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Slick Nick Winter Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Slick Nick Winter Ale is our most popular seasonal ale. The caramel and black malts we use to brew Slick Nick gives it the deep amber color. This insidious brew is best enjoyed during New England's freezing winter months. Slick Nick himself is pictured on our label casing out the Victoria Mansion in Portland Maine on a blustery night. Warm up with one of Maine's best winter offerings.

38.8 IBU

(Beer added by: msolar on 12-18-2008)
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, amber-brown coloring with a sparse white surface coating. Aromas of roasted toffee, gingerbread, and some old world fruit sweetness. Flavors are initially light, with fig and date sweetness blending with a light roasting and some warming spices. Smooth and mid-bodied, this leads to a sweet and roasty aftertaste. The finish is almost cloying, but remains light enough to avoid overpowering. Tasty brew.

11-11-2012 23:39:15 | More by GarthDanielson
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

This is a fairly agreeable beer that I enjoy every winter. Can't believe I've never reviewed it.
In a pint glass the beer is rust colored with an off-white head.
Caramel aroma, some spice.
More spice in the taste, cinnamon. Some caramel, and even a tiny hint of vanilla.
I think the beer is just a little too much on the sharp side; nevertheless, I do enjoy drinking it.

11-21-2010 19:11:56 | More by lordofthewiens
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, orange brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: bread, caramel, and dark fruit

Taste: bread, caramel, dark fruit, and a slightly hoppy ending

Mouthfeel: sweet start slightly bitter finish, light bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent above average winter warmer that is in the better half of those I have tasted this winter. I like the bready taste. I could have two or three.

01-23-2010 17:28:31 | More by tigg924
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown color with a thin beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy malts and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Rough medium bodied. Taste mostly of roasted malts and very bitter hops.

Overall: Not too bad, it will keep you warm on a cold night for sure.

12-28-2013 16:58:01 | More by Cavanaghty
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deebo

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

A-copper amber color. Clear with a weak white foam
S-warm spices reminiscent of the style. Cinnamon and nutmeg especially. Malty with a sweet cookie note
T-pretty much right on with the aroma
M-soft bodied and quick finish. A bit of a spicy noble hop like finish. Pleasing
O-a solid easy drinking WW

12-24-2012 17:06:39 | More by deebo
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PressFastF0rward

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

06-27-2014 20:15:00 | More by PressFastF0rward
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%

Review from notes 12/30/10.

A: Pours brown with some red hues with a small off white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits, some raisins and plum and a thick caramel malt aroma.

T: The dark fruit and caramel are here in a big way. There is a slightly bready malt flavor as well as some winter spices and a nuttiness.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a little sticky.

O: Pretty good beer. Always thought it was a winter warmer, and seeing that it was retired as a warmer and is now in the strong ale category makes me wonder if there was a recipe change. Though, I haven't had this beer for 5 years or so, so there is no way I can remember. Either way, easy drinking and a nice beer to the winter time.

03-30-2011 15:32:22 | More by mdaschaf
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-27-2013 23:05:53 | More by ChrisL24481
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ScottieD

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-21-2013 01:28:32 | More by ScottieD
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lzepplin01

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-15-2014 00:24:51 | More by lzepplin01
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

01-09-2012 01:54:38 | More by Snellgg5
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

From a 12 fl. oz. sample bottled 11.24.09. Sample on December 20, 2009. It has a handsome amber-brown tone with virtually no head and limited lacing. The aroma is a tad hoppy with a bit of caramel malts. The mouthfeel is in the medium range. The taste is slightly sweet but bitter. Bittersweet? It was kind of nice but nothing out of the ordinary.

12-22-2009 02:16:54 | More by puboflyons
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

A bottle from Julio's.

A: For an IPA, this beer straddles the middle ground between coppery amber and Cascadian IBA. Much closer to the amber but much darker than most. A small head came along with the ale, isolated patches of lace were the result.

S: The IPA is a syrupy sweet mix of caramel and citrus. Of the two, I'd give my nod to the caramel but that hoppiness lingers around. Toasted bread is prominent.

T: Nicely toasted, maybe even a little spicy. That toasted flavor is warming, leading into the spice profile. The nutmeg is strong, giving the ale an IPA-pumpkin taste. The hops appear mid-sip, mildly citric before the nutmeg takes over. An interesting pairing, one that I'm not sold on (my dislike of pumpkin ales is well-known). The fullness is nice, as is the toasted grain and spice interplay at the start of each sip.

