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Diamond Knot Ho!Ho! Winter Ale

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A robust ’winter warmer’ ale, ruby brown in color with a sweet, fruity nose. Very hoppy, yet balanced with a residual sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Reminds me of a barley wine in the base. Maybe a little on the light side, but the components are there. Hides the abv well, and has some slight spice and fruitcake mixed in with the caramel malt and piney hops. Pretty mellow, but not bad."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bomber pours a slightly hazy light brown color with a small off white head that leaves light lacing. Smells of caramel, dark fruit and bready malt. Tastes of the same things but pretty boozy. Mouthfeel is oily with good carbonation and a semi dry finish. Decent winter warmer but nothing stands out. I’ve drank aged versions and its better with age. I recommend aging it for the best flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2589) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2014
12/25/2012. 22 oz. bottle. Redbrown with an offwhite head. Spicy, bready and malty aromas. Sweet flavors, spices, hops with alcohol showing on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2810) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle: Light brown color with a modest beige head. Nose is malty at first, a little roast and chocolate. Some floral hops and a sweet tone. Light spices, but more malt forward with an emphasis on sweet. Same goes for the taste, but I’m picking up a separation of flavors… I can really tell where the chocolate malt ends and the 2-row begins… roasty, dark fruit, and faint spice. I’m confused… reminds me of the first time I tried Jubelale (9 or 10 years ago) so maybe I’ll come to like this over time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1426) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Appearance: dark opaque brown with a thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma: caramel and light candied fruit, with a hint of toast and sugared nuts. Taste: brown sugar, caramel, molasses, toffee, with a bit of herbal/piney hops and some astringency. Finish: slightly medicinal, then a wave of toasty malts and some spice. Notes: Not bad. Not great. Shouldn’t have had so soon after Stone’s Double Bastard, as this pales by comparison. Beerdvent 2013 day 13.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (8062) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
On tap at St. Augustine’s, pours a pretty clear dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of light spices, some fruitiness and bready notes. Flavour is cloyingly sweet, with loads of residual sugar, light spices, an syrupy malt. Way too sweet, but drinkable enough in small amounts. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2349) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Very good beer! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, light tan, thick head that slowly settled and a little lace. Color is a clear amber brown. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, toffee, a hint of hop. Flavor’s similar to nose with hop coming out a lot more, hint of sweet, just right amount of tang. Body is good although the alcohol warmth is a bit strong, great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, has a little solvent in the long lasting taper off. But good drinking brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1883) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Cloudy mahogany body, sturdy head, thorough lacing. Has the qualities of an American Strong Ale, moderate bitterness and bready malt. However, strangley medium body at best. My brother gave me a bottle for Christmas. HO!HO! has been lurking in the beer fridge, bottle was at least five months old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
penstemon (190) - Nevada, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Deep mahogany with an off-white head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, dried fruit, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is brown sugar, dried fruit, drying hoppy bitterness. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Out of the bottle from Uptown. Pours a dark brown with a small head. Smells strongly of roasted malts. Taste is heavily roasted as well with a weird roasted aftertaste. Not too bad even with the aftertaste.

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