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

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Dundee PorterDundee Porter

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391 Ratings
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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 11-04-2006)
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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 14, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

rowew, May 08, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BretSikkink, May 05, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.22/5  rDev +22%
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.

billybob, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

whynot44, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

bigdeuce, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

russpowell, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of edchicma
4.22/5  rDev +22%
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.

edchicma, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of alehopman
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

alehopman, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of andebrice
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color that shows deep scarlet when held to light. Full tannish head, long lasting. Lacing continues down glass as I drink. Smells of sweeter malts and apples, and a bit of nut. Taste starts of a bit nutty and sweet finishes very malty burnt coffee. Has a sharp edge to it. Enjoyable. Not a lot of carbonation, feels good on mouth, leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. malts taste a bit over roasted for my liking, but is well balanced with the sweet start. A very drinkable Porter, not only because of the lower cost to purchase this brew, compared to some English imports and domestic crafts, but because I believe it does a good job of balancing it's ingredients.

andebrice, Mar 01, 2007
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head. Thick and ferocious with lots of attitude in a light pineapple. Good dark coloring like a dark pot of coffee. It had little red highlights at the edges. Smell was ok but not to brilliant. Light honey, cocoa, and malt.

Smooth and malty. It was a little bitter on the back and it had no flow to it. The flavor didn't hang around long and left an over-roasted almost burnt aftertaste. But hey it's a porter.

Photo of edskirk3
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This 12 oz twist-off pours almost black with ruby highlights and an impressively thick creamy head that laces up the glass and everything.

Nose: Little to speak of. Faint whisps of roasted malts. Kind of musty. I should mention that this bottle has been in the fridge since last Christmas.

Palate: Astringent. Maybe it's the lack of freshness. Maybe the grains were toasted too long. Either way, not good for me.

Mouthfeel: There's a little bit of body in there but it could be thicker.

Drinkability: Let's just say I'm thankful this was the last one in the fridge.

edskirk3, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Calico
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours with a dark mahogany, almost blackish brown color. Big, foamy tan-colored head stays around for a while.

Good, malty aroma, caramel notes. Richness is evident in the aroma. Small amount of hops in the aroma nicely balances out the sweetness of the malt.

Robust roasted malt flavor, balanced by sweet medium body. Roasty but not harsh. Very nice chocolatey note in the mid-palate. Excellent, full-bodied interpretation of the Robust Porter style.

Slight alcohol warming but not excessive. Good carbonation is retained even after sitting a while.

No obvious flaws in this brew. I'd rank it right up there between Great Divide St. Bridget's Porter (below this one) and Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter (above this one).

For $4.89-$4.99/6-pack, it is hard to beat. I hope High Falls adds this to their permanent line-up.

Calico, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears with a dark ruby brown body nearly black with a large tan moccha head, which dwindles slowly leaving behind scattered chunks of lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate in cocoa powder form nicely rounded with a creamy latte' effect, balanced herbal hop bouqet. Flavor has more dark chocolate and mild coffee and light fruity ale notes from the dark roasted malt character with a soothing herbal expressive hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a semi creamy texture and it's evenly carbonated coming off very smooth on my palate. Drinkability is one great solid porter I'm very impressed with the quality of their craft lineup...I'm a fan of High Falls including their Amarillo hopped pale ale.

WVbeergeek, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. bottle with a twist top (yeah!) with plastic labels over the glass and no freshness date evident. Into the pint glass, a vigorous pour yields a nearly opaque, deep reddish-brown color capped with thick, heavy brown foam. Slow fade to a cap, later to a ring at the very bottom of the glass, and solid sheet of lacing that eventually end up as traces when the very last drops are sipped. Sold looking beer, great retention. Kudos! Nose is just what one would expect of a solid porter: sweet and roasted malt, hints of coffee and cocoa/chocolate. Taste is nicely toasted barely malt with moderate bitterness, a bit of chocolate/cocoa capped off by a mildly bitter finish. Again, classic porter material here. Mouth is nicely viscous, semi-creamy/chewy and substantial. Good overall. Drinkability is solid with this tasty and enjoyable brew; it tastes and feels good going down the gullet.

Overall: A pretty good take on the classic porter style. Good taste, good mouthfeel, good overall. Recommended.

jettjon, Feb 18, 2007
Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.