Slick Nick Winter Ale
Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing Company
United States
Winter Warmer
3.59 | pDev: 10.03%
Mar 31, 2019
Dec 18, 2008
Notes: 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
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz shiny purple can from Sierranevallagash dated 12-4-18, poured into New Belgium snifter.

Has a plummy color with slight orange hues and shades of root beer. The head is butter colored and two fingers to start, and then recedes to half a finger leaving lace.

Aroma is of warm pie crust, fireplace, syruped figs, rich toasted grains, glazed pecan, banana walnut bread, and pie spice with Belgian yeasty phenolics. The fact that this takes me back to my childhood - instant five.

Flavor opens hoppy with hints of dead grass and pine and woody evergreen, then a malty rush with special B, caramel malt, pie spice, dirt, and mint.

Feel is very creamy, with mild carbonation and lingering oils and resins.

Overall, this reminds me a lot of an Oregon wintertime beer, but done better. They've successfully canned a winter's night in a warm cabin on Christmas Eve.
Mar 31, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by Dakin from Utah

Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 3.54 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by grahuba from Connecticut

Mar 30, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by BenMorse from Maine

Jan 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a clear glass mug, the appearance was a semi-dark brown close to black color with a finger and a half's worth of foamy rocky eggshell white head that slid off at a mild pace. Moderate trickling lace ran here and there, slightly speckled.
The aroma wove a nice arrangement of sweet to roasted malts with a subtle earthy clean spice. Some nuttiness - somewhat like cashews and walnuts. Then the caramel/toffee maltiness came in to mesh with a little bit of milk chocolate.
The flavor leaned slightly to the sweet side but encompassed a fairly decent level of roast and spice. Slight tickle of the milk chocolate and roast in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a clean sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt on par, slightly warming yet nice. Finish was malty smooth with a semi-soothing roast and pulled spiciness (harshness wasn't very apparent).
Overall, it's exactly what Sebago wishes it to be, that rich smooth warming Winter goodness. One definitely to enjoy around the fireplace with a hockey or a football game on in the background of the evening.
Dec 28, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by Klister from Maine

May 31, 2017
Rated: 2.97 by JacobJGS from Maine

Mar 02, 2017
Rated: 3.44 by jschwamb from Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2016
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can dated 12/09/15:
Pour is quite nice. A decently clear deep amber, perhaps even ruby. Head is tight and sits atop the brew for a ling time providing significant lacing.

Nose seems more like a hoppy amber, with a little bit of amber malt countered by a decent dose of piney bitterness.

The taste starts off hop-forward in the initial sips. the malt just about catches the bitter before a piney, slightly resinous bitterness finishes the beer. The amber malty notes strengthen early as the beer warms, but the beer stays overall fairly bitter. I am not getting too much alcohol warmth or and type of spice in this beer.

A decent hoppy amber, a style that is not my favorite. I'm not sure it quite makes it to my ideal of a winter warmer, although I am also pushing the edge of the winter season.
Mar 20, 2016
Rated: 3.45 by rderedin from Maine

Dec 18, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by Fitzy01 from Maine

Dec 18, 2015
Rated: 3.86 by ScottHiggins207 from Maine

Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 3.71 by Kinger86 from Maine

Dec 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Feb 08, 2015
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Rated by lou50rp from Maine

3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Given a couple to try. A decent winter ale, not heavily spiced and hoppy. Goes down easy. Might buy a rack if I see it.
Feb 08, 2015
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: crystal clear; deep amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: roasted grain;

T: a little surprising; not a lot of flavor; what's there is nicely balanced; a bit of hop bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; alcohol well hidden;

O: easy to drink;
Jan 28, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by vdub191 from Rhode Island

Jan 20, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by pveilleux from Massachusetts

Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 3 by fosters9 from New York

Jan 08, 2015
Rated: 3.23 by ckessler222 from Maine

Jan 03, 2015
Rated: 3.54 by APH from Ohio

Jan 01, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by Dudon from Maine

Dec 28, 2014
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Reviewed by Garypuffer from New Hampshire

3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Looks like your typical winter warmer, but kinda wimpy in the taste department...but gotta say, it doesn't have the sweet, overly spiced taste of some of 'em. Got it as a Xmas gift so can't complain too much.
Dec 28, 2014
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into a becker.

Appearance: Pours a slightly murky ruby-type color. Short white head is gone soon. Carbonation seems heavy.

Aroma: Malty nose with some slightly spicy hops and some dark fruits like cherries and raisins.

Taste: Pretty good malt presence up front. Slightly sweet, brown sugary finish. Those dark fruit notes have more of a presence as it warms. Hop spiciness is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than expected. Not watery, but lacks a big, firm body.

Overall: Okay winter seasonal. Might just not be a style I love. It's approachable and quaffable, but there isn't much to it.
Dec 24, 2014
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Rated by gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A good beer with a mild spiced profile. Enjoyed this beer but would not go out of my way to revisit.
Dec 24, 2014
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Reviewed by MaineBrewing from Maine

4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - poured a dark clear amber, with massive 2.5 finger off white head. Head took a while to dissipate and left me with copious amounts of lacing that remained to the end.

S - the aroma is subdued, slight spicy hops, sweet fruity malt with lots if raisin, and warming alcohol.

T - the taste is a complex balance of hops malt and warming alcohol. The flavor hops, while present with citrus and pine, take a back seat to the sweet malt, slight notes of dark fruits and candy sugar but not so much. But it is the finish gets me, a quenching bite of bitter hops and warming alcohol, that is so enjoyable.

M - ample carbonation makes it feel less thick than it probably is. Finishes clean and slightly sweet.

O - I'm very partial to this beer, one if my favorite winter warmers. The hops stand up to the malt real well, resulting in a very enjoyable and flavorful beer.
Dec 21, 2014
Rated: 3.29 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by TheMaineBeerGuy from Maine

Dec 16, 2014
Rated: 3.92 by Cheld from Maine

Dec 03, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Newport_beerguy from Rhode Island

Nov 29, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Nov 29, 2014
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Rated by Jonny41 from Maine

4/5  rDev +11.4%
On cask at three crow in rockland me. very good better than bottle highly recommend if the chance arises
Nov 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by ScotNH from New Hampshire

Nov 12, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Reds76 from Maine

Nov 09, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by zestar from California

Oct 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by fossage78 from Massachusetts

Sep 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Sarah257 from Connecticut

Sep 18, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by jlechner33 from Maine

Sep 16, 2014
Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
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