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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 IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a orangish amber color with a small off white foam head and some moderate lacing.

S: There is a faint whiff of black pepper that hits the nose first off. There are also some nice amounts of caramel, bread and biscuit and a small amount of citrus hops.

T: Starts off with a nice freshly ground pepper taste. It is not real overpower but quite present. The middle brings the balance of caramel, bread and citrus hops. The back end finishes with the same balance in the middle, really blending nicely with the pepper.

M: Nicely carbonated brew, a nice medium body. Leaves a slightly peppery taste on the palate.

O: I really enjoy this brew, found it to be different and unique. The pepper flavor is certainly not overpowering. Not sure if I could drink more than a few in a sitting, but it is certainly a beer I would drink again.

M: Leave

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
No date or info available on the bottle.

I've sampled this brew at a few fests but I didn't really know or appreciate it until the Furthermore event at Ray's the other night. I had to snag some more of this!

A - Hazy golden orange in color and topped by an off-white head that's well-retained and features sheets of lace clinging to the glass, it looks like a ditry apricot topped with whipped cream.

S - Low notes of sweet caramel malt instantly provide a good base for balancing earthy and very light citrus hops. They aren't there to balance the malt though...they balance the huge freshly crushed black pepper aroma!

T - Black pepper ahoy! Loads of the freshly cracked good stuff washes over the tongue nicely and is balanced by a base of pale ale; earthy, light citrus hops and caramel malt. It's all about the black pepper and I love it!

M - Spicy, obviously, and medium-bodied, the pepper is very well balanced by the bitter hop profile that comes in through the finish.

O - Awesome ingenuity, Knot Stock is one of my new favorite beers. While it's not for everyone, it's certainly unique and very well crafted. I love the abundance of black pepper because while it's strong, it never gets cloying.

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Photo of richkrull
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with quite a bit of big beige head with some great lacing as well. Smell is made up of faint hops with some floral notes. Wow the taste is filled with pepper. For a second I forgot that I had read that on the bottle and it surprised me. Fairly good tasting beer though, nice hop backbone and finish on it. Light to medium bodied beer that goes down pretty well. Not sure how many of these I could drink in succession but it's a pretty good tasting beer and they're doing something different.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Knot Stock

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.

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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 BieresDesMoines
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orangish red color, hazy, with a medium sized head that leaves good lace. The aroma is fruity with bits of black peppercorn and wildflowers. There is a good deal of citrus hoppiness in there as well. The flavor is like a delicious nicely dry citrusy pale ale with a crapload of black pepper. The black pepper is really pretty dominant here but it somehow balances just so with the citrusy hops. What a unique flavor. The way the carbonation sort of sprinkles the sharpness of the pepper on your tongue is a real sensation.

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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this form a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep gold leaning toward amber with a snow white 3/4" head. The head quickly dropped to a thin cap but left lots of web lace down my glass.

S= Just after pouring the head was an aromatic explosion of black pepper notes. Once the initial fizz was over with, things calmed down and I got some bready malt, caramel, and citrusy hop notes.

T= Starts off like a traditional pale ale with malt and a hint of caramel leading the way. Hops are modestly bitter and have a nice citrus flavor. The pepper comes in about halfway and never retreats. Finished medium dry and peppery.

MF= Medium bodied with a nicely crisp carbonation and mouthfeel.

D= This is a wonderfully interesting brew. It is quite tasty and the black pepper asserts itself without ever completely taking over. I can't say I would want 4 of these in a sitting, but every time I drink one I am still thinking about it hours later.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.;

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer brewed with black pepper. Why not.

Pours a muddy reddish brown with an off white head.

Pepper aromas pop from the glass. Wow. No doubt about it. That's pepper. Intense and puire, like when you are refilling your peppermill. There seems to be some general APA notes in the back somewhere.

Caramel malt is quickly interupted by cracked peppercorns. The finish has some citrus hop character and medium bitterness, but the pepper lingers. The malt/hop balance seems pretty balanced, if not the beer/spice balance.

