Sebago Slick Nick Winter Ale

Type: Strong ale
Origin: Gorham, ME
Price: Not sure, let’s guess $9/6-pack
ABV: 6.2%
NSP: 14.67 (unscaled)

My parents got me a craft beer club membership for Christmas, so you’re going to start seeing me reviewing a lot of beers from random breweries all over the country from now on. I don’t actually know the prices on any of these, and I can’t be bothered to look, so I’m going to normalize them all to a $9/sixer for NSP calculation purposes. Although I suppose none of you give half a shit about that.

The website calls this a strong ale, but it’s a winter warmer (hence winter ale) through and through. It’s pretty malty on the nose, though not as much as I expected given the color. There’s also some nice spice notes in there as well. The flavor’s also lighter in malt than I anticipated, plus a twist of hop bitterness and a bit more of that spice. If you’re wondering what spice exactly…I’m not really sure, it’s not clear enough to identify it, but there’s something spice-ish.

This isn’t what I’d call complex, but all in all it’s not half bad. I’m not a huge winter warmer fan, so it’s nothing I’d hurry to track down in the future, but I appreciate that they used a light enough hand with the malt to keep it refreshing and clean. And there’s enough complementary flavors, even if they’re simple and limited, to keep it from being one-note. It’s the sort of thing you might find at a dinner party, and nobody including you will mind if you drink four or five of them. That’s about as non-snobby as a craft beer gets.

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