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 OWSLEY069
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, deep copper to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a dry grapefruity hop and somewhat spicy. In the taste, a mellow grapefruit hop and spicy pepper. A spicy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, and a dry peppery burn in the aftertaste. Good, nice big hop in nose, and nice pepper but too much in the aftertaste.

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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 PSUDREW
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a wonderful dark amber color. tanish head, pretty fluffy. and yes, there is lacing
S: pepper...and that is about it. it reminds me of spicy chicken from wendy's, but that is a good thing
T: really nice pepper up front (like that wasn't expected). but there is a nice back up with pale ale hops, and malt to balance it out. Let's be honest, the pepper dominates this brew, but honestly, it compliments everything pretty nicely. would go great w. BBQ
M:, light and spicy
D: pretty hight

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber hue with a nice inch of fluffy head.

S - Smells of freshly cracked pepper, caramel, and bread malt.

T - Flavors clash pretty well. First you get the spice of pepper but its quickly covered by a nice taste of sweet caramel that doesn't make the flavor too spiced and leaves you wanting more. Then finishes bitter with bready malt. Very complex and balanced.

M - Medium bodied and succession-able.

D - Well it seems that they can produce good beer and this was another reason to get the variety box. Smooth tasting and a nice ABV to succession. Very great beer guys!

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Photo of regspeir
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle (acquired in a trade) into a standard pint glass.
Poured a cloudy, bubbly dark orange-amber with a two-finger head that settles to a coating. Lacing is abundant and lasting. The brewer states on the bottle that it is a "beer brewed with black pepper" and is it ever. Pepper is strong in the nose but accompanied with citrus (orange) and some pale malt. Taste is strong with the pepper as well but that comes after the initial orange and pine and some caramel malt tastes. Finish is sweeter but the pepper is there. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy but with that pepper bite. I liked this but doubt my mouth or lips could handle more than one, unless it was with a steak. Otherwise it is a unique offering and one you should give a try.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

Modern American brewers will always go the distance to please, wow or simply pique interest. Sometimes unconventional ingredients come into play rather than just a different name. Knot Stock is a Pale Ale brewed with an addition of black pepper, so there we are.

Head lays a bit thin but with enough retention and stickage to get by. Deep rusty-hued reddish color with a bright clarity. Orange-lemony hops meld well with the hint of black pepper and the toasted bready tone in the aroma. Sturdy moderate body with a decent crispness that pulls the flavors in quickly. Bready maltiness sets in with an enticing warmth from the spicy black pepper. This black pepper flavor grows quicker with each sip; the first few find it sitting in the back, but after a few more it pushes right to the front--leaving the taste buds to try and recover from each wave.

While this is not your Joe six-pack craft beer of the day, it's a damn impressive and interesting brew. We are now imagining a thick cut of pan-seared prime rib to enjoy along with a bottle of this beer, with plenty more fresh-cracked black pepper, of course. Cheers to the brewers to have the courage to go this far and for making such a flavorful beer!

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

Pours amber with slight carbonation. The aroma is insignificant, but with some caramel. The flavor is caramelly, with a bubblegum sweetness and an odd, sharp peppery finish. It burns a bit on the back, growing stronger and more peppery with time. Not bad, though not extraordinary.

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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 mdwalsh
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very large yellow-ish small bubble head on the pour, 7-8 fingers. Fades though towards a more normal size, though it takes it's time. The body of the beer is a deep amber red brown type color. It's clear, not a lot of active carbonation, but some. The head is just sticking around too long on this beer, though it does have an increasingly interesting texture.

S: Mostly simple American hops. None of the crazy piney citrusy grapefruit of a westcoast PA, but a little more than an East Coast. I don't get any of the black pepper either. A little, very little pale malt, about what you would expect in a pale lager of good quality.

T: Hmmm. Sort of thin and watery on first impression. But very interesting. The pepper seems to manifest itself very close to the hops, which are themselves sort of peppery. The more I taste, the more pepper on a bed of pale malt becomes the dominant taste. It's well done in tasting true to the pepper, but I just don't dig the taste too much.

