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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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412 Ratings
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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of Bitterbill


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

It pours a slightly hazy rusty colour with a 1 finger head of foam and does very nicely with the lacing.

The smell has some nice sweet malt that also reminds me of sweeter fruits and a light touch of bitterness.

Sweet malt dominates the taste but again, I'm getting or at least perceiving some fruit to this WW and the fruit in the taste adds more of a semi tart, more of a bitter flavour and sort of tempers and later, takes over, from what the malt brings to the table. I like the taste but I wish the malt could have been left to do its thing and actually stand out.

Medium body, medium...check that..more of a light carbonation and is nice and smooth.

Drinkability is fine and the 6er will be enjoyed; I'd enjoy it more if it was more focused. If that makes any sense.

01-08-2011 20:16:55 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of smurder187


3.03/5  rDev -17%

My older brother sent me some Christmas goodies from the NW this year. I was excited to see this in the mix. The label has a great old timey illustration of Scrooge and pours a somewhat foogy amber color. It smelled like dull nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste hinted at warm, holiday flavors like the scent but is surrounded by a more malty taste. It's smooth and good for drinkin', but lacked the holiday punch I was hoping for.

01-06-2011 03:05:17 | More by smurder187
Photo of Bizz88


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured a cloudy dark amber, minimal tan head with next to nothing lacing, Ebenezer indeed. Malty roast carmel on the nose and not much else I'm sorry to say. On the palate a warm fruity spicey citrus affair with a medium body and good carbonation, fooled me. I would have to say all in all, sure!

12-28-2010 22:24:39 | More by Bizz88
Photo of jdense


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz. bottle gifted from buddy for Xmas, consumed 12.27.10, poured into pint glass. Had this several times before different vintages, first review from current version.

Finger and a half off white head, dark reddish brown clear body hard to discern any visible carbonation until held up to bright light which revealed multiple trails of carbonation, significant lacing retained after pretty slow dissipation. Sweet malty nose, toffee more than caramel (or is that treacle?) a bit of roast and spicy brown bread, noble hops. Taste pretty sweet up front, mirrors the nose but hops are pretty faint at best. Mouthfeel on the full side of medium, average effervescence, some stickiness. Decent drinkability, could have several of these, though the sweetness ends up being a trifle cloying.

12-28-2010 04:56:47 | More by jdense
Photo of notsoprobeer


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

The tasting:  Poured a golden orange with an off-white head that lingered for most of the drink.  Nice lacing on the glass.  Aroma is not very strong, but I'm picking up some malts.  Flavor is mostly caramel malts.  Hops take a backseat this this beer as it has little hop flavor or bitterness.  Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation, and very drinkable.  Personally, I would like it to be a touch heavier.

I've been drinking Ebenezer throughout the years.  It's a great winter brew.  Try it out if you want something with a rich flavor, but without the heaviness.

12-27-2010 06:15:11 | More by notsoprobeer
Photo of Hoopster4hire


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass from a bottle

Copper, amber hue when poured with an off white lace that trailed the entire time

Aroma of roasted nuts, nutmeg and a slight coffee aroma

Quite malty with a nice spice background. Fig, almond and slight hazelnut taste with the taste of nutmeg, faint cinnamon and toffee.

Slightly overcarbonated, but not too overwhelming.

Fairly drinkable but after a few you begin to feel a little heavy, both in the head and stomach.

Pretty good winter warmer, nothing too amazing. A great beer to have by the fire or on a cold, rainy day where you sit around and watch movies

12-27-2010 03:48:07 | More by Hoopster4hire
Photo of csiewert


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Classic nut brown ale with some spiciness to it. Pour a dark amber color with a little off white foamy head. Aroma is strong with malt and nutty notes. Tastes of the same qualities and finishes smooth. Mouthfeel is good with the right amount of carbonation. Overall a good beer for those who like brown ales.

12-22-2010 21:26:10 | More by csiewert
Photo of tronester


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a hazy dark copper with a thin tan head. Smells of dried fruit and cut hay. Taste is spicy fruit up front, a wheat bread middle and a hint of cinnamon in the finish. Earthy hop bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. A pretty good beer overall.

12-20-2010 01:14:21 | More by tronester
Photo of StaveHooks


3.65/5  rDev 0%

A - Pours a hazy dark orange brown. 1 finger of tan head.

S - Dark malts, candied oranges, faint cinnamon apple. Unkown fruits. I had to really try and find anything in the nose. Overall the aroma was pretty subdued.

