Dundee Stout - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jadpsu on 03-24-2010

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a very small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and oats. It had a piney hop aroma.

T - It tasted of roasty malts and sweet chocolate. It had a bitter hop presence with a slight floral presence.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a nice stout. It was worth a try as part of the sampler twelve pack.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours two shades shy of black with a loose, quarter inch, tan-colored head with ruby highlights around the base. Nose falls somewhere between an Irish Dry & a Milk Stout - roast and lactose sweetness. Taste consistent with nose - roasted coffee without being vegetal and lactose sweetness co-mingle. Mouthfeel is medium-light, maybe a tad to watery, with a mild, even carbonation. I purchased this as part of the Dundee sampler pack and I have to say that this is the best of the bunch IMO. Are there better stouts out there; yes. However, this is pretty tasty and easy drinking. I would consider this an inexpensive goto brew if it was available in six-packs.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I am not drinking beer from a CAN and I am at home, I do not mind bottles. I am somewhat curious to try the entire Dundee oeuvre and I recently found singles of most of the ones that I have not previously reviewed.

From the bottle: "Dark and Drinkable"; "Let's say you up and decide to throw a wooden barrel of ale in a public display of manliness. (I know, just go with it.) How then to celebrate? Hint: You're holding the answer. That's right, a Dundee Stout. "Stout" is, after all, what brewers have been calling the darkest, heaviest and 'burliest' of their ales since 18th century England. That said, ours is sweet, creamy and ironically, pretty light in texture. So maybe the tough part's not lifting it after all. The tough part's putting it down once you have. Go figure."

My pour resulted in two fingers of deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep dark-brown, allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose had a dark chocolate tang to it along with a mildly grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was indeed, full and creamy, so kudos for truth in advertising! It had a very chocolaty flavor was was reminiscent of a chocolate shake, especially given the mouthfeel. Finish was still very sweet so I would make this more of a dessert beer than a sessionable one. Still, not bad.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic:

A: pitch black body that gives a tan lumpy two finger head that rises just a bit and settles down and leaves a light bit of foamy lacing. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: sweet roasty notes of chocolate with some light coffee in the background.

T: sweet and roasty with the malts combined very nicely. The alcohol does come out in the taste as the beer warms.

M: mostly light with some carbonation felt on my tongue.

O: I might have this again but its nothing to jump up and down about to need.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, almost black with a tan head that quickly goes away, leaving some side lacing.
Smell is of coffee and mollasses, burn notes no hops noticable on the nose.
Not at all thick like most stouts with a creamy light mouth feel, which for some will be a negative. A little to thin for it to be rated a real good stout but I liked it despite having lighter characterics than its stout style would suggest.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stange glass. No freshness or bottling date on bottle.

Pours with two fingers of dark tan head over a dark chocolate body that shows deep red highlights when held to light. Moderate lacing.

Roasted malts with a bit of bakers chocolate paired with some subtle hops. Smells sweet and rather fresh.

Dark molasses is prominent in the flavor, more so than any other stout I have tried. Dark roasted malts are small in the flavor and provide no chewiness, but are present and add to the flavor. Some hops show up which is a nice touch. There is a certain synthetic chocolate syrup flavor in this beer that I have never tasted before... it isn't a bad thing either. The taste dries out nicely in the aftertaste.

Feels a bit thin for a stout- would be right on for a porter. Adding to this sensation is a little too much carbonation which feels forced rather than natural. Some warming and swirling fixed that some, lending a smoother drinking experience but not bulking up the body at all. Drinkabiliy is average.

Conclusion: This is a fun stout that for better or worse tastes a little different that any other I have tried. I am a huge fan of being a little unique while sticking to tradition, and I feel that this stout does just that. If only it were a bit thicker and the carbonation was more compact.

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Photo of droomyster
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours one finger of tan head with decent retention. Aromas of dark malt: I get a lot of dark chocolate and iced coffee roastiness. Taste is well balanced, with semi-sweet chocolate and light char, but neither note is very strong; its intensity is very muted. As seems to be the case with most Genesee beers, there's nothing wrong with it but I would prefer that its elements were louder and prouder.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown color with a fairly short tan head. Head has little retention leaves just a bit of lacing.

S- Smell is coffee, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Far from anything over the top and pretty tame overall.

T- Not quite what I expected, but actually better than I thought. A fairly tame stout with a pretty good taste. Taste is a bit of chocolate, bit of coffee and an Earthy feel to it.

M- Heavier side of medium just barely and light on the carbonation.

D- Not too bad to drink and actually better than I thought. I'd say that there are much better out there. I'd also say that this may fall under the "beginner stout."

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Photo of alkemy
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Looks the part with a very dark brown hue with ruby highlighting. A creamy one inch light tan head, but it didn't seem to want to stick around long. Molasses and bitter chocolate in the nose. Bitter chocolate is the most potent flavor. It then fades into a roasted coffee. The flavor is quite nice, but it's just too thin for me. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a dark brown with a finger of tan head that dissipates rapidly.

