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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
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40 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 9.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2006

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 79
Photo of ccrida
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewpub (the first review strait from the source), Industrial Ho! Ho! is hazy chestnut with a nice sized, tight bubbled off-white head leaving heavy sheets of foamy lace.

Smell is fairly muted, dark caramel malts, not too sweet though, thanks to the bright herbal hops, like the rest of this brewery, I have to assume they're Galenas.

Taste is really awesome, a big caramel blast, the slightest coffee hint, really nice to see a winter warmer that's not spiced, I don't mind a beer that compliments pumpkin pie or fruit cake, I just don't need it to taste like it! The is really like an imperial brown, sweet rich and malty but so smooth, just enough bitterness to balance, I'm loving it beyond belief!!!

Mouthfeel is on the crisp and dry side, but with a nice chewy malt backbone, medium bodied, a tad sticky.

Drinkability is super high, wow. This is hands down my favorite winter seasonal this year, I love that Diamond Knot does such a solid brown ale, and then to basically imperialize it for the winter is awesome. When I see winter warmer anymore I'm thinking strong spicy mess, but this malty goodness just killed it. 8.7% huh? I would have never know, unless I'd had another, which I was oh so tempted to do!!! (1,241 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Knot- Hop forward dark ale, xmas beer for hop heads, doesn't scream winter, but one of the one I would drink more often.

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked. (305 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

remember that this here is life. with the van freshly be-dragonwhaled (1st coat), we headed to the brewery to celebrate the brewing of a fine barleywine. the ho ho leered at us from the pitcher on the table, mahogany with a golden plumage of head. "don't take any guff from these swine" it muttered under its breath.
caramel and hops are the dominant odors but something else lurks, butterscotch? the taste is really outstanding, the bitterness well balanced with the sweetness, the caramel shines, the finish is like a sweet bread with dates baked in. have some if you can find it. bought a growler of it to cap the evening in dk style.

it's hard being so stylish. (666 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade from Beefsteak, thanks man!

Poured to a pint glass from bomber, no dates as far as I could tell. The beer pours a amber brown color with a 1.5 finger head with good retention and lacing throughout. The nose is that of chocolate and coffee malty sweet toes with a hint of floral hops. The flavor starts out with a nice hoppy flavor that blends to a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate maltyness. Very good. Higher end of medium bodied and well carbonated. Overall, I enjoyed the beer, I had never heard of the beer or brewery before so it was a nice little surprise. I would recommend it. (612 characters)

Photo of philbertk
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Knot Brewing Company-HO!HO! Winter Ale --2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted--7.7% on Web. Thin lace off white head.Clear dark ruby brown color. Toasted toffee mild earthy hop floral dark fruit front.No sediment. Thick cloying sweet toffee fig malty mildly crusty roasted body. Roasted hop spice malt spice black fruit end.Smooth toasty. Sampled 1/10/2010. $5.25 Each.

Diamond Knot Brewing Company--HO!HO! Winter Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV. 60 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Thin lace thin off white head. No sediment. Hazy dark bronze brown color. Roasted dark fruit floral hop Winter spice hint toasty front. Smooth sweet rich toasted brown sugar caramel fruit hop hint malty zesty body. Dry clean slightly bitter EtOH toasted hop end. Roasted hoppy malty Winter Ale. Very rich! 12/18/2010. Purchased for $5.25 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 12/18/2010. (906 characters)

Photo of ebrauser
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of silverking
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This winter seasonal drinks much like an imperial red ale. It is deep claret with a hearty mix of red malt sweetness and elegant hop spice. A light cherry stone aroma leaps about suggesting the bolder cherry stone taste within. Impressive lace forms everywhere. A fine, hearty ale full of sugar and spice. Very festive. (319 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  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. (613 characters)

Photo of BetterDarker
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish brown with a slight white ring of bubbles.

S- Holiday spices, maltyness, caramel, figs and some fruit.

T- Good caramel taste with a nice herbal hit of goodness. There is a decent chewy maltyness that is here. I'm enjoying this a good deal, it isn't too malty, yet it has a great seasonal spice with a hop bitterness that is there too.

M- The mouthfeel is good, just the right amount of carbination with a good amount of thickness to the beer.

D- Very easy to drink and is super tasty. This beer is a seasonal winner, very solid.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to may man Travisd13 for this delight!

