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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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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 76
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.

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Photo of afksports
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying at the Blind Tiger waiting on some food. After a 2006 Old Herb barleywine, this one is hard to review. But not impossible. After all, it's basically an oatmeal raisin cookie.

Appearance is dark brown to black, without much head, and minimal lacing make this beer mildly appealing. The nose makes it sexy, absolutely full of raisins and malts. Taste is a bit less sexy, with overly sweet being the strongest characteristic. There's also a tart bite which seems misplaced because it's not really hoppy. A tad more water is present than other porters too.

Ultimately drinkable despite it's high abv, this is much more a beer for pairing than anything else. The mouth is smooth though, and begs for a cookie.

Off to find one.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -35%
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 Tilley4
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Blake at Chuck's for pointing out that they had this on tap...

Almost black into my new FFF pint (thanks again to Blake) with a slow but sure 1 finger head... Spotty lacing...

Dark roasted chocolate malt aromas dominate here... Perhaps a touch of spices found in an oatmeal cookie but mostly chocolate and a pretty fair amount of booze... Semi sweet aromas perhaps. Sort of like a regular porter but somehow different.

Dark chocolate and roasted maltiness are the main characters in this category as well although I am getting a slight cinnamony aspect but not quite as much as I thought... Good solid porter flavors here but I gotta say I'm getting some booze as well.. At 7.8% I can understand why... After a couple of pints of this, I'm slightly off kilter...this Cookie Jar has teeth!

A neat brew for sure... I'm not sure the high ABV did this one any favors though... Wish it wouldve been a couple percent lower and the creaminess was kicked up a touch... Still, a good beer and I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 beer2day
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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 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.

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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

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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.

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Photo of pandashaver
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Mahar's, Albany, NY.

I don't review my beers often, as I feel writing stuff down can take away from some of the enjoyment, but I felt compelled to for this one-time brew.

This beer was oil black, though somewhat translucent, and had a 1/2 inch off-white head that dissipated rapidly. The smell was subdued, though a roasty porter and sweet malt presence were there. This beer was tasty - I definitely characteristic porter enhanced by the other sweet and even sour/bitter flavors added to the recipe. It was very light on the palate, smooth as butter (from the oats?) and perhaps even a bit wattery, though it was not lacking. I just expected more of a "desserty" and filling mouthfeel. Drinkability was amazing - this beer hid the 7.8% until it was near gone, at which point i was feeling the British pint pretty substantially. All in all, Cookie Jar Porter was a good beer that I was happy to have had access to on this fine rainy night.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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 mgbickel
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass from a tap at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA.

The pour yielded very little head...just a razor thin layer of leather skin sits on top of the body. The body is thick and black...is this a glass of Coke syrup? Let's take a sniff to confirm...

Nope...it's beer! Sweet malts and vanilla hit the nose first. You can detect something roasty (coffee, maybe) in the background. The nose is pretty subdued...was hoping it would be bolder.

The flavors are similar to the nose. Some sweet malts and vanilla hints up front with some oats, chocolate and dark fruits (man...I hate saying that) present toward the finish. Like the nose, I was hoping for something to jump out and kick me, but no...

The mouth feel is medium-thick, creamy with little to no carbonation.

I was hoping for more from this offering. Not a bad beer, but the name had my sights set high. I would love to try this again.

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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.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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 kzoobrew
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy on tap at HopCats. The notes are a bit sparse in comparison to I would normally like to have for a review, but its better than nothing.

Poured a dark brown color just short of black. The lighting at the bar is not the best at night so this is a bit of a guessing game.

The aroma is surprising close to an oatmeal cookie. Loads of vanilla picked up. Smaller portions of raisins and cinnamon. Light oat aroma, a touch of molasses and the smallest hint of clove maybe..

The nose leaves a good indication of what is in store for the taste. Sweet sugar cookie malt and again a good helping of vanilla. I loved the vanilla in this beer. The raisins were definitely in play as well. The flavor lacks some of the roastiness some may expect from a porter but it does not hurt the beer.

Medium to just short of full mouthfeel. The texture was quite creamy.

I enjoyed this one a lot, would definitely drink a few in a sitting. If CJP were available in bottles I would definitely pick this one up from time to time. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cookie Jar Porter from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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