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)

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Added by jamie2dope on 05-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by jamie2dope:
Photo of jamie2dope
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I must admit that I was intrigued by the idea of a beer that had been aged with stones added to it. I bought this bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville. It pours out an amber color, with about two fingers of white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen racing up toward the top of the glass as well. I have to say that there really isn't a whole lot going on in the nose. Maybe a little bit of fresh grain, and a certain metallic aroma as well, possibly a result of the rocks. The taste is much more accentuated, and gets right to the point with a fierce blast of sticky resin like hops. The malt profile is also pretty damn huge on this brew, giving off a large amount of caramel and cinnamon. There is something complex about this beer that I can't quite figure out, but I assume and hope that it has something to do with the rock addition. The body is actually quite large, and feels a lot bigger than the ABV suggests. The malt and hops are well balanced as well. I have to say that the drinkability loses some points simply because this thing is so damn in your face and complex. With that being said, this is certainly an interesting drinking experience, and a beer that I will recommend. Cheers to Sebago Brewing for experimenting, and for their anniversary.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber
The color is a beautiful red amber the head is thick a slight tan. Nice

The aroma is all over the place there's caramel, alcohol, malt and something I can't place not sure if I like it or not

The taste is big full of malt toffee and butter flavors the alcohol presents itself at the very end when a slight bitter becomes apparent. This a dangerous beer in that its high alcohol is not apparent though its full body and smooth taste make it easy to drink

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy hazy deep orangey amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops is quite dominant with some notes of deep rich sweet malt. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some deep rich caramel malt with some bitter and citrus hoppy notes. Not too sweet or cloying which I enjoyed with a full body and limited filtration with medium carbonation. No alcohol was apparent. Not necessarily soemthign I would have very often but still enjoyable.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

@ Sebago Brewing, Portland ME

Made by adding heated granite rocks to the brew kettle. The bartender showed me pics of the whole process which was pretty cool. Definately my first rock beer.

Grapefruit ruby red color. Thin wheat head leaves sidewalls of sea salt lookin' lace.

Strong aroma. Sharp pine and bitter grapefruit hop, syrupy sweet carmelized malt. Candy fruit bouquet with a maraschino cherry lead.

Really, really sweet. I cannot emphasize the sweetness enough. I'm assuming that's due to the added carmelization sites of the granite rocks. Sweetness is held in check by the grapefruit pith bitter and a sharp pine finish. Grenadine fruity esters. Syrupy at times.

It's good but it's also one of those beers that I'm glad it came in a 10oz serving because anything more would be too much sweet.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/17/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, dark fruit, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. There's a hearty malt character and a faint touch of alcohol. The hops presence is strong and complementary but not over-powering. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good stronger beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest, but very dense head. Long lasting and leaves a coating lace on the glass. Nearly clear (slight haze), dark copper amber color.

Smells strong--the alcohol shines up front. Far more malty than hoppy. Some fruitiness and sweet caramel to the nose.

Far great hop flavor than the nose would suggest. The alcohol is still very strong--it warms the tongue and the throat. The mouthfeel is most alcohol oiliness with lots of carbonation. The aftertaste is like swallow a bitter apertif with a very peppery hop touch. Very warming finish.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 10pz pour at Union BH typical little ffoam. Pours a hazy dark orange, brass.
T: slight sweet, good malt backbone finishing on good ride of hops. Not mind-blowing but well balanced.
D: hey 9.5%! I have to drive so 2 max for me. I have had bombers before. I could do 1, a second would be pressing it. But I would love to try!!!

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a nice copper-amber color. Pours with a nice one-inch head, slightly off-white in color. Decent lacing as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Sweetness hits first, candy and caramel. Then the hops come in with a nice piney and citrus bite. This has potential.

T: So much for the hops. An overwhelming sweetness hits you hard up front. More candy flavors, dark caramal, big malts. Mid taste, a hop bitterness makes a re-appearance, although much less than in the smell. Finish is odd, very grainy with a lot of peppercorn. Almost a little tinny. And then the heat kicks. Wow, this has got some warmth for a 9% strong ale.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Something doesn't quite work for me. There was a lot of potential up front, but I found myself liking this less and less as a I drank it. I really marked this done on taste, specifically the finish. Interesting, but I wouldn't hunt this down again.

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Photo of celeriac
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely reddish-amber, crystal clear, with a nice big puffy head. Beautiful head retention, just stays forever. Aroma has a lot of caramel, brown sugars, and a healthy dose of grapefruity/spicy hops. Caramelization aroma reminds me a bit of a scotch ale. Only complaint is that the aroma is a bit muddled.

As I drink it I'm on the fence about this one, but I like it pretty well. very rich caramelized malt flavor without very much bitterness, but with significant american hop flavor - a touch citrusy. Again, makes me think a bit of a scotch ale with american hopping. It does seem a bit too sweet, and I think I'd prefer it somewhat dryer. Very full, rounded flavor and mouthfeel. In fact the mouthfeel is really the highlight - creamy, a bit thick, and very smooth.

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Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ben for this bomber.

Pours a dark, clear amber with lots of bubbles streaming to the top feeding a very thick white head that leaves some thin milky lacing along the sides.

The aroma is extremely sweet with lightly toasted caramel malts and sweet light fruits. There are some citrus hops and apricots.

The initial taste is of hop bitterness with floral and citrus dominating but it gives way to candied fruit and caramelized sugar which are really the most prevalent flavors. The finish is sweet as well but with a toasty bitterness lingering on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy - really nice feel overall.

This is a sweet strong ale with an interesting character, presumably from the rocks, that leads to a slightly metallic bitterness and dryness. Very good.

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Photo of gtn80
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a dark red, small head that dissapeared about halfway through the glass.

Smell is of intense malt, not alot of hops just a bit of citrus on the hop note. Alot of caramel malts in the nose.

Taste is pretty intense malt, almost caramel/toffee flavors. The hops do prevent it from being cloying, but don't balance in out, it is still a malty beer.

Mouthfeel is solid, carbonation is medium, but mouthfeel is decent.

Drinkability is alright , definitely couldn't finish a bomber by myself, just too much malt.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Milestone Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 12 ratings