Knot Stock - Furthermore Beer
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2.3/5 rDev -34.3%
Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.
Pours a hazy light copper color with a two-finger white head that sticks around for a bit and then leaves behind a good deal of lacing. The nose immediately hits with a strange spruce and pine-tree character. Following that up is loads of black pepper. Very strange. Aside from that, there's a bit of mildly-sweet caramel malt. The taste is along the same lines and really brings far too much spruce and pine needle character. Huge pepper presence; don't really like it. Very odd. No real hop presence. The finish is bitter and astringent, and not in a good way. Chewing on pine needles, but not the type of resinous pine you'd get from American hops. Not a big fan overall.
05-18-2011 01:36:23 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
Textbook tawny with loads of fine particles that aren't dark enough to be black pepper. The pale caramel colored crown is on the small side despite a spirited pour. To its credit, however, it's persisting nicely. Knot Stock doesn't look like a typical pale ale, but then I have a feeling that it's anything but a typical pale ale.
Since I was aware of the ingredients prior to cracking the crown, the nose shouldn't have been a surprise. I'm still a bit taken aback by the smell of freshly-cracked black pepper in an APA. The spiciness partners well with the underlying ale rather than overwhelming it. This should be great fun.
Knot Stock tastes pretty much how I expected it to taste. As in the nose, Furthermore has found the perfect balance between pepper and ale. Having said that, if you aren't a fan of black pepper, don't even bother. I can even appreciate a mild heat, akin to one of the tamer chile beers. This is deliciously wacky stuff.
I take issue with the brewery's claim that the hoppiness is 'assertive'. It's actually on the well-balanced side, with a lightly sweet mixture of pale and caramel malts and a modest hoppiness whose origins I can only guess at. There's too much pepper messing with my taste buds for me to come up with a hop country of origin.
The mouthfeel is pale ale medium with a pleasing silky softness. Abundant or, worse yet, harsh carbonation would have been exactly the wrong choice. Given the spice load, I'm glad the beer carasses the mouth rather than assaults it.
After drinking the less than spectacular Proper, I wasn't sure how good the rest of the Furthermore lineup would be. Knot Stock is a success because it dares to be different without straying too far out onto the limb of weirdness. While I wouldn't want to drink it often, this certainly was an interesting ride.
05-04-2007 13:24:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev +12.3%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a resilient head that sticks well and makes a nice pattern of lace around the pint glass
Smell: Smells a bit like wet hay; I'm not picking up the character that I had hoped would be in there
Taste: From the start, the beer has a bready flavor that moves in a subtle tangerine direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the piney hops kick in and, much later, the pepper flavor arrives and dominates the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Glad I had a chance to try this unique concoction and, as a pepper lover, it suited my palate for the occasion; doubt I would want to revisit this very frequently, however
Thanks, BuckeyeNation, for the opportunity
03-21-2008 19:54:54 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev +20.6%
I tried this beer in a bottle a few years ago. The Trapp Door has it on tap right now and I'm revisiting this interesting brew. This beer pours out as a deep amber color, the head is a little fizzy but does manage to lace the glass pretty well. The smell if the beer has a slight aroma of black pepper and lemon zest. The taste of the beer isn't as peppery as I remembered it being from the bottle. However, the taste of the beer still has a really subtle pepper flavor which I enjoy a lot. The aftertaste has a little bit of heat to it, very nicely done. The mouthfeel is drinkable, nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall I like it, I wish there were more beers made like this one. I like it!
08-18-2011 22:10:17 | More by Knapp85
3.43/5 rDev -2%
Poured into a tulip glass, with a hazy orange/umber tone to it. Some foam, not amounting to a decent head.
Smells metallic, not pleasant. No pepper, or much to even signify a beer.
Taste carries some level of hops, and a dry pepper in the finish. A good flavor, that needs to be rounded out. NIce pepper in the aftertaste. Again, not especially balanced.
MF&D- This is drinkable, but with so many other pale ales out there, it doesn't distinguish itself much.
04-15-2007 06:33:57 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
A short head of ivory cream rises above the cloudy deep-amber body of Furthermore's Knot Stock as you pour it. Shortly thereafter the head receeds to a standard collar, but it leaves patches of spotty lace behind.
The nose is surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, peppery over a solidly caramelish malt base. It's not bold, but it's there, and it's really quite interesting!
The flavor follows, with black pepper sprinkled roughshod over the blanket of softly sweet and caramelish malt. Beneath it a solid bitterness balances. As you progress through the glass the pepper starts to build on your lips with a delicate heat; and it becomes more and more noticeable in the flavor. I'd imagine that people who smoke might like this as it's got a little bit of a burn going on. It finishes dry and peppery, with the deeply caramelish malt fading quickly but the pepper hanging on.
