Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +23.5%
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!!!
01-06-2009 02:27:42 | More by ccrida
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
01-11-2010 11:03:33 | More by olympuszymurgus
4.35/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
11-28-2011 06:33:02 | More by CampusCrew
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
01-26-2012 13:57:59 | More by hopfacebrew
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
12-20-2010 02:44:35 | More by philbertk
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
11-30-2010 03:07:51 | More by Jason
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
01-07-2013 01:01:01 | More by silverking
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-08-2010 06:11:22 | More by ebrauser
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-02-2009 06:04:42 | More by RedDiamond
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
02-25-2010 15:12:53 | More by BetterDarker
Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
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