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Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

durwood64, Mar 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

MattPS, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

kvltmetalhead, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +7.2%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of blackened1339
4/5  rDev +7.2%

blackened1339, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

beertunes, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

IdrinkGas, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Benchwarmer Porter, though not exactly pitch black, is still a fair bit harder to see through than most beers. That being said, it's not impervious to the light; I can comfortably find the shadow of my finger on the other side. Its head, on the other hand, is much too much like a marshmallow to see through.

Almost like a foreign stout, the nose has a bit of Kahlua flavor; coffee extract and residual sweetness make for a pleasant, albeit slightly underwhelming aroma. It smells like the recipe made much more use of brown malt rather than black patent or roasted barley - the result being less smoke and roast and more nuttiness and grainy notes.

Any chocolatey flavor is of the 'now you see it, now you don’t' variety. It lasts only briefly and is ushered away by notes of roasted grain. In fact, it tastes like pumpernickel, bready but dark. There's also a trace of nuttiness that comes through more with warmth. There's a bit of vine-y, earthy, English hoppiness that makes an appearance too.

Sourness is not unheard of in traditional English porters so it's reasonable to think that the slight sour 'twang' in this mouthfeel may have been intentional (or at least we can consider it acceptable). It's not much of a distraction anyhow, although this maltiness is a bit of a thin reed on which to anchor a porter. A bit more heft wouldn't hurt.

Benchwarmer is aptly named. While it no doubt has what it takes to make the regular lineup in many mainstream drinkers' beer fridges, good as it is, I don't think it'll be getting another call-up from me. There's just much more gifted porters out there that are worthy of the playing time. Still, if you happen to find a bottle, why not give it a try-out!?

biegaman, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Edwaka01, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

mhaugo, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -19.6%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of ghebel
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear and very dark brown with garnet edges, almost black with a thinnish brown head. Leaves adequate lacing upon retreating down the glass.

S - Sweet, chocolaty, dark fruits. Hint of roasted malts and a nice alcoholic note in the background.

T - Much like the aroma. Starts sweet and ends with mild roast.

M - Moderate body. Mild to no astringency. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

Overall - Very well done and nicely balanced.

ghebel, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

BodiesLexus, Dec 18, 2011
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1/5  rDev -73.2%

beerwolf77, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body appears black but turning dark brown (with ruby hues on the edges) when backlit. Small stone-colored head on top settles quickly.

S: Fruitiness, roasted barley and a touch of charcoal. I like my porters to be more robust - bigger roastiness - but this isn't bad.

T: Fruitiness surprises me - is that the Ringwood yeast? Toasted dark bread. Some roasted coffee and a hint of cocoa powder. Finishes with a touch of char bitterness that lingers into the finish.

M: Body is medium in heft. Carbonation is a tad bit too active and sharp.

O Decent. Not great. I wish I knew whether this one is fresh (got it at the local Price Chopper as a singleton; there was only one other one left, so I'm guessing they're going through stock quickly. . . but you never know).

Kendo, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

mikennat, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MsRif
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at their brewery. Poured a dark brown with some amber color and a nice beige head that receded slowly and left nice lacing. Had an aroma of dark chocolate, smoky/roasty malts and a touch of brown sugar. Tasted like it smelled, with a hint more of coffee flavor in the taste. Dry finish.

Medium bodied, smooth...very drinkable. Low carbonation. Well balanced but not really complex. All in all a good porter that I would have again.

MsRif, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with a good tan head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and hint of dark fruit.

T: Mild flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate hint of coffee. Has a mellow bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Very well balanced. No hint of the 6.3% ABV.

Easy drinker, very enjoyable. A solid English pale ale. Another good beer from a small beer crafter.

soju6, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of airforbes1
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

airforbes1, Sep 29, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

IronLover, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
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!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 21, 2011
Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.