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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 11-04-2006

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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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Photo of woodychandler
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another of the recent drop-offs, courtesy of my local trader, Tone77!

From the bottle: "Be big."; "Roasted and robust"; "Porter is said to have been the brew of choice for London laborers and transportation workers. Like many workingmen, they are big and burly. Unlike most workingmen, they are rich and deep. Face it, labor just ain't what it used to be. Now it gives us eyestrain, carpal tunnel, and expanding pant sizes. Dundee Porter is a throwback to another time when work made your bones tired and people didn't care a hoot about carbs. Be big. Even for a little while."

Oooh, I loves me a porter! My porter pour produced two fingers of thick deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had a dark chocolate roastiness that made me think of my late father - he was the first person that I knew of that really liked dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was full and creamy and the taste was like dark chocolate ice cream. I closed my eyes at one point and could imagine it as such. Man, was this good! Finish was semi-sweet and deeply chocolaty, but that was OK by this self-avowed hophead. Even I need to step back from the IPA onslaught and remind myself that there are some good malty beers available these days. I can really recommend it as a dessert beer, but to make it a steady diet might be too much for the likes of me. Very nice and worth seeking out.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed 12 pack I received as a birthday present. Poured into a Sam Adams sensory glass. Appearance is cola brown, a bit on the light side for a porter. Quite a bit of clarity at the edges. 2 fingers of brownish head, great retention, some lacing. The nose features some faint notes of raisins and pumpernickel bread. A small amount of roasted grain is present. The taste is pretty plain. Starts with a touch of chocolate malt which fades into nothingness quickly. A bit of a harsh metallic flavor on the end. The mouth feel is thin and well carbonated. Over all, this is a pedestrian porter that I would not seek out.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, opaque shade of amber with a thin, tan, half finger head that doesn't even stay around for 15 seconds. Dull.

S - Clean light toasted barley, hints of cream, plum, and maybe chocolate (I'm stretching). Mild in strength and not entirely inviting.

T - The roasted barley is much more apparent than it was in the nose. A strange watery open bleeds into the roasted malt body. Dark fruits close the beer. It's got decent flavors, but it's incredibly simple and underwhelming. It's a good base, but needs some serious work.

M - Medium bodied, watery through a coarse and dry finish. Oddly built.

D - I'll pass on this one in the future. I'm disappointed by the beer and brewery, though I've only had the sampler pack.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a dark ebony wood color, minimal light passing through, with a brownish head that is low from the start.

Smells of roasted malts like oats, and coffee. Mild nutty bitterness.

Tastes a bit chocolatey with some coffee sans acidity, and toasty oat like malts again, with a final touch of hop.

Moderate to full body, low carbonation, creamy finish.

Shockingly good porter, almost stout like, and a surprising treat. There are plenty of better porters, but probably not at this price. I would have this again.

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Photo of MrOH
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep, dark reddish brown with a big tan head. Good lace.

Lots of caramel and toffee with a hint of roast.

Roast, followed by caramel, and then a bit more roast.

Medium bodied with medium carbontion.

Nothing too complicated, but that's ok, it's a nice easy drinking beer. The whole is definitely more than the sum of it's parts on this one.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours near-black with ruby highlights and edging. Off-white head that gives way to moderate clumpy lacing.

S - Dark, roasted malts. Caramel, dusty cocoa. Earth. Hint of hops.

T - Cocoa with some coffee. Earthy caramel overtones. Subtle general spectrum hops bitterness tightens up the finish a bit.

M - Medium.

O - A good Porter. Represents exactly the style.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep bronze color-a very dark brown but has some nice clean highlites to it. Malty and toffeeish aroma. Nice chocolatey flavors. Not much in the way of roasted grains. Caramel and toffee dominate. Somewhat of a hop bite in the finish. Lingering sweetness. Ok body wise. I really like this-more of a heavy brown ale then a porter to me.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #118
Served On: 01/29/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

This was in the mixed 'Craft Pack' I found at Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA for around $13.00.

Look: Poured a deep dark filtered mahogany color. The head was a thin layer of light-tan foam.

Smell: Strong roasted malts. Coffee and toffee notes with some earthy hops.

Taste: The taste was absolutely amazing for a Genesee offering. The palate was first hit with a coating of woody French Vanilla. Then the roasted coffee set in. A rustic hop started out the finish – followed by a pleasant coffee and hop bitterness. The mouth feel was very soft a creamy.

This is a great Porter. I’ve had a couple other Dundee offerings and this one is the best so far. Even though it won't quite hold up to an Anchor or a Sierra Nevada, this is till a very solid Porter.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass (also sampled in a borrowed nonic, but nothing changed):

A: black body with a big tan/light brown lumpy head with sticky foamy lacing following the beer as it goes down

S: nutty, chocolate, some light coffee subdued but coming out as the beer warms

T: bittersweet through slight coffee and chocolate, bitter hops

M: medium, watery, extremely sessionable, no aftertaste or finish

O: just an average American Porter, not sure if I'd have this again ... ?

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Porter from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a motor oil black color, produced a thick tan head, above average retention and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and caramel/toffee. Full bodied, this American Porter had a decent malt backbone, some slight flavor of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Overall, this is a very drinkable Porter, a beginners Porter. If you looking for a big English style Porter, this one isnt for you, but this makes a nice session beer - decent for an entry level porter. Prost!

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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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