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

79 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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 Tilley4
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of wasnowrider
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of icehawk
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of SpectralAbyss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jjd315
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

Photo of doughanson78
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of piconaut
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of ReefRunner
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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