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Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 7
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001)
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:33:05 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

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
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morrowd3

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.2%

06-30-2013 01:59:36 | More by morrowd3
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nasty15108

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 18:50:09 | More by nasty15108
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George2744

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-27-2013 23:02:00 | More by George2744
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dan027

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.4%

01-31-2013 01:58:26 | More by dan027
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yankeeheel

Maine

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
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goz

Massachusetts

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
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AaronRed

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 00:44:35 | More by AaronRed
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 06:18:47 | More by pbrian
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schaffer9252

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

05-04-2013 14:49:15 | More by schaffer9252
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cretemixer

Indiana

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
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Shiredave

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 20:21:13 | More by Shiredave
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MADhombrewer

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 04:40:41 | More by MADhombrewer
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EvilKeith

Alabama

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 00:35:09 | More by EvilKeith
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smibroncos

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 00:54:53 | More by smibroncos
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 19:15:20 | More by kunzbrew
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longpondbeerman

Maine

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
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 12:24:58 | More by jbsteiny
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bignick

Massachusetts

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 19:59:12 | More by bignick
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DoubleMalt

New York

4/5  rDev +7.2%

08-04-2013 15:22:13 | More by DoubleMalt
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rarevos

New York

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 20:55:50 | More by rarevos
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mjaskula

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a think tan head that thins but doesn't go away.

Smell is weak and almost nonexistent. Taste is good, with dark flavors of coffee and ripe apples and other dark fruits. Some hop flavor in the finish. Fairly drinkable for a dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 02:29:14 | More by mjaskula
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MattPS

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%

03-03-2012 23:19:59 | More by MattPS
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe he can stretch this one into a triple!

Black with reddish highlights and a thick, tan head - extremely creamy looking. Sweet malt aroma with a little earthy hop and a touch of roast coffee. It has a great medium body holding a chocolatey, sweet malt flavors with a dry roasty finish. Very quenching while out on a steamy summer night. This would be great at the ballpark.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 17:12:37 | More by jeffboo
Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.