Knot Stock | Furthermore Beer

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Knot StockKnot Stock

Brewed by:
Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They have the pepper done very nicely, but where are the hops mentioned in the brewery's description? Otherwise, it's just an ok beer. They missed their chance.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

More like not in stock...amiright?...I got nothin'... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, candied orange peel, and a faint hint of black pepper, which may or may not be due to advertising suggestion. The taste brings in more of the same, the pepper definitely coming through as a genuine thing, which subsequently leads to a mild-ish earthy bitterness through the finish (think chowing down on one of those larger peppercorns that make it through the mill). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice enough beer, one that shows the feasibility of generous pepper use, but also one that doesn't lend itself to too many repeat samplings.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brilliant copper under a 1” white foam collar that produces thin sheets of lace.
S: Hop nose is moderate at best, citrus, maltiness low to moderate, light fruity esters on the nose.
T: The attack starts with bready malt, traces of caramel and then a burst of black pepper that oscillates back and forth with the malt seasoned with hop spice and citrus. Finishes dry with a little pepper pop and a slight astringency.
F: Medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: The pepper and the malt actually are well balanced. A fairly medium beer with an interesting pepper touch.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a clear, red/copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong black pepper, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of pale malt. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Tastes of strong pepper, sweet malt, yeast, hint of hop, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, body and aroma dominated by pepper and low on hops, and decent feel.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Medium-dark amber. Clear. Short off-white head with good retention.

Smell - Mostly sweet light malts. Bready with a little caramel. Just a little citrus.

Taste - Flavor is a little more roasted than the aroma suggests. Light toast and caramel. Hoppier and grassier than I was expecting from the aroma. A little spiciness and a little heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium. Dry.

Overall - I like it fine, but this beer isn't as distinctive as I thought it would be. An entirely decent APA.

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Photo of waitforit
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Dark red, almost amber lager-like. Decent head and lacing.

S: The pepper is apparent even on the nose, lending it a woodsy aroma that leads you to expect it to be rather malty.

T: Very immediate, almost smoky dryness from the pepper. Some hoppiness on the back end, but it's drowned out by the pepper.

M: Bland and boring.

O: Black pepper in beer is an interesting experiment, but ultimately the taste is too overwhelming for me. Thanks but no thanks, Furthermore.

Try it again? 2 - Probably not.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours brown with a foamy, ivory head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are earthy, peppery, bread crust. Tastes are bready malt, earthy, black pepper, caramel, with a sharp piny finish, while being semi-bitter and semi-dry. Overall, not too impressed with this one. I don't think black pepper belongs in beer. For what it is, it's fine, but I definitely don't need to buy more of it.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Typical golden color with appetizing layer of foam.

Smell: Hints of pepper with citrus and pine.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is similar to smell. Crisp mouthfeel with a lager-like cleanlines in the finish.

Overall: A pretty tasty ale that I would try again.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle.

Cloudy and copper in colour. Slightly fruity nose with pepper and citrus-hops. The taste is on par with the smell; citrus-hops upfront with a mellow pepper flavour and a very clean finish.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of beerad666
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Knot Stock pours a mildly clear copper with a small but frothy head. When you take a deep whiff of this beer you almost think you might sneeze. The pepper is light and mixes well with sweet malts. You'd think that the pepper is going to hit you hard here up front but first you are greeted with a sweet almost candy like taste. This is when the pepper comes in and masks all the signs of the sweetness to give you a nice dry, spicy flavor… exactly what you'd find from well, pepper. It takes a few moments for the pepper to disappear from your mouth but in the end you're left thirsty again. The pepper dries out your mouth and the hop bite leaves you looking for another sip.

I love drinking this beer and I think it's a perfect beer to pair with dinner.

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Photo of katan
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a fairly opaque brown color. off white head formation, frothy that breaks down to a film. Lots of lacing.

S - Light amounts of black pepper and some nutty brown malts. Overall muted. As it warms, black pepper goes up significantly.

