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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2006)
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Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of FLBEERGUY25
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of rahbuckeye
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of benbjb
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Kasabuske
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of adkieffer
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of simonmoyse
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BCross
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of DanielBrett
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of grubefresh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Photo of rocklibster
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of towlea25
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of JFrankParnell
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Mdodge8837
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.