Slick Nick Winter Ale | Sebago Brewing Company

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Slick Nick Winter AleSlick Nick Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Sebago Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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

Added by Bierman9 on 11-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by dexterk1:
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer; it's a great winter warmer. It's a dark amber color with a fairly small head. The smell is a pleasant caramel/butterscotch and it has a spicy (cinnamon) , sweet taste, with a hoppy aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel, just faintly carbonated. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BuckSpin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass.

Nose is nicely malted, brown sugar, citrusy (orange), a nice sweet quality, like a caramel hard cider apple. As it warms some hops peek thru in a bittersweet burst.

Great brassy orange, amber whiskey/bourbon hue, crystal clear, lite carbonation rising thru it. Head was a pinky's worth of loose, blanched almond colored foam that faded rather quickly to a thin filming of the top that laced staccato like in spotches.

Its nicely bittersweet, a great balance between the caramelesque malts and the bittersweet quality. With the head agitated up (mimicing the tap version I got to sample at the brewery) there is a creaminess to the initial taste which is very nice. Its very balanced...not sweet nor bitter, and no mulled spice qualities, which is a nice change for American winter ales. Some traces of the orange scent show up on the palate as it warms and evens, an echo of a very young barreled spirit in that regard. This is incredibly easy to drink, but not in a dull way. Its a refreshing take on the style, and I'm digging it. The finish is more hoppy than the rest of it, leaving a smooth, semi-sweet coating on the mouth to play off the bitterness on the swallow...nice.

A nicely done example of a winter ale. A lot of these use mulling spices to accentuate the richer & sweeter malts, but this doesn't (I could see it being mistaken for a Scottish Ale) and its noticable for that. Could be sessioned with no problems, and would be great with a sandwich & fries. Just a nice, good, beer. I'll look forward to next winter to enjoy this again, as it will become a fixture in my cold weather indulgences.

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Photo of Tumble
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Genuine
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampling this beer at cellar temp in a pint glass. the beer pours a clear chestnut hue with a fluffy eggshell white head foaming up and receding very slowly.
Aroma is some toffee and brown sugar with just a hint of nutmeg in the background. Also a bit of grassy hops.
First sip reveals a silky smooth body with minimal and gentle carbonation.
Flavor is similar to the nose, overall mild with brown sugar and toffee and a more pronounced hop bite on the finish. mostly just grassy and a little bitter. not overwhelming by any stretch.
Very easy to drink, no hint of ABV. Not very spicy for a winter warmer and could use a little more depth of flavor but a good drinking beer nonetheless.

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Photo of bobtanner
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ecoboy
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the 2003 batch early in its season at the South Portland location.

Thin, receding white head above a ruby/garnet hued ale. Slight, but warm malt aroma.

Flavor notes of sour and the alcohol warmth are immediately noticeable, with the fruit essences more prevalent later in the glass. This is the raisin/dark cherry fruit flavor. Not "fruity!" just dense, dark fruit. No spice. Not overflavored. Not too big. Can there be simple complexity?

Mouthfeel of warm malt lays on the tongue, a coating that lingers through a hoppy finish. Hmmmm, a balanced flavor through a long finish. Is that hard?


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Photo of felixljr
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ahnatiw
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Jayli
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a perfect beer for a cold winter night.
Slick Nick pours an amber color with an off-white head. The drinkability of this beer is smooth and refreshing, with a deep maltish flavor to it. The smoothness was unexpected, especially for a winter brew. It's relatively filling yet leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cool pint poured at the South Portland Brewpub right next door to the lovely mall and interstate. The color is a rootbeer amber with a fair off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma is polite, floral hops, perhaps a hint of malt-toffee. The flavor brings on more of the same with a bit of peppery sweetness, still floral bitterness and a kiss of toffee and/or malt. A touch understated for a winter ale to me, none of the highly seasoned signs here, not very strong or warming. But it is pleasant enough, good carbonation, a tad thin bodied, midland drinkability based on the taste. I didn't really want a second one and opted to follow with the preferred Frye's Leap IPA.

