Diamond Knot Brown Ale
Diamond Knot Brewery

Diamond Knot Brown AleDiamond Knot Brown Ale
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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #667
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,861
Avg:
3.52 | pDev: 14.49%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
81
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Diamond Knot Brewery
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug, the appearance was a slight dark brown color with a muddy effect to it. Topped by a slim cap of off-white foamy head, it slid off fairly nice. Some messy lace.
The aroma had some earthy/spicy hops with some shoe leather playing with some dried biscuity/dark bready character here and there.
The flavor pulled together the earthy/spicy hops to the malts and added in a level of bitterness that was enjoyable. Aftertaste was dark toast and eatthy/spicy hops.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. Some grip along my tongue with the bitterness from the hops. Finishes with some earthy/spicy hops and a touch of dark bready toast.
Overall, pretty good American brown ale and worthy to have again if possible.

Aug 27, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from Cactus Mexican restaurant and it went really, really well with the mole on top of s squash enchilada.
Before the food arrived the beer did and it Looked a bit over average with only a modest foam. Smells and Tastes were very balanced, malt roasted and blended; needing not much Northwest hops. Sat nicely in the mouth, inviting more food.

Nov 17, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours clear, dark copper with a sudsy beige head that has very good durability and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
A mix of sweet malts and spicy hops in both the aroma and the flavor. This is more hoppy than average for style but only marginally more bitter, if that.
Medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Nov 05, 2018
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Superjimbob from Washington

2.29/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks pretty good on the pour but the smell and bitterness is unappealing for a Brown Ale. For me, I'd give this one a miss unless there are no alternative brown ales.

Aug 28, 2016
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Minkybut from Virginia

2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees and then poured it into the sink. The beer poured a dark amber color and at first I was hopeful.. The tan head looked inviting but the smell soon as it hit my lips was all telling. The beer smelled sour and reeked. The taste was also bad and sour like buttermilk gone bad. I will never buy this beer again.

May 22, 2014
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devilben02 from North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the bottle with a translucent but medium-dark, reddish brown color and a foamy, sand-colored head. The aroma has a light malty sweetness and maybe a little grassy bitterness. It's pleasant, but there's not much there. The flavor has a good bit of roast for a brown ale, with a kind of toasted walnut character, only a little bit of grainy sweetness, and a little astringency that lends to a dry finish. The fine, light carbonation contributes to a thin body, which is good since the beer could come off a bit heavy otherwise. Overall, this is a dry, nutty, and reasonably complex brown ale, but not a standard setter.

Mar 19, 2014
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RJLarse from Washington

2.77/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Nov 25, 2013
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear dark brown color with 2 fingers of oatmeal colored head that slowly quickly dissolved into a quarter finger of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and covered the top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Really strong aromas of roasted malt and barley, like freshly baked bread. There notes of caramel, toffee and walnuts finished by some floral notes of honey and clover.

Taste: Much thinner on the taste than the aroma. Malty notes forward, followed by some slight caramel sweetness and finished by some pronounced hoppy bitterness. However, the flavors fade quite quickly.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of only 6.0%, there’s virtually no alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: Pretty decent brown ale, but also pretty forgettable. Wouldn’t turn it away if offered, but I’m not looking for it either.

Oct 29, 2013
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ssteakley from Washington

3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This Brown Ale is a good ale, it is a bit short on the finish but it is a good all around beer. I would expect any beer from the PNW to be at least this good, that is not always the case but this one is holding the standard to measure the rest by. Won't be disappointed buying this!

Oct 23, 2013
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therica from Maryland

3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewpub in Mulkitea.

Nice but typical caramel brown appearance. Nose is mild toffee and hops florals. Taste is unexpected, surprisingly bitter for a brown. Good though, probably enjoyed by hopheads more than commercial brown fans.

Nice crisp finish, bitters on the tongue.

Aug 19, 2013
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Chessmaster from Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 1 pt 9 oz bottle. Good carbonation and lacing. Attractive appearance.

Unfortunately the flavor was off putting. A brown ale should be nice and malty, but this ale had a distinct and unbalanced hop bitterness. Any malt flavor was overpowered by a strange soapy indistinct flavor leaving a bad impression in the mouth,

Probably would not buy this again.

Jul 27, 2013
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Halcyondays from California

3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Nov 23, 2012
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pkalix from California

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Nov 16, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

Aug 25, 2012
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billshmeinke from California

2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic glass.

Dark brown and quite hazy. Two fingers of off white head.

Smells of fruity esters, some toffee, and malt.

Tastes of dark fruits, really sweet, a bit bready and malty. Too much in the way of esters for what I want in a brown ale. hitn of earthy hops on the back end.

Pretty crappy overall. Not gonna revisit.

Mar 06, 2012
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Oct 04, 2011
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SolipsismalCat from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium-dark, clear brown with lots of bubbles. Two finger, off-white, frothy head that diminished after a minute or two. Virtually no lacing.

Smell: Toasted, nutty, and caramel aromas.

Taste: Light sweetness, moderately acidic, and moderately bitter. Not too bitter. The finish was about average and matched the initial flavor. Toasted and nutty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body that was dry and creamy. Soft carbonation and a bit astringent.

Overall: A nice American brown ale, but not one of my favorites. I was a bit disappointed in the head.

Aug 05, 2011
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KajII from North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

Poured a clear medium brown with a small fizzy off-white head that dissipated rapidly after the pour and had poor lacing. The aroma was of light toasted caramel malts, a light resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with a slight hint of coffee. It tasted very mild with a slight sweetness and a hint of caramel at first then became slightly bitter with a strong coffee flavor and had a slight hoppy presence at the finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall I would say this brew is just OK, definitely nothing special.

May 09, 2011
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Apr 04, 2011
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trevorjn06 from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brown/copper color with ruby highlights and a this, tight head that recedes to a layer on the surface.

The aroma hits me as I open the bottle, toasted malts, caramel/toffee, light roastiness and hints of nuttiness and fruitiness. Smells delicious.

Taste is toasted, very light roastiness, bready malt, light caramels and a balancing hop bitterness. The finish leaves toasted malt flavors along with hop bitterness and is fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a nice, malty beer that is satisfying to drink, though a tad bit thin for my tastes. I would drink this again.

Feb 26, 2011
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skyc from Oregon

2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, high clarity. medium tan head that falls quickly but doesn't disappear.

S - Sweet, caramel, molasses. Almost a slight tobacco odor.

T - Sweet, malty flavor. Medium bitterness that lingers, with faint citric and resiny aroma. Clear caramel malt backbone but not overpowering or cloying. Finishes sweet and slightly fruity.

M - Medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy but with a slight mineral bite. Mildly warming.

D - Had no trouble finishing one, but a little sweet to drink continuously. Slightly deceiving with respect to alcohol content.

Sub-par brown, in my opinion. There's no complexity in this beer.

Feb 11, 2011
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mtwentz from Washington

2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

someone today told me that this was the closest thing to Mac & Jack's amber, found in a bottle...
Head is just off-white and fades to a ring of the same off-white with a translucent continent floating in the middle.
the smell is a rich, doughy, medium-weight yeast. smells like a sweet malt.
taste IS sweet malt, darker amber.
Browns usually seem to fall a little flatter with me, but this one has a sweetness that takes it up to an enjoyability.
too sweet for my taste though

Jan 25, 2011
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Dec 28, 2010
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.38/5  rDev -4%
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.

Dec 23, 2010
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Seanibus from California

2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Dec 16, 2010
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 81 ratings