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Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Benchwarmer PorterBenchwarmer Porter

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197 Ratings

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 134
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DoubleMalt
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of George2744
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

Photo of MmmIPA
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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.


Photo of iceball585
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black, non-transparent, one finger thick lacy head that lowered to a thin cover, a little sediment floating throughout

S- Dark chocolate, creamy, vanilla, dark malts

T- Caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, creamy, roasted coffee beans, malts, a bit bitter

M- Medium body, medium/heavy carbonation, smooth but slightly fizzy

D- Decent session beer

This beer has great flavors but is slightly too carbonated. It almost gets a little fizzy near the end.

Photo of nasty15108
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Cooperstown sampler at the brewery during a recent trip to the H.O.F.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a mahagony color with a thick bubbly off-white head.

S - Malty with hints of caramel and ripe fruit. Slight medicinal aroma also detected.

T - Malty with vague hints of coffee, chocolate and smoke. Finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness.

MF&D - A little thin for my likings but went down well. Worth a try.

Photo of xgrigorix
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of schaffer9252
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of dan027
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of goz
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of AaronRed
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pbrian
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge head that spills over the top if you're not careful. Subsides to a rocky head that lasts. Mild aroma of roasted malts and fruity esters. Definate ESB-like base, very fruity with a nice balance of flavors. Hops are done well. Minimal coffee presence, which is a nice change of pace. Enjoyable.

Photo of ShriverMO
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of cretemixer
3.98/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Shiredave
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque, dark brown color topped by a thin film of persistant tan foam and specks of lace from the quickly collapsing head. Faint but pleasent aroma of clean malt with a bit of charred wood. Light to medium bodied with grainy brown and chocolate malt flavors and a touch of sweetness before the hops hit the back of your tongue and mouth with a sharp "twang". The finish is all chalky dry-stout-like dryness with some lingering brown bread and molassos notes. Certainly less than robust, but a very decent Porter and very easy to drink more than 1...or 2.

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark brown with dark copper highlights at the edges. Big fluffy off white head that likes to stay a while.

Smell- Smoke and cinnamon are the first things that come out. A little chocolate in the background.

Taste - Again, smoke and cinnamon are the predominate flavors. It is also a little earthy but I don't know where that comes from. Little hop presence.

Mouthfeel- This is a normal mouthfeel for a porter. Nothing special. Thicker in the front and thinner in the finish.

Drinkability- I don't know if I would have another or not. There is just many more beers out there that I would prefer to have or try to get another of these.

All in all I think this is a decent beer but one that doesn't stand out at all.

Photo of EvilKeith
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smibroncos
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a black coffee, with a creamy tan one finger head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Rich coffee, carmel, leaves, cocoa

T. Rich dark malt, brown sugar, coffee

M. Medium bodied, decent carbonation, creamy semi dry finish

D. A nice porter, Rich roasted malts, great bitterness good balance.

Photo of kunzbrew
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a an opaque black with a nice creamy tan head that last for a while, leaving a sexy lace behind.

The sweet smell of robust malts and a fruity aroma pour from out the top of the glass. Hop aroma is moderate just what I like.

Strong taosted malt flavor and strong hop flavor is present. The robust malts and roasted malt are the strongest in this beer. This is a very good Porter, I really like it as lot.

The full bodied and easy drinking beer make for a great brew.


Photo of Keene
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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