Double Diamond Winter Ale | Dick's Brewing Company

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Double Diamond Winter AleDouble Diamond Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by freed on 11-10-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 74
Photo of froggyfrog
3.42/5  rDev -13%
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!]

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
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%.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of zacharius
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of erikm25
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Libby pours a clear, dark crimson color with a very creamy tan head. Retention is decent and not much lacing.

Nose is a nice interplay of choco-caramel maltiness and bruised strawberries and plums. I dont get much hop aroma or alcohol. Malt and fruit...pretty straightforward.

Taste throws a nice nutty curveball in the mix along with the aforementioned overripe fruit and strong, hearty malt presence. A fairly substantial bitterness creeps in slowly on the finish to dry things out, very nearly like biting a pine needle at the very end. Mouthfeel is smooth, and I think much of that can be attributed to the very fine carbonation. I like it, but the flavors are kinda all over the place. Top 25 winter warmers...sure. Top 10...prolly not. If I lived in WA though, I would surely look forward to a sixer of this every year, thanks Matt for a tasty rendition of a style that rarely gets any production love here in the south.

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Photo of freed
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

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Photo of nvsblman
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of dnichols
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Double Diamond Winter Ale from Dick's Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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