Medium body, pretty standard specs for an APA.

The pepper is unmistakable and this beer might be better with a little less of it. But I think I personally like it better this way to be honest. Not sure how many I could drink, but its very unique and a pretty cool flavor experience. Glad I was gifted a bottle. Thanks Mark!

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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 ColdPoncho
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It's a nice color a bright amber of sorts, and has a pretty white head, but there's a fair amount of junk floating around in it, which is somewhat hampering its appearance.

S - A good, citrus-dominated hop profile is the standout here. Some sweet peppery notes in the back. Simple, but very nice.

T - A complex hop profile that changes from the front of the mouth to the back, starting sweet, and getting bitter. Some malty notes, and a hint of black pepper.

M - Fairly light, but not too thin.

D - Good tasting, easy on the palate, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a 8-pack Mircobrewery variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Beer made with black pepper sounds too interesting not to try. It pours a cloudy medium brown color with a strong scent of malts and black pepper which continues into the taste. It does have a slightly bitter taste. Something new and interesting to try that would go well with a beef meal but not so well by itself.

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Photo of nukem5
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the pleasure of tasting this brewery first on tap at the Steel City Big Pour 4 in Pittsburgh, PA. If I remember they had a great Belgian.

A: Pours a nice carmel color with a rich thick head, which clings nicely to glass all the way down.

S: Spicy hops and fresh ground black pepper hit the senses right off and then small amounts of malt creep in.

T: Black pewpper and some hops light carmel sweetness but not cloying.

M: Medium body, smooth and wow the black pepper really different.

D: Like it and could drink a few but don't know about the pepper for long periods of time think it would give a bit of heartburn but would surely compliment any steak or burger very tastefully.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful amber brick red color nice head forms and stays is dence and white

Its initial nose is sweet a pepper taste breaks through with a hoppyness it is well done but the pepper is almost offputting but better then I expected

The taste to start is sweet and smooth as a slight earth hoppyness hits the carbonation builds. There is a slight sweet flowery taste that breaks through before the pepper taste presents itself. The pepper taste comes through as the carbonation leaves a slight numb feel on the tongue. The aftertase is like the sroma pepper is potent. This would be a great beer for cooking and the taste is good but pepper is difficult in the drinkability

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Photo of ClassicBrad
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very hazy, ruby brown with fluffy, off-white head that keeps pretty well throughout the beer. Sediment floats pretty evenly-- almost as if there is no gravity in the glass.

Smells of caramel malt and-- you guessed it-- cracked, black pepper. Also a very herbal hop presence.

Taste is actually quite pleasant. The spice of black pepper really melds into the sweetness of the malt and bitterness of the hops really well. I would definitely suggest this to anybody whose curiosity is pique by this combination; however, drinkability is less than desirable. I would compare having more than a little of this to having more than enough pepper on a meal.

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

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An extra given to me by JJSupaFly.

A - A hazy orange/amber color with a head that quickly dissipated but left behind a TON of lacing. The lacing is fine, but there is actually too much of it going on, so it detracts a little bit.

S - Wow, pepper bomb right here. Big malts come through, but this is a black pepper burst through and through, not a ton else.

T - The taste is a healthy dose of black pepper, but not nearly as much as I was expecting from the nose. It is strong, but is just part of the complete package of taste, which is pretty heavy on sweet malts. Not bad, not great, but much better than the nose indicated.

M - Medium, crisp, lingering.

D - Even though it's 5.5%, it drinks much bigger, and becomes a bit of a sipper due to the strong characteristics. Definately gets harder to drink as it warms up. Not bad, worth a try, some pepper lovers may really go for this.

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Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Samuel Smiths Imperial pint, Knot Stock is orangish brown with a creamy light tan head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is assertively peppery, with some sweet caramel malt.