M: Crisp, but not crisp enough, especially considering the pepper. I want more bite overall, not just on the tip of my tongue.

D: Overall, this beer is interesting and that's about it. Not something I would keep around all the time, but I could see certain people really digging this beer.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pristine amber with a creamy, half-inch white head that remains.
Smell is buttery malts with an assertive black pepper presence.
Taste is malts infused with black pepper. I'm surprised at how assertive the black pepper is, and considering how I like to douse my food in black pepper, I'm impressed. The malts carry, becoming crackery, accompanied by some burnt notes near the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth up front, with a crisp bite coming in halfway through. Some heat at the end from the black pepper. Light body.
Good drinkability. I never would have thought black pepper would work with beer, but in this case it does pretty well.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed a huge, fluffy 2 finger, eggshell head. The foam lasted throughout the entire drink, receding down to a thin layer, leaving lots of lace on the glass walls. The body is somewhat clear and dark gold in color with amber/reddish hues.

Interesting nose...sweet malts, spices and tons of black pepper. You can detect some hops (more piney) in the background.

The taste follows the nose nicely...but the peppercorns are much more dominant. They get under your tongue right away and hang around the entire time!! You can pick up some background flavors...pine resin, cloves and sweet malts.

The mouth feel is light/medium, oily and well carbonated.

The burning pepper keeps this one from being really drinkable. It has a pretty unique taste, which makes it worth trying, but not something you can pound throughout the night...

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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 mikebeattie
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Bottle Inspection:

Appropriate fill level. Some sediment on bottom. Unfiltered?

[malt, hops, esters, other aromatics]

Some thin hop aroma--citrus, so I expect american hops. Expected some ground pepper, but didn't pick anything up.

[color, clarity, head (retention, color, texture)]

Medium amber color with a slight orange hue.

Somewhat clear, though not strickingly so. Visible air bubble continue to ripple through.

Thick lasting head with largish-bubbles (not frothy). Head started at almost 1.5" but eventually stabilized at about a quarter inch. This must have a fairly high carbonation.

[malt, hops, fermentation characteristics, balance, finish/aftertaste]

Lots of citrus hop flavor, though not to the level of an IPA. Plenty of malty sweetness is balanced by a noticeably bitter finish.

Pepper flavor is very subtle--appearing at the back of the tongue. If I weren't looking for it, I might not notice.

Slightly bitter aftertaste remains, which might be brought out by the pepper, which also seems to be lurking on the back of my tongue.

[body, carbonation, warmth, creaminess, astringency]

Start feeling malty and perhaps sweet, but finishes somewhat dry. Some astringency brought on by some combination of hops and black pepper.

[overall drinking pleasure, suggestions for improvement]

A well balanced beer that is well constructed throughout but leaves a somewhat undesireably astringency/bitterness in the finish. Perhaps scaling back hop bitterness to better showcase peppercorn would offer an improvement.

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Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured nto a pint glass.

Medium amber, clear, with a large fizzy, frothy head that laves very nice lacing.

The intesne aroma of fresh;y cracked black pepper leaps out of the glass, which is, of course, extremely unusual. It's a great smell, remarkably fresh. Underneath is a nice floral hoppiness. Drinking the beer, the pepper flavor is subtle at first, the major impression isa nicly balanced hoppy ale with a clean bitter finish. But the pepper effect accumulates in its spiciness, smokiness, and eventually almost tongue-numbing pepperiness. This is an interesting and unusual beer, also a study in a new way to experience the many effects that black papper has on the palate--a celebration in beer of one of the world's great spices. As a beer, it is nicely done, interesting and pretty drinkable, although I am not sure about drinking more than one at a time. But this brew deserves some recognition for showcasing black pepper in a unique format.

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

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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ekmoody
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a deep amber, almost brown. Thin head that dissipates quickly, leaving some lacing behind.

The pepper is present in the smell, but I'd say it's subtle. I get some citrus along with the hops and malts.

Taste reflects the pepper more. It's very interesting, it's definitely there but not quite overpowering. Kind of leaves a peppery taste in the back of my mouth.

