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Double Diamond Winter Ale - Dick's Brewing Company

Double Diamond Winter AleDouble Diamond Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.73%


Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 11-10-2003)
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 04:17:31 | More by RedDiamond
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RJLarse

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane, WA. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark walnut brown with copper hues and is clear. A foamy off-white head forms and quite resilient.

The smell is hoppy and piney. Evergreen.

The taste is bitter and hoppy. There is a little sweet malt flavor, and some alcohol. The taste is sharp and shocking initially. But it grows on you.

Mouth feel is crisp, sharp and clean.

This is a drinkable beer, but not very sessionable. The bitter flavor might get tiresome. Good in moderation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2006 05:48:05 | More by RJLarse
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2006 16:08:37 | More by msubulldog25
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2003 Holiday Ale Festival, Portland, OR. This winter warmer is just a big, fresh, malty, hoppy ale. No tricks, no spices, no berries. A robust amber color with tiny lacing. Aroma is musty, horse-blanketish, a bit sour - it is the low point of the brew. Malts are forceful, and somewhat raw, but appealing. There is some roastiness too. Hops are very crisp, a bit gummy and chewy which I love. Mouthfeel about as large as you would expect from a big beer like this. A solid and enjoyable ale, for winter or anytime. At the holiday ale fest this was a welcome respite from spiced, sweet holiday beers, this just being your basic malt and hops English ale, just jacked up a few notches.

Edit 1/05: I recently had this beer in a bottle and really hated it. Dick's bottle-conditions their beers and this one had too much dirty-tasting, dead yeast. The numbers reflect my original review, but you are advised to seek the beer on draft.

Edit 2/05: Also tried it from a cask. It was quite good, although thick to the point of being gloppy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 04:06:42 | More by Thrasher
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hreb

Washington

3.89/5  rDev -3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:12:58 | More by hreb
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bizweasel

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:44:20 | More by bizweasel
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Libby pours a clear, dark crimson color with a very creamy tan head. Retention is decent and not much lacing.

Nose is a nice interplay of choco-caramel maltiness and bruised strawberries and plums. I dont get much hop aroma or alcohol. Malt and fruit...pretty straightforward.

Taste throws a nice nutty curveball in the mix along with the aforementioned overripe fruit and strong, hearty malt presence. A fairly substantial bitterness creeps in slowly on the finish to dry things out, very nearly like biting a pine needle at the very end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and I think much of that can be attributed to the very fine carbonation. I like it, but the flavors are kinda all over the place. Top 25 winter warmers...sure. Top 10...prolly not. If I lived in WA though, I would surely look forward to a sixer of this every year, thanks Matt for a tasty rendition of a style that rarely gets any production love here in the south.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:28:28 | More by twiggamortis420
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jdense

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:37:53 | More by jdense
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MaltsOfGlory

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 10:51:44 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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Flightoficarus

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 11:22:47 | More by Flightoficarus
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bridgetowhophead

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 10:45:01 | More by bridgetowhophead
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loren01

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:55:05 | More by loren01
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velosuds

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:43:13 | More by velosuds
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 03:32:19 | More by barleywinefiend
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hawks10

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:32:28 | More by hawks10
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 22:02:40 | More by ScreamForMe
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.65/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 00:04:57 | More by olympuszymurgus
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 23:09:34 | More by brentk56
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 18:21:20 | More by Wasatch
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olmatty

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 03:57:32 | More by olmatty
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beertunes

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 01:47:55 | More by beertunes
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ccrida

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +13%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 03:06:42 | More by ccrida
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Spikester

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 07:24:28 | More by Spikester
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erikm25

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 01:33:33 | More by erikm25
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dnichols

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 06:52:53 | More by dnichols
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Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.