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Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Benchwarmer PorterBenchwarmer Porter

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very good

133 Reviews

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 202
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001

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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 202
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Put this brew in the game not on the bench!

This Porter compares to the best of the English imports! Nice almost spicelike notes of flavor and a rich smoothness. This is a near perfect drink!
This is definately one to serve to your friends and family!

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Photo of silver1audi
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite porter... I've only had this on draft so it may be different out of the bottle but this is definately one of my favorites. It's a nice pretty much black color with a caramel color head. It is quite carbonated, which is probably mentioned in other reviews, but works well with this drink. It smells chocolately, tastes like mocha/coffee and the aftertaste makes me think of dark chocolate. That may sound like a lot of chocolate coffee taste, but it's definately not excessive, it's just perfect. I have Benchwarmers every Saturday night at the local pub and I can drink them all night with a few IPA's in there every now and then.

Overall a great beer, my favorite porter as I said before. I think the extra carbonation might be one of the factors that attracts me to this one over other porters. The taste is definately there, but never overwhelming. I can put these back one after another and enjoy every single one. Drink this beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness or born on date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a dark black look with a very dark reddish brown hue when held up to light. On top is a tan colored foamy head. It slowly fades down to a thin wisp covering that makes some slick lacing.

Smell: Its aroma has dark bready notes with some dark roasted and chocolaty barley malt. Hop notes are very mild and add a very light herbal quality to the overall aroma.

Taste/Palate: There is a dark bready base with lots of dry, roasted, toasted and chocolaty maltiness. There is a very mild toffee like sweetness underneath that I really like. Hop flavor is well balanced for the style and adds plenty of dry herbal notes to the mix. It finishes very dry with dark chocolaty, toasted and very light coffee notes. The palate has strong medium body with a smooth texture and mellow carbonation.

Notes: This is just a good solid Porter. It is very enjoyable, very sessionable and easily my favorite beer from the Cooperstown Brewery.

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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very deep garnet to almost brown color, the head portly in size, frothy in its consistency and the lace quite thick and clinging sheets. Hints of “Smoke”, light toasted grains, coffee, and somewhat sweet, quite pleasant with the start heavy malt and lightly sweet, the top middling in feel. Finish has a pertinent hop spicy presence, and the carbonation moderate the aftertaste quite dry and somewhat bitter, a quite decent representative to the style and well worth the effort to find and sample.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look is glassy dark brown, almost purple in the darkest spot. Large cardboard brown head. Some light comes through at the edges. Big milky swath of film/lace.

Smell is coffee with just a bit of mustiness. Some sweet, dark caramel. Hint of bitter dark chocolate. Malt is only lightly roasted. Nice dry, bitter character to the aroma.

The taste is a bitter coffee blast to start off. Second flavor is sweeter, though the bitter aftertaste remains. It's a really nice balance. Roasted and also smoky.

The feel is extremely dry, with a bitter afterbite and film. A tad milky even. Hefty, and not at all watery. This is a smooth-sipping beer. A nice, sturdy porter. Really really enjoyable.

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Photo of IronLover
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Dark brown, nearly black, with amber hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a brief, short beige head that quickly reduced to thin wisps. Earthy, musty, roasted malt aroma with hints of sweet dark fruit. Smooth and light bodied with delicate carbonation. Dark roasted malt flavors up front, again with sweet dark fruit flavors in the background. A bit of dark roasted coffee flavors, and a smoky flavor toward the finish as the bitter hoppiness shines through. Finishes lighty bitter and dry. Very tasty.

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Photo of airforbes1
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Is it just me, or is this beer a dark red-purple color? I can't say I've seen a porter this color, but, hey, I like it. The aroma is strong and it reminds me of a fruity red wine. One that would taste of cherries and raspberries. Not that I know much about wine, so maybe I should stop there.

I've had porters that have hints of dark fruit, but this one's taste is predominated by fig, raisins, and raspberries. It's tart for a beer. I like the flavor profile, but the bitterness at the end is welcomed.

My only knock is that this beer is a little thin, but otherwise this beer will get a spot in my starting lineup the next time I see it.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Benchwarmer has a very dark appearance, more so than most of the other porters I've tried, and there have been numerous. The most distinguishable feature I notice is the pungent coffee flavor. Not overpowering but very prevalent. It makes this beer unique and the reason its constantly in my collection. It does seem to be very foamy, but still not in a bad way. It adds to its character. It has a bit of a bitter start, but has very sweet undertones and finishes so. This is a great beer for a fall day. I will definitely be partaking in more.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beauty poured a nice dark brown, almost black, with a frothy tan head, leaving lots of lacing. Smell is quite nice, roasted malts and coffee aromas in there. These are very apparent in the flavor as well, coffee and roasted malts, going down nice and thick. Very tasty, really smooth, easy to drink. This is a really good example of what a porter should be like, I really like this beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 3/4" tan head on top of a dark reddish mahogany hued brew, which lasted a long while. Good lacing. Nose is heavy on the malts, with coffee and chocolate predominant. Taste is of those same malts, and you have to appreciate that the aroma is not guilty of false advertising. Certainly an enjoyable and drinkable porter, worth the search to find...

