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
Photo of kbnooshay
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 horshack7
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: On top is about a fingers worth of head beneath that is very dark.

Aroma: Dark fruits, chocolate malt, espresso, roasted hops, light breadiness, very faint licorice towards the back.

Taste: Chocolate malts, dark coffee, light carbonation on the palate but over all it's rather smooth. Some dark fruits along with dark roasted hops.

Notes: Very drinkable a good one to pick up. Cheers.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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 dnichols
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Skidz
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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 zachary80
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Nickls
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 George2744
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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 Mindsquall
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beauty poured a nice dark brown, almost black, with a frothy tan head, leaving lots of lacing. Smell is quite nice, roasted malts and coffee aromas in there. These are very apparent in the flavor as well, coffee and roasted malts, going down nice and thick. Very tasty, really smooth, easy to drink. This is a really good example of what a porter should be like, I really like this beer.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Keene
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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 Larrydoherty
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of MsRif
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had from a bottle at their brewery. Poured a dark brown with some amber color and a nice beige head that receded slowly and left nice lacing. Had an aroma of dark chocolate, smoky/roasty malts and a touch of brown sugar. Tasted like it smelled, with a hint more of coffee flavor in the taste. Dry finish.

Medium bodied, smooth...very drinkable. Low carbonation. Well balanced but not really complex. All in all a good porter that I would have again.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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 JohnnyM2002
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from tempest - thanks!

A - Super-aggressive, tan head exploded into the chalice, taking it's good old time to simmer down to a beige lacing that left its sticky remains along the glass. Deep brown color with a faint hint of red towards the bottom.

S - A little difficult to obtain a good whiff, but picked up some smokey, roasted scents. Not really sure why aroma was masked...maybe a little too aged?

T - All worries of over-cellaring dissipated as a roasted coffee/caramel flowed from the glass. Much more caramel than I was expecting, as it represented the frontrunner to the complex tastes that followed.

It took awhile to absorb all this porter had to offer, as I observed many flavors. At first, it tastes almost stale, but then a mix of dry malt and roasted coffee enhance the flavors. Then a hoppy bitterness breaks into the scene, until it is finally finished off with a creamy chocolate. A warming alcohol sensation lasts for a little while, rounding out the many flavors. At first, I wasn't too sure, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying this wasn't until I was about halfway through it that I fully appreciated all of the tastes and flavor combinations.

M - Medium, bubbly body with a very creamy finish. Nice warming sensation followed.

D - I'm very glad I hid this one for a few months...I was looking for a good nightcap and it definitely fit. This is one that I wouldn't have appreciated anywhere near as much if I had it last year (or even a few months ago). I'd definitely include this in a style sampling.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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 CaptJackHarkness
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Put this brew in the game not on the bench!

This Porter compares to the best of the English imports! Nice almost spicelike notes of flavor and a rich smoothness. This is a near perfect drink!
This is definately one to serve to your friends and family!

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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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Photo of MmmIPA
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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 iceball585
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black, non-transparent, one finger thick lacy head that lowered to a thin cover, a little sediment floating throughout

S- Dark chocolate, creamy, vanilla, dark malts

T- Caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, creamy, roasted coffee beans, malts, a bit bitter

M- Medium body, medium/heavy carbonation, smooth but slightly fizzy

D- Decent session beer

This beer has great flavors but is slightly too carbonated. It almost gets a little fizzy near the end.

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Photo of BeerMeister8
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
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