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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Rich ruby brown color. A very smooth porter with a dry coffee-like finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Pours dark brown, very light, fizzy head. Very lively CO2 makes it almost like a soda. Aroma hints of caramel and bread, but not very distinctive. Not a great beer, but ok to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3434) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2012
Bottle - 12oz. Pours a black opaque body with a huge beige foamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with roasted cereals and some coffeeish hints. Taste is dominated by roastiness. Some oaky notes are also noticeable. Alcohol is well hidden. Ends with a sharp bitter/roasty finish. Solid Porter, not for lager people.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of roast and coffee. The flavor found roast, chocolate, and a light coffee backing. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3562) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Raven-colored with ruby highlights and a soft, poofy beige head.Enjoyable rough, roasty black patent nose, full of chilled air heated by a burst of charcoal. Old world roasty porter flavor--again, it’s full of charcoal, black patent and some ash. A beer that is everything a benchwarmer deserves. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11613) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2011
12oz bottle-shared by hbmason-pours a tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is some off astringency, medium malt. Taste is medium/dark malt-peat/caramel, secondary astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1743) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle- Pours a dark brown with a good tan head that fades slowly to nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and hint of dark fruit. Mild flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate hint of coffee. Has a mellow bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth and creamy. Very well balanced. No hint of the 6.3% ABV. Easy drinker, very enjoyable. A solid English pale ale. Another good beer from a small beer crafter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4819) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2011 Tap @ the Brewery, Milford, NY. Served in taster glass. Also had in a 12 oz bottle from the brewery. Aroma has dark roasted barley and chocolate malt. The flavor is robust. Sweet and malty upfront and finish is great bitter hops. Also, hints of nuts and wood as the brew warms up. Medium to full mouthfeel. Excellent balance. I wish I had bought more to enjoy later. (Only 2 bottles left) This porter is NOT a benchwarmer, it’s a heavy hitting cleanup hitter. Nice job from the head brewer in Milford!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Black color with a light head. A little more sweet than roasty for my liking, but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Chocolate and caramel aroma. Caramel and chocolate flavor with light roast. Medium bodied. Caramel and chocolate lingers with light roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1473) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2011
The Cooperstown Brewing Company is a very small operation located just south of the Baseball Hall of Fame in upstate New York. Not surprisingly, this brewery has a baseball theme to all of its beers. I decided to start with the possibly ironically-named Benchwarmer Porter. In sports terms, a benchwarmer is a lousy player but in the case of this beer it’s actually a solid performer. If this is the benchwarmer, the rest of the team must be outstanding!


I poured a 12oz bottle into an Irish tulip pint glass. It flowed out of the bottle like water and produced next to no head. What developed was a coating of tan, soapy suds - although I was able to generate a thicker head with a forceful swirl of the glass. The color was typical for a porter: nearly opaque black but with dark ruby red highlights around the edges.

The aroma was standard for a porter: malty with a touch of dark fruit and yeast. Fairly sweet and no alcohol notes.


The brewer’s describe this beer as being brewed in the tradition of English porters and I could tell this was the case upon the first sip. Much like its brethren from across the pond, Benchwarmer Porter is noticeably mild and surprisingly light body as soon as it hits the palate. There’s a dark fruit flavor and a slightly yeasty texture followed by a strong milk chocolate and coffee aftertaste.

This beer reminded me of Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter throughout the first half of my glass. As I continued to drink on I found the chocolate and coffee flavors seemed to weaken out but the fruits and malts from the front became more prominent. Eventually it all became a mélange of flavors typically found in British pub beers. I’d prefer something more robust, but the palate here was quite pleasing even if it was mild.


British pub ales are known for their high drinkability and much like the taste, Benchwarmer Porter also follows the formula with its extreme smoothness. The mouthfeel is light, thin, and almost doesn’t seem carbonated as it goes down like water. The sweet aftertaste is really pleasant, although it becomes quite dry as the beer warms.

For a beer with a potency of 6.3% ABV, this drinks like a much lighter brew. Between the tepid body and mild palate it’s quite impressive how well the alcohol is hidden both in the palate and on your system. This beer would pair well with a red meat dinner or substitute two bottles for dessert.


It takes a lot for a porter to wow me but Cooperstown Brewing’s Benchwarmer came awfully close. I liked the taste for what it was but couldn’t help wanting more all around. Still, it’s so drinkable it’s the kind of beer I could see myself buying more often.

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