Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale (O.R.C.A) by Aftershock brewing

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale (O.R.C.A) by Aftershock brewing is a 5.5% ABV Belgian Blonde Ale brewed with specialty grains.

Label:
This beer is one of it’s kind. Some people claim we’ve found a way to liquefy cookies. They can believe what they want. We say we’ve discovered how to make a beer that gets you reminiscing about days at grandma’s house, while still enjoying a fantastic brew. Specialty ales come, and specialty ales go; here’s one we think will remain as timeless as the cookie we all love.

==Introduction==

Obtained this one at www.craftshack.com. I could not find this in the places I looked locally so after being persuaded as to how tempting this beer looked, I decided to get it and bring it to the site. Even the description was very impressive that I really wanted to see if they really did manage to get the cookies in the beer’s flavors. There are many brewers who do you use actual cookies, doughnuts and even Chocolate Cereal as a steeping grain into their brews. For this one, it is a mystery but not today. Today we will see what this one is all about! Cheers!

Aromas:
Rich cookie notes, piloncillo sugar cone, cinnamon, Ginger bread, bananas, milk sugar, caramel, vanilla, allspice, maple syrup, dark fruit notes, pumpkin hints, crème brulee, cookie dough ice cream, carrot cake, anise, brown sugar and clove spice.

Flavors:
Cinnamon, Ginger snaps, ginger cookies, oatmeal cookies, dark fruit raisins, milk sugar, caramel, allspice, vanilla, pumpkin pie notes, bananas, anise, clove spice, coriander, citrus, butterscotch, biscuit bread, cinnamon roll, maple hints, sugar frosting hints, cane sugar, cookie dough ice cream, carrot cake and crème brulee.

Aftertaste:
Finishes with lots of malty, sugary, cinnamon and spicy cookie goodness along with some buttery notes. No alcohol in the taste, Amber clear to hazy body, smooth, creamy, and buttery mouthfeel along with an easy drinkability.

Overall:
Cookies, Cookies everywhere! God knows what they did and how they did it. They really somehow got the rich flavors of cookies into the beer. Not sure what was in the specialty grains but a perfect example of cookies galore. I am glad I was able to save some for my friend but I feel like I would get this one again for sure. Heck, for this being my first Aftershock beer, I wonder what else they got to offer. I highly recommend this one.

Anime Corner:
Snow Elf by RoninDude of Deviant art and an original cookie eating demon girl were used in this pairing as I felt colors of the label really complemented the color of the art works but also the fact that they are either eating cookies or drinking hot chocolate next to the cookies and the cookie beer was the best pairing. Perfect beer for this winter for sure.

Sources:
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Vanilla Oatis by Ninkasi Brewing

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Vanilla Oatis by Ninkasi Brewing is a 7.2% ABV Oatmeal Stout brewed with Vanilla Beans

Label: 
A delicious Oatmeal Stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts, oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkability, and whole vanilla beans for a rich complexity. To achieve this higher level of decadence, we added whole vanilla beans to the final stage of fermentation – the same process we use to dry hop a beer.
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Ninkasi brewing has been popping up in California really recently. They have been releasing some nice beers worth trying. So far, this is the second beer I try. I will pick up more as I can but so far everything is going pretty good.

Aromas are of Milk Chocolate, caramel, mocha, hints or raisins and dark fruits, earthy hops, oatmeal cookie notes, coffee, roasted barley and oats, pecans, dark cherry notes and walnuts

Flavors are of Vanilla, roasted oats, milk and dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, earthy hops, hints if dark cherry and raisins, notes of nutty pecans and and walnuts, caramel, mocha, roasted oats and notes of oatmeal cookies

The after taste is roasty and bitter with just enough vanilla beans to maintain and balanced finish. Moderate drinkability with no alcohol presence

Overall, the beer is very good. Without the Vanilla beans to keep everything in check, the roasted notes and earthy hops would most likely over power the beer. If not for the Vanilla, it be a decent stout but the vanilla beans just make it way more delicious. Worth trying once.

Anime Corner: This is Nia Teppelin from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan. In the show, she had not revealed her this true form to her friends and this was because this form (Anti-Spiral) of hers was hidden dormant until the second half of the series. In this form, she was brainwashed and had to do everything the anti-spiral threat told her to do including lead the world to destruction. The beer comparison is complemented not just the label to her colors in the artwork, but the Vanilla it self. Just like the vanilla is used to keep stuff in check for the rest of the roasted character of the beer, Her will and love (Vanilla) for the main character Simon, allowed her to break control of the anti-Spirals hold and regain her consciousness back keeping her self balanced and in full control. At that point, she went back to her friends to help fight off the anti-Spiral threat