Benchwarmer Porter
Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Porter - English
Ranked #135
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3.79 | pDev: 12.93%
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dec 21, 2014
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Murph from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly reddish hued brown with a great big brown head that coats the glass all the way down. Almost smokey maltiness with some very slight burnt and roasted qualities dominates the nose. Nice chocolate malts with an almost husky feel to them start off this brew with a quick hop bite towards the end of the brew. With a nice medium body and a decent husky grain character I really like the way this brew feels on the tongue and it is definitely very drinkable and would make an outstanding session brew. Thanks to pbrian for the sample.

Sep 29, 2002
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bcm119 from California

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foamy head and very dark color, but not opaque. Lots of hops for a porter, and they work well in drying out a slightly chewy mouthfeel, as well as imparting nice hints of herbs and dry leaves. Very tasty underlying flavors of espresso, dry molasses and earth. The finish is dry, with the coffee/espresso flavors lingering with a touch of alcohol. Really complex on tap.

Nov 12, 2001
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

As previously noted in several reviews, this beer is best enjoyed at cellar temperature rather than straight out of the fridge. Very deep brown/black, but clear with ruby highlights. The 1/2" light tan head holds extremely well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma is of a roasty, sweet caramel malt (no hops). The body is medium /light with a moderate carbonation that leaves it quite creamy in the mouth. The rich flavor starts with a lightly acidic combination of earthy dark malt & herbal hop flavor that reveals a caramel sweetness, and even some light fruitiness, as it warms, finishing dry with a lingering roast and caramel maltiness. Very nicely balanced once it's warmed. Not very complex, but rich and enjoyable with exceptional drinkability. Well brewed!

Oct 13, 2002
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CNoj012 from New York

3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cola like brown color with a one finger, creamy, light mocha head. Retention is above average for the style and there is lots of spotted lacing left on the glass.

Smell is roasted malts and rich milk chocolate with a touch of caramel as well.

Taste is the same, but there is a bit of astringency on the finish that I'm not a huge fan of.

The feel is light and smooth with a touch of stickiness on the finish. Carbonation is on the low side of moderate.

Overall this is a decent beer, I just didn't care for the odd finish. If they were able to smooth out the weird bitterness this would be much better.

Apr 03, 2018
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip style pint glass.

Pours a deep brown that darkens in the glass and is topped with two fingers of tight, khaki foam that holds some larger bubbles. The head is lasting and leaves decent lacing.

Fairly strong aromas of roasted malt, coffee, cola like caramel and a touch of vanilla make up a nose that well reflects the taste. There is some hop flavor that adds to the moderate roasty bitterness. The vanilla comes through in middle with a hit of sweetness before a crisp bitter finish. It is a touch watery and the body is to the low side of medium. Smooth and easy drinking, especially warm as I found out drinking one at about 70 degrees.

A decent and straight forward English Porter if a bit thin.

Jul 31, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a baseball motif label and cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby hues, a fluffy tan head retains quite well also.

Smell: Unsweetened dark chocolate, carob, light hint of cooked fruit with a little bit of earth and ester.

Taste: Semi chewy mouth feel up front with a increasingly drying coffee flavour with hints of dark chocolate and caramelized sugar in the middle. Hop bitterness is there just to tame this deceivingly big brew. As this brew finishes out it goes more towards dry coffee and carob flavours yet there is still a subtle estery fruitiness (pear) in the back.

Notes: Quite a tasty porter, and a pretty big beer also. Easy on the complexities yet very flavourful. This brew gets even more desirable after it warms up a bit.

Apr 13, 2002
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pbrian from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Sep 20, 2002
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AaronRed from New York

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

May 24, 2006
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JMH_ from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown colour that approaches black. Head is of the thick creamy tan variety with a fair amount of retention time and stickiness to it.

The aroma is a mix of rugged malt, some chocolate, a bit of nut and a touch of coffee.

Flavour is more of the same: There's a nice balance here between chocolate sweetness, rugged roasted malt and the harshness of the coffee, although the latter is the least noticeable of the three, mostly toward the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and right about where it should be for a porter.

