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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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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 MarvinTheMarzen
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

MarvinTheMarzen, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bomber style, on to the beer:

The pour yields a cherrywood color and a thick head that retains well and lashes up lacing around the glass. It proves to be one of the highlights. Things get worrisome in the aroma. There's no infection, good. There's no nastiness, good. But there is so little goodness, not good. A little toasted sugar, esters, and subtle hop juice. It seems that there should be so much more.

Served cold, the flavor yield is very low. Served at a warmer temperature, the flavor yield only slightly improves. It doesn't make the beer good, it just makes it less sick. Toasted sugar and toffee provide the "base" of this beer. Pine cones add a little distraction. For a beer of this ABV, the flavor intensity is shockingly low (not to mention its alcohol isn't felt at all, adding to the shock. Yet the body is fairly rich in texture. Riddling.

Diamond Knot's IPA had potential, but was wrecked by an infection. Ho! Ho! may have potential if those malts are better worked. There isn't much to keep me interested here.

DoubleJ, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of ReefRunner
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

ReefRunner, Dec 24, 2012
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
Photo of icehawk
3/5  rDev -19.1%

icehawk, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of BCross
3/5  rDev -19.1%

BCross, May 09, 2012
Photo of Mdodge8837
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Mdodge8837, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of towlea25
3/5  rDev -19.1%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of rocklibster
3/5  rDev -19.1%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of froghop
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark copper with a small tan head, and great lacing.

smell is of roasted malt, caramel, a little bit of hops in the back, and some spice.

taste is of malt, grain, a touch of chocolate, and caramel, ends on the dry side.

overall an okay winter warmer.

froghop, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer appears dark ruby colored with a thick tan head. Lasting retention and plenty of lacing coats the tulip glass. The aroma is pretty bland, with a weak showing of malt, spices, alcohol. The flavor is ok, with an odd dryness in the finish. A bit out of balance, and generally unexciting.

Huhzubendah, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

An unusual color of ochre-- a brownish amber-- in the tall schooner. Some malty body but not much sweetness. Rather watery body. Not much aroma.

The first taste is awful-- is it wintergreen? Some kind of hair tonic? The trouble is it is also quite hoppy and bitter right away. Finally the roasted malt comes through and reminds me of New Belgium's 2 Below. Kind of a buttery Cracker Jacks flavor with a hop surprise. Hint of dusty cloves and old fruit.

Not my favorite winter brew, though worth a try if you like the hopper versions. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

mactrail, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Nerudamann
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – medium brown/dark amber in color, with about two fingers’ worth of frothy khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – a smell of barley and spices seems most prevalent. Other than that, not much else is discernable.

Taste – much like the smell, there’s a hint of the malt/barley, but with a subtle touch of bitterness from the hops, which aren’t that noticeable in regard to taste. Bitter aftertaste left over by the hops.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, although not as thick/creamy as I would have expected from a winter warmer.

Overall – Not a bad-tasting brew at all, but not terribly interesting to think about while tasting.

Nerudamann, Jan 14, 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 MisledTitan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

MisledTitan, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

twelveinches, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

doughanson78, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

BigTrubble, Nov 09, 2012
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 beerwolf77
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a cinnamon brown with orange highlights. The off white head sits about two fingers high. After some settling the glass is caked with thick gobs of lace.

The aroma is olfactory blast of caramel malt, citrus, spices, light hops and touch of cocoa. I like when WW have super complex noses.

The flavor is sort of muted. What is there is mostly malt and light citrus. Maybe a touch of spice and booze. It tastes like a bad attempt at a porter. Not horrible by any stretch just not all that memorible.

Medium to light body. Average carbonation.

Overall an average WW. Not somthing I would seek out again.

beerwolf77, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of jayhawk73
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown color with a nice reddish tinge. There's a one finger cocoa head, that quickly goes down to a sliver. Average lacing on my goblet glass. Nose is mainly caramel malt, hops, and some nutty yeast happening. I'd like the nose to be stronger, but it's pleasant. Taste is interesting... Coffee, caramel, hops... Big time hops on the aftertaste. Feel is very dry, with a slightly bitter finish. All in all, a decent brew. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

buzzy, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jamstone714, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of JFrankParnell
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JFrankParnell, Jan 06, 2012
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Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.