Advent Beer Calendar 2007: Day 9: Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Christmas Ale

Diamond Knot Ho! Ho! Christmas Ale (tap handle)I admit I picked today’s beer based on the name alone: Ho! Ho! Christmas Ale from Diamond Knot Brewery in Mukilteo, Washington.

Diamond Knot is a waterfront brewpub overlooking Puget Sound, north of Seattle. You won’t their beer bottled—particularly not the seasonals—so you’ll have to visit the brewery itself (or the surrounding area, where you may find it on tap elsewhere) to enjoy a pint of this.

I love the name, and the beer sounds like no slouch either: 7.5% alcohol, they describe it as a "robust ‘winter warmer’ ale, ruby brown in color with a sweet, fruity nose. Very hoppy, yet balanced with a residual sweetness."

BeerAdvocate score: 2 reviews, 3.9/5, both thumbs-up. RateBeer score: 3.52/5, 83rd percentile.