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Ebenezer Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

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Ratings: 414
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001)
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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely coppery amber in the chalice. Quite nice creamy carbonation and rich mouthfeel. Tasted at cellar temperature. Rather sharp but plenty of roasted malt. Just not very sweet or rich. Liquorice is the main spicy flavor. Touch of hops but not notable.

This has been in the basement for a few months, and seems to have lost a bit of the sweetness I remember. But quite clean and highly drinkable.

mactrail, May 27, 2011
Photo of BigE90
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
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!

BigE90, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of birdypowder
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Put Ebenezer into a room full of Ambers and he wouldn't stick out so much. However, amongst the winter warmers he's left out in the cold.

Appearance: This and drinkability were the beer's strong suits. A gorgeous deep hazy amber capped with a respectable off-white head of foam got things started off right. Lacing was decent.

Aroma: Everything was very subdued but with some effort the aroma was mildly complex and comprised of dark fruit and chocolate, slight fig and faint spice. Some mild leather and a hint of DMS were also present.

Taste: A malt forward brew with some caramel and fruit but nothing too interesting. Hops add possibly a bit of spice but are relegated to a supporting role and do not intrigue.

Mouthfeel: A bit light for the style.

Drinkability: Good for the style. There aren't really any problems with this beer, it's decent and enjoyable but bland for a winter warmer.

birdypowder, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Elendinn
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a half-pint pilsner glass.

Upon being poured, Ebenezer is a dark, moderately-translucent, gradient ensemble -- dark, cola-like brown in the middle, becoming a progressively-lighter copper as it tapers outwards; not much of a head, though it was poured slowly, just a thin cap of faintly off-white foam, and only a modicum of lacing. Not a whole lot going on here aesthetically, but it still manages to look rather appealing.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose, either: a bit of malty caramel or brown sugar, nicely balanced by some subtle, fruity hops, spices (nutmeg and cinnamon, perhaps), and bread. Simple, but pleasing.

On the tongue, it's not much different: malty up front, balanced by an undercurrent of passive hops, with a bit of pleasant spice and bread rounding out the backend. Despite the timidness of the flavors and the lack of anything remotely akin to complexity, I appreciate what it's trying to do. It's not as hoppy as many of the winter warmers I've tried recently, which I think better suits the style, though I wish the malt and spices were more prevalent.

It's a pretty thin-bodied beer with a fair amount of vibrant carbonation. Not what I want in a winter warmer, but what I've routinely come to expect.

I've yet to be impressed by a winter warmer and, sadly, Ebenezer is no exception. That being said, it _is_ one of the better examples of the style I've had, but there's still so much room for improvement. It's a great value, though, and so drinkable that I'd be happy to purchase it again to see me through next winter, whilst continuing my hunt for something better.

Elendinn, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep copper with a little ruby. The head is about one finger at best and tan in color. No residual foam after the pour and hardly any bubbling.

The aroma has a more malty and faintly earthy smell of Christmas. Rich bread and biscuit malts with lots of caramel aromas.

The taste has a nice, muted X-mas flavor. You get some Cinnamon and cardamon, but well mingled with breads, biscuits, fruit cake, and un-malted grains. The soft dash of alcohol helps the X-mas warmth of this Bah-Humbug beer.

Very flavorful and sessionable Winter Warmer that has just a little abv. warmth on the finish.

scruffwhor, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

bum732, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of benclimbs
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours red brown with a slight head and a bit of lacing

smell is nice, bit of nutty malts, spice driven, decent but not overly exciting.

taste is just ok - reminds me of a lot of english/scottish winter warmers had on cask when living there, but the worse half...simple, lagery smoothness/unexciting profile finished by a dry, non-complex hop bitterness.

not overly exciting but somewhat drinkable, probably wouldn't buy again.

benclimbs, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bitterbill, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of smurder187
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

smurder187, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Bizz88
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Bizz88, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdense, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of notsoprobeer
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

notsoprobeer, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Hoopster4hire
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Hoopster4hire, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of csiewert
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

csiewert, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tronester, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

StaveHooks, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of MNJR
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MNJR, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of climax
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

climax, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

drpimento, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of sweethome
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

sweethome, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of velosuds
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

velosuds, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of Thansen44
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Thansen44, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Lemke10
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Lemke10, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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..

Tilley4, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bfarr, Nov 04, 2010
Ebenezer Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.