Cookie Jar Porter | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kasper on 01-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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2.56/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 2/24/2010. Growler from Bellport Beer & Soda. Pours black with a scant rim of tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, shoe polish, raisin, and booze. I don't like the aroma of this one at all -- very odd notes in here. Flavor of sweet sweet, sugary raisin and doughy malt. Yuck. A sugary sweet, boozy mess that is no where reminiscent of an oatmeal raisin cookie. An interesting premise but not executed as well as I'd liked.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, it looked like a porter. That's for sure.

But it didn't smell or taste like any cookie I ever had. It smelled like cheap flavored coffee.

It tasted like someone snuck a dash of Kahlua and/or Amaretto into an otherwise thin bodied and lightly roast flavored porter.

I was bummed, my girl was bummed. We may have been perhaps the first kids to ever try to sneak a cookie back into the jar.

The both of us together could not finish an eight oz. goblet. Did you see the write up? Raisins, brown sugar, and honey - that's what messed this beer all up - forget the vanilla bean and "subtle dash of spice." Blech.

They should have left out 1-3 of the special ingredients.

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Photo of corby112
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color when held to a light source and a one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly spicy aroma with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar which is odd considering how dark this beer is. Very subtle roasted maltiness with hints of dark fruit and sweet alcohol. It doesn't really smell like a pastry or oatmeal cookie but there is a lot going on here.

Very spicy medium body that is a bit thinner than I expected or hoped for. Intensely spicy with lots of cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar. The dark roasted malt notes are overtaken a bit by this but there is still a decent chocolate malt and dark fruit presence. I'm picking up a bit of the raisin but this beer is really hot with a subtle bourbon presence that doesn't make it feel much like a desert beer.

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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Issac Newton's in Newtown, PA. Poured from tap to pint glass. Very dark brownish color...but no light shines through. No head at all...and absolutely no lacing. Overall, just a pretty average looking beer so far.

Aroma is very mild. A slight bit of cookie dough. Mild sweetness, no booze in the nose. That's about it.

Flavor is way to masked by carbonation at served temp. Barely taste any of the sweetness I've been reading about from other reviews. I had to let this one sit for quite some time, about 30 minutes to give a better review...
Wow, even after the carbonation gives up a little, this isn't anything exciting. There's a little more of a late hint now of the cookie dough I smelled in the aroma. The aftertaste is really the best thing about this beer. Theres a decent solid sweetness long after the beer is consumed. Overall, not impressed...pretty average(and that surprises me, because I generally LOVE Brooklyn brewery beers).

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3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
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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3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into snifter at Tyler Taproom - way too cold.

2F of tan head over seemingly black body. Decent retention but no lacing.

Aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, and Baileys liquer as it warmed.

Woah, so much thinner than expected on the palate. Aromas come through but are trumped by a tangy, thin, watery mouthfeel. Some cherry fruit, and a touch of roasted, bitter hop profile in the finish, but not what I'd expect from Brooklyn.

Drinkability is ok, but not great for the style.

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3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Smokin Joe's on 3/20/10

A-the beer is a dark black color that seems to be opaque. the head is thick and has a khaki color. a small amount of lacing coats the glass.

S-the nose is very faint and brings a grainy aroma with hints of cinnamon and a touch of peppery spice. The back end has a light hop presence with notes of grassy herbal hops and a splash of vanilla.

T-the taste is also light and what is there is sweet. hints of cinnamon and spice similar to that of a winter warmer, a light touch of vanilla and some milk chocolate. dark cherries and ripe plum add a sweetness in the back.

M-it has a medium body and is very smooth and creamy on the palate. there is a good amount of carbonation to help the thinner body and gives it a crisp finish. it is somewhat dry on the back of the mouth.

D-this is a pretty interesting beer and seems to be tasty. it mirrors a winter warmer more so than a good porter but the dark fruits in the back with the spice and vanilla up front are certainly nice. everything was a little light in this beer and you would never know it had so much alcohol.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Poured two shades shy of black with a quarter inch, loose, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated into a skim and then a thin band. Some strands of lacing, but weak legs. Not much to the nose - some malt, maybe a hint of licorice and a slightly tangy quality. Taste is a little strange - muted oatmeal cookies, raisins, brown sugar, brewer's licorice and a little of that tangy character appears again at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a mild carbonation. I have to say that I was a bit let-down, based on the description. One was enough.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a becker glass, showing a jet black brew with a thin film of dark brown bubbles atop the liquid. Spotty lacing was left around the glass, and a swirl quickly reproduced this head. No sediment was noted, and the carbonation appeared to be average. The aroma smelled initially of rum and raisons. As we continued to sniff, we noticed a distinct vinegar bite balanced by a cola sweetness. Oatmeal malts and roasted chocolate came through later in the aroma, and with warmth, vanilla extract was noticeable. As we sipped, our first impression was how sour this beer was!! Immediately upon sipping the liquid a lemon-lime sourness crashed in. This sourness became more lactic as the beer warmed. Once the initial shock of the lemon-lime wore off, notes of sweeter cooling vanilla and pumpernickel bread became noticeable. The beer peaked with sour grain and notes of heavy creamer. The end was of distinct powdery baking flour, sugariness and more of that lemon-lime taste; it almost tasted like a flash of Gatorade. These notes were accompanied by chocolate sweetness from the malts, and raw cocoa. The aftertaste breathed of boozy rum, raisons, figs, and chalky malts. Throughout the glass, the beer had a distinct vinegar-like taste, which added to the lactic acidity that was first noticed. The body was medium, and the carbonation was light. There was excellent slurp and cream. Even though the mouth was initially coated, there was a light dryness that followed. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped easily.

