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Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Benchwarmer PorterBenchwarmer Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 194
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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Photo of beerwolf77
1/5  rDev -73.2%

beerwolf77, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Optimus203
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.

Optimus203, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of sgtbash
1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

sgtbash, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of DonFrap
2/5  rDev -46.4%

DonFrap, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Fantalek
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Fantalek, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of dan027
2/5  rDev -46.4%

dan027, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
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.

IntriqKen, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -33%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

whartontallboy, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of kmpitz2
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.

kmpitz2, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of LucaBrasi
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.

LucaBrasi, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -19.6%

dgeebs07, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of civicm87
3/5  rDev -19.6%

civicm87, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of MattPS
3/5  rDev -19.6%

MattPS, Mar 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of number1bum
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.

number1bum, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of hyland24
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.

hyland24, May 13, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
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

MmmIPA, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Larrydoherty, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Keene
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Keene, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of hotstuff
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.

hotstuff, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of goz
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.

goz, Dec 08, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

scxcrunner, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of Skidz
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.

Skidz, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of ecoboy
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."

ecoboy, Aug 27, 2003
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Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.