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 tpd975
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 WeedKing4
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Hopcat in Grand Rapids. Was expecting a bit more from this, but it was still the best porter I have had to date. But thats a small list. This poured a dark black (the bar was dark at this time anyways) The taste was of subtle dark fruity raisin. I didn't get the 'cookie' taste, but there was definately raisin in it. Very smooth and easy to drink for 7.8%. Not a bad beer overall, but can't help but be disappointed a little. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Seanibus
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd call this one a bit of a gimmick, which limits its appeal as a beer, but it is still an interesting experiment.

Pours deep black with thin off color head. Aroma slight with a whiff of vanilla. Flavor is rich, though, strong with vanilla, which gives it a milky, almost cocoa character. Not much malt really - that's hidden behind the vanilla. But is tasty and will perk up your interest. Mouthfeel is very light. The relatively high abv is well hidden.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.7/5  rDev -31.5%
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 glid02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 corby112
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
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 thequeen711
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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 SERowe
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Jesstyr
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
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 zerofear13
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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 thespaceman
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +7.9%
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 weeare138
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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 devilben02
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It seems wrong for a beer to remind me of growing up, but it seems that is what Brooklyn was going for with the Cookie Jar Porter. Of course, the look is decidedly adult, with the beer being largely an opaque mocha brown throughout with only a fringe of reddish light peeking around the edges. (Unfortunately, a "generous" pour from the bartender results in all beer and no head in the glass) The aroma, although not prominent, is also indicative of a nice porter with only a clean caramel malt sweetness coming through.

One taste, however, and I reminisce about grabbing fresh oatmeal cookies from a plate in the kitchen, one at a time, until the plate slowly clears over the course of an afternoon. The earthy oats and subtle raisin sweetness definitely paint a picture, and hints of brown sugar, vanilla, and spices (cinnamon, maybe ginger?) accent rather than overwhelm. Despite the name and ingredient list, the cookie flavor is certainly not over-the-top as if a pound of cookies was pulverized and steeped in each keg. Rather, the flavors create a soft blend that doesn't wear down the palate like an overly sweet beer can sometimes do. Along with the light and smooth texture, this one is pleasant and a bit intriguing to drink.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Poured real dark brown color.

smell - Oatmeal, cinnimon, molasses, some chocolate.

taste - Tasted more like a porter then oatmeal cookies. I can point them out but more porter taste here.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Pretty good beer to try, i just don't think that high of it. Brooklyn comes out with some good stuff. Glad they gave a try on this one.

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Photo of BTPete
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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 BeerBelcher
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the description of how this beer came to be and what it is intended to be, but unfortunately I didn't taste the story when I tried the beer. The beer came to be, headless, sporting a black-ish semi-opaque body, served in a pint glass. Aroma was that of an oatmeal stout, roasty with something added that could be construed as vaguely oaty. Flavor was not nearly as sweet as most oatmeal stouts, and not nearly as roasty as I would expect a porter to be. Sort of a meeting in the middle of the dry roastiness or a porter and the sweetness of an oatmeal stout. The oatmeal addition was notable, as this beer was quite smooth and definitely didn't betray its robust ABV. For something inspired by a cookie, it wasn't very sweet and the mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth and not sticky. I had this with a steak frite dinner, and while probably not the best pairing, I enjoyed both nonetheless.

I had this on-tap at Jeanro in Cincinnati. Beer service (temp, carbonation, etc) could have been better, but an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Now, if it REALLY captured the essence of those cookies, now that would be something....

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Photo of Lunch
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Bukowski's Tavernin Boston, MA during NotB and EBF 2010 into a goblet at the appropriate temperature (02/19/10).

A: Pours a dark and murky mahogany brown with two fingers of a list tan head with decent retention and minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is made up primarily of raisins and roasted malt. Some slight oats come through as well and hints of chocolate and cinnamon are there as well.

T: Wonderful raisiny taste with some oats, roasted, chocolate malt, and cinnamon. This is a solid porter, but I wish that the oats came through a little more in the taste as well as the aroma.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate and slightly creamy carbonation.

D: Certainly easy to drink and the 7.8% is hidden completely.

Overall I was glad to have stumbled upon this beer after reading several reviews and I must say that it is a nice porter and a great concept. I just wish the concept came through a bit more in the actually flavor profile and aroma. Recommended.

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Photo of TommyW
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a thin, tan head.

S- Some roasted malts, chocolate malt and a slight smell of cookie dough.

T- An undertone of roasted malt with notes of chocolate and cookie dough over top; slightly sweet with a lingering semi-sweet finish. A warming alcohol presence is also there.

M- Medium feel with a smooth carbonation.

D- An interesting porter; definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks Jim!

Pours a deep brown color with a small brown head that leaves some soapy slicks. Sweeter nose, gingerbread, brown sugar, raison and well, oatmeal cookies. Spicy and smooth, fruity yeast notes late on the finish. Delicious, light in body and very drinkable. I'd like to drink this one in larger quantities. A nice beer, very grateful to have tried this one.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 BostonBrewins
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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 jslot38
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken on Feb. 1st 2010: 2nd time I was able to have this. This time on tap at RFD. Its starting to grow on me.

No head to show of and a light tan lacing. Subtle aroma, mix of dark malts and brown malt stands out. Taste is rather unique. This beer really stands out like a sweet stout, and not a porter. Up front is your array of traditional stout flavors, but there is a lingering sweetness - a strong mix of vanilla, sugar, molasses and a touch of fruit (almost like jelly). Mouthfeel is spot on - the oats and risidual sweetness goes a long way to making this a smooth beer.

Overall, I'm happy I had this a second time - as the first time I wasn't really convinced. Well done and interesting, worth trying if you see it around.

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