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the many brews I grabbed at Half Time Beverages. I am sampling at room temp and drinking from a pint glass. THe brew pours a rich dark brown color with heavy garnet tints mixed in.
A light fluffy tan head foams up easily and hugely. The head consists of very fine bubbles and sticks around for most of the sampling.
Aroma is light but exhibits an earthy hop presence, mixed with roasted malt, some chocolate and a definite rich coffee smell.
First sip reveals a lighter body than I expected, with a very fine carbonation that prickles the tongue a little. Texture is a little creamy but appealing.
Flavor light earthy/grassy hop presence moves to a roasted coffee finish, leaving a slightly bitter coffee bean taste in my mouth.
Very easy to drink and satisfying. Glad I grabbed this brew!

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Photo of rarevos
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, two fingers of light tan, creamy head to fill the glass. Terrific staying power, loads of sticky trails.

S: Roasted grain aroma up front, hint of coffee and a touch of cocoa.

T/M: Roastiness up front with a bit of bitterness already. Bit of coffee and chocolate, nicely bitter finish with a long, burned tail. A bit high in carbonation, but otherwise spot-on here. Full-flavored beer.

D: This is a pretty fine beer. Not of the "watery porter" variety. Nice balanced flavors and a good bitterness to round it out. I'll be going back to this one for sure. My new favorite from this place. Well done.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really a good porter. Dark and deep this beer (having tasted it at the bewery) has a great look. It also tastes and smells wonderful, A burnt aroma is present, but not overpowering. This is a nice and smooth porter. Bitterness is tamed and combined with some sweetness that lingers on the palate. Texture is also good without being too heavy. It's a nice all around porter with little flaw.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a an opaque black with a nice creamy tan head that last for a while, leaving a sexy lace behind.

The sweet smell of robust malts and a fruity aroma pour from out the top of the glass. Hop aroma is moderate just what I like.

Strong taosted malt flavor and strong hop flavor is present. The robust malts and roasted malt are the strongest in this beer. This is a very good Porter, I really like it as lot.

The full bodied and easy drinking beer make for a great brew.


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Photo of horshack7
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: On top is about a fingers worth of head beneath that is very dark.

Aroma: Dark fruits, chocolate malt, espresso, roasted hops, light breadiness, very faint licorice towards the back.

Taste: Chocolate malts, dark coffee, light carbonation on the palate but over all it's rather smooth. Some dark fruits along with dark roasted hops.

Notes: Very drinkable a good one to pick up. Cheers.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a baseball motif label and cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby hues, a fluffy tan head retains quite well also.

Smell: Unsweetened dark chocolate, carob, light hint of cooked fruit with a little bit of earth and ester.

Taste: Semi chewy mouth feel up front with a increasingly drying coffee flavour with hints of dark chocolate and caramelized sugar in the middle. Hop bitterness is there just to tame this deceivingly big brew. As this brew finishes out it goes more towards dry coffee and carob flavours yet there is still a subtle estery fruitiness (pear) in the back.

Notes: Quite a tasty porter, and a pretty big beer also. Easy on the complexities yet very flavourful. This brew gets even more desirable after it warms up a bit.

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Photo of Murph
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly reddish hued brown with a great big brown head that coats the glass all the way down. Almost smokey maltiness with some very slight burnt and roasted qualities dominates the nose. Nice chocolate malts with an almost husky feel to them start off this brew with a quick hop bite towards the end of the brew. With a nice medium body and a decent husky grain character I really like the way this brew feels on the tongue and it is definitely very drinkable and would make an outstanding session brew. Thanks to pbrian for the sample.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown colour that approaches black. Head is of the thick creamy tan variety with a fair amount of retention time and stickiness to it.

The aroma is a mix of rugged malt, some chocolate, a bit of nut and a touch of coffee.

Flavour is more of the same: There's a nice balance here between chocolate sweetness, rugged roasted malt and the harshness of the coffee, although the latter is the least noticeable of the three, mostly toward the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and right about where it should be for a porter.

