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

Dundee PorterDundee Porter
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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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Ratings: 466 |  Reviews: 232
Photo of Thur123
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep dark red color that's much closer to a brownish black than red. About one finger of head on a fairly heavy pour and the head is khaki colored. The smell is...a sweet and slightly roasted malt character. The sweetness reminds me of brown sugar and cake frosting a little bit, with some raisins. A nice nose that's a little light but smells good.

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The roasted flavor is more pronounced in the flavor of the beer, with the sweetness showing up at the end of the profile, with slight tastes of cocoa and sugar, and definitely a dark bread flavor. The body is better than I expected with more volume than some of the other Dundee's I've had. This is better showing for Dundee, and maybe perhaps their best offering, at least from what I've had. A nice session porter that lets you know what a simple porter is like.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass. no visible freshess information.

A- This one pours out a dark brown colored body with ruby red highlights around the edges of the glass. a small khaki colored head forms on top.

S- dark roasted malts come through first. after that comes some dark and milk chocolate. a slightly hoppy/coffee finish.

T- the taste is like the smell. dark roasted malts and semisweet chocolate. moderately bitter coffee finish.

M- medium to full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- the high level of carbonation takes something away from this one. something i can have a couple of but would look for something else after that.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a ruby-tinted dark brown. Not as black as expected. There's a nice frothy tan head capping it off. Dissipates to a ring around the edge; leaves some sticky lace on glass. Scents of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some faint coffee, and minerals.

The body is crisp and leaning towards harsh with a moderate-to-high amount of carbonation. This could be smoothed out just a tad. Flavors of roasted coffee beans right away, but there's an odd metallic flavor finishing out the first few sips. This goes away after awhile though, and this becomes a decent Porter. Roasted malty goodness here. Not the best, but not bad.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like malty beers. I am not the biggest fan of bitterness. This beer's malty and roasted profile has endeared me to it. This is very drinkable and, coupled with the malty profile, I would describe this beer's drinkability as "hearty" and "gulping". The texture is of a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.

I had this straight out of the fridge and, I believe, this played a part in highlighting an early slightly metallic taste. As the beer warmed, the metallic taste disappeared and I was left with the malt, mild notes of burnt sugar, dried raisins and figs (perhaps what they mean by dark fruits),and some hints of French roast coffee.

The finish has a slight bitterness that doesn't last long at all. This brief bitterness brings to mind expresso and some lemon peel. I must note however, that this bitterness leaves no lasting traces.

If I'm able to find this in a six pack, I'd get it again. I definitely want to try this on tap. This is probably my favorite of the Dundee beers.

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Photo of Engineerrock
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Very dark, nice head.

S: A little bit of roast.

T: Lots and lots of alcohol-almost rubbing alcohol. Something roasty chocolate, malted, and good. Bitterness well balanced.

M: Pretty smooth and not too heavy.

D: Could have a second if not for the heavy alcohol.

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Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Really dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brownish-white head. Settles pretty quickly, leaving a blanket of bubbly carbonation on the surface. Leaves a sticky beer ring as it does. More spider web lacing as you drink it down.

S: Espresso bean and dark chocolate roasted malt.

T: Roasted coffee beans, and bittersweet chocolate. A little sweet touch of molasses, too.

M: Thick, hearty and robust. Slightly bitter and dry finish. A touch of sweetness lingers. Does have a bit of a carbonated feel.

D: Sipping beer.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Really nice deep dark appearance, and a nice roasted malt nose. Flavor is basic, but a nice combo of roasted components with a little sweetness. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of drcarver
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a dark brown body with a medium brown 1 finger head sits on top. Fades to decent lacing that sticks to the sides. Definitely the best looking beer from the variety pack.

S - smells of malt and slightly fruity. none of the typical roasted/burnt aroma

T - Sweet and creamy on the finish. A sour aftertaste hangs toward the end. A bit of roasted flavor and the presence of alcohol. Nicely smooth eventhough there is carbonation

D - Definitely. I nice dark beer.

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Photo of Skilbarton
4.82/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can generally tell from first taste if I really like a beer and I really like this beer. Not a husky Porter but not light either. The chocolaty taste is there but not overbearing. It's drinkability encourages one to open a second and maybe a third and that works for me!

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dundee Porter....Rochester NY.

Appearance-opaque brown/black. Nice creamy tan head bubbles rise up and disappear, a nice layer of carbonation remains. Decent.

Smell-nutty malt, alcohol, small notes of toffee and sugar. Hops and alcohol fairly hidden.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium bodied, malt and chocolate notes, super smooth and creamy, finishes on a strong note, layer of malt.

Drinkability-smooth, heavier alcohol is well hidden, well balanced.

Overall-well done, the best beer in my Dundee sampler, all flavor notes work well, reminescent of Stegmaier in PA, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from my Dundee sampler..Which was only supposed to last 'till Christmas!? Maybe I'm not drinking enough beer.