T - Starts off lightly malty, some caramel. Mid-stream the pepper comes in full speed, strong - white pepper which is slightly biting. Hopping is present but only servers to bring the beer into balance. Aftertaste holds onto, wait for it, more pepper.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation - a little bit sticky in the finish. Alcohol warmth is well hidden.

O/D - A quaffable beer from a ABV and filling point of view. outside of that, this beer is like other furthermore beers I've had - weird. I guess if you really like black pepper then you are good shape.

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Photo of WEBBEER
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a curved pint glass from undated 12 ounce bottle. Color is very cloudy copper, almost tea brown with an extra thick, frothy kakhi head to it. Great head retention with healthy sticky lacing
Aroma mainly of malt, some sweetness, some mild spice and yeast.
Taste, as with the nose there is the malt. Then the hops, then a hint of the black pepper that builds. This became more pronounced as the glass rose more towards cellar temperature.
The mouthfeel is full bodied with active carbonation. Drinkability is great especially with grilled food, really interesting and something I'd buy again. This is my first go with this brewery and I will try some of the other offerings as well

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Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium brown with some orange highlights and a large (2-3 finger) frothy light tan head that was fully lasting and had excellent sticky sheets of lace.

The aroma was of a mild light bread malt, a light spruce hop and a dusty earthy yeast with notes of caramel and pepper.

The taste was a little mild with a malty caramel taste at first then progressed into this malty bitter peppery flavor with a mild spicy finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with the spicy pepper taste increasing as time went on.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a nice dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall a well rounded brew with just the right amount of spice, which made this brew quite enjoyable...

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Photo of lurpy1
2.59/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very standard APA pour with abundant head, blame the pourer though. The smell is alert and spicy, pepper really comes to the fore.

Sips of Knot Stock are like snowflakes - no two are alike. Unfortunately, none of those snowflakes are very good. One sip presence all the promised cracked black pepper. Another is an odd lemony. Another is dawn soap (lemon flavor I surprise). Another is flat,dry, watery, bland, ewww. Really not enjoying this beer.

All in all, I found this to be a BIB (bad idea beer). Points for innovation, but not recommended.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 16oz Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Brown with alot of haze, you can tell this is a very unfiltered beer. Head pours a foamy 1 finger width, is slightly brown in color and has some excellent retention and good sticky lacing.

Smell - Black Pepper and Yeasts along with some malts; This is truly one of those beers that has a very unique smell to it and this is probably thanks to the black pepper thrown in and it blends in quite nicely, and the aroma has a faint sweetness to it.

Taste - Has a very powerful pepper and floral hops taste upfront. The peppers themselves also give it a sort of a salty characteristic, which makes the peppers feel a bit too excessive here. The malts are in here too, but they're easily overshadowed by the pepper flavors

Mouthfeel - It's quite heavy in body and it feels very "intense" which is probably, again, thanks to the black peppers and not the carbonation, which is otherwise fairly normal.

Overall - The bottle proclaims this to be a "Most Particular Ale", which is appropriate for Knot Stock. Had the peppers been more subdued, it would've had a much more balanced flavor. It's for someone whose up for something different, but anyone whose not into beer with a novelty appeal should look elsewhere.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- a litter bit darker than an amber. Almost see through but not quite. 1/2 inch head has decent retention.

Ar- smells like a pale ale with black pepper crushed in it...weird I know. I do get a hint of some grapefruit though.

T- Not as peppery as I thought it would be. It actually finishes quite smooth. The pepper does linger in your mouth though long after the swallow. Seems salty too with a bit of citrusy pale ale flavor.

M- strong carbonation, light/medium bodied.

O- This beer is already giving me pepper burps. Not a bad beer, nor a great beer. This is an interesting take though. I give it props just for being unique.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.42/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with black pepper. The beer pours a murky brown color with a big cap of foam. The head has excellent retention all the way through.