S - Nice roast aromas and some chocolate. The nose is the best part of the beer. A bit of dark fruit shows up at is warms.

T - The roast from the nose, plus some chocolate and a finish that includes a slight dark fruit flavor.

M - Too light. Carbonation makes itself known. It's fairly light and very wet. I like my stouts to have at least a medium body.

D - Not bad at all. It goes down smoothly. Mouthfeel is underwhelming and disappointing, but I like the nose and the taste is good enough. For only about $1 a bottle it is a fairly decent stout to stock in your fridge regularly.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

As its head rises quickly, this Stout's darkness pulls us in. Burnt marshmallow, unsweetened chocolate and some breakfast-blend coffee are present in the aroma. It's a bit thin and a little wet with a drinkable light body. The roasted flavors never reach excessively burnt, but are rather a mild charcoal. Modest hopping lets in a kiss of sweetness. A faint breath of alcohol and a hint of yeast and fruit drop by as that same mild char lingers far into the aftertaste. This is a bit of a no-frills Stout, and a decent one at that.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass from a 12 oz. twistoff bottle, this stout pours a fair black with some deep ruby highlights. Half an inch of tan foam graces the top of the darkness and offers moderate retention.

Nose is pleasant with some roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. A lightly smoked aroma wafts through on occasion, warming to offer some faint cherry and dried fruit.

Flavor blasts the palate with smoked malts initially but this dissipates quickly as the pour breathes a bit. Flavor is light in roasted malts after that and with a light background of smoke. Feel is somewhat thin but pleasant and offers a lightly viscous feel thanks to a bit of cherry liqueur feel. Easy drinking though a bit unexciting and a bit sweet without food given the lackluster finish.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a soapy, tan head. Aroma is acidic, roasted malt. Black color. Starts with toasted malt and a touch of biting acidity. Moves into a very coffee-like flavor as the grainy hop bitterness melds with the toasted malt. Finish is grainy hops and toasted malt with an undertone of coffee.

This ain't too shabby. It's a bit thin for my preferences, but it has an overall nice flavor profile.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the mixed 12 pack. Pours a dark brown color, tannish head. Medium bodied, decent mouthfeel. Some decent roastiness, sweet and creamy, good finish. A little bit lacking on taste, a little bland but still a decent to pretty good stout that won't let you down, or knock your socks off either.

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Photo of JMad
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was dark brown, almost black, there was a thin light brown bubbly head that dissipated quickly.

It smells of sweet chocolate and roasted malt, there is also a hint of licorice.

Tastes sweet then a bit bitter, with notes of chocolate, caramel, and more light smoky bitterness.

There is a sharp carbonation, with a full body and a dry finish.

This is a well rounded stout, better than I expected.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Pours almost black. A tan head rings up a bit. Smell is sorta sweet, a bit peppery, and coffee-like. Taste has some mineral right away, as well as a roasted coffee backing. A bit of bitter from the hops creeps in, and then it finishes dry. Perhaps a bit "wet", but crisp. Carbonated well. Not too bad, definitely an easy-drinking stout.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours near black with ruby hues when held to direct light. Solid tan head that gives way to light lacing.

S - Caramel and roasted coffee malts. Maybe a hint of dextrin sweetness and dry chocolate.

T - Caramel and chocolate/coffee (these flavors are difficult to separate here) remain dominant. The coffee is mild but still adds a touch of a roasted flavor. They chocolate is semi-sweet & dry; it gets somewhat lost in this very wet/light stout. A kiss of alcohol in the finish.

M - Light, low carbonation.

D - Drinkable if you are looking for very light bodied stout that still has the range of real stout flavors.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle from a Dundee "Seasonal Variety Pack" served in a goblet.
Pours very dark brown and clear, with a moderate size, short-lived tan head. There is a lasting ring and partial top coat, however, as well as rather good lacing left on the glass with each tip.

M: medium creamy body feels a bit thin; good medium-light carbonation.
Aroma: near equal mix of hops and malts: surprising for style. Esters suggest an ABV higher than 5.8%.
T: Adequate hops to produce good sweet/bitter balance, although dark roasted malt dominates the taste.

O: decent if relatively weak American stout.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a nearly opaque, dark maroon/brown color with one finger of khaki head that soon became a skim. The beer displayed consistent lacing in sliding fishnets throughout my sample. The aroma was simple like an average home brew, toasted malt, hints of roasted barley and a light hoppy bitterness. The flavors were ok, toasted and roasted malt, hints of smoked meat, light chocolate and a little anise as it warmed up. But the elements didn't really compliment each other... The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation average. Predominantly forgettable.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Incredibly dark, basically black, with absolutely no head at all and no lacing.

S: Smells like a stout should: malty, roasty with hints of chocolate and caramel.

