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!