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Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

192 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001)
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -73.2%

12-13-2011 01:40:33 | More by beerwolf77
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Optimus203

Connecticut

1.6/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

When I first opened the bottle, it foamed for longer than 1 minute - and kept foaming after every sip after that. Bottle I had was way too over-carbonated and harsh on the throat. Not a pleasant drink or feel at all. Maybe it was just a bad batch, but I won't be buying anymore.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2014 03:49:16 | More by Optimus203
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sgtbash

New York

1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

03-19-2014 23:30:54 | More by sgtbash
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DonFrap

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -46.4%

08-15-2013 01:12:10 | More by DonFrap
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Fantalek

New York

2/5  rDev -46.4%

08-11-2012 03:16:15 | More by Fantalek
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dan027

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.4%

01-31-2013 01:58:26 | More by dan027
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IntriqKen

California

2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I have to disagree with everyone here.
My experience with this porter was:

A: decent almost black with an incredibly active head of 3 fingers that melted slowly but left no lacing.

S: Faintly roasted, burn malts with a bit of chocolate

T: Very dark roasted malts with some very bitter chocolate and maybe a touch of espresso...unfortunately they all get lost with the intense (read: VERY) carbonation.

M: All tiny carbonation bubbles that foam in the mouth rather than merely tingle and sparkle....carbonation covers everything else.

D: Not again unless I have need to expend major gass.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 10:02:58 | More by IntriqKen
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deonreds

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33%

03-18-2012 05:23:48 | More by deonreds
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whartontallboy

New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

06-07-2012 00:19:09 | More by whartontallboy
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. This pours a ruby hued brown color with a 3 finger light tan head over top that falls to a full coat over top. Clarity is very good and there is little to no carbonation. The aroma is lightly caramel sweet and moderately nutty, but over-run with diacetyl butteryness that borders on offensive to me. I recall that they use ringwood years here, so this is not a big surprise. The flavor is a little better. There is a solid roasted character that moves to a more mild sweet caramel and finishes with a mild earthy hop and bitter. This is much better than the aroma. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I am really not able to move past the aroma on this one. It just rubs me wrong to have that much diacetly. It is nice that the roast malt helps to cover this in the flavor, but it doesn't save this one for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 01:35:55 | More by kmpitz2
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LucaBrasi

New York

2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown color with quite the head. The head appears tans, sticks around for a while and also laces the glass with a nice ring of foam. The taste is one of coffee and chocolate roasted coffee and burt chocolate. The mouthfeel has a bite to it. This beer has more carbonation than I would expect form a porter. It is average. That’s all I can say.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 03:15:12 | More by LucaBrasi
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dgeebs07

New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

06-30-2012 15:15:36 | More by dgeebs07
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civicm87

New York

3/5  rDev -19.6%

04-20-2013 15:27:14 | More by civicm87
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-03-2012 23:19:59 | More by MattPS
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.6%

12-26-2011 04:46:43 | More by jpd7374
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown color with about one finger of khaki head. Recedes to a thin lace and then disappears completely and doesn't leave a trace - looks like flat soda.

Smell is some caramel and toasted malt, bit of chocolate too. Earthy sort of aroma, as well.

Taste starts off with some quick chocolate sweetness before giving way to an earthy, dirty sort of unpleasant flavor. Not sure what it is but I'm not caring for it. It's bitter and roasted malt flavored but in a bad way. Mouthfeel is pretty crisply carbonated with a medium body.

I do not care for this at all. One of the worst porters (probably the worst actually) I've had. I won't revisit.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 01:02:22 | More by number1bum
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hyland24

New York

3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured thin dark brown with a 1/2 inch light tan head. Rings of lace left behind after each sip. Smells of toffee, caramel, and toasted malt. The taste was watered down bitter coffee with hints of toasted malt. The beer was thin but crisp and refreshing. Too bitter for my liking. I have definitely had better. Dont go out of your way to find this one but give it a try if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 01:58:28 | More by hyland24
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Real thick head and almost black body and some nice retention.
Mabey dark fruit and some nuts in the smell.The taste is smokey and quite pleasent with some nut taste.The lacing looks nice on my glass.This isnt as cloying as some porters ive had and they got me sick.I think I taste chocolate in there,its very tasty.This almost reminds me of a stout.I like how it goes down smooth and isnt gagging and very pleasnt on the carbonation.I could drink a couple of these.My taste for stouts is growing as it is for porters.Thanks to my boss for this beer.




Sean

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 18:50:09 | More by MmmIPA
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

04-25-2012 18:21:28 | More by Larrydoherty
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Keene

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

07-13-2014 20:28:07 | More by Keene
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a medium sized tan head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. It had an opaque body with no carbonation and a reddish-brown hue. The nose consisited of malt, coffee and some hops. The flavor was sweet, somewhat bitter, chocolate, and coffee that left a lingering aftertaste. It had a creamy, smooth and dry mouthfeel and it was medium bodied. This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass. This beer reminded me more of a stout than a porter and it had a little too much of a coffee flavor for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 22:42:52 | More by hotstuff
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goz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby highlighted brown, with a small tan head that rushes away leaving just a ring of foam. Aroma is toffee, a good bit of butterscotch, and some roastedness. Flavor is dominated with the butterscotch, with some bitter roasted flavors bringing up the rear. Medium in body, easy to drink but not that impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 01:00:16 | More by goz
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

08-29-2013 16:34:34 | More by scxcrunner
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to shippos for this one.

Pours out orange brown and sits a dark chocolate brown in the glass with a good sized, fluffy tan head with nice lacings.

Smells nicely roasted with chocolate and cream moving around. Some nuttiness and light traces of dark fruit. Almost chalky in it aroma.

Tastes sweet and creamy at first, chocolate and light caramel work their magic. Soon bitters up as the roastedness makes its way into your mouth. Not much else here. A very basic flavor composition. Finish is fairly bitter and roastedness lingers on.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy but with a sharp carbonation. Pretty easy to drink as there is not much holding you back, but not much pushing you on. Stands in the middle of the pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 20:41:38 | More by Skidz
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ecoboy

Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled two at "The Pit" in Cooperstown. What little head made it to the table was made up of fine bubbles. Mahogany hue.

Plenty of sweet caramel and choloate malts in the aroma. Nice and agressively malty, but not much subtlety or complexity in the flavors. A thick, round mouthfeel as the style dictates. Alcohol warmth was less than expected for a porter over 6%.

Overall, not recommended (on draft) to porter fans. Just a fairly uninspired take on a style that dictates a little "more."

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 16:31:56 | More by ecoboy
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Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.