Relatively smooth aside from the bitterness of the pepper. It's quite enjoyable, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of THORN
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask served in pint glass.
A: Amber-brown color. No CO2 trails or sediment. Half-inch frothy vanilla colored head. Leaves thin spotty lace.
S: Peppercorn is very apparent. Pale malts.
T: Peppercorn hits first, very bright and crisp. Pale malts are very dry, Finishes with sweet bitter hops.
M: Thick on tongue, but very smooth down throat.
D: Refreshing. Makes one want to drink more. Peppercorn is bold but welcomed.

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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 Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Clearish ruddy copper body. Small, very light beige head. Scattered lacing and not much head retention. Leafy, citrus hops blend with distinct black pepper and light cookie dough on the nose. Interesting...and enticing.

Minty hop bitterness and toasted grain up front. Black pepper makes itself known with a spicy, assertive zestinesss. Grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness blend in seamlessly. Light sweetness from cookie dough malt comes through a little bit. Finishes with good balance between hops, pepper, and malts. I really like this beer! Moderate body with gentle, even carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a pepper beer.

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Photo of blackdog1101
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is a nice looking beer poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. The beer is a dark amber color, with a one finger head that shrinks quickly, but holds on throughout the beer.

S- Smells like a PA with pepper. The aroma of peppercorns is pretty much forefront, with some malt sneaking in behind.

T- Tastes like a PA with the noticeable addition of peppercorns. Not a bad or overwhelming taste, but it does seem to build throughout the beer. The hops seem to be hidden behind the pepper.

M- Creamy mouthfeel, not much carbonation felt in the mouth even though a thin head is retained throughout the beer. This is exactly the right amount of carbonation for this beer. More would have made the pepper too spicy.

D- I'm certainly enjoying this, but I don't think I'd want to session it. This is a well done beer, and the pepper is an interesting twist. One I definitely recommend you try.

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

A 12 ounce bottle picked up at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $1.75. Poured into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a murky amber brown color with not even a finger of light tan head. The head fades to a thin ring within a few minutes, leaving minor lacing in its wake. Nose and flavors consist of grassy hops, somewhat sweet malt, cracked black pepper is quite noticeable, but remains rather subtle and never over the top (for me at least). The pepper creates a nice lingering burn in the throat after each sip. Decent carbonation levels with a medium body and a slick, bitter, spicy finish. Tasty and different.

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Photo of beertooth
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A sun tea colored liquid with a creamy finger of off white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The nose is crushed black pepper, cinnamon sugar, caramel, faded hops, bready malts, maybe a little butterscotch.

The first gulp is sweet upfront with those cinnamon sugar notes. It's followed by the crushed pepper, malts and butter. It's a little bitter in the finish and the pepper really comes out as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

An interesting pale ale to say the least, but I'm afraid I could drink more that one bottle. I'm glad I tried it, but will not reach for it again.

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Photo of jmalex
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally heard of this beer on The Brewing Network. So when this showed up on shelves here (Pennsylvania gets EVERYTHING), I knew I had to try it.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a dark golden amber with a small but full head. The bubbles are rather loose but hold firm at a nice surface covering.

SMELL: Damn, it's black pepper. It (and everything else) is pretty subtle, but it's there for sure. Otherwise, maybe some caramels, a light hopping, and a sweet malt base. But it's about the black pepper and it's about the restraint.

TASTE: The pepper again is so unique, it can't help but stand out. The rest of the beer is uninspiring though. An amber ale with a decent bit of hop flavor and a bready malt base of pale and caramel. On top of that is a nice fruity ester profile. Perhaps that's ok though, as it lets the main ingredient really come through.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light bodied with a slightly low carbonation. Again, this might be well suited to letting the pepper really come through.

DRINKABILITY: I like it. The pepper works, and there's no other beer like this. I'm hesitant to call it a novelty beer because of the negative connotation, but it's a really neat use of an uncommon ingredient. And it works.

I'd say that you should definitely seek this out. The beer is good, and the pepper is formidable. I can't wait to pair this with food. I guess I need more.

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Knot Stock from Furthermore Beer
3.53 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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