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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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep copper with an off white head. Nose brings in some yeast, bread, oats, and a bit of brown sugar. Taste is mildly sweet with some dough, brown sugar, caramel, and a tad bit of roast. Feel is medium but a bit light and not quite chewy enough. Tastes good, but I prefer the CCB version.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of weeare138
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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Photo of cjgator3
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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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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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black color with a thin head.

Aroma is full of raisins and a slight hint of vanilla bean.

Taste is silky with raisins and vanilla bean showing through a bit. Great base porter.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering raisin mainly. A bit "hot" but otherwise, right texture. If you allow it time, pretty soon you can actually feel all of the flavors "click" into place.

A decent porter that attempts to capture the essence of an oatmeal raisin cookie in beer form. It succeeds.

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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 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 glid02
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
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 Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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

Review from notes on 2/4/10

A - deep dark brown, maroon hues, off white head. Light lacing. 4.0

S - Sugar cookies with chocolate and vanilla. Hint of dark chocolate and coffee too. 4.5

T - Lots of roasty and expresso flavor with vanilla and chocolate overtones. Bready too. 4.0

M - Rich and smooth, well carbonated. 4.0

D - Very good dessert beer. I wish they'd bottle this. 4.0

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Photo of tpd975
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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 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 david18
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz sample growler served in a standard pint glass.

Dark brown color with a small head that went away in a minute.
Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie with a hint of alcohol in the background.
Taste is very sweet, cookie dough, vanilla and brown sugar with a bit of heat from the alcohol on the finish.
Lighter side of medium bodied with a thin feel.
It's tasty but a little too sweet to have more than one.

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