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Dick’s Double Diamond Winter Ale

Posted by dugpark on December 1, 2008

Dick’s Brewing Company has had a pretty good run on the blog with 4 out of 5 beers hitting Will Buy Again.  Dick’s Double Diamond Winter Ale is in good company, then, as it enters the blog and hits a sweet spot on the winter beer list.

The beer pours a solid amber color, the head froths up accordingly and the nose spells of hard hitting hops.  Drinking this baby cold gives a super clean feel and finish and is refreshing all in one drink.  I actually wish I had one right now it left such a solid impression… at 7.5% alcohol, it keeps you warm on the inside as well… :)

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Alaskan Winter Ale

Posted by dugpark on November 1, 2008

The first of the 2008/2009 winter beers to go on the blog, Alaskan Winter Ale comes to us from our friends over at Alaskan Brewing Company.  I have been a big fan of these folks for some time and they didn’t let me down with this seasonal offer.  The beer pours a dark amber color, has a clean and refreshing nose, and gives you a little bit of the spruce right at the beginning.  This subsides as the beer sits for a bit, but I swear it was there.  A standard body and easy, smooth, and mildly complex finish make this a very drinkable beer. 

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Winter Beer Tasting 2008/2009

Posted by dugpark on November 1, 2008

The last few days have been pretty busy… from a beer perspective.  Much tasting has been going on related to some of the winter beers we have in the area.  Draft posts are started for each and I will be working on them over the next week or so. 

UPDATE UPDATE

Bringing together the two phases into one mother of a winte beer tasting list… drumroll, please:

Winter Beer Tasting 2008/2009 (in order of preference… +/- 1-2 up or down)

  1. Harvey’s Christmas Ale
  2. Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout
  3. Port Townsend Winter Ale
  4. Dick’s Double Diamond Winter Ale
  5. Jolly Roger Christmas Ale
  6. Scuttlebutt 10 Below Ale
  7. Michelob Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale
  8. Elysian BiFrost Winter Ale
  9. Pyramid Sno Cap Ale
  10. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
  11. Alaskan Winter Ale
  12. Bridgeport Ebenezer Ale
  13. Full Moon Winter Ale
  14. Bad Elf Winter’s Ale
  15. Avery Old Jubilation Ale
  16. New Belgium 2 Below Ale
  17. Redhook Winter Hook
  18. Samuel Adams Winter Lager

**UPDATE**  The tasting and posting is complete and here you are, in order of preference:

PHASE 1

  1. Harvey’s Christmas Ale
  2. Jolly Roger Christmas Ale
  3. Pyramid Sno Cap Ale
  4. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
  5. Alaskan Winter Ale
  6. Bridgeport Ebenezer Ale
  7. Redhook Winter Hook
  8. Samuel Adams Winter Lager

We definitely had a good time trying all of these, so I hit Malt & Vine for another round and will be tasting and posting more in the coming weeks, so check back for phase 2!

**UPDATE**

Here we are folks, phase 2 has officially began and the beer reviews will start rolling in.

PHASE 2

  1. Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper Imperial Stout
  2. Port Townsend Winter Ale
  3. Dick’s Double Diamond Winter Ale
  4. Scuttlebutt 10 Below Ale
  5. Michelob Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale
  6. Elysian BiFrost Winter Ale
  7. Full Moon Winter Ale
  8. Bad Elf Winter’s Ale
  9. Avery Old Jubilation Ale
  10. New Belgium 2 Below Ale

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