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

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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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Ratings: 467 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very dark brown color with a frothy tan head..lively this one is and leaves some nice lace.

Nose is sweet and has a caramel-chocolate malt profile that is low on the roast. Not much hops and just a twang of nutty yeast.

Taste is burnt sweetness with a little tannic astringency on the finish. Very little hops, just enough for a little balancing bitterness and the body is not really all that full for the moderate, pervasive sweetness. Not bad, worth a try in the mixed-pack format, but not one I would buy a whole sixer of.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark ruby, with a rich, foamy head and stylish lace. Impressive appearance.

Aroma is sweet, with a slight roastiness and an almost nut-like tone.

Taste is sweet and malty. A little on the thin side, actually. I get slight hints of chocolate and coffee notes, but overall, they are well submerged.

Not bad, just really very adequate. I say, easily sessionable, but far from an exemplary porter.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is also of roasted malts, a good bit of coffee is present, just a touch of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. No date.

Appearance - Black body. Big tan/light brown head with decent retention and low stick.

Smell - Nutty and chocolate maltiness. A bit musky in the finish.

Taste - Stale, watered down coffee. Thin sour, bitter hop.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Astringent. Somewhat solvent.

Overall Drinkability - Meh. Not bad. Just thoroughly unimpressive.

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Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jmarklan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice ebony that reveals mahogany and red when held up to the light. Creamy tan head that dissipates after a few minutes and leaves some nice lacing.

S: A very mocha aroma; chocolate syrup and slight coffee.

T: This is not a very robust porter, and i'm not complaining about it either. Chocolate syrup dominates the flavor with coffee settling in with the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, smooth with moderate carbonation. Just right.

Overall: A very simple yet enjoyable porter.

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

Pours a rich very dark brown, nearly black, but with nice mahogany highlights. There is a decent tan head, but this retreats rapidly, leaving little more than a ring.

Good mouthfeel, with well-chosen carbonation. Medium body.

Aroma: mild: sweet dark malt; noticeably hoppy; slight hints of smoke and dark fruits.

Taste: light for style, but otherwise without serious flaws. Has the hoppy tinge expected of an American Porter.

O - An average quality porter, leaning towards the light side in flavor. Good value as part of Dundee 'craftpack'.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a sampler pack.

A: dark brown with a nice bubbly head that lingered very well.

S: Roasted nuts, coffee and a bit of a sweet almost honey scent

T: Roasted malt and warm earthy taste. Slight coffee note. Nothing overpowering about his one.

M: Very light for a porter, well carbonated and goes down easy.

O: Not a bad porter but seems a bit watered down. Good porter for those who cannot handle the bold tastes as this seems a bit muted.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bluelynbrewing
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of divineaudio
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


a - pours a deep mahogany brown with a finger of sudsy, tan head. retention is good, calming to a thin cap after a few minutes. leaves a few chunks of lacing in the glass.

s - roasted malt with toffee notes. faint dark fruity notes.

t - muted roastiness balanced by a fairly prominent herbal bitterness. faint spice notes with a sticky sweet finish.

m - thin with a little more carbonation than i prefer.

o - decent beer and goes down pretty easy, could have a few no problem. nothing memorable style wise though. wouldn't mind picking up a seasonal pack with these in it again, but i wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.88/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Porter! Very balanced! What you would expect in appearance and smell not quite as prominent as I would like but the taste is exceptional. It taste of sweet malts and toffee like. Mouthfeel outstanding its smooth and creamy and this makes for an overall great Beer. Fellow Advocates please note that you can find most of the beers I have rated at Kroger with there pick 6 it is a great way to try different types of craft brews!

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a snifter...color is pretty on-point for the style, a rich very dark brown with a decent head. Smell isn't too heavy or distinctive...taste is ok...I've had a lot of better porters and drank a really good one just before this bottle. Mouthfeel is fine...just an average standard porter, not bad but not amazing. Decent value as part of 'craftpack' (those seem to be all the rage these days).

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Photo of obrike
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer number two tonight from Dundee's mixed 12 pack.

Color is black/brown...cola like, a few hints of red...Head disappates quickly, but leaves a nice thin lace for duration...spotty lacing throughout. Not too shabby.

Smells good. I'm getting chocolate, vanilla, smokey malt...maybe a touch of sweetened coffee...much better than i anticipated.

Taste feels a bit thin...follows nose, but way to light/subtle for a good porter. Pretty carbonated, but super thin. This beer had great potential. Still, a decent effort by Dundee.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

#127. Part two of my four part Dundee Craft Pack review. Somehow there's a one-year gap between the last review and this one, which is interesting, as I've seen this beer (in the variety pack) just about everywhere, and at the impressive $10.99 price tag could make an easy buy for anybody rubbing nickels together.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass at room temperature. Served at about 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 2 finger depth frothy head that has average retention. Lacing left at the surface is quite clingy and sticks around, but no further lacing beneath it seems to stick for long. Color is a very dark brown with some deep ruby highlights at the bottom. Beer looks quite clean and filtered from the little light that gets through. Looks aren't bad for this beer, but as in many beers, the head could improve. 4

