Benchwarmer Porter | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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Benchwarmer PorterBenchwarmer Porter

Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 136
Reviews by Larrydoherty:
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of Murph
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of BJB13
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruddy brown, seems like some sediment also was in the bottle. The head is tan, quite agressive, and left alot of sticky, thick lacing. Nose was of dark malts and perhaps a wiff of vinagar. Rich flavorful porter. Notes of more dark malts, cocoa, chocolate milt, cafe au lait. Nice rich creamy mouth feel. Worthwhile porter, my favorite brew from cooperstown. The only one, so far, with any "oomph"/Balls

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark, nearly opaque blackness. Tinged with ruby at the edges. Thin, tan-colored lace does a nice job of lacing the glass. Aromas are toasted nuts, coffee, some toffee, sweet malts. Flavor is more of the same, with dark chocolate, and sweet caramel dominating. Finishes with a cocoa powder flavor. Just slightly bitter with some residual sweetness on the lips. Medium-full in body and quite drinkable. A great example of the style from the folks at Cooperstown.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of BadJustin
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, not quite black with a smallish off-white head. Even though it is small, there is nice head retention and nice lacing left behind.

S: A bit of roasted malt, some dark chocolate, and dark fruit - mostly some cherries and plums.

T: Nice chocolaty flavor with hints of roasted malt, and a bit of coffee. Not overly complex, but tasty.

M: Medium bodied, but seemed to be a little thin. Would have liked to have been a bit creamier.

O: A pretty good beer, the best from CBC that I have had thus far probably.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a black ruby with a huge head. There is a ton of carbonation in this beer. The smell is very strong with dark fruit,coffee, and chocolate aromas. The taste is a bit thin with chocolate and dark fruit flavors. A pretty good porter with the chocolate comming out as it warms up more. The m/f is a little too light for my taste,but this is a top quality beer that should not be missed.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A serviceable porter. Black with tons of foam that was a delight on the palate. Nearly burnt coffee ground tarish aroma, sounds worse than it was. Average taste with significant burnt coffee bitter sediment, perhaps as it approached March expiration.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Benchwarmer has a very dark appearance, more so than most of the other porters I've tried, and there have been numerous. The most distinguishable feature I notice is the pungent coffee flavor. Not overpowering but very prevalent. It makes this beer unique and the reason its constantly in my collection. It does seem to be very foamy, but still not in a bad way. It adds to its character. It has a bit of a bitter start, but has very sweet undertones and finishes so. This is a great beer for a fall day. I will definitely be partaking in more.

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Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Faulconerbrewing
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

a- pours into the glass with little head. the head that is present is a light tan color. The beer is a deep brown color with hints of crimson when held up to a light.

s - the maltyness really comes through. I caught some hints of smokiness.

t - the roasted malt packs a punch with the first sip. bitterness kicks in and sticks around for a while. at first the bitterness was unpleasent but after the second pass is began to enjoy it.

m - great carbonation, not soo much that it feels like fire crackers accross my toungue but enough to let you know it's a beer.

d - overall a great porter. It makes me a little angry to know that I went to college 20 miles from here and never visted the brewery. this is a definite staple in my fridge.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 215 ratings