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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
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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 Soozy
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Garypuffer
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks like your typical winter warmer, but kinda wimpy in the taste department...but gotta say, it doesn't have the sweet, overly spiced taste of some of 'em. Got it as a Xmas gift so can't complain too much. (208 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Bounty628
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Keeping true to a winter warmer style, Slick Nick has a nice 6.2% ABV which helps it live up to its name as a warmer beer. Thanks to the assistance of the rich malt flavors in the brew, the 6.2% ABV is quite muted and would certainly allow Slick Nick to be enjoyed as a session beer.

Slick Nick pours a bright and crisp amber color with some hues of purple glistening through when held to light. There is a certain looseness to the pour as it pours as a really nice ale. There is very little head when poured and there is a minimal amount of lacing that is left along the glass throughout the drinking of this beer. Interestingly, there seems to be a higher amount of carbonation in Slick Nick than some other winter warmers I have had recently.

The nose is a bit faint with this beer as there is not an abundant rush of hops or much else at play in the nose. There are, however, some faint hints of malts, caramel and some holiday spices at work here. Each one does not maintain an overwhelming presence in the nose, rather, they seem to be hidden a bit off in the distance.

With the taste of Slick Nick, those same malts that were faintly noticed in the nose shine through remarkably well in the taste. There is a malty and almost sweet nature to the taste of this beer that seems to work quite nicely. The distant holiday spices in the nose seem to remain out there in the distance with the taste, which is somewhat unfortunate. A better contrast of the malted complexity to the rich and inviting taste of holiday spices could have served this beer well.

A very smooth mouthfeel is at work with Slick Nick as the sweeter malt taste of the beer really works its way across the palate. There is a mild aftertaste present but it is not offensive and is that of the caramel in the taste. The smooth nature of the beer helps the 6.2% ABV hide out in the background and therefore helps the beer serve as a good one to have by the fireplace on a snowy evening. (1,960 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours hazy brown with a 1.5 finger of off-white head. Average retention some lower lacing.

S - Yeasty spice bread, mixed with sugary raisins, dates, and prunes. Heavily brewed cold tea, doughy yeast,

T - Sweet malt laced with pepper, cinnamon, brown sugar, and unknown other spices. Prunes start to rise above the other flavors, hints of orange tea come in with a nutty yeast. Finishes with an herbal hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, soft carbonation.

Not sure what style this fits in. Heavy yeast, some spice bread, and some mild hops make this good for a setting. Not sure I would seek this out though. (613 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance was dark brown with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The smell was heavy on malt with some hop at the end. Also some chocolate notes give a sweet smell to it. The taste was very mellow and earthy. Lots of sweet malt to this one. the mouthfeel was a bit thick for my tastes but not bad. Overall a very nice winter warmer. (336 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy ruddy copper body. Slim finger of gauzy, sticky, cobwebby, dirty beige head. Some lacing. Sugary malts with fruity notes of plum and Concord grape. A little bitter molasses edge. Fruit cake-y with subtle spices (allspice and ginger?).

Caramel, slightly toasted malt up front. Plum and grape fruitiness fill up the palate. Tannic, bitter edge picks up mid-way through. Faint spice notes, but the herbal, woody bitterness is too strong for it. Dryer in the finish, thanks to the bitterness. Some lingering fruit malt sweetness. Not bad, but a little harsh on the bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. (638 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy toffee to walnut colored body with copper hues showing through beneath the thin, off-white head.

Faint aromas of winter spices such as cinnamon creep to the nose with bready malt and a touch of hops and perhaps fig or dates.

Flavors are of toasted malt, grains, bread, and faint spices with a touch of something metallic in the finish.

Medium in body and carbonation, it does leave a faint, yet unidentifiable bite on the palate.