Pours near opaque deeeep crimson with a low tan head which quickly receded to a ring leaving spotty lace.

I honestly couldn't pull anything from this particular beer aromawise..Could just be the weather and my poor sniffer. Thus my default average rating since I can neither praise nor fault what I can't smell.

Taste was easier thankfully consisting of Burnt malt, slight coffee and a copper finish which diminished as the beer warmed.

Fairly light mouthfeel with low carbonation.

A good Porter to session since it's light on the ABV and not as filling as my beloved Polish Baltics. Cheers!

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a sampler pack. Along with the Pale Bock Lager, those were my two favorites. Poured into a standard frozen pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown with a nice head on it that stayed for almost the entire drink.

S: Roasted nuts, coffee, earth, toasty malt and a honey sweetness.

T: Malt, coffee, earth with a cola-like character in the finish. A little sweet going down. Slightly watery for a porter.

Drinkability: Good one to have 4 or 5.

Value: In the format I purchased it, awesome. $10.69 for a 12-pack sampler. Worth every penny. If they priced these in six packs for around $5.99, I'd buy it sometimes.

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Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that you can tell would be clear if it wasn't so dark. Has some brownish hues around the edges and slightly less than a finger of tanned head. Little bit of lacing going on here. Nose has burnt notes of chocolate, coffee, yeast and a bit of hop/citrus in the end. Taste is a little yeasty and metallic but also includes heavily toasted/kilned grains. High amount of carb makes the feel seem quite light. Overall not bad. Not something to go out of your way for but surely is as good or better than average.

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Photo of Mosley1212
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown with a red tint, half inch of tan foam

S - Malts, hops, dark chocolate

T - Tastes of heavy hops with a biting alcohol after taste

M - Bitter to the tongue, not a pleasant feel

D - I could see enjoying a few of these,but not many. I'm not a big fan of this beer.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Instantly formed a massive 3 finger tan head which disipated quickly with moderate lacing. Dark brown translucent body.

Very nice coffee and roasted malt aroma. I can also detect some chocolate and caramel scents. After coming to proper temp. I can also picking up something along the lines of black cherries...

Starts with a big toasted coffee bean flavor then goes into the caramel and roasted malts. Finishes with a kick of dry black coffee.

Decent mouth feel...thin but not too thin. Ever so slightly creamy and carbonated.

Very drinkable...pretty true to the style and represents it quite well.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass

The beer is a dark blackish brown, letting light through only around the edges, and then only if you're looking. Moderate, foamy, buff colored head that settles after a minute or two. Extremely minmal lacing that follows the beer down as you drink it. No sticky foam coating the glass, but little protrusions upwards from the head.

Raisins, alcohol, allspice, coffee beans, biscuits and roasted malts readily apparent in the nose, with a faint smoke. Complex but not overpowering.

Flavor is somewhat bitter, chocolate over a toasty base, fading to an unmistakable coffee and caramel, almost like a cappucino, but that's about it. Still very pleasant, but not a lot of the complexity that the nose promised.

Speaking of, as the beer warms a nice brown sugar note comes through both in the nose and on the palate.

The beer feels warm and smooth on the tongue, with firm but mellow carbonation that lifts the brew and keeps it active in your mouth.

This has good drinkability for a Porter, finding its place somewhere between Porter and Stout. Not overpowering, but not watered down, either. Ranked it high in that regard because it's good for a Porter - still not as easy to put away as, say, Heineken. If I were making a session of it, I'd make a sandwich as well.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
1.83/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Dark, dark brown, almost completely opaque with a tan head with weak retention but ok lacing.

S: Swells sweet and malty with not hops balance.

T: Malty sweetness up front, cloying all the way through. Acrid metallic flavor in the finish.

M: High carbonation with a syrupy, unclean finish.

Notes: I have disliked all the beers from this brewer so far and the porter has as been done in an unpleasing manner. Sorry guys, your beer is just too cloyingly sweet; perhaps this is to cover up the lack of complexity?

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Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of the JW Dundee craft pack, the bottle label states to 'be big". Let's hope so as I pour this brew into my Sammy Adams freebie glass. Dark black with brown edges, a frothy tan head bubbles up and leaves a sheet of lace. Good start.

Above average whiff of chocolate malt and caramel. Also better than average quaff of the same, the only real drawback is the somewhat thin body. A touch of coffee and burnt toast push this to a stout style, but still a decent beer from the craft pack after experiencing mostly pedestrian brews from the brewer before.

This should be available in a sixer.

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Photo of Kendo
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with reddish highlights. Not opaque -- light definitely gets through. Fizzy tannish head that disappears fast. Appears flat.

S: Faint nose -- some roasty malt is about it, maybe a hint of sweeter malt (caramel or toffee).

T: Not much going on here either. Some roasted barley, a hint of coffee.

M: Slightly thin; weak in feel.

D: At least it's light and generally non-offensive, so you can drink it fast. Why you'd want to is a different question.

