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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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Reviews: 246
Hads: 436
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
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: 246 | Hads: 436
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a slightly hazy lighter mahogany-brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a sweeter caramel and darker fruit smell of cherry and raisin. Along with these aromas comes notes of caramel and some spice is there as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter dark fruit flavor of cherry and raisin, just as the nose would have suggested. Along with these flavors are some lighter roasted malt tastes, which grow stronger and stronger to the end of the taste. The fruit while heaviest upfront, is later overtaken by a caramel and slightly bready taste. A hint of a boozy rum flavor and some spice flavors develop later in the profile, melding well with the sweeter caramel and fruit to leave a nice warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that was rather average. Overall the feel was rather good for the fruit, syrupy and warming tastes of the brew, although just a hint less carbonation may have been slightly better overall.

Overall – This was a very tasty brew overall, with a great drinkinability nice light warming feel and just enough spice to balance the sweet.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A moderate pour produces a one inch off-white head that proves pretty sticky. The beer is a medium copper color and slightly hazy with moderate carbonation.

I get a unique whiff of something in the aroma that I can't quite place, but it has a vegetal or medicinal quality. The flavor is pretty clean, with low bitterness and a lingering dry finish. Notes of caramel and a bit of a puckering twang, but not much. The body is fairly light for the style with a bit of effervescence on the tongue. A little alcohol warming as the beer progresses.

This is a fairly unique beer and quite unlike most winter warmers I've tried. The weird aroma is just a tad overbearing, but it drinks well overall.

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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.

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Photo of vkv822
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Pours a clear, deep mahogany red with a fairly large amount of fine sediment floating throughout. Foamy, fairly short lived, creme colored head.

Subtle blend of caramel malts with light accents of dark fruit and cocoa. Fairly faint spicy hop profile.

Medium body, foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A standard, yet well done Winter Warmer. Though there was nothing wrong with it I would have liked to have drank it when it was a bit more fresh.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to New Belgium Globe.

A: Clear reddish/brown body, decent head and lacing.

S: Bready malt and malt sugars, a decent backbone of sweetness accented by orange peel and light spices; faint nutmeg and allspice. Slightly toasted, with the suggestion of nuts.

T: Some more balancing hops make their presence known here, and again the citrus component is discernible. Bready malts, with faint caramel and brown sugar, and background spices.

MF: Lighter medium body, fairly balanced with sweetness and low bitterness.

O: A fairly decent drinker, this is a lighter winter warmer that doesn't go overboard on spices or other adjuncts. I had low expectations, and they were met.

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Photo of beergoot
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange-brown body with a decent head. Lightly roasted grain aroma; faint nuts. Warm, toasted grain flavors; roasted nuts; brown sugar; twinge of hop bitterness. Medium body; somewhat chewy; semi-dry finish.

Not as big and bold as some holiday ales yet a solid effort overall. The malt sugars are warm and inviting and cling to the palate, slowly dissolving and leaving a nice hop bitterness and slight brown sugar aftertaste. Perhaps not the epitome of a winter warmer, but tasty and inviting all the same.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a BevMo variety 8-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2013
Consumed: Jan. 10, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel brown semi-clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. Good amount of circular foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled brown sugar, caramel, toffee, roasted nuts and nutmeg. Some type of hops in there that balances the malts nicely, but couldn’t figure it out.
Tasted similar to the nose with brown sugar, toffee, caramel, nutmeg and roasty nuts. Very smooth.

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, somewhat warming finish.

A pretty decent beer. Not quite a winter warmer for me, more like a winter lukewarmer, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bit of faint tart fruit, nearly cherry-ish, even more faint floral type of nose. Adequate wispy lacing which is quick to fade to nothing which follows through on the head which is also faint and wispy and a slight ring around the glass edge. A lazy bubbler, with a truckload of sediment which when shone by a flashlight makes the head glow a christmas frosting red.
Mouth follows through on the slight tart cherry-ish feel with a nearly raisiny not quite spicey hanger on that lingers in the mouth with a slight pucker. Not really a solo beer, but one that is going to be an enabler at the table in the pre and post dinner categories of the evenings drinking. Should pair well with chocolate and some other things that utilize chocolate and fruit and also of course. Meat, and maybe some aged cheeses.

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Photo of anarchia
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark red / brown, thick and frothy head that leaves lacing all over the place. Head is slow to dissipate but it does, eventually. Aroma is mostly sweet caramel at first. Thick but not syrupy. Well-balanced with piney hops, tastes more bitter than it smells just to remind you it's from the NW. Sweet cherry flavors and aroma become more prevalent as the beer warms. And to think I almost didn't get this at all... great winter beer!

