Brewery: Aftershock Brewing Company
Beer: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Ale
Style: Spiced/Herbed Beer
Character: Brewed with flaked oats, raisins, and cinnamon.
Ratings: BA: 82 | Untappd: 3.82
Metal Connection: SKINLESS – Scum Cookie
BeerMetalDude Rating: 5/5
Alright BeerMetalDude viewers, I’ve said this before, and I will say it now, and again and again. This beer was sent to me by my California connection, my Boozin’ Brother, Jorge Espinoza of animebeers.com. I do believe just like other beers in my cellar, I’ve been holding onto this one a while. I remember seeing this label around the net, and thinking how bad I really wanted to try this beer. I am happy to have such a good friend in Jorge! Cheers, my man!
Of course, seeing this beer on beer store websites, and review sites meant that I was attracted to the label. The colors of this label really pop out, in my opinion. I like the gradient glow from light blue to purple. There is a watermark of the brewery logo in the background, behind an image of an oatmeal raisin cooking splashing into a pink cup full of milk. The name of the beer is draped across the label in large white letters. Very eye catching. Well, the team at Aftershock Brewing Company decided to go ahead and rid this beer of it’s colorful label and opted for a more generic mainstream looking one. I mean just look at this… As long as the beer remained the same. I guess that’s what really matters here.
Poured into a goblet style glass, this beer’s appearance was a murky or hazy reddish-brown color that was topped with a small 1/4 of an inch light tan foamy head. A thin layer stayed atop the beer throughout the session, leaving spotty lacing down the glass.
The aroma was exactly what the beer says it is, an oatmeal raisin cookie. Cinnamon, caramel, raisins, toasted oats, and a plethora of spices, giving this beer a nice harvest/fall like aroma, quite like a muted pumpkin beer, since there is no gourd involved in this beer. The lingering aroma was a blend of cinnamon, raisins, and oatmeal… yeah like the damned cookie!
Again, this beer delivered on it’s name when it comes to the taste. It was like biting right into a fucking oatmeal raisin cookie. The cinnamon was strong, hitting the palate first, giving this beer a snikerdoodle cookie taste up front, until the mixture of spices, caramel, toasted oats, and especially raisins showed up and rounded out the taste. The aftertaste, again was just like the actual cookie.
The body was leaning more towards the thicker side. The mouthfeel was smooth, almost creamy with a nice moderate carbonation. The finish was a bit thick and spicy, not hot, but spicy due to all the spices picked up in this beer’s flavor.
I have said it several times here, but holy fucking shit, does this beer really deliver on it’s promise of an oatmeal raisin cookie. Everything from this version of the beer label to the beer itself gets a 5/5 rating from me. I am very happy to have received this bottle, and I look forward to getting my hands on other beers by Aftershock. They seem to be making some good stuff over there in California.
Metal Connection: The year was 1995, and this relatively new Death Metal band, Skinless from New York released their second demo, Swollen Heaps. Back then, before all of this social media, YouTube and such, we used to actually write physical letters to each other, and each envelope used to be stuffed with advertisements for various bands, labels, distros, and zines. I purchased this demo, and was instantly a fan of this brutal band. Years later, in 1998, Skinless released their debut full length album, Progression Towards Evil on United Guttural Records.
On this record, the band used some of the funniest, and best intros ever. They remain classics, and unforgettable. The song chosen here, appropriately titled “Scum Cookie” has a great intro that is of Baby Oopsie Daisy from the 1992 Horror Comedy, Demonic Toys. The song is as funny as the intro. The lyrical theme here is about 5 guys and a cookie. Ha ha! Seriously! It dives right into the aged old classic game of circle jerking. Last one to jizz on the cookie has to eat the cookie all covered with spunk. Not my kind of cookie, by any means. I just love that I was able to find a fucking Metal song about a god damned cookie to pair it here with this beer review.
Skinless was, is, and always will be one of my favorite Death Metal bands. They were around when I was getting into the Underground scene, and remain active to this day. Their last album, Only the Ruthless Remain was released in 2015 on Relapse Records.