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Double Diamond Winter Ale - Dick's Brewing Company

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Double Diamond Winter AleDouble Diamond Winter Ale

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very good

56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: freed on 11-10-2003

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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 71
Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is a deep brownish red in color, slightly hazed, but produces neither head nor evidence of high viscosity. Spicy and phenolic aroma. Big flavors of spice. Very winter warmer. Suggests prunes and dark fruit, and betrays a fair amount of its alcohol content. I get nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. There's clearly some residual sugar in here, but the finish is dry, with plenty of beta hops to balance out the sweetness. Another really enjoyable winter warmer for me this season!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again, Dick's serves a better beer on draught than their bottled ales might suggest. The girls at the Deli served this one with a velvety carpet of suds that reminded me of the luxurious down of a pinched cattail head. A bock-like, brown sugar aroma stepped forth to greet me, but only momentarily.

Double Diamond (gotta love the name, eh?) has a hearty taste that defies easy designation outside the somewhat ambiguous winter warmer category. If it were a bit stronger however, it would stand out as an American barleywine for its bold balances of figgy spiciness and muscular bittering. There's also plenty of caramel and a bit of nutmeg, though nothing too peppery.

The body showed a pleasing garnet color that was mostly clear with abundant lace and medium carbonation. A fine drinking winter ale and much better than I remember it from previous experiences with bottled versions.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color a hazy and murky deep copper color with a modest light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture with the lace sufficient to conceal the glass. Nose has a light hop floral aroma at the front but malt dominates also a slight hint of bubble gum, fresh and clean to the senses, start is lightly sweet, nice malt profile, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is delightful in its hop spiciness, the acidity biting, and aftertaste hop spicy bitter and quite dry quite nice Winter Ale.

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Photo of dnichols
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a capped 500 ml bomber with my sons while packing for a move.

A: It poured a brown body with amber tints. It had a moderate one finger plus off-white head that receded quickly. There was a nice evenly distributed layered lacing that clung to the side of the glass to the very end.

S: It had a sweet caramel malt and dark ripe fruit aroma profile with citrusy and floral hops on the back side of the smell.

T: It had a plesant and flavorful lightly toasted malt front that was sweet and punched with flavors of caramel and chocolate. Emerging in mid-palate were dark ripe fruit flavors including plums and raisins. The back of the tongue was lightly tingled by citrusy and bittering hops. It hid the alcohol well and presented distinct yet well balanced flavors.

M: It was medium bodied with an enjoyable level of carbonation. It finished tangy, warm and sweet. There was a hint of bitter and sour aftertaste that lingered long but did not harm the experience.

D: It was an enjoyable and very drinkable winter warmer. It could have used a bit bolder spices but the balance was outstanding and it was a nice winter brew.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle. I assume it is the 2008 version but there is no date of any kind on the bottle.
Poured crystal clear brown color with no haze. A one finger off-white head from a gentle pour. Good amount of lacings but the head recedes quickly. Aroma is spicy with some toffee.
Taste is sweet carmelized brown sugar, nutmeg, and earthy bitter hops with a tinge of lemons and orange zest. The alcohol is well masked and listed on the cool ski scene label as 7.5% abv. Mouthfeel is just right and there is a fully bitter effect on the back of the tongue. Plenty dry finish which makes you want another taste. Drinkability is good, almost too good. This brew will sneak up on you if you aren't aware of the 7.5%. Another fine beer from Dick's which has so far been a very positive experience.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Says 7.5% on the label. Handsome beer in my pint glass, dark copper, clear with a small yet nice off white head. Nice chocolaty caramel aromas, slightly lactic, and a bit o’ fruit. Nice smooth sweet , chocolaty malt driven ale. I have to say very English in style.Nice change up from the hops I have had recentlly. Nice and silky smooth on the palate with a very pleasureable after taste. Nice beer, very English in characteristics.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a little help, this beer pours with a frothy, tightly beaded, amber-tinged tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep ruby-red color. The aroma has a nice hoppiness to it that is the first thing to jump out at me; I get a nice mix of pine, menthol and an herbal character that might even have a hint of anise to it. The aroma really has a certain raw green character to it, though not like an over the top IPA.

