Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Reviews by Hopswagger:
Photo of Hopswagger
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: A pillow top of tan micro bubble head that sits on top of a deep mahogany body. Settles to a thin film that gently grasps the edge.

S: Sweet figs, candied malt, pineapple, nutmeg, old apple rind, woody hops and topped with cinnamon stix. Wood aged bourbon sneaks in as it warms.

T/M: Taste is more mellow than the nose. Musty, figs, roasted caramel, spiced apple peels, touches of potpourri, and wood. Booze is subtle and hard to find and the warming is very mild. Feel is cola-like and finishes semi dry.

O: Bah Humbug! As far as winter warmers go this was nothing spectacular. Easy drinking and a good tasting beer overall but lacked the warm booziness I expected. I could see knocking out a six pack fairly quick.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber with an ample creamy looking head that left sheets of lace as it settled,aroams are pretty subtle I picked up some cherry and cinnamon mainly but not real strong.This warmer has some complexities that make me give it higher taste ratings although they dont blow your mind,holiday spice cinnamon nutmeg maybe a touch of clove and dark fruit over top a bready-like elemant I really liked the somewhat earthy dryer finish .A tad thin I think I was hoping for something robust but its quaffable for a winter seasonal.Like I said there is some complexities but the beer is pretty subtle,not bad.

Photo of RoyalT
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Mostly brown in color with an orangish hue and very clear. The head was big and foamy and a little tan.

Smell – Thick, musty malt aroma with the promise of sugar and hops. There’s also a very heavy spice in there that I can’t identify.

Taste – The unidentifiable spice from the nose shows up big time at the taste. It’s maybe a cross between very dark chocolate and molasses. There’s a hop balance here for show, but the dark malt leads the way.

Mouthfeel – This felt a little clumsy in the mouth. It’s only medium-bodied, but there’s a small refreshing dryness that helps things along.

Drinkability – This went down well enough, but it simply can’t keep pace with the many other good examples found in this category.

Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ebeneezer Ale poured a dark mahogany with a good light tan head made up of medium sized bubbles that quickly went down to a thin layer. It has a nice, complex aroma of malts, spices with some fruitiness and alcohol. The initial taste is malts with some sweet, yet tart, fruitiness. It has a nice hop finish with a kind of mediciney aftertaste. The tastes mellowed out and balanced better as I drank more and it warmed up.

Photo of BigE90
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drink this one right out of the bottle as it is one of my favorite winter warmers, right next to Jubelale. I was able to score another 6 pack of this years batch before it is replaced by all the spring beers.

A great deep mahogany color (from previous pours into the glass) this should have some flavor to it when you look at it and it does.

Smell's of fruit and hops.

Taste is very appealing to me, you know you are drinking a winter beer, full of spice and flavor with a clean hops finish. A bit bold at first but fades quickly with no real aftertaste or lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, again you know you are drinking a great medium body beer, not to light nor to dark. Great for pounding back a 6 pack in an evening if need be.

Overall I rate high as I go back and forth between this and Jubelale as my winter refreshment. This is just a little lighter than Jubel so depending on how I feel, it hits the spot!

Photo of Thrasher
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark ruby, amber-tinted beer. The aroma and first sip are very herbal, with some light spiciness, and a sprucey hop bitterness. Malts slowly assert themselves to be sweet, toffeeish and dominant. I'm not sure what, if any, spices were used here but there does seem to be an overwhelming herbalness. This may be solely from the hops. Over time, the malts stretch themselves out and really carry the beer. Mouthfeel is decidedly unsticky which is welcome for such a sweet, malty beer. I didn't particularly like it at first, but over the course of the pint it really sank its claws into me and at the end I wanted another. This may be due to its excellent aftertaste.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out, a sturdy brown color, with good clarity for how dark it is. Cream colored head. Aroma was mostly muted, nutty if you look for it. No alcohol heat, nothing warming sensed yet.

