Cookie Jar Porter - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 33
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kasper on 01-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Last winter, while the Brooklyn brewing team sat around a peat fire drinking some inspirational drinks, brewer Tom Price mentioned that his friend's bakery made some very fine oatmeal cookies. Before long, we were all talking about oatmeal cookies and how good they are with beer. Pretty soon we'd somehow decided that the cookies should actually become a beer. Funny, the things people come up with while drinking in front of a good fire. Of course, oatmeal in beer isn't a new idea. For centuries brewers have added oats to the mash, giving the resulting beers - usually stouts - silky smooth textures. But how best to create the flavors we had in mind? Out in Jersey City (NYC's 6th borough), Tom's friends at Feed Your Soul Bakery make some of the tastiest oatmeal cookies we've ever had. After talking to the bakers (and eating a lot of cookies), we brewed a beer from floor-malted barley malt, golden oats, raisins, brown sugar, honey, vanilla beans and a subtle dash of spice. Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter brings all these flavors together with light chocolate, coffee and caramel flavors to create a beer that will warm up the coldest nights, even if you don't have a peat fire. It's very nice by itself, but perhaps even better with roasted pork, barbecue, or traditional Mexican mole dishes. Or, of course, some oatmeal cookies and ice cream.
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Reviews by MrIncognito:
Photo of MrIncognito
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark engine oil body that looks completely black unless held to the light. When the light shines through it reveals some deep mahogony. Stiff off-white head that retains quite well.

S - Very sweet on those nose. Dark roasted malts and molasses dominate the smell with a touch of oil bitter hops and some dark chocolate int he end.

T&M - Nice smooth body with minimal carbonation. Not as thick as I expected, though. Coffee and molasses hit me first with a faint chocolately note as swallowed. Brown sugar, oats and hazelnuts make there way through as the beer warms. Overall this tastes like tiramisu coffee to me. Pleasant but a bit cloying in the sweetness.

D - Nicely drinkable and pleasant to drink. The flavors become a bit cloying to me towards the end. I could drink a couple for dessert.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler, $12.99 @ DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY, pours near black, darkest of mocha heads, remains and remains, then goes to a thin collar and ephemeral film, leaves nice looking, fine and extensive lace. The nose is full of raisins, vanilla, and baking dough. Tasty porter, on the sweet side, more raisins, light brandy, and toasted dark malts and roasty goodness. Nice, full flavor porter, yes kinda sweet, but I like it.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by unclejedi - thanks!

Pours a light brown color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth and sweet malts with some light oat aromas. As it warms raisin and mild vanilla notes waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors with influences from caramel malts and oat kick things off. Soon afterward mild amounts of raisin, brown sugar, and vanilla flavors enter into things, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was an interesting beer. However, while complex it wasn't quite what I was hoping for. Still, well worth a shot.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. Pours a dark brownish black color with light tan head. The aroma has a lot of sweetness to it with some roasted malts and chocolate. The taste like the aroma is surprisingly on the sweet side with dark roasted malts and chocolate. I'm also picking up a hint of alcohol soaked raisins or some other kind of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth body and good amount of carbonation. Overall, another solid brew from Brooklyn Brewery that is worth trying.

Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alto Cinco in Syracuse. Appeared pitch black with a short tan head. I guess you can call this a porter since there isn't a huge roast flavor. Instead it's full of candy and cookie (the name doesn't lie) notes - chocolate, ground coffee, vanilla, oatmeal cookie, and rum raisin. Every sip is a bit different, making for a heck of a tasty and interesting beer to drink. The body was smooth enough that I just assumed this was a regular strength porter, so beware. This could put you in the gutter.

Photo of gratedjuice
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown/black with thick tan head

S-malt smell along with vanilla and a hint of raisins

T- amazing unique flavor. You can taste the oats and raisins. It tastes like an alcoholic cookie. I was skeptical when I ordered it but was blown away. It's an great porter if you can find it.

M- Very thick and smooth drink. Perfect for relaxation.

