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Double Diamond Winter Ale - Dick's Brewing Company

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89
very good

66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | 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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4/5  rDev 0%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

Kevlee722, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

jdense, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty simple beer here. Done very well, but nothing too exciting. Pours a small head that only sticks around for a minute or so, leaves nice lacing throughout the glass. Nice dark brown color with hints of red in it. Smell is extremely malty, very sweet. Taste is just the same, very malty and unbelievably sweet, that is really the only shocking thing about this beer, I know malty beers are supposed to be sweet, but wow, this was on another level. It didn't taste bad, or overpowering, just really sweet. Drinkability was decent, might have been higher if that sweetness was diluted. Now that I think about it more and more I can't decide if the intense sweetness was bad or good, I guess I'm neutral on it, either way, not a bad beer.

MaltsOfGlory, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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!

Flightoficarus, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at just under 50 degrees. Very nice translucent amber color, 1 inch head with good retention and lacing. Smell is all caramel malt, slightly one-dimensional and weak for a winter warmer. Taste is more aggressively malty, rich and heavy with a very sweet finish. Creamy, medium mouthfeel with a long-lasting residual sweetness which detracts a little from the otherwise solid drinkability. A good winter warmer, but probably one I won't revisit as long as I have access to Jubelale and Celebration.

bridgetowhophead, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of loren01
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

loren01, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

velosuds, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

hawks10, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

ScreamForMe, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Could there have been a better beer for the first meeting of the new city hall than this? A thirty degree night atop this unfinished beast with three 08 double diamonds. We called this meeting to celebrate life. This beer is in fact a winter warmer and as the tempered high gravity glided down our throats, our very souls were warmed. a year in the bottle has made this beer truly smooth and very easy in the frosty night.
Dick, you will be missed.

olympuszymurgus, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany with a a prim beige head; nice retention and an intriguing pattern of lace

Smell: Holiday spices waft above the caramel base, featuring brown sugar, allspice and cinnamon

Taste: Sweet holiday spices (clove as well as cinnamon and allspice) perform a holiday dance above the malty caramel backbone, while the piney hop flavors edge their way into the fray by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet and bitter flavors are nicely balanced into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: By far the best of the Dick's beers I have tried, this is one of the better Winter Warmers I have tried; I have cellared my bottle since the winter of 2007 and it is drinking very nicely now; Bring on the weather!

brentk56, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some slight hop notes, caramel, and some spice. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a little hop bite, nice caramel notes, and some spicyness. Medium body. Drinkable, this is another nice brew from Dick's, it's been awhile since last time. Excellent price for all the one's I've had to date.

Wasatch, May 24, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

olmatty, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a deep chestnut color with about 3/4 of an inch of light tan head that left a little more than moderate amount of sticky lacing. Fairly neutral aroma with hints of sweet malt, spice and alcohol. Solid malt body with a slight hop tang on the finish. Leaves a little spice aftertaste. Solid, smooth body that coats the tongue nicely. Easy to drink, but as with most Winter Warmers the alcohol can sneak up on you. An above average version of the style, worth seeking out.

beertunes, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle of this year's release, kept refrigerated since fresh, served in my Stoudt's American Pale Ale shaker pint. Dicke's Double Diamond Winter Ale is a chill hazed ruddy chestnut with a small, creamy off white head that forms a persistent skim and leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweeter, perfume like esters and sugary malt. Nicely rounded, with brown sugar and a light floral soapiness.

Taste is great, a big, malty PNW brown ale, big spicy hop flavor counters the sugary sweetness and brings a clean fruity, boozy finish with enjoyable depth. Honestly, this beer really stands out among the regional seasonal offerings as one of the best. Top 3, with Double Mnt's Fa la la la la and Diamond Knot's Industrial Ho ho as the others, with this one (coincidentally?) falling in between...

Mouthfeel is drier, a spicy crispness but a bit sugary on the lingering, oily hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability is damn good, one of the best winter seasonal's available, especially with the fresh spicy bite. Factor in it's availability in the value priced sixers, Dick's DD is about perfect for me - before, during or after ski!

ccrida, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Spikester, Dec 26, 2008
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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a heavily, and heavenly, tinted amber with burnt brown and reddish colorings. After an aggressive pour the head was a pillowy mass. Receded quickly but left decent lacing. Sits in the glass darkened caramel with ruby striping apparent when held up to light.

S: Sweetness is in the forefront of the nose. Spices make an appearance towards the back but this is saturated in confections and taffy apple goodness. A slight hops scent ultimately overshadowed by a tightly wrapped present of candies, sugars, and fruitiness.

T: The taste is extremely candied, sweet, and buttery rich. Sugary malts with a nice cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Reminds me of a gingerbread house that was doused in brandy and set a blaze so that the remnants could be liquefied into this fine beer. There are also citrus and pine hops which add to the dizzying array of celebratory tastes.

M: Medium, bordering on full, bodied. Good carbonation.

D: I picked up a six and it has kick. This makes the drinkability a little less but at the same time helps live up to the winter warmer style. I dig the graphic on the front of the bottle, like a polaroid. Overall, this fits the PNW winter months nicely.

erikm25, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

dnichols, Nov 23, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first winter warmer of the season...22 oz. bomber into a beer mug (listed at 7.5% ABV).

A billowing, two finger's width of frothy foam builds and settles to an attractive cap of custard head. A sticky sheet of lacing clings to the inside of the mug, accentuated by an occasional crater left by a large bubble. The caramel-mahogany body transitions to a burnt copper hue when held up to the light. Great sweetness of toffee and caramel malts in the nose. Fruity esters of red apple and pear meld with a slight hint of booze.

Whoa! For only 7.5%, Double Diamond certainly drinks more like its listed 8.5% abv. Starts off spicy with nutmeg and hops leading the charge, quickly giving way to a raw, grassy hop bitterness that overpowers the malty sweetness advertised by the aroma. Finishes strong, with a powerful, sharp booze punch that borders on medicinal, but never crosses that line (thankfully). Finish of lingering alpha acid, citrus peel, and flower petals. The medium-bodied mouthfeel is all over the place and somewhat distracting, starting out peppery with a prickly carbonation level and quickly becoming sticky, bitter, and boozy. For a winter warmer, Double Diamond drinks more like a barleywine that's a bit rough around the edges. I wish I had another bottle, because I think some age would do this beer good. Still, it's a tasty brew that would warm even the coldest winter night.

wagenvolks, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

SickBrew, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

Halcyondays, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Double Diamond Winter Ale poured a copper color with a good finger foam head and some real nice lacing.

The aroma was spicy and of nutmeg, malty and caramel. The taste was a solid biscuit malt with a nice and spicy finish. In the mouth it left a nice ibu on the tongue. It was moderately carbonated and was semi chewy. Overall a pretty decent winter.

cswhitehorse, May 29, 2008
Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.