The beer has a smooth, yet rich, creamy mouthfeel to it up front that is accentuated by a soft caramel-like sweetness. The finish though has that same raw, green herbal character to it that the aroma has, and it serves as a great foil for the up front malt. The hops are noticeable throughout a sip, but up front they show an accentuating, lightly herbal, almost fruity note. It is not until after you have swallowed that they get a bit more aggressive and green; the finish is solidly bitter with a lingering menthol-like almost pine note. I really dig the contrast between the up front flavors and the lingering raw finish.

In the end that raw character in the finish may be a bit too much, but only just a tad. This beer is nice and thick, with a full palate that begs for a contemplative session in front of the fire, while paired with a good book. On this level, this beer is wonderful example of a Winter Warmer, and I really could not ask for much more.

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Photo of bizweasel
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into pintglass.
A: Strong coffee brown, nicely opaque. Vigorous head. Holds better if poured a little warm.
S: Mostly malt and doesn't really give the full picture.
T: Best aspect of this beer. Nutty and dark, with a just a little burnt in it. The malt balance in this one is among the better of any NW brewer's winter offerings, and it has been consistent and consistently good for years.
M: Mmmm. Gets better the closer to the back of the throat it gets. Slosh it around.
D: Don't like a lot of the other Dicks beers but the DD is the exceptional exception. A goto option on any cooler shelf you can find it on. Love that they haven't even changed the GRAPHICS for 10 years, why mess with a good thing?

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Photo of SickBrew
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in variety pack of 12 from Wild Oats on my lunchbreak!

This winter brew pours a full brown to amber with loads of tan head. The head has good persistence and leaves some wide rings of lacing. Nose is good, malty, sweet with caramel and with some minor herbal tones. Hopyness is subdued, but nicely replaced with the herbs. Taste is good, mostly reminds me of an amber ale, but with more character from some spices. Mouthfeel is really good and supports all the flavors with it's full body. This is my 3rd beer from Dick's and I have to say that they definitely have some moju going on!

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Photo of loren01
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark reddish color nice sized frothy white head, nice sticky lacing down the glass
S: Roasted malts, lots of earthy scents in there as well.
T: Sweet malt up front, earthy hops along with plentiful amount of spiciness.
M: Medium to full bodied beer, nice amount of carbonation goes down with a nice creaminess
D: This is a nice beer, one of my favorites from Dick's.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa! Intense! Dick's Double Diamond Winter Ale pours a hazy deep-chestnut body with golden-brown highlights beneath a frothy head of light tan. The head retention is quite good, and it maintains a thin surface covering throughout at least the first half of the glass. The lacing left about the rim is just as good, and some solid sheets and rings leave an impressive wake. The nose is rich and full with a combination of caramelish malt, piney and spruce-like hops, soft sweet fruit, and a bit of candyish sweetness. Quite nice! In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and it's almost-creamy smooth once it warms a bit and lets a little of its carbonation off. The spicey and piney hops hit you right up front in the flavor, easing off a little bit to allow the fruitiness in (berries and cream), and some bready/malty sweetness; and then stepping aside as some alcohol shows itself towards the swallow. In the finish, a passing edge of what seems like roastiness or smokiness is probably just an illusion coming from the dryness of the brash bitterness, alcohol, caramelish malt, and piney hops. The strength is apparent at this point! And it lingers on the palate in a wash of alcohol with soft pine and dull candied-fruit. A sled-wrecker for sure!!!

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Photo of Flightoficarus
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

NOTE: The Bottle I have says it's ABV is 7.5%, not 8.5. Regardless, here goes!

A - Pours a deep mahogany-amber hue, with a big, thick tan head, with excellent head retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of spices, molasses, nuts, dark fruits, and toffee. Not a potent aroma, but one that captures the essence of the style well.

T - Taste is of bready caramel/molasses malts, with wintery spices (nutmeg?), toffee, cherry, other dark fruits, nuts, and a hint of balancing pine towards the end. Warming alcohol. This is definitely a winter warmer done right here!

M - This beer is on the higher side of medium body-wise, with fairly modest carbonation, and a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel.

