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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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Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. Little touches of foam. Nutty malty nose, slight coffee. Very creamy taste. Strong coffee bitter which holds throughout. Smooth, rich, bitter. Strong porter. Enjoyed it greatly.

KTCamm, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Kendo
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

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
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +7.2%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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 adamette
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Notes from web site: "Benchwarmer" is a very smooth Porter brewed in accordance with the original "high gravity" porters of early London. More than 4% chocolate malt, which is the most similar to the brown malts of the early 1700's, gives "Benchwarmer" its dry coffee-like finish. It is fermented with the Ringwood yeast which is an excellent yeast for the brewing of porters. The widely accepted theory of how porter got its name is that it was a very popular beer among the porters who hauled produce and goods around the marketplace of early industrialized London. Original Gravity 1.062 / Final Gravity 1.014 / 6.4% abv. Served at the Brewery.

A Huge, pleasing light brown frothy head, about 2 inches supported by a very dark brown, almost black.

S Dark coffee smell with some distant hops. A really great porter smell.

T Very smooth, pleasing dark porter taste. It is not the deepest of dark tastes but it really comes through on the coffee dark malt taste.

M Full for sure but a smooth, not grainy harshness.

D Fair to good. This is a full beer. I would typically be able to drink only one of these.

Notes: Really solid porter.

adamette, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +7.2%

buzzy, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%

I have to disagree with everyone here.
My experience with this porter was:

A: decent almost black with an incredibly active head of 3 fingers that melted slowly but left no lacing.

S: Faintly roasted, burn malts with a bit of chocolate

T: Very dark roasted malts with some very bitter chocolate and maybe a touch of espresso...unfortunately they all get lost with the intense (read: VERY) carbonation.

M: All tiny carbonation bubbles that foam in the mouth rather than merely tingle and sparkle....carbonation covers everything else.

D: Not again unless I have need to expend major gass.

IntriqKen, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

Dense, foamy coffee-colored head with a lot of large bubbles. Dimpled and condensed lace with decent strength. An opaque black in color with some floating sediment.

Heavy milk and dark chocolate aromas; big roasted malt character. Semi-sweet caramel and vanilla that gives this porter a well rounded creamy bouquet.

Big, chewy roasted maltiness right up front. Dark chocolate flavor which gives this porter an unsweetened bitterness before the hop intensity takes hold at mid-sip. Hints of an earthy truffle and almonds in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; malty and chewy. Plenty of carbonation. A bit rugged and coarse on the palate for the style.

An interesting brew from Cooperstown. There are other versions I'd rather have, but this one is quite pleasant. One of my favorites from Cooperstown thus far.

NEhophead, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4/5  rDev +7.2%

CaptDavyJones, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a tulip. no freshness date. bottle was filled much higher than your average bottle, about 1/2 inch from the top.

pours out nearly black, but reveals some ruby red when held to the light. big fluffy 2 fingers of biege head off the pour that faded to a thick, foamy, retentive layer and towards the end to a ring. big bubbles. not much lacing to speak of.

not a whole lot of aroma to speak of. fruity esters, a little roasted malt, some chalky bakers chocolate. more is noticable as it opens up and warms.

i enjoy the taste much more than the aroma would have suggested. a nice roasted malt blends very well with some dark fruits, bakers chocolate and a touch of coffee. a little caramel noticable. just a touch of an herbal hop towards the back, finishes with a chocolate roasted slight bitterness.

too overcarbonated for my liking, the big bubbles in the appearence should have been an indication to that. it detracts from the beer a little. however, the medium body is just right for the style. chalky at times.

overall, this is a nice, easy drinking porter. sessionable. not a whole lot going on, but what is there is spot on and tasty. i would definatly drink this again if offered, i wouldnt necessarily seek it out again however.

dogfishandi, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of allergictomacros
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

A - Wow. Big, stiff head over a dark ruby red liquid. Impressive solidity.

S - Nose is fruity and floral, with some notes of metal and coffee.

T - Bitter coffee and a little bit of tartness up front. There's a generic dark fruitiness and light lemony hop.

M - A little bit astringent and fairly light in body.

D - Not bad. Not my favorite, but certainly drinkable.

allergictomacros, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of UnionMade
3.58/5  rDev -4%

Pours a dark reddish black, with a thick lasting almond head. Some sticky lacing, leaving cobwebby lacing down the glass.
Aroma is very roasty and malty, with just a hint of aroma hopping and a little woodiness. Some dark fruit, hints of currant and plum. A pleasant coffee quality to the malt, with a bit of chocolate and a suggestion of toffee
Flavor is very bold and robust. Roasted malts take center stage, with a bit of nuttiness and mild hopping providing a clean dry finish. Mild dark fruit in the middle, mingling with a bittersweet coffee and chocolate flavor. Well carbonated, but it works with the flavors involved I think. Medium to light bodied.
Very well done and thoroughly enjoyable.

UnionMade, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness or born on date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a dark black look with a very dark reddish brown hue when held up to light. On top is a tan colored foamy head. It slowly fades down to a thin wisp covering that makes some slick lacing.

Smell: Its aroma has dark bready notes with some dark roasted and chocolaty barley malt. Hop notes are very mild and add a very light herbal quality to the overall aroma.

Taste/Palate: There is a dark bready base with lots of dry, roasted, toasted and chocolaty maltiness. There is a very mild toffee like sweetness underneath that I really like. Hop flavor is well balanced for the style and adds plenty of dry herbal notes to the mix. It finishes very dry with dark chocolaty, toasted and very light coffee notes. The palate has strong medium body with a smooth texture and mellow carbonation.

