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Benchwarmer Porter | Cooperstown Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 206
Photo of jwinship83
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle that was part of the mixed 12 pack. no freshness information to be found on the bottle. drank from a pint glass.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with small amounts of red highlights around the edges of the glass. a small beige head forms on top and fades rather quickly. little to no lacing left behind.

S- dark roasted malts are the first thing that comes to mind when smelling this beer. after that comes a generous amount of coffee and chocolate. that "off flavor" like butterscotch that i have been smelling/tasting is apparently related to the particular yeast strain that the brewery uses.

T- dark roasted malts up front again. chocolate and butterscotch in the middle. at the end i get a lot of burnt coffee.

M- medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. a little warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish and a style i have really started to get into. this is something id pick up again were it available a little closer to home.

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Photo of Moonraker7
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a bottle into a Hennepin glass. Appears almost black at first, though when held up to the light appears to be more of a dark brown with hints of red. Fairly little head, only a half an inch or so.

S. Smells of bitter/sweet chocolate. Also some hints of coffee and roasted malt.

T. Mild taste of unsweated chocolate, coffee, syrup. Finishes off with a bitter taste that lingers for quite a while.

M. Creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall, feels pretty light for the taste.

D. This beer is quite drinkable. It's fairly light in taste, but has enough flavor to be interesting. I could easily drink 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a black coffee, with a creamy tan one finger head. Not much lacing on the glass.

S. Rich coffee, carmel, leaves, cocoa

T. Rich dark malt, brown sugar, coffee

M. Medium bodied, decent carbonation, creamy semi dry finish

D. A nice porter, Rich roasted malts, great bitterness good balance.

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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 MVotter
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Cooperstown Brewery Benchwarmer Porter pours into a chalice a dark tea color, and tops-off with a thin tan head.

The smell is of grains, dried cut grass, yeasts, and malts.

The taste is coffee, caramel and roasted malts, with a hop bitter kick in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation.

This porter by the Cooperstown Brewery is an extremely tasty brew. The characteristic flavors, aromas, appearance, and 6.3% abv all compliment each other for nice overall presentation.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label of 12-ounce bottle is decorated with a bit of baseball schtick and capped with a baseball-painted crown. Prying the lid off and unceremoniously dumping the contents into my imperial pint-sized dimpled seidel yields a body that is clear and smoky garnet in color. The three-finger thick cap of pale beige foam that puffs up atop slowly consolidates itself into a bumpy, wallopy mass that leaves scrappy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is toasted and chocolatey with a whiff of coffee and warm buttered toast. Soft caramel is present in the aroma and becomes increasingly noticeable as the drink progresses.

The taste is mocha-chocolatey with a mild black coffee bitterness. The brew is somewhat fruity, with a dab of warm, buttery caramel drizzled on a slice or two of greenish-red apple. The vague orchardfruitiness provides a countering twist of tartness that doesn't offend my palate one bit.

The drink is medium in body with mild carbonation. Quite an easy drinker; thanks to Lum for the opportunity!

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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 zymurgy4all
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown with feint ruby highlights. Produces a nice tan rocky head that fades slowly. Roasted malts are predominant in the nose with a hint of hops (fuggle possibly?) Taste is great with some decent hop bitterness and a full balanced roasted malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Drinkability is fair, but it seems you could get quite full on one of these!

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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 SerieDNo3
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Pours a mostly opaque black, with some light able to penetrate at the bottom of the glass. Has a light tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin film. Little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted, malty aroma that smacks of espresso.

T: Very pronounced malt presence with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Bitter in a way similar to espresso.

M: Light carbonation and a medium-thick texture. Certainly not as heavy as a RIS, but a pleasantly substantial mouthfeel.

D: Just the right amount of carbonation to render this a very drinkable beer. The great flavor doesn't hurt, either.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin finger off white head. Faded almost immediately. Deep brown but much lighter than most porters. Like a dark iced tea color. No lacing at all.

Slightest chocolate flavor. A touch of malt. Very faint aroma.

Fairly innocuous flavor. Slight grains, slight roasted malt flavor. On the edge of chocolate but not really. Slight bitterness towards the end that seems to be coming more from the roasted malt vs. hops.

Mouth feel is really light with little carbonation.

Pretty drinkable and and o.k. Not totally exciting.