Distinctive to say the least, Knot Stock is unlike any other beer I've ever had. There's just enough black pepper there to give it flavor and aroma without it becoming a spice-bomb. Very nicely done, and remarkably unique, I have to give it points for originality but I doubt I'd have more than two of these in a row. Still, it's absolutely worth trying just for the experience.
05-21-2007 22:14:47 | More by NeroFiddled
4.22/5 rDev +20.6%
Deep caramel amber hue almost a crimson color with a light tan head forms nice thick head, with scant speckled lacing. Aroma has citric layers/mild pine with a noticeable pepper as in black pepper kick. Somewhat mild breadiness hints of caramel malt as well to balance things out. By far my favorite offering from the Furthermore gang so far, this beer uses the peppecorns assertively but it intermingles with this style of APA extremely well. Gives somewhat of a cookie cutter style beer some real character. Caramel toasted malt presence, citri/pine and finishes with a nice black pepper kick that livens up the palate and sticks around with each sip. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, carbonation was mellow but fit for the style. That lingering spice of the peppercorn may offend some but it works for me in this particular beer. Drinkability was solid sessionable with moderat alcohol, and mucho flavor I will keep trying whatever Furthermore churns out.;
02-14-2011 14:50:53 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
Got this one from feloniousmonk, cheers Al!
Pours a hazed caramel with 1 finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Bready & fruitty
T: Bready, plus a bit of grapefruit & grainyness up front. Pears, apricots & more grapefruit as this warms, plus some cinnamon & tangerine. Finishes with peppery & grapefruitty hops & honey malt
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance; skews fruitty
Drinks pretty easy, this would be in my session rotation if locally obtainable
09-26-2008 19:35:51 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev +12.3%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a murky copper, with 2-3 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains with about a half finger of rich froth, leaving a big cascade of lace that hangs behind in a thick latticework. The aroma is floral and bready smelling, with a moderately sharp tang of fruity grapefruit to it. Pepper notes rides along with the hops here in the nose, coming off as a bit more subtle feeling.
The bitterness in the taste is spicy with an earthy edge to it towards the back. A sweet backing tang of citrus and toasted malts help balance the hops, while that pepper really hangs past the finish, leaving a steady light warmth on the tongue and lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of a crisp prickle to it that then gets a little more bubbly and creamy towards the back of the swallow.
I liked this. A well done APA with the pepper addition giving this a satisfying kick that had me steadily reaching for the next (hopefully) cooling sip. Well done.
01-06-2010 13:27:44 | More by Kegatron
3.85/5 rDev +10%
Hazed and highly carbonated amber hued appearance, under a thin layer of off-whitish foam...
hoppy nose, much in the style of an APA, or English pale...a fruity blend, nothing more or less, quite nice...
Taste: unique,begins like an ordinary ale, then a blast of pepper. Not having detected this black pepper in the nose I wasn't sure how and when it would appear...bang, there it in on the tonggue, and it slinks out the back with the rest...sip again, there it is again, but milder this time, softer, more assured...
gets lighter and more citrus-y further in, parts of the pale ale are coming apart and parts of the pepper are leaving...or are they?...they're still on my tongue!
...and then, they all come together again, the heat still burning on my buds, the overall melding of flavors from the faint cohesion of the ale itself...feels rather light under the flame of the pepper...and the trickling tendrils of the hot pepper continue to buzz through the buds...
would have worked better I think if the body of the beer were fuller and the malt and hops stood up and matched the heat more confidently...that would've helped...I think...
should get extra points for being so unique...and yet, oddly, it doesn't...huh...
06-29-2007 10:24:19 | More by feloniousmonk
1.35/5 rDev -61.4%
This beer was awful, the worst beer I've ever had and I've had some horrible beers.
Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, decent retention.
Aroma is black peppercorns, salt.
Beer is way way way too peppery, lots of black pepper, lots of harsh saltiness, two sips, the rest down the drain, never again.
11-16-2011 05:26:37 | More by drabmuh
2.63/5 rDev -24.9%
Huge foam uprising in the glass. Barely dissipates, just sits there on top of two fingers of amber liquid. Light bodied.
Wow, black pepper flavor is really a knock out. Doesn't have that "pencil shavings" flavor of other pepper flavored beers I've tried. this one is just so overpoweringly peppered it doesn't have time for the graphite hints. Nose filling aromatics are the best feature. But after the pepper fades to a slow burn a rather unpleasant hop bitterness and some dishwater flavors take over.
