Benchwarmer Porter | Cooperstown Brewing Company

very good
134 Reviews

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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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 207
Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark but not opaque, with the extremely dark amber color coming through and very little light allowed to go through it. The head is initially thick and creamy, leaving good clumps of lacing on the glass and never fully dying out.

Smell: A good combination of dark, roasted malts and mild berries, with a subdued note of bitter coffee and brown sugar in there, in addition to some mild caramel notes.

Taste: Initial roasted but not charred malts, with subtle chocolate and coffee notes. As it warms some notes of dark berries come through, along with some acrid coffee sourness. Finishes mildly roasted and semi-dry with a nice balance at the forefront and hints of citrus from the hops that linger subtly by the end.

Mouthfeel: More watery than I'd expected, which makes it seem more lighter-bodied. The carbonation just can't hold up and seems to not necessarily die in the middle, but it certainly go south at that point. That said, it doesn't detract too much from the flavors and everything else going on, especially as the beer continues to warm.

Drinkability: I'm glad I discovered Cooperstown when I moved to Vestal, and it was a treat to visit their brewery last week. I was surprised at how small their operation was, but a lot of quality and old school flavor go into making their beers, which you have to like. A solid and extremely drinkable porter, and with the prices as low as they are, this is a perfect session brew for the fall / winter seasons.

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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 SixpointJMH
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown colour that approaches black. Head is of the thick creamy tan variety with a fair amount of retention time and stickiness to it.

The aroma is a mix of rugged malt, some chocolate, a bit of nut and a touch of coffee.

Flavour is more of the same: There's a nice balance here between chocolate sweetness, rugged roasted malt and the harshness of the coffee, although the latter is the least noticeable of the three, mostly toward the finish of each sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and right about where it should be for a porter.

I liked this one. Probably one of the better Cooperstown brews. It's simple and it gets the style right. No complaints here, and one I'd be happy to have again.

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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 beernut7
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice heavy chocolate pour with a creamy nut-brown head. A heavy smoky chocolate aroma greets the nose. The flavors meld well with a hefty smoked malt base paired with hints of black and caramel malts. The body is a bit lighter that some porters. Complex and tasty all the way through, but could use a creamier feel.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 IronLover
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Dark brown, nearly black, with amber hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a brief, short beige head that quickly reduced to thin wisps. Earthy, musty, roasted malt aroma with hints of sweet dark fruit. Smooth and light bodied with delicate carbonation. Dark roasted malt flavors up front, again with sweet dark fruit flavors in the background. A bit of dark roasted coffee flavors, and a smoky flavor toward the finish as the bitter hoppiness shines through. Finishes lighty bitter and dry. Very tasty.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a big fat dark hazelnut colored head that was fine bubbled with a froathy top coat. The head fades slowly leaving a nice lace around the top of the deep brown colored beer with ruby glow. Rich chocolatey coffee and sweet malt aroma with a bit of alcoholic cherry in there as well. Chocolate malt bitter coffee, a little roasted nuts come together in the flavor and finish in a bitter hoppy coffee bite. The beer has a tingly feel to it, the carbonation tickles your tongue with different flavors and then after it's gone the flavors stick to your tongue for a bit. Lots of flavor and aroma in this porter, the aftertaste is pretty darn bitter, but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 edchicma
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark chocolate color with a decent head. Malty presence in the smell with light chocolate notes. Taste was lightly sweet, then a tad bitter. Some fruitiness ? near the aftertatste. Mouthfeel was substantial and full. A little heavy overall. A ggod brew if you are having one.=.

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Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Stimack
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The look is glassy dark brown, almost purple in the darkest spot. Large cardboard brown head. Some light comes through at the edges. Big milky swath of film/lace.

Smell is coffee with just a bit of mustiness. Some sweet, dark caramel. Hint of bitter dark chocolate. Malt is only lightly roasted. Nice dry, bitter character to the aroma.

The taste is a bitter coffee blast to start off. Second flavor is sweeter, though the bitter aftertaste remains. It's a really nice balance. Roasted and also smoky.

The feel is extremely dry, with a bitter afterbite and film. A tad milky even. Hefty, and not at all watery. This is a smooth-sipping beer. A nice, sturdy porter. Really really enjoyable.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark, nearly opaque blackness. Tinged with ruby at the edges. Thin, tan-colored lace does a nice job of lacing the glass. Aromas are toasted nuts, coffee, some toffee, sweet malts. Flavor is more of the same, with dark chocolate, and sweet caramel dominating. Finishes with a cocoa powder flavor. Just slightly bitter with some residual sweetness on the lips. Medium-full in body and quite drinkable. A great example of the style from the folks at Cooperstown.

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Photo of Jredner
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out as dark as brown can be without being black, it has mahogany highlights. Tan bubbly head that slowly fades, good lacing.

The smell has a lot going on without being overly potent. Hints of chocolate and butterscotch with a touch of caramel provided by the malts. Pretty well hopped as well, earthy and a little fruity. There is a bitterness from both the dark chocolate malt portion and the hops as well. Despite that, it's not too bitter, it tastes good.

Tough to separate the smell and the taste, pretty much on par. Again with the bittersweet chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, both citrus and earthy hops with a hint of additional fruitiness.

Benchwarmer Porter has a full bodied mouthfeel. It's pretty smooth and buttery, with a clean finish. Do yourself a favor and always pour this one into a glass. The carbonation level is a little higher than most porters I've had and the glass helps bring it down a notch, trust me I've done it both ways a few times now. The beer has some pretty good drinkability as well.

All in all this is a pretty divers and solid beer. If I lived in NY it'd probably be a standby. I've liked most of the stuff I've had from Cooperstown, this however is the first I've taken the time to review. Unique labels and I like the bottle caps.

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Photo of Ego
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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 jamie2dope
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't had this brew in a long time, and for some reason I was just in one of those porter moods. Poured into an Old Rasputin mini pint glass a a dark brown, with shreds of light pulling through. A nice white head sat on top with good retention. Sort of musty in the smell, but with a little spin some fruit aromas came through...roasted apples come to mind. Taste had a lot of coffee molasses going on. The overall character of the beer was roasty, with charred smoke. Mouthfeel was probably my favorite part of this brew in that it is pretty well carbonated. It gives the beer a bitter ending, while also giving it a crisp and refreshing personality. I will have no problems polishing off the six pack of this beer. It is nice to see a porter with some character. Most of the examples I have had lately have been a bit on the boring side. Now if only I could find some of their stout.

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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 horshack7
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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 -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 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 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 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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Benchwarmer Porter from Cooperstown Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 207 ratings.
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