Benchwarmer Porter - Cooperstown Brewing Company
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3.61/5 rDev -3.2%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: very dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is a thin finger of frothy tan foam. Pretty attractive.
Smell: a nice mocha mélange of coffee and chocolate, but with a big vegetal character that usually comes from hops combined with a bit too much roastiness. Not bad, but not as clean as I'd like.
Taste: pretty big roasty acidity hits me right up front. This is followed by a more mellow chocolatiness and finally the mocha flavor toward the end. Hops are not as notable in the flavor as in the aroma. Bitterness is balanced, although that may come more from the malt than the hops. Not too bad overall, but a little bit on the harsh side.
Mouthfeel: medium body and a good carbonation leave a very satisfying, mouth-filling creaminess. I quite like it.
Overall: this is a tasty beer, well within the style. The acidity in the flavor is a bit high for my taste, but I could see myself drinking this beer again. It is surprisingly sessionable despite its ABV and acidity.
01-14-2013 18:10:25 | More by flagmantho
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
A dark root beer color with a modest and fizzy head but decent lacing. The aroma is a nutty sweet coffee blend that is pretty alluring. The taste brings out charcoal and chocolate but has a strong sour mash background. It is fairly acqueous and very fizzy but drinkable enough. The sour quality gets kind of prominent during the first half but mellows by the second half so it grows on you as it warms and sits a little bit. I liked it and would definitely welcome this at future sittings. Pretty refreshing for a porter, too.
08-22-2007 03:03:11 | More by Durge
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
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, its 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. Its 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!
07-07-2004 04:57:04 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.73/5 rDev 0%
This poured a hazy dark maroon with tan head. It smelled like lots of roasted coffee with a bit of lemon hops. It tasted like bitter coffee and burnt chocolate, very dark and dry with earthy tones. It was watery with some carbonation, and had lasting coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall this was was one of the better Cooperstown brews, but it was too similar to all their other beers. It just had more coffee flavor instead of copper flavor.
06-24-2008 14:54:30 | More by Pencible
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
Thin finger off white head. Faded almost immediately. Deep brown but much lighter than most porters. Like a dark iced tea color. No lacing at all.
Slightest chocolate flavor. A touch of malt. Very faint aroma.
Fairly innocuous flavor. Slight grains, slight roasted malt flavor. On the edge of chocolate but not really. Slight bitterness towards the end that seems to be coming more from the roasted malt vs. hops.
Mouth feel is really light with little carbonation.
Pretty drinkable and and o.k. Not totally exciting.
11-19-2008 22:39:40 | More by Reagan1984
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.
A - deep brown color with a tan head that thinned to a layer, leaving some good spots of sticky lacing.
S - sweet molasses aroma with hints of cocoa in the background.
T - sweet and malty upfront, with a bitter coffee taste on the finish.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - easy to have a few of these, very drinkable.
02-07-2008 23:09:14 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours a dark brown - nearly black with red hues. Theres 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. Theres 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.
05-15-2005 02:10:13 | More by Suds
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
4.03/5 rDev +8%
thanks to rlee1390 for tossing in the cool extra.
a - opened the bottle and filled my duvel taster tulip...watery black with a thin bubbly fizzy head that don't hang long. love the baseball bottle cap!
s - dark fruit porter. not the roasty burnt that i'm used to from porters...this is pretty unique and smells great.
t - wow, rather complex. the usual burnt porter that i love now has a fruity twist. a really dry and awkward finish though. the middle is really nice. the dry bitter ending just hurts it though...but quite enjoyable.
m - finishes too dry and bitter for me, but has the normal feel that i love about porters as well.
o - overall a unique porter for sure. the fruitiness works well, but the finish is a bit rough. this is definitely one to seek out if you dig porters.
08-08-2011 04:21:52 | More by cosmicevan
2.78/5 rDev -25.5%
12 oz bottle. This pours a ruby hued brown color with a 3 finger light tan head over top that falls to a full coat over top. Clarity is very good and there is little to no carbonation. The aroma is lightly caramel sweet and moderately nutty, but over-run with diacetyl butteryness that borders on offensive to me. I recall that they use ringwood years here, so this is not a big surprise. The flavor is a little better. There is a solid roasted character that moves to a more mild sweet caramel and finishes with a mild earthy hop and bitter. This is much better than the aroma. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. I am really not able to move past the aroma on this one. It just rubs me wrong to have that much diacetly. It is nice that the roast malt helps to cover this in the flavor, but it doesn't save this one for me.
09-11-2007 01:35:55 | More by kmpitz2
4.2/5 rDev +12.6%
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!
06-07-2004 02:05:36 | More by sulldaddy
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
4.1/5 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
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
A-Deep ruby/brown when pouring, black in the glass, three finger fluffy almost tan head, lots of carbonation.
S-Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate
T-Good blend of roasted malt and chocolate with coffee sneaking in.
M-Light, a tad on the watery side and a lot of carbonation.
O-Most likely Cooperstown's Best beer, a solid porter.
06-18-2012 23:28:59 | More by rlee1390
Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.