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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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Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 467
Photo of sraimondi
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a 12 pack for $9.99 in NW Connecticut. Poured a very dark hue, with very little light shining through, even when placed right in front of an incandescent light. Very prominent head which dissipated over time; very good and persistent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt and some chocolate overtones. Taste is similar to aroma, with roasted malt dominating, but no cloying sweetness. The mouthfeel was my favorite attribute; full and smooth, reminding me of the benchmark porter IMO, Fuller's London Porter. The drinkability is quite good; you do not feel the elevated ABV. Overall, this is one of the best American porters I have ever had, regardless of price. When you consider this 12 ouncer only cost $0.83, you can't beat it. I'm really wowed. The best Dundee's so far. Prosit!!

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Photo of rowew
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Label is just like the other JW's, clear. No date info. Although this is listed as a winter release, I never saw this in Colorado until a couple weeks ago.

Appearance: Pours dark reddish brown, nice sized head with very good retention.

Smell: Roasted, a bit of alcohol. Some caramel and toffee as well.

Taste: Medium bodied, nice amounts of roasted flavors as well as the toffee.

Overall impression: Solid porter - very nice for the price.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good dark black color, tannish head is nice and thick and packed tightly around larger bottles.

The aroma is just a hair faint, some burnt malt flavors - some coffee, a hint of molasses. Slight medicine aroma.

The flavor is more coffee, just a hint of sweetness in the malt profile. Good carbonation, leaves the body slightly thin but just fine overall. The finish is semi-dry, no sweetness, just a small acrid flavor at the tail end.

Can't beat it for the price, probably the best of the JW Dundee line.

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

pours almost black with a one inch tan head leaving a ring of lace with each drink. roasted malt and slightly burnt coffee aromas. taste of coffee, caramel, hint of dark chocolate. mouthfeel light, crisp, a little dry. i like the fact that its on the dry side as some tend to be a little to sweet. nice tasty beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-nice bubbly almost black body with thin tan head.

S- very robust smell. maybe a little burnt.

T- dark coffee flavor with sweet malts. dry finish.

M-medium carbonation with surprising light body

D- not bad. its a good winter porter for this cold windy day. quite enjoyable.

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Photo of whynot44
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark, opaque, almost black with some red highlights and a moderate tan head that retains fairly well with some bits of lace.

The aroma is roasted malts, raisins, plums and caramel.

The taste is also dark roasted malt with some coffee, chocolate, smoke and burnt notes followed by some sweeter, fruity notes which linger into the finish.

Medium bodied, smooth and drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second JW's I've had, and it's pretty good. Pours a creamy head, some lacing down the glass. Smells of some malts and slight chocolate scents. Goes down smoothly with some nice hops at the end. Closest to Anchor Porter, no way as flavorful, but a very nice Porter indeed.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chestnut/mahagany with 2 fingers+ of fluffed up mocha head. Very good lacing and head retention

S: Slight fruittyness & roasted grains

T: Roasted grains, fruittyness & a hint of iron & booze up front. Dryness with a hint of vanilla follows. Finishes with chocolate sweetness, vanilla, grainyess & dryness

MF: Medium bodied with very good balance, a little too carbonated for me

Drinks very easy for abv, this is easily the best offering I've had from this brewery & it makes we wonder why can't put some balls behind their other offerings? I'd surely buy this again. The other 5 will be going down my neck at a friend's BBQ tonight!

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

An unusual find..In a 12 pack that was selling for 7.99. Pours a dark almost balck with a minimal head but very nice lacing. Smell is a very nice blend of dark roasted malts with some very nice hop undertones. Taste is excellent...a very nice blend of coffee, toffee and sweet malt. Mouthfeel is chewy and rich. Drinkabilioty is very good...smooooth.

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

Huge billowy head when poured into nonic glass. Retention was excellent, held at 1" to the bottom of glass. Black with low to medium carbonation. Roasty smell with whiff of kettle hop. Smell reminds me of a good London-style Porter. Taste is a great blend of chocolate and roasted malts throughout and a good dose of bittering hop (only slightly more that its English counterparts). Above average drinkability and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice effort; have already made a repeat purchase. High Falls should make this a year 'round brew.

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Photo of andebrice
4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color that shows deep scarlet when held to light. Full tannish head, long lasting. Lacing continues down glass as I drink. Smells of sweeter malts and apples, and a bit of nut. Taste starts of a bit nutty and sweet finishes very malty burnt coffee. Has a sharp edge to it. Enjoyable. Not a lot of carbonation, feels good on mouth, leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. malts taste a bit over roasted for my liking, but is well balanced with the sweet start. A very drinkable Porter, not only because of the lower cost to purchase this brew, compared to some English imports and domestic crafts, but because I believe it does a good job of balancing it's ingredients.

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3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice head. Thick and ferocious with lots of attitude in a light pineapple. Good dark coloring like a dark pot of coffee. It had little red highlights at the edges. Smell was ok but not to brilliant. Light honey, cocoa, and malt.

Smooth and malty. It was a little bitter on the back and it had no flow to it. The flavor didn't hang around long and left an over-roasted almost burnt aftertaste. But hey it's a porter.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This 12 oz twist-off pours almost black with ruby highlights and an impressively thick creamy head that laces up the glass and everything.

Nose: Little to speak of. Faint whisps of roasted malts. Kind of musty. I should mention that this bottle has been in the fridge since last Christmas.

Palate: Astringent. Maybe it's the lack of freshness. Maybe the grains were toasted too long. Either way, not good for me.

