Cookie Jar Porter | Brooklyn Brewery

98 Ratings

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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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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 scootny
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. I don't want the keg to run out at Whole Foods cause I have to get more. A deep dark brown with a thick full head and decent lace. Not quite opaque and clear with a gently active carbonation. Smell is vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malt and light caramel. There is a nice fruitiness that give a decidely english character. Taste is top shelf. A sweet floor malt backbone that was a signature of the Back Breaker flexes here in a darker roasted way. The vanilla and cinnamon combine with the oats and malt to really bring the cookie out and blend the caramel flavor with a brown bread and yeasty fruitiness. Light mocha moving to a latte' tinged coffee. Alcohol is a silent partner here. Hops are mild and somewhat earthy. Flowing into a butterscotch scone like biscuitiness. A dry floor malt lingering with a touch of mint. Feel is velvety with the carbonation turning the beer to cookies and cream. Super drinkable this one begs you to session it until the alcohol brings reality to your enthusiasm. The consolation is the flavor and feel reward a slower enjoyment of this masterful creation. Well one Brooklyn!

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Photo of ironbike1
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown almost black color. Light tan head that fades very quick. Smell is of cookies and a hint of chocolate. taste is very smooth and sweet without being overpowering. The warmer it gets the more the flavor pops out. If this was a bottle release I would drink a couple of these in a sitting. very clean and delicous porter.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 aerozeppl
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Looked good poured into an american pint glass. Poured a fairly dark brown color. Not quite black. A touch of light gets through.

S: Does smell a little like an oatmeal cookie. Some raisins, oats, cinnimon. clove. Molasses. Little bit of chocolate. All the elements are there but something was missing to hold it all together.

T: Just like the nose. There was so much going on in this beer but it just never came together. It was a really good beer. Little bit of butter in the middle as well. Some sips would taste like a cookie other times you would get the seperate elements. Little vanilla came through in the finish.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Creamy. If I had to hate on something it would be that it was a little thin.

D: An excellent beer. Definately glad I got to try this one. If you want a beer that tastes like an oatmeal cookie I would recommend Cold Mountain Ale. Another interesting Brewmaster's Reserve.

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Photo of UA8
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark coffee brown with a thinish light brown head.

S- Big notes of brown sugar, molasses, cafe au lait, chocolate, oatmeal.

T- Taste mimics the flavors with the notes being just a touch on the lighter side.

M- Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D- Very drinkable with a nice balanced flavor.

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Photo of Buebie
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of rhenning
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of dudecandle
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler into pint glass:

A: Black body with ruby highlights, good creamy head with good retention.

S: Raisins, oatmeal and chocolate, predominantly, with some subtle smoke.

T: Wow, this really tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie. It has that nice sweetness of an oatmeal stout, the dark fruit, very milky chocolate, and some smoke and brown sugar as well.

M: A bit on the thin side, but pleasant.

D: Brooklyn has done a wonderful job of blending two of the world's greatest consumable items: cookies and beer. The alcohol is unnoticed, while the oatmeal flavors add a great extra feature to the standard American porter, of which I'm usually not a fan. The smoke stands out a bit, but doesn't detract too much, and is definitely not overdone.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 erosier
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium bodied and thick off-white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and hints of vinous fruit at the end. Smells really intense for a porter.
T: Tastes of sweet chewy oatmeal, chocolate, some caramel, and a hint of raisin at the end. Really nice taste.
M: Very warming, smooth yet slightly chewy, perfect amount of carbonation, nice weight to it.
D: Very drinkable, this one was done in no time and I wished I had more, really nice beer. This is one that they should make more often.

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Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep black in color with a tan head that fades quickly into a creamy top.

Aromas of sweet and dark chocolates, some raisina, very malty aromas black fruits, and mollasess.

Hmmmm very good and odd at the same time. Almost grainy mouthfeel with raisin, chocolate, caramel, black currant, thick dark malts and a bit of warmth in the belly. Something overall seems out of balance.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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 NYCWheatFanSC
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black that only reveals itself as dark brown near the extreme edges when held to light. Small but robust off-tan head that stay for quite a while. Perhaps a slight hint undercarbonated.

S - Roasted malts are the most predominant, with a secondary aroma of something I just can't put my finger on. Hints of smoke, raisins, and brown sugar in the background. Not too overwhelming here.

T - Very similar to the nose. Roasted malts, raisins, oats, and brown sugar. Not much cookie flavor persay but all the ingredients are definitely there, just not too cohesive there.

M - OUTSTANDING! The smoothest, creamiest brew I have ever consumed, goes down like liquid silk.

D - I would come back to this one purely for the mouthfeel, never had anything like it. The taste and smell are nothing to spectacular, but my what oats can do to consistency!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Ineedabeerhere
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok so I've gotten a few different growlers from a couple different places and I've come to the conclusion that this is undercarbonated somewhat. It pours a shade or two from black and after a very aggressive pour some big tan bubbles struggle to form a head. No retention or lacing really.

I was really excited when I first read about this beer but it leaves a little to be desired. Nice subtle vanilla and brown sugar in the aroma and some vague sweetness (honey?). In the taste, it's overall very well balanced between the subtle spiciness, raisins (which are much more prominent than in the nose) and brown sugar. With so many ingredients, Brooklyn did a good job with them all coming into play and none of them are too assertive or dominating. No real roasty edge to this though, I guess it's a porter, but it's considerably sweet.

Part of the thing that let me down about this beer was the mouthfeel. It was toward the higher end of thin-bodied beers and just not substantial enough for a porter. The lack of carbonation hurt a bit here as well, though the oat's contributions were evident in the silkiness of it. For 7.8% this went down very easily and it's definitely worth tracking down at a bar for a pint.

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Photo of John_M
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of WorldWideStout
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Not the best lighting in Churchkey, but from what I could see it was a nice shade of darker brown, with a two-finger foam that soon dissipated.

S: Dark fruits, especially raisins, were about the only thing I could smell.

T: The first few moments of each sip is when it tasted most like an oatmeal raisin cookie to me. There was some oatmeal, but a malty sweetness as well. Then some dark fruits came in strong, with raisins leading the way. Towards the end, raisin continued to dominate with oatmeal bitterness as the backbone. There were also some notes of coffee with the oatmeal near the end as well.

M: Appropriate for the style, though I would have liked it to be a bit thicker and more chewy (like a cookie)!

D: No problems gettin' this one down.

Overall, a good, but not great beer. The transition from the initially sweet taste to the bitterness which grows throughout the sip was a bit jarring for me. I would have liked a little more sweetness throughout, but I'm glad I got to try this brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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 kasper
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an evil brown, or a few shade from black. Nice, inch-high mocha head that's both creamy and foamy when poured from a growler. Small patches of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Raisons, dark chocolate, bakers dough, tad of espresso, bit of cinnamon granola. Overall, aromas are reminiscent of a what you'd find in a bakery.

T: Quite a luscious brew from start to finish. Flavor profile is similar to Coca-Cola, if you ask me. Bit of maple, coco, cinnamon, bit of oat and vanilla.

M: From a growler: carbonation was low to moderate, while feel is slick yet slightly velvety from the incorporation of the oats.

D: Dangerously smooth. Alcohol is masked well by the sweetness of the beer, which presents itself nicely. This one just goes down way too easy. Best I've had from Brooklyn.

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Cookie Jar Porter from Brooklyn Brewery
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