Looking at the thermometer, it’s easy to say, its Winter out there. But if you visited the shelves of your nearby grocer or bottleshop, you might not know it. Already there are some breweries that are releasing their Spring beers, that’s right, Spring seasonals. Chalk it up to the improving economy, mis-interpretation of what people are looking for, but there aren’t many Winter beers left to consume.
Last Fall, Diamond Knot Brewing from Mukilteo released their annual Winter Ale, Industrial Ho! Ho!. With the familiar Diamond Knot label, accented with a Santa stocking cap, it’s hard to miss this 22oz bottle filled with season’s greetings.
DK Industrial Ho! Ho! is classified by the brewery as a Winter Warmer, has historically meant the beer has a primary focus of providing warmth, with a secondary focus on roasted, sweet, or spiced, characteristics. Regionally there are familiar beers, such as Anchor’s Christmas Ale, Pyramid Snow Cap, Scuttlebutt’s 2 Below, and of course Maritime Jolly Roger; just to name a few. Today we reflect on our experience with Diamond Knot’s Industrial Ho! Ho!
Taking a whiff, notes of bread along with sweet dark fruit (raisins, dates), and minor spiciness (cinnamon?) are recalled from memory.
Taking the first sip, we are welcomed first by roasted barley along with some earthy (grass, soil) bitterness, midway there is a sensation toasted bread, finishes sweet but with some residual bitterness. Overall this beer has a medium sensation of weight as it migrates across the tongue. As expected there is a fair amount of lingering, alcoholic warmth.
A robust 'winter warmer' ale, ruby brown in color with a sweet, fruity nose. Very hoppy, yet balanced with a residual sweetness. 7.8% ABV
You Should Try This. With thoughts leaning towards the trite familiar traditions, such as relaxing near a fire, energetic conversations at the table, or just relaxing with a pint in front of the television after a long day, this beer should satisfy whatever ails you. Looking for something to compliment a glass? Try chicken, turkey, pheasant, or maybe branch out with some buffalo.
One special note, this beer is no longer distributed (for the season), given that most seasonals are usually guaranteed to be on the shelf for around two months. If you wish to seek this out, you are welcome to contact your local grocer, bottleshop, and see if they have this still, else look for it later this year.
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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has not provided me a free sample was used for research, prior to writing this review. The following sample was purchased at Malt & Vine on 16851 Redmond Way in Redmond, WA 98052.