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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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82
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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.64%
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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4/5  rDev +12%

loupap, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Genuine
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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%

Yoshio, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12%
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 mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 ElijahCSkuggs
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ElijahCSkuggs, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of NCSUdo
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

NCSUdo, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of boralyl
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

boralyl, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Active, clear, reddish amber, with thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no significant amount of lacing.

Smell is faint overall. But there is some caramel maltyness and a sort of lemony fruity zesty esters, and a bit of booze.

Tastes caramel malty, a little but not very sweet, lightly fruity, a wee bit spicy, and mildly bitter with a very clean finish.

Strong carbonation, medium body, light-medium viscosity and finishes clean.

Better than expected. I like the bolder and more adventurous Maine breweries like Marshall Wharf and Allagash best, and the up and coming little guys like Rising Tide and Maine Beer Co, better than the oldsters. But Sebago makes some pretty good brews, I must admit.

sprucetip, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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 dciBA
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a medium to dark amber into my glass with no head at all. No lacing as I drink it down. Smell is mostly caramel with some toasted malt, and the slightest hint of chocolate. This is a real nice smelling malt forward beer. Taste follows smell. Lots of caramel, with some nutmeg as well. A nice roasted nut flavor in the finish which lingers for a while. Finishes nicely, not too sweet, not too dry. Mouthfeel is a little thin but not enough to detract from the score. This a real easy drinking winter warmer from Sebago.

dciBA, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Lukecook
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Lukecook, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 berley31
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a small, off-white head that diminished to 1/4-finger or so. Body is a dark amber color, and hazy.

S: The aroma is kind of... plain? Comes across as mainly sweet malt, not strong, but it is there.

T: Nice flavor that may not blow you away, but still pleasant enough and quite easy to drink. Mostly caramel sweetness, but not sickening.

M: Light-bodied, with a thin-oily texture, and average to lively carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer, easy to put away a couple of pints. However, it seemed very similar to their Runabout Red to me, but I didn't exactly have them side-by-side.

berley31, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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 tigg924
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Durge
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -1.1%
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 GWaters
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

GWaters, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Bounty628
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Bounty628, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Yeastcakes
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes: Hefe glass, frigde temps (40F)
Aroma: cinnamon & other spices, alchohol warmth.
Appearance: Nice half-inch head upon pour, nice thin foam lingers. Some lacing. Dark, clear brownish-red.
Mouthfeel: Full body, light carbonation.
Taste: Complex fruit, alcohol and malty sweetness and beautifully balanced. Light sweetness lingers on the edges of the tongue along with light bitterness in the middle.
Drinkability: This is a great beer for winter evenings and, while perhaps not a session beer, can easily be good for a pint or two.

Yeastcakes, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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
Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.