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Photo of adamette
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from web site: "Benchwarmer" is a very smooth Porter brewed in accordance with the original "high gravity" porters of early London. More than 4% chocolate malt, which is the most similar to the brown malts of the early 1700's, gives "Benchwarmer" its dry coffee-like finish. It is fermented with the Ringwood yeast which is an excellent yeast for the brewing of porters. The widely accepted theory of how porter got its name is that it was a very popular beer among the porters who hauled produce and goods around the marketplace of early industrialized London. Original Gravity 1.062 / Final Gravity 1.014 / 6.4% abv. Served at the Brewery.

A Huge, pleasing light brown frothy head, about 2 inches supported by a very dark brown, almost black.

S Dark coffee smell with some distant hops. A really great porter smell.

T Very smooth, pleasing dark porter taste. It is not the deepest of dark tastes but it really comes through on the coffee dark malt taste.

M Full for sure but a smooth, not grainy harshness.

D Fair to good. This is a full beer. I would typically be able to drink only one of these.

Notes: Really solid porter.

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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 Nickls
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, edging on black with ruby colors, with a thinner light tan head.

S - Coffeeish/bittersweet chocoate, with some roasted characteristics (not as much as expected)

T - Roasted malt sweetness, notes of chocolate (didn't pick up too much coffee in the taste)

M - Lighter MF for the style, but still weighty. Lower carbonation

D - This is a decently drinkable porter. The lighter body still carries a lot of great flavors.

Overall, this is a solid porter. It doesn't trump Anchor or Edmund Fitzgerald, but it competes well. I would recommend, but don't go too way out of your way.

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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 SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The perfunctory clear cola, under a coffee sea foam head, leaves some residual traces on a pint glass, but few will be inspired by observing this porter.

Again we have roasted malts, molasses and meaty tones, but it is a touch of smoke that lifts the aroma above the fray.

The palate picks up toasted whole wheat, and coffee grinds, with slight bitterness in the finish.

Nicely carbonated, but still not much to note.

Benchwarmer lives up to its name. I'm a fan of Cooperstown, and look forward to next season, when this one may get a lift. Still a good beer, this one fills out the line-up, and worthy of trying when one just wants a good beer, or to while away the hours tossing a ball around with friends.

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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 nasty15108
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Cooperstown sampler at the brewery during a recent trip to the H.O.F.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a mahagony color with a thick bubbly off-white head.

S - Malty with hints of caramel and ripe fruit. Slight medicinal aroma also detected.

T - Malty with vague hints of coffee, chocolate and smoke. Finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness.

MF&D - A little thin for my likings but went down well. Worth a try.

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Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy dark maroon with tan head. It smelled like lots of roasted coffee with a bit of lemon hops. It tasted like bitter coffee and burnt chocolate, very dark and dry with earthy tones. It was watery with some carbonation, and had lasting coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall this was was one of the better Cooperstown brews, but it was too similar to all their other beers. It just had more coffee flavor instead of copper flavor.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a reddish/amber hue. Clear enough so that some light gets through. Nice creamy head with decent staying power.

Smells like bitter cocoa, coffee and roasted malt.

Tastes rich and roasted with a molasses sweetness and a little earthy/fruitiness. Finish is dry and coffee-like which brings a nice balance. ABV is noticeable, but doesn't get in the way.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, body is a little light for a porter, but still substantial.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. lighter body allows for greater drinkability.

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

A- Poured a dark brown with amber highlights. The tan head was thick and frothy. The head stayed large for a few minutes.

S- The smelled like a coffe house! It kind of reminded me of flavored coffee creamer and had a hint of chocolate. There was a ncie creaminess to the nose but there was an light metallic aroma also.

T- The strong coffe flavor is very pleasant. Usually the beers i coem across with coffee flavors only contain a hint, or an artifical flavor. This is rich and flavorful roasted bean flavor! There is a hint of caramel and chocolate but the coffeehouse and malt dominates. The brew shares a dryness that a strong coffee contains.The bitterness is mild.

M/D- The body is medium to full with a nice fizziness from the carbonation. This is a very interesting brew. The slight metal flavor is a turnoff.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to joeybeerbelly for this extra in a recent trade...

Dark brown pour with a huge head and excellent lacing...

Smells like cocoa puffs mixed with molasses... Dark and sweet

Very drinkable porter... Dark but not overly so...went great with a honey ham tonight..

Thanks again to Joe for the chance to try this...

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Photo of Faulconerbrewing
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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