D- Great drinkability and pairs great with deserts

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a silky brown head, small, which settles into a light ring. The aroma is of roasted malt, molasses, booze soaked raisins, and musty chocolate. The flavor starts off a bit boozy but quickly transitions into sweet caramel, molasses, and a hint of vanilla. A nice roasted malt which is smoothed by the oat. There is some dark fruit flavors and spice as well. I can taste the 'cookie' influence, though it is subtle. The feel is fairly light, on par with a traditional porter, with soft carbonation, a bit sticky, finishes sweet. An interesting porter, definitely sweet. Not cloying but would really only want 12ozs at a sitting. I enjoyed it, though could tone down the raw alcohol feel.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I don't want the keg to run out at Whole Foods cause I have to get more. A deep dark brown with a thick full head and decent lace. Not quite opaque and clear with a gently active carbonation. Smell is vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malt and light caramel. There is a nice fruitiness that give a decidely english character. Taste is top shelf. A sweet floor malt backbone that was a signature of the Back Breaker flexes here in a darker roasted way. The vanilla and cinnamon combine with the oats and malt to really bring the cookie out and blend the caramel flavor with a brown bread and yeasty fruitiness. Light mocha moving to a latte' tinged coffee. Alcohol is a silent partner here. Hops are mild and somewhat earthy. Flowing into a butterscotch scone like biscuitiness. A dry floor malt lingering with a touch of mint. Feel is velvety with the carbonation turning the beer to cookies and cream. Super drinkable this one begs you to session it until the alcohol brings reality to your enthusiasm. The consolation is the flavor and feel reward a slower enjoyment of this masterful creation. Well one Brooklyn!

Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Charlotte Flying Saucer.
Dark black/mohogahny pour. Small amount of cream head.
Aroma had some roast and chocolate but mostly vanilla and sugar cookie.
Taste is quite sweet, not much roast. Vanilla, caramel, I get more sugar cookie than oatmeal cookie, and some milk chocolate.
Solid medium bodied porter, but more of a dessert beer. Drinkability was very good and I was shocked when I saw the abv, was non-existant.
Missing a lot of the standard porter flavors, but still and interesting brew worth trying.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one that I really did not think I was going to be able to try but then got the chance to, Hell yeah!

Poured black as night with a huge tan head that just looked perfect sitting on top of the abyss. Settling down it leaves a ton of lacing dripping down the sides of the glass and really giving the full impression, everything you needed it to be. Aroma is odd for sure. Molasses, cookie dough, chocolate, hints of almost raisins? Vanilla, brown sugar, a bit of an alcohol warmth, a kitchen sink beer for sure. As I take the first sip warm molasses and cookie dough wash over the tongue, vanilla, almost a macadamia nut like taste as well. Really very rich and just contagious in its goodness. Big, bold body and a smooth and rich drinkability.

Overall a really damn good beer here, I went back for this one a couple times, just really fell in love with it. Sublime.

Photo of rhenning
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn. Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

Pours very dark, nearly opaque black with about two fingers of tan head that recedes to a light covering of foam & ring around the glass. A few spots of lacing were left on the glass.

Nose of sweet dark fruits (raisin, plum, a bit of a prune-juicey quality), warm brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, touch of roasty cereal grains.

Initial flavors of sweet raisins and sour plum skins segue to an anesthetic alcohol mid-palate, but things finish up nicely with baked grains, coffee, and bit of bitter dark chocolate in the end.

Overall: I like the raisin, plum and dough flavors (reminds me a bit of Nana's prune kiffles) but the sweetness is a bit much for me without bigger flavors in the postlude to balance it out. The mouthfeel is pretty nice though; creamy but not sticky. It grew on me as I drank it but two pints were enough.

Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Reserve Cookie Jar Porter

Served on draft at Beer Run before going into work after the threat of it not lasting the day.

A: Opaque body, but some garnet hues break through the sides and bottom of the glass. Sandy head, about a finger tall peaks the rim of the glass nicely. A beautiful pour.

