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Cookie Jar Porter | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
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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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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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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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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Cookie Jar Porter from Brooklyn Brewery
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