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Dundee Porter | Golden Valley Brewery and Pub

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Dundee PorterDundee Porter

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Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Reidrover on 03-06-2004

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 29
Photo of Jeffsta1
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Caveat: I accidently aged this bottle aged four months before drinking it. Not sure if this one was meant to last that long.
Chocolate root-beer brown, shy finger's worth of tan head.
Nose is nice. Idiosyncratic. Peanut , coconut, maltiness.
Flavor is mild. Malty. Decent. Nothing wrong here. Not special, but very decent. Above average for porters.
Mouthfeel is moderate. Would prefer richer, and slightly less carbonation.
Finish is a little sharp, acidic, musty... not up to the quality of the rest.

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Photo of ConnorMagee
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours dark brown and sits in the glass almost black. Miniscule head and almost nonexistent lacing. Nothing incredibly special about this beers appearance at first glass.

Aroma is strong cocoa with hints of toasted malt.

First taste was unexpectedly complex for me, though as I made it through the pint it became a very solid, cocoa forward drinkable Porter. Pleasant aftertaste with a hint of hops peeking through.

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Photo of vkv822
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Pours black, with a foamy light tan head, average retention, sparse lacing.

Nothing particularly complex, just an inviting, tasty aroma of roasty and cocoa malt character.

More of the same in the taste, though just a bit less pronounced.

A solid, very well done porter.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark brown hue with ruby highlights. Head pours a thin layer of creamy tan foam. Good, but the head could be a bit better.

Smell: rich, roasty aroma with a good blend of coffee and chocolate without being too harsh or astringent. Nicely balanced!

Taste: a good combination of the roasty flavors found in the aroma and a lightly sweet character of dark fruits. A hint of bitterness at the end is nice without adding any vegetal hop character. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a somewhat low level of carbonation. A little creaminess develops toward the end, but in general the texture is wanting.

Overall: a good beer, but a little extra carbonation could do this brew wonders.

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Photo of timmick
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle:

A: Pours a nice dark chocolate and allows a small amount of light through the edges of the glass. Nice one finger, tan, frothy head with a little lace clinging to the glass.

S: Roasted malts with dark chocolate undertones. A little sweet coffee and toffee notes also appear. Sort of a smokey, musty, combination that also blends well.

T: Follows the nose. The roasted malts shine through with coffee and a hint of chocolate filling out the backbone. There is also a bit of a hoppy note at the end that balances out well.

M: Fairly light which surprised me. Nothing clingy or sticky on the tongue. Nice balance with body and carbonation.

D: I likey. Nice and light, good balanced flavors. Enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the other reviews on Golden Valley's Dundee Porter I would think I drank a different beer. I expect a diversity of opinion, but, man, people are really slamming this one! Perhaps Golden Valley has recently reformulated and improved this brew and the older recipe really was as bad as people describe on this site--for the reviewers' sakes, I hope so. I picked up mine in Dec. '10 and drank it a couple weeks ago. Here's what I thought...

Poured out, Golden Valley's porter looks like a standard, craft porter: black body with a light, tan head. After a few minutes in the glass it had left a good amount lacing with a thin iceberg-like foam remnant in the middle of the glass and a foam ring around the outside.

THE SMELL is mainly cocoa powder. Some malt and some hops, but mostly cocoa.

THE FEEL is very smooth and slightly heavy--not thin at all.

THE TASTE, unlike the feel, is not heavy at all. There is a nice heavy malt/sweet milk chocolate flavor at the start and at the finish. The finish is also slightly dry and yeasty. It is not bitter in the least. Dundee Porter's flavors are well-balanced and straightforward. This is all certainly accurate to style, in my opinion.

CONCLUSION: There is nothing creative or daring about Golden Valley's porter (which of course beergeeks tend to frown upon). However its characteristics are quite correct for an American-inspired porter. Given its simplicity, I will say that it is not worth the premium price one has to pay for a 22 oz. bottle. It could fairly garner $3 or $4/bottle, but not the $6 I had to surrender to Whole Foods while in Oregon. Price aside, this is a nice, and very drinkable porter and can hang with many of the 'best' porters that everyone loves on this site.

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Photo of bradleyp
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again Market of choice for keeping this beer in stock. Drank from a New Belgium pint glass. Pours a dark brown/caramel color. Once in the glass, it's BLACK. Similar to a licorice black. The aroma has a real deep coffee smell to it. Taste is mainly coffee, and a bit of chocolate after taste. I really enjoy coffee flavored beers, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dundee Porter:

Chilled bomber into a glass, courtesy of the ever-generous ramnuts. Thanks dude!!!

