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

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98 Reviews

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 250
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jadpsu on 03-24-2010

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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 TMoney2591
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

That little guy sure can lift, eh? Anyway, this stuff pours a dark mahogany topped by a finger of dirty khaki foam. The nose comprises lightly-roasted malts, light maple syrup, and a bit of toasted biscuit. The taste holds notes of mildly-perfume-y cocoa powder, watered-down coffee, and a few drops of molasses. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this stuff is too thin, too weak, and too fluffy for me to really enjoy as a stout. There are Irish stouts on nitro that look like motor oil compared to this stuff. I'll pass, thank you.

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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 94Sip
4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured a typical black with a real nice head, that dissipated quickly, but maintained about 1/8" head the rest of the way that stuck to the side the whole way down.

S: smelled like a good stout. Definitely malty with some good roasted/toasted malt smells.

T: good coffee and chocolate flavors. I never tasted anything alcoholic or metallic. This tastes like many more highly regarded stouts.

M: not too thin and not too thick. Just right.

O: I really like this stout. For a sub 6% ABV stout I would easily buy many more of these and drink them again. I kept it in a fridge and as it warmed up it got much better and the coffee and chocolate flavors came out much better. Even straight out of the fridge it was good, but like your more highly rated stouts, this one got better as it warmed up. This beer is very drinkable and enjoyable as it never comes across as heavy.

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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 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 beertunes
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a mostly solid black, there was some translucence on the edges, with 1/2 inch of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was mos mostly sweet malts, with a bit of a caramel note, and very light roast. The flavors were the same, malt, caramel, light roast and a noticeable sweetness.

The label said they were aiming for a lighter bodied stout, and they achieved their goal. They were so successful in fact, that this was one of the thinnest stouts I've ever had. Drinkability was good, the beer went smooth, quick and easy. Overall, a decent, if somewhat bland, take on the style. worth a shot if you see it and probably a good entryway into the style for someone just getting into craft beer.

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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 JuicesFlowing
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a balloon glass! I don't know why. The beer is midnight black, the color of lost souls. An off-white head recedes to a wisp rather too quickly. No lacing exists. The beer smells musty, metallic, and nothing like a stout. The beer tastes like wet concrete. The mouthfeel is watery.

Overall, massively disappointed! I tend to like all that Dundee have to offer. I love my stouts though and they tried to sneak one by me here, assuming I wouldn't notice their passiveness. Worst Dundee beer.

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Photo of wages
4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours a 2 finger off white head. Very dark, but not completely black.

smell - 4.5/5 - Smells sweet and roasty.

taste - 4.5/5 - It has a nice roasty flavor and a malt profile that both perfectly match the aromas. It has a nice dry bite to it.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Moderate amount of carbonation lets the roasty flavors stick out while enhancing the dry bite.

overall - 4.5/5 - A very solid stout that's not too heavy but not wimpy. It definitely focuses on roasty malts!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really dark brown color from a 12 oz 'twist-cap' bottle, with no ABV or freshness date on the label. Looks pitch black in the glass with little to no light penetration.
One finger tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Very malty upfront as soon as it was poured, but slowly the roasted maltiness gave way to a more sweeter caramel, milk chocolate/cocoa aroma. The aroma goes back and forth as the beer warms up.
Taste is much milder than the roasted malt aroma that is evident upfront. More on the sweeter side with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied stout that is simply delicious.
Not much lacing along the insides of the glass
In my opinion this is perhaps the best beer brewed by Genesee/Dundee. For the price at which it is sold, this is probably the best stout there is out in the market.
Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended.
I see myself having this stout again without any hesitation.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a caramel malt smell that is reminiscent of a scotch ale with dark roasted malts in there as well. A very smooth beer with a bit of spicy hop in the beginning then caramel, dark roasted and coffee malts dominating with smoothness and then ending with an earthy hop taste but hardly any bitterness.

The only thing is the mouthfeel lacks a bit and isnt as full as I'd expect from a stout. As it warms the feel gets better though. The taste makes up for it as a good stout should taste. If all thats wrong with it is the a slightly watery body only most noticeable when cold, doesnt lower the my liking of the beer that much at all.