Hot Damn Diamond Knot never lets me down.
Poured a amber color with good carbonation, medium tannish head and hella lacing. Nose is nutmeg, cinnamon and malts. Taste is nutmeg and cinnamon upfront with a chocolate lingering and caramel as well. Its also a little bready and a bittering on the end. Mouthfeel is spice, warming and nutmeg, cinnamon. Medium bodied. Toasted malts, grain and sweetness with oerhaps brown suga. Drinkability is good and this is a very good Warmer. (522 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  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. (987 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: middling nut-brown hue with a finger of frothy light-tan foam. Body has a fair amount of haze to it; it looks good, though the head does not have very much retention to it. Not too bad, though.

Smell: nutty, bready, yeasty, somewhat biscuity; it's got all the marks of a nut brown ale or something likewise autumnal. On top of this, though, it's got some sweetness, which makes it a bit more of a wintry treat. I rather like it.

Taste: wow, it tastes exactly like it smells, though with the addition of a dry bitterness which counteracts the sweetness a lot. I still like it, but it's a drier, more autumnal beer than a festive winter ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty decent level of carbonation. Not creamy, precisely, but there's enough going on to give the beer a pretty pleasant texture.

Drinkability: I'm finding it pretty drinkable tonight. I have a feeling this is the kind of beer that I sort of need to be in the mood to drink; I guess I'm just in one of those moods. (1,045 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark orange color with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nuts, and some caramel/toffee aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, toasted nuts, and burnt caramel. There is a medium roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice toasted malt/nut aroma and flavor that is quite satisfying. (518 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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! (277 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Ho Ho Winter Ale at Total Wine & More in Spokane.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nut brown color, clear, with a creamy off-white head.

Smell is a soft caramel candy aroma.

Taste is a peppery caramel flavor up front with a sweet bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean, not cloying.

Overall a very drinkable winter ale. Reminds me of the Deschutes Jubelale. (400 characters)

Photo of wknight167
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a clear dark amber to medium brown head with a one finger head that quickly fades to a cap.

Nose- Nutty caramel, toasted malt, dark fruit and herbal hops along with a touch of nutmeg?

Palate- Caramel and toffee with the slightest touch of roast malt. I can't tell if the spiciness is from the hops or added spices, but I'm leaning towards spices.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and carbonated.

Overall- Not my favorite winter warmer, but not their worst offering either. (486 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, light tan, thick head that slowly settled and a little lace. Color is a clear amber brown. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, toffee, a hint of hop. Flavor's similar to nose with hop coming out a lot more, hint of sweet, just right amount of tang. Body is good although the alcohol warmth is a bit strong, great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has a little solvent in the long lasting taper off. But good drinking brew. (478 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a review for the bourbon version of the Industrial Ho-Ho I came across via handbottle. It's been a tough week and just can't find the drive to enter it in as a new beer entirely.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brownish-red body with a thin white head.

Smell: Dark, chocolatey maltiness with an underlying fruitiness. The bourbon characteristics are fairly restrained, yielding only slight notes of vanilla and scorched wood.

Taste: Sweet dark chocolate and some roasted grains that dries out rather quickly. Very, very light hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and wood. Mild bitterness along the way. Dark caramel picks up midway. Flash of dark fruits. Warm, chocolatey finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Warming alcohol presence.

Drinkability: A fine bourbony (though light) winter release. (821 characters)

Photo of loren01
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color, decent sized head with slight lace down the glass
S: Smell is slightly sweet followed by earthy/piney hop scents
T: Slight sweetness with lots of roasted grains. Nice big piney hop bite at the end
M: Medium bodied beer, a little bit thinner than what I was expecting, finishes pretty warm
O: My first time trying this beer and I think I'll be buying more, a great winter beer if you can get it. (431 characters)

Photo of DanielBrett
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Pint glass

A: This brew is a amber / brown color. It's not very clear, you can see through the glass only when held up light. Had about 1.5 finger head and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Mainly spices, not much to it

T: Fairly malty brew, has a bit of an alcohol taste and feel to it, followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Nothing to Complex. This is a medium bodied brew, gives you a bit of a that alcohol burn, and leaves a dry bitter finish.

O: An all around decent brew, Glad I got to try it out but I can't say that I'll be rushing to buy another bottle of it. (604 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this Christmas night while watching the kids with their toys... A very nice winter warmer if a bit untraditional... Quite a hop presence right off the bat... Very bitter at the finish when it was cold but as this began to warm the cocoa notes began to shine through... Alcohol is rather prevalent in spots which makes this a sipper but doesn't detract from this at all... (383 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish mahogany with about 1/2 inch of light khaki head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was sweet malts, a bit syrupy, with some hops and spice in the background. The flavors were also on the sweet side, but that's expected for the style. There a pleasant spiciness and some tangy hops on the finish.

The body was full and thick, as expected. Drinkability was pretty good, for a strong and thick brew. Overall, a decent example of the style from one of my favorite regional breweries. (552 characters)

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Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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