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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: freed on 11-10-2003)
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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 BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazy, ruby-infused bronze... a gorgeous color. The firmly compact, thickly creamy, orangish ecru cap is beginning to plaster the glass with nearly unbroken sheets of lace. I love this beer-head-lace combination.

The nose is marvelous and reminds me of a less hoppy DIPA. There are loads of sweet buttery malt, fruit, hops and a slight whiff of ethanol. It isn't really spicy per se, although I wouldn't be too surprised to find that some spices were added. Bold and multi-faceted.

Again, DIPA, or more accurately, strong ale comparisons would not be out of line. There's a considerable, sweet malty backbone and a flavor profile that consists of buttery caramel, sweet black tea and bourbon. Double Diamond is also hoppier than many winter warmers with a candied citrus peel character--primarily oranges--that brings to mind Grand Marnier.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a luxuriousness akin to liquid velvet. While it doesn't quite achieve chewiness, it's damn close. The finish is impressively long with diminishing echoes of sticky, caramel-drizzled bitter oranges. Lovely.

Double Diamond is fabulous beer. Malty, hoppy, sweet, bitter, spicy, warming, bursting with orange essence, it's one of the best winter warmers that I've had in quite a while. This is Dick's best beer by a long shot.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a chesnut brown color with a fluffy slightly off-white well retained head,aromas of well...a winter warmer roasted nuts and brown sugar and an appetizing gingerbread elemant.Nice subtle complexities going on brown suger and caramel malt up front with a touch of dark fruit and spice a big dry earthy finish really makes you want more.There is a nice dose of hops in this winter warmer making it very well balanced and very,very drinkable and the alcohol is nicely hidden.A very nice winter warmer one of the better I have had in quite awhile.

oberon, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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!!!

NeroFiddled, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with 1 pinky of tan head into my Chimnay goblet. Average lacing & above average head retention

S: A cross between caramel & wet dog up (goes away) front. I start getting some nice spices once warm.

T: Caramel, cinnamon, dryness, some herbal hops & bit of cocoa up front. Brown sugar, nutmeg ( some more caramel as this warms. Finishes with herbal hops, tangerine, caramel, boozey warmth, some honey dryness & a kiss of lemon hops at the end buried beneath caramel

MF: A bit chewy, slick, low carbonation & somewhat light body for the style, balances good though

Drinks very easy for the abv, just not too interesting as winter warmers go

russpowell, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful burgundy hue, nearly brown, capped with a good, 1/4" creamy head.
soft spices begin the nose, though they got stronger, hotter, peppery, dark fruits are also at paly, malt is king, hops not so much.
big flavor right off the bat, to boot...spicy, fruity, rich, fearsomely flavorful, huge mouthfeel, spicy heat maintains it's grip on the palate before it cools a touch.
Medium to full bodied, with the 8.5% abv sticking out and riding long in the finish...Whoa, this is impressive, actually. Rich malt, magnificent flavor, just the right amount of heat we need when winter roars!
big thanks to weefisheads!

feloniousmonk, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 06, 2006
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 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 akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

akorsak, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a light two, five-finger head that stays forever, leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Red amber color. Nose is spicy hops. Flavor is balanced, slight hoppy finish, lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Haggens Beaverton, OR. Label has ABV at 7.5%.

jdhilt, Dec 15, 2007
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 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 Gusler
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Gusler, Jan 07, 2004
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 twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Orangish-brown in color with some good carbonation but little head.

Smell – Faint aroma of sherry-laced toasted malts with a strong citrus compliment.

Taste – The hops fall back at the tongue, leaving a big sherry-soaked malt base. This one is filled with a strong, bitter coffee/alcohol flavor and a strong oak influence. The sherry is really more like a whiskey or rye flavor, making this one a strong drink indeed.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with a rather harsh alcohol sensation. This one could have been a little smoother.

Drinkability – I enjoy heavy Christmas ales, but this winter offering by Dick’s was a little rough.

RoyalT, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of RedDiamond
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

twelveinches, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Reidrover, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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...

msubulldog25, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass clear deep brownish amber with hardly any head at all and what head was present was white, whispy and retreated to the edges of the surface scared to lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply...no, really, really deeply malty with fruity and citrus hop aromas well blended. Dark caramel tones existed with some chocolate aromas and a snoutfull of frutiness to boot. the fruits were dark with raisins and prunes.

The flavor was nicely malty with a fruity flavor and a citrus bittering that only increased the longer the beer stayed on the palate. The maltiness and dark caramel flavors transform on the tongue to chocolate and substantial hop bittering and hop flavors.

The finish was dry with some caramel and chocolate but more lasting citrus bittering lasting long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full, but not quite viscous. Very low carbonation, well executed malt and hops, but still a one dimensional brew. The alcohol only exhibited it's presence in the warming after consumption which was substantial. The bittering component is such that the drinkability number is affected.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks weefisheads!

GCBrewingCo, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev 0%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of beerguy101
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Small white head. Aroma is malty, sweet and fruity. Medium bodied “strong-ale”. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Underlying tone of smoke, spice and peat. An easy drinking winter warmer. Hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. It’s slightly under-carbonated. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of wagenvolks
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
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Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.