Definitely an interesting taste for those who can't resist oddball beer flavorings. But fortunately there's a sink handy.
10-29-2010 01:48:13 | More by mactrail
3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
Thanks to morimech!
Pours copper - amber with a thin, creamy white head that stays. Broken rings of lacing stick.
The smell is of heavy black pepper. There is a caramelly touch and a hoppy citric undertone after the nose gets adjusted to the heavy dose of black pepper.
The taste is more balanced than I thought it would be from the nose - still it remains noticeable throughout. The beer taste is caramelish maltiness with citric, piney hops coming through, especially in the spicy finish. There's an addition of a sprinking, or so, of crushed black pepper on a hoppy pale ale. Black pepper is not as overbearing as I initially thought it would be, as the progression brings out the pale ale character more, and plenty of hops come through.
It has a pretty chewy, medium body. The aftertaste of citrusy, piney hops linger for awhile. The black pepper lingers quite a long time.
This is certainly an interesting twist - the crushed black pepper is strong - perhaps a bit much - but doesn't completely overwhelm the flavor. More drinkable than I thought it would be from the aroma and initial few sips. Solid pale ale along with the pepper. I can't see drinking much of this at once - the one was fine -interesting and enjoyable. I wish I had tried this with a steak (no need to add pepper to it - of course!) More to it than just the pepper, though it is rather strong.
03-25-2010 03:39:16 | More by jwc215
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.
A: The pale ale looks like it has a strong dose of pepper is still in my glass. What should be a golden hue is a dark amber that is impenetrable. A decent head, over a finger, is laced as it slips away.
S: Cracked black peppercorns. Just a dash of pale malts. More cracked black peppercorns.
T: Thankfully the pepper isn't as strong in the body of the ale. My first sip has a burst of citrusy hops. They have taken on an aged, barleywine (lite, in this case) fullness. Immediately after the hops, peppery heat emerges. Again, it doesn't control the taste, managing to stay restrained behind the hops. More surprisingly, the flavor drops off quickly with no pepper lingering.
M: The hops and pepper work well together, better than the nose would indicate. The citrusy bite and peppery sharpness work well together.
D: The nose almost turned me away but the body and taste save the ale. Another decent ale from Furthermore.
03-28-2010 19:33:20 | More by akorsak
4.1/5 rDev +17.1%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a hazelnut brown body with a thin bubbly light tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- This beer has a soft caramel malt note with some green herbal hop notes that balance each other very well. They are not really strong smells but very fresh.
T- The soft smooth pale malt flavor has a slight toasted note with a slight light fruit hint. There is a dry crisp malt flavor that is very light toasted but better than biscuit malt. There is a green bitter hop finish that has a soft dry spicy quality to the hops. There is a soft black pepper spice that hangs on the tongue after each sip.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft spice heat in the finish.
D- The soft toasted malt notes and the pepper heat are a very nice combo with the hops playing in there also. This is a excellent crafted beer and will be great session beer. I think this would be even more wonderful from a cask. This really reminds me of the soft yet complex British ale fresh from the cask.
02-19-2007 22:45:35 | More by rhoadsrage
3.05/5 rDev -12.9%
Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.
Pours a nice hazy dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy/creamy off-white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, some hops, very slight citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, some hops, slight citrus. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter. Drinkable, not what I was expecting at all.
05-05-2010 23:43:18 | More by Wasatch
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours a bright amber, decent froth on the pour. In the aroma, hops and some spicy pepper. This follows through to the taste, initially bitter citrus hops, then it gives way to a soft peppery spiciness. Bitter and pepper flavors meld together decently well. This would be a great breakfast omelette companion or a nice compliment to grilled steak. Interesting and a good brewing achievement.
03-16-2011 18:56:17 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev +14.3%
On tap at Acadia cafe yesterday.
The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, my God there is a lot of pepper in this one. The menu description does indicate that there is a considerable amount of pepper that goes into the brew, but I confess I wasn't expecting this much. That being said... I think it works pretty well. Aside from the considerable black pepper, I get a hint of sweet malt and some noticeable dry citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, and I appreciate the bascially dry, hoppy, peppery finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly long, bitter and peppery finish. Drinkability isn't bad, despite the amount of pepper in this beer.
An interesting beer, and one that I found surprisingly enjoyable and drinkable, despite all the pepper.
11-27-2010 17:14:23 | More by John_M
Knot Stock from Furthermore Beer
80 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.