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Diamond Knot Brown Ale - Diamond Knot Brewery

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Diamond Knot Brown AleDiamond Knot Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-13-2003)
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Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of many bottles broken out with dinner last night, this seemed to be a hit with the in laws. Poured into pint glasses, this one was consumed on 12/25/2009.

The pour was about what I would have expected from the style. Nice brown color, with some light peaking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. A smallish head of white creeping up and fading out in a minute or so leaving a broken crown of lace on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice rich aroma, coffee and caramel with a nice light hint of an herbal quality mixing together quite nicely. Smooth even profile, first sips have a roasted, almost nutty flavor to them as they backup across the tongue. Light bready malts, hints of chocolate now coming through and a nice smooth, creamy finish that leaves almost a butterscotch like taste as it fades out. Medium body, with a healthy level of carbonation to it but not overdone by any means.

Overall pretty damn solid I have to admit. Nothing really crazy but a nice and very sessionable brown ale. I would have no issue with putting this one down anytime.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, relatively dark brown body with a modestly-sized, suds, off-white head.

Smell: Notes of spicy-scented dried herbs and a slim helping of slices of apricot overlayed with scents of toasted grains and roasted nuts.

Taste: Roasty, toasty, charred nut maltiness, but not particularly complex. Very small, lightly sweet hint of brown sugar along with a tangy apricot fruitiness on the front end. Hops providing an earthy black pepper-like spiciness and backing of dried herbs and a noted bitterness. Drying, spicy, earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Simple and reasonably satisfactory as far as brown ales go, though, by no means a home run for me, as there is a whole host of browns I'd reach for over this.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass a meium russet brown with a well defined thinner off white head,aromas were on the sweeter side with buttered toffee,and caramel really standing out.A tad fizzy in the mouth but its body feel is up to par,flavors are caramel malt based with some molasses-like flavors to go along with the sweeter theme,light roast in the finish.A nice brown ale definitely on the sweeter side wich surprised me a little.

Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden brown in the glass. Plenty of foam, but rather coarse carbonation. Spritzy on the tongue. Faint grain aroma.

Fairly malty with a pleasing sweet tang. A touch of sharpness for balance. Thin and watery body, but flavorful with roasted malt. A touch of toasted nuts and a whiff of hops. Some bitter aftertaste. Plain but rather tasty.

A pleasant quaff with the mellow maltiness that makes this style worth while. From the 22 oz bottle.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a medium creamy off-white head, great retention, good lace.

S: Lots of bready brown malt, biscuity crystal malt, sulfur, hard water.

T: Leading with the brown malt, caramel, lots of hard water, earthy grassy hops. Very mineral driven.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp, frothy big carbonation at times. Moderate hoppy aftertaste.

O: A solid northwest brown ale. A good beer and the price is right. Definitely worth a pick-up.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light brownish color with some reddish and tan hues, good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is caramel, toffee, nuts, molasses. Taste is very nice immediately with a presence of toffee, molasses, maple and nuts.Feels very nice, booze barely detectable, easy to drink, nuts and toasted notes, herbal as well. Very drinkable.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle into a pint glass. My bottle indicates 6.0% ABV rather than the 5.6% stated above.

Appearance: a nice medium brown/caramel color. Small but appetizing foamy head with relatively little lacing.

Smell: very distinct malt/grain aroma with notes of caramel.

Taste: quite malty with not a lot of distinct hop flavor, though there is some bitterness present. It's a nice flavor but not one with a lot of character.

Mouthfeel: body is medium, relatively lightly carbonated. It works well with the flavors.

Drinkability: I think this one is a bit overly malty in its flavor profile for me to want to drink a lot of these.

Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewpub, Diamond Knot's Brown Ale is a hazy chestnut brown with a nice sized off-white head, pretty dense, leaving nice lace.

Smell is slightly sweet caramel malt with a nice fresh herbal hop nose, good but a bit muted.

Taste is really nice, clean and well balanced, but complex with a nice dash of Glacier hops to remind you this is a NW brown ale. Bittersweet, the hops really cut the toast like malt nicely without overwhelming (well if you're considering this an English Brown ale, which it's clearly not).

