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
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
15.03%
 
 
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of Minkybut
2.06/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

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Photo of Superjimbob
2.29/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Chessmaster
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of weezarc
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Seanibus
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of billshmeinke
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of Arsenal0328
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of skyc
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of mtwentz
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
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

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Photo of benbjb
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of trytoketchup
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of gouettn
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beardo
3.08/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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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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Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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 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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3.46 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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