Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
At first I wasn't sure whether the gi-normous head on this was a fluke, but I now see it's in accord with all of the other reviewers. Tan & very sticky, I could hear it sizzle as the bubbles burst. It settled down to a manageable size and left inner-tubes of foam on the inside of the glass -- wow! The beer itself is a dark, nearly opaque brown with rosewood highlights.
It had been out of the fridge for a little while before I poured it, so this may have enhanced it, but I got all kinds of aromas out of this, not all of which I could identify -- dark chocolate for sure, burnt coffee, cream, brown sugar, berries, grassy hops. Very nice. The taste was similarly complex; depending on what you focused on, each sip could be different. Very much the English style malts -- I've only tried this and the Slugger, but this is has got to be the most English-style American brewery I know!
A perfect mouthfeel for an English porter -- the roasted malts fill the mouth with a good body and coat everything with sweets, but the relentless fine carbonation and the delicate hop finish keeps it from weighing you down. That said, this is more of a nightcap than a session beer, but I'm going to get a six to have on hand, asap.
By the way, I guess this is my 100th review -- thanks BA for changing the way I taste things and for vastly increasing my understanding of all things brewed! Long live yeast cultures!
05-26-2007 12:24:58 | More by jbsteiny
3.63/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured a deep clear brown with a big sturdy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and toasted nuts. Taste of crystal malt and chocolate, with a good bit of hop bitterness. This is a sturdy porter, with a lot of flavor. A sipping brew, and probably not what you would want on a hot day.
Solid and warming. A nice porter.
04-25-2007 22:17:58 | More by alexskovan
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from tempest - thanks!
A - Super-aggressive, tan head exploded into the chalice, taking it's good old time to simmer down to a beige lacing that left its sticky remains along the glass. Deep brown color with a faint hint of red towards the bottom.
S - A little difficult to obtain a good whiff, but picked up some smokey, roasted scents. Not really sure why aroma was masked...maybe a little too aged?
T - All worries of over-cellaring dissipated as a roasted coffee/caramel flowed from the glass. Much more caramel than I was expecting, as it represented the frontrunner to the complex tastes that followed.
It took awhile to absorb all this porter had to offer, as I observed many flavors. At first, it tastes almost stale, but then a mix of dry malt and roasted coffee enhance the flavors. Then a hoppy bitterness breaks into the scene, until it is finally finished off with a creamy chocolate. A warming alcohol sensation lasts for a little while, rounding out the many flavors. At first, I wasn't too sure, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying this beer...it wasn't until I was about halfway through it that I fully appreciated all of the tastes and flavor combinations.
M - Medium, bubbly body with a very creamy finish. Nice warming sensation followed.
D - I'm very glad I hid this one for a few months...I was looking for a good nightcap and it definitely fit. This is one that I wouldn't have appreciated anywhere near as much if I had it last year (or even a few months ago). I'd definitely include this in a style sampling.
01-19-2007 02:48:13 | More by JohnnyM2002
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
A serviceable porter. Black with tons of foam that was a delight on the palate. Nearly burnt coffee ground tarish aroma, sounds worse than it was. Average taste with significant burnt coffee bitter sediment, perhaps as it approached March expiration.
01-07-2007 03:11:16 | More by Sammy
3.18/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
12-27-2006 18:50:09 | More by MmmIPA
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Benchwarmer Porter poured into the glass with unexpectedly good clarity and a smoky brown color with ruby highlights. The head was creamy and dense tan foam. The lace was a thick and sticky coating around the glass.
The smell was somewhat smokey with caramel and faint hints of dark roasted coffee beans. The taste was smokey and roasted with sweet caramel malts playing off of the coffee-like and grassy hop bitterness, nicely balanced.
The body was medium-light with a crisp moderately active carbonation leading to a crisp mouthfeel.
Initially the clarity and lighter than expected body threw me off, but this is a solid example of an English Porter. This could easily be used as a session beer.
11-25-2006 00:35:09 | More by EvilKeith
4.18/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
10-07-2006 20:55:50 | More by rarevos
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
Extraordinary beige head. Lots of sticky lace. Dark mahogany brown color. Closer to a stout in color.
