Dundee Porter | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee PorterDundee Porter

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 11-04-2006

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle via a friend from work--Thanks Randy

This nice porter pours a dark amber brown with a moderate head of odd white foam that settles to a thick ring, subtle pool, and light lacing. Nose of sweet roasted malts and subtle char. Flavors exceed the nose with dark roasted malts mixed with cola notes, light coffee notes, and spritzy carbonation mixed with light hop notes. Overall a decent brew with a crisp mouth feel and high carbonation making for an easy to quaff session porter.

Good bang for the buck!


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Photo of Caveworm
4.31/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dundee Porter | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and light tan, with spotty lacing, and a clear very dark reddish-brown body.

Smells like roasted malts along with other full-bodied grains. Also a nice caramel&dare I say tea note.

I taste a smooth, sweet blend of thie elements described above. As @DaneBramage mentioned, its less tasty and viscous than most other porters out there and has potential to convert the uninitiated into craftism. Well balanced with a small mid palate&post-swig alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is medium with mild carbonation. Smooth and quenching.

I'll rate Dundee Porter | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. with an overall 4.25. Not in the same league as Eddy Fitz, but the price is do-able.

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Photo of plumberman63
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A nice dark brown, with a decent head. Nice dark malty and slightly roasted cocoa aroma. Taste follows the nose with a bit of bitter, maybe a slight coffee ( which I don't like) but still drinkable to me. good rich feel.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Minimal carbonation and non-complex flavor, a good introduction to porter for those who've never tried it. But too thin of a porter for my liking, very weak/watery flavor. As with other ratings, I bought as part of a $9.99 twelve sampler pack....probably a fair price but nothing special going on taste-wise.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It fills the glass as a light hazelnut color, about a couple shades lighter than coffee with tinges of red. Head is fluffy, beige, and stays around for awhile.

Aromas are pleasant with chocolate, toasted cereal, caramel and toffee, and a bit of stale grain.

Flavor could be better though, as it starts off with light brushes of cocoa, a bit of plant, and then it turns fairly chemical with some fusel alcohol and dirt.

Feel is bubbly and carbonated, tight and busy. Semi dry chaff finishes the feel.

Overall the Dundee Porter is a skip over. Not a fan of this one and I was looking forward to this one the most out of the variety pack.

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Photo of Reldain
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Brownish red in colour with thick tan head
S: Light coffee and vanilla smell
T: Chocolate and coffee with a lightly burnt toast finish
F: Very smooth and easy to drink
O: Good for newbies that want to start trying darker beers

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a creamy off-white head. Plenty of lacing and carbonation also. Smells like lightly roasted malts, coffee, maybe even a little citrus. Initial taste is mild with hints of coffee, caramel and toffee. Aftertaste is mild black coffee. Overall a very solid brew, no overbearing favors. Would definately buy more

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Photo of NateDyk47
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

L- medium brown, slightly transparent
S- scent of coffee, chocolate, charcoal
T- first thing I noticed was the bitterness: more than I expected. Hint of coffee, very faint chocolate note
F- weird. Very carbonated, especially for a porter. Pretty thin too.

Nothing special. It's not bad, but really doesn't from any other porter I've had.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- a dark brown with fairly small tan head.
S- getting dark chocolate and roasted malts. also the black licorice
T- very similar to the nose in taste. roasted malts and coffee flavor. alittle tart also
F- medium to light bodied, with medium carbonation.
O- pretty good porter in my mind. if you take the price into consideration id say this one is a go to in the colder months. I like the brews that come out of dundee

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reminded me so much of flying bisons lager with a bit more complexity. I swear I taste a hint of peanut butter in both brews, but I digress. It was weird because my buddy and I enjoyed the first one then the second one we had we both did not like. Not sure if that's a consistency issue or what. It wasn't terrible, but wouldn't get again nevertheless.

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Photo of superspak
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/9/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, light molasses/dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, light molasses/dark fruit and herbal/roasted earthiness. Good amount of herbal hop/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and earthy hops flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a nice porter style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3/28/15 (Bottle)- Nice dark pour, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Enjoyed tasting the toasted malt brew, minimal carbonation, very smooth creamy pour and going down. Nice kick. Over all very good beer.

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Photo of mhuber
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate brown color with a thin tan head that lingers. Bitter dark chocolate flavor. Lots of lacing. Almost no aftertaste. This is a pretty good beer!

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and black licorice aroma.
Appearance- this beer is dark brown with a small tannish colored head.
Taste- Taste like malt and black licorice, pretty decent.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation and a creamy texture.
Overall- A really decent porter and if you consider the price, it's an excellent porter.

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Photo of beergoot
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle label data: none noted

Clear, brown colored body with a very rich, thick, frothy head; sheets of lacing left on the glass. Very little aroma other than a mild, roasted grain character; nutty. Weak, roasted grain quality to the taste; some sharp bitterness. Medium body; mostly dry finish.

A fair dark ale that comes across more like a dry nut brown ale than a fuller, more robust porter. It's tasty enough yet doesn't quite measure up to the character of a porter. The color and flavor fall short and the body seems a bit to watery for the style. Good for what it is, but not really a defining example of a porter.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dundee Porter brewed by Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co., with an ABV of 6.5% This brew pours out a nice brown color with an off white head. The Dundee Porter looks like cola. Dundee Porter Has a rich smell of grains and malts . You also pick up some sweetness in the smell. The taste is mild with roasted gains and light sweetness. The taste is bold but smooth. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co., did a nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is nice and rich, with a clean smooth finish. I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a dark brown color with less than one-finger tan head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin broken layer of small bubbles, there was some lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: roasted malt, chocolate, black licorice.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, roasted malt, chocolate and black licorice, the 6.5% alcohol was barely perceptible.

