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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
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 NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer departs the bottle a deep red color with a 2 finger head that falls to coat the beer. I get some piney and citrus hop and a very sweet malty core on the nose. The flavor is actually a little thin; very fleeting. There is a nice sweet malt, but it tastes like there are some spices in there that I'm not too keen on. I'm not really into the spiced beers all that much. The feel is moderate to thick, but something about it makes it seem thin. Overall, a ho-hum beer. Just okay as far as the nice winter beers go.

kmpitz2, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of rowew
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle with a blurb about the brewery and beer on the bottle. Notches on the bottom of the label may be freshness info, but I have no idea how it translates.

Appearance: Poured a dark red/mahogany color and a medium sized head. Head disappated fairly quickly and left a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Malty sweetness and an unidentified spice.

Taste: Mostly malt flavor with a finish of hops and spice. Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly thin for the style.

Overall Impression: Tasty and quite drinkable - but not a standout in any category.

rowew, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of poundboy
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

received in a trade with babydoc (I believe) Muchos Gracias

A good beer. I guess winter warmers just don't excite me much right now. I'm in a "I don't want my beer to taste ordinary" phase at the moment. Been drinking alot of IPA, Imperial Stouts, Flander's Red's and other very flavorful beers recently.

But if you like a well crafted stronger than average ale, this one might be for you. Amber right on the edge of brown with a decent head, this one is nicely balanced. Malt flavor comes through with a few more hops than you would find in marzen or similar. No spices or other fruit flavors did I notice. This is the type of beer I wish I had been guzzling in my teenage years, rather than bud or Natty Ice. Type of beer you can drink all night, enjoy the taste of, but not feel too bad about missing the the intricacies of the flavor once you get smashed.

poundboy, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/17/04- Part of a 10pk of winter brews purchased at Cost Plus in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration date. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Light brown or deep amber color with a 3/4 inch head that quickly evaporates. Average lacing at best.

Smell- Your typical hops and spices. Do I smell tangerine?!?! Hmmm, intriguing.

Taste- Not bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. A bit weak in flavor. Semi watery, but not enough hops and or spices to catch your attention.

Mouthfeel- Light and a bit watery. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Have had many better winter beers than this one, although it's still worth a try. Just a bit boring to me.

GClarkage, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Padron4KM
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep Tawny port color with ruby red hues, thick creamy, redddish brown head.
head dissapates slowly and leaves a thick even glass coating lace.
Aroma is fruity, hoppy, flowery.
flavor is sweet, fruity,honey, mildly acidic, mildly spicy, with a piney hop background.
finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter, with a touch of pine on the lips.
POS on 6 pack says it is "formidable enough to temper even the crankiest of spirits". Well it worked for me, I was in a bad mood and now I’m not. lol

Padron4KM, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I decided to try my Ebenezer Ale tonight. The rain, gloom and cold, sitting next to my fire, the night seemed right for a winter warmer. Old Ebenezer did the trick.

The color is dark with a ruby tint. Head is small and tan but laced more than I thought it would.
The smell is malty with a strong scent of some tropical fruit.
On first taste I thought it was too bitter too soon. Too harsh needs to be smooth for the introduction. The overall taste was good though. Its a little smokey, fruity and malty all at once and is a good warmer. A pinch of added spice from the hops makes this a choice beer as a winter warmer.

HochFliegen, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’ve always enjoyed the Dickensian character of Ebenezer Scrooge. Here’s a guy with the charismatic warmth of Dick Cheney’s socks who accidentally ingests some tainted mushroom gravy on Christmas Eve. He squares off against a platoon of disquieted ghosts and wakes up the next day singing We Are The World.

The moral of this story is, next time you hear Dick Cheney say, “Pass the gravy,” pass the man some gravy.