A: Pours a fairly opaque black with an inch of tan head. The foam fades into a light film and the donut of death around the glass. Leaves some register marks, but no real lacing down the glass.

S: Lots of coffee, with some dark malt / roasted malt and chocolate malt a little bit behind. Some piney hops.

T: A fairly decent taste. Some chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee in the initial taste. There's a slight pine note to it in the finish, but it's very subdued.

M: Medium-bodied or slightly higher. Medium carbonation that works ok for the style. Seems like an average porter, not too much presence or body. No problems with the ABV. A decent finish.

D: Being a decent porter, I'd say it has decent drinkability. I'd prefer to stick with some of the locals that I enjoy and trust more. This is ok but I'm not going to seek it out again.

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Photo of aletales
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This porter had a nice dark pour with a slight head.It's aroma was fruity with strong roasted malt accents. The taste was a rich roasted malt as one would expect from a porter, yet it lacked the complexity of some other porters I have had recently. It seemed a bit light on the palate, but it was very drinkable. One thing I have to remember is that this beer cost less than a dollar a bottle. Maybe there needs to be a value scale as well. If there was this beer would knock the top out.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a oily deep-brown-verging-on-black with red and amber accents up to the light. A light creamy one-finger head of a amber cream color floats at the top before separating leaving some light lacing atop the brew and a fair bit of visually pleasing sticky lacing down the glass.

aroma is pleasantly roasty. primarily roasted malts with a fair dose of stale coffee beans and bittersweet cocoa. a touch of woodiness and a bite to the nose from some piney hops finish the aroma nicely.

Taste was better than I was anticipating! different from the average porter, the first things to come to mind are tobacco, leather and cocoa powder. Flavor profiles reminiscent of a strong old ale add levels of complexity that a standard porter rarely exhibit. The roasted malt is definitely there. Hints of old coffee add richness and a touch of bitterness. Chocolate and cocoa through the middle, with a rich woody, leathery, and smoky richness. Sweetness takes a back seat to the savory earthy qualities. A slightly citrusy pine hopping shows up at the end to counterbalance, and actually grows stronger as the brew warms.

I like my porters fairly thick, which this one isn't. That being said, it's smooth and lightly creamy. Ample yet very fine carbonation doesn't prick the tongue yet carries the flavors nicely. The thinness doesn't produce any bitterness or slickness, making a fairly smooth brew on the whole.

I'm impressed, and could easily drink a few more of these. I have vague memories of trying this in the past and not being impressed... possibly altered recipe, better bottling, or a combination. regardless, I'm contemplating buying a few more bottles of this one immediately. Different and more complex than most porters, this one really has some interesting (in a good way) stuff going on. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of bezproblem
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this is unusual porter. To me it smelled and tasted almost like Sam Smith oatmeal stout, which is one of my favorite beers. I'm not sure "porter" is the right name for this brew, but, hey, I don't care what the name is, it was very good and I can afford to have it every day if I choose to.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decent stuff this Dundee Porter as it manages to combine drinkability with a depth of flavour. The roasted notes abound and the finish gets smooth and chocolatey but after my glass I wanted another one. Black as night with a tight tan head the nose is like bakers chocolate mixed with oat cookies. Nice beer from a brewery that often flies under the Oregon radar

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on a rather hot summer day out on their patio. Deep brown with red highlights as I hold it up towards the sun.

Malt aroma is sweet at first, but a long sniff makes it sharper and richer. Dark roasty coffeebeans (not necessarily coffee the drink).

Getting some sweet brown sugar, espresso, and chicory. It smoothes out and drys up a bit as I down the glass. It's definitly a good slow drinker, and at 5.8, is almost like liquid bread, filling me up as I drank. Toasty and nutty in the aftertaste.

A really nice porter, good balance of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of brentk56
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a visciously dark brown with a foamy beige head that sticks fairly well and leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Mildly roasty, almost sooty, with a coffee undertone

Taste: Opens with a chalky, milk chocolate flavor that fades after the swallow; sweet on the finish but also sour, and not in a good way

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat watery

Drinkability: This sure is a disappointing effort; one to forget

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad I made the effort to pursue this beer on draught as the bottled version was a tragic disappointment. Not only is the draught version highly drinkable, but I notice the vital statistics are slightly different from the last time I visited the Dundee bottle. The ABV has come down a notch (to 5.7%) and the IBU are listed at ten less than what they once were (from 38 to 28). A change in recipe perhaps? If so, a change for the better.

