1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Nightcap Winter Ale - BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

Not Rated.
Nightcap Winter AleNightcap Winter Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

IBUs: 40
ABV: 7.2%
Color: Medium to dark brown
OG: 17.2

(Beer added by: djbreezy on 11-12-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dragonWhale
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this just for kicks, for a laugh, ahahaha! Usually these guys class it up with solid beers. We shall endeavor to find out if it is again the case.

33% bourbon barrel aged. 7.2%. These numbers seem to be on the low end.

Amber, no lovely lace on the glass. Just sliding straight on down, leaving my tulip bored. Sweet malts and bourbon aroma, a little bit of hop, some peach. Its flavor is remote, aloof. It doesn't engage me. Heavy bourbon influence on a beer that tastes both sweet and a little watery. The hops are well-placed, though, and help to battle with the barrel.

This could've used a less skimpy malt bill. A 9% ale would've likely handled the barrel a little bit better. Surprised at the lack of thickness, their yeast probably just decimated it.

This could be very nice with more age on it. Perhaps the flavors are just not ready for integration yet. Unfortunately, I'll likely not have a 2nd bottle due to finances, so I shall never know first hand.

dragonWhale, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of juhl31
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-dark brown with a reddish hue to it. white head with a tan shade. pours with a decent head that leads to a paper thin retention the rest of the way

-has a pretty big nut character to the nose, maybe some vanilla and caramel. oak barely comes out

-nut still there, but not as strong as the nose. some wood taste to it. kind of reminds me a like a caramelized buttered toast type taste. the bourbon is not really apparent. maybe a bit at the end

-more of a carb bite that i want in a winter warmer. especially with a bit higher abv. some warmness comes in at the very end

-was very intrigued to try it, but it didnt wow me by any means. it's not trash, but i wouldn't ever consider buying it again unless they upped the bourbon barrel percentage

juhl31, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a pretty ruby color with amber highlights, topped by a good flourish of creamy tan head that takes a few minutes to settle down. Aroma of biscuity English malt, a touch of holiday spice (allspice?), and a slight metallic quality.
Palate is malt-forward, a mild, biscuity malt that is telltale Bridgeport. The house yeast also contributes the usual sweet character, a mild fruitiness that is pleasant and unobtrusive. Allspice and a touch of clove are detectable, but are not really front and center. Although the bottle indicates that a third of this beer has been aged in bourbon barrels, I find almost no evidence of that save for a mild boozy character on the finish.
Body is clean and gently carbonated, again, classic Bridgeport. This is nicely drinkable, but it's difficult to tell that it is either barrel aged or a winter warmer.

ElGordo, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up today at the COOP... ~1" foamy white head really doesn't stick around too long but leaves okay sheets of lace... clear deep walnut.

The aromas are pretty mild for a winter warmer.... bits of toasty malt... lite cocoa... and something resembling oak... no real hops to speak of.

Flavor is more rich than expected.... plenty of nutty malt character combines with a bit of vanilla and caramel.

Body is respectable with a good carbonation.

Only okay.... but glad to see Bridgeport continuing to change their big bottle lineup.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3

JohnGalt1, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle to try... "I live... in a world... of Winter Ales!"

- Pours a semi-cloudy copper caramel.. almost a mincemeat warm color... fluffy white head really... leaves a nice thin layer on top and a rather medium sized ring.

- Woody, earthy, grassy, spicy... malty... bitter hoppy... all mixed together in a smooth smelling concoction.. certainly a bright bitter hoppy spiced ale..

- Smooth light caramel backing, spicy winter alt up front, light herbs, earthy spice and grassy character.. not too much bourbon or oak really... kind of leaves me wanting more %-age barrel aged.

- Medium bodied, drying, chewy... well carbonated...

- Quite easy to drink, smooth... balanced, maybe only a touch too grassy and earthy... but not enough barrel.. and in a world of winter ales which all seem to be the same, and boring.. this one is only floating around the upper portions of the mix like oil in water.

Docer, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sligtly hazy dark red amber with medium foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Light peaty and floral aroma. Balanced earthy peat with lightly herbal bite and nice vanilla/oak semi-dry finish. Medium even carbonation and slightly dry finish.

Seemingly a variation of a scotch ale or wee heavy, this winter warmer has a little something extra with 1/3 aged in bourbon oak barrels. Nothing too bold here just good subtle yet pleasing flavors and easy drinking. I can't decide whether Bridgeport is being cheap or timid by blending aged ale with non-aged or genius for creating accessible subtle , good flavored beers at decent prices ;)

Bfarr, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the BridgePort pub.

appearance - dark red/amber, low head and retention, minor lacing

smell - sweet aromatic malts and barrel

taste - sweet malts and bourbon notes throughout, oak and wood flavors imparted mildly in the barrel (could have been aged longer in the barrels...feels young)

mouthfeel - low/medium carbonation, smooth, full body, oily

drinkability - flavorful, medium complexity, a nice winter brew

djbreezy, Nov 12, 2010
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Nightcap Winter Ale from BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.