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Slick Nick Winter Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.67%
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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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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
Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

jlindros, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

smcolw, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Gavage, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

akorsak, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

jdhilt, May 03, 2006
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

wrightst, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

mdaschaf, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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
Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

johnnnniee, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

vfgccp, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Durge, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

puboflyons, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of alexgash
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

alexgash, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.7/5  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.

tigg924, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

jaxon53, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

cbutova, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

mltobin, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

NEhophead, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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
Photo of Rekrule
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Rekrule, Nov 24, 2013
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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.