Slick Nick Winter Ale - Sebago Brewing Company
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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.
02-04-2012 00:27:08 | More by StaveHooks
3.83/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
02-02-2012 01:51:01 | More by suspect
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.
12-29-2011 16:49:19 | More by bonkers
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
12-28-2011 00:19:08 | More by Gambrinus1184
3.55/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
12-20-2011 16:50:01 | More by Gavage
3.68/5 rDev +3.4%
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!
12-20-2011 01:52:33 | More by sirminkdeadly
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.
12-10-2011 02:20:58 | More by CHADMC3
3.85/5 rDev +8.1%
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
12-03-2011 03:18:21 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.63/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-21-2011 14:41:56 | More by Genuine
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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
07-18-2011 17:29:29 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
03-30-2011 15:32:22 | More by mdaschaf
3.8/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
03-18-2011 00:31:25 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.