First up we had the Oatmeal Raisin Stout paired with Otterbein’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. This was a fairly typical stout, mildly sweet with little "oatness" to it. It finished somewhat dry without any bitterness. The oatmeal raison cookie accompaniment seemed to bring out a bit more sweetness from the beer.
We finished with the Roasted Peanut Brown Ale and Otterbein’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. I'm not a fan of peanut butter beers so was hesitant about a peanut brown ale. The peanut was noticeable in the aroma but was not all that apparent in the flavor. Interestingly though, after tasting the chocolate chip cookies, the roasted peanut flavor came out more. Otherwise, this was a typical, and quite enjoyable, brown ale.
Cookies and Beer. Seriously, how can you go wrong? This was an interesting, and tasty, collaboration by Flying Dog and Otterbein’s Bakery. Of them all, my favorite by far was the combination of Oak-Aged Hazelnut Scotch Ale and the Ginger Cookies. Since Colleen is a prolific cookie baker in her own right, perhaps we'll create some beer and cookie pairings of our own.