Black pepper invades the senses through the nostrils and again through the flavor. This thing is loaded with pepper. Some round maltiness begins the experience, but it quickly leads into a peppery affair accompanied by a little hop bitterness. This is quite the unique concoction. The strength of the pepper flavors are impressive. It would be hard to drink these all night, but one is just fine.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Knot Stock has a cloudy orange body with lots of sediment floating around. The head is a short, off-white thing that does manage to leave a little bit of lacing behind.

Black pepper is the first thing you notice when you smell this one, followed by a little bit of pine and some sweet malts.

Just as in the aroma, Black Pepper is the dominate characteristic in the flavor of Knot Stock. The beer, however, leads off with a kick of bitterness from the hops and a bit of pine resin. The malt comes through next, with mostly pale, bready flavors, but there is a hint of caramel malt in there also. The pepper is in the background from the very beginning, but it really asserts itself in the finish, making the beer both taste almost like peppercorns and feel very dry.

The body is a little bit heavy and the carbonation is smooth. Very dry from the peppercorns.

I was surprised that I liked this one as much as I did. I would recommend to drink this with some kind of food, but I had no problem polishing off my entire pint with nothing to eat, so try it either way.

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Photo of plfahey
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber-copper in color with slight chill haze which fades to moderately clear as it warms. Thin beige/cream head has fair retention.

Aroma-Fruity, spicy black peppercorns up front dominate the profile. Slight green pepper character, also from the peppercorns I believe. A bit of what seems like minty hops and a touch of bready malt, but it's really hard to pick out anything aside from the peppercorn notes.

Flavor-Slightly fruity and then black pepper all the way. Fortunately, the pepper flavors are varied and complex, with light pepper spice, an earthy fruitiness, and a dull burn on the palate. Finishes with moderate bitterness from hops and spice, with low minty, herbal, and lightly citrusy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel-Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth burn on the palate from the peppercorn notes.

For what it is, this is good. That said, I could never make this an everyday drinking beer-it's a bit too exotic. This beer would probably be best paired with some very specific food offerings-perhaps a pepper-crusted steak or a hefty arugula salad. Otherwise, I think it's a bit too powerful.

Edit: It's a bit powerful on it's own, but it's actually really good with a wide variety of foods. This finds harmonies and flavor hooks with so many dishes, it's almost silly. Definitely a beer I'll be experimenting with in the future.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At first it sounded awful. But then I got to thinking: I love the white pepper nodes of some weizens, and meaty smoked beers are great, and well-done chile beers are wonderful--so why not this? Just cus it's got hops in it, they're not allowed to add pepper? I can't be that narrowminded.

And thank goodness I'm not, because this tastes great. It pours like a standard APA, but the pepperiness is very apparent in the aroma. Maybe a little too apparent, actually, because it overshadows everything else.

The beer really comes together flavorwise, though. Starts out with lightly spicy, lightly tart black pepper, moving into a pale malt middle and ending on longer, lingering nodes that are a combination of citrus hops and black pepper spice.

Odd, but I've never really noticed how close the spiceness of pepper resembles a tartness. Is there, like, some kind of flavor continuum that explains this? At any rate, it's rare that a beer causes me to experience a flavor realization, and that can't help but score that beer a few extra points on the ol' BA.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Looks like an actual piece of amber. Very clear with some slow (almost suspended) carbonation. Great amber color.

S: Lots of black pepper with some dark fruit undertones.

T: The amount of black pepper flavor is intriguing but novelty only goes so far. Other flavors are hard to discern. Some raisin, wood, caraway, rye? Hmmm.... one sip was fun, the rest was not.

M: Very dry, almost numbing. Astringent.

D: I take this one like a chile beer. A few sips are fun but the bottle is not drinkable as a whole. Dumped 1/2 out, and I never do that.

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Photo of bsp77
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark amber with thick off-white head and very nice lacing.

Smell: Cracked black pepper, caramel, cherry, and light citrus.

Taste: The black pepper overwhelms the caramel malt base. Ends with strong pine, some citrus and the pepper still carries through.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Overall: Very unique, but the black pepper is simply too much. Points for innovation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Knot Stock from Furthermore Beer
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