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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.27%
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)
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Photo of wagenvolks
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
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...

Photo of woemad
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lakersfan16
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of loren01
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Thrasher
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of freed
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of DaveRinn
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of magnusdave
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of hreb
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of czechsaaz
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of teraflx
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of deanhead
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Photo of velosuds
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.15/5  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.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of ScreamForMe
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of hawks10
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.