doughert82 (20) - Bay Area, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
(Bottle) Dark in color, taste is more similar to a stout than a porter. Lacked any distinguishing flavor characteristics, and in fact, the lingering taste wasn’t that great. But I like Golden Valley, and appreciate their effort. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a large creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, roastiness, smoked sausage, and milk. Flavor of roasted malt, smoke, and slight vinous. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
22oz bottle from Degarth - Pours dark brown with a short offwhite head that fades pretty quick. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Flavor is light coffee, chocolate and roast as well as some raisin. Palate is on the watery side with a bit much carbonation for me. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. The aroma is subdued, but smells good with some lightly roasted malt, sweet chocolate and creamed coffee. Pours dark brown, but settles black with a tight pink sized head that is bubbly, mocha colored and diminishing.
Water fore is tart and almost spritzy. Very limp and lactic with not even a good concentration of what flavors are present and a glaring lack of traditional roast, chocolate, coffee, burnt flavors or even some of the less common raisin, molasses flavors. This might be slightly infected, but regardless I highly doubt it would be very good under optimal conditions. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
22 oz bottle, via Dubbercody. Pours a very dark brown clear body under a one finger tight bubbled brown head that had some decent retention. Aroma is very chocolaty with a light roasted malt component. Moderate hoppiness and a touch of coffee. Flavor is more roasty than chocolaty and a little thin. There’s also a light lactic tinge on the finish with moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly grainy in texture with moderate fizzy carbonation. Finishes lightly dry. Overall, this was pretty decent but the roastiness could be toned down a little to let the chocolate shine through more.
mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle, Liquid Solutions. Pours very dark in color, with virtually no head. Sweet chocolate aroma with a bit of maltiness. Smoothe flavor of roasted malt. Quite a bit of roasted coffee bitterness. blueduk (118) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Dundee Porter pours deep dark brown with a miniscule light brown head that’s gone in moments.
The initial aromas are of roasted coffee beans and tar. There’s no indication of the aroma hops at this point. Later, some chocolate creme aspects appear in the nose.
However, the hops are prominent in the flavor. To the point the malts almost take a back seat. The bitterness is managed well, and I’d describe the mixing of the roasted malts with the hop flavoring as "burnt hop" flavor.
On the palate the beer is smooth and not heavy. The finish briefly offers bittersweet chocolate and then is gone.
I’m not sure what to think here. This beer has the odd characteristic that the hops become more pronounced throughout the bottle. Much better than others from this brewer. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Lightly roasted notes of chocolate & coffee. Needs a bit more hoppiness. Too thin bodied. Weak finish. Unmemorable. linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2006
On tap at Golden Valley Brewery. As dark as you get without being completely opaque, slight ruby tint when held to sunlight. Tannish head. Chocolate and coffee present, but not overbearing. Fairly one-dimensional flavour that quickly fades. Just a slight cookie-like aftertaste. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
[Tap – Brewery]
Deep brown color with a small head. This brew had a deep malty character with chocolate and toffee flavors. The beer was a great drinking beer. Very dry and a great overall flavor of a porter great job Golden Valley.