Known Gnome
Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
American Porter
Ranked #200
Ranked #15,582
3.92 | pDev: 8.67%
Jan 25, 2022
Jan 30, 2017
Very Good
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Notes: Porter brewed with Quassia bark and licorice root.
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Rated: 3.54 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 25, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by swid from Missouri

Dec 03, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Released late September 2019; drank 11/16/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge tan head; minimal lace.

Root beer, cream, mild oak & faint chamomile notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Root beer, cream & ginger flavors up front; oak & faint chamomile notes on the finish.

Robust flavors that are easy to drink; strong schwarzbier vibes. I really liked this.
Nov 17, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by SWChi from Illinois

Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Aug 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Brown in color with a very murky complexion. There’s a fingernail of beige around the rim. I smell black licorice and caramel, and milk chocolate. I’m tasting caramel, black licorice, and milk chocolate. The mouth is very smooth and cream, likely due to the oats.
Apr 09, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Mar 06, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Berknerj from Illinois

Mar 01, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jan 19, 2019
Rated: 2.32 by Chilmer from Iowa

Dec 15, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by craigbelly from Iowa

Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by EdFed from Illinois

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a twelve ounce bottle, this brew is an utterly back, thick liquid. The head is slim and tan. Smokey and grainy aroma. The taste is lightly malty, roasty (coffe especially), with a bit of underlying sweetness. Full flavor. Medium full body.
Nov 16, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by Beerhemoth from Illinois

Nov 10, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a creamy looking dark brown- almost black- with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like tobacco, herbal hops, mint, wood, dark chocolate, and espresso.

This is super herbal and weird, but great. There