Like I said as this warms it gets more stout like as you should drink stouts at a higher temperature. The earthy hop they use is perfect for the dark roasted malts and this is my favorite part of the beer. It almost reminds me of top notch stouts like the Dogfish Head Chicory Stout. I'm actually very impressed with Dundee.

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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 cooch69
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark brown almost black. It has a small off white head with good clinging potential. Nose of sweet roasted malts, cocoa and roasted coffee beans.

Taste is pretty awesome as far as mild stouts go. Like the bottle says dark and drinkable. Very very drinkable. It is predominatly roasted malts and chocolate with a little bit of floral hops in the initial sip. Silky smooth and almost as creamy as they come. I was surprised at how great this beer feels on the tongue.

Definetly worth a try especially if your looking for a lighter stout, one that you could drink a lot of in the summer.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A-nice black with a nice light tan head that fades except for around the rim.

S-strong with dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. its an aroma of quality, i'm actually quite impressed.

T-comes in with a sharp taste of chicory coffee and some spicy cocoa beans. its a great start, but the taste pretty much ends there. a cocoa bean after-taste that lasts awhile but isn't strong. definitely a good and decent stout. no negative tastes here.

M-really light in the mouth but has a higher carbonation with a watery finish.

O-a very decent beer from this brewery, in fact my favorite yet. this is one of the more drinkable stouts i've had with a lower ABV. it has quite an impressive flavor and is decently balanced.it is no way a revolutionary stout or one that people need to seak out, but for what it is, i appreciate it for. i definitely wouldn't mind having a case of this.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very average, no frills stout. I pick up no smell what-so-ever. Acceptable, some chocolate hints in the flavoring but nothing stellar yet nothing really bad either. For the low price its fine (bought a discounted 12 pack sampler from Dundee for $8.99). If someone offers it to you its drinkable but its not worth seeking out as there are many other stouts of much higher quality and flavor than this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, lactose, coffee and a touch of dark fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of milk chocolate, dark fruit and a little coffee. The malt character is hearty but on the thin side for the style. However it seems to work well for this beer. There’s also a touch of smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s better than I had anticipated and while it’s not spectacular it’s a solid mild stout worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small head that dissipates fast.
Smells roasty and chocolatey.
Tastes pretty good for a brewery that has never made a stout in the past. Not a bad representation in any way, though a bit unexciting. Alcohol is evident, but not harsh, and there's a slight Portery twang.
Medium body with nice carbonation levels.
Pretty solid overall. Good, but nothing special.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Looks like a stout should look like. The aroma is not very good. I get a little bit of roasted malt and coffee, but there is also a bit of something that resembles cough medicine. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate and coffee and actually tastes pretty good. Much better than it smells. I also get some roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

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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 curasowa
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark red color with just a thin cap of head that fades to a ring

Aroma: Lots of sweet, roasted malt, with notes of coffee, chocolate and molasses

Taste: Sticky sweet right off the bat, but then a nice wash of carbonation lightens things up leading to a nice, roasted finish with a touch of bitterness on the way out.

The Rest: Body is medium, finish is lingering and a bit thin and drinkability is good. A pretty tasty beer that reminds me of a milk stout.

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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 GregBlatz
2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$10.99/12pk at Meijers
No freshness date that I can see

A - Very dark. Held to the light you can see the very dark clear red color. Head is thick and tan, then recedes to cover just the surface.

S - Very strong roasty aroma. Sweet malts and coffee.

T - Relatively simple. Roasty up front, a little sweetness, then it is gone. Not as complex as I thought it could be.

M - Thin and very carbonated. Slight alcohol warmth.

Overall - An easy to drink and simple stout. I've had smaller stouts that are much more interesting so it isn't like it is a small stout, just not a complex one. There is nothing wrong with this beer, I will enjoy it, but it is a bit pedestrian. I have really enjoyed my Dundee sampler, the others are surprisingly good to very good.

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Photo of cutlaz
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a very good, strong and classic stout smell to it. When poured it did not produce much head, but what was there lasted.

The stout is very malty and sweet, yet surprisingly not thick or syrupy, but actually somewhat light and carbonated.

For the price, this stout cannot be beat, at-least as good as Sam Adams version, but priced like cheap swill. Highly recommended.

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