In college I would have married a pale ale if it was legally allowed.
Somewhere along the line, my palate evolved and I began to appreciate the distinct flavors of porters and stouts. It probably started with a Guinness here and there and recently when I discovered Du Claw's Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter I was in love.
When Baltimore's Full Tilt Brewery recently announced their Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout I made sure to find out what day it was arriving at my nearby liquor store, all but camping out like I was waiting for U2 concert tickets to go on sale.
Full Time co-owner Kevin Fertig worked with with DeBaufre Bakeries, the Baltimore company responsible for Berger Cookies since 1969. They estimated it took them nearly three dozen attempts to get the recipe right. The final recipe caled for 300 pounds of fudge, probably similar to the recipe for the famous diabetic coma causing Berger cookie.
While Full Tilt's Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout is quite possibly the most clever piece of marketing in Charm City beer history, it's flavor falls short of being anything even remotely memorable.
Full Time co-owner Kevin Fertig worked with with DeBaufre Bakeries, the Baltimore company responsible for Berger Cookies since 1969.
First things first.....the label is too busy, with too many different graphics to be eye catching. If I saw the bottle on the shelf I wouldn't even bother to stop and find out what it was. Nothing about the packaging jumps off the shelf.
After my first sip I immediately regretted buying an entire case. The flavor wasn't bad but it definitely didn't remind me of the famous cookies that I remember as a child. I didn't really get any hint of Berger cookie until the after taste.
Overall, Fult Tilt's Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout is a good winter beer but the taste doesn't resemble that of a Berger Cookie much, if at all. Maybe that's a good thing. Who knows. Craft beer drinkers should go into tasting the brew with a clear understanding of this fact. If they do they will realize it's a good beer from Baltimore's up and coming brewery scene. If not they will be disappointed like I was. Not because it is horrible but because it's hardly what we promised our taste buds.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5