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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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Reviews: 50
Hads: 125
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 10.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark clear amber, with massive 2.5 finger off white head. Head took a while to dissipate and left me with copious amounts of lacing that remained to the end.

S - the aroma is subdued, slight spicy hops, sweet fruity malt with lots if raisin, and warming alcohol.

T - the taste is a complex balance of hops malt and warming alcohol. The flavor hops, while present with citrus and pine, take a back seat to the sweet malt, slight notes of dark fruits and candy sugar but not so much. But it is the finish gets me, a quenching bite of bitter hops and warming alcohol, that is so enjoyable.

M - ample carbonation makes it feel less thick than it probably is. Finishes clean and slightly sweet.

O - I'm very partial to this beer, one if my favorite winter warmers. The hops stand up to the malt real well, resulting in a very enjoyable and flavorful beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of msolar
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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).


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Photo of sprucetip
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of suspect
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of berley31
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of albern
3.76/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of dciBA
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: roasted grain;

T: a little surprising; not a lot of flavor; what's there is nicely balanced; a bit of hop bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; alcohol well hidden;

O: easy to drink;

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Photo of obywan59
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Genuine
3.65/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of sirminkdeadly
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass straight from a 12 ounce bottle.

A-- Beer pours a full inch of head on an aggressive pour that wanes after a short time. Lacing is decent. Color is a nice, solid amber.

S-- I smell a nice, deep malt here. A cinnamon note shines through with a little bit of fruit from the hops. I get the impression from the smell that the hops won't play much.

T-- A nice, medium malt flavor with some spice notes in the background. There is a little bitterness on the back end, and the hops comes through after a longer exposure.

M-- This beer is decent on the texture, but there is a little less carbonation than I'd like. It just feels a bit flat; maybe that's my pour talking. Overall, just not enough pop from the bubbles, and that might be good or bad...not quite sure.

O-- A solid beer, but really could use some more depth in the malt and better texture. However, I like it, and I would drink it again!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: Caramel and malts stick out the most, with a touch of fruitiness and brown bread

T: Follows the nose, sweet caramel and brown bread along with a hint of dark fruit from the hops. Fairly simple

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth

O: A nice little winter warmer with no spices. Nice and easy to drink as well. Good price point, solid beer

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Photo of nukem5
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky brown color with some fizzy head .

S: Aroma is of sweet darker fruits with hints of caramel and molasses.

T: Flavors rush the tongue with sweet caramel and dark fruity mystery.

M: Mouthfeel is on the medium side with light carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer and definitly a winter warmer but not too high in the ABV's. Nice as it warms up up get a bit on the hot side.

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Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this seasonal brew at the Scarborough location last week. It's a deep, slightly hazed golden brown color with a fair off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is a bit weak and hard to capture. Perhaps grassy maple syrup, really vague. The flavor comes on with a much better statement with sweet toffee vanilla and some grass hops. I get some fruit nougat, cotton candy sweetness maybe. Medium to medium light body with lively carbonation. Pretty drinkable and an OK winter brew.

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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.