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Cookie Jar Porter - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 98
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a brandy snifter at the Ginger Man in Norwalk, Conn.

A: Poured a rich, dark brown, near black color with a frothy head of tan foam which held great retention and left some sticky walls of brownish lace.

S: Smells like cookie dough; brown sugar, cinnamon, oatmeal, vanilla and a touch of spicy, herbal hops.

T: Flavor is really quite rich and delicious. Deep, dark sweet roasted malts combine with oats, coffee and cocoa powder to create a velvety, rich and tasty porter that tastes like an honest to goodness oatmeal raisin cookie. Mild hopping cuts the sweetness of the brew and leaves a fine, creamy sweet finish. Excellent!

M: Mouthfeel is rich, full-bodied and creamy with a velvety smooth taste start to finish.

D: At nearly 8% ABV and being as rich, smooth and sweet as this brew is, I could probably have a glass or two with a meal or as a dessert. Paired really nicely with my Cali-Mex BBQ pulled pork sandwich and was very good on its own. Didn't try to pair it with a dessert, but I'm sure oatmeal cookies or a raisin bread pudding with work nicely. A sweet, warming treat from Brooklyn.

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Photo of gratedjuice
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
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

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of kasper
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an evil brown, or a few shade from black. Nice, inch-high mocha head that's both creamy and foamy when poured from a growler. Small patches of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Raisons, dark chocolate, bakers dough, tad of espresso, bit of cinnamon granola. Overall, aromas are reminiscent of a what you'd find in a bakery.

T: Quite a luscious brew from start to finish. Flavor profile is similar to Coca-Cola, if you ask me. Bit of maple, coco, cinnamon, bit of oat and vanilla.

M: From a growler: carbonation was low to moderate, while feel is slick yet slightly velvety from the incorporation of the oats.

D: Dangerously smooth. Alcohol is masked well by the sweetness of the beer, which presents itself nicely. This one just goes down way too easy. Best I've had from Brooklyn.

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Photo of SERowe
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I encountered the "Cookie Jar" at MacGregor's in Henrietta, NY. Prior to my visit, I checked the web-site to see what was pouring. Being a huge cookie monster, this caught my eye. I asked for a sample, then had to have a full pint. Nice! I don't know that I would have pegged it as a porter. Maybe a Xmas seasonal. It is very similar to Anchor Christmas in my mind - which is definitely a good thing!! Lots going on in there; many flavors competing for your attention. I usually stay away from "bigger" beers (ABV > 6.5) but this one made me look the other way. Very dark with a nice tan head, smells great, loads of flavor... It's all good. Again, I think the "porter" label is mis-leading and might cause people to miss it entirely. I enjoyed the hell out of this one!! Cheers!

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of beer2day
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pour into a snifter glass. No head and no lacing at all. Great color, though.

Chocolate malt and mild anise dominate the weakish nose.

Very, very sweet hit. Again, chocolate roast malt and weak anise combine to give this beer an outstanding flavor. Thick anise finish. A ton of malt present here.

Very doughy feel. Not bready, more like cookie dough. Very nice and balances the flavor profile extremely well.

I'd get this one again, but I'm full. Very thick glass.

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Photo of Axic10
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ironbike1
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown almost black color. Light tan head that fades very quick. Smell is of cookies and a hint of chocolate. taste is very smooth and sweet without being overpowering. The warmer it gets the more the flavor pops out. If this was a bottle release I would drink a couple of these in a sitting. very clean and delicous porter.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Smokin' With Chris in Southington

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep black in color. Nice size tan head sits atop this black beauty. Lacing around the glass is excellent and leaves thin wisps all around the glass.

Smell: Up front I get alot of oatmeal and a touch of chocolate as it warms up. Caramel and a bit of alcohol are nicely presented. Hops are here in the nose yet very reserved. Subtle amounts of malt spice are here as well.

Taste: As soon as my tongue hit this beer I begin to taste that "cookie" element. A deep oatmeal cookie dipped in small amounts of chocate covered with macadamea nut and some brown sugar. Caramel and toffee elements sneak in and leave a sweetness on the palate. Very well replicated!

Mouthfeel: Slick and chewy on the tongue, perfect amount of carbonation. The hops leave a slightly bitter feel. Just the right amount of thickness.

Drinkability: Overall I was very pleased with this offering from Brooklyn, cookies and beer are a perfect pair and when a beer tastes like cookies, it's even better! Let this one warm up, Chris from Smokin With Chris put my glass on top of his oven to warm it up and the chocolate just burst out of the glass! An excellent beer overall!

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Photo of Andreji
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cookie jar was a tempting offer to try directly at the brewery and was my first (and last, I drank 5 beers in total) last evening.

The pour is thick, brownish with a small head (they poured it small for all it's worth). obviously you subconsciously associate the looks with cookie dough or something. but it looks more like brownie dough.

Smell is somewhere between sweet burnt caramel and some hops climbing around in there. it isn't blunt, makes you have to dig deep.

Taste is fantastic. it's oily and smooth, sweet throughout- sort of syrup-like sweetness, the malts are clearly defined, very aromatised. Alcohol is not hidden at all but it feels like the alcohol you'd get from one of those wedding cakes....sweet and in the background. still not overwhelming and the body is thick but adequate for these cold winter days in NYC

This was probably the best beer of the night, although brooklyn had a few to compete.

