1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Double Diamond Winter Ale - Dick's Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Double Diamond Winter AleDouble Diamond Winter Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: freed on 11-10-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hawks10
hawks10

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%

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...

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

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%

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!

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

California

4.65/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%

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!

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

Utah

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%

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!

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

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

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

11-23-2008 06:52:53 | More by dnichols
Photo of wagenvolks
wagenvolks

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

11-22-2008 01:23:34 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of SickBrew
SickBrew

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%

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!

11-20-2008 01:09:42 | More by SickBrew
Photo of Halcyondays
Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +5%

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.

10-23-2008 00:55:11 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of cswhitehorse
cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

05-29-2008 03:13:37 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of RedDiamond
RedDiamond

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

03-09-2008 04:17:31 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of russpowell
russpowell

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

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

01-13-2008 00:41:21 | More by russpowell
Photo of deanhead
deanhead

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%

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!

01-05-2008 02:35:36 | More by deanhead
Photo of froggyfrog
froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -15%

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!]

12-26-2007 05:03:30 | More by froggyfrog
Photo of jdhilt
jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%

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%.

12-15-2007 04:52:07 | More by jdhilt
Photo of woemad
woemad

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

02-22-2007 21:09:20 | More by woemad
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

02-16-2007 23:17:23 | More by akorsak
Photo of Doppelmax
Doppelmax

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

01-22-2007 18:02:45 | More by Doppelmax
Photo of Reidrover
Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-29-2006 18:42:37 | More by Reidrover
Photo of NeroFiddled
NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2%

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!!!

12-20-2006 12:28:52 | More by NeroFiddled
Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.