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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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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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Ratings: 435 | Reviews: 246
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/ruby color, a little bit of carbonation, nice small head that dissaptes quickly, some nice lacing afterwards. Scents of chocolate, and fruits, slight malt as well. The taste is very nice of malt and sweet fruits (cherry), with a very little bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Very drinkable, would highly recommend. Not much of a warmer, but very tasty in deed.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Darkly ruddy dark bronze with a stationary cloud of fine yeast. The large, golden ecru cap is displaying remarkable persistence given its soft, airy nature. It's also stickier than it looks and is beginning to grace the glass with small sheets of bubble bath-like lace.

The aroma favors malt over hops, although neither one is tearin' up the joint. Sweet, lightly toasted barley and fruity hops comprise the nose, along with a subtle hint of Christmas-like spices. I believe that winter warmers should be a little more complex than this.

Considering the style, Ebenezer Ale has a lighter than usual touch. To me, it tastes like a winter warmer as conceived by an English brewer. That is, one who has added a wee bit of sweetness and sprinkling of spice to his standard pale ale. I'm getting that impression, I think, because of the English (herbal, fruity, tea-like) nature of the hops. A citric quality suggests an American influence as well.

The spices aren't prominent enough for me to attempt a guess, and the spiciness may be due solely to the hops anyway. Bitterness is minimal and is most noticed on the medium length finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium and the carbonation is middle of the road. When judged against what I feel a winter warmer should be, they're too light and too active respectively.

BridgePort's Ebenezer Ale is something of a Scrooge when it comes to ingredients, but is still a worthwhile beer. If you're looking for a boldly flavored, full-bodied, spice-intensive, complex sipper of a winter warmer, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a reasonably tasty, sessionable, 'snowblower' version of the style, then Ebenezer is your man.

Photo of nvsblman
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown with some ruby highlights. Pillowy off-white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma is mostly spices and spruce. Sweet malty taste, some toffee, chocolate, cinnamon, but nicely balanced with a light hop finish. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of tiny bubbles. Try this one with some gingersnaps and you won't regret it!

Photo of Chadbrew
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I poured it from the bottle there was yeast around the rim. Deep red like a really ripe Bing cherry, it has light even carbonation.
Smells a little fruity and sweet like a Christmas fruit cake but much more subdued. There is some spice and bread in there too.
Terrifically smooth initially with a light bitterness on the tip of my tongue. There is also a very pleasurable mix of spices that is so light as to just compliment what is a fairly heavy malt presence. I can detect a light cherry flavor in the finish.
Body is pretty good.
I like this beer but I really don't find spiced beer terribly drinkable. Thanks to Brewbacca for the brew.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark amber color with garnet highlights and a decent head that dissipates quickly and leaves strips of lacing

Smell: Malty, brown bread nose with a touch of dark fruit and some citrus

Taste: Starts out with a rather chocolate/cinnamon/cherry-like flavor that changes, mid-palate, as the citrusy bitterness kicks in; then, the sweetness returns and plays off the bitterness through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; a bit lighter than expected

Drinkability: Interesting flavor combinations that I enjoyed even though it is a bit more bitter than the typical Winter Warmer

Photo of thinkfull
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer overall. Odd that it is a seasonal beer rather than a year-round, as it seems more like most ales than most winter warmers. Reminded me of a Sam Adams, but I can't come up with which one.

The appearance was alright, I messed up one pour, but the second looked good. The head was full, although dissapated quickly and left little lacing.

Smell was malty and mild, with notes of cherry granola. The smell was good, but you have to search for it a bit, it doesn't seem like a particular smell was the point. However, this may improve with proper aging, or so I am told.

The flavor was sweet at first, but quickly settled into milk-chocolate maltyness. Some hops noticeable, but the malty characteristics stuck out more to me. The cherry did not appear in the flavor; the only fruit flavors was some citrus at the begining sweetness. Overall the taste was interesting and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was great. The fizzyness was strong at first, subsiding as the flavors gained complexity. I am a very "flavor based" beer drinker, but the mouthfeel was the standout characteristics won this beer my vote.

Drinkability was actually too good. On the whole, winter warmers seem like sipping beers to me, and I had one Ebenezer in me before I even noticed!

