Double Diamond Winter Ale - Dick's Brewing Company

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Double Diamond Winter AleDouble Diamond Winter Ale

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 71
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 6.48%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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 (665 characters)

Photo of deanhead
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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! (782 characters)

Photo of froggyfrog
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Snifter.

A: Golden darkness with a tenacious 1-finger head of white bubbles.

S: Promising with thick syrupy malt and spicy/mossy hops. Caramel sweetness and sticky toffee notes with cream.

T: Dark rich malt notes lead off with earthy hops in the mix. Some hints of stronger alcohol permeate intermittently throughout the solid malt base. More caramel/crystal malt character is apparent.

M: Strong carbonation and high bitterness lend a harshness to this beer that knocks my mouthfeel and drinkability scores down a bit. This medium-bodied ale, while quite tasty, seems to attack the tongue in a way that seems to contradict the overall perceived maltiness.

D: Again, enjoyable, but somewhat over-aggressive in mouthfeel.

[This bottle appears courtesy of Svejk in Washington State. Thanks!] (810 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
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%. (306 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. First time I've seen this beer here, though Dick's has been making inroads into the Spokane market for the last year or so.

Poured a garnet brown color that looked positively ruby when held up to the light. Decent sized off-white head that stuck around for a couple of minutes. Not much in the way of lace, but a foam collar endured as the beer made it's way down the pint glass.

Possibly the most complex smelling winter beer I've had this year. There's toasty malts, caramel, cherries, and some spicy hop notes. Yum!

I was not disappointed by the taste of this at all. The start of the taste is toasted malt, which is then matched with a caramel sweetness. There are also some spicy notes, and in the background is a cherry fruitiness. Pleasingly dry at the swallow.

Slightly oily mouthfeel to this. The body is best described as medium.

Hat's off to Dick's for making a very tasty winter beer that I will remember next year. That's if I can't get any more at Huckleberry's this year! (1,066 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of Doppelmax
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (816 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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!!! (1,269 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a reddish brown, head was low, dissipated quick, left lacing.

Aroma of malt, earthy,

Flavors indicate a slight peppery character, with malt sweetness.

Mouth feel is medium/high body, with moderate carbonation.

Nice interpretation, it is a little light for me but it is still a drinkable brew. A must try. (328 characters)

Photo of xoqx
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a garnet brown winter warmer with an off-white head that is predictably fleeting due to its 8.5% alcohol by volume. There isn't much lacing either. Both the smell and the flavor of this beer are wonderfully complex. The smell is herbal and almost medicinal, rooty, with spicy, yeasty notes. The taste is most certainly alcoholic and has dark fruit, herb, medicinal, raisin and spicy notes. Complex. There is a medium-long finish. The mouthfeel is full and alcoholic. A very drinkable as a winter warmer - to be enjoyed mindfully as it's a strong beer. (559 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

weefisheads made it possible for me to try this heavenly winter warmer.
Thanks David.

Pours a clear deep, dark caramel amber with a small white head that melts to a ring of sticky lacing.

Aromas are toasted malt, caramel, and light spice.

Taste is tasted caramel malt, lightly burnt chocolate, mild spiced wheat, and citrus hops...all incredibly balanced so that tastes evolve one to another without completely losing the previous flavors.

Mouthfeel is perfectly full and tingly for this style. Light alcohol warmth noticed after you swallow.

I need to find a winter home in Washington.
Mmmmm... (612 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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... (688 characters)

Photo of nvsblman
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color and cloudy with a fluffy off-white head. Rich, malty aroma full or caramel and toffee. There are some nice fall spices and a little oak too. The taste is a little fruity with the caramel and a bit spicy. There is a noticable alcohol burn and a nice lingering bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol standing out keeps this from being more drinkable, but not bad. (384 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,395 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of mashmstr2
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears to be bottle conditioned, due to sediment at bottle of bottle.

Deep Amber with Brown hues. Mild carbonation with moderate lacing on glass.

Complex concentrated malt aroma with hints rum, raisin, citrus and burnt sugars.
Hops come through with a citrusy greenery...and pine.

Flavor. Notes burnt vanilla, sugar. Complex caramal malts add a toffee maltiness. Nice malt with a slight over the top of balanced hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with a tongue coating of hops.

Finishes with a lingering hoppiness and toasted malts.

Nicely done Holiday ale that verges on a Barlywine for style, actualy is a nice English Barleywine... Well done! (660 characters)

Photo of czechsaaz
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The best part of moving to another state is that I get to try a whole new group of Christmas/Holiday/Winter beers. (I'll miss my Yulesmith dearly though...)

The beer has a big malty aroma, in the caramel range, not really roasted varieties. Carapils or some darker crystal probably. Lots of estery fermentation effects with some fruity and spicy hints. Pleasant hop aroma but definitely a back seat to the malt and yeast.

Deep amber, almost red. Very small head that just barely hangs on after pouring. Very clear (It's bottle conditioned and I wasn't too careful about handling it so the clarity is pretty amazing. )

First sip seems like a well balanced ale. Lots of malt with mid palate and aftertaste of hops. Another sip seems more fruity and yeasty but the hops come to the fore in the finish. Definitely has a good malt backbone as each sip seems initially sweet but it's always balanced out with that hop kick. Not a wallop, but a good kick. Definitely Northwest in style with it's strong hops.

Body is pretty big. Carbonation level is somewhat low but that helps to make it a sipping beer. The only hint at it's strength is a slight warming in the belly as you get through about half a bottle.

Very nice and deceptive beer. Great as a winter warmer. It's got tons of flavor and seems easy drinking. But at 8.5% it could warm you up quick. (1,362 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
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! (1,167 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.17/5  rDev +4%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,321 characters)

Photo of zacharius
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber brown color with a thin head. The smell is malty with fruity esters or possibly fruitty hops, smells more like yeast though. At first the taste is of citrusy hops which quickly leads into toffeelike malt. Warming alcohol sensation, then finishes with hops. Nice thick bodied beer. Very drinkable considering the abv. (341 characters)

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Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
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