Diamond Knot Brown Ale | Diamond Knot Brewery

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Diamond Knot Brown AleDiamond Knot Brown Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 10-13-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
75
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
15.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 75
Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of sockeye101
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this on nitro-tap at a sports bar in Seattle and definitely thought I should give it a try. Beautiful pour, with the cool cascading bubble effect that is common with nitros, color was dark brown and head was a nice tan with a thick creamy head. Lacing was left all the way down the glass. Smells were malty with a twinge of alcohol and subtle grainy earthy smell. Flavors were excellent with a mild bitterness up front followed by a very smooth malt finish that left a lingering chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel was very creamy, smooth and bit chewy. Overall a great beer that lends itself to repeated indulgence :)

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very malty, like british mild malt with just the slightest hint of dark roast malt. Some honey aromas and a little fruity. I can't find any hops at all.

Deep brown, held up to the light it's pretty clear. Nice off-white thick and lasting head. It leaves very nice lace as you drink it down.

Initial hit is roasty dark malt but then it moves to a nice base malt effect. Some fermentation esters and a little fruity. Hop bitterness is restrained so that it tastes a little sweet but has a bitter kick. There's some ripe pit fruit fermentation character and an aftertasted of chocolate malt.

Failry light bodied but cramy on the palate. Carbonation level is fairly low which is OK in a british session-type brown ale.

It won't get raves from people who like big assertive beers, but this is one fantastically balanced English-style brown ale. Easy drinking session ale which is pretty much what an English brown is supposed to be.

(It's hard to put numbers on this since pretty much by definition a brown ale should be "average" all around. Flavorful enough that you don't get bored after a couple but non-palate challenging so you could drink it all night.)

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of wknight167
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a murky mohagany with a one finger white head that fades quickly.

Nose- Nutty caramel malt with a touch of herbal hops and toasted malt

Palate- A surprising roast character is present along with a nutty chocolate/ caramel note. also toasted malt

Mouthfeel- Both the carbonation and the mouthfeel are slightly lower than medium, but crisp.

Drinkability- No problem putting down the whole bomber, and I have another...

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of costellojerry
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A dark, espresso brown with low carbonation.

S- Malty, dark chocolate, with a slight roasted nuttiness.

T- Lots of malt at first followed by a roasted, chocolaty ,slight bitter finish.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I got a lot of those chocolate, caramel, coffee type flavors from it. Although not to familiar with brown ales, I surly would recommend this fine ale.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of berley31
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, off-white head. Body is dark brown and mostly clear... a very slight amount of haze is present.

S: Malts come through as a roasted (or event burnt) coffee smell, and some hints of chocolate as well.

T: Kind of your basic brown flavors... roasted malt and coffee, but they're both pretty light and not really jumping out to set themselves apart from the rest of the pack. Still, very decent.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft-to-average carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, but I was expecting a little more. Worth trying at least once, but there's a lot of better browns to try.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of therica
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of wonderbread23
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at their bar in Mukilteo.

Appearance: 1 finger creamy white head which quickly retreats leaving some decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt and toffee up front rounded out with a bit of raisin and fruitiness. Also a bit of alcohol. There seemed to be a lot of depth in the aroma, but it is definitely very subtle.

Taste: Pretty good balance of sweet maltiness and bittering hops. Not a lot of hop flavor (normal for style).

Mouthfeel: Pretty decent. Maybe not as round as I would like for the style.

Drinkability: While nothing really 'wowed' me with this beer, it had the type of balance that makes it a very easy drinker. Would have again.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of froghop
3.29/5  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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of devilben02
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

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