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

Bottle has no freshness date. The beer appears a reddish mahogany with minimal head. The smell is rich. There are hints of coffee and plum and christmas pudding.

Carbonation tickles the tongue before a creamy celery flavour is joined at the party by some roasted malt. There is a slight hint of banana in the aftertaste. Hops are apparent but never dominant although they do seem to play more of a role as the beer warms. This seems like a less potent (in taste not alcohol terms), more subtle take on Deschutes Jubelale. It is well balanced and very pleasant.

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 Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby colored ale with an off white head.

Smell is strong with the scent of pine hops or possibly spruce was added. The pine/spruce scent gets in the way a little bit but scents of cinnamon lemon, and eucalyptus are in here too.

Taste is mild cream and chocolate at the start with a fairly strong citrus hop zip to it. Bit of fig flavor and fairly good bitter snap in the finish. Spice flavors are in here but get lost in the other big flavors. Cinnamon and ginger are the only ones strong enough to make it past the hops and dark malts.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK winter beer here but I know of many that are better. Nice strong spiced ESB is what this really is. Tasty but it isn't as drinkable as many others are.

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

I like this beer despite its somewhat over-cheesy red metallic label.

Strong pour elicits ample head and moderate lacing. Color is of very strong iced tea.

Smells of spice and alcohol with a hint of strawberries.

Good spice and malt flavors with nutty molasses and tangy aftertaste with some lingering apple - nice mouthfeel.

Good session beer up and down.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Incredible firm, frothy head over a ruby-amber clear body. Lots of carbonation. Not much lace.

S: Roasted malt and pine-scent hops. Not a heavy aroma.

T: Better than average richness. The 40 IBU is nearing my upper limits (I'm definitely no hop-head) without a heavy load of malt sweetness and that is what this is without: much maltiness. It's there, to be sure, but not what I expect in a winter warmer.

M: A bit thin. For all that head, there's not a very rich mouthfeel.

D: There's just not enough going on here to warrant drinking much of this at 6.4%.

Photo of Mitchster
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Per the website, this is bottle-conditioned, but there is absolutely no yeast in here. Crystal clear with no sediment. 6.4% ABV, OG=16.0, 40 IBU's. Brewed with "four kinds of roasted malts and local and imported hops". Wow, imagine that.

Pours out to a clear very dark ruby red, forming a soapy light khaki head with very good retention and clingy sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma isn't much to write home about...rather succint. Candy apple and "wax-lips" esters, mild and distant herbal hops. Swirling brings out the piney, citrusy hops that it sorely needs, but they are very subtle. Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated with too much zing and a medium body and wet cardboard texture. Taste begins with spicy hops that don't mix well with the oxidized malts and mild fusels. Rubbery finish with a homebrew, sour metal twang in the aftertaste.

A very disappointing seasonal ale. Poorly brewed and poorly fermented. Blech. Down the sink it goes. Pee-Yoo-Sa!

Photo of xoqx
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly garnet reddish brown with a tan two-finger head with good retention and wispy lacing. The smell is of dark, heavy citrus with a caramelly malted undertow. The flavor and mouthfeel explode together as rich caramel and chocolate flavors intermingle with herbal and fruity hop tastes. The finish is moderately long, but the feel is very carbonated (but not overly so) and creamy. This beer is crisper and spicier than a lot of other winter ales and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I drank it.

Photo of kgotcher
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark Ruby to brown color with light tan head and nice lacings.

Smell is malty with spice and a little piney hops. Medium body with a very dry finish. Some alchohol warming is noticable. Taste is very spicy which hides much of the malty sweetness. Not bad but could be smoother or more balanced.

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 misterscooter
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The dark, coffee brown beer shows a little red on the edges when held up to the light. Because of sediment, the pour was extra careful and didn't elicit much of a head at all.

Not much smell to this one. When I finally figured out what I thought I was smelling, I took a taste and realized that it was a grape/red wine smell. Maybe a mulled wine. This one didn't taste bad and would be a good warmer but I did feel like someone had taken a standard beer with some nice maltiness and thrown in a splash of wine. I can't think of too often that I would want that. I usually want a wine or a beer. But not together.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived via the Christmas spirit a few months after XMas through delayed BIF Xmas 2004. Mad props to the BAs who know what they've done.

