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

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423 Ratings
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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | 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

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Beer added by: John on 11-04-2006

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Photo of nem2006
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured very dark mahogany red/brown with large frothing head and decent lacing into pint glass

S - burnt toast, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet maltiness and a somewhat fruity tone. Light air of Mendocino pungency

T - bitterness of roasted malts, coffee, and cocoa. Chocolate sweetness follows and finishes with a coffee-like aftertaste. Decently balanced

M - medium bodied, leaning towards the heavy side but still lighter than other porters. Creamy and mouth-filling

D - ok I guess, can't have it with everything though. A bit too carbonated for my liking

Overall - has a light waft of pungentness of Mendocino beers that I find highly offensive. Otherwise I would rate this much higher

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

Poured a deep, deep brown, almost black. Small white head that waves bye bye after a minute or so. Smell is of roasted malts, with a hint of dark chocolate. Body is thin with some carbionation. Taste is nicely bittered up front with a weak sweet dark chocolate finish. Roasted all the way. The only thing it has going for it is roasted malts.

Photo of wingman14
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with redish hues and very little head that fades quickly. The smell is mostly roasted malt with some sweet notes. The taste is pretty straight foward, roasted malt with a bitter aftertaste, nothing amazing, but what you would expect. The mouthfeel isn't that great, very light, and messed up carbonation. This one is an average beer, nothing spectacular, but not the worst porter out there. Wouldn't seek this one out, too many great porters to enjoy.

Photo of xare
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a dark black, opaque brew with a thin 1/4 inch head of foam that quickly goes away. You can see some touches of ruby red/dark brown glinting from the bottom of the glass but it's totally opaque otherwise.

Smells like toasted malts, touches of chocolate and coffee, but an nice blend. Almost like taking a whiff of a toned down espresso drink with a lot of beans mixed into it.

Taste is a strange amalgam. Tastes like a watered down Guinness at first, then the richness hits you at the end with a nutty-coffee taste. Rather surprised by how good this tastes.

Mouthfeel is great - very rich, smooth, and a bit creamy. Isn't too heavy, but isn't a superior mouthfeel, but damn close.

Beware of its drinkability. Before I knew it, I was half done with the beer and had to remind myself to slow down. If I had said, ah the hell with it, the faster I finish this, the faster I can start the next one, it'd have gotten a perfect 5.

Overall - rather surprised and pleased with this beer, especially since I wasn't expecting much from it and it was the last of the beers I wanted to try from the Dundee Craft Pack.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an above average looking dark brown colour with a biggish off-white head that's a bit fizzier than it is fluffy or creamy. Said head quickly dissolves to a thin lace that leaves a smattering of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt, bread, semi-sweet chocolate and a slight hint of sweet caramel.

Flavour is more of the same, and that's a good thing: roasted malt still dominates but the sweet caramel creeps in a bit more along with perhaps a touch of dark fruit flavour. Chocolate notes are kept to a minimum for the most part here. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and perhaps a touch over carbonated ans it seemed to have a bit of a soda feel at times.

This was a somewhat surprising winner. The other brews that I've sampled from the Dundee's mix pack so far have been middle of the road, so I was expecting the same here, and while it's certainly not a top shelf porter, it's definitely solid, well balanced and has a good amount of flavour to it. Recommended.

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

Pours a significant foamy head with solid and consistent lacing. Head holds surprisingly well Very dark and opague. Aroma of cocoa with Coffee, toffee taste, not bitter but sweet in taste, burnt malt flavor comes through.
Generally I do not like Porters, because I find them too heavy for my taste - so this one not being as heavy in taste and mouthfeel as appearance would suggest was a plus.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite by far of the JW Dundee line of beers.
Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with nice tan head, but reduces rather quickly. Spotty lacing.

Rich delicious smell of roasted malt and hints of coffee.

Extremely well balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Pleasant unsweetened chocolate aftertase.

Mouthfeel is just alright. Medium bodied, but a little too heavily carbonated.

Overall a good example of the style in my opinion. I really enjoy this beer. A great value for the money.

Photo of jwc215
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a thin tan head that becomes a patch.

The smell is light/mild - slight roasted notes.

There is a bit of chocolate - more in an "arificial sweetener" sort of way. Some fruity alcohol comes through. There are sour notes that come through as well and bring down the beer somewhat.

It attempts to be bigger than it is, but the body is just a bit too weak for the 6.5% alcohol.

Well, it's cheap. Not terrible, but the sour notes annoy me, as does the alcohol notes that come through, without the body or depth to justify it.

Photo of Redrover
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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.

Photo of klewis
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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)

Photo of ericj551
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of iceball585
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.