I liked this one. Probably one of the better Cooperstown brews. It's simple and it gets the style right. No complaints here, and one I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a robust dark brown/light black color with a nice light tan head that fades to a thin lace. The smell is of toasted grain and caramel malts. There is a fruitiness about it with the lingering of noble hop aroma. The taste is great. Low mouthfeel, but all the malt character needed. The abv. slips just over 6.0% justifying the "warmer" aspect of the "Benchwarmer" title. It is lighter than a few porters that I've tried making it exceptionally drinkable. I like this beer quite a bit. It's very popular among college drinkers in the Oneonta/ Cooperstown area. A home run!!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Another 12 ounce bottle from Cooperstown that worked its way Westward courtesy of fellow BA McCall. A small yellow rectangular neck label has picture of hops on it with the word ‘Benchwarmer’ in a black banner. The main label is also yellow and has a black diamond with a picture of some Dudes sat on a bench. The whole appearance and style of the design makes it look more like a road sign than a beer label. Described as a Porter in the bottom right hand corner of the label, but there is no strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Dark black body with a huge creamy light brown head that starts with a rocky surface, yet finishes with a reasonably smooth head as it settles down leaving some nice lacing on the glass sides that is sticky and virulent.

Nose: Dark cooking chocolate, bitter roasted malts, smoked peat, some coffee, bittersweet dark bonfire toffee that has a creamy milk chocolate dimension when the head is large at first. Quite the nose. Gets stronger as it warms, but less creamy and bitterer as the head rescinds.

Taste: Lots of dark cooking chocolate and roasted malts that are creamy at first but almost as quickly as they start, they catch you out as the smoked malts rise with some burnt feel, and a thick bitter dark chocolate middle punctuates the Porter. The latter third has a crisp hop feel, which mixes with the roasted malts and lends a very astringent end that still retains a dry burnt smoky feel.

Mouthfeel: Average body that is not wanting, but it is “thin” enough to make this considerably easy to drink in great volume. Perfect feel for a 6.3% Porter.

Drinkability: Lots of flavors in a body with a rather average feel gives this Porter an attractiveness that means it drinks well. Never heavy, not filling, but always tasty, and easy to quaff, it’s a great Porter to drink in quantity with little side effects.

Overall: This is an exceptionally tasty beverage that gains complexity as it warms slightly, it could well make for a great Drinking Porter on a cold Winters Day. It’s not bad in the heat in of Summer either!

Another winner from McCall, Thanks indeed Sir, a damn tasty Porter that I shall keep an eye out for!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - deep brown color with a tan head that thinned to a layer, leaving some good spots of sticky lacing.

S - sweet molasses aroma with hints of cocoa in the background.

T - sweet and malty upfront, with a bitter coffee taste on the finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - easy to have a few of these, very drinkable.

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Photo of maek228
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: damn near black with a foamy thin rim laying on top

Smell: Lots of dark chocolate in the scent....with a hint of fruitiness

Taste: Dry and chewy. Robust coffee flavors and an unsweetened chocolate flavor also comes through

Mouthfeel: chewy and thin

Drinkability: good for a porter

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body topped by a fairly massive and creamy tan head.

Inviting aroma, heavy on the chocolate, a bit lighter on the coffee.

Sweet chocolatey taste upfront, and with a strong dash of hops, some nicely bitter coffee in the finish.

Good "porterish" mouthfeel - thinner than a stout, thicker than a bitter.

Very good drinkability.I could have a couple more of these tonight.

Another solid offering from a too often overlooked brewery.

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Photo of Ego
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the "dugout" 12 pack, best by 6/30/06

half a finger of slightly tan head, well constructed as well, clingy and sticky lacing adorn this one, not quite opaque but dark, better than average but nothing special

very nice. a DEEP roasted coffee flavor really pronounces itself, there is a subtle tease of smoke in there as well, the smell is really deep and inviting and really gets the saliva glands going for me personally, hints of sweetness of the bitter chocolate variety add to the lovely bouquet of this brew... very good nose.

taste etc...
a nice full tasting porter with definite ash/smoke flavor, the burnt notes are highlighted by the way this sticks to your tongue, this really lingers... not like a psycho ex girlfriend but like that buzz you get after having a great meal, while the smell is great on this the taste actually lets down a touch, it isn't bad mind you but the smell is so damn good you expect a bit more depth from the flavor. but there is just a really nice aftertaste here of burnt ash with just enough sweetness to balance it out, well done.

definitely one of the better cooperstown beers I have tried. a solid porter that is rather easy to drink and just smells great. this doesnt just warm the bench, it warms your stomach with the ABV but it is tasty. recomended.

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Photo of pbrian
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head that spills over the top if you're not careful. Subsides to a rocky head that lasts. Mild aroma of roasted malts and fruity esters. Definate ESB-like base, very fruity with a nice balance of flavors. Hops are done well. Minimal coffee presence, which is a nice change of pace. Enjoyable.

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Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.