D - The ABV is pretty deceptive here. This beer is delicious and relentlessly commands another sip!

Overall - This is definitely one of the better offerings from Dicks (Not that I've had anything I don't like from them yet!), and one of the better local examples of this style that I've come across. This is a great winter warmer. Highly recommended!

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from liquid solutions.

A: The ale pours a deep rich brown color, almost muddy creek-like. There are ruby highlights that have a slightly orange tinge to 'em too. The head is nothing exciting.

S: The aroma is big malty grains, caramel and toffee primarily, with an undercurrent of spicy hops.

T: The ale deviates from the over-spiced concept of most winter warmers. It delivers a strong chewy malt body, heavy on caramel and toffee, but not so strong as to be confused with a bockbier. Some citrusy and piney hop notes emerge to tame down the malts a bit. The taste is big and uncompromising.

M: The big malts and nicely balanced hops are enjoyable and a perfect fit with the snow that finally fell this week.

D: The alcohol is deceptive, weighing in at 8.5%, so beware. Beyond that though, this is an excellent non-spiced winter warmer.

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Photo of hawks10
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled poured into my Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass, received as an extra from ScreamForMe, thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy dark toffee color which when held up to the light becomes a nice dark amber. A one finger so white head forms and leaves just as quickly, pretty much no lacing...

Malt bomb in the nose, bready, caramel malts dominate and make for an overall sweet aroma. A bit of a yeasty aroma mixed with some dark fruits and "Christmas" spices make for an interesting nose...

Hoppier than expected with an equally unexpected, albeit really nice warm alcohol presence has made me doubt my nose. Initially, I didn't believe I was drinking the same beer I smelled. Beer is malty and somewhat sweet, some of the spice in the nose shows through, but both aspects are more subtle than I expected, surprisingly hoppy and warm from the alcohol...

Medium bodied, depth of flavor with an alcohol burn all keeping your palette satisfied...

Pleasantly surprised by this one, normally not a big Winter Warmer or Brown fan in general, I really enjoyed this one, probably would've enjoyed it even more in December not this balmy 35 degree spring day...

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Photo of olmatty
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a high, creamy, beige head and a deep brown amber color.

Smell- Molasses, raisins, yeast, dark malts and port wine.

Taste- Warmth of brandy-like alcohol, spicy with dark fruits galore, hops are perfectly balanced with sweet malts that carry on for a while. Very complex and satisfying.

Mouthfeel- Middling carbonation is smooth, full bodied brew a bit stickey for the sweetness.

Drinkability- Delicious, but somewhat heavy. With ABV 7.5 more than two in a session would probably be too many.

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Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle procured at John's Marketplace, consumed in Saint Arnold's shaker pint glass, 11.8.11.

One finger slightly off white head tiny bubbles, medium dissipation with a decent layer of head retained, above average lacing. Reddish amber clear body, continual stream of carbonation streams rising up one side of the glass. Caramel, light molasses and faint stone fruit in the nose, plums, floral hops. Same malt profile on the tastebuds, fairly big caramel hit, and a nice light resiny hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side of medium, light effervescence. Tasty stuff, though hardly sessionable at the ABV. Yummy, to be honest one of my favorite PNW Winter Warmers. Makes me reflect I should be drinking more from this first wave northwest brewery. Tasty.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, light brown-amber hue topped by a good creamy off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Assertive aroma of sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, some fruity hops, and spicy yeast. Palate is strange and complex - heavy on the spices. Up front is solidly caramel malt, balanced mid-palate by fruity hops. The spiciness of the yeast comes through on the finish, with notes of clove, allspice, and pepper. Medium body is nice and creamy. Another interesting brew from Dick's.

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Photo of deanhead
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Nice brown Deep amber Toffee like color. Poured a nice frothy head that laced down the glass, and lingered to the last drop. This beer was clearly bottle conditioned.

Smell- Smells of caramel, dried fruit, and figs, with hints of roasted toffee.

Taste- Well balance malt backbone with some subdued hop notes. Figs and caramel pushed their way thru to the front of this beer while it finishes slightly sweet

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, Dank Winter ale that was a delight to drink. Medium bodied in the front but finishes thin. Either way it is a respectable beer.