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Photo of cnally
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was gifted to me. Thanks, pops.

The appearance is a barely transparent reddish brown with tints of red around the ends of the glass as light shines through. A mega-fizzy head falls down with a decent lacing. Sounds like soda pop.

Deep malty nose in the aroma. Very sweet smelling, with hints of dark fruits like cherry grape and plum. A distincive alcoholic nose as well.

Very mild porter flavor here. The first taste is a sweet one, but that quickly fades into a surprising bitterness. The smoke flavor so associated with porters is really held back, way in the background, but in the finish you can sense it. Fairly sweet taste.

Creamy, slightly fizzy carbonated mouthfeel.

You what this one is? It is the perfect "first porter I ever had" territory. Let a newbie taste this one to start getting interested in porters. A very mellow taste...a slightly sweet one...what's not to like? Very decent.

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Photo of mempath
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice pancake batter head that laces a bit and settles soon...as dark as a stout.

smokey burnt caramel smell. or grilled dark dried fruit...

taste is actually sweeter than i expected. still, the smoke and coffee. nice depth that lingers a bit. mouthfeel seems less carbonated than it should be.

as it warms, i notice a touch of hops in the finish.

nice, but i wouldn't session it. unless alot of pub fare was involved.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a dark brown with ruby tints, and a thin off-white head that lingers a while and leaves okay lacing. Nose is a complex mix of charcoal, licorice and a hint of acramel. Mouthfeel is a bvit on the thin side, but the flavor picks up where the nose left off and throws in just a slight morsel of smoked wood and alcohol. Finish is extrmely dry, and also short, but all and all, not a bad beer by this brewer that normally does not impress me.

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Photo of vdread
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dundee Porter
bottle to glass

a-nearly black with a little red coming through. thick two finger head that faded to a thin little collar and left a decent amount of lace.

s-not so much when cold, but once it warms up, i can smell dark malts and some chocolate and coffee.

t-coffee, dark fruits, some bitter chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, some floral, slightly citrus hops in the back.

m- medium bodied, good carb makes it smooth in the mouth and a little bitter without too much.

d- about average. not a bad porter, but not the best either. easily accessible.

this came in a dundee craft pack that also had a pale ale, ipa, wheat, honey brown, and a bock.

i find this to be the best of the pack, not only because i like darker beers, but because it is the only style that doesn't seem like watered down versions of the style they represent.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark chocolate brown. When held up to the lights there are some dark amber highlights around the sides of the glass. Even with a hard pour I didn't get much of a head at all. Nothing to be proud of to say the least. Soapy lacing that just slides down the glass and hits the beer. Almost looks like a flat soda.

S- Nice big roasted malts smell on the forefront of this beer. Soy sauce comes through the head upon further sniffs. Some low lying sweet hints come and go but never really stick around. Not a terrible smelling beer at all...expected this to be a lot worse to be honest.

T- Roasted malt upfront on this beer. Big roasted taste.Right after the intial taste it goes down hill. The middle to ending of this beer seems a little too watery for me for the style. Also, there is a strange metallic tint to this beer. Don't know if it's from oxidation or what but it kills the beer a little bit with it's annoying factor.

M- Lighter mouthfeel which I found suprising. Carbonation seems a little off and made this beer more dull and watery to me. Didn't really do anything on the palate just came and went leaving some rusted roasted tastes on the tounge.

D- This could be a very drinkable beer if a couple of things changed. First and foremost the metallic taste has to go. It ruins the beer starting with the first taste. Second this beer needs more umph..to it in the middle and end. This would be a lot better to me if they put a little more effort into the middle and end of this beer. I didn't expect much and didn't get it in return. I can see a lot of people liking and drinking this since it is kind of watered down.

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Photo of waltek1
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving size: 12 ounce brown bottle that is part of the Dundee Craft Pack. There is no expiration date or born-on-date on either the bottle nor on the case itself.

A: Poured dark brown into a 14 oz glass. The light sand-colored head disappeared quickly.

S: A mix of roasted malt and peat. Not overly aromatic.

T: Dominated by a roasted coffee taste, with a smoky malt undertone.

M: One definitely feels the carbonation on the palate. Medium bodied brew.

D: Not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I have enjoyed both bottles of porter from the Dundee Craft Pack in one sitting.

This is a solid offering by Dundee Brewing, especially at the Dundee Craft Pack's price point. A good stepping-stone beer, this porter would serve well in introducing someone to the style. It is drinkable, has good flavor, but is not overpowering.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Dundee Sampler Pack...

A: deep, dark brown with a frothy khaki head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts, roasted nuts and hints of carmel and cocoa.

T: like the scent, roasted malts, roasted nuts, hints of sweet carmel and cocoa. slight smoke. Not full flavored, but good.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation

D: Nice, decent porter... nothing more and nothing less.

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Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 31.5% out of 100 with 466 ratings
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