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint. No visible bottling date.

Look- Deep red-brown with two fingers of loose off-white head. Good retention. Visible sediment on the bottle.

Smell- Raisin, molasses, brown bread. Warm feel without coming across as boozy. Subtle spice, pleasant. Swirling brings out a fruitier, jammy aroma.

Taste- Caramel, browned biscuits, licorice, mace, raspberry. Lingering earthy flavor and orange marmalade.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Drinks like coffee dosed with heavy cream.

Overall- Unique, but better straight from the fridge and out of the bottle. Still, it's something I find myself seeking out when it's in season.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I miss Bill Murray's real comedy work... Anyway, this stuff pours a mostly clear ruby-influenced amber topped by a finger of glowing off-cream foam. The nose comprises perfume-y caramel, light greens, light raisin, a pinch of cinnamon, and the vague inference of dark fruits way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices and fruits (now not quite as dark, but not quite un-dark to not be called dark anymore) increased a notch or two throughout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a nice spicy Winter warmer, something I wouldn't mind enjoying time to time during these cold months.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle.

Beer is dark amber in colour with a fairly large off-white head.

Smell is muted. Malt, a bit bready, spices.

Caramel malt, spices (nutmeg, clove), a bit of dark fruit- slight cherry. Quite malty. Spices are not overdone, fairly low in the mix.

Medium bodied, low to moderate carbonation. Bready. Smooth.

Overall, not bad. Not something I would seek out again but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of obrike
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Round Rock World Market.

Poured a dark hazy amber capped with a generous off-white head. Minimal lacing followed...not a bad looker.

The scent was pretty subdued, but with some warming, the aromas comprised of dark fruits and faint spices emerged. Doppelbock-esque.

Certainly a malt forward beer with some caramel and fruit but nothing too bold. Hops add possibly a some earthy spicyness but not much more. Was hoping for more pronounced overall flavor. This one felt a little thin for the style, but still was quite drinkable. Certainly hides the alcohol well. There were no real issues with this beer, but it's a bit bland for a winter warmer.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25


12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass

A - I really like the artwork and text for this beer. There was a surprising amount of sediment at the bottom, but I was pouring carefully and none got in the glass. Very little head. Tiny specks of lacing. A little hazy, but otherwise a nice orangish dark brown colored beer.

S - Spicy, fruity - reminiscent of the holidays. Some sweet bready malts.

T - Mostly follows the nose, but comes across as a nice fruity cola flavor.

M - Pretty thin, but not distracting.

O - This used to be a favorite, but I haven't been impressed with it in recent years. Was afraid I had grown out of this "beginner beer." That may be true, but I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this bottle. One key to enjoying this beer is to drink it on the colder side (not much of a compliment, I know). And definitely pour carefully. I will continue to pick this up every year, for old time's sake, and recommend it to fans of the style.

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Photo of beer2day
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red to orange pour with 1/2 finger of darker cream head. No retention and very sparse lace.

Nose evokes cherry syrup. Not terribly inspiring. Light spices underneath, but all I'm really getting is an overpowering hit of cherry syrup.

Taste is better than the nose. Sweet and tart cherries, cinnamon, and a tart finish. Tastes a bit contrived though with too much cherry juice.

Feel is a bit heavy, with the cherry syrup. Very active carbonation, so a good bit of fizz here.

I'd pass.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a cloudy, coppery amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of moderately toasted malt, mild dark fruit, cinnamon and holiday spicing. Taste is dark dried fruit, toasted and bready malt, cinnamon and spices, rather mild tasting. Medium bodied. Nice flavor and well integrated, but very mild and low-key flavoring overall. Pleasant to drink, but kind of characterless (unlike Ebenzer from Dickens).

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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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a half finger, foamy, white head. Settles quickly leaving a slight coverage of foam on the surface. Some distinct beer ring lacing.

S: White bread, paper, and diluted tea.

T: Oaky and really earthy malt. Kind of a synthetic raisiny licoricy bitter sweet thing.

M: Kind of light and shallow with a slight finish.

D: Very session-like.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice hue, decent head, and some pretty solid lacing. Nose is a flat bready combination, only slightly enhanced with some fresh tea leaves. Very woody and earthy with some bitter and sweet notes. Comes across as a little "fake". Overall, this is a fair quaff.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
2.71/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed December 29, 2012. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly less than a one fingered head. Dark red caramel appearance.

Smell: Slight dark malts with some alight yeasts smells as well.