M: The mouthfeel is big, malt-centric with that unusual spice profile. Not quite hoppy enough to be an IPA but spicy enough to be a warmer.

D: Drinkable but the spice profile is too pumpkiny for my likes.

01-15-2011 03:20:30 | More by akorsak
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-19-2014 04:05:17 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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hockeypuck

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-03-2013 23:46:23 | More by hockeypuck
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

Nice color, rich dark brown, near black with a light head of tan that comes up and caps the top of the glass nicely. Aroma is dominated by aromas of oak and vanilla, which meld seemlessly into the chocolate notes that become ever more present as time goes on. First sip is wonderful, more carbonated then I typically see with barrel aged beers, with a nicely lively presence and rich, velvet like carbonation. First sip is loaded down with oak notes, hints of bourbon and vanilla start to come out as I dive further into it. Suble at first but then it starts to build. Nice backbone of chocolate coming through as well as a light touch of smoke

07-18-2011 17:29:29 | More by mikesgroove
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Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

poured into a pint glass

A- Clear and crisp amber colour, half a finger of white head, receeds quickly.

S-Nose seems a little weak only detecting carmel notes.

T- Carmel and roasted malts, can taste the seasonal spice but not enough to detect what spice it is.

M- Medium carbonation, light to medium body.

D- Good offering, but for a seasonal I would like to taste and smell the spices a little more.

12-17-2010 16:19:47 | More by Lukecook
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ScottBrianB

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-10-2014 21:18:17 | More by ScottBrianB
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obywan59

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

Beer of the month.

The beer is coppery or orange-amber in color, depending on the light. A light tan 3-finger head dissipated quickly leaving a bit of lacing. No carbonation buttles are apparent.

The smell is of toasted malts with lemony spice and other fruity aromas. The citrus is just on the overripe side.

Caramelly toasted malts make their presence known upfront, but are largely wiped out by a fast rising and long lasting bitterness accented by some light spiciness. The second glass exhibits some metallic flavor after a hard pour, but soon settles down.

The medium-bodied mouthfeel borders on medium-full. There's a bit of bite on the tongue, though I never saw a single carbonation bubble. Occasionally, there's also some warmth in the throat.

This is a decent beer. Not spectacular, but not disappointing either. I would have no complaints if I happened to encounter it again.

02-15-2012 04:37:01 | More by obywan59
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Gfunk

Maine

4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-06-2014 15:35:21 | More by Gfunk
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BeerMeister8

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-28-2013 19:56:37 | More by BeerMeister8
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

Another trip to sebago today. decided to go with the pastrami sandwich for lunch. today's beer was the seasonal winter ale served first with the last half being enjoyed with lunch.

A - Nice light brown with a touch of amber at the edges.

S - malt and a hint of spices. definitely a winter ale. nice aroma.

T -light malt witha nice blend of hops and spice. Very refreshing on a cool breezy day in downtown portland.

M - light bodied.

D - very clean tasting. worked well with my sandwich.

05-01-2006 17:35:06 | More by barleywinebrewer
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Genuine

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +2%

Poured from the bottle into my duvel tulip.

Poured a nice dark amber in color, with a darker cream head that seemed to dissolve quite quickly.

Smell - Some fruity, roasted notes come out, not much, some spices.

Taste - This is where this beer falls apart...I was exited to hear that sebago came out with a winter ale, as they are one of my favorite "style" of beers. But this wasn't strong enough, I thought, for a strong ale. I was hoping for a higher ABV, and for the beer to not only be dark in color, but have delicious roasted malt character with some hops to balance it out. It's ok, but it's not great.

Mouthfeel - a bit thin for the style, I thought.

Overall - a good beer from sabago, but not great.

11-21-2011 14:41:56 | More by Genuine
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RingoBro

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-22-2014 17:23:44 | More by RingoBro
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dciBA

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a medium to dark amber into my glass with no head at all. No lacing as I drink it down. Smell is mostly caramel with some toasted malt, and the slightest hint of chocolate. This is a real nice smelling malt forward beer. Taste follows smell. Lots of caramel, with some nutmeg as well. A nice roasted nut flavor in the finish which lingers for a while. Finishes nicely, not too sweet, not too dry. Mouthfeel is a little thin but not enough to detract from the score. This a real easy drinking winter warmer from Sebago.

01-11-2011 23:26:00 | More by dciBA
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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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