Double Diamond Winter Ale - Dick's Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +2%
NOTE: The Bottle I have says it's ABV is 7.5%, not 8.5. Regardless, here goes!
A - Pours a deep mahogany-amber hue, with a big, thick tan head, with excellent head retention and lacing.
S - Smell is of spices, molasses, nuts, dark fruits, and toffee. Not a potent aroma, but one that captures the essence of the style well.
T - Taste is of bready caramel/molasses malts, with wintery spices (nutmeg?), toffee, cherry, other dark fruits, nuts, and a hint of balancing pine towards the end. Warming alcohol. This is definitely a winter warmer done right here!
M - This beer is on the higher side of medium body-wise, with fairly modest carbonation, and a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel.
D - The ABV is pretty deceptive here. This beer is delicious and relentlessly commands another sip!
Overall - This is definitely one of the better offerings from Dicks (Not that I've had anything I don't like from them yet!), and one of the better local examples of this style that I've come across. This is a great winter warmer. Highly recommended!
12-29-2010 11:22:47 | More by Flightoficarus
3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
Pretty simple beer here. Done very well, but nothing too exciting. Pours a small head that only sticks around for a minute or so, leaves nice lacing throughout the glass. Nice dark brown color with hints of red in it. Smell is extremely malty, very sweet. Taste is just the same, very malty and unbelievably sweet, that is really the only shocking thing about this beer, I know malty beers are supposed to be sweet, but wow, this was on another level. It didn't taste bad, or overpowering, just really sweet. Drinkability was decent, might have been higher if that sweetness was diluted. Now that I think about it more and more I can't decide if the intense sweetness was bad or good, I guess I'm neutral on it, either way, not a bad beer.
01-16-2011 10:51:44 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
11-19-2006 00:56:52 | More by xoqx
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
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
3.88/5 rDev -3%
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.
09-22-2006 21:08:42 | More by nvsblman
3.6/5 rDev -10%
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.
01-02-2005 07:59:46 | More by zacharius
3.6/5 rDev -10%
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.
12-03-2006 02:45:40 | More by amatuerbeerguy
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured into a pint glass at just under 50 degrees. Very nice translucent amber color, 1 inch head with good retention and lacing. Smell is all caramel malt, slightly one-dimensional and weak for a winter warmer. Taste is more aggressively malty, rich and heavy with a very sweet finish. Creamy, medium mouthfeel with a long-lasting residual sweetness which detracts a little from the otherwise solid drinkability. A good winter warmer, but probably one I won't revisit as long as I have access to Jubelale and Celebration.
11-27-2010 10:45:01 | More by bridgetowhophead
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
4.08/5 rDev +2%
Bottle into pintglass.
A: Strong coffee brown, nicely opaque. Vigorous head. Holds better if poured a little warm.
S: Mostly malt and doesn't really give the full picture.
T: Best aspect of this beer. Nutty and dark, with a just a little burnt in it. The malt balance in this one is among the better of any NW brewer's winter offerings, and it has been consistent and consistently good for years.
M: Mmmm. Gets better the closer to the back of the throat it gets. Slosh it around.
D: Don't like a lot of the other Dicks beers but the DD is the exceptional exception. A goto option on any cooler shelf you can find it on. Love that they haven't even changed the GRAPHICS for 10 years, why mess with a good thing?
02-01-2013 01:44:20 | More by bizweasel
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
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!
12-19-2005 01:05:54 | More by mashmstr2
Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
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