Nutty, decent hopping, substantial bitter sting, mild warmth, can't tell whether its exacerbated by the bitterness being high or not. Its a decent beer, but I don't know what makes this a winter warmer as opposed to say a PacNW brown ale (read: hoppier). Usually, when one mentions the word aftertaste, its usually a negative connotation, but here, there is no aftertaste, and its a disappointment, because there wasn't much taste frankly. Didn't pick up any spice notes either. Really, the only flavor left was the metallic bitterness that is too high for this style (or any pretty much) of beer.

I dunno, if malty beers without much flavor behind them are your thing, then I would recommend. At least there are no off flavors really.

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured clear, red-amber in color, and topped by a very good head.
Malty and very lightly spicy (perhaps just from hops). Some chocolate appears by the finish, and is quickly joined by a hint of coffee. Aftertaste is dominated by dark roasted malts.

O: decent but unexceptional brown ale.

Photo of OStrungT
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown, with a red tint to it. The head is tan. It fades slowly leaving very few laces. It smells slightly fruity. It also has a slightly spicy aroma. There is not much to the aroma. I think the only thing I can put a name to is a slight grape like aroma. I can not detect any hop presence. It has a nice toasted malt taste. I can taste grapes slightly. As with the arome, I taste no hops at all. It has a very slight cinnimon taste, but not much. This beer is sort of lacking on flavor and aroma. Perhaps some more hops and some spices would help. This beer goes down smooth. It is carbonated well. It leaves a sweet taste on my palate. This beer would make a good session beer because it is low in alcohol, and the flavor is very non aggressive. I doubt I will try this one again.

Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a cloudy and particle filled reddish amber colored beer.

Light aroma of lightly roasted malts with some light darker spices.

An even taste consisting light caramel malts with light but darker spices.

A light dry aftertaste that brings some of the light caramel with it on this medium bodied affair.

A light caramel taste that brings with it a lot of extras that holds the caramel notes in check resulting in a pretty good beer.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nothing to get excited about, a little lacing of head around a caramel colored beer. Low levels of carbonation coming to the top.

Smell: Pleasant clean malt smell with some yeast.

Taste: This is where the "magic" happens for this beer. A sort of soft malt hits your tastebuds first followed by a zing effect, possibly from the high level of alcohol. Light aftertaste of peppermint, cinnamon, possibly ginger and sort of dry. On a second taste this beer has an interesting malt presence that comes at you first followed by this crazy "second meeting" of flavors that makes this beer interesting and complex.

Drinkability: I could have a couple of these in a night and not be upset. Not a perfect, all the time beer, but interesting enough every once in a while for an occasional drink.

Overall this beer has character. It is aptly named and a great addition to winter beers.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small head atop a dark slightly cloudy amber melts to thin lacing. Fairly typical for the style.
Aromas are Tasted amber malt and cherries along with a touch of cocoa powder.
Taste follows the aroma...sweet toasted malt gives way to lightly bitter cherry and some cocoa on the end. Very nicely balanced combination of complex flavors. Also nicely subtle and nothing is 'in your face' or overpowering.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full.
Aftertaste of chocolate covered cherries....not candied cherries...REAL cherries.
Nice warming alcohol afterwards as you savor the last sip.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a brownish amber with an off-white, finger width head with average retention. Virtually no lace.

Smell - Faint notes of raisin and caramel. Really subtle, even after warming.

Taste - Nearly as weak as the nose; faint roasted malts evoking a hint of mocha, a bit of raisin.. and that's basically it. Not a lot on the back end. A shame.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with fair carbonation. Smooth in the very least.

Overall - Pretty disappointing. No brew date, but Total Wine does a pretty good job of selling out their seasonals, so I gotta think this is fresh. I just don't see any appeal in this beer, absolutely no depth or complexity with this winter warmer.

Photo of jmarcot
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a sparkling, foamy, robust head. Aroma is crisp, delicate, yet inviting and familiar - malty with the slightest piney hint. Color was a deep, barely translucent mahogany brown. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, but smooth with ample, yet delicate carbonation. I was expecting the flavor to be a torrent of clichéd malts, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a slowly developing medium bodied dry flavor, with mere hints of roasted malts and an oakey depth.

Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: ruby-brown in color, rather creamy head and strings of lacing

S: roasted malts, caramel, and spiced hops

T: nice malty sweetness, hops give polite spicy character. A tinge of orange peels, cherries and ever-so-soft cloves/cinnamon. Not sure where the hops went after a few sips...weak. Prominent malts and few holiday spices

M: nice mild to hefty body and medium carbonation. Kind of a wry finish. The taste vanishes kind of quickly and something thin and watery about the follow up

D: kind of regular winter warmer, nothing really stands out. Of the "garden variety" as they say

Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby-garnet ... almost to the point of opacity. This beer is dark, alluring, and mesmerizing. The thick creamy three finger head shows outstanding retention, and leaves a shitload of really nice creamy arcs of lace around the glass. This is one of the contenders for best head retention out there. Ten, fifteen, twenty minutes later, that head is still standing strong, and tons of lace starts to crust and dry all over the glass.

S - Fruitcake, almonds, and hops. Candied orange wedges (the gooey kind that are crusted with sugar), maraschino cherries in their syrupy sauce, dark chocolate covered cherries, sweet citrus hops, and a "whisper of cinnamon" (to quote Niles Crane). A deep brown sugar and butter on a hot mashed sweet potato is there in shocking authenticity.

T - Much like the nose, there is much brown-sugar and cinnamon here, but it plays second fiddle to a hop profile that we who are not fortunate enough to live on the west coast would attribute to an IPA. Some sweet fruity molasses notes do provide their share of malt, but the label blurb lead me to believe that this would be a malt bomb... and boy was I wrong! If anything, this is more related to Schlafly's Christmas ale or SN Celebration than a British malt bomb as the Ebenezer character would lead to to believe. Good stuff for sure, but a little less hoppage would be more appropriate here.

M - Medium in body, aggressively carbonated, and hoppy as hell. A bit foamy in the mouth, this finishes flabby and bitter with hops.

D - From this review, one might thin, that I don't love hops. Well, I do love hops. In fact several of my all time favorite brews are DIPA's and IPA's. It's just that, well, sometimes hops just aren't called for. This brew has some nice and complex fruitcake, cherry, and cinnamon notes going for it, but the hops come in and decimate any delicate wintery flavors that I noticed in the nose. I love having my palate destroyed with hop power, but not when I'm trying to concentrate on the wonderful, but more delicate notes that can't stand up to the almighty hop. All in all, this is a fine brew... i just think it could have been slightly better. A near miss of top tier beer IMO

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this bottle in the back of my mini beer fridge, all but forgotten. Brought back from Lake Havasu City, AZ over Spring Break. A random find at a wine shop, along with a bomber of Stone IPA. A little out of season I suppose.

Pours a dark garnet with a finger or two of cappucino froth on top. Nose is a striking apricot potpurri and peach schnapps. Taste continues with the schnapps, buttressed by christmas cookie spice and caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thin for a winter warmer, but welcome on a hot day like today. An interesting warmer here, smells delicious, tasted pretty good. Not overboard on the cinnamon and nutmeg like most in the style. Perhaps the age did this old man well.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a cellared bottle, aged for roughly one year, and enjoyed at cellar temperature.
A dark mahogany body reveals cherry-stained highlights when held to the light; and it's creamy off-white head holds quite well and leaves some nice splashes of lace at the outset of the glass. Some vinous and cherry-like notes greet you in the nose, followed by a waft of chocolate and caramel. Overall, the aroma is somewhat restrained, but what's there is very nice. In the mouth it's medium-full bodied and creamy with a moderate, natural carbonation. The flavor, not unlike the aroma, is somewhat limited as well. The notes of cherry remain (they're not sweet, but still cherry-like), and the delicate cocoa flavor is there as well; but overall it's very restrained. Some alcohol is present but it's unobtrusive; and some leafy hops emerge in the dry finish. As a fan of English-style beers I can say that this makes a decent pint, but I'd imagine most American beer lovers will be left looking for more.

