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Diamond Knot Brown Ale | Diamond Knot Brewery

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Diamond Knot Brown AleDiamond Knot Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Diamond Knot Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 75
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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