Drinkability-This is good stuff. Hard to tell it was over 7%, so be careful drinking this one. I imagine the 2nd or 3rd might catch up to you rather quickly.

This was an excellent beer. Get some if you can!

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Skyhand...thanks Kim!
Pours a light brown with subtle amber hues. There is no head, but there is decent lacing.
Smell is strong caramek, a little coffee, ripe fruits, a little bit of crusty bread and a little bit of alcohol. Very complex aromas from this one, I'm kind of pleasently surprised.
Taste is sweet, toasty and just a little bitter. Coffee, toffee, caramel, and cinnamon round out the flavors. There is, of course, some hops and just a little bit of alchol heat.
Very good mouth feel: Just thick enough and not overwhelming.
Overall, an excellent winter warmer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark red, with a medium off-white head, nice retention, no lacing.

S: Strong smell of hops and malt, almost like a barleywine.

T: Big dark sugary caramel notes, with a bit of spice. The hop character is very prominent, offering a lot of bitter pine and melon along with a lot of grapefruit.

M: Full-bodied, with a sweet finish which I liked since it left the beer more in balance.

D: Certainly more in the Celebration Ale vein of a Winter Warmer, with a prominent hop presence. My first beer from Dick's, I like it a lot.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must first say that I've never been impressed with Dick's offerings. They've been mediocre at best in my book. I decided to give them another whirl with Double Diamond.

What a pleasant surprise! A winter warmer meets English barley wine. Very smooth and the warmth from the abv is definitely there.

I'd love to try this after a year (or two) of age on it. That's my plan....

Next review!

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Photo of velosuds
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased for $1.69 at John's Market.

A-Poured a medium amber hue with a one+ finger head that receded into a modestly sticky lace.

S-Piney and citrus hops and some biscuit like malt. More like a DIPA toward a light barleywine than a winter warmer, but I'm not complaining. Nice effect for a 7.5% ABV (according to the label).

T-Hoppy bitterness with a nicely balanced malt sweetness I find very pleasant. It is a lot like a light barleywine. I love the taste. I often am disappointed by DIPAs that are more like barleywines, but to have a winter warmer with aroma and taste like a barleywine, without the ABV to kick your ass is very nice.

M-Very smooth and well balanced. Nice carbonation level.

D-This went down very easily and I would readily reach for another. Wish I had bought more. First time I have had this and I will reach for this again. Also wish it wore more readily available.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint on-tap at Concordia Ale House on 10/21/06...a friend's 35th birthday party.

A: Deep mahoghany red-brown with a fluffy/spongy off-white head and a generous amount of clinging frothy lace.

S: Decently spiced roasted dark malts and some caramel.

T: Big roasty malts upfront, mildly sweet and well-spiced, followed by tangy citrus hops. Finish is a likable bitterness of bittersweet chocolate and fruit syrup. Nicely balanced, bold and very tasty.

M: Medium body and mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. Pretty creamy - nothing clingy.

D: A good satisfying dark winter warmer. Nice strength, good flavors; I'll definitely look for this again. Even my wife liked it...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copperish gold color with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head. Nose is spicy, caramel. Taste is balanced, slight hoppy finish, lots ofcaramel, some toasted malt, a very slight amount of dark fruits and some booze. Mouthfeel is nice coating, caramel goodness being creamy ad coating. Very good Winter Warmer.

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Photo of Doppelmax
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a number of micros to bring on a 3 week ski trip into Canada.
After a hard day on the hill I opened a Double Diamond Winter Ale.
First I enjoyed the label with the skier at the top of an interesting looking run.
It poured a dark copper with a very decent tan head. I first noticed the malt aroma followed by the hops which seemed to overwhelm the malt after a few seconds. To me the taste was just what I want in a winter ale. A good malt to hop balance without any spice . I expected a bit more body though. A couple of these and a good soak in our hot tub after a day skiing powder and trees is just what the doctor ordered for my sore knees. I sure wish I could get this beer back in NH. Can't even bring any home in my carryon anymore thanks to the non drinking trouble makers from you know where!

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Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.