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Slick Nick Winter Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company visit their website
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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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

meehandennis, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Lou's. Red-amber translucent body with over an inch of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving a fair bit of lacing. Roasty caramel malt and raisin characterize the aroma. Tastes fruity with lots of caramel malt. A little lighter flavored than expected, but not overly so, and the flavors are balanced and compliment eachother perfectly... Medium creamy mouthfeel. A nearly perfect winter warmer.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 16, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

wrightst, Aug 07, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes: Hefe glass, frigde temps (40F)
Aroma: cinnamon & other spices, alchohol warmth.
Appearance: Nice half-inch head upon pour, nice thin foam lingers. Some lacing. Dark, clear brownish-red.
Mouthfeel: Full body, light carbonation.
Taste: Complex fruit, alcohol and malty sweetness and beautifully balanced. Light sweetness lingers on the edges of the tongue along with light bitterness in the middle.
Drinkability: This is a great beer for winter evenings and, while perhaps not a session beer, can easily be good for a pint or two.

Yeastcakes, Feb 10, 2009
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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

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep bronze color with a decent head and a fair amount of lacing. The smell of hops overpowers the smell of spices, but nutmeg is a slightly noticeable. It didn't taste as much as a "holiday" beer as I would have expected, but more like a lightly spiced IPA. (I suspect my IPA-biased beer-buddy petes99 would like this one a lot.) It had a bit more hops than I would have liked, but it's certainly a really good beer. I have a log of it on tap and have no concerns that it won't be finished quickly (read: high drinkability).

I like this beer a lot, but if you're looking for a spiced seasonal, I'd tried something different (ideas are escaping me at the moment).

Cheers

msolar, Dec 18, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Active, clear, reddish amber, with thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no significant amount of lacing.

Smell is faint overall. But there is some caramel maltyness and a sort of lemony fruity zesty esters, and a bit of booze.

Tastes caramel malty, a little but not very sweet, lightly fruity, a wee bit spicy, and mildly bitter with a very clean finish.

Strong carbonation, medium body, light-medium viscosity and finishes clean.

Better than expected. I like the bolder and more adventurous Maine breweries like Marshall Wharf and Allagash best, and the up and coming little guys like Rising Tide and Maine Beer Co, better than the oldsters. But Sebago makes some pretty good brews, I must admit.

sprucetip, Feb 06, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 04, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

GarthDanielson, Nov 11, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Sebago (downtown Portland location):

A: brown body with some red hues along the edges, small off white head that leaves some nice lacing

S: some dark fruits and a malt aroma

T: some caramel, slightly bready with some winter spices and nuttiness

M: medium, sessionable, slick sweet aftertaste, sticky finish

O: a pretty good easy drinking beer, good for the style and good for me

BeerKangaroo, Dec 03, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

berley31, Feb 24, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to mrmarmot for the hookup. This came in his beer-of-the-month club.

A: Pours a mostly clear reddish color. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger off-white head that disappears relatively quickly. Lacing is thick and plentiful.

S: Spices, malts and faint hop aroma lead a really nice smelling beer.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly. Strong spices including cinnamon, coriander and a really wonderful malt profile.

M: Nice creamy feel...aftertaste doesn't stick for very long but leaves me wanting more.

O: A solid beer. Not really a "strong ale" so to speak, more of a winter warmer but a very good one, none-the-less.

suspect, Feb 02, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in the same sitting as their Boathouse Brown, and this one is quite a bit better. The beer pours a rather muted orangey amber color, with a decent off white creamy head, some retention, some lacing. There is a modest amount of carbonation for the style. The nose on the beer is sweet malts, sweet caramels, some holiday spices, such as allspice or nutmeg, there is a touch of butterscotch like diacetyl, maybe some yeastiness. The nose is not the best indicator of what is to come.

The taste is very nice. The beer is quite sweet, quite smooth, more light than medium bodied, more crisp than creamy. The sweet malts, caramels, butterscotch flavors, some slight roasted notes, and the holiday spices define this beer. There is a hop presence in the finish but the malts prevail in this beer. There is a slightly sweet candied malt flavors just bordering on orange. There is some barrel like oaken woodiness to the beer as well, but this is hidden deep underneath. The mouthfeel is quite mild, the ABV well hidden, and the aftertaste has some lingering spiciness. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

albern, Jan 24, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, barely any head, and patchy retention and lacing.

Definitely smell the sweet floral notes as well as some malty roastiness. Has a dry, dark fruit note as well. Very pleasant and not overly pungent.

Smooth and creamy yet carbonated with a small bite. A welcome and low-impacting bitterness is combined with similar small dry fruits, and has good floral taste as well.

I bought this for my friend, Nick, for Christmas...but I haven't seen him. So, I think I've waited enough, and I'm glad I didn't wait any longer. The retard probably wouldn't have appreciated it anyways. I know I did! This is a friendly American Strong Ale that will have you thinking winter. That's good thing.

ElijahCSkuggs, Mar 18, 2011
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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.