T: Nice and roasty up front, but not a whole lot to balance on the finish. There is also a strange, almost metallic aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but not good. Like every other beer that came in the Dundee pack I bought, this one is drinkable but thoroughly unexceptional.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Let's say you up and decide to throw a wooden barrel of ale in a public display of manliness. (I know, just go with it.) How then to celebrate? Hint: You're holding the answer. That's right, a Dundee Stout. 'Stout' is, after all, what brewers have been calling the darkest, heaviest and 'burliest' of all their ales since 18th century England. That said, ours is sweet, creamy and ironically, pretty light in texture. So maybe the tough part's not lifting it after all. The tough part's putting it down once you have. Go figure." Dundee Stout is brewed in the style of an American Stout. Available as part of the constantly rotating Dundee variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy light brown head that thickens as it recedes. Retention is average. Body color is a dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Head quality was decent and lacing was thin and spotty. A decent, if not fully substantial appearance for a stout. 3.25

(Smell) Contains chocolate malt, medium roasted caramel, dark wheat malt, and little black patent malt. Slightly sweet aroma, hints of cream and milk chocolate in places. Very subtle hints of dark fruit. Mild earthy bitterness. Aroma is overall closely balanced and relatively clean. Potency is medium. Not as deep and complex as most stouts are but still a very decent aroma overall. 3.75

(Taste) Light flavor. Biscuity chocolate malt front follows through to a clean, semi-dry chocolate finish with a touch of black malt bitterness and a puff of alcohol. A bit dry in places, could use a little more sweetness throughout to achieve an optimum balance. Bitterness, part black malt bitterness, part earthy hop, is a welcome addition to the balance. A very clean and light-flavored American Stout, high on drinkability but certainly limited in flavor diversity and depth. That label sure wasn't lying. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Clean, slick texture with a little carbonation presence on the front of the tongue. Finish is dry and a bit chalky. Body is light for American Stouts, medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is light. Could be much more drinkable with some residual sweetness and a touch more body would have it drinking less like a Schwarzbier and more like the robust stout it should be. Malt notes, like oatmeal or wheat could certainly add more depth to the body and give this a much thicker, smoother and heavier-bodied mouthfeel. 3

(Overall) I found the label nearly honest by its description. Dundee's Stout is overall a decent-drinking beer. When it falls under the harsh scrutiny of a stout connoisseur, however, there is almost always room for improvement. The balance wasn't terribly off but a heightened sweetness would remedy even the most minute issues in that department. Some heightened body, perhaps with a touch of oats, would improve flavor diversity and thicken the body. One thing it does have going for it is drinkability. While far from the most robust of all stouts, one could be sure to enjoy a few of these without turning in early for the night. And that makes this a decent choice for a lightly-flavored stout. 3.5

Genesee Brewing Company's
Dundee Stout

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Photo of Brenden
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

To me, Dundee is always at least solid and produces a full lineup of above-average, but not better, beers.

Black but with a certain clarity to it, this stout showcases some brighter brown highlights. It actually seems just from looking at it to be thin, appearing more like a schwarzbier than a stout; there's just not much viscosity. The tan head doesn't quite reach one finger, though it comes close, and retention is pretty good. Some spotting and lacing is managed.
The aroma and flavor are consistently in accord and give up some cocoa, roast, coffee, dark fruits and char, a bit on the thin side overall. It's fairly standard stuff, malt-forward as it should be, with little to offend.
The body is about medium, light for a stout, and thin. It needs more body and to move away from crispness and toward smoothness.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely enough, with a nice black color and a decent head to start. The head fades a bit too quickly, though, and is a little too loose. There is some roastiness in the nose, but following that is a fairly prominent smell of malt extract and slightly soured grain. It redeems itself with some hints of licorice as well. Pretty similar taste, but it both drys out and thins out on the finish, and isn't as sweet overall as the nose hints at. More light roastiness and some licorice and light coffee notes. A bit thin for a stout. I appreciate the fact that beer companies like this, which make macros, are branching out and testing the water for craft beer. I don't like the fact that they dumb it down so much.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and has the dark appearence of a stout but not as much head or lacing as you would think. Only about a one finger head that disappeared pretty fast.

The smell was sweet malts and molasses. Was a nice aroma.

Taste was pretty good but then again I like most stouts. Heavy on the malt and has that special flavor like its been sitting in a barrel for a while waiting for you.

Overall a pretty good beer and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Bung
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Part of a 12 of Stout, Pale Bock, Kolsh and IPA. Expectations are low, so let's see.

Dark brown pour, not real opaque, small ring of off white head.

Aroma is pretty subdued, toasted malt, light chocolate and caramel. Not bad, but not very strong at all.

Taste matches, nothing offensive, but not very pallete exciting either. EXTREAMELY light roast, milk choc and caramel like flavors. Finishes very light sweetness, not much really.

Very drinkable, kind of like a stout light or brown light really. Light side of medium bodied. More carbonation than I would prefer also.

Nothing to go out of your way for, but an ok effort for a large brewer.

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Dundee Stout from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.