T - Spicy wheat breadiness, a good amount of toasted toffee malt, spiced oranges, over-ripened red grapes. Good hop presence. Has a soft spice blend that I couldn't quite pick out.

M - Moderate carbonation, light to medium body.

Nice malt flavors but a very faint nose on this one. Drinks very easy and finishes dry. Seems a bit thin for a Winter Warmer but a tasty beer nonetheless. I would get this again.

12-08-2010 03:07:02 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of MNJR


4/5  rDev +9.6%

This beer scores solid 4.0s in all categories. Dark brown color, a bit cloudy. Smells woody with understated hazelnut, prune and walnut aromas. The taste is good: creamy mouthfeel, bitter hops and tangy dried fruit flavors dominate with a slight cinnamon flavor - not added as a spice, I think, but hinted at somehow. The aftertaste is a bit chewy and the bitterness lingers, but these qualities are balanced by a good sharp bite. As I say about the smell, the flavor is a bit understated for a Christmas/Holiday brew, but it is quite good overall. Has qualities similar to English bitter ales.

12-08-2010 01:24:23 | More by MNJR
Photo of climax


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

The pour uncovered a cloudy chestnut brown with shades of red. The head was modest with equally as understated retention.

The nose is interesting and fairly complex. Nutty light toasted malt aromas are at the forefront. I had to dig a bit deeper to reveal the fruity hop aroma. Roasted coffee bean, brown sugar, and a dash of bourbon make for a plethora of aromas.

The flavor is bitter with dry roasted flavors of coffee and dried fruit. The hop profile is earthy, and balances out the malt more so in the finish, which is nice. Banana esters and alcohol in the finish add to the dry aftertaste.

The body is on the light side, not as thick as I was hoping from a winter warmer. It does have a slight creamy coating mouth presence with crisp carbonation. The finish is very roasty and dry, aiding drinkability. It's a good beer, but I was left wanting more.

12-04-2010 02:08:00 | More by climax
Photo of drpimento


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured with lovely, big, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream colored head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is malt and a little caramel and toffee. Flavor is similar, with a little roast added along with some sweet solvernt. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor but ends up with the sweet solvent thing.

12-03-2010 06:17:55 | More by drpimento
Photo of sweethome


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Pour is chestnut brown, tan head. Looks the part of an english style old ale.

Nose of brown bread, cinnamon, and light dose of noble hops.

Soft on palate - hate to say it but a bit watery feel. Bready flavors, light spicy hop backing. Nice malt backbone. Decent for style. Mouthfeel lacking.

12-02-2010 03:40:33 | More by sweethome
Photo of velosuds


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass.

A-Pours a chestnut amber hue with about a two finger tan head. Modest retention and lacing.

S-Bready malts and some spice, probably from the hops. Not bad, just not developed enough for the style.

T-Toasted malts with spicy fruitcake type fruit flavors. Decent.

M-Medium body is a bit dry. Carbonation was adequate.

D-Another so-so beer from Bridgeport. Although a local brewery, they must have a different merchandising arrangement than Full Sail, Widmer, and Deschutes because I almost never see Bridgeport on sale. Thus, I rarely buy.

12-02-2010 03:07:38 | More by velosuds
Photo of Thansen44


4/5  rDev +9.6%

Bought a sixer. Split with a buddy and each beer found its place in a chilled pint glass.

Poured a dark amber with a respectable head, which held it's own all the way through the bottom of the glass. No doubt that the carbo level was on point, present, subtle and smooth.
Not terribly aromatic but a distinctive roasted malt note.

Those notes go on to play your tongue quite well, then the hops come in as if to play "just the tip". Nothing too crazy, but that's a good thing. It's well balaced, smooth, and makes for a wonderful refreshing beverage.

I sought out a winter beer that I could drink in quantity and found it.

11-29-2010 06:39:36 | More by Thansen44
Photo of Lemke10


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in North Aurora, IL for $1.50 in Fall 2010.

Expect the unexpected with this ale. It pours a dark brown color with a long lasting head. There is a slight scent to it, but nothing that stands out. It was quite heavy for an ale while there was a slight nutty taste, very slightly bitter but finished quite smooth. A very nice find and something I would suggest to others.

11-27-2010 20:29:11 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Tilley4


3.13/5  rDev -14.2%

New arrival to these parts so I picked a sixer up for the evening...

Pours a deep amber with a thick creamy head atop... Lots of carbonation here... Nice....