Mouthfeel: There's a little bit of body in there but it could be thicker.

Drinkability: Let's just say I'm thankful this was the last one in the fridge.

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Photo of Calico
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours with a dark mahogany, almost blackish brown color. Big, foamy tan-colored head stays around for a while.

Good, malty aroma, caramel notes. Richness is evident in the aroma. Small amount of hops in the aroma nicely balances out the sweetness of the malt.

Robust roasted malt flavor, balanced by sweet medium body. Roasty but not harsh. Very nice chocolatey note in the mid-palate. Excellent, full-bodied interpretation of the Robust Porter style.

Slight alcohol warming but not excessive. Good carbonation is retained even after sitting a while.

No obvious flaws in this brew. I'd rank it right up there between Great Divide St. Bridget's Porter (below this one) and Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter (above this one).

For $4.89-$4.99/6-pack, it is hard to beat. I hope High Falls adds this to their permanent line-up.

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

Appears with a dark ruby brown body nearly black with a large tan moccha head, which dwindles slowly leaving behind scattered chunks of lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate in cocoa powder form nicely rounded with a creamy latte' effect, balanced herbal hop bouqet. Flavor has more dark chocolate and mild coffee and light fruity ale notes from the dark roasted malt character with a soothing herbal expressive hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied with a semi creamy texture and it's evenly carbonated coming off very smooth on my palate. Drinkability is one great solid porter I'm very impressed with the quality of their craft lineup...I'm a fan of High Falls including their Amarillo hopped pale ale.

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Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. bottle with a twist top (yeah!) with plastic labels over the glass and no freshness date evident. Into the pint glass, a vigorous pour yields a nearly opaque, deep reddish-brown color capped with thick, heavy brown foam. Slow fade to a cap, later to a ring at the very bottom of the glass, and solid sheet of lacing that eventually end up as traces when the very last drops are sipped. Sold looking beer, great retention. Kudos! Nose is just what one would expect of a solid porter: sweet and roasted malt, hints of coffee and cocoa/chocolate. Taste is nicely toasted barely malt with moderate bitterness, a bit of chocolate/cocoa capped off by a mildly bitter finish. Again, classic porter material here. Mouth is nicely viscous, semi-creamy/chewy and substantial. Good overall. Drinkability is solid with this tasty and enjoyable brew; it tastes and feels good going down the gullet.

Overall: A pretty good take on the classic porter style. Good taste, good mouthfeel, good overall. Recommended.

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Photo of plaid75
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown hue with streaks of amber and a three finger off white creamy head. There was very good retention and excellent sticky lacing.

The smell featured a solid roasted barley with hints of coffee and cocoa.

The taste was upfront burnt grain with a mellowing nutty finish. In between elements of coffee and chocolate malt.

The mouthfeel was full, smooth and a bit creamy.

Overall a very good porter and another indication of the good things happening at High Falls. Very drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle at Daniel Jack's in Syracuse. Served in a pint glass, it was a good looking beer. Had a nice tan head with retention and lacing, what a pleasant surprise. Smells of milk chocolate malts. The taste is pretty mellow, but I'm getting some nice citrus hops along with the malt. It's not exactly full-flavored, but it is tasty. Very easy-drinking and if I found a 6er the same price as the honey brown, I might pick one up.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep brown color with massive tannish head. Great retention and sticky lacing.
Smell is significant for chicory, coffee, and dark ripe fruits (plums, figs). A very pleasant combination
Taste is initially very dry, but a nice malty sweetness with strong notes of coffee and cocoa are also present.
Full, rich, and creamy in the mouth.
A very well-made porter. Truly enjoyable.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black. Slight red hue if you hold it up to a light. One finger head.Very good retention,and lacing. Smell is of roasted malts, with a hint of dark chocolate. Body is thin to medium with some carbionation. Taste is nicely bittered up front with a sweet dark chocolate finish. Roasted all the way. Very nice, and you can't beat the price. Good job High Falls!!

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin beige head with a bit of lace. Dark brown and clear. Aroma is on the sweet side with notes of mocha and toffee. Flavor is malt dominant with a generous balance of hop bitterness; mild roast, bitter chocolate. Finishes malty and and mocha-like. This is a good porter at a great price.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet, chocolatey scent that as well as a nice roasted malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. It has a rich, roasted taste that is quite flavorful. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good American porter. It's looks and tastes great. This is a good seasonal offering from High Falls.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this recently at a holiday party. I was a little skeptical about a porter coming from high falls but the taste was good overall. It was a little thinned out but the taste that was there was roasted, robust, and very characteristic of a porter. It had a bit of a fizzy mouthfeel but it was still drinkable enough to have 2 or 3.

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

Bought for $4.08/six pack at Byron's Liquor store in Oklahoma City.

Pretty almost black beer with giant tan head. The aroma is on the slightly sweet side with lots of malt.

The flavor is quite rich. Lots of toasted malt with mostly coffee notes being predominant, and maybe a tiny bit of spices. The mouthfeel is not bad but not as smooth as some of my favorite porters.

Overall, this is an average porter, but a WAY ABOVE average beer when compared to others of its price range. I definitely recommend stocking up if you see this beer in the liquor store.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both really good. It smells like roasted malt, caramel and some coffee. It tastes like coffee, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. Starts a bit sweet, finishes nice and bitter. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and it is nice and crisp. Drinkability is good too, it's easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good beer, it's one of the best from High Falls that I've had, it's better than I expected it to be.

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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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