of GilGarp
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass a deep dark brown with good clarity. What little head it starts with is gone in a flash. Some lacing left down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is ok but falls short for a good porter.

Taste is decent but again isn't up to the quality I see in most other American porters. It's malty and roasty for sure but doesn't have the depth.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, low carbonation, mostly sweet tasting but just a bit of bitterness.

Drinkability is good but it's somewhat high in alcohol for a standard porter. At 6.5%, it's getting close to baltic or robust porter teritory.

Photo of nem2006
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was a dark brown/black with a good, lightly tan head. The head dissipated a little.

The nose was toasted, dark chocolate and coffee. It smelled slightly sweet from the malts.

When drinking it, there was a sweet start to it followed by a coffee finish with a subtle and balanced bitterness. I was impressed by how smooth this porter was.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle as part of a multi-pack. Pours a dark brown/black nearly opaque body with ruby-red highlights and a half inch of light tan head. Smells toasty with strong caramel notes and a hint of hops. Tastes toasty with toffee and caramel with slight grassy hops toward the finish. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. A darn good porter for sure, much better than expected, and certainly the best beer from this brewer I've had so far.

Photo of williamherbert
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick and dark to look at, shiny onf the outside, but opaque. Half finger of short-lived head. Some frostly lace. Looks formidable.

Roasted malt smell; not quite burnt, but darkish. Has hints of dark berries. Has the sweetness of a brown ale with dark roasted porter malt.

The taste is an initial burnt, charred porter malt. It's followed quickly by a sweetish apologetic fruit basket. Like a burnt, malty brown ale. Halfway between a porter and a brown, with the former's roasted malt, the latter's mild sweetness. It's a nice combo, and becomes more leathery as it warms.

Feel is medium thickness, and kind of milky even. Substantial but not chewy. It's a really solid offering by Dundee. Drinkable but not thin. A substantial bittersweet brew.

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark color, with just a little reddish tinting around the hedge. The head is medium but creamy, and it leaves a light lacing on the glass. Nose is a tad faint, with a hint of dried cocoa. A good amount of dark chocolate comes through in the flavor, with a light roastiness. Enough bitterness to dry out the flavor a lot.

Not a bad beer. Many micros have made worse and priced it far twice or more above HFBC.

Photo of animal69
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown color w/ a fizzy tan head lasted for a moment then leaving a decent ring of lace down my stange ; a coffee-like aroma with fruity raisin notes, some steely grain and hop undertones, a bit fusel throughout, however ; a rich, toasty malt flavor, a bitvinous with notes of earthy and grassy hops mixed with smoke and hints of dark fruit and coffee ; finishes sweet with more wood here ; a med. body and lots of co2, feels a little thin compared to the flavor ; a very drinkable brew, my 5th time having it before i realized it's 6.5% ABV and it's a pretty good porter to boot, best thing outta High Falls IMO...

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

Lightly malty with a good bit of creamy chocolate. Just a hint of dry hop to balance.

Very, very dark brown - essentially opaque. Moderate head with some retention.

Chocolate and raisin - classic Porter flavors kick it off. More dark fruit and roast. A little bitterness. Some heavy roast bordering on burnt. A thick sugary sweetness entices the tongue. Nod in the direction of vanilla. Fairly thick, pretty smooth. A little more bitterness, not so much hop bitterness, but just bitter (not necessarily bad, I just wish it had more hop vibe to it). Finishes a little dry/bitter with just a hint of that stick sweet still lingering around the tip of the tongue.

Pretty good Porter I say. There's a lot going on in the flavor for what I expected to be a simple beer. Lots of nice dark fruit and whatnot. A major shortcoming would be that it lacked depth of flavor. I get all those nice flavors up front and without a struggle, like they were engineered to be in great harmony and just poured in the brewpot in the proper concentrations like a Coke. I never got the excitement of flavor development from a world class Porter like Anchor's. That said, it is pretty good.

Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick black body with a thinning brownish head that settles to an uneven quarter inch; looks porterish... bright, peaty notes; rather smoother than rich... oily, thin and effervescent--like a cola perhaps-- not offensive, though... medium-bodied, smoky and creamy; by mid glass, smooth and understated... like the style, a workmanlike presentation and taste--as part of the sampler, a nice shift from the lagers and lighter ales...

Photo of apratsunrthd
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark, nearly opaque brown with a big, foamy tan head

S - really nice toasty coffee smell --very bold

T - Wow. Really impressive, especially for a Dundee brew. Extremely nice toasty coffee flavor. Reminds me a lot of my favorite Porter, St. Peter's.

M - very smooth and creamy. A creamier head would be a big benefit here. Definitely not too fizzy. Goes down just right.

D - buttery and creamy almost to the point of being heavy.

Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not the most impressive porter, but decent and for sure the breweries best product. Too bad it is only sold in variety packs. It is a dark brown with a tan head. The smell is of roasted malts with faint coffee and molasses. The taste is also very roasty. A decent malt profile. Body is light like most of their beers, but goes well with this style. Crisp and smooth. An average porter.

Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.