Taste is similar. This is super peppery, but it works. Not much else to it though, a pretty bland base beer otherwise. Still, they pulled it off.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, medium bodied with a spicy, lingering finish.

Drinkability isn't too bad, the pepper tires though after a while though, making it a bit of a novelty.

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Photo of gford217
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of Sean.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a thick white head that showed excellent retention and lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Aroma is certainly interesting as there are some spicy hops and bready malts. But it's really the pepper that stands out and tickles the nose.

The taste is also peppery and leaves the palate burning a bit. The light malts and hops are underneath.

The mouthfeel is light bodied and certainly more spicy than most pales with the pepper lingering forever.

Well, this one is certainly original, but I'm not convinced pepper and beer are necessarily the best combination. Worth a try and that's about it.

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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 DamDweller
3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Furthermore Knot Stock, 2010

Very interesting beer indeed. It has a nice clean poor with a white head. Initial smell is very very peppery. Considering that the beer is a cracked pepper beer, there's no question that there's pepper in there.

Taste is pepper and caramel malts. There is a subtle hint of hops, but it seems that it just cleans off the tounge for the next sip of pepper.

All in all, an interesting twist. I could drink a few, but it wouldn't do for a case night.

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Photo of hawks10
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap tonight at The Malt House in Madison, WI - Poured into an imperial pint glass...

Copper/Amber, slightly hazy with two fingers of dense off-white head that leaves some lacing behind...

Aroma is pretty faint, some sweet caramel malt with a little bit of citrus hops and just a touch of pepper...

Sweet caramel malt with a bit of citrus hops...definitely more hops in the taste than in the nose. There is a bit of a fruity grape taste that lingers, but once the beer warms it becomes quite spicy/peppery, which really isn't my favorite flavor in a beer...

Medium bodied, good carbonation with a bit of a lingering bitterness and spice...

Tone down the pepper a bit and boost the hops a bit and I'll try it again, otherwise, no.

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Photo of dudemuskie
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours slightly hazy orange with light amber highlights. Light beige head lingers and leaves some decent lacing behind.

Aroma- Spicy black pepper up front with waves of herbal/citrusy hops and soft malty sweetness beneath. Orange pith aroma from hops and spicy black pepper play nicely together in the nose.

Flavor- Sharp black pepper pops first but not the spice, just flavor. Middle has some citrusy hops and soft caramel sweetness. Opens into a bitter and spicy finish with the black pepper becoming almost hot and really hugging the edge of my tongue! Long lingering spicy finish, though there is definitely a tasty APA under there!

Mouthfeel- Almost stinging sensation on the tip of the tongue and throat from the black pepper! Almost feels like drinking water after you eat a really hot chili, like its just spreading that hot sensation around your mouth. Medium bodied but spice makes it feel bigger. Moderate-high CO2 with interesting balance playing out between soft caramel, citrusy hops, and spicy pepper.

Overall- A strangely refreshing beer! A very interesting mouthfeel on this one, and if it werent quite so hot it might be a touch more drinkable. Still a nice APA though, and worth seeking out for a pint/bottle or two. Seems like there are some unique opportunities for food pairings with this one, but you would have to be careful with that peppery spice!

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Photo of goblue3509
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper orangish color that is clear with a nice two finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of pine hops and citrus along with a big pepper smell. The taste is a lot of pepper spice which is cut by a slight citrus taste and a nice pine hop bite. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall the drinkability is about average, the pepper taste is a little over powering but is cut nicely by the citrus and hops. You probably wouldn't make a session beer but one or two would be good.

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

I had this beer on tap. Poured a copper orange like color with an abundant 3 finger head. Scents of citrus, a few spices but mostly peppercorn. The flavor was a dull citrus, grapefruit, pine flavor but the mellowness is followed up by a strong taste of the peppercorns that taste freshly cracked. The pepper is a bit overpowering when put up against the mellow hops. Pretty drinkable. I paired it with a strip steak and some pasta.

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Knot Stock from Furthermore Beer
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