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Single Batch Series - Dark Wheat Project | Sebago Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by deltatauhobbit on 06-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light khaki head that slowly fades leaving some lace. Nose is watery grain and figs. Very dark brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is roasted coffee with some earthy bitterness at finish. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley's Discount Beverage Dover, NH

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from portia99. Thanks, Bill.

A: Pours a dark, but ultimately clear, dark brown body capped with a very small light beige head. Retention is quite short, leaving absolutely no trace of bubbles after about a minute.

S: A toasted grain aroma that imparts notes of caramel and dark fruits (figs). Cereal grain that could be arguably wheat, but it doesn't have any distinct wheat notes that make it identifiable.

T: Toast, caramel, and figs. A smattering of raisins quickly segues into a flavor of roasted grain. A very grainy, cereal-like flavor in the mid-palate that is probably the wheat contribution. The beer finishes malty, but it dries up quickly and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste of earthy hops. Fairly tasty.

M: Light-medium bodied. Very low carbonation. The beer finishes malty, though the sweetness is subdued.

D: Pleasant and drinkable. I have no idea how to evaluate the style, as I'm relatively new to dark wheat beers. But I enjoyed it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from svosie, so a big "Thank You" goes out to her. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

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

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, wheat, some chocolate and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty roasted malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and chocolate come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this nice beer with flavor and substance making it worth drinking when you want something a little bit different.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured as a dark mahogany brown with a thin short lived head.
A scant nose with hints of alcohol.

This beer didn't taste much like a wheat beer-- if I were served this beer w/o knowing its title I'd swear it was a traditional ale.
There's plenty of hops bitterness and some malt as well. I think that the hops flavor is mostly bitter with out much dimension.

The mouthfeel is good-- with a nice coating like consistency that felt good and prompted me to desire another sip. The finish dissipated quickly.

Drinkability is very good even with it's stated 7.5ABV.

This beer is worth a try but not something I'd walk to the packie for.

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Photo of beancounter
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with a three finger head, small slow bubbles rise to the top

S-Bready and sweet

T-Malty at first then dark roasted malts. I keep on getting a metalic flavor as well (I poured it into a pint glass)

M-Medium and smooth

D-This is very drinkable, but it leaves a bitter after taste that lingers a bit too long

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First smell is anise as I stare at its dark amber body being poured into a snifter. Some red highlights as a big froth of head settles and sits leaving some good lacing. My first sip yields some Dr. Pepper cherry-like flavors with a bold carbonation. Reminds me a lot of the Terrapin Side Project--The Dark Side I had not too long ago on tap at the 'brary out in Pittsburgh. The more it warms the sweeter raisins, brown sugar, and rum-soaked dates come through. Chocolate and cacao malts hit towards the end leaving a bready, yeasty, alcohol-tinged french toast taste.
I respect the cause of the brew and purchased this one from one of the brewers himself. Buttery smooth, cheers!

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Photo of cpanossian
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black color. Cocoa / bourbon aroma. Modest raison, prune, chocolate taste. Modest biege head at pour which quickly disapates to nothing with no lacing and very little carbonation. Thick rich velvety chocolate mouth feel. Heavy and complex, not my preferred style so more of a sipping beer for me. Very Guiness but better, just not for me.

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Photo of gtn80
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

Appearance is jet black, stout like. Small one finger head disappeared quickly.

Smell isn't very existent, a bit of almost dark candi sugar/rum raisin as it warms up to room temperature.

Taste was roasted at fridge temperature, but as it warmed up to room temp a balance started to emerge. The sweeter malts came out and balanced the roasted flavors. No hops anywhere to be found. Definitely an american dark wheat, no bubblegum or any yeast character.

Mouthfeel is very solid, very full bodied beer. Decent amount of carbonation, but still very thick, carbonation stops it from being cloying.

Drinkability is good at warmer temperatures, at colder temperatures it almost drinks like a porter. 7.5% alcohol, so a 22 by yourself and your feeling it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from a friend who got it at the brewery in Maine. Thanks Tim!

A head slowly forms to about 1 finger as the bubbles catch up with the aggressive pour, but it fades pretty quickly to a light head covering. It's definitely dark, as the beer suggested, a dark caramel molasses brown with barely hints of light coming through.

The nose starts with some dark malts, specifically I get a caramel malt aroma with a touch of a molasses like syrup, as well as some wheat aromas, and some dark dried fruits, plums, figs, dates, etc.

