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

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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 gmfessen


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 16:13:04 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Tilley4


3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 05:33:40 | More by Tilley4
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 01:06:58 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:16:16 | More by EStreet20
Photo of JimFalzone


4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 12:08:57 | More by JimFalzone
Photo of nickfl


3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 05:40:32 | More by nickfl
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 02:37:35 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 15:33:32 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 05:51:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Clockwork420


2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 06:30:01 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of goochpunch


2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 04:50:05 | More by goochpunch
Photo of zeff80


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 17:35:44 | More by zeff80
Photo of beerphan


3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 22:25:16 | More by beerphan
Photo of chris19571978


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 01:13:52 | More by chris19571978
Photo of Onslow


3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 18:36:46 | More by Onslow
Photo of sraimondi


4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 23:05:44 | More by sraimondi
Photo of rowew


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Label is just like the other JW's, clear. No date info. Although this is listed as a winter release, I never saw this in Colorado until a couple weeks ago.

Appearance: Pours dark reddish brown, nice sized head with very good retention.

Smell: Roasted, a bit of alcohol. Some caramel and toffee as well.

Taste: Medium bodied, nice amounts of roasted flavors as well as the toffee.

Overall impression: Solid porter - very nice for the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 20:53:15 | More by rowew
Photo of BretSikkink


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good dark black color, tannish head is nice and thick and packed tightly around larger bottles.

The aroma is just a hair faint, some burnt malt flavors - some coffee, a hint of molasses. Slight medicine aroma.

The flavor is more coffee, just a hint of sweetness in the malt profile. Good carbonation, leaves the body slightly thin but just fine overall. The finish is semi-dry, no sweetness, just a small acrid flavor at the tail end.

Can't beat it for the price, probably the best of the JW Dundee line.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 01:01:04 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of billybob


4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours almost black with a one inch tan head leaving a ring of lace with each drink. roasted malt and slightly burnt coffee aromas. taste of coffee, caramel, hint of dark chocolate. mouthfeel light, crisp, a little dry. i like the fact that its on the dry side as some tend to be a little to sweet. nice tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 13:41:08 | More by billybob
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-nice bubbly almost black body with thin tan head.

S- very robust smell. maybe a little burnt.

T- dark coffee flavor with sweet malts. dry finish.

M-medium carbonation with surprising light body

D- not bad. its a good winter porter for this cold windy day. quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 01:45:50 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of whynot44


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, opaque, almost black with some red highlights and a moderate tan head that retains fairly well with some bits of lace.

The aroma is roasted malts, raisins, plums and caramel.

The taste is also dark roasted malt with some coffee, chocolate, smoke and burnt notes followed by some sweeter, fruity notes which linger into the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and drinkable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 03:31:54 | More by whynot44
Photo of bigdeuce


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second JW's I've had, and it's pretty good. Pours a creamy head, some lacing down the glass. Smells of some malts and slight chocolate scents. Goes down smoothly with some nice hops at the end. Closest to Anchor Porter, no way as flavorful, but a very nice Porter indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 23:27:50 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of russpowell


4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chestnut/mahagany with 2 fingers+ of fluffed up mocha head. Very good lacing and head retention

S: Slight fruittyness & roasted grains

T: Roasted grains, fruittyness & a hint of iron & booze up front. Dryness with a hint of vanilla follows. Finishes with chocolate sweetness, vanilla, grainyess & dryness

MF: Medium bodied with very good balance, a little too carbonated for me

Drinks very easy for abv, this is easily the best offering I've had from this brewery & it makes we wonder why can't put some balls behind their other offerings? I'd surely buy this again. The other 5 will be going down my neck at a friend's BBQ tonight!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 18:30:15 | More by russpowell
Photo of edchicma


4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unusual find..In a 12 pack that was selling for 7.99. Pours a dark almost balck with a minimal head but very nice lacing. Smell is a very nice blend of dark roasted malts with some very nice hop undertones. Taste is excellent...a very nice blend of coffee, toffee and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is chewy and rich. Drinkabilioty is very good...smooooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 01:26:59 | More by edchicma
Photo of alehopman


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge billowy head when poured into nonic glass. Retention was excellent, held at 1" to the bottom of glass. Black with low to medium carbonation. Roasty smell with whiff of kettle hop. Smell reminds me of a good London-style Porter. Taste is a great blend of chocolate and roasted malts throughout and a good dose of bittering hop (only slightly more that its English counterparts). Above average drinkability and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice effort; have already made a repeat purchase. High Falls should make this a year 'round brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 00:22:16 | More by alehopman
Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.