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Slick Nick Winter Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Slick Nick Winter AleSlick Nick Winter Ale

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msolar on 12-18-2008

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
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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by Genuine:
Photo of Genuine
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of deebo
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of Lukecook
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of obywan59
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of illpass78
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a becker.

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky ruby-type color. Short white head is gone soon. Carbonation seems heavy.

Aroma: Malty nose with some slightly spicy hops and some dark fruits like cherries and raisins.

Taste: Pretty good malt presence up front. Slightly sweet, brown sugary finish. Those dark fruit notes have more of a presence as it warms. Hop spiciness is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than expected. Not watery, but lacks a big, firm body.

Overall: Okay winter seasonal. Might just not be a style I love. It's approachable and quaffable, but there isn't much to it.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gonzo000
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good beer with a mild spiced profile. Enjoyed this beer but would not go out of my way to revisit.

Photo of dciBA
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark red with a frothy white head that has fairly decent retention. Nice coat of random lace webbing around the glass.

S- Big caramel up front with a nice dose of dark fruit and lots of bread. Some kind of winter spice I can't name. Somewhat buttery in the back.

T- This certainly has an interesting flavor. Caramel is big and so is the dark fruit which weirdly enough ends up giving off a red-Kool Aid sort of hint. Seasonal spice is here along with some nutty hints. Pretty sweet overall. Pine from hops.

MF- Creamy moderate body with a medium level of carbonation. Some bitterness in the finish.

DB- An interesting Winter Ale. Has fruit, hop, yeast and malt flavors that aren't masterfully blended but definitely get the job done.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/2/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains fruit, spices, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of fruit and then some sweet flavors of caramel and spices. The malt character is hearty and there's a decent hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer with flavor and substance making it worth drinking for a while.

Photo of Soozy
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber-red. Light head which left lacing. Could not pick up on smells of this for the life of me, all I could smells is the straight malt.

Has a strong dark chocolate taste at the beginning, sweet caramel too in it...very nice start. It has a pretty bitter aftertaste though and the bitterness combined with the chocolate is kind of unappealing. Alcohol is evident, which is surprising since it's only 6.2%, it isn't overwhelming though. I'm not sure if that was on purpose.

This one didn't really do it for me. I did like that it didn't taste like a Christmas cookie, like nearly every other winter seasonal, but I probably won't try this again.

Photo of lou50rp
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Given a couple to try. A decent winter ale, not heavily spiced and hoppy. Goes down easy. Might buy a rack if I see it.

Photo of jlindros
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a large 2 finger fluffy head that fades semi quickly. It's a slightly hazy reddish orange brown color.

N: Nose of sweet malts, and some syrupy aromas. Somewhat like a red ale with some light roasty aromas and reddish malts. Also a slight maple syrupy like aroma with a syrupy booze. Some bready qualities.

T: Starts semi sweet, with more syrup and sweet malts. Again with the maple almost flavor (but not really). It also seems to add some spicy hops as well which impart some bitterness with it. A slight toasty and bready taste come through more, and don't seem to belong. A slight boozy taste. Some strange spice flavors also seem to be added that also detract from the beer and give it some weird flavor I can't really describe, but seems to stem from an unpleasant bitterness, which only gets worse as the beer warms.

M: Medium body with some syrupy qualities and decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter, with that nagging unpleasant bitterness really coming on strong. Some orange peel and other spices come out to play. The syrupy sweetness continues through the finish. Some spicy qualities are still pleasant.

Photo of berley31
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished to 1/4-finger or so. Body is a dark amber color, and hazy.

S: The aroma is kind of... plain? Comes across as mainly sweet malt, not strong, but it is there.

T: Nice flavor that may not blow you away, but still pleasant enough and quite easy to drink. Mostly caramel sweetness, but not sickening.

M: Light-bodied, with a thin-oily texture, and average to lively carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer, easy to put away a couple of pints. However, it seemed very similar to their Runabout Red to me, but I didn't exactly have them side-by-side.

Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger, cream head that fades to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet spicey nose. Starts sweet with a nice balance of hops, slight lingering soapy aftertaste. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nearly clear, dark amber color with a rocky off-white head. Some sticky and spotty lace on the glass.

Very earthy; almost smells like beef stew. Distracting at best, unappealing at worst.

The taste is a marked improvement. Still quite earthy--much closer to an English IPA. Moderate hop bite that becomes bigger in the finish and afterward. Neutral body with a high level of carbonation.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: light spices, caramel, and a bit of fruity sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bits of spice like cinammon and pepper, red apples, plums, and a moderate bittereness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. The flavors linger a while on the tongue.

Overall: a decent ale that goes nicely on a cold evening in front of a fire. Not to bold on the flavor front, so it is quite drinkable for everyone.

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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.