Single Batch Series - Milestone Ale | Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Milestone Ale is a reflection of Jon Clegg and Tom Abercrombie’s past 10 years of brewing together. This collaboration beer is brewed using a non traditional process of stoning the beer, using granite stones that were heated until red hot and lowered into a wooden vat of unfermented Beer. This process caramelizes the sweet sugars that taste of caramel and light toffee. Tom selected the hops to add hints of pine, citrus and tropical fruit to complement the complex body of this historic Single Batch beer.

66 IBU

Added by deltatauhobbit on 05-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 14
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deer amber red color with a nice head formation

Slightly sweet aroma almost fruity I can't place this aroma must be mix of hops I haven't come across distint

Starts simple and becomes more complex as you drink it. Simple sweet crystal malts start with some hops being introduced in the middle, it finishes with a earthy bitter that is subtle very easy to drink.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into a Duvel glass.

Pours cloudy reddish amber with touches of mostly white foam. Tofee caramel nose - very pointedly so. Light sweet malt. Light malt taste with a powerful pine hop finish. Like a stronger pale buried in an amber ale. Firm carbonation.

Overall pretty good drinkability, though quite hoppy.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Fluffy white body above an... amber body! Definitely hints of sunset reds in here. Lacing is average. Nothing exciting, nothing lost. Hazy body hides the gentle rise of solid carbonation. Low retention time leaves me with not even a soup skin. Just the fizzling away of the gentle streams.

S- Smell of caramels, some floral hops, little bit of pine, something funky... not sour funk, but more like hop funk. Its sweet and bitter. Not citrus... almost oniony. Toasted biscuit on the back end.

T- Solid beer here. Opens sweet and bitter. Nice presentation of the hops and the malts all at once. Does take some 'finagaling' to pull apart, though. Sweet caramels and brown sugar on the first impression instantly blasted away by a bitter resinous pine branch. Finishes out Somewhat clean, a bit metallic and definitely residue of hops.

Finish is a dichromatic monster. We have something clean and faintly bitter or something clean and faintly sweet metal. Either way, you win.

Second impressions are that the alcohol does take a part to play here. Some nostril flaring heat and volatile gases comment on the point of impact on the back of my tongue. It actually benefits the hop character giving it a vengeful nature. "Hey! This is my celebration ale, respect me and drink slowly, ass hat!"

M- Nice full body, some sticky nature, and smooth flow. Not much to carbonation. I wish it was a bit more crisp and light at times. Begins to feel heavy and bothersome by the 10th ounce. However, this is only a mild detraction. The creamy nature really brings a smile to my tongue.

D- Even though it isn't the best... It could use improvements... it is still tasty. The innovative use of the alcohol combined with the mouthfeel make this a winner. Thumbs up from me. No complaints on a bomber half gone by myself, and the second half of it is definitely going tonight.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger, cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malts and grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is nicely balanced malts and grapefruit hops. Well done, almost like an imperial IPA. Pricey at $9.95 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of ericj551
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sebago Milestone pours a slightly hazy deep copper read with a nice off white head that lingers. The aroma is rich, sweet caramel malt and spicy, herbal pine. Sweetness dominates the flavor, with sugary dark fruit and tons of caramel and toffee. The sweet, malty flavor is balanced by heavy, resiny bitterness. Piney, herbal and slightly citrusy and earthy hops linger in the finish, along with the resiny bitterness.

According to the bottle the first runnings of this beer were caramelized over fire heated stones.

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Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, off-white head that was fairly thick and lasting, diminishing eventually to 1/4-finger. Body is a dark amber color, and hazy.

S: Powerful aroma of citrusy hops... maybe a little earthiness in there as well. The sweetness from the malt manages to sneak in, but the hops win the battle easily.

T: Starts off malty sweet, and then the hops hit as expected... citrus fruit, with quite a bitter finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Quite a nice beer... a very hoppy amber ale. One of the better Sebago beers I've had to date.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into my Lion's Pride goblet. There is no freshness date on this bottle, but since there was a single batch brewed, I know that it is pretty fresh. The brown paper bag colored label appears to have been applied by hand; this is a real hand-crafted ale!

The beer has a reddish, amber hue. There is a small head of tan foam. A slight film coats the glass as I swirl the liquid around. There are a number of streams of carbonation rising within the glass; their bubbles are very tiny, so each stream is hard to observe.