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Photo of tempest
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-cask at the Whole Foods/Cigar City 1st Ever Cask Ale Tasting.

A - This brew is black as Johnny Cash's wardrobe. Not much head, but it is on cask so that isn't unusual; and yet the brew is certainly far from still.

S - The aroma can be described as distinctly desert-like; strong vanilla and chocolate overtones are so evocative of baked treats that it is hard to remember this is a beer we are talking about.

T - Very delicious shortbread and chocolate fondue flavor are immediately and ceaselessly apparent; this brew is not as simple as a plain-old cookie, this is much more rich and elegant. The more I taste it, the less cookie or brownie I detect, and so the comparison to rich shortbread and perhaps a hazelnut- or Frangelico-laced chocolate fondue are quite succinct.

M - Fairly full-bodied, and despite being on cask, it still had plenty of effervescence.

D - A delectable brew, though I'm not sure how many of these I'd want to drink. Still, you've got to hand it to Garrett Oliver, he is quite the epicurean.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a tumbler at Dark Lord Day 2010.

Ah, guys, see, this is why I was happy to see you made it: 'cause there's no way I was gonna be able to get in line for the guest taps while stuck in the food line. Anyway, this stuff pours a nearly impenetrable black-brown topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises cocoa, light roasted malts, vanilla bean, clove, allspice, a hint of coffee, and brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with the roast taking a slightly large role and some pumpernickel showing up for good measure. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, the highlight of the guest taps (from what we sampled, anyway).

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Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at the Churchkey in Washington, DC tonight.

a - Poured a dark brown with a small amount of carbonation and 1-2 fingers of head that did not last very long.

s - Smells strong of vanilla and oat, as well as bread.

t - Tastes a lot like the smell. At first tastes of bread, followed by an aftertaste of vanilla and oat.

m - Medium bodied and very little carbonation, this porter felt very smooth.

d - Overall I enjoyed this porter quite a bit. I really liked the vanilla/oat after taste and thought it was quite smooth. Glad I go to experience this.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this one at the Publick House in Brookline, Ma.

A - Pours a very dark brown/black with a tan head which dissipated fairly quickly.

S - Smells great, like raisins and cinnamon.

T - Tastes just like an oatmeal cookie. Fantastic job bringing the concept to life. Raisin and cinnamon flavors are followed by a biscuitty, oat like tones. Great job of masking the alcohol.

M - Very smooth. A bit lighter in body than I anticipated, although the carbonation level helps alleviate this.

D - Well I ordered one while waiting for a table. I ordered one at dinner. And then I ordered another one while waiting for the credit card scanner to work. Considering this is at a bar with one of the best beer selections in Boston, I would say drinkability level is pretty high. Very hyped beer that delivers.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Looked good poured into an american pint glass. Poured a fairly dark brown color. Not quite black. A touch of light gets through.

S: Does smell a little like an oatmeal cookie. Some raisins, oats, cinnimon. clove. Molasses. Little bit of chocolate. All the elements are there but something was missing to hold it all together.

T: Just like the nose. There was so much going on in this beer but it just never came together. It was a really good beer. Little bit of butter in the middle as well. Some sips would taste like a cookie other times you would get the seperate elements. Little vanilla came through in the finish.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Creamy. If I had to hate on something it would be that it was a little thin.

D: An excellent beer. Definately glad I got to try this one. If you want a beer that tastes like an oatmeal cookie I would recommend Cold Mountain Ale. Another interesting Brewmaster's Reserve.

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Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of UA8
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark coffee brown with a thinish light brown head.

S- Big notes of brown sugar, molasses, cafe au lait, chocolate, oatmeal.

T- Taste mimics the flavors with the notes being just a touch on the lighter side.

M- Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Very drinkable with a nice balanced flavor.

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery's Cookie Jar Porter pours as black as a nightmare with a thin brown head.  Aromas of molasses, & brown sugar hit the nose.  In the mouth it feels very thin.  On the tongue I get flavors of plum, molasses, and cinnamon, with a hint of nutmeg.  These flavors linger with a slight tartness that is refreshing.  An excellent beer, should go well with the Steak Pannino at Rattle-n-Hum in NYC

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Photo of Jesstyr
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I read the above description from Brooklyn before drinking this one - and I think they accomplished their goal of creating a "cookie" beer. I found this one at Ginger Man in South Norwalk and served in a pils glass.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with slight brownish head. Head dissipates quickly, but laces very nicely. Smell is where this beer wins - you have to smell the cookies in this, and definitely smoked malts. If they could somehow get the fresh baked cookie smell - then this would be a 5.

This doesn't quite taste as good as it smells, but its pretty darn good. Definitely tastes of smoked malt, but definitely lacks some of the cookie sweetness. Generally though this is a good brew, with some subtle whiskey tones, and a little bit of coffee. Nice medium-heavy body, that settles nicely. Very drinkable, and my last sip was better than my first here - which is always a welcome plus.

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Cookie Jar Porter from Brooklyn Brewery
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