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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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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 nvsblman
3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

nvsblman, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

ElGordo, Feb 26, 2006
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 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 mashmstr2
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

mashmstr2, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of czechsaaz
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

czechsaaz, Nov 13, 2005
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 LuckySevens82
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

LuckySevens82, Feb 25, 2005
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 zacharius
3.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

zacharius, Jan 02, 2005
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 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 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 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 Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

Thrasher, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of freed
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter seasonals? yeah. Skiing season too? Sweet.

Pours a rich mahogany, no head but for an ultra slim ring around the glass. Aroma is slightly offensive but in a good way. A hint of barnyard in the husky smell. Taste is full and somewhat spicy, but not as appetizing as some. Still a nice and welcome addition to the winter family.

freed, Nov 10, 2003
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Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.