S: Deep roasted malts, bakers chocolate - though moderate and not overpowering, notable oatmeal, and just a little nose of spices, giving it a little 'bakery scent.'

T: Roasted malts, some brown sugar hints on the palate, and a touch of molasses? Chocolate, and a note of coffee, though both manage to keep themselves a little subdued.

M + D: The oats in the mash offer a nice creaminess to the body, though there is also a sparkling carbonation towards the finish that I enjoy. It's almost similar to the sensation of 'poprocks' though very mellow and it adds a very nice touch to the mouthfeel. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and I am glad to have had the opportunity to try it.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks very dark black with just a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. Not much carbonation is visible.
S: There's a nice mix of different aromas. Malts are very much evident, along with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and raisins.
T: Dark malts stand out among the flavors, which very much resemble the aroma. There's also a bit of sweetness, particularly in the finish.
M: It feels a bit thick--high in viscosity and low in carbonation--and very smooth.
D: It's relatively easy to drink - I would definitely try this porter again but this time with some cookies before bedtime.

Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Blake (Steamhead) for the chance to sample this, having secreted a keg away for a year. I'm quite taken with this beer. At 7.8% abv, this is quite likely the most deceptively strong beer I've come across. Very smooth with a pronounced milk chocolate note. Oatmeal lends additional softness to the flavor profile. A bit of vanilla and nuttyness toward the finish, which tends to go just a bit thin, but not enough to be distracting. Beguiling.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thin wispy head, not much in the way of lacing except for a few spots.

Smell is not as sweet as expected considering it takes it's inspiration from a cookie, although there is a fair amount of sweet dark malt and a slight sugary presence.

Taste is not super sweet or as cloying as I thought it might be, but I'm actually disappointed by that, if you're going to call something cookie jar, make it sweeter (like Creme Brulee from Souther Tier, but maybe not THAT sweet), hints of chocolate, not as creamy considering the use of oats, nice carbonation, the strength is not evident at all.

Although it's not what I was expecting, it's still a solid porter that shows no signs of it's true strength.

Photo of devilben02
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It seems wrong for a beer to remind me of growing up, but it seems that is what Brooklyn was going for with the Cookie Jar Porter. Of course, the look is decidedly adult, with the beer being largely an opaque mocha brown throughout with only a fringe of reddish light peeking around the edges. (Unfortunately, a "generous" pour from the bartender results in all beer and no head in the glass) The aroma, although not prominent, is also indicative of a nice porter with only a clean caramel malt sweetness coming through.

One taste, however, and I reminisce about grabbing fresh oatmeal cookies from a plate in the kitchen, one at a time, until the plate slowly clears over the course of an afternoon. The earthy oats and subtle raisin sweetness definitely paint a picture, and hints of brown sugar, vanilla, and spices (cinnamon, maybe ginger?) accent rather than overwhelm. Despite the name and ingredient list, the cookie flavor is certainly not over-the-top as if a pound of cookies was pulverized and steeped in each keg. Rather, the flavors create a soft blend that doesn't wear down the palate like an overly sweet beer can sometimes do. Along with the light and smooth texture, this one is pleasant and a bit intriguing to drink.

Photo of Axic10
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark black with a finger of tan foam on top.

Smell: Roasted malts, molasses, chocolate, sugar.

Taste: Oatmeal, vanilla, raisins and brown sugar. Very tasty

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: A very interesting take on a porter. I would definitely drink again if they brewed it again.

Photo of auxiliary
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Poured real dark brown color.

smell - Oatmeal, cinnimon, molasses, some chocolate.

taste - Tasted more like a porter then oatmeal cookies. I can point them out but more porter taste here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Pretty good beer to try, i just don't think that high of it. Brooklyn comes out with some good stuff. Glad they gave a try on this one.

Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium bodied and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hints of vinous fruit at the end. Smells really intense for a porter.
T: Tastes of sweet chewy oatmeal, chocolate, some caramel, and a hint of raisin at the end. Really nice taste.
M: Very warming, smooth yet slightly chewy, perfect amount of carbonation, nice weight to it.
D: Very drinkable, this one was done in no time and I wished I had more, really nice beer. This is one that they should make more often.

