Knot Stock | Furthermore Beer

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Knot StockKnot Stock

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Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 06-26-2006

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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 wyattshotmaker
1.88/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

im just gonna say,pepper in beer is obviously not for me.this beer looked great,nice amber color with a fluffy white head.the smell of this beer just reminded me of ground pepper,something i like on food.just not something i like in sister poured me a small sample into a glass,and i had about two sips and gave her the rest.

i certainly enjoy extreme beers,but pepper in a beer is just not for dominated the flavor in the beer.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.09/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was a bonus beer included on a trade a from few months back. Sorry, I forgot the trader, but thanks if you know who you are!!!

12 oz brown bottle poured into a traditional pint glass. Neat, retro packaging, like other Furthermore beers.

A: Appears a hazy, cloudy burnt orange to amber color with a very little, light tan head.

S: Smells of bread yeasts, light caramel and a very light spice of hop or possibly "PEPPER!"!

T: Very sweet with malty characteristics. Grassy, watered down and not well-balanced. Tastes stale at times, almost like wet cardboard.

M: Light to medium bodied with little carbonation.

D: This is an American Pale Ale? Not impressed, I guess it is possible I had an old bottle, so I won't kill on the drinkability points. The peppery mix of strangeness and bland bleakness threw me off to the point there was no turning back. I was forced to perform the dreaded "drain pour'.

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Photo of redjameskidd
2.24/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Boy am I regretting that I bought a full six-pack of this.

The pepper is seriously out of control--I can't believe more people didn't have that experience with this beer.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with lots of weird particulate floating around. Ugly.

Aroma: This beer literally smells like a pepper shaker with a few hop pellets inserted into it. It's actually kind of an interesting aroma. The problem is that you then have to taste it.

Taste: Pepper. A fairly bland APA that doesn't even make an attempt to compete with the waves and waves of pepper flavor. If you love black pepper, you really might like this. I happen to love black pepper--in food. Here, I just couldn't handle it.

Drinkability: Really low. I bought a six pack, have tried it a few times, and haven't ever wanted to finish one.

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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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Photo of maximum12
2.47/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Had a taste of this at the recent Stub & Herb's sampling & liked it, so when a weekend pilgrimage to Blue Max found me staring at it through the glass doors, I had to have a full pour of this weird stuff.

The head started rising out of the bottle slowly after popping the top - like some of my homebrews! Pours a semi-opaque orange. I get some foam on my nose sniffing the pepper. Smells good. Do people really care if a beer smells like a frat-house floor but tastes like heaven? Just curious.

Tastes...odd. I can taste the pepper, but wouldn't have been able to identify it because of the interaction with the hops (no one at the sampling could tell what it was, either!). Initially my enthusiam is still there, but the further I get into the beer, the more my nose starts to wrinkle up. The sample was good; a whole beer of this stuff is too much.

The verdict: drink in small doses. Honestly, I'm not sure I'm going to finish this one.

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Photo of mrandypandy
2.47/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle received in a trade. Many thanks to scubarex.

A- Pours a clear copper/amber with a slight tan head on the top. Leaves very good lacing on the side of my glass.
S- Black pepper. Lots of black pepper. Like someone popped back peppercorns into a bottle. Very interesting, and I'm not sure if I like it or not...
T- Heavy black pepper up front, with a dry bready maltyness at the end. Very unique.
M - Medium body with a dry finish.
D- The high amounts of pepper detracts from the ability to finish my bottle or my desire to have another.

Overall - Wow, where to start. Different. Unique. Take your pick. It's certainly all it's billed up to be, but whether that's a good thing or not is a whole different story. The black pepper overpowers the smell and the taste, and ruins any attempt at wanting more. This one isn't for me.

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Photo of billab914
2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Half Acre pint glass. Poured dark orange/copper in color with a thin and frothy off-white head to it. Decent head retention and some very nice lacing on the glass.

The pepper really comes through in the aroma. Some malt and citrus comes through as well, but the spicy pepper is what my attention is really drawn to.

The taste is also very pepper orientated. Like the nose there is a hint of malt and just a bit of citrusy hops, but it's tough to taste them past the pepper. It's interesting, but too pepper dominated.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average at best, the pepper is just too overwhelming. I would have preferred some balance where the pepper compliments the other flavors a little more. It was interesting but not something I'd buy again.

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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 ibashmuck
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small but thick head on a cloudy dark amber body. Smell is hoppy, with a nice mix of sweetness. Both of those traits come through in the taste. But the pepper they mention on the label is nowhere to be found. Tastes like a better-than-average pale...nothing overly spectacular, but with all traits nicely balanced to produce a smooth, tasty beer, whose hoppiness waned as it warmed (good for me as I'm typically not a huge fan of the graefruit). Good stuff, though I would've liked the pepper apparent. I'm gonna give it another go, see if I can find that pepper. First grade: B+

Oct. '08- Bought another, and this one was slightly different than the first. Little to no head, very cloudy, with a load of sediment floating around. The hopness was a bit stronger this time around, and I found the pepper. Poked it's head out on the finish. Could definitely feel it on the throat this time. But the sweetness was a bit lower this time. thinks another try will give me a final review. I'll try anything three times, I guess.

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Photo of mactrail
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of botham
2.73/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brewed with black pepper. Interesting. 12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Pours apricot/chestnut brown color with a single finger of light tan frothy head that leaves pillowy lacings and has good retention. Lightly hazy in the glass with amber highlights.

Aroma is of light piney hops and a touch of herbal spice (from the black pepper), along with notes of distant caramel and bready malt.