Strong caramel aroma--like melted brown sugar--quite sweet.
Some black patent malt in the flavor. Lots of dark chocolate notes. A touch of coffee. The bitterness comes mostly from the coffee flavors but there's a touch of hop as well. Exceptionally full flavored taste. Great body with high carbonation.
An exceptional porter, particularly on the taste.
09-09-2006 20:47:21 | More by smcolw
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
08-07-2006 21:12:05 | More by RonfromJersey
4/5 rDev +7.2%
This is a 12 oz bottle of Benchwarmer Porter, purchased at the brewery following Belgium Comes to Cooperstow 2006. I am drinking the beer from an Ommegang Witte glass and it is served cold.
Appearance: The ale is a deep black color with ruby hints at the sides. There is a small cappucino colored head that laces well.
Smell: The ale has a slight roasted malt nose.
Taste: The roasted malt notes here are fantastic. They provide a hint of chocolate and a lush full flavor that finishes long. This beer has broken the ringwood curse at CBC and tastes quite good.
Mouthfeel: The roasted chocolate notes and hint of sourness are a very pleasant combination.
Drinkability: My last review crowned Back Yard IPA as the best from CBC. This beer takes that title hands down. The flavors are full and unambiguous, giving the beer a real body. This is hereby crowned the best beer at CBC.
07-29-2006 01:56:11 | More by akorsak
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
Draught @ Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn. Ruby brown color. Hints of raisins and black currant, with a very light coffee aspect, chocolate and milky cream in the nose. Very low aroma hops. Flavor is malt accented, fruity, with dried chocolate and hints of grapes perhaps. Not a lot of hops at all. True to style and traditional.
07-26-2006 14:47:27 | More by Crosling
4/5 rDev +7.2%
A: Pours a deep dark brown with slight hues of red at the top and bottom. Frothy white head with not much retention. Good lace.
S: Smokey wheat and burnt coffee malt aromas hit the nose strong. Very fresh smelling. Slightly sweet also.
T/M: Smokey and dry coffee flavors up front with a smei sweet hop profile also. Milky smooth initial mouthfeel that follows up an extra dryness. The dryness lingers in the mouth for awhile and takes on a slight bitterness. Smokeyness stays in the mouth and just parks itself. Good level of carbonation at first. The character of this beer enhances as it warms.
D: Good drinkability on this offering from Cooperstown. I like this porter as its quite smooth and refreshing with a good abv. Definately a recommended one if you can find it.
07-13-2006 02:49:01 | More by bjohnson
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
This pours a black ruby with a huge head. There is a ton of carbonation in this beer. The smell is very strong with dark fruit,coffee, and chocolate aromas. The taste is a bit thin with chocolate and dark fruit flavors. A pretty good porter with the chocolate comming out as it warms up more. The m/f is a little too light for my taste,but this is a top quality beer that should not be missed.
07-02-2006 23:38:18 | More by jmz62565
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
Aroma is malty/fruity sweet with mild dark fruit and coffee notes. Body is dark brown with a MASSIVE three finger thick head. Looks and smells very belgian. Odd. Fore is mildly fruity with some roasty and chocolatey notes and a milf yeastiness. This HAS to be made with Belgian yeast. It feels amazingly Belgian in texture, smell and flavor. The head even has that crazy fluffy/creaminess most belgian ales have. Very sweet and narrow through all flavor ranges with roasted notes (subdued but present) and ample dark fruit notes. Good, but VERY un-Porter like.
I checked the website (minutes later) and they say they use Ringwood yeast. That makes some sense as that Yeast is pretty aggressive, but this thing feels and tastes so Belgian in origin I wonder if they didnt substitute a Belgian yeast for a batch.
