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 costanzo_mike
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a dense 3/4" tan head on top of a dark reddish mahogany hued brew, which lasted a long while. Good lacing. Nose is heavy on the malts, with coffee and chocolate predominant. Taste is of those same malts, and you have to appreciate that the aroma is not guilty of false advertising. Certainly an enjoyable and drinkable porter, worth the search to find...

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to rlee1390 for tossing in the cool extra.

a - opened the bottle and filled my duvel taster tulip...watery black with a thin bubbly fizzy head that don't hang long. love the baseball bottle cap!

s - dark fruit porter. not the roasty burnt that i'm used to from porters...this is pretty unique and smells great.

t - wow, rather complex. the usual burnt porter that i love now has a fruity twist. a really dry and awkward finish though. the middle is really nice. the dry bitter ending just hurts it though...but quite enjoyable.

m - finishes too dry and bitter for me, but has the normal feel that i love about porters as well.

o - overall a unique porter for sure. the fruitiness works well, but the finish is a bit rough. this is definitely one to seek out if you dig porters.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark ruby in color, this beer is topped by a thin brown head. It's not much more than a collaring after a few seconds. Mocha, vanilla bean, roasted malt and slight java on the nose. Nice. Body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is kind of creamy but maybe just a titch too carbonated for my liking in a porter. There seems to be a lot going on with the flavor, but all of it is rather subdued. The main thing I pick up is roasted and black malt like presence. There are slighter tones of bittersweet chocolate, cedar, coffee and vanilla. Not a bad beer. Nice little bitterness from the roasted malts and hops.

Gotta thank Davo for letting me in on a little benchwarming action.

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Photo of deonreds
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of Pencible
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 rlee1390
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby/brown when pouring, black in the glass, three finger fluffy almost tan head, lots of carbonation.

S-Roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate

T-Good blend of roasted malt and chocolate with coffee sneaking in.

M-Light, a tad on the watery side and a lot of carbonation.

O-Most likely Cooperstown's Best beer, a solid porter.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very deep garnet to almost brown color, the head portly in size, frothy in its consistency and the lace quite thick and clinging sheets. Hints of “Smoke”, light toasted grains, coffee, and somewhat sweet, quite pleasant with the start heavy malt and lightly sweet, the top middling in feel. Finish has a pertinent hop spicy presence, and the carbonation moderate the aftertaste quite dry and somewhat bitter, a quite decent representative to the style and well worth the effort to find and sample.

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Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. Little touches of foam. Nutty malty nose, slight coffee. Very creamy taste. Strong coffee bitter which holds throughout. Smooth, rich, bitter. Strong porter. Enjoyed it greatly.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with orange hue and minimal off white head

smell: roast, coffee, malts,

taste: roasted malts, coffee

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a basic porter. these guys stick to there roots.

The cpj

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Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can find. Picked up at the brewery just last week though.

A: Pours a dark brown/almost black. Mid-sized fizzy light brown head. No head retention or lacing at all.

S: Sweet caramel and chocolate with just a hint of roastiness.

T: More of the same. Very mild and quite sweet. Light roast and some vanilla, caramel and chocolate sweetness. Finish has the lightest hint of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied, fairly smooth.

O: Not bad. Pretty standard light english porter. Much better than the pale varieties from Cooperstown.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Durge
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark root beer color with a modest and fizzy head but decent lacing. The aroma is a nutty sweet coffee blend that is pretty alluring. The taste brings out charcoal and chocolate but has a strong sour mash background. It is fairly acqueous and very fizzy but drinkable enough. The sour quality gets kind of prominent during the first half but mellows by the second half so it grows on you as it warms and sits a little bit. I liked it and would definitely welcome this at future sittings. Pretty refreshing for a porter, too.

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Photo of BeerBeast
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Another 12 ounce bottle from Cooperstown that worked its way Westward courtesy of fellow BA McCall. A small yellow rectangular neck label has picture of hops on it with the word ‘Benchwarmer’ in a black banner. The main label is also yellow and has a black diamond with a picture of some Dudes sat on a bench. The whole appearance and style of the design makes it look more like a road sign than a beer label. Described as a Porter in the bottom right hand corner of the label, but there is no strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Dark black body with a huge creamy light brown head that starts with a rocky surface, yet finishes with a reasonably smooth head as it settles down leaving some nice lacing on the glass sides that is sticky and virulent.

Nose: Dark cooking chocolate, bitter roasted malts, smoked peat, some coffee, bittersweet dark bonfire toffee that has a creamy milk chocolate dimension when the head is large at first. Quite the nose. Gets stronger as it warms, but less creamy and bitterer as the head rescinds.

Taste: Lots of dark cooking chocolate and roasted malts that are creamy at first but almost as quickly as they start, they catch you out as the smoked malts rise with some burnt feel, and a thick bitter dark chocolate middle punctuates the Porter. The latter third has a crisp hop feel, which mixes with the roasted malts and lends a very astringent end that still retains a dry burnt smoky feel.

Mouthfeel: Average body that is not wanting, but it is “thin” enough to make this considerably easy to drink in great volume. Perfect feel for a 6.3% Porter.

Drinkability: Lots of flavors in a body with a rather average feel gives this Porter an attractiveness that means it drinks well. Never heavy, not filling, but always tasty, and easy to quaff, it’s a great Porter to drink in quantity with little side effects.

Overall: This is an exceptionally tasty beverage that gains complexity as it warms slightly, it could well make for a great Drinking Porter on a cold Winters Day. It’s not bad in the heat in of Summer either!

Another winner from McCall, Thanks indeed Sir, a damn tasty Porter that I shall keep an eye out for!

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the many brews I grabbed at Half Time Beverages. I am sampling at room temp and drinking from a pint glass. THe brew pours a rich dark brown color with heavy garnet tints mixed in.
A light fluffy tan head foams up easily and hugely. The head consists of very fine bubbles and sticks around for most of the sampling.
Aroma is light but exhibits an earthy hop presence, mixed with roasted malt, some chocolate and a definite rich coffee smell.
First sip reveals a lighter body than I expected, with a very fine carbonation that prickles the tongue a little. Texture is a little creamy but appealing.
Flavor light earthy/grassy hop presence moves to a roasted coffee finish, leaving a slightly bitter coffee bean taste in my mouth.
Very easy to drink and satisfying. Glad I grabbed this brew!

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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