Slick Nick Winter Ale - Sebago Brewing Company

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Slick Nick Winter AleSlick Nick Winter Ale

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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 ale207
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of sirminkdeadly
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of 11millsown113
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of MaineMike
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of McLaughlin5350
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +12%

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.

Photo of Yoshio
4/5  rDev +12%

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.