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is high, man it was tough not to suck this down in a hurry. Got into town early with lots of time to kill, this was my unquestionable first pick, as I really dig brown ales, and don't see enough brewers round here making them. This one is really solid.

Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear dark brownish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is toasted malts, sweet caramel, faint hints of chocolate and molasses and an ever so slight hint of hops

T- The taste is sweet up front with toasted malt and caramel sweetness. The finish has a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops with some alcohol as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent brown but nothing special. It is one of those beers that I wouldn't purchase again but also wouldn't turn down if offered to me.

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a luscious, transparent coppery brown with a light tan head that doesn't stick around too long, although it does leave some good lacing. Aroma is malty with hints of caramel and brown sugar, not strong but still inviting. Malty flavor has some subtle spicy and woody tones, but is on the wan side so a point off there. Texture is fairly smooth and just a little tingly. Not a great ale, but worthy of a try. This is more of a party beer, or an accompaniment for a meal, than a stand-alone brewski.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Usually I enjoy greater overall drinkability with draught beers but DK's bottled version of this ale may shine a little brighter. The draught begins with a graceful film of white head on a clear, brown-auburn body with ample suds. Neither the flavor nor smell of this ale show strong contours, but their ambiguity is at least clean and approachable with no detractions. Just casually balanced brown malts and a workable body.

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: rust deep brown body, tan head, impressive lacing

S: roasted nuts, toffee, caramel

T: nutty, malt, toffee, light bready malt, sweet caramel semi-dry finish

M: med/heavy, smooth, slight creamy/chewy mouth

O: Very nice, looking forward to trying more
of Diamond Knots offerings.

QUITE NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Photo of PorterLambic
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with orange throughout. Good sized tan head with so-so retention. Drops to a film in a minute. Nice lace left behind.
Smell is malt with wood and apple.
Taste is roasted malt with slight green apple and wood notes and a touch of an almost vinegary tartness. Metallic? Coffee, too.
Medium body with an effervescence on the light side of medium. Metallic/vinegar/tart aftertaste with malt slightly roasted. A solid competitor with the likes of Newcastle.

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of pkalix
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BA says 5.6%; the bottle says 6%.
beautiful brown color, minimal head; no lacing down the sides to speak of.
smell has an interesting, pleasing, nutty kind of smell other than which i cannot identify but really like. but sweet, nutty malt, for sure.
the taste carries on with the smell. it feels as if it's missing some substance, some heaviness to round out the taste and because of that there appears to be some novice quality to it and undeserved bitterness. but it's a good brew and i love the way it looks in the glass. i like the taste and could handle a few more of these.

Photo of Arsenal0328
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of froghop
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear brown with a very thin white head.

smell of brown sugar, some spice, malt, and a touch of caramel.

taste is a little tangy, brown sugar, spice, pepper, and malt, ends tangy on the tongue and just a touch of bitterness.

overall a pretty good brown.

Photo of Seanibus
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A thin, astringent brew that turned me off at first, but grew on me gradually (though failed to win me over completely).

Pours a fairly heavy brown with a disappointing head that falls away to mediocre lacing. The aroma is bitter, almost burned, with a cardboardy edge and a strange bittersweet after-effect. The flavor is over-roasted coffee or burned gingerbread, with some cardboard, and a sour sting on the finish, which is dry and harsh. The mouthfeel is negligible.

Sounds like an F in my book, right? Believe it or not, it grew on me. It's not a great beer by any means - in fact, I will be sure to avoid it in the future - but as I progressed through the 22 oz bottle, I began to understand it a little. I think the brewer was aiming for an overroasted, Starbucks-y effect. And I could see some people enjoying the effect in the same way that a harsh taste like vinegar or bitter tea can actually be pleasurable (I enjoy both). I don't think this will be a popular or widely-loved beer, but it is far from the failure my initial impression suggested.

Photo of RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Diamond Kntt Brown Ale in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an Irish Setter brown color, clear with a thick off-white head.

Smell is a sweet malt aroma, with a strange acerbic vinegar and dill aroma.

Taste is a mild caramel flavor up front, with a wet bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and not cloying. Appropriate for the style.

Overall the smell and taste are a bit off. As brown ales go I have had better, and I'm not sure I'd have this again.

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Diamond Knot Brown Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.