Ebenezer Ale | BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub

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Ebenezer AleEbenezer Ale

Brewed by:
BridgePort Brewing Co. / Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of nectarofthegods1
4.73/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite of the Northwest Christmas beers. Great malty flavor without the elevated alcohol levels that many winter beers have. This makes it possbile to enjoy three or four in an evening and still be able to function the next day.

The labeling is also fairly clever; some of the labels sport the miserly Ebeneezer, while others show the born-again version.

I look forward to this release every winter.

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Photo of Clamwacker
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BridgePort isn't my favorite brewery by any means, but each year I anxiously await Ebenezer Ale, it is my own personal benchmark for what a winter warmer should be.

The appearance is darkish red, and a bit cloudy since it is bottle conditioned, but as a homebrewer I celebrate this (and I hate to think of the fate of those poor yeasties in filtered beer anyway. Hefeweizen is my favorite style, so that gives you an idea). The head is fairly light tan and produces nice, even lacing, but it retreats to the edges of the glass quickly.

The smell is one of my favorite parts: this is what a winter warmer should smell like. Fresh malt aroma with the tiniest hint of aromatic hops, and a delicate spicy note to balance it.

The taste is as close to perfect as I can imagine for this style. It is well balanced, the spices do not dominate, and the hops, while present, are not asserting themselves in any way. Despite the relatively high ABV, there is only a slight trace of alcohol warmth, and it blends very well with the smell.

As for drinkability, it is still pretty strong, so I prefer to sip this one slowly, preferably in a cognac-style glass so my hand warms it as I go. The first cold sip is very nice, but by the last few sips the beer has warmed and the malt really begins to stand out. Of course, this is always best followed by a cold sip from the next bottle!

Overall, it doesn't get much better than this for an Oregon winter warmer.

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Photo of capt_rob934
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(11/06/2011) Poured form bottle to a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass, creamy head with some lacing, dissipating quickly

A: Spicy and hoppy aroma with a slightly nutty hint

C: Pours a cloudy medium brown

Sip: Balanced malty sweetness with hoppy tones coming through and swallows with great flavors of winter spices

OV: Very good winter warmer, medium bodied with warming spices and a balanced profile

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Photo of BigE90
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

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Photo of 49degrees
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent addition to the Bridgeport lineup of distinct and very enjoyable ales. Recently snatched a sixer of these and numerous other goodies out for friends and familar during New Year's last night and everyone commented highly on Ebenezer, even those who generally don't drink craft styled brews.

This rich and extremely full bodied ale pours very well and delivers a very nice woft of sweet malty aroma. Gives off a decent sized, long lasting head with good lacing.

A rich and sweet tasting ale that delivers hints of toffee, caramel, and a hint of spiciness. I enjoyed this both as an afternoon warming drink as well as an after dinner teaser to go along with some left over Xmas cake. A double duty brew that's worth taking a closer look at when the opportunity arises.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a really deep hazy dark cinnamon color. A mocha colored head keeps a nice layer of film while leaving spotty lacing.

The beer smells deliciously piny with notes of apples, cherry, and cinnamon.

The taste profile starts out toasty and malty. A good spicy body follows with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, and a good spiced apple finish.

The mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied and somewhat crisp.

Overall, this is always one of my favorite December beers. Great flavor and feel.

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Photo of buffettfan
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour from a bottle into a glass. Appeared deep amber, actually more of a deep red, ruby, garnet maybe? Almost brown till the light hit it. Good head, didn't last long and not a lot of lacing.

Smell was inviting! A sweet candy scent, with some spice. Makes you look forward to the first sip!

Tasted a little woody, balanced hops, and malt. And the spice was very noticeable, but not over powering. Mouth feel was easy, and lighter then you would expect, but full and noticeable!
This is a great winter warmer! I really enjoyed this beer, and look forward to my next one!

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Photo of DogFood11
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed short tulip glass it formed a tan head above a red body. Head is whispy and leaves sliding coat lace.

First thing that came to mind was rip oranges and tangerines with a cherry backer and some plumb in the back. Second thought was a mix of spices sweetend by brown sugar. Third thought was damn this is tasty and rich without being overbearing. Infact I'd consider this light for the "style" and still very complex.

Notes: I could pull back a few of these without thinking of a change of pace.

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Photo of Hunter
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great dark copper malty goodness is what this looks like.

S- This has a great smell. Spicy and herbally, with a great caramel malty bready smell. It basically smells like the holidays in a bottle.

T- This is an outstanding winter warmer. Great malt profile with good herbs and spices to help back that up. Excellent beer to have around for the holidays. I like how this beer is spicy and not just super malty.

M- Easy on the mouth in every way.

D- Very drinkable. Super tasty and something I'm going to buy every season.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brownish red, the foamy head dies into a nice ring of lace. Aroma is nice too - full of roasted malt tones. The taste is sweet but with carmels and roasted malts. Spicy hops adds to this too. Reminds me of the Winterhooks from the early 1990's. Pick this one up for the holidays -- great beer at a great price. Recommended.


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Photo of Japerrault
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber, with a white head.

S: Caramel, apple, spruce

T: Good balance, Caramel sweetness upfront with spruce and spicey character showing up later to bring an appropriate bitterness to the mix. Aftertaste of biscuit and slight hops.

