Review: Nightcap, BridgePort Brewing Co.

Nightcap  '10
BridgePort Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Winter Warmer
  • Bitterness:  40 IBU
  • ABV:  7.2%
  • OG:  17.2
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Chinook
  • Sampled: 22 oz. bottle  

Description: “Nightcap was created to mirror traditional liqueur or spirit nightcaps enjoyed in hopes of warming cold toes and noses prior to a long winter slumber. A malt driven brew, Nightcap begins with the enjoyable bitterness of Chinook hops and finishes with strong hints of vanilla. BridgePort brewers aged 33-percent of the brew in Makers Mark oak barrels for nearly a year – evidenced in the warm and spicy undertones of the brew. Because of its unusual aromatic scent, it is recommended that Nightcap be enjoyed in a tulip glass to allow for the full fragrance to escape."  — BridgePort Brewing

Random thoughts:  I attended BridgePort's Nightcap launch party in November and spoke with Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton.  You can see the interview below.  This beer starts with Ebeneezer as its base.  I recently sampled Ebeneezer and you can see my full review here.

The tasting:   Color is reddish brown with a tan head that lasted for most of the drink.  No lacing.  Aroma and flavor are similar to Ebeneezer (mainly caramel malts) but with the addition of  bourbon and oak.  Not a lot of hop flavors going on here.  Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation level, with a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Rating:  4 star.   Really Good!  I want this again!  I liked Ebenezer, and Nightcap adds a nice twist to it by integrating subtle bourbon and oak flavors.  I wish BridgePort had used a higher percentage of the barrel aged beer in the blend.  This is a limited release, so if you want some, you better pick up a bottle (or two) soon!

Have you tasted Nightcap?  How did you like it?

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