So Bridgeport has named their winter warmer for a literary figure who needed a beer to begin with. Good idea. The beer itself is a clear, glowing vermilion with no head but draping lace. They serve it too cold at Bridgeport (see related rant at Bridgeport ESB review). But my central concern is too much hops early in the boil. If I were a beer sculptor, I’d chip away the bitterness on this one just a bit and try to cultivate the maltier fruitiness that I prefer in a winter warmer. That’s just my personal preference, but I had my sights set on something a bit fruitier for the holidays than this 40 IBU ale.

Still, Ebenezer is a worthy brew and holds together quite well as a strong bitter.

RedDiamond, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of Hunter
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice exterior presentation, in a slim 12oz brown bottle with a creative Dickensian label.

Beer pours a rich ruby-brown, with thick bubbles forming a two-finger head with good lacing.

Aroma: notes of alcohol, fruit (mango? pineapple?), subtle spice. Intriguing without being overpowering.

Taste: The high alcohol content (6.4%) is nicely hidden. There is malt, smoke, backbite of hops, and spice in a richer-textured that what one might expect. Clean aftertaste. As the brew slowly warms to room temperature, the beer takes on a mellower quality, encouraging one to savor it slowly. This is not a quaffer, but something to be enjoyed thoughtfully.

A very nice winter warmer, one that gives Samuel Smith's and Anchor Steam's seasonals a solid run for their money. I'm tempted to save the last bottle and see what a year of bottle conditioning might do to the flavor. Snap it up if you can find it this winter!

Hunter, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of MrNuggets
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark with ruby red highlights. Big head leaning toward tan. Smells like hops followed by some sort of spice. This is loaded with hop flavor backed with a tartness that is unfamiliar. I like it though. I had earlier commented to friend that this beer wasn't that good. But now that I've made it through half the six pack I have come to like it.

MrNuggets, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours bright mahogany. Tall, frothy cola head.


Apple peel, raisins, plums, fruit cake!


Crisp sweetness straight out, like biting into a green apple, this sweetness turns tart (like a green apple would) and finishes on some bitter citrus rind notes.

Spritzy carbonation. Light mouthfeel.


RootedFool, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale hit the spot. Picked this up at Trader Joe's and wish I would have got more. Pours a very dark amber color with a dark choclolate mocha head that lasted the whole time drinking. The smell is that of roasted wood and malts, very different but good. The taste is of citrus and dark roasted malts. Maybe cider tasting in this as well. The hops are strong but not to strong. Very good for an ale. The mouthfeel is light and fruity but has density. I could drink alot of these. Very good beer.

beertaster13, Feb 25, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark ruby-tinged amber.
There's a mild citrusy and sweet malt aroma. A hint of berries is noticed. The sweet oily caramel malt has a slight fresh bread-like taste. Cherries blended with grapefruit and lemon zest comes to mind. A faint astringent camphor-like taste is revealed from time to time. The 6.4%abv is fairly well disguised. Nice bottle-conditioned winter brew!
Thanks Genaro!

BeerResearcher, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of genaro
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebeneezer Ale 2003. The color was dark amber/gold. It had a short-lived head with very little lace. The aroma was fragrant and citrusy (grapefruity) with caramel tones. The taste was composed of sweet caramel, citrus, and hints of roasted coffee. It had a bit of oily mouthfeel with a good hop bite. The finish was dry, citrusy, slightly sweet, and noticably astringent. It was a good beer, but not an exciting one. A minor point was the rather somber-colored Victorianesque label which I think needed some bright seasonal colors.

genaro, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in part of a trade with weefisheads thanks! The brew pours a clear mahogany color and a puffy beige head foams up easily and holds on as well.
The aroma is malty and raisiny with other general fruitiness coming through. Not picking up any hops here.
The brew has mild carbonation and a lighter body than I imagined. The flavor is sweet malty up front with hints of caramel. The finish is rich with malt flavors and again the general fruitiness comes through. I also pick up faint hints of molasses. I am getting no alcohol presence whatsoever.
No staying power on the finish flavors though.
This is a nice brew and if it were a little thicker I would really enjoy it on a cold winters nite like tonite.

