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Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter AleDiamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

78 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2006)
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Reviews by mikechance:
Photo of mikechance
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A --- nice deep red with a little foam head

S --- not much. mostly malts

T --- very malty and noty much else.

M --- medium body with right amount of carbination.

O --- Not bad, but not memorable. I wanted something from it to "pop" and I couldn't find it in the scent, taste and body.

mikechance, Dec 03, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems a little odd to be drinking a CHRISTmas beer when it's 70 degrees outside.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear deeper amber shade with a half finger off white head atop.A little spice,nuttiness, and biscuit malt with a whole lot of sweet alcohol,it's pretty boozy I can tell.Warming not over the top alcohol sweetness mixed with spiced notes on the palate,a decent roasted nut and dark fruitiness compliments the booze pretty well.It's not a drink all day holiday beer but it's warming and pretty flavorful,I would drink again.

oberon, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a very dark brown out of the growler with little head. Kim said that it came out of the tap kind of flat with no head, too.

Smell – This has the classic WW aroma of toasted and roasted malts, deep spicing, and mild burnt notes.

Taste – This beer actually has some nice complexity at the taste. The toasty flavor is overpowered by the strong roasty, almost burnt character. The malts are very dark, almost like a Schwartzbier, and there’s even a bit of yeast in the foreground. The spices are dark and dirty.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied and dry like a piece of burnt toast. There’s very little carbonation to this one, although it’s not the type of beer that screams for good carbonation in the first place.

Drinkability – I wouldn’t call this a “session ale”, but if you like your beer dry, dark, and burnt you’ll love this one.

Comments – Thanks to my good buddy skyhand for dragging me back a growler of this from Diamond Not.

RoyalT, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Quick cascading head with decent lacing. Extremely dark brown, pretty much opaque from a chill haze which eventually goes away. Chocolate, freshly toasted bread, cookie dough, hint of dark cherry in the nose. Crisp and smooth with a lush medium body. Toasty but not too husky, a bit roasty and chocolaty ... a little bitter over any sweetness. Some ripe fruit, herbal earthy hop and peppery alcoholic warmth middle to end.

This brew is a treat, really tasty and the alcohol is hefty but does not get in the way of drinking at all. For sure a great pick for this winter.

Jason, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Kasabuske
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Kasabuske, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.17/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Kind of a homebrew lookin' muddled brown with less than 1/4" head on it, off white light tan stylee. Aroma was slightly bitter, toffee.

Taste, I liked corpulent's description of "sucking on a copper penny." It was this weird kind of dirty, sweet and bitter, which roughly approximates sucking on a penny I guess, so good call. Was reminiscient to me of the vinegar and wood mouthfeel of Rodenbach, but worse, and I'm always wondering why people always think that's some benchmark of style.

This beer was pretty tough to drink, and in fact, I did not finish my pour. I was able to have a few ounces, but most of that was just to satiate my curiosity if this would get any better. Didn't taste like a winter warmer or anything xmas style, just tasted like a fake bee someone put vinegar and bitterness into to try and call it a psuedo sour or something.

Really was just some brown malt and earthy garbage hop bitterness that was the most distinct flavors.

Avoid.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of BetterDarker
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scremforme I received this in a recent BIF. 22 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a dark, clear amber/copper with a one finger tan head.

S- Wow, a winter warmer that smells like a beer and not a desert! Impressive! Toasted malt up front, hint of hops with a whiff of pie spices.

T- This a restrained winter warmer, in a good way. Nice malt flavor balanced well with herbal hops and mild spicing.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D- Nicely done, if I ever find myself in Washington during the holiday months, I will seek this out again.

BetterDarker, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is brilliant red, and pours slightly syrupy, with no head. Aroma is fruity and phenolic, with a hint of spice, and brown sugar.