Dundee achieves an agreeable balance of both sweet and toasted malts. Nothing here shies from strong character. It is brown-over-mahogany with bold malt emphasis similar to the properties of a nut brown ale but with a more toasted edge. It is undercarbonated but highly drinkable. Too bad Dundee’s worthy qualities don’t survive the bottling line.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black coffee with red-gold accents; indistinguishable from all but the darkest, blackest stouts. The sand colored cap is too soft and too featureless to be all that pleasing to the eye. Only a respectable amount of persistence and a smattering of lace keep the head from dragging the appearance score down even farther.

Dundee Porter has a decent porter nose, although it's topsy-turvy in that fruity hops outpace roasted black malt. I'm not usually one to complain about overly hoppy beer, but a porter ought to smell maltier than this. There's a little sweet chocolate in there, so all is not lost.

It's readily apparent after the first mouthful that I'm not dealing with a stellar effort. Thin, sour, artificially sweet (aspartame?) and acidic are my initial impressions and they aren't likely to change no matter what porter-like characteristics can be ferreted out. The beer is pathetically undermalted, from which most of the above badness flows.

It is recognizable as a porter, but (if it isn't painfully obvious by now) it's far from a good one. There's a watery chocolate-coffee flavor mixed with a watery molasses flavor, the whole accented by a few large cupfuls of sugar and a sprinkling of cigarette ash. The sourness is immensely puckering and limits drinkability more than any other characteristic. Thinner than thin is how I'd describe the mouthfeel, causing me to take another good, hard look at the label to see if 'light' or 'lite' are anywhere to be seen.

Dundee Porter was holding its own until I had to go and spoil it by actually taking a drink. I imagine that all brewers sample their own wares on a regular basis to see if the final product comes reasonably close to their vision. I can't imagine the good folks at Golden Valley being satisfied with this beer. If so, then they clearly haven't tasted it alongside dozens upon dozens of other porters that could kick its ass any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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Photo of beercollector
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pint came to the table a deep brown black. It had a sparse light brown head with minimal lacing.

It's aroma was a toasted malt. The taste was the toasted malt that was sugested by its nose but the hop bitterness made this a more burnt flavor. It has a slick mouth feel which only lasts a short time.

This is a good porter. The bitterness was not too much but it was not as smooth as other breweries versions. I still left with several 22 oz bottles to test at home.

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

The beer after its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle takes up temporary residence in my glass a deep brown with ruby high lights, the head is tan in color, creamy in texture and modest in size, as it dissolves, the lace forms a tight skirt around the glass. Aroma of toasted grains, slight hint of bitter-sweet chocolate, grassy like tone also notice, with the start decently malted, sweet and the top light to moderate. Finish has a pertinent acidity, the hops mild but noticeable in their spicy bite, the aftertaste long lasting, dry and somewhat sweet, a decent porter, not the worst I have tasted but not the best either.

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Photo of marc77
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black, with flashes of deep clear crimson when held to light. Head settles into a spotty lean tan collar. No lace. Notes of milk chocolate, butterscotch and lemony hops upfront in aroma. Meager in roasted grain character, save a ashen note of light roast coffee. In flavor, incipient is a transient bittersweet dark chocolate and burnt, black malt combination. Ensuing are oddly fruity notions of cocoa dusted green apple and prune. Peristent impression of dilute, watery coffee provide the bulk of roasted grain character. Diacetyl augments as the beer warms and becomes akin to movie popcorn fake butter. Somehow it almost works. Meak in hop bitterness, leaving balance skewed towards a lasting impression of watered down, buttered mocha. Apple and prune tartness diminishes, and is supplanted by light lemon zest hints. Lightly bodied, but suitably so considering the lack of outright malt character. Finishes with fleeting hints of cocoa dusted lemon drop yielding to lingering butterscotch. An odd porter, indeed. It grew on me due to its unique character (or lack thereof, depending on your perspective.) Ultimately, it's skippable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK bought in the 22 oz brown bomber. Never had much from this brewery even though they are near to me.
When poured into the pint mug its an attractive enough porter, mahogany in colour with a large creamy , tan head.
Now the smell is kinda odd..very very milky..and I detect some hops..unusual for a porter..but not really "bad".
Tste again is creamy/milk chocolate..with some bitterness near the end.
Very smooth on the palate.
Odd porter..almost a cream ale and porter cross..its drinkable..but not really a good porter.

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Dundee Porter from Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
3.59 out of 5 based on 29 ratings.
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