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Photo of beernut7
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This winter ale is a slick brew. The dark brown color sits below a frothy off-whitish head and gives off a malty aroma. The smooth body and deep rich malt flavor make for a warming tasty winter addition.

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Photo of beerbutcher
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the tavern in gorham, was told the ABV is about 6.5%

pours amber with one finger tan head.

aroma is of slight grain, pale malt with english hop character

across the palate the malt is punchy with a caramel note and a touch of chocolate. there is a substantial wave of alcohol and some nice hop bitterness, though little hop flavor. the finish is toast over caramel, but nicely dry and a tad warming.

it's got good intensity and nice body. the bitterness is well balanced but the alcohol it a little too pronounced for me. otherwise, delcious.

for drinkability, it's a real winner. aside from a touch of heat, which one might find appealing, given the weather in New England, it drinks like a high gravity session ale. dangerous.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Special Ale poured an attractive, medium-dark copper color, with a creamy, fine head and verrry good lacing.
Nose started malty, a bit sweet, with some hop notes, and evidence of its strength. The aromas could have been more forthcoming though; a bit too mild.
Has good body, and a nice, creamy-smooth feeling on the tongue.
A nice malt flavor was leading off, a hint of some spiciness was present along with a bit of caramel, which really sticks in the throat for a long-lasting aftertaste. Also present is some alcohol in the cleanup spot, with a tasty hop bite finishing things off.
Reminded me a bit of Gearys Hampshire Ale.

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour of this beer still only produced a thin, beige head atop the slightly hazy amber/garnet liquid. Good rising carbonation but unimpressive retention and weak lacing too. The aroma was nice, very nutty with notes of caramel malt, toasted malt and some light spices. The flavors were rich and sweet with lots of caramel malt up front, a middle of nuts and earthiness, hints of raisins and a touch of mustiness and leather towards the end. Not a bad arc of flavors. The mouthfeel was smooth but a little oily, the carbonation a touch too high and the body medium/full.

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Photo of pd360
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was just very average. While, it tasted good, it was not great. I would drink it again and serve it to guests but it is not anything special. I was surprised at the lack of "holiday" spice that would generally make this a "holiday" brew, but on a cold night it does the job.

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Photo of aubrey
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BillyBrew
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-copper colour with no head or lace (did it sit for too long?). Rich malt and hop leaf that is refreshing, not too strong. Slight roasted malt that is rich, but not complex alnog with another sweetish malt. Nice balance with un-bitter hops. A kinda of full-mouthed medium body, wide, not full. Slight residual sweetness. Pleasant, lowkey fizz that compliments instead of stands out.

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Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of EddieJoe
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I took a whiff of this newly decanted beer I wondered what "Winter Ale" was all about. To me "Winter Ale" means spices and other unusual additives that we probably are all aware of that seem to emerge upon the December season. Or perhaps "Winter Ale" is an unusually robust flavored beer that's brewed to alleviate one's shivers on a cold December night

Poured nicely- nothing to ogle, but competent.
The nose had no particular strong attributes-- there was the mild hint of hops as I might expect from an ale, but nothing that stood out and made me take notice.

The flavor was that of a mild ale. I don't know what made it a "winter" ale, but hey, I'd be proud if I brewed this beer. It did have a nice signature of hops, some faint notes of malt that seemed like a foundation for the opening of hops bitterness.

Finish has a mild hops note. Finish wasn't particularly long lasting but still cordial.

Mouth feel was cordial-- in that this beer is a rather mild ale. There was nothing about this beer that took my taste buds for a wild 'n' wooly ride.

Drinkability was just OK. There was nothing in this beer that made me yearn for that "do it again" desire. Nevertheless I could drink a pint and thoroughly enjoy it.

Overall, I'd buy another six-pack of this beer and I wouldn't be embarrassed to serve it to guests.

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Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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