Flavor is as expected, with a bitter edge which is in tune with this heavily flavored brew. Spicy and alcoholic. Undoubtedly a winter warmer, and just what I was looking for. A little sweetness on the front of the tongue, like burned caramel or Demerara sugar, but otherwise the flavors are pretty muddled. Bold, but muddled.

A solid winter warmer but not necessarily to my taste.

hreb, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split

appearance: served in a ND shaker pint, cola-amber body, tan head with no lace

smell: toasted nuts, caramel, spice

taste: decent winter warmer - toasted nuts, dry malt, light bitterness, some holiday spice. An enjoyable bomber, but admittedly, no real qualities that would bring me back for more.

mouthfeel: dry finish, light bitterness, alcohol holds its own

overall: ok stuff

dirtylou, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

MarvinTheMarzen, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of ReefRunner
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

ReefRunner, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

buzzy, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of kk73
4/5  rDev +7.8%

kk73, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a one finger head that drops to a 1/4 inch head and retains for a while before becoming an 1/8 inch ring with lacing accompanying it.

S- Immediate white chocolate and coffee notes combined with a malty sweetness reminiscent of Whoppers malt balls. A bit of musty alcohol rounds out the aroma.

T- Packs quite a punch. Heavy malt base with some cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Also some more coffee. Has a bit of an alcohol burn that accentuates the slight metallic taste but isn't very detrimental to the overall flavor profile.

M- Pretty standard. Medium-high carbonation gives the tongue plenty to work with.

O- Not bad. I can definitely think of better winter seasonals but can still dig it.

Immortale25, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of jjd315
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

jjd315, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of SpectralAbyss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

SpectralAbyss, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ScreamForMe
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barry's (Beer Authority):

A- Pours a copper color that then darkens. Minimal head.

S- Malt, hops, and spice - in that order

T- Delicious brew. Very balanced.

M- Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

D- Very. I had 2 pints and could of had more.

Next review!

ScreamForMe, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of silverking
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear reddish brown. It sports a tan head with moderate retention and beautiful lacing. The lacing forms a thick sheet on the inside of the glass for a solid 3 seconds and then glides gently back onto the surface of the beer. The aroma carries lots of pine and citrus with a strong malty background. It smells like spruce tips were added, but when I viewed diamond knot's website is said that water, malt, hops, and yeast were the only ingredients. The taste starts hoppy (lots of pine) and progressivly gets more bitter. The malt does start to appear in the finish and then eventually catches up to the hops for a bittersweet finish. There is moderate carbonation with a moderately heavy mouthfeel. This beer definitly has a warming sensation. This is truly an exceptional beer for the winter season.

silverking, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of ebrauser
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to a pint glass and tulip (the tulip to get a better smell out of the beer)

Appearance: Roasted brown/red hued. Thin off-white head

Aroma: Hints of grapes and strawberries, Distinct wheat (reminded me of being in a brewery room where the malt is stored) and cereal (cheerios?) w/ earthy and flowery tones.

Flavor: Fruit sweetness right when it hit my lips, but led almost instantaneously to a fierce hop bitterness. There is a streak of roasted barley which carries the beer into the finish of residual malts. A new and pretty good taste!

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy. A bit creamy but not like a RIS. Can stand on its own.

ebrauser, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jamstone714, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Deep brown with a modest off-white head that's surprisingly tenacious. Crackly lacing along the top inch of the glass; scattered streaks after that.

Nose is full of chocolate and sugar cookies, with a nice toastiness in the background. The 'full meal deal' of maltiness: sweet, roasty, tangy, nutty, husky. Cracked pepper, nutmeg, milk chocolate and earthy hops. I'm somewhat disappointed in the dryish, toasty finish, but it's a tasty beer for sure. On the thickish side of medium with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly bitter; I'm curious about how a bit of cellaring would treat this beer as the hops mellow out. Good stuff.

PDXHops, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +7.8%

jaidenjb, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of simonmoyse
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

simonmoyse, Sep 02, 2012
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Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.