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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

PeteRiz, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of obywan59
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

obywan59, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

StaveHooks, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of suspect
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

mostpoetsdo, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Snellgg5, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of mhalby
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

AJD1201, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jordanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

jordanmiller, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of bonkers
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

bonkers, Dec 29, 2011
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
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ale207, Dec 25, 2011
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 sirminkdeadly
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

sirminkdeadly, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of 11millsown113
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11millsown113, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

MaineMike, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of McLaughlin5350
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

McLaughlin5350, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of CHADMC3
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

CHADMC3, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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
Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +12.4%

loupap, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Genuine
3.63/5  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.

Genuine, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Yoshio
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Yoshio, Nov 17, 2011
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
Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.