Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

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

Not Rated.
Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter AleDiamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

40 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 40
Hads: 79
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 40 | Hads: 79
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 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 mactrail
3.13/5  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.

 612 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 Huhzubendah
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

 293 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

 1,038 characters

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 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 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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.22/5  rDev -40%
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.


 968 characters

Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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

 401 characters

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 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 Immortale25
3.6/5  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.

 784 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 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 elNopalero
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my (now ancient) notes.

This pours a malty amber color.

I get a caramel-malt aroma to this.

Flavor has a “holiday spiced” amber ale note to it, with some touches of clove and chocolate malt under a caramel-malt sweetness. A bit too hot. Underwhelming.

 264 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 beerwolf77
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

 640 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 froghop
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

 268 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 PDXHops
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

 669 characters

Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark copper red color supporting an off white head leaving stringed lace. Smell of rich malt, dark fruit. Taste is not as rich as expected, but does have a good malt backbone with a good balance of hops and a little dark fruit in the back. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Nothing complex here, just a hearty winter ale.

 345 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.