Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale | Diamond Knot Brewery

BA SCORE
83
good
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
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.67%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Bookseeb
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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Photo of youradhere
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown color with a nice reddish tinge. There's a one finger cocoa head, that quickly goes down to a sliver. Average lacing on my goblet glass. Nose is mainly caramel malt, hops, and some nutty yeast happening. I'd like the nose to be stronger, but it's pleasant. Taste is interesting... Coffee, caramel, hops... Big time hops on the aftertaste. Feel is very dry, with a slightly bitter finish. All in all, a decent brew. Cheers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of mikechance
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A --- nice deep red with a little foam head

S --- not much. mostly malts

T --- very malty and noty much else.

M --- medium body with right amount of carbination.

O --- Not bad, but not memorable. I wanted something from it to "pop" and I couldn't find it in the scent, taste and body.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.74/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of kk73
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of elNopalero
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Abrengle
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of loren01
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish brown color, decent sized head with slight lace down the glass
S: Smell is slightly sweet followed by earthy/piney hop scents
T: Slight sweetness with lots of roasted grains. Nice big piney hop bite at the end
M: Medium bodied beer, a little bit thinner than what I was expecting, finishes pretty warm
O: My first time trying this beer and I think I'll be buying more, a great winter beer if you can get it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Diamond Knot Brewing Company-HO!HO! Winter Ale --2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted--7.7% on Web. Thin lace off white head.Clear dark ruby brown color. Toasted toffee mild earthy hop floral dark fruit front.No sediment. Thick cloying sweet toffee fig malty mildly crusty roasted body. Roasted hop spice malt spice black fruit end.Smooth toasty. Sampled 1/10/2010. $5.25 Each.

Diamond Knot Brewing Company--HO!HO! Winter Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV. 60 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Thin lace thin off white head. No sediment. Hazy dark bronze brown color. Roasted dark fruit floral hop Winter spice hint toasty front. Smooth sweet rich toasted brown sugar caramel fruit hop hint malty zesty body. Dry clean slightly bitter EtOH toasted hop end. Roasted hoppy malty Winter Ale. Very rich! 12/18/2010. Purchased for $5.25 at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 12/18/2010.

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Photo of ebrauser
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to a pint glass and tulip (the tulip to get a better smell out of the beer)

Appearance: Roasted brown/red hued. Thin off-white head

Aroma: Hints of grapes and strawberries, Distinct wheat (reminded me of being in a brewery room where the malt is stored) and cereal (cheerios?) w/ earthy and flowery tones.

Flavor: Fruit sweetness right when it hit my lips, but led almost instantaneously to a fierce hop bitterness. There is a streak of roasted barley which carries the beer into the finish of residual malts. A new and pretty good taste!

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy. A bit creamy but not like a RIS. Can stand on its own.

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Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barry's (Beer Authority):

A- Pours a copper color that then darkens. Minimal head.

S- Malt, hops, and spice - in that order

T- Delicious brew. Very balanced.

M- Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

D- Very. I had 2 pints and could of had more.

Next review!

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Photo of BetterDarker
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scremforme I received this in a recent BIF. 22 ounce bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a dark, clear amber/copper with a one finger tan head.

S- Wow, a winter warmer that smells like a beer and not a desert! Impressive! Toasted malt up front, hint of hops with a whiff of pie spices.

T- This a restrained winter warmer, in a good way. Nice malt flavor balanced well with herbal hops and mild spicing.

M- Medium bodied and well carbonated.

D- Nicely done, if I ever find myself in Washington during the holiday months, I will seek this out again.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Winter Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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