Not picking up a lot here... Faint maltiness with maybe a touch of spice but not much else... Decent...

Peppery hoppiness to the forefront followed by a solid malt backbone that has a touch of spice to it... Finishes with more spices and perhaps a little cinnamon apple...

A bit watery in my opinion... Not thick or hearty enough to claaaified as a Winter Warmer...

An ok brew here... It grew on me at the end but not enough to improve the scores any..

11-06-2010 04:25:46 | More by Tilley4
Photo of Bfarr


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Ruby amber with medium tan foamy head with okay retention and decent lacing. Spicy sweet herbal aroma.Very peppery hops with earthy herbal tea undertones with a balanced roasted malt sweetness. Moderate bitter lingering. Lightly syrupy/creamy mouthfeel with sharp carbonation.

It's like a spicy winter toddy. I'm not entirely thrilled with anything in particular about this beer but it's still fairly enjoyable from a unique sipping experience. It's something that must be tried to understand the interesting flavors in this one.

11-04-2010 20:03:11 | More by Bfarr
Photo of wmtxbb


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

10-31-2010 04:56:38 | More by wmtxbb
Photo of Nerudamann


3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

Look - fairly dark and murky amber in color. Good finger's worth of a foam that dissipates slowly. Slow carbonation.

Smell - sharp and hoppy smelling. Not malty at all in the aroma. Maybe a bit spiced.

Taste - Tastes more like an IPA. Hoppy and bitter, but not overwhelmingly so. There is a tinge of maltiness that just seems to serve to balance out the hops. Some spices there I think, but I can't tell which ones. Texture is very creamy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but short-lived.

Drinkability - mildly complex, worth buying a sixpack of, and a decent taste in general. The aftertaste is mild enough to make the bitterness bearable.

10-30-2010 02:00:49 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Thorpe429


3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottle courtesy of chickencoop. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium brown with a thin, off white head. The nose brings a small amount of spice forward. I think I'm getting cinnamon and nutmeg, but never entirely sure. I really need to start having these beers with my spice rack nearby. A bit of caramel and toffee in there as well. Taste is a bit of doughy bread with light caramel and some spice. Light to medium body with good carbonation levels. Not at all overspiced, this drank pretty well.

10-19-2010 11:23:19 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of buttons9


4.13/5  rDev +13.2%

this was the first winter warmer ive had, so i dont have anything to base it off of. so from my opinion, despite my lack of experience in this field, i thought this was a really good beer. appearance was sort of dark amber, smell was rather pleasant, malty. as far as tatse goes, to me, this felt like it had raw vanilla in it. some may say cheap vodka, but i think they dont know what theyre talking about. those people should stop trying to analyze beer and just enjoy it. and thats what this beer is for, enjoyment. it felt great to drink, and wasnt heavy like stouts or most darker beers. thanks bridgeport for this great beer!

10-17-2010 20:53:37 | More by buttons9
Photo of Elimination


2.55/5  rDev -30.1%

Look is a brown that seems to glow when light hits it

Smell is minimal slight hops a bit of malt and some spice

Taste is almost horrible I don't know what it is but it's a touch of fused alcohol, bad cider, and a hot bit of cheap vodka. I hope this isn't what it's supposed to taste this way because this might be a drain pour

Mouthfeel despite the taste is good strong carb and thick

Drink is not great as well because of the taste. I hope this isn't what it is supposed to be like

10-14-2010 02:16:56 | More by Elimination
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +9%

Have not had this beer for quite awhile and I liked the caramel notes that swirled up in the midbody as the beer warmed up. Not as hoppy or as thick a mouthfeel as Jubelale but satisfying in its own way this beer is a classic winter warmer that shows more reliance on the malt than the hops.

10-07-2010 16:36:15 | More by canucklehead
Photo of chumba526


3/5  rDev -17.8%

This ale appears dark amber with a small white head.
Smells mildly of toffee, caramel and citrus. There is a nice orange smell to the beer.

The taste is much like the smell there is a nice subdued toffee flavor, a nice citrus flavor and slight caramel flavor. There is a nice mild hoppy bitterness in the end. This seems as if they made very light English old ale. It's not bad: it's quite refreshing for winter ale. I do wish there was a bit more body though.

The carbonation is moderate high.

The drinkability is pretty good I could drink a couple of these though I don't feel driven to. Over all not a bad winter ale about average for the style.

10-04-2010 02:22:46 | More by chumba526
Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
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