Notes: This is just a good solid Porter. It is very enjoyable, very sessionable and easily my favorite beer from the Cooperstown Brewery.

generallee, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
1/5  rDev -73.2%

beerwolf77, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

12oz bottle that was part of the mixed 12 pack. no freshness information to be found on the bottle. drank from a pint glass.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with small amounts of red highlights around the edges of the glass. a small beige head forms on top and fades rather quickly. little to no lacing left behind.

S- dark roasted malts are the first thing that comes to mind when smelling this beer. after that comes a generous amount of coffee and chocolate. that "off flavor" like butterscotch that i have been smelling/tasting is apparently related to the particular yeast strain that the brewery uses.

T- dark roasted malts up front again. chocolate and butterscotch in the middle. at the end i get a lot of burnt coffee.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. a little warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish and a style i have really started to get into. this is something id pick up again were it available a little closer to home.

jwinship83, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -19.6%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of number1bum
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%

Pours a dark brown color with about one finger of khaki head. Recedes to a thin lace and then disappears completely and doesn't leave a trace - looks like flat soda.

Smell is some caramel and toasted malt, bit of chocolate too. Earthy sort of aroma, as well.

Taste starts off with some quick chocolate sweetness before giving way to an earthy, dirty sort of unpleasant flavor. Not sure what it is but I'm not caring for it. It's bitter and roasted malt flavored but in a bad way. Mouthfeel is pretty crisply carbonated with a medium body.

I do not care for this at all. One of the worst porters (probably the worst actually) I've had. I won't revisit.

number1bum, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

rorjets, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Noelito76, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +7.2%

The label of 12-ounce bottle is decorated with a bit of baseball schtick and capped with a baseball-painted crown. Prying the lid off and unceremoniously dumping the contents into my imperial pint-sized dimpled seidel yields a body that is clear and smoky garnet in color. The three-finger thick cap of pale beige foam that puffs up atop slowly consolidates itself into a bumpy, wallopy mass that leaves scrappy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is toasted and chocolatey with a whiff of coffee and warm buttered toast. Soft caramel is present in the aroma and becomes increasingly noticeable as the drink progresses.

The taste is mocha-chocolatey with a mild black coffee bitterness. The brew is somewhat fruity, with a dab of warm, buttery caramel drizzled on a slice or two of greenish-red apple. The vague orchardfruitiness provides a countering twist of tartness that doesn't offend my palate one bit.

The drink is medium in body with mild carbonation. Quite an easy drinker; thanks to Lum for the opportunity!

cvstrickland, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -33%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Big thanks to joeybeerbelly for this extra in a recent trade...

Dark brown pour with a huge head and excellent lacing...

Smells like cocoa puffs mixed with molasses... Dark and sweet

Very drinkable porter... Dark but not overly so...went great with a honey ham tonight..

Thanks again to Joe for the chance to try this...

Tilley4, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

The perfunctory clear cola, under a coffee sea foam head, leaves some residual traces on a pint glass, but few will be inspired by observing this porter.

Again we have roasted malts, molasses and meaty tones, but it is a touch of smoke that lifts the aroma above the fray.

The palate picks up toasted whole wheat, and coffee grinds, with slight bitterness in the finish.

Nicely carbonated, but still not much to note.

Benchwarmer lives up to its name. I'm a fan of Cooperstown, and look forward to next season, when this one may get a lift. Still a good beer, this one fills out the line-up, and worthy of trying when one just wants a good beer, or to while away the hours tossing a ball around with friends.

SLeffler27, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark but not opaque, with the extremely dark amber color coming through and very little light allowed to go through it. The head is initially thick and creamy, leaving good clumps of lacing on the glass and never fully dying out.

Smell: A good combination of dark, roasted malts and mild berries, with a subdued note of bitter coffee and brown sugar in there, in addition to some mild caramel notes.

Taste: Initial roasted but not charred malts, with subtle chocolate and coffee notes. As it warms some notes of dark berries come through, along with some acrid coffee sourness. Finishes mildly roasted and semi-dry with a nice balance at the forefront and hints of citrus from the hops that linger subtly by the end.

Mouthfeel: More watery than I'd expected, which makes it seem more lighter-bodied. The carbonation just can't hold up and seems to not necessarily die in the middle, but it certainly go south at that point. That said, it doesn't detract too much from the flavors and everything else going on, especially as the beer continues to warm.

Drinkability: I'm glad I discovered Cooperstown when I moved to Vestal, and it was a treat to visit their brewery last week. I was surprised at how small their operation was, but a lot of quality and old school flavor go into making their beers, which you have to like. A solid and extremely drinkable porter, and with the prices as low as they are, this is a perfect session brew for the fall / winter seasons.

asabreed, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of sliverX
3.43/5  rDev -8%

poored a very dark brown, opaque with ruby notes shooting through when held to a light, big mocha head with normal poor which faded down to a thicker film
smell is roasted malts with hints of coffee sneaking in, a bit lacking for me personally
taste is all roasted malts, starts out with a hint of sweetness which quickly fades to a burnt, sour, bitterness
the burnt taste is distracting in the mouth as it just doesn't go away
not a bad porter maybe the rest of the sixer will round itself out nicer

sliverX, Dec 29, 2008
Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.