Taste is lightly coniferous, with the same herbal spice and a peppery spiced character like none this BA has ever experienced. The spicy character really works against any malt or hop presence, which is only shown through a bit of bread in the aftertaste and some piney hops on the palate. Finishes with a lingering spice and bready malt notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a spicy bite and a lack of complexity due to the spice. Disappointingly simple on the palate.

Drinkability is decent. Maybe this would pair well with the right food or cheese, but by itself the pepper really works against the remaining characteristics of the beer. Worth a try, but not two bottles.

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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 dancinwillie
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours medium amber color, with a lasting 2 finger puffy beige head. As the head recedes, some faint lacing remains.

No aroma of hops, but both sweet malt, and strong black pepper scents rise up to meet me. Some yeast fruitiness as well?

Definitely peppery. Some hop flavor, and some malt flavor, but overwhelmingly, black pepper. At first. As I relax a bit, I let it warm, I'm reading some posts from another beer site, and it starts tasting pretty good. The malt is coming forward, sweet and bready, but restrained. The hops are showing up, good bitterness, and a floral flavor.

Mouthfeel is just what you would expect from any decent APA. Good zesty carbonation. A pretty full bodied beer in my estimation. And the pepper leaves a pleasant aftertaste as well.

Overall drinkability with me would probably be low, however, as I might have 1 or 2 of these with dinner, but not much beyond that. My only question would is would I pair this with a peppery dish, or just the opposite? I'll have to find out later. A decent beer, most likely something you've never tasted before. Worth a try just to experience some great experimentation.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: bottle from France 44 and poured into a pint glass

A: Very hazy, cloudy burnt orange to amber color with very little head but what's there is a thin off white.

S: bready, caramel malt with a very light spice of hop but not very much. What hop is there is flowery w/o the citrus.

T: Very sweet, malty charcter with some bitterness from the hop, but it's grassy and not well balance. Too big a beer for the style or not enough hop to balance the malt.

M: chewy and heavy, too much for the style

D: Ok. No problem. Slight off flavor in the after taste, but not bad.

Overall: Doesn't seem to fit the idea of an American Pale Ale. And maybe that isn't there aim, just the label up above, but still not sure what they are aiming for. Not bad to drink but seems to be a confused beer that's not sure where it's going.

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Photo of GregSVT
2.82/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber with a big offwhite head that slowly fades leaving lots of lacing all over the glass. Definitely the best aspect of this beer.

S: Not getting much if anything from the nose. A sweet malty aroma is barely there but that's about it.

T: The taste is mostly sweet malt with a very slight bitterness on the finish. You can also barely detect the black pepper on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy but the carbonation is very bubbly which detracts a bit.

D: I guess it's not overly bad but it's nothing I'd buy even if it was available in my area.

Maybe I got an old bottle because the hops are just not there. Or maybe I'm just used to bigger hop profiles.

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Photo of mwilbur
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy dark caramel color with 1/2 thick light tan head. Nice!
S: Citrus hops and a hint of caramel.
T: Very strong pepper (it is brewed with black pepper)...overpowers the rest of the brew unfortunately.
M: Light body. Slightly oily on the tongue.
D: The strong pepper note definitely limits the drinkability on this one. I'm glad I tried it and I'm glad Furthermore is experimenting, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a rather odd colored orange red color with a thick foamy yellowish white head and a little lacing. Smells of a little citrus, grass, hops, and some black pepper. Flavor isn't bad but it is very overpowering. Tastes of a little hops, a little hops, and tons and tons of pepper. Mouthfeel is medium and nice. Drinkability is really low.

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Photo of Winter
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crimson in color with a light khaki head. Fruity aroma with hints of cracked black pepper, candied raisins and caramel. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. The taste is an odd mix of flavors. There's a fruity aleness to it, but it's rather astringent. The use of the black pepper adds a spiciness that pops in the finish and really targets the back of the throat.

I didn't care for this at all. I've had beers before with pepper, but this was just off-putting. I would pass on this one.

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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 NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Furthermore- Knot Stock

Thanks to LRRR(Mike) for this 1!

A- Deep orange brown with a thick good lacing head.
S- Not too much here; bready malt, cracked pepper, and grapefruit.
T- Light grapefruit meets good bready slightly caramel malt. Huge pepper comes through!
M- Sweet and malty with quite the black pepper spiciness. Bold black pepper finishes this 1 off and leaves your mouth tingling?!

Overall- "brewed with black pepper"?! No sh!t. Spicy and leaves the mouth a bit hot. Just too much pepper for me! (Thanks Mike!)

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of SiphonKing
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky but cleared after a few minutes to reveal the amber colored beer within. Nice carbonation but the head was rather weak. Aromas of hops and a little malt present but no peppery aroma detected. As for taste it is a decent APA with a hint of pepper on the tongue. A decent beer but the black pepper was not noticeable enough to distinguish it from the hops present.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a copper color with a thin white head that leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells of bread yeasts, light caramel malts, very little hops and pepper just like it says on the bottle.

T- Overall, pretty sweet from the malts. At first I had some problems picking up the hops and the pepper, but after a few sips you'll get them both.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and in carbonation.

D- Nothing really special going on here. I think the pepper makes this one odd/interesting nothing I'm gonna go out and search for.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.14/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amberish brown color with a great two finger head that has pretty good retention and lacing.
S= not too pungent. Leads taste to be a little more suprising hopefully. Some hops and possibly some of the black pepper mentioned on the bottle.
T= the hops are all there up front but its still a little weak. A little grassy and herbal. The finish is mild black pepper but nothing crazy.
M= smooth and crisp. Quite dry.
D= pretty good. The taste is too weak and boring though.

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