Photo of weeare138
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown nearing black with a creamy tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smll is of cinnamon, brown sugar, spruce sprigs, and perhaps a touch of Ginger.
Taste is of the aromas with a bitey, puckering molasses and bakers cocoa flavor.
mouthfeel is medium bodied, astringent, with sweet, astringent, puckering flavors smacking the palate.

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ordered this and everyone around me said, "oh, this really tastes like a cookie jar." I'd have to agree. A very cookie, sweet and spicy aroma to it. Dark, chocolately brown color, excellent porter flavor but not too sweet on the tongue. A surprisingly good flavor for people who like porters, even if you don't like the sweet thing.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Porter 3/16/10.

Appearance was a deep, dark shade of brown with a full tan head. Aroma was similar to an oatmeal cookie (surprise!) with a doughy brown sugar body complemented by raisins. The flavor was built around sweet malt and oatmeal with some nice complementary flavors of raisin and vanilla. There's also just enough roasted malt to give a touch of cocoa/coffee flavor to the effect that were this a cookie, it would be an oatmeal raisin with a few chocolate chips. Mouthfeel is just what you would expect for a porter - medium bodied without too much carbonation - and drinks like a 6% abv porter.

I have been curious about this beer after reading a description and although fully expecting a novelty beer, have been eager to try. It was similar to a cookie (without being overly sweet) as advertised and overall, a pretty well-done beer. I would happily have several in one sitting.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter....on tap at BarCade in....Brooklyn.

Appearance-into a pint snifter glass, hazy brown, milky fluid body, nice head, looks like a sparkling chocolate milk if that was possible.

Smell-sugary milk chocolate flavor, spicy toffee and cookie dough aroma, I like the smell, it really is similar to when you have a batch of cookie dough which you are about to throw into the oven.

Taste/Mouthfeel-sweet, jumbled mix of tofee, chocolate chip, doughy flavor mixed with a smack of alcohol, though muddled it's very interesting, four or five things going on at once. It doesn't always work but I like the dimension, also quite a strong alcohol for a porter.

Drinkability-I liked this but maybe not the best beer to drink while trying to kick ass at Ms. Pac Man at BarCade. Still, it's enjoyable.

Overall-certainly a gimmick beer, but one I liked, nice complexity and nice flavors, would not want to have this all the time but I am glad I tried it. Skaal.

Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with faint ruby highlights. Minimal brownish head, little lacing. Smell is of sweett malts, raisins, black cherry, molasses, brown sugar and a kiss of cinnamon. Taste is a nice blend of sweet malts with a stong presence of raisin, brown sugar and spicing. Hints of molasses and dark cherry linger in the back end. The body isnt thinck, but heavier than most porters. While the authentic oatmeal cookie taste doesnt really come through in the fullest, all the components are there. Another wonderfully flavorful beer from Brooklyn.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another offering on-tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Totally black, with a finger of tan head.

Smells of dark fruit, licorice, on the weak side. A very subtle toasty, baked smell shows up halfway through.

Taste is of dark fruits, licorice again, some subdued raisin. There's a roasty quality there but almost like a burnt caramel, taht deep kind of charred sugary flavor. Uh-oh, nutmeg -- a big minus for me. Slight chocolate. Complex but muddled -- it's like I'm tasting the ingredients individually, blending in & out of each other, without experiencing the cookie as a whole.

Medium-bodied, smooth but sticks around the mouth the sweetness.

Some mixed feelings about this one overall. Didn't feel like a "big beer," but at the same time there are too many flavors happening at once. Too rich for its britches? Maybe I'm biased here, but nutmeg is almost a dealbreaker for me. I'm finding I like Brooklyn's regulars a lot, but the small batch offerings (Backbreaker, Manhattan Project, et al.) just aren't doing it for me.

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Cookie Jar Porter from Brooklyn Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.