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a garnet color with amber highlights when held up to the light, topped by a finger's worth of creamy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet, biscuity malt, with a mild smoky character and a hint of fruity hops, with a touch of plum.
Palate is mostly bready malt up front, with a bit of dark fruit as an accent (plum, maybe some currant). A mild, fruity hop profile emerges before the swallow and serves to balance the sweetness of the malt. A nice, lingering bready flavor hangs around on the finish, along with a very mild astringency.
Body is smooth, full but not particularly rich. This is fine, as a rich body would overwhelm the relatively mild flavors of this winter ale. The mildness contributes to this being a particularly sessionable winter ale. Not the most interesting of the winter offerings from Oregon breweries, but it is one of the most consistently enjoyable winter ales around.

Photo of Clamwacker
4.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BridgePort isn't my favorite brewery by any means, but each year I anxiously await Ebenezer Ale, it is my own personal benchmark for what a winter warmer should be.

The appearance is darkish red, and a bit cloudy since it is bottle conditioned, but as a homebrewer I celebrate this (and I hate to think of the fate of those poor yeasties in filtered beer anyway. Hefeweizen is my favorite style, so that gives you an idea). The head is fairly light tan and produces nice, even lacing, but it retreats to the edges of the glass quickly.

The smell is one of my favorite parts: this is what a winter warmer should smell like. Fresh malt aroma with the tiniest hint of aromatic hops, and a delicate spicy note to balance it.

The taste is as close to perfect as I can imagine for this style. It is well balanced, the spices do not dominate, and the hops, while present, are not asserting themselves in any way. Despite the relatively high ABV, there is only a slight trace of alcohol warmth, and it blends very well with the smell.

As for drinkability, it is still pretty strong, so I prefer to sip this one slowly, preferably in a cognac-style glass so my hand warms it as I go. The first cold sip is very nice, but by the last few sips the beer has warmed and the malt really begins to stand out. Of course, this is always best followed by a cold sip from the next bottle!

Overall, it doesn't get much better than this for an Oregon winter warmer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a thin head with no lacing and a hazy, copper colored body.
The aroma is only the faint smell of hay. A bit of a disappointment.
It tastes like yeast, a barnyard, grain and with a mild bitterness.
Low carbonation and medium body.
A fair enough beer but lacking in the appearance and smell areas.

Photo of russpowell
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After a 2 year break form this, I decided to give it another go (only because Lukas had singles)

Pours reddish chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Average lacing & head retention

S: A bit of candy sugar & some caramel as this warmed up

T: Cherries & brown sugar dryness up front. Slight chocolate notes, Some more cherry, dates & maybe apricot as this warms. Finishes dry with a bit of cherry & leather & apple skins, weird??!

MF: Light/medium bodied & a bit over carbonated

Drinks okay, just not much going here as winter warmers go. All & all I'd say this is the most mediocre winter warmer I've ever had.

Photo of hdelavega
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brownish red with two fingers of light tan almost off white head, pretty decent lacing.
The nose is pretty mild, a little fruit and some spice.
The taste is more spice forward, I'm having a hard time putting my finger on it but I do get a little cinnamon, there are also some medicinal flavors in there.
Medium carbonation medium body.
Overall not that bad but nothing I'd go looking for. I do suppose this is a very aproachable winter warmer.

Photo of bum732
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: X-mas spices, some spruce, clove/nutmeg/ginger, lots of cinnamon sweetness, almost like fresh baked snickerdoodles.

L: Slight amber-orange, light tan head.

T: Slightly fruity sweet, caramel malt with a herbal slightly spicy finish. Low bitterness leading to slight spicy dryness with just a touch of roast.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel for the style, low carbonation.

Nose on this is fantastic, screams of Christmas. Unfortunately, the taste doesn't match the aroma. The mouthfeel was also surprisingly thin, this beer should be bigger. Not bad though.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with good carbonation. The head is tall, brown and leave some lace.

The smell is good, the malt has a strong aroma of toast and brown sugar, with a bit of spice, but not much and for me that is great.

The taste is very good for the style Winter warmers are usually way over spiced for me. The malt is great, caramel and brown sugar, just a hint of spice and a very good balancing hopy finish.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and a good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good a must try brew. Prosit, MK

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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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