Benchwarmer Porter | Cooperstown Brewing Company

Benchwarmer PorterBenchwarmer Porter
213 Ratings
Benchwarmer PorterBenchwarmer Porter

Brewed by:
Cooperstown Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 09-24-2001

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Photo of rarevos
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, two fingers of light tan, creamy head to fill the glass. Terrific staying power, loads of sticky trails.

S: Roasted grain aroma up front, hint of coffee and a touch of cocoa.

T/M: Roastiness up front with a bit of bitterness already. Bit of coffee and chocolate, nicely bitter finish with a long, burned tail. A bit high in carbonation, but otherwise spot-on here. Full-flavored beer.

D: This is a pretty fine beer. Not of the "watery porter" variety. Nice balanced flavors and a good bitterness to round it out. I'll be going back to this one for sure. My new favorite from this place. Well done.

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Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extraordinary beige head. Lots of sticky lace. Dark mahogany brown color. Closer to a stout in color.

Strong caramel aroma--like melted brown sugar--quite sweet.

Some black patent malt in the flavor. Lots of dark chocolate notes. A touch of coffee. The bitterness comes mostly from the coffee flavors but there's a touch of hop as well. Exceptionally full flavored taste. Great body with high carbonation.

An exceptional porter, particularly on the taste.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle of Benchwarmer Porter, purchased at the brewery following Belgium Comes to Cooperstow 2006. I am drinking the beer from an Ommegang Witte glass and it is served cold.

Appearance: The ale is a deep black color with ruby hints at the sides. There is a small cappucino colored head that laces well.

Smell: The ale has a slight roasted malt nose.

Taste: The roasted malt notes here are fantastic. They provide a hint of chocolate and a lush full flavor that finishes long. This beer has broken the ringwood curse at CBC and tastes quite good.

Mouthfeel: The roasted chocolate notes and hint of sourness are a very pleasant combination.

Drinkability: My last review crowned Back Yard IPA as the best from CBC. This beer takes that title hands down. The flavors are full and unambiguous, giving the beer a real body. This is hereby crowned the best beer at CBC.

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Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 bjohnson
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark brown with slight hues of red at the top and bottom. Frothy white head with not much retention. Good lace.
S: Smokey wheat and burnt coffee malt aromas hit the nose strong. Very fresh smelling. Slightly sweet also.
T/M: Smokey and dry coffee flavors up front with a smei sweet hop profile also. Milky smooth initial mouthfeel that follows up an extra dryness. The dryness lingers in the mouth for awhile and takes on a slight bitterness. Smokeyness stays in the mouth and just parks itself. Good level of carbonation at first. The character of this beer enhances as it warms.
D: Good drinkability on this offering from Cooperstown. I like this porter as its quite smooth and refreshing with a good abv. Definately a recommended one if you can find it.

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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 Jredner
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is malty/fruity sweet with mild dark fruit and coffee notes. Body is dark brown with a MASSIVE three finger thick head. Looks and smells very belgian. Odd. Fore is mildly fruity with some roasty and chocolatey notes and a milf yeastiness. This HAS to be made with Belgian yeast. It feels amazingly Belgian in texture, smell and flavor. The head even has that crazy fluffy/creaminess most belgian ales have. Very sweet and narrow through all flavor ranges with roasted notes (subdued but present) and ample dark fruit notes. Good, but VERY un-Porter like.

I checked the website (minutes later) and they say they use Ringwood yeast. That makes some sense as that Yeast is pretty aggressive, but this thing feels and tastes so Belgian in origin I wonder if they didn’t substitute a Belgian yeast for a batch.

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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 AaronRed
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of maek228
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: damn near black with a foamy thin rim laying on top

Smell: Lots of dark chocolate in the scent....with a hint of fruitiness

Taste: Dry and chewy. Robust coffee flavors and an unsweetened chocolate flavor also comes through

Mouthfeel: chewy and thin

Drinkability: good for a porter

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass.
deep murky brown with a rich foamy head tinted a light beige color--reminds me of a rootbeer float. smells like brown sugar, dark rum, and gingerbread with a bready, earthy quality; notes of roasted hazlenut coffee and caramel. deliciously complex and big flavor--> starts off as a realized vision of the porter style with balanced huge maltiness and hoppiness - roasted notes - burnt brown sugar with gingerbread bitterness and dark chocolate. long finish but the heretofore spot-on and cooperative development of flavors stratifies into a distinctly chocolately taste juxtaposed with a contemperaneous and undeniable minerally sweetness; makes for a strange but interesting binarized finale. mouthfeel too prickly and astringent but medium body is appropriate for style.
looks and smells excellent, tastes really good, but the mouthfeel could stand improvement.

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Photo of bignick
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-pack of 12oz botte purchased at the brewery in Milford, NY. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer might as well be called "dark-chocolate porter." It is very tasty porter, and one of the biggest beers Cooperstown Brewing Company makes. It pours a mahogony with a lot of lace remaining as I drink it. It is slightly carbonated. The smell is all dark chocolate. The taste is similar, with a little bit of roastiness and bitterness from the mild hops. It is one of the better American Porters I have tried, and with the essense of dark chocolate shining through very nicely.

