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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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 Ė 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11550) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Copper pour with a khaki head. Toffee, caramel, and vanilla up front on the nose. Kind of water, but some light bourbon and oak notes. The flavor is moderately sweet with some caramel and toffee notes. Light bourbon and vanilla. Charred oak, some fruit, and a light bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BelgianBeerGal (3241) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2013
Traded bottle that I have no idea how old it is but probably 2-3 years or so. Seems to be in great shape though. Probably a little thin overall with the bourbon coming through at the end. I think the base beer needed to be a little stronger to keep the barrel treatment in check. Fine.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HughConway (805) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Bomber bottle. Pours deep brown black with lasting cream head.Bourbon malt aroma, taste of malt with a bit of bourbon burn. Ok.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Poured deep amber with an off white head. Aroma was dark fruits, toffee, ham, and slight whiskey. Flavor was toffee, caramel, oak, and whiskey. Body was thin and watery with medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (514) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Dark auburn color with medium white smooth head. Malty and nutty aroma with root beer notes. Light malty flavor with some oakiness, orange peel, and ginger and finishing with some spruce hopiness. Wish I could taste some more bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11510) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Bomber from Bottleworks. Pours dark amber with a creamy/foamy light beige head. Aroma is sort of cooked fruit/veg. Sweet. Attractive. Med - body. Flavor is unusual. Very fruity/veg with some vanilla and bitter. Made be think of bourbon and orange. Itís not really bitter, but itís not excessively sweet either. Quite tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 29, 2011
Bottle from City Beer. Pours murky amber with a thick beige head and a sweet nutty aroma. There is a carbonated treacle and toffee flavor with a bit of vanilla and a harsh vegetable finish. Interesting, but real tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a light tan head. malt and light bourbon aroma withlight vanilla. Malt and toffee flavor with light bourbon. Medium bodied. Caramel and earth lingers with light bourbon.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bridgeport Brewing Company--Nightcap Winter Ale--33% Ale Aged In Oak Bourbon Barrels And 67% Ale--Bridgeport Big Brews--Enjoy the Spirit of the Season--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.20% ABV. 30 IBUís? (2.5 / 5.0) Fizz rejuvenated dense foamy light tan lasting 1/2 inch plus head. Fizz clouded dark deep ruby bronze color. Strong Oak Bourbon mild hop front. Bottle Conditioned Barrel Aged sediment. Slightly creamy mild sweet malty oak infused mild fruit complex toffee body. Mild hop Bourbon end. Unbalanced! Sampled 3/25/2011. Purchased for $5.59 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/11/2010. Still Available on Multiple shelves as of today.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Majestic mahagony-amber brew with luxurious, creamy burnt caramel, hop-pocked head. Diversified malt nose with only subtle hints and feint jabs of bourbon wrinkles--mostly of the vanillin and soft, dry oak variety. Bubblegum aroma intensifies with some aeration. Again, a complex malt backbone provides structure. The body seems more winy than bourbon. Wet oaky and fruit flavors enrap the malt. Sweet and sugary vein throughout and on the finish. Estery pieces throughout. Interesting.


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