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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:
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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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

MaineMike, Dec 17, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

McLaughlin5350, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Soozy
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%

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.

Soozy, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

bostonryan, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of BierBliss
3/5  rDev -15.7%

BierBliss, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

braican, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

trotnixon, Apr 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

AJD1201, Jan 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

juliusseizure, Mar 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

tlang803, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
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.

Cavanaghty, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

jlindros, Feb 02, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

smcolw, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of StaveHooks
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

StaveHooks, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of alexgash
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

alexgash, Jan 05, 2013
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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

deebo, Dec 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Morakaton, Jan 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

epoole3, Nov 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

WhiteHillsStore, Aug 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

mattparsons, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Bounty628
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Bounty628, Feb 12, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

bonkers, Dec 29, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

CHADMC3, Dec 10, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

NCSUdo, Mar 11, 2011
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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.