The Milestone has a big toffee malt aroma. It is mostly a subdued sweetness, but I can also detect some grassy hops in the background. It is not a very strong aroma, but it is inviting.

I take a sip, and as the beer hits my mouth, I taste a big malty, alcohol fueled flavor. There are certainly toffee and caramel flavors in the forefront. Its smooth and creamy. The back end is a bit more harsh. There is more alcohol here and some bitterness. If I swirl the beer around in my mouth, the harshness is lessened and improves the overall tasting experience.

The body is thick and heavy, like an Imperial ale. There is some stickiness on my lips and plenty in the mouth coat. The carbonation level feels high. It's almost as if the bubbles get trapped in the coat and stay behind after I swallow, only to pop on my tongue.

This is a pretty drinkable beer, considering the 9.2% ABV. I may have a little difficulty finishing this entire 22 ounce bottle; I know I'll certainly feel its effects by the time I finish. The Milestone would certainly work well as a single glass serving at one of Sebago's brewpubs. Too bad it probably won't be back on tap again, unless they decide to brew a second batch. You'll have to look for a bottle if you want to try this offering; I recommend splitting it with a friend.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland location on Sat 5/22. Served in a goblet style glass for $6. Beet red colored body. Thin white head. Smelled a bit like freshly mowed grass. Tasted very nice. Quite malty with a burst of hops at the end. Was not impressed with the mouthfeel. The abv was a bit too hot, and there was a sticky feeling on the palate after each sip. Beer would be better if it was a bit smoother. A nice beer to try and one was great with lunch, but I would not drink a few of these.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An imperial red ale, served at the Scarborough location.

Pours a hazy red color with hues of orange, nice fluffy white head sits on top and fades at a decent rate, leaves some patchy lacing as it empties the glass.

Smell is fairly hoppy and citrusy, but is well balanced with a heaping of caramel malt.

Taste hits first with the hops and citrus, not overwhelming but just right in that department, follows with the sweet caramel malt to meld things over so it doesn't stay overly bitter in the aftertaste, carbonation is great and has a fairly creamy mouthfeel, the strength is well hidden.

It'll be hard to decide whether to order this or the barleywine the next time I'm at Sebago.

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Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Scarborough location on 4/27

A: This beer pours a hazy burnt orange with a one and a half inch of white head. Head recedes moderately with wispy, sticky lacing, and occassional ringlets of lacing.

S: Nose is of floral hops, a touch of citrus, and caramel malts.

T: Taste starts with a nice floral hop bouquet with hints of some citrus filling in. Finish is where a nice sweet caramel malt flavoring comes in, and then the citrus hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy body with a very oily slick coating on the tongue in the finish.

D: Goes down easily, great kick, there is a nit of alcohol warming as it goes down, but not apparent in the taste.

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice beer that I found at Bootleggers in Thopsham, ME today and tried glad I did.

A - A floamy one finger head poured into a MN town hall pint glass. Beer is a light read clear color.

S - a bit nutty like smell nothing overpowering nothing standing out.

T - Good some citrus again a bit nutty some caramel.

M - Fluffy light nice mouthfeel.

D - Hard to believe this is 9.2 ABV can't really detect it here but is nice.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the newly opened Kennebunk location. Served in a cervoise, it was a very attractive beer. A cherry amber color with a thick tan head and abundant lacing. It had a caramel aroma, as well as the hoppy aroma of flowers and citrus. Some caramel in the taste, but the hops really made themselves evident. Pine and grapefruit. I don't know what the ABV was, and the alcohol wasn't noticeable, but two of these gave me a bit of a buzz. Nice beer.

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Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a "collaboration between Jon Clegg and Tom Abercrombie to commemorate a decade of brewing at Sebago". There was a sign at one of the locations that said this was a Double Red. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: Nice crimson red color with a thin white head which dissipates shortly after the pour. Tons of cascading bubbles. Some scant lacing is left behind

S: Toasted malts, caramel, candied sugar, floral notes, hops and citrus all blend together to give a very appeasing nose. I may even detect some hazelnut

T: Starts with some hop bite and citrus flavors, but switches to a nice nutty, caramel blend. A hint of spice is present as well

M: Very creamy, smooth but just a small amount of bitterness left on the palate

D: A very refreshing beer which goes down easily. There is no ABV listed on the bottle, but I would guess around 7-8%. Sebago has impressed me with their recent single batch series, and this beer is no exception

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Single Batch Series - Milestone Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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