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Photo of Ego
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the "dugout" 12 pack, best by 6/30/06

half a finger of slightly tan head, well constructed as well, clingy and sticky lacing adorn this one, not quite opaque but dark, better than average but nothing special

very nice. a DEEP roasted coffee flavor really pronounces itself, there is a subtle tease of smoke in there as well, the smell is really deep and inviting and really gets the saliva glands going for me personally, hints of sweetness of the bitter chocolate variety add to the lovely bouquet of this brew... very good nose.

taste etc...
a nice full tasting porter with definite ash/smoke flavor, the burnt notes are highlighted by the way this sticks to your tongue, this really lingers... not like a psycho ex girlfriend but like that buzz you get after having a great meal, while the smell is great on this the taste actually lets down a touch, it isn't bad mind you but the smell is so damn good you expect a bit more depth from the flavor. but there is just a really nice aftertaste here of burnt ash with just enough sweetness to balance it out, well done.

definitely one of the better cooperstown beers I have tried. a solid porter that is rather easy to drink and just smells great. this doesnt just warm the bench, it warms your stomach with the ABV but it is tasty. recomended.

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Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this brew a number of times and am surprised that I had not written a review on it before. Brew pours to a dark brown color with a nice thick tan head that has a nice amount of retention leaving lacing through out. The aromas are very enticing, slight smokiness is noticeable along with toasted/slight roast scent, seems like a lots of dark malt. The taste is top notch, had a dominant chocolate and coffee like taste that has some sweet characteristics. Slight hop presence at the tail end compliments and rounds out the offering. Only giving is a good for drinkability due to the abv even though I feel I could have many of them, just might not have a good morning! It is a favorite of mine, also like the fact that it is a local brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a two finger tan head. Decent lacing develops through the session. The head falls very slowly.

Smell: roasted malts and chocolate are up front and easily detectable.

Taste: mild roasted malt, chocolate, hint of prunes, and a hint of espresso. Some molasses sweetness lingers in the background.

Mouthfeel: soft crispness at the start, smooth and lightly dry at the finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easily quaffable, and this can be a decent session beer as the flavor is mild and well balanced.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was probably the most-overcarbonated beer I've ever consumed. When I tried to pour it completely overwelmed the side of the glass and took severl pours to empty the bottle. It appeared as a deep brown liquid with reddish highlights. Smell was roasty, caramelly, coffee-like. Taste followed through nice a nice chocolate, roasted malt taste. Finish was creamy with a trace of dryness. Would have been better if the pour was easier.

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Photo of silver1audi
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite porter... I've only had this on draft so it may be different out of the bottle but this is definately one of my favorites. It's a nice pretty much black color with a caramel color head. It is quite carbonated, which is probably mentioned in other reviews, but works well with this drink. It smells chocolately, tastes like mocha/coffee and the aftertaste makes me think of dark chocolate. That may sound like a lot of chocolate coffee taste, but it's definately not excessive, it's just perfect. I have Benchwarmers every Saturday night at the local pub and I can drink them all night with a few IPA's in there every now and then.

Overall a great beer, my favorite porter as I said before. I think the extra carbonation might be one of the factors that attracts me to this one over other porters. The taste is definately there, but never overwhelming. I can put these back one after another and enjoy every single one. Drink this beer.

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Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I liked it better than their Stout. Nice dark brown color with lots of head and lacing. Rich, full porter flavor.Roasted, with just a bit of a bite. Had a little more carbonation than other Porters I've tried. I would recommend trying this beer if you have the chance..

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Photo of LucaBrasi
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
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 NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/black body with a good amount of light caramel head. Head didn't stick around all that much and there wasn't any lacing.

Smell: This is the best part of the beer in my opinion. Sweet and malty aroma. Smoky enough to make it interesting, but not overpowering. Good mocha smell too to finish it off. A little buttery too, but I think it works ok in this beer.

Taste/mouthfeel: Pleasant taste, but not special in any way. Pretty bitter for a porter, and not quite as malty as I was expecting from the aroma.

Quite drinkable, excellent session brew.

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Photo of Naes
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy head! I couldn’t even fit the whole 12 oz. bottle into my pint glass. The color is a nice black amber and has a huge cream colored head that laces everywhere.

The aroma is a burnt chocolate with hints of coffee hiding in there.

The taste is very bitter for a porter, with strong hues of coffee and chocolate. The benchwarmer is a very unique and complex porter; a welcomed change from all of the watery porters that I have tried in the last few weeks.
After a few more sips, you can even detect a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste.

This one is very beady and chewy. It’s a full flavored porter that is highly carbonated.

I could definitely have another.

It has been quite some time since I have had a benchwarmer. I do not recall it being this good. I will have to add this to my regular selection.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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

A deep dark brown with mahogony highlights. Has a good foamy beige head. There is some chocolate and butterscotch in the aroma. The flavor has hints of chocolate and licorice with a strong backbone of bitter coffee. The mouth feel was a little off from the thickness I expected. But I liked the bitterness character on the the finish, nice and dry.

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Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 213 ratings
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