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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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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Photo of Mavigo
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a case of 12 variety by Dundee for a good price from Meijer.

Had this guy first cause I love porters. Served in a pint.

A: Pours a clear, dark, mahogany brown color, with a thin fizzy off white head with minimal lacing.

S: Light aroma, chocolate, coffee, barley, malts

T: Could use some more flavor, bit lacking, but it's smooth though. Bits of chocolate, wheat, malts

M: Very smooth, good carbonation, goes down really easy, good

O: Overall, a bit lacking on flavors, it is however, smooth and refreshing, easy to drink, its good, and was a bargain, recommended by me.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2nd review; 2nd chance.

Poured into becker pint glass; deep brown/garnet with a thick fluffy tan head that sticks around nicely. Head is all around much better this time; maybe last time I got an old bottle. Smell is very weak, some roasted malt and a hint of bitter chocolate. Taste is equally weak; there's no character to it. The mouthfeel is good and full, but there's no flavor. The roasted taste is an afterthought, barely present in the aftertaste; the main taste is a fizzy, slightly sweet generic malt flavor. This is a drinkable beer, and I'm sure it's infinitely better than anything their alter-ego Genessee offers, but it's a poor porter.

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Photo of NilocRellim
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured cold from the bottle.

This beer poured brown, but much lighter than traditional porters. The smell is nothing like a traditional porter and is much more sweet and malty. The taste is along those same lines... malty, almost no roasted-ness and not like a porter should be. The roasted flavour is barely noticeable on the aftertaste.

Would I buy it again> Absolutely not.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a very pleasant and drinkable american style porter. this beer pours pretty dark brown, but when held up to a bright light lets a few rays through. like a really dark rootbeer, with a half inch of white head lingering. the nose is complex for a dundee beer, lots of english style dark malts, a waft or cocoa, and some bitter char too, but only in small quantity. the flavor belnds these elements gracefully. i taste a little coffee, some sweet but rich and earthy malts, which impar a sort of natural bitterness to the beer. there is also more hops than the style usually calls for, which makes it finish punchy and fun. i drank all of them from the mixed 12er in one sitting because the texture was creamy, the carbonation was fair, and the body was nice and full, which i really get off on this time of year. there is nothing too standout about this porter, but its one of those beers that just belongs in your glass. i was plenty pleased with it, despite it not scoring too high in any capacity.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at The Genesee Brew House in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a house hefe glass glowing a deep reddish amber. It held a film of a head of big white and creamy bubbles, leaving flecks of lacing down the glass as the liquid receded. Carbonation appeared average, and no haze or sediment was noted. The nose showed adjuncty grain, sweetness of cooked raisin syrup, warmed brown sugars, and big caramel malts. Our first impression was that, as in the nose, the flavoring was much sweeter, and less roasty, than expected. The taste opened with rich caramel sugars, fig sweetness, and booze. The flavoring mirrored that of a cheaper Scotch ale. The middle peaked with a dryer toasted malt on the back, with more caramel and bright dextrin sweetness continuing to show through. Finally some deeper chocolate notes came on the back, with a renewed fruity sweetness of cherry, and hints of orange flesh. The aftertaste breathed mildly of roasted malts, light caramel toast, fusel booze, and warmed plum pudding. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was the same. Each sip gave decent slurp and smack, but little in the way of cream or froth. The mouth was coated, with little dryness to the palate. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. The nose showed big sweetness (much more than expected, actually) with strong caramels and dark, boozy fruit. The appearance, on the other hand, showed hues of a much lighter style, which was due, according to our served, to the generous use of chocolate malts, rather than the typical mix with roasted barley. This, coupled with the aroma, gave the air of a different style, which we felt to be a little too liberal of an interpretation, as the big, roasty qualities of the style were certainly lost amongst the sweetness and fruitiness.

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Photo of Josiah2729
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance-Deep dark brown with large two finger head that quickly dissapates with minimal lacing.

Smell- Dark malts, some coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and licorice.

Taste-Dark malts with slight coffee/dark chocolate flavers. Slight bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium thickness, low carbination.

Overall-Nice Porter, very enjoyable. This is a go to drinker for me. When I want a nice dark beer at a good price, this has been a go to for me.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger tan head. The head fades fast to give only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – Sweeter toffee and caramel as well as aromas of dark bread and a light roasted malt are present mingling producing a nice sweet bready aroma.

Taste – A dryer dark bready flavor with hints of a very light sweetness are upfront. As the flavor advances it bitters more as some roasted flavors of a light coffee and burnt toast become present. These flavors last to the end where they leave a bitter roasted flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is very average in thickness with a slightly lower level of carbonation. The body is a little lighter then desired as a thicker body would allow all the roasted flavors to really be tasted.

Overall - A little on the dry side without much variety in the flavor profile. One I would likely not go back to again and again.

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Photo of jifigz
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pint glass.

The beer is a dark brown with red highlights when held up to the light. The head is extremely bubbly and lingered only a short time. The aroma is mild cola and some dark toasted grain. The flavor is a little richer than what I would have gathered from the smell. It is dark roasted grains with hints of chocolate and stale coffee. The alcohol becomes evident in the flavor just before the final flavor comes in that is all cola. The beer finishes kind of dry and thin on the palate. I like my porters to have a bit more body than this does, but it's not bad.

For being a product made by Genesee I feel like this isn't too bad. Good work for a cheaper brew.

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Photo of therica
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= very deep chestnut but strong light comes through when held up to one. One-finger tan head in a pint glass.

S= nuts, light chocolate, astringency, dark fruits in a mild nose.

T= slightly dry malts, green malts, green and mature hops. I'm not getting much of the typical porter chocolate nut dark fruit effect in the taste.

M= slightly astringent and dry.

O= an interesting drinkable porter from the Dundee label of Genessee / Matt's.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber/blackish color with an inch thick, tan head. Has creamy lacing.

Smell - Sweet, toffee, roasted malts, and earthy aromas.

Taste - Roasted malts, caramel and toffee, quite sweet, with earthy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel - Has a thick, creamy body with medium carbonation.

Overall - Not particularly my favorite style of beer but I thought I'd try it out. It's definitely good for what it's supposed to be. I just don't really like coffee flavors in anything.

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Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 467 ratings.
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