(Smell) Some buttery dark caramel, toffee, bitter chocolate and possibly some very light coffee grounds. Smells like there's some potential in this beer if I could just smell it in its full glory. Smell is mildly potent at just about all temperature ranges and could improve much more. Good sweet and bitter characteristics, other than the potency, I'm enjoying it. 3.5

(Taste) Not too shabby. A sweet hearty dose of caramel and toffee lie up front followed with a nip of bitter chocolate and earthy hop cresting the finish. Very mild alcohol character peeks through in larger sips. The overall taste is done rather well but is a tad watered down which is unfortunate for the flavors in this beer. It could be worse, but could be far better too. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite smooth with a mildly sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is somewhat well hidden, but discernible in minute amounts. Body is a light-medium, way too thin for a porter. It does alright by the taste, but needs more substance to reach the ranks of the almighty porter gods. 3

(Overall) A surprisingly decent victory by Dundee standards; it's one of the better offerings by the hit-or-miss Dundee, but because this is found in a variety pack, you can't get more than 3 without going out of your way and buying another box! It should be more commonly available than this. Like most porters, this is best served and appreciated at a much warmer than average temperature. The taste and the aroma improved and balanced out vastly around the 50 degree mark. I can't say that I would claim to go out of your way to have this beer, considering the large amount of stellar porters that come out at this time of year. However, it certainly is proving to be the best reason to buy any Dundee product as thus far. 3.5

Genessee Brewing Company's
Dundee Porter
B- (3.48)

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Photo of soju6
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a tan head & little lacing.

S: Mainly a nice malt aroma with some traces of chocolate.

T: Nice roasted malt taste with a hint of chocolate. Nice clean finish, fairly dry.

F: medium body, quite smooth.

D: Another good brew from Dundee. Not overpowering, very enjoyable. Good drink while kicking back.

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Photo of sauron681
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a tan head that is thick and creamy, yet fizzy Has a nice medium mouthfeel that makes it quite drinkable.

Starts sweet in the mouth, but finishes chalky and dry. Hints of chocolate, and coffee bitterness, and mellow toffee notes. Very smooth overall. Also a lite alcohol aftertaste. Lingers long in the mouth.

I found this quite good for a "mainstream" brew. There are better porters out there but this was quite tasty for a common beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown-red color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee. The flavor is a mix of toffee, dirt, earthy hops as well as some chocolate and smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Dundee beers, but still nothing too special.

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Photo of lionking
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dundee Porter from the Dundee variety 12 pack.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. This beer is very dark, black with some ruby hues as i hold the glass up to the light. Head is about a quarter of a finger,

The nose is a coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste is more of the chocolate. Beer is moderately crisp in the mouth. The drinkability is good. Doesnt taste like a 6.5% alcohol beer. I like this porter very much and would buy it again.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass - Pint

A - Pretty damn dark, a bit of red when held up to light. Produced a 1-2 finger head, retention wasn't great, didn't stick around. No lacing to mention, a nice ring held atop throughout entire consumption.

S - Soft combo of coffee/chocolate, it's a bit dry with some dark fruity notes, a bit of plum, some licorice, and some alcohol in there. Nothing big & around average.

T - Some milk chocolate upfront unfolding into semi rich smokiness, some dark chocolate & mocha flavors. A bit of licorice on the finish along with some lingering roasted malts. Pretty good.

M - Moderately crisp & around medium bodied. A little smooth, around average.

D - Average drinkability, I could drink a couple pints I suppose. There's just allot better out there that I would choose over this. Not bad but I wont be buying this one again. Still worth a try for sure.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark dark brown, almost black, looks like cola, with a biege fizzy head that fades to a thin layer almost instantly. pretty good head retention but hardly a lace.

the aroma is pretty non exsistent. you have faint hints of roasted malt, faint whiffs of alcohol, maybe some sweet maltiness. you definatly have to smell deep to get the aroma.

all the dundee beers in the variety craft ive been drinking seem to have that same malty twang. there some slightly roasted malts, nothing crazy. a touch sweet, then finishs nice and bitter with some lingering cocoa flavors. a touch of a raison flavor in there.

sparkly bitey carbonation really ruin this for me. light to medium body. overall just fizzy.

drinkability isnt too bad, but id turn this down for almost any other craft beer from a different brewery. i wouldnt seek it out, and definatly wouldnt suggest it to anyone. dundee definately did not impress, i will be avoiding it indefinatly

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body crowned with two fingers of light beige foam. Meager splotches of lace on the way down.

Smell: Predominate nose smelling of dark malts with notes of chocolate, licorice dust, and dark fruits with a fine, fine whiff of spice in the distant background.

Taste: Dark maltiness with a touch of unsweetened chocolate powder, light roast, and a hint of licorice. Lightly sweet at the start, but washes out for a faintly sourish, vaguely fruity accent hinting at raisins. Hop profile with a touch of spiciness and a restrained bitterness. Splash of mineral water. Dry maltiness on the latter half until the finish. One of those beers that doesn't improve with any warmth, quite the opposite, in fact, so, don't waste a minute with this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A basic but acceptable porter. It offers light tastes with a light body aimed for ease of drinkability, one would assume.

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Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 467 ratings
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