Pathfinders Porter | Cooper's Cave Ale Company

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Brewed by:
Cooper's Cave Ale Company
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-07-2003

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of Aglassplease
4.85/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nickfl
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of twillingthenoz
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of scxcrunner
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
5/5  rDev +50.6%

Photo of mitch3114
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice amber brown with a sizeable head. Aroma is light but one can definitly pull out some roasted malts and light chocolate.
Tasted pretty good although there was still that must moldy whatever thats prevalent in thier beers. You could pull out some roasted malts and hopss. Probably my favor from the cave.

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Photo of eporter66
2.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is about the third or fourth beer I have tried from Coopers Cave, and is the best so far. Unfortunately - the beers have been substandard which is disappointing, as I would love to support this local brewery.

22oz Bomber into a pint glass

A - Poured a dark brown with a 1 finger head.

S - Coopers Cave brews have a tendency towards an odd almost stale aroma. This beer had less than others, still lingered in the background.

T - One dimensional - but some decent flavor was there. A chocolate malty flavor - just seems that there could be a stronger flavor or more character to it. Mild all the way around for a porter. By far the best tasting beer I have had from Coopers Cave

M - light mouthfeel, I would have liked more body for a Porter - decent carbonation.

D - I drank the bomber at dinner with no problem, and could have polished off another.

I found myself enjoying this, so I am hopeful that they are getting their act together. I will be back for another Porter and possibly something else in the near future. Best of luck to this company, I would love to have them making a really great product that I could support.

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Photo of Avryle
2.57/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From what I understand, Cooper;s Cave is finally (re)distributing their beers outside their immediate area. This is the first time I've actually seen it in Albany, less than an hour south of the brewery. Always an advocate of buying/drinking local, here we go...

A - Very nice appearance. Extremely dark brown, almost black.. Pours with a .5" tan head that disipates quickly.

S - Okay, this is a point that I can see being a huge hit-or-miss point with this beer. It smells like a closet in a 150+ year old house. Musty/moldy-yeast. I don't find it off-putting, but I think its a deal-killer for a lot of people. (hint the the brewer - git yerself sum new yeest)

T - This is where it gets bad. It tastes exactly like it smells- like a moldy, musty closet. When that finally fades, there are some chocolaty notes with an unpleasant sourness to it. Icky.

M - Not bad (if it were not for actually having to experience the taste to experience the mouthfeel) Full and smooth with active carbonation.

D - The only analogy I can think of, is its like Starbucks coffee- it tastes like a**, but you still kind of want to drink it for some inexplicable reason. Hm?

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Photo of boralyl
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours 2 fingers of tan head that leaves a little lacing. The retention is decent. The beer is a very dark brown, almost black. You can just barely see through it.

S - The aroma is ok. Not too much going on, maybe some coffee and some dark roasted malts.

M - A medium bodied beer with a fairly smooth feeling to it. It is moderately carbonated.

T - The taste is similar to the aroma, not very complex. Some roasted malts followed up by some bitter hops to balance it. It finishes wet with a slight bitterness to it.

Not much going on with this one, pretty tame. It's ok, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of WesWes
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades. The aroma is horrible. It smells like someone's gym socks. There are hints of patent malts in the background. The taste is a little better. It has a rich maltiness to it which boasts of patent and chocolate malts. It goes down smooth and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is slightly less than average porter. It has horrible aroma and an average flavor. It's one and done for me.

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Pathfinders Porter from Cooper's Cave Ale Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 12 ratings