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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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3.69/5
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83 Ratings
Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter AleDiamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery
Washington, United States
diamondknot.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,492
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
83
pDev:
14.63%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of gandres
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Deep red brown color medium head some lacing
Smell:not a lot of aroma
Taste: more on the bitter side
Mouth fell: Creamy and fizzy
Overall: Very good beer, but not something to look for

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.28/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Thought this was less than professional looking brown, murky, almost no head but what was there was off white kind of appearance. Aroma was bitter toffee and roast.

Taste was harshly bitter and earthy. Some acetone in there. Really came off as compromised and maybe even infected as it warmed. Diamond Knot has had some seriously questionable beers in my experience.

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Photo of DOCRW
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pianoguy
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Over the years I have been all about the winter warmers. Lately it seems that the huge IPA movement has influenced my favorite seasonal beers, They seem to be getting a lot more hopy. (see Winterhook 31 ) Well this one gets it right. Its a true winter warmer with a very slight hop presence that creates a nice slightly bitter contrast to the sweet malts.

22 oz bomber. no bottling info provided

Pours a solid brown body with a tan head. Not much retention, good lacing

Smell is not very prominent, mainly malt but I am getting faint hop scent too.

A nice chocolate malt start (classic winter warmer!) with a bitter finish( that's got to come from the hops) A really nice balance !!

A big full feel... classic winter warmer.

An outstanding winter warmer . Bravo !

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Photo of italianstallion
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilley4
3.78/5  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...

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Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of wasnowrider
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Erik-P
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hreb
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of 604growler
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of icehawk
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of SpectralAbyss
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jjd315
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of silverking
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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