Overall, our favorite thing about this one was the complex nose. It boasts a nice rum-raison profile. The curious lemon-lime flavoring throughout the beer, however, was peculiar, making the beer almost seem more like a sour, and less like a porter. This is an interesting twist on a classic style, but it just seemed to miss the mark.

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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A better than average porter from the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery. Lots of flavours going on here, roasted malts, raisins, brown sugar,honey, vanilla...all blending well together. Easy drinking, not a high alcohol brew (7.8%ABV), so enjoying 2 would be comforting!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear, nearly black body proves to be ruby when held up to light. One finger of fine light-brown foam dissipates fairly quickly into a light cap and ring. Good looking porter.

S: Lightly sweet malty aroma. Maybe some vanilla and raisins. Pleasant, but a little weak.

T: Fairly complex, sweet array of flavors - definitely lots of vanilla, as well as toasty chocolate malt, overripe raisins, and a honey-sweet finish. I suppose it tastes somewhat like an oatmeal cookie, but that just isn't what I want in my beer. The aftertaste seems decidedly artificial with its rather cloying sweetness.

M: Fairly thin body, light stickiness, and smooth carbonation.

D: Thin enough to slide down quickly (that's what she said), but too sweet to encourage fast drinking. I don't really want another.

Notes: Interesting, unique beer, but not one that I'll miss. At all.


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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Showed up at the Brooklyn Brewery and why would I not get this?

As soon as I put it to my nose, I got that cookie dough smell from it. The appearance was a rich darkness, although a bit hard to tell, standing in the dimly-lit social room of the brewery. The taste was of malty sweetness, and that cookie dough flavor really came out, but here was the twist: in my opinion, cookie dough (not cookies themselves) probably shouldn't be a beer. It leaves a very strange mouthfeel, like having too much splenda sugar - it numbs the sides and back of your tongue.

Unusual and worth a try, but nothing spectacular, in my opinion.

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Photo of John_M
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose on this beer is pretty attractive, with considerable coffee and chocolate. I don't really get much of a "cookie jar" flavor to this beer, until I tasted it. While this porter has some coffee and chocolate, undeniably, there is also a noticeable cookie dough flavor and texture to this beer as well. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, and the finish drops off pretty quickly. Alcohol is pretty well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile, but I'm just not digging the flavor enough to call this drinkable.

An OK beer, but probably not something I can see myself ordering again.

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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahar's in Albany. Poured to mug.

Brooklyn cookie jar porter

A. Dark black in color, one inch dirty brown head, tons of bubbles coming up inside glass.

S: malty but not sweet at all

T: smooth malty character, I'm not getting a ton of cookie per se but I like the oatmeal flavor and charcter.

M: smooth, medium bodied, mine is actually nicely carbed. It continues to draw thousands of bubbles up.

D: pretty nice beer and drinkable. I could do a few of these. Nice abv etc.

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Photo of Buebie
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big hanks to dmeadows for hooking me up with this growler.

The cap itself must have been welded on, filled all the way to the brim with beer. Poured rigorously producing an inch of brown head. Quickly receding, leaving a thin cap of retention.
Color is back with deep red hues glowing when held to light.

Aroma is off the charts, it does resemble oatmeal rasin cookies very well. Protein oaty aroma, spices, raisins, more dark fruit, plums, a light touch of boozy warmth, with just a light whiff of cinnamon. Some dark malty aroma with a touch of chocolate.

Mouthfeel is good, some creamyness to it with subdued carbonation, leaving this smooth as silk without too much thick overbearing weight.

Taste is filled with more dark chocolate grains, plenty of malt punch and mild amounts of what came forward more strongly in aroma. That being the spice, raisins, dark fruit and oats. Those are all somwhat dormant in flavor, still present, but not as forward in flavors as hopped.
A bit of alcohol warming, but just a little bit, enought to warm the esophogus. Its not hot or boozy, but just right.

Overall a solid offering, not what I was hopping it would be. I think this could have been much better. Its just lacking some depth to the fruit in flavor of raisins and could use a bit less bitter chocolate grain flavors. But again, overall a solid offering. Happy I got to drink this.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JW77 for the share.

A: Pours a nice darker shade of brown with a nice brown head.

S: Aromas of chocolate, candy sugar, raisin, and coffee.

T: I can see where they get the name. It is not a cookie but is does have some of the qualities. Chocolate syrup for sure, there is a real almost artifical sweetness to the beer. Hints of sweet dark fruit, light doughy bread, vanilla, and coffee.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation.

D: Good I think Cigar City's Oatmeal Raisin Cookie is better than this one, but they are both unique and pretty tasty.

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Cookie Jar Porter from Brooklyn Brewery
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