Slick Nick Winter Ale
Sebago Brewing Company

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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #227
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,949
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 10%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
140
From:
Sebago Brewing Company
 
United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  20
SCORE
82
Good
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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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
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
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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
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Garypuffer from New Hampshire

3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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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illpass78 from Maine

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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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MaineBrewing from Maine

4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Appearance was dark brown with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The smell was heavy on malt with some hop at the end. Also some chocolate notes give a sweet smell to it. The taste was very mellow and earthy. Lots of sweet malt to this one. the mouthfeel was a bit thick for my tastes but not bad. Overall a very nice winter warmer.

Aug 14, 2014
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown color with a thin beige head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Heavy malts and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Rough medium bodied. Taste mostly of roasted malts and very bitter hops.

Overall: Not too bad, it will keep you warm on a cold night for sure.

Dec 28, 2013
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nukem5 from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky brown color with some fizzy head .

S: Aroma is of sweet darker fruits with hints of caramel and molasses.

T: Flavors rush the tongue with sweet caramel and dark fruity mystery.

M: Mouthfeel is on the medium side with light carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer and definitly a winter warmer but not too high in the ABV's. Nice as it warms up up get a bit on the hot side.

Dec 26, 2013
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy ruddy copper body. Slim finger of gauzy, sticky, cobwebby, dirty beige head. Some lacing. Sugary malts with fruity notes of plum and Concord grape. A little bitter molasses edge. Fruit cake-y with subtle spices (allspice and ginger?).

Caramel, slightly toasted malt up front. Plum and grape fruitiness fill up the palate. Tannic, bitter edge picks up mid-way through. Faint spice notes, but the herbal, woody bitterness is too strong for it. Dryer in the finish, thanks to the bitterness. Some lingering fruit malt sweetness. Not bad, but a little harsh on the bitterness. Medium bodied with a creamy feel.

Jan 05, 2013
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deebo from Michigan

3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper amber color. Clear with a weak white foam
S-warm spices reminiscent of the style. Cinnamon and nutmeg especially. Malty with a sweet cookie note
T-pretty much right on with the aroma
M-soft bodied and quick finish. A bit of a spicy noble hop like finish. Pleasing
O-a solid easy drinking WW

Dec 24, 2012
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color with a huge beige head that persists forever leaving moderate lacing on the glass. Hints of caramel and bready malt mix with earthy spicy hops make up the aroma. A slight mineral edge rounds out the nose. The flavor is toffee and caramel with bread mineral water and earthy spicy hops providing some bit of balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, I could see myself drinking these.

Dec 08, 2012
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of off-white head

S: Caramel and malts stick out the most, with a touch of fruitiness and brown bread

T: Follows the nose, sweet caramel and brown bread along with a hint of dark fruit from the hops. Fairly simple

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Exceptionally smooth

O: A nice little winter warmer with no spices. Nice and easy to drink as well. Good price point, solid beer

Dec 02, 2012
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazy, amber-brown coloring with a sparse white surface coating. Aromas of roasted toffee, gingerbread, and some old world fruit sweetness. Flavors are initially light, with fig and date sweetness blending with a light roasting and some warming spices. Smooth and mid-bodied, this leads to a sweet and roasty aftertaste. The finish is almost cloying, but remains light enough to avoid overpowering. Tasty brew.

Nov 11, 2012
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obywan59 from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer of the month.

The beer is coppery or orange-amber in color, depending on the light. A light tan 3-finger head dissipated quickly leaving a bit of lacing. No carbonation buttles are apparent.

The smell is of toasted malts with lemony spice and other fruity aromas. The citrus is just on the overripe side.

Caramelly toasted malts make their presence known upfront, but are largely wiped out by a fast rising and long lasting bitterness accented by some light spiciness. The second glass exhibits some metallic flavor after a hard pour, but soon settles down.

The medium-bodied mouthfeel borders on medium-full. There's a bit of bite on the tongue, though I never saw a single carbonation bubble. Occasionally, there's also some warmth in the throat.

This is a decent beer. Not spectacular, but not disappointing either. I would have no complaints if I happened to encounter it again.

Feb 15, 2012
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Feb 04, 2012
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suspect from New York

3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Feb 02, 2012
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bonkers from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dec 29, 2011
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Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Dec 28, 2011
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Gavage from Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Dec 20, 2011
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sirminkdeadly from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Dec 20, 2011
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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Dec 10, 2011
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BeerKangaroo from Alaska

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Dec 03, 2011
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Genuine from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Nov 21, 2011
Slick Nick Winter Ale from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 140 ratings