sulldaddy, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of chilidog
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A holiday beer exchange request on my part, sought out and found by mrpicklerelish, many thanks. It pours a deep mahogany color with a large soft fluffy off white head. Web like lace, very nice. The aroma was fruity, cranberry, yet a hint of sweet perhaps from the spiced malt. The spice carried over in the taste but not to strong while other flavors of caramel and raisin are balanced nice by an alcohol backed hop. The alcohol is soothing, not harsh making this a soft and mellow easy drinker.(if you like spiced beers) The mouth is left alittle dry while alittle hop lingers. Thisone makes a nice festive winter warmer.

chilidog, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of Fabric8r
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just before Christmas, I stopped and got three holiday brews. I had never heard of this one, so picked up a 6 pack. Not good. Not good at all. It looked fine in the glass, nice little head, and smelled OK, but tasted like somebody made a mistake. I couldn't pinpoint the flavor, and really didn't try, I just didn't like it. Some spice flavor of some kind.

Sorry folks, I just didn't care for this. Still have 5 more I don't know what to do with.

(Drank the 6 pack of Pyramid Snow Cap right away)


Fabric8r, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

RoyalT, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of CRJMellor
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark maroon with brown highlights. Virtually no head but nice carbonation and great lace. Aroma is sweet, depp heavy malt with molasses and caramel with a hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet malt with dry alocoholic biscuity middle with some pronounced spicy bitterness on the back end.

CRJMellor, Dec 25, 2003
Photo of filabrazilia
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark copper ale with a creamy light brown head. The lace clings to the glass in sheets.

There is a carmel malty smell with a hint of alcohol.

There is a subtle roasted malt flavor with a nice balance of mild hops. This is an earthy brew that has a clean, dry finish.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy on the tongue.

This is a mildly rich beer that is very easy to drink. A fine holiday beer that can be enjoyed anytime.

filabrazilia, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a clear mahogany color and a firm ½" light tan head that deposited rings of lace in the glass. Had a heavy malt aroma with accompanying raisin and caramel scents and a hint of spice. The taste was all-malt, all the time. Lots of roasted malt and a fruitcake-like blend of raisin, plum, and dates finished with a moderately spicy bite. The malt profile definitely shoulders the load, flavor-wise. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and a bit slick.
I wasn't too impressed with this beer at first taste but it quickly grew on me and I was amazed at how easily drinkable it became. A nice after dinner relaxer.

Boilermaker88, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Beaver13, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep crimson color, clear and light at bottom, and adorned with a generous, cream-colored head of foam.
Aroma: interesting...a bit harsh at first, whiskey-ish, alcohol stands firm and foremost in the nose (though it's not terribly strong), with underlying fruit (plums, cherries, berries, grapes) and spices, and it becomes sweeter and rosier as it unfolds.
Taste: very agreeable on the palate, quite smooth and mellow, with with a rich, roasty, tasty flavor all the way through. Highly drinkable, medium bodied, decent, fruity finish. A very happy little X-Mas brew, certain to please even a Scrooge. Humbug, this ain't!
Big thanks to Gusler for providing!

feloniousmonk, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear amber color when held up to the light, otherwise it is brown with a tan head. Aroma notes of raisin, rum, perhaps some cherry, definitely malty and an ale. Lightly sweet in the front, there are notes and hints of chocolate, raisins, and other dark fruits. A bit over carbonated for a beer that should be served at cellar temperatures, though a quick swirling of my glass takes care of this deficiency. A smooth cream soda type of feel & taste to this beer. Evokes memories of vanilla. Curiously this bottle conditioned ale has the least amount of sediment (barely a faint ring at the bottom) I have ever seen in a bottle conditioned "real" ale. Definitely a nice beer to be sipping on a cold fall night.

Gueuzedude, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Thrasher, Nov 20, 2003
Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.