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Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Benchwarmer PorterBenchwarmer Porter

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192 Ratings

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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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Photo of JackStraw22


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/black body with a good amount of light caramel head. Head didn't stick around all that much and there wasn't any lacing.

Smell: This is the best part of the beer in my opinion. Sweet and malty aroma. Smoky enough to make it interesting, but not overpowering. Good mocha smell too to finish it off. A little buttery too, but I think it works ok in this beer.

Taste/mouthfeel: Pleasant taste, but not special in any way. Pretty bitter for a porter, and not quite as malty as I was expecting from the aroma.

Quite drinkable, excellent session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 00:38:50 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of Naes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy head! I couldn’t even fit the whole 12 oz. bottle into my pint glass. The color is a nice black amber and has a huge cream colored head that laces everywhere.

The aroma is a burnt chocolate with hints of coffee hiding in there.

The taste is very bitter for a porter, with strong hues of coffee and chocolate. The benchwarmer is a very unique and complex porter; a welcomed change from all of the watery porters that I have tried in the last few weeks.
After a few more sips, you can even detect a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

This one is very beady and chewy. It’s a full flavored porter that is highly carbonated.

I could definitely have another.

It has been quite some time since I have had a benchwarmer. I do not recall it being this good. I will have to add this to my regular selection.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 06:27:09 | More by Naes
Photo of Suds


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown - nearly black – with red hues. There’s a huge, puffy head with thick lace. The smell has a notable fruit quality…not at all expected. Also in the aroma are roasted malt, chocolate, and something very much like a sugary sweet smell. The taste is very mild, especially considering the smell. There’s bitter chocolate and coffee, just a little sweetness, and a slight roasted graininess. Peppery hop finish. Average carbonation, and medium body. Fairly quaffable and interesting, but lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 02:10:13 | More by Suds
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep dark brown with mahogony highlights. Has a good foamy beige head. There is some chocolate and butterscotch in the aroma. The flavor has hints of chocolate and licorice with a strong backbone of bitter coffee. The mouth feel was a little off from the thickness I expected. But I liked the bitterness character on the the finish, nice and dry.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 23:18:30 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruddy brown, seems like some sediment also was in the bottle. The head is tan, quite agressive, and left alot of sticky, thick lacing. Nose was of dark malts and perhaps a wiff of vinagar. Rich flavorful porter. Notes of more dark malts, cocoa, chocolate milt, cafe au lait. Nice rich creamy mouth feel. Worthwhile porter, my favorite brew from cooperstown. The only one, so far, with any "oomph"/Balls

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 01:21:25 | More by Billolick
Photo of mschofield


3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with red edges, topped with a two finger fluffy tan head, leaves rings of lacing.
Fruit and coffee, coffee grounds, herb aroma.
Chocolate, fruity taste, goes good with Sunday pot roast dinner, cocoa. Earthy hop and roasted malt.
Medium bodied, good drinkability, an acceptible porter nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 23:52:15 | More by mschofield
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this beer by accident. Good pick up. A very charismatic porter. Pours as a typical porter does, I find there is not much difference in porters. Reeks of pine and freshness that just won't go away due to the ridiculous head. Head leaves rings leaving evidence on the far side of the glass from whence you just drank. Fantastic walnut and smoke flavors, no bitterness (the good kind) at all. Cream feeling left after a gulp, nice! Defiantly a must try.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 03:03:12 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of xgrigorix


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle, no dates.

Deep dark brown. Ruby highlights. Big, rocky beige coloured head.

Coffee, light hints of citrus. Touches of dark fruit.

Rich, roasted coffe flavour. Hints of bittersweet chocolate. Plums & figs along with a bit of orange. Pleasant coffe aftertaste. Medium bodied, rocust carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 18:12:13 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi-clear, dark brown color, huge fizzalicious head bubbling above...
Bittersweet nose, coffee and cocoa notes, with a touch of ash.
Smooth on the palate, easy going down, with plentiful flavor, gifted with enough chocolate and coffee in the taste to make drinking a treat, yet rather mellow and mild. Medium bodied, with a middling finish, leaves just enough of a tingle off the tongue, and a tasty echo of a true porter's delight. Tasty cocoa finishes dryly. Gets better further into the bottle. My initial blase impressions were replaced with more forthright satisfaction. A very capable drink, a slightly above average porter.
Nice try.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 13:40:17 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of markman


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cooperstown Benchwarmer Porter (no freshness date):

Big head on an easy pour…nearly black, light struggling to peak through. The big head suggests carbonation too high for a Baltic porter and the first sip confirms. Nose is coffee, and the taste follows suit with a big, slightly thin coffee palette and a dry dark chocolate finish…and the lacing is beatimus. Strikes me as kind of a “mocha porter”, not at all what I’d anticipate in a Baltic porter. A decent example that gets better as it warms, though it could lose some carbonation. Worth a try, but there is no danger that it will displace any of my favorite porters.


Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 00:34:25 | More by markman
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/red with a huge beige head and great lace. Smells of an average, that is what I consider average" porter. Nice roasted malt with coffee and chocolate notes. tastes of roasted malts. More coffee notes than chocolate though. This one can almost be described as "tart", but it quickly turns into some nice hop bitterness on the sides of my tongue. Finishes dry and is fairly drinkable - as porters go anyway. A fairly basic but still quite nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 02:28:39 | More by sabrills70
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 20:41:38 | More by Skidz
Photo of BrewMan13

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at $6.29 for a sixer. I had been wanting to try something from this brewery being that its fairly local. Thier porter seemed like a good choice as I've been getting into them recently. Its my 4th porter actually having previously recently tried Stone smoked porter, Anchor Porter and Samuel Smith Taddy porter (I liked them in that order). I would rank this between the Sam Smith and the Anchor.
Looks decent but not great for a porter, being less dark then I expected. The head also dissipated rather quickly leaving no lacing. A small ring of bubbles remain around the edges, however.
Smell is mostly a roasted coffee aroma.
Taste is mostly coffee with a roasted, grainy, slightly bitter aftertaste. Could have used more of a chocolate taste. As I mentioned I've only had a few porters, but so far I love the roasted, grainy aftertaste shared by them.
I was expecting a more hearty mouthfeel. But the lighter mouthfeel leads to a porter that would be easy to make a session of if one so desired.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 04:01:30 | More by BrewMan13
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 04:57:04 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of sulldaddy


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 02:05:36 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cooperstown Brewing does a good job with their specialty beers, and The Benchwarmer Porter is no exception. It pours a deep, inpenetrabled ruby with a thin tan head. The aroma is, as it should be, smokey and nutty, promoting the chocolate and toffee fragrances. The taste is earthy and heavy, well-balanced and finishes with a spanking of caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just the right touch of bubbly. Very much worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 22:01:45 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of ppoitras


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 00:48:16 | More by ppoitras
Photo of edchicma


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark chocolate color with a decent head. Malty presence in the smell with light chocolate notes. Taste was lightly sweet, then a tad bitter. Some fruitiness ? near the aftertatste. Mouthfeel was substantial and full. A little heavy overall. A ggod brew if you are having one.=.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 01:19:49 | More by edchicma
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a big fat dark hazelnut colored head that was fine bubbled with a froathy top coat. The head fades slowly leaving a nice lace around the top of the deep brown colored beer with ruby glow. Rich chocolatey coffee and sweet malt aroma with a bit of alcoholic cherry in there as well. Chocolate malt bitter coffee, a little roasted nuts come together in the flavor and finish in a bitter hoppy coffee bite. The beer has a tingly feel to it, the carbonation tickles your tongue with different flavors and then after it's gone the flavors stick to your tongue for a bit. Lots of flavor and aroma in this porter, the aftertaste is pretty darn bitter, but overall a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 20:03:13 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of yankeeheel


3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a really bad experience with their stout I was a little apprehensive about trying this beer. Pours a very dark brown/black with a small light tan head. Forms a nice little ring of foam around the edge that lasts the entire beer. Smells very strongly of coffee.

Tastes exceptionally good. Full of big dark malt, coffee, and a hint of burgandy. Finishes slightly dry and tangy. Silky smooth oily mouthfeel with a hint of carbonation make this highly enjoyable. Goes great with chili. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 22:32:16 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of beernut7


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice heavy chocolate pour with a creamy nut-brown head. A heavy smoky chocolate aroma greets the nose. The flavors meld well with a hefty smoked malt base paired with hints of black and caramel malts. The body is a bit lighter that some porters. Complex and tasty all the way through, but could use a creamier feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 17:36:26 | More by beernut7
Photo of Starchild

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick dark brown color with a thin head. The sweet malt apparent in the nose also shows up in the taste. Smooth and full bodied. The sweet malt is counterbalanced by subtle hops, yet the smoky, cocoa, coffee taste really comes out. This sweetness reminds me a little bit of a Ringwood yeast, so ripe. The beer was quite smooth and I'd gladly drink it again. Nothing fancy or interesting, but a damm good traditional porter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2003 12:39:48 | More by Starchild
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark, nearly opaque blackness. Tinged with ruby at the edges. Thin, tan-colored lace does a nice job of lacing the glass. Aromas are toasted nuts, coffee, some toffee, sweet malts. Flavor is more of the same, with dark chocolate, and sweet caramel dominating. Finishes with a cocoa powder flavor. Just slightly bitter with some residual sweetness on the lips. Medium-full in body and quite drinkable. A great example of the style from the folks at Cooperstown.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 04:14:46 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 01:00:16 | More by goz
Photo of cretemixer


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, cola-brown with a massive, rocky, tan head. It slowly settles to a 1/2 inch layer and leaves a full lacing.
Clean, malty aroma. Notes of dark caramel and sasafrass.
The flavor is smooth & malty with a mild hop bitterness. There is a "weak coffee" flavor here too.
Mediumish body with tingling carbonation. Overall a nice, drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 13:05:42 | More by cretemixer
Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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