I liked this one. Probably one of the better Cooperstown brews. It's simple and it gets the style right. No complaints here, and one I'd be happy to have again.

Sep 07, 2007
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A smooth porter with 4% chocolate malt, a dark root beer color with 6.4% ABV. I found it at a liquor store in a suburb of Albany. Too bad its only available in New York.

Feb 20, 2002
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John from New York

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich and toasty, coffee, malt flavor. Brilliant.

Sep 24, 2001
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice heavy chocolate pour with a creamy nut-brown head. A heavy smoky chocolate aroma greets the nose. The flavors meld well with a hefty smoked malt base paired with hints of black and caramel malts. The body is a bit lighter that some porters. Complex and tasty all the way through, but could use a creamier feel.

Jan 01, 2004
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark ruby in color, this beer is topped by a thin brown head. It's not much more than a collaring after a few seconds. Mocha, vanilla bean, roasted malt and slight java on the nose. Nice. Body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is kind of creamy but maybe just a titch too carbonated for my liking in a porter. There seems to be a lot going on with the flavor, but all of it is rather subdued. The main thing I pick up is roasted and black malt like presence. There are slighter tones of bittersweet chocolate, cedar, coffee and vanilla. Not a bad beer. Nice little bitterness from the roasted malts and hops.

Gotta thank Davo for letting me in on a little benchwarming action.

Dec 03, 2002
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RonfromJersey from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Aug 07, 2006
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oberon from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep with a frothy cratered tan head with just great lasting power it just sits thee on top with no decline,aromas are somewhat faint I picked up some bitter chocolate and a little earth but it doesnt really jump out at ya.Wow a nice airy,creamy mouthfeel marshmellow-like you could say very nice going down,a well rounded porter subtle in many ways starts out with notes of unsweetened chocolate with a touch of buter finishing quite dry eand earthy with underlying woodiness.Not overly complex but there are some nice flavors going on and the before mentioned mouthfeel makes it ever so drinkable,a winner.

Jun 22, 2006
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Suds from Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown - nearly black – with red hues. There’s 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. There’s 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.

May 15, 2005
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kunzbrew from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.


Apr 29, 2003
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edchicma from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark chocolate color with a decent head. Malty presence in the smell with light chocolate notes. Taste was lightly sweet, then a tad bitter. Some fruitiness ? near the aftertatste. Mouthfeel was substantial and full. A little heavy overall. A ggod brew if you are having one.=.

Mar 31, 2004
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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, it’s 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. It’s 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!

Jul 07, 2004
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Shiredave from New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Feb 27, 2003
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UnionMade from New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Sep 22, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very deep garnet to almost brown color, the head portly in size, frothy in its consistency and the lace quite thick and clinging sheets. Hints of “Smoke”, light toasted grains, coffee, and somewhat sweet, quite pleasant with the start heavy malt and lightly sweet, the top middling in feel. Finish has a pertinent hop spicy presence, and the carbonation moderate the aftertaste quite dry and somewhat bitter, a quite decent representative to the style and well worth the effort to find and sample.

Dec 31, 2002
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mschofield from Massachusetts

3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown with red edges, topped with a two finger fluffy tan head, leaves rings of lacing.
Fruit and coffee, coffee grounds, herb aroma.
Chocolate, fruity taste, goes good with Sunday pot roast dinner, cocoa. Earthy hop and roasted malt.
Medium bodied, good drinkability, an acceptible porter nothing special.

Mar 29, 2005
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Semi-clear, dark brown color, huge fizzalicious head bubbling above...
Bittersweet nose, coffee and cocoa notes, with a touch of ash.
Smooth on the palate, easy going down, with plentiful flavor, gifted with enough chocolate and coffee in the taste to make drinking a treat, yet rather mellow and mild. Medium bodied, with a middling finish, leaves just enough of a tingle off the tongue, and a tasty echo of a true porter's delight. Tasty cocoa finishes dryly. Gets better further into the bottle. My initial blase impressions were replaced with more forthright satisfaction. A very capable drink, a slightly above average porter.
Nice try.

Feb 22, 2005
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