I guess this is somewhere between winter warmer and strong ale with faint hints of the spices traditional to the winter warmer, yet perhaps more appropriate in the catch all of strong ale. (638 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce botttle into a SA perfect pint glass, deep copper color, medium white head. The aroma is toasted malts, bready. Lots of toasted malt flavor, then not much else, drying finish. The body is medium, good carbonation, no noticeable booze. Kind of a disapointing beer, recieved as part of a BOTMC. (317 characters)

Photo of boralyl
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a small white head that fades quickly leaving some spider web lace. The beer is clear and dark amber in color with visible carbonation.

S - Dark fruit, caramel, and some spicy notes I can't quite describe.

M - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a small amount of syrupiness.

T - A mixture of caramel and dark fruit hit the tongue first. It's followed by mild spices including nutmeg. It has a pretty clean finish with mild bitterness.

The flavors combine well to create a decent brew. The nose is a little lacking, but it's got a good taste. (565 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Family Guy pint glass.

A: Light, clean orangy copper color beneath a two-finger head of quickly dissipating toffee-colored foam. Left slight lacing with minimal head retention to match.

S: Sweet and spicy, mildly carrot-cake like aroma, with some zesty, muted citrus hops.

T: Light caramel sweetness up front with some grainy, milled cereal flavors as well. A concoction of cinnamon, vanilla, coriander and nutmeg comes together with a tinge of viscous alcohol and leads to a pretty smooth finish, almost watery by comparison to its mid-palate.

M: Pretty clean and light-medium bodied for a higher ABV, spiced red ale. Very drinkable with only a little alcohol burn to detract.

O: Less a strong ale than a jacked up red ale with some "holiday spices" thrown in the mix, Slick Nick was surprisingly good. At 6.2% ABV, its a pretty drinkable ale to help you warm up to nefarious in-laws at your holiday party, or simply put a glow on your face in front of the fire. Enough taste and drinkability to keep it afloat in the sea of winter warmers. (1,083 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Medium brown body, medium white head. Some retention, very little lace.

S: Malty, sweet, small nut character, toasted.

T: Malty again, sweet, alcohol is actually slightly apparent despite the low level, low bitterness.

M/D: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Drinkability is fine. Overall a pretty average beer. (328 characters)

Photo of GWaters
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle

Served in a Sam Adams Sensory Glass at Cellar Temperature

Pour: Toffee colored pour with tight dense energetic foam head of 2 - 3 fingers. Leaves some lacing as it goes down, but not much.

Smell: Scent of caramel with strong mossy notes. Unertones of toffee, and green apples.

Taste: Dry, and sweet malty flavor with diacetyl colors. Not unpleasant, but not the spiced winter ale one may expect. Very earthy, and old fashioned. Floral hops further reinforce the old style flavor and finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a sort of oil presence, maybe from the hops, but finishes dry.

Drinkability: I solid ale - not a winter ale, but a good representation of an old style British ale. I could enjoy a bottle or two of this. (755 characters)

Photo of Lukecook
3.51/5  rDev -2%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.
Clearly labeled that this product was bottled in Gorham, ME.

Pours a thin, faint caramel with auburn highlights. Inch-high dense white foam with good retention leaving patches of condensed lacing around half of the glass.

Faint hints of caramel with a layer of diacetyl. A touch of toffee along with some musty, earthen-floral hops. Slightly past their prime apple and orange fruity esters.

Toasted biscuit with a thick caramel flavor; dry toffee, and pleasant diacetyl that works well with the biscuity malt. Sweet and malty prior to a yeasty, dry must that swarms the palate. Notes of bright floral hops with the prolonged sweetness.

A full, medium in body; creamy, almost buttery on the palate that turns rather filmy and dry.

A decent stab at the true, English Winter Warmer style that tastes like a fuller English Pale than the American spiced-up take on the style. Not bad, but it could improve if the mustiness was balanced a little better. (1,005 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (555 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a huge beige head that persists forever leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Hints of caramel and bready malt mix with earthy spicy hops make up the aroma. A slight mineral edge rounds out the nose. The flavor is toffee and caramel with bread mineral water and earthy spicy hops providing some bit of balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, I could see myself drinking these. (470 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (505 characters)

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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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