Review: Slick Nick, Sebago Brewing

Slick Nick Long Winter Ale
Sebago Brewing Co. — Gorham, ME

  • Style:  Strong Ale
  • Bitterness:  40 IBU
  • ABV:  7.2%
  • Malts:  2-Row Barley, English Pale, English Crystal, Red Wheat, Chocolate
  • Hops:  Tettnang, Northern Brewer 
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle (provided by brewery) 

Description:  Slick Nick Winter Ale is a classic Sebago seasonal -- warming up Maine Winters since 1998. Best enjoyed with nature's at its worst. Slick Nick Long Winter Ale's smooth body offers malty warmth and a touch of hop character. Another reason to be thankful for the season. Sebago Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  This is the second Sebago beer I've profiled. Earlier this fall, I wrote about Sebago's Bonfire Rye, which was released for the first time this autumn. Now I'm tasting Sebago's winter brew as part of my series on winter seasonal beers

The tasting:  Dark amber in color, hazy, with a frothy off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of bread, toffee, and earthy hops. Taste starts with caramel, bread, and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. In the middle, some nutty and toasted malt flavors emerge, in addition to light earthy hop bitterness. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma but is present in taste as the beer warms. Hop bitterness is moderate throughout. Slick Nick is medium to full-bodied and has a creamy mouth feel. It's moderately carbonated, and finishes with light caramel malt sweetness and piny hop bitterness. 

4 star.  Really good! I want this again!  Slick Nick's rich malt flavors, full body, and brown sugar sweetness make it an ideal winter beer in my book. It's the kind of beer you can slowly savor. Bad weather is optional.  

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