The taste also starts kinda sweet, but has a nice roasted malt flavor to it with a touch of coffee even. A touch of smoke in there as well. There is more caramel and molasses and little sticky syrupy sweetness. A little wheat, but not a whole lot as it is drowned out by the dark malt flavors. A little minerality coming from that roast. A slight bitterness, spicy and a little earthy, rounds off the taste.

It's got a medium body with lower but reasonable enough carbonation.

The finish is still pretty sweet, but dries off some on the back of the mouth. A little lingering syrupy sweetness with more molasses. More of that roasted flavor with a little smoke, also bringing a touch more of the minerality flavor and little salty earthy bitter touch. A long drawn out sticky finish, and that minerality seems to stick out a bit too much like a sore thumb.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass in two parts. Labelled 7.5% ABV on the side of the bottle.

Appearance: Really black in color with only some medium brown edges. The darkness of this beer is really surprising to me. One finger beige head quickly recedes into a slight lacing.

Smell: really sweet wheat notes, much like a wheatwine. Slightly roasted and no hop presence at all.

Taste: Bitter coffee and the wheat in really good balance. The roasted and sweet flavors are in really good balance.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied with some good crispness. Velvety and coats the tongue very well.

Drinkability: The ABV is masked well but overall a little high. The creaminess makes this go down really well. Still cannot imagine having more than one with the price tag.

Overall, a nice dark wheat ale with some nice flavors and a creamy mouthfeel. Solid, but nothing too outstanding.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on August 16, 2010. The pour is brown all the way with a two-inch, long-lasting puffy, foamy tan head and light, clingining lacing. Wheat and malts are the leading elements of the aroma with maybe a touch of molasses up back. The body is full and very smooth like honey. The taste begins with a full wheatiness and maltiness with a creeping finish of bitter hops. Quite a likeable beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from Village Market in Hampton, NH.
In a weizen glass the beer was a dark brown color with a medium sized tan head that persisted.
Aroma a little muted. Sweet caramel, fruit. Where's the wheat?
Dark fruit taste, caramel, a little chocolate.
Innocuous, medium-bodied.
OK beer.

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Photo of deereless
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Next to no head on a hard pour, very dark brown in color, minimal activity visible in the beer - 3.00, S: Strong aromas of Tootsie Roll and dark molasses, some prune juice as well as caramel on the nose, quite roasty - 4.25, T: Brown raisins and dark pitted fruits such as plums and dates, some burnt chocolate, there is a subdued sweetness to the beer, faint clove and medium hop bite, I pick up some wood on the palate - 4.00, M: Quite light in body and with a slight slickness to the mouth - 3.75, D: All around a very refreshing and nicely crafted beer, very drinkable - 4.00

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Photo of berley31
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured on-tap at the Portland brewpub location. Moderate-sized, off white head that was fairly long-lasting, but not quite as thick as I would have expected. Body is dark brown and hazy.

S: Interesting aroma... there's a hint of wheat in there, but the main thing I get is some chocolate and a touch of roastiness.

T: Very nice flavor, with the chocolate and roastiness coming through nicely, along with a touch of spiciness. No real alcohol flavor is detectable, even though it's a strong beer.

M: Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation... a pretty creamy beer. Maybe just a hint of warmth from the alcohol.

D: A really nice beer... heavy for the style, but appreciate with a single batch series.

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Photo of Brez07
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz bottle, just hit the stores today I think. Poured into a pilsner glass

A: Dark brown with amber hues, similar to Coke. Gives a 1 finger off white head with good retention. Some spotty lacing on the glass

S: Interesting nose, but not a big one. Definitely some roasted malt here, along with subtle hint of wheat and chocolate

T: Very similar to the nose, with the malt flavor dominating. You do get a nice bitterness from the wheat. Hint of spice

M: Medium bodied, dry finish. Leaves a quickly fading bitterness on the tongue

D: Pretty good, but seems a bit heavy for the style. I like my summer beers on the lighter side, but this wasn't too bad I guess. Another solid beer in Sebago's Single Batch Series

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The latest in Sebago's Single Batch Series, had on-tap at the Scarborough location.

Pours a dark brown color with a good sized creamy looking head, leaves a bit of lacing as it empties from the glass.

Smell has a good roasted malt aroma with a good amount of wheat.

Taste is creamier than I thought it would be, then again I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer, good mix of roasted malt and wheat, slight bitterness in the aftertaste but goes away quickly, only a hint of spice along with a bit of yeast presence.

Better than I was expecting, the creaminess is probably the best thing going for this beer, although it does sit heavier than I'd like.

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Single Batch Series - Dark Wheat Project from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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