M: Nice feel, a good solid beer. Not watery or thin.

D: This is a beer with big flavor, but still it is smooth and drinks rather easily. I recommend this one.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small head atop a dark slightly cloudy amber melts to thin lacing. Fairly typical for the style.
Aromas are Tasted amber malt and cherries along with a touch of cocoa powder.
Taste follows the aroma...sweet toasted malt gives way to lightly bitter cherry and some cocoa on the end. Very nicely balanced combination of complex flavors. Also nicely subtle and nothing is 'in your face' or overpowering.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full.
Aftertaste of chocolate covered cherries....not candied cherries...REAL cherries.
Nice warming alcohol afterwards as you savor the last sip.

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Photo of StevieW
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark reddish color. Nice fuzzy light tan head. Malty, rich sweet smell. Sweetness, noticable cherries taste. Subtle hoppy finish. Thin warming feel, and finish. Lugged this one back from California vacation, wasn't skunked. Nice fruity, winter beer. Very appropriate for the style. Great name and label as well, nothing like old Scrooge staring back at you from a beer bottle...............

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Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very big head with a deep velvety reddish brown hues. The head had some retention.
Nose: A healthy roasted caramelize malty aroma, hints of hops, chocolate, some kind of fruit, and a bit nutty.
Taste: Roasted malt with caramel nutty fruity and hoppy. It is very full body beer with a nice balance of hops and malt.
Overall: This was a very nice winter warmer with a flavor that last on the palate. Enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last years vintage poured into a pint glass...curious to see how it held up...

A: Rich amber body with hues of orange and ruby. Two finger head falls slowly and evenly to a thin foam resting atop the beer. Pretty nice lacing as I drink it.

S: Caramel malt, bready yeast profile, grassy floral hops.

T: Wow! I think I will be aging this beer every year! I think this is much better than fresh! Big caramel and bread malt profile but much more balanced than the current vintage, the hops are slightly spicy and quite floral but again more balanced than current vintage. Faint fruit esters linger in the mid palate and through the finish, this is much more complex as well. Very nice!

M: Smooth and medium bodied with active carbonation but not too harsh or overpowering.

D: Very smooth and drinkable, well balanced with some nice complexities not found in current vintage. I think this beer has gotten much better with a year of age. Highly recommend!

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thinks to my roomy and the person that did the beer exchange. Otherwise I may never have tasted this beer. The smell is sweet with a hint of hops. Pours amber in color with a small head. The mouthfeel is so mellow and smooth and a bit dry. Well balanced and easy drinking for a higher alcohol beer. I do get that warming feeling in the end as well.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Color is a deep ruby red with a beige head, moderate lacing and medium carbonation.

Aroma is full of sweet caramel malts with some spicy, citrus undertones and a hint of alcohol. An intriguing nose.

Flavor starts with a nice sweet note from the caramel malts. The malts are balanced out with a nice jab of hops and spice. Finish is slightly warm from the 6.4% ABV. Very nice full-bodied mouth feel.

Overall a very nice slow sipper with some unique smells and flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic, Ebenezer is a dark murky cherry wood color with a medium sized khaki head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is lots of earthy, spicy PNW hops, with an herbal mintiness and a hint of allspice, I really love it.

Taste is crisp, toasted biscuit malt with a dry, cedar like finish that I really dig. Lacking the fullness I look for in the style, but still nice. I really like it's dustiness in an IPA...

Mouthfeel is chewy and oily, medium-heavy body

Drinkability is pretty good, satisfying and quaffable . Not my favorite winter warmer, but a fine regional interpretation.

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Photo of buttons9
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served cool around 45ยบ into a Boon tumbler glass. Brown with burnt orange edges. Hazy and reddish in direct light. Puffy cap of light tan foam that coats the glass with webby lace. Head retention is good, the skim never breaks and easily rejuvenates with a swirl.

Malty aroma with mild dried cherry buried into it, that manifests more in the flavor. It's light cherry flavor is hinted at under a smooth malty rush. Finishes a little dry with the barest hint of hops. Body is fairly light, no indication of alcohol. Definitely traditional, not overly sweet or spiced at all. A nice easy drinker for a cool fall night...

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a huge thick 3 finger head with awesome retention. Cloudy amber/brown color.

A variety of malts and spices come through the most noticeable of which is orange peel I also smell chocolate and caramel malting.

Taste is a nice caramel malt sweetness to start followed by a chocolate maltiness. Spiced overtones add a nice complexity.

Mouthfel is creamy and smooth. However, it is a little bit watery. Still good, though.

This beer is perfectly balanced and very easy to drink.

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Photo of beeragent
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a creamy 1 inch tan head. Light spots of lace dot the glass. The aroma is a rich mix of malt and spices. The taste begins with a smooth malty caramel flavor, followed by a light mix of spices, and a hint of hops in the finish. Nothing too complex, but in this case, the simplicity works out well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a medium thickness. For a winter warmer, the medium abv. and full flavor make for a highly drinkable brew. Overall, this was one of my favorite holiday beers this season.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark brown with a off white foam with a nice lace. The smell was of malty grains and hops with a hint of mountain pine. The taste was also pleasant, with malty grains, hops and a hint of spices and a touch of citrus. The sweet bitterness is well balanced on the palate..

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