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
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
03-21-2008 19:14:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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 theres 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. Theres very little carbonation to this one, although its not the type of beer that screams for good carbonation in the first place.
Drinkability I wouldnt call this a session ale, but if you like your beer dry, dark, and burnt youll love this one.
Comments Thanks to my good buddy skyhand for dragging me back a growler of this from Diamond Not.
01-10-2006 03:27:06 | More by RoyalT
Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.