06-30-2006 00:17:22 | More by Jredner
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured a deep with a frothy cratered tan head with just great lasting power it just sits thee on top with no decline,aromas are somewhat faint I picked up some bitter chocolate and a little earth but it doesnt really jump out at ya.Wow a nice airy,creamy mouthfeel marshmellow-like you could say very nice going down,a well rounded porter subtle in many ways starts out with notes of unsweetened chocolate with a touch of buter finishing quite dry eand earthy with underlying woodiness.Not overly complex but there are some nice flavors going on and the before mentioned mouthfeel makes it ever so drinkable,a winner.
06-22-2006 00:13:56 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
05-24-2006 00:44:35 | More by AaronRed
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
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
05-21-2006 00:29:19 | More by maek228
4/5 rDev +7.2%
poured into pint glass.
deep murky brown with a rich foamy head tinted a light beige color--reminds me of a rootbeer float. smells like brown sugar, dark rum, and gingerbread with a bready, earthy quality; notes of roasted hazlenut coffee and caramel. deliciously complex and big flavor--> starts off as a realized vision of the porter style with balanced huge maltiness and hoppiness - roasted notes - burnt brown sugar with gingerbread bitterness and dark chocolate. long finish but the heretofore spot-on and cooperative development of flavors stratifies into a distinctly chocolately taste juxtaposed with a contemperaneous and undeniable minerally sweetness; makes for a strange but interesting binarized finale. mouthfeel too prickly and astringent but medium body is appropriate for style.
looks and smells excellent, tastes really good, but the mouthfeel could stand improvement.
05-04-2006 21:39:46 | More by villainchiwwin
4/5 rDev +7.2%
6-pack of 12oz botte purchased at the brewery in Milford, NY. Poured into a pint glass.
This beer might as well be called "dark-chocolate porter." It is very tasty porter, and one of the biggest beers Cooperstown Brewing Company makes. It pours a mahogony with a lot of lace remaining as I drink it. It is slightly carbonated. The smell is all dark chocolate. The taste is similar, with a little bit of roastiness and bitterness from the mild hops. It is one of the better American Porters I have tried, and with the essense of dark chocolate shining through very nicely.
05-01-2006 19:59:12 | More by bignick
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
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.
04-18-2006 04:22:10 | More by Ego
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Have had this brew a number of times and am surprised that I had not written a review on it before. Brew pours to a dark brown color with a nice thick tan head that has a nice amount of retention leaving lacing through out. The aromas are very enticing, slight smokiness is noticeable along with toasted/slight roast scent, seems like a lots of dark malt. The taste is top notch, had a dominant chocolate and coffee like taste that has some sweet characteristics. Slight hop presence at the tail end compliments and rounds out the offering. Only giving is a good for drinkability due to the abv even though I feel I could have many of them, just might not have a good morning! It is a favorite of mine, also like the fact that it is a local brew.
03-16-2006 17:27:05 | More by Stimack
4.03/5 rDev +8%
Appearance: black in color with a two finger tan head. Decent lacing develops through the session. The head falls very slowly.
Smell: roasted malts and chocolate are up front and easily detectable.
Taste: mild roasted malt, chocolate, hint of prunes, and a hint of espresso. Some molasses sweetness lingers in the background.
Mouthfeel: soft crispness at the start, smooth and lightly dry at the finish. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: easily quaffable, and this can be a decent session beer as the flavor is mild and well balanced.
01-05-2006 12:41:01 | More by Gavage
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
This was probably the most-overcarbonated beer I've ever consumed. When I tried to pour it completely overwelmed the side of the glass and took severl pours to empty the bottle. It appeared as a deep brown liquid with reddish highlights. Smell was roasty, caramelly, coffee-like. Taste followed through nice a nice chocolate, roasted malt taste. Finish was creamy with a trace of dryness. Would have been better if the pour was easier.
12-05-2005 00:36:47 | More by tgbljb
4.45/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
11-26-2005 01:24:37 | More by silver1audi
3.58/5 rDev -4%
I liked it better than their Stout. Nice dark brown color with lots of head and lacing. Rich, full porter flavor.Roasted, with just a bit of a bite. Had a little more carbonation than other Porters I've tried. I would recommend trying this beer if you have the chance..
08-29-2005 16:21:52 | More by riversider76
Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.