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.
blipp (4782) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a thin tan head. Roast malt and oats in the aroma, with a solid amount of sweetness as well. The flavor brings roasted malts, oats, vanilla, ginger and a caramel/honey like sweetness. I liked it.
tgncc (2287) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler. Pours deep brown/black, very small, almost non-existent tan head. The aroma is oatmeal, vanilla, brown sugar. The flavor is vanilla extract, brown sugar, oatmeal, light chocolate malt. The finish is vanilla, light booze. Wierd. Very watery, especially for a porter. thin/medium body. Once again, an good idea whose execution is wanting. (Although, I would try this again if Brooklyn bottled it.)
TeamTrappist (817) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at browerij lane. Poured a flat looking jet black with a super thin beige head. Big full sweet nose. I smell vanilla, almonds, and a bit of the Booze. Almost smells like marzapan. Fairly thin mouthful with light carbonation. This is very very sweet. Maybe too sweet for my palate, but I’m guessing hhe sweetness is intentional. I guess its oatmeal raisin. Definitely tasting vanilla and almonds with a pretty big kick of the abv. There are some complex malt notes in the finish that balance out the sweetness. Interesting and pretty good.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First rate, woot! Had this today at Max’s on draft. Thick body with a super sugary smell and flavor. Flavor was all caramel malts with some chocolate and extremely low hop profile. Very dark, but not on the palate. Vanilla vanilla vanilla. It’s everywhere. There really is a large amount of cookie dough in the flavors. A good brew, but wish I could have it in bottle ;-)
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