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Beer #93 – April 6, 2010: Benchwarmer Porter

April 12, 2010

The last of my three baseball-themed beers, today’s beer comes from Cooperstown, NY, home to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Beer: Benchwarmer Porter

Brewery: Cooperstown Brewing Company, Milford, New York

Style: Porter

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $8.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 6.3% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Full-flavored yet not heavy and highly drinkable.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown, almost black, with a medium foamy tan head.

Aroma: Sweet and roasted, with notes of coffee beans and cocoa nibs.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, but with a moderate carbonation that lends some body.

Taste: An initial cola-nut sweetness quickly builds into a very prominent roasted middle with notes of Ovaltine (malty, mild chocolate, and a little creamy).  The finish is moderately bitter with a slight char.  A solid offering: not extreme, not big, not unusual, but a worthy take on the classic porter style.

Pairing: Ever wonder why they call it a Porterhouse?  This one will go perfect with a juicy seared steak with a slight char.

Trivia: Cooperstown Brewing, just a few miles down the road from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, creates beers with a British influence (porter, pale ale, IPA) and baseball themed names.  With the Belgian-inspired Ommegang brewery, Bear Pond Winery, and Fly Creek Cider Mill all nearby as well, you can follow the Coopertown Beverage Trail to find great libations while learning more about America’s Pastime (would that be baseball or drinking beer?).

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