Benchwarmer Porter | Cooperstown Brewing Company

very good
207 Ratings

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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Photo of Optimus203
1.7/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

When I first opened the bottle, it foamed for longer than 1 minute - and kept foaming after every sip after that. Bottle I had was way too over-carbonated and harsh on the throat. Not a pleasant drink or feel at all. Maybe it was just a bad batch, but I won't be buying anymore.

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Photo of IntriqKen
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
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 kmpitz2
2.74/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of LucaBrasi
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown color with quite the head. The head appears tans, sticks around for a while and also laces the glass with a nice ring of foam. The taste is one of coffee and chocolate roasted coffee and burt chocolate. The mouthfeel has a bite to it. This beer has more carbonation than I would expect form a porter. It is average. That’s all I can say.

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Photo of number1bum
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Real thick head and almost black body and some nice retention.
Mabey dark fruit and some nuts in the smell.The taste is smokey and quite pleasent with some nut taste.The lacing looks nice on my glass.This isnt as cloying as some porters ive had and they got me sick.I think I taste chocolate in there,its very tasty.This almost reminds me of a stout.I like how it goes down smooth and isnt gagging and very pleasnt on the carbonation.I could drink a couple of these.My taste for stouts is growing as it is for porters.Thanks to my boss for this beer.


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Photo of hyland24
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured thin dark brown with a 1/2 inch light tan head. Rings of lace left behind after each sip. Smells of toffee, caramel, and toasted malt. The taste was watered down bitter coffee with hints of toasted malt. The beer was thin but crisp and refreshing. Too bitter for my liking. I have definitely had better. Dont go out of your way to find this one but give it a try if you come across it.

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Photo of goz
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby highlighted brown, with a small tan head that rushes away leaving just a ring of foam. Aroma is toffee, a good bit of butterscotch, and some roastedness. Flavor is dominated with the butterscotch, with some bitter roasted flavors bringing up the rear. Medium in body, easy to drink but not that impressive.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a medium sized tan head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. It had an opaque body with no carbonation and a reddish-brown hue. The nose consisited of malt, coffee and some hops. The flavor was sweet, somewhat bitter, chocolate, and coffee that left a lingering aftertaste. It had a creamy, smooth and dry mouthfeel and it was medium bodied. This beer left a good lacing on the sides of my glass. This beer reminded me more of a stout than a porter and it had a little too much of a coffee flavor for my tastes.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a think tan head that thins but doesn't go away.

Smell is weak and almost nonexistent. Taste is good, with dark flavors of coffee and ripe apples and other dark fruits. Some hop flavor in the finish. Fairly drinkable for a dark beer.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with reddish purplish highlights and a two-finger tan head. The smell is a is a little malty with subtle coffee hints. The taste is very distinctive of a porter, with some coffee and chocolate hints and large amount of roasted maltiness. This is a very drinkable porter, and a nice one to reach for if you're looking for something a little less intense that's still a porter.

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Photo of Skidz
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to shippos for this one.

Pours out orange brown and sits a dark chocolate brown in the glass with a good sized, fluffy tan head with nice lacings.

Smells nicely roasted with chocolate and cream moving around. Some nuttiness and light traces of dark fruit. Almost chalky in it aroma.

Tastes sweet and creamy at first, chocolate and light caramel work their magic. Soon bitters up as the roastedness makes its way into your mouth. Not much else here. A very basic flavor composition. Finish is fairly bitter and roastedness lingers on.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy but with a sharp carbonation. Pretty easy to drink as there is not much holding you back, but not much pushing you on. Stands in the middle of the pack.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled two at "The Pit" in Cooperstown. What little head made it to the table was made up of fine bubbles. Mahogany hue.

Plenty of sweet caramel and choloate malts in the aroma. Nice and agressively malty, but not much subtlety or complexity in the flavors. A thick, round mouthfeel as the style dictates. Alcohol warmth was less than expected for a porter over 6%.

Overall, not recommended (on draft) to porter fans. Just a fairly uninspired take on a style that dictates a little "more."

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Photo of jdhilt
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of mschofield
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of sabrills70
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/red with a huge beige head and great lace. Smells of an average, that is what I consider average" porter. Nice roasted malt with coffee and chocolate notes. tastes of roasted malts. More coffee notes than chocolate though. This one can almost be described as "tart", but it quickly turns into some nice hop bitterness on the sides of my tongue. Finishes dry and is fairly drinkable - as porters go anyway. A fairly basic but still quite nice porter.

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Photo of headbucket
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: a very nice black colorto the beer. Medium off-white color head with decent lacing on the glass.

S:dark, slightly roasted malt. Coffee becoming more prevalent as it warms.

T: bitter, roasted, dark chocolate with the bitterness reflecting some coffee flavors. More bitter and roasted flavors than most porters i have had. Finishes with a little acrid and acidic flavor.

M: on the thicker side of medium, decent carbonation.

O: pretty good and a lot better then the few other beers i have had from this company but not sure if i could drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rageagainst123 for the trade!

Appearance: Pours a light brown with a couple fingers worth of head. Foam disappears to leave a layer of head that sticks around for a while. There is a decent amount of lacing as you go as well.

Smell: Coffee and a malty aroma are dominant here. Not much else, but what is there is decent.

Taste: A roasted coffee taste up front, which is joined by a malt taste toward the end. The sip is followed by a slightly unpleasant bitterness that lingers in the mouth for too long.

Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I would have liked. The bitter aftertaste tskes away from this aspect as well.

Drinkability: The bitter flavors are too dominant here. If they were toned down and the roasted coffee was given the spotlight, this beer would improve quite a bit. If you enjoy this beer, though, this is a beer that you could drink plenty of given the smoothness and low ABV.

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Photo of SisuPride
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this porter in the backyard over a campfire so I must admit, it went straight from the bottle to my lips. Overall it was a decent porter. It's flavor was just right - not overbearing and not tasteless. My biggest downer on this beer was the mouthfeel - I would love for it to have been creamery. That said, this is a porter where you could enjoy a sixer if the occasion called for it.

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Photo of markman
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cooperstown Benchwarmer Porter (no freshness date):

Big head on an easy pour…nearly black, light struggling to peak through. The big head suggests carbonation too high for a Baltic porter and the first sip confirms. Nose is coffee, and the taste follows suit with a big, slightly thin coffee palette and a dry dark chocolate finish…and the lacing is beatimus. Strikes me as kind of a “mocha porter”, not at all what I’d anticipate in a Baltic porter. A decent example that gets better as it warms, though it could lose some carbonation. Worth a try, but there is no danger that it will displace any of my favorite porters.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Cooperstown Brewing, Milford, NY

Delightfully malty. Definitely preferred this over the stout. Poured dark brown with a white head. Malty aroma with subtle chocolate. Tasted malty with some sweet, dark fruits in the background, and a bit of various sugars. Nice smooth mouthfeel, and definitely drinkable. Pretty basic stuff, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of dnichols
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: It poured a black body with some clearness around the edges when back lit. It had a robust two finger head that fell slowly and supported nice lacing.

S: It emitted heavy roasted chocolate malts and hints of dark fruit.

T: It tasted of mild roasted malts, thin chocolate and hints of prunes and coffee.

M: It was medium bodied with most carbonation and a dry finish with a bit of lingering chaulkiness in the aftertaste.

D: It was enjoyable but wore on me the further I got into drink. The aftertaste got to me and hurt my impression of the brew.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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