PALATE: creamy with medium carbonation.

OVERALL: I don't normally drink porter but got this as part of a sampler pack. This is not my favorite style of beer but I enjoyed trying something different. Great price at $9.99 for a twelve pack. This is not a bad porter and I would have again at this price.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My third review of the Dundee beers, acquired as part of the variety twelve pack at the local Jewel.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours an amber chocolate color; appears a dark ruby in the glass with some light visible. One finger of light khaki froth. The color could be a bit darker, but it looks alright for what it is.

S - The aroma is merely alright, nothing too unique or special here. Some musty dark malts / graininess, and slight notes of cookie dough & chocolate. Not a terribly good aroma, but inoffensive.

T - The taste is a step upward from what I'd expected based off the nose. Much more bitter & roasty than I would have thought. Notes of cream / lactose, chocolate, cookie dough. Crisp maltiness / yeastiness present also. Maybe some minor cola notes?

M - The feel is smooth & fluid, slightly on the watery side for a porter, especially considering the moderate 6.50% abv. Easy drinking with okay carbonation.

Overall, not a bad easy-drinking porter from these guys. Again, like the other beers in the variety pack, it isn't something I would seek out, but it is definitely worth picking up for $10.99 for the pack.

Dundee Porter -----3.5/5

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass.

A-3/4 tan creamy head, deep dark copper brown, appearing black

S-toasty malts, nutty aroma, black licorice

T-taste the nuttiness from the smell, also can taste that licorice I smelled

M-thick, creamy, feels really good on the tongue

O-very good. I don't drink many porters but that will change

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Photo of jrnichols
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A dark amber in color, but not opaque or cloudy when held up to the light. a medium head which dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell is somewhat faint, a little malty with maybe a tiny bit of nut.

Malty and sweet, with a note of chocolate, and a very faint smokiness. Also has a slight metallic aftertaste that I have noticed in other Dundee beers.

Feels light, not as creamy as some other porters. Lightly effervescent.

This beer is from a sampler pack of Dundee beers and like most of the ones I've sampled, it is OK, but doesn't quite stack up to others of it's kind. Although this is the best beer of the sampler, it still seems like a watered down version of a true porter. But it is easy to drink, the flavor is enjoyable, and the 6.5% ABV leaves a nice buzz. I would buy a 6-pack of this if I saw one, if only because the price is fairly cheap.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer mug.

Got this as part of a Dundee sampler 12 pack.

Appearance: Pours a not quite three-finger light khaki head. Body is the color of black coffee.

Smell: Smells like coffe with a bit of chocolate and hints of grain and alcohol.

Taste: Some hops upfront, immediately followed by coffee notes; sort of tart. Slight chocolate flavor is apparent on the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel has a medium thickness; pretty carbonated; easy to drink.

Overall: This was actually pretty good. In all honesty, I wasn't expecting a whole lot after trying the Dundee APA (which isn't really a bad beer necessarily), but this is by all means decent. For the price, I would buy this again; I look at this as something to have in my fridge as a casual, everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought as part of Dundee's Ales & Lagers Seasonal Pack from Southtown Beverage on 4/26/13. Case price was $ 17.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Smith's Pint Glass. Served at Ambient Temp.

appearance: clear medium brown, liked Brewed black tea supports a 2 finger shortbread colored head. nice lacing.

aroma: nice toasted malt with English style earthy hops.

mouthfeel: smooth, maybe a little thin for the style.

taste: lovely, caramel sweetness with a touch of cocoa. some hazelnuts.

notes: Wow! wasn't expecting a beer this good from Dundee but it is an excellent beer. Maybe a little light for the style in color, mouthfeel and body but it is delicious beer that can hold it's own and will become a regular of mine.

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Photo of Beersquad
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Slight sweet malty scent.
Poured into a tulip glass hoping to capture or maintain head. The head was very bubbley for a porter and is disappears rather quickly leaving some small lacing on the glass.

Dark appearance but not thick. YOu can see light coming through near bottom of the glass. More like a cola then a porter.

The taste - very carbonated, especially for a porter. Maltly somewhat bitter but very thin. Little after tasted.

I had a half of one. It's an average tasting mainstream type beer. I didn't see the point of finishing it.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 3 fingers of light tan foam over a transparent body of dark ruby/brown

S - roast malts and coffee, malty sweetness

T - caramel sweetness pleasantly balanced by bitter notes of roast malt, coffee, touch of dark chocolate, aftertaste of lingering caramel sweetness and booze

M - syrupy medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - a decent porter

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up the Dundee variety 12 pack for a price I couldn't beat.
Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a deep brown with really fizzy cream colored head that lingers but doesn't do much in the lacing dept. The deep brown color has red highlights when held up to the light. Looks pretty decent except for the fizziness of the head.

S- Not too much going on here. Aromas of light roasted coffee and dark bittersweet chocolate. Also smells grainy.

T- This is where it redeems itself. Huge flavor compared to the aroma. Tastes of unsweetened chocolate not unlike unsweetened cocoa powder hits the tongue first. Followed by some light roasted coffee bitterness that is pleasant. Nice amount of dark roasted malt flavors.

M- Seems a tad too thin. Also I think the fizziness of the head also comes into play here. Maybe it is a tad over carbonated. Just seems a little to light and fizzy.

O- A decent offering at best. Not disappointed at all that I bought this 12 pack for less than 10 bucks. Interested to see how the others stack up.

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