12 oz. brown bottle slightly chilled. Not sure about which vintage that I have here. No freshness or born on date. However, given the high ABV and bottle conditioning, I could see this one lasting a while.
Pours a mahogany with rosy cheeked highlights. A quickly dissipated head collapse to a sticky ring. Kept all the yeast in the bottle, still comes out nice and clear.
Extremely muted aroma. Very faint sticky sugary malts.
Creamy smooth roasted malts. The sticky and sugary roasted malts with molasses are on the front end. Just a hint of bitterness from the malts on the backend of the flavor profile, with some bitter chocolate flavors.
Goes over smooth and easy, coating the entire mouth. Finishes rather clean.
Very drinkable. I could see myself using this as a winter warmer. Did the trick tonight, with a bit of chill in the 50 degree air...

Photo of KoG
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby color with a beige cap. Leaves little lace rings and a thin layer throughout consumption.

Smells fruity with some pine and a hint of alcohol. Slight spice notes are faintly detectable.

Taste is less pummeling then most warmers. Lighter flavors are still rich and full. Somewhat sprucey with a slight bitterness. Very good and nicely balanced.

More drinkable than other warmers, although I believe aging for too long may not be in the cards.

Photo of Naerhu
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rocky tan head with healthy retention. Body is the color of blood at midnight.
Aroma: Beautiful sweet malt/ caramel aroma with cherry fruity hints.
Flavor: Not as intense as the aroma, which is kinda a let down. Restrained bitterness. Very mellow, the caramel that was all over the aroma is not apparent. The malt is more bulgar wheat. Cherry fruityness is still there, but without the sweetness. Hints of chocolate cola are also present.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, but nothing special. As I have this winter warmer in mid-march, I wonder if it would have tasted in the brutal coldness of mid-january.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with a picture of Scrooge himself on it. Maroon/Scarlet body, with a 1/2" of foamy tan head. Smell is slightly cinnamon and giner, and also slightly hoppy. Taste is a nice winter warmer, very easy to drink. Alcohol and plenty of different spices abound. Mouthfeel is very creamy, appearing almost flat but does offer a slight tingle when swallowed. Aftertaste is slightly coffee and chocolate, but the spices dominate this beer. Good sipping, but not overwhelming. I thank babydoc for the sample of this beer.

Photo of Quaffer
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a clear ruby red that faded to amber around the edges of the glass. The light tan head rose up easily to well over two fingers and dissipated slowly. It became dense and frothy as it did so, clinging tightly to the side of the glass. A respectable amount of lace was left behind.

Smell: This was an odd one when it came to smell, and it was hard to put a finger on some of the aromas due to them being a little "out there" when it comes to beer. Roasted malts and hints of hops were evident. These were joined, however, by cherry cough syrup, cherry cola, sweettarts, vanilla, and a vegetal component. Very odd, but interesting and complex at times. Kind of a sweet/sour thing going on.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth upfront, with a velvety carbonation that developed as the beer moved back into the mouth.

Taste: Nothing like what I expected from the aroma. Roasted and caramal malt were strong, but there was a huge huskiness that made the beer very dry and not as sweet as I one would expect. There was not much astringency, just a husky, raw component. This was joined my hints of bitter hops, light maraschino cherry, and some grassy overtones. Some dark chocolate and toffee rise up well into the aftertaste.

Oddly dry for a winter warmer. It kind of grew on me as I drank it, though. The dryness made it moreish and kept the drinkability rating high.

Thanks, babydoc!

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark, semi-transparent brew with very pretty red shafts when put before a light. A very nice looking tan head that is nice while it lasts, but fades to a thin cover much too quickly. Leaves a coating on the beer that is still pleasant to look at.

Aroma is rich and malty, with an obvious spice tone (primarily clove?) that is fairly pleasant. Flavor follows through- with almost a smokiness tied to the hop finish.

Mouthfeel is moderate; drinkability is lower because I can't have much of these spicy brews.

I am not much for winter beers, and I note that my reviews tend to be rated lower for these styles, but overall this is a decent version.

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 kmpitz2
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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.

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Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
82 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.