Taste: Weird citrus malty taste. More floral than pine in this warmer. Varied spicy, I don't know.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation, nothing special. Can be used as a session drink for the holidays.

Overall: Not really a fan of this warmer at all. Maybe I'm just not of a fan of how they presented this style. I guess I'm just more of a fan of a maltier style warmer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

6.4% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of off-white colour, nice thickness and cream, and good retention for the relatively high ABV. Body colour is a very dark copper with amber hues. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Spice, sweet malts, hints of toasted character, and some buried bright fruit esters. An above average strength aroma. Little yeast or alcohol comes through.

T: Malty sweetness, biscuit malt, some toasted malt, sweet sugary bright fruit hop esters, some floral hops, and residual malty sweetness on the finish. The third act flirts with a medicinal character. Too sweet all around. A bit imbalanced, but fairly enjoyable. It's certainly drinkable. Lacks yeast character. No alcohol comes through. Lacks subtlety and complexity.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thick. Slightly overcarbonated. Palate presence is understated.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. A very forgettable winter warmer. I wouldn't bother with this again. A pedestrian effort from Bridgeport.

Low C

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a really deep hazy dark cinnamon color. A mocha colored head keeps a nice layer of film while leaving spotty lacing.

The beer smells deliciously piny with notes of apples, cherry, and cinnamon.

The taste profile starts out toasty and malty. A good spicy body follows with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a good spiced apple finish.

The mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied and somewhat crisp.

Overall, this is always one of my favorite December beers. Great flavor and feel.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- A reddish brown hazy color with a half finger of off white head that stays with the beer and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell- Not a whole lot going on, get some citrus notes and maybe some red apple.

Taste- Yikes! You get that citrus up front with a long finish of a almost rubbing alcohol flavor. Very off putting!

Mouthfeel- On the heavy side of light body with an abundance of carbonation.

Overall- A great looking beer that has a very off flavor that ruins it for me.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger white head with medium retention. Thick and full head. Walnut color with low clarity. Cloudy.

S- Airy, floral hops and a chocolate malt backbone. Battling scents. Interesting, but not rich. It's alright.

T- Flavorful, roast malts with good backbone, some fruity flavors. Hard for me to pick out much.

M- Sharp carbonation and dry finish.

O- Above average, but not killer.

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Photo of SerialHiker
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice deep, dark auburn/brown…some head formed but only really a thin layer stuck around…definitely some sediment floating about…tons of bubbles bubbling about inside…(3/5)

Smell: Not much going on here initially…I smell some alcohol heat mixed with holiday spice way, way in the background, but I’m gonna have to wait a bit and see if more shows up as it warms…15 minutes later, there’s still no improvement, it basically has a bland malt smell…(2/5)

Taste: Classic amber malt flavor in front…transitioning with some holiday spice, very mild though, but still the basic amber ale taste…the finish has a sour, bitterness…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…lots of carbonation, more than I would expect from the look…smooth, wet and fluffy with a surprising dryness in the after taste…definitely the best part of this beer…(4/5)

Overall: This isn’t my favorite brew…maybe one of my least favorites I’ve had in a while…it’s really bland, the smell and taste leave a lot to be desired…the name suggests that it’s a holiday seasonal, but the lack of any real spice in the aroma or flavor is confusing…it sets me up for something that I’m not getting…even beyond that, the beer itself isn’t all that good…humbug…(2.5/5)

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

The huge head that doesn't fall into the glass is obstructing my olfactory senses. The head is impressive, and retains in a fashion not often seen in American beer. Through it I can smell just a touch of sweet grains.

The flavors seem a bit dull. I get some basic sweeter malt, mostly lighter with a touch of darker. There is a bit of hop flavor, but it isn't really very distinct. In a winter warmer I want a thicker and rich array of malty flavors, and a stronger presence of hop flavor (though not bitterness) or at least the old remains of hops, as in slightly aged English versions.

The mouthfeel weighs in just to lighter side of medium in body with ample carbonation. Seems almost overly carbonated without enough sticky body to support it.

Conclusion: I was afraid of this. Bridgeport makes appealing looking beers, but it seems that they often fall short with the execution. So many craft brewers (big and small) these days are making really fine beer, so to produce mediocre beer just doesn't cut it. Bridgeport loves to tout their position as the oldest craft brewer in Oregon, but it seems that they haven't updated their beer to compete with the ever more and more refined and perfected craft industry. For example, this beer can't stand up to other winter beers like Jubel, Hibernation, or even the mild mannered Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome. This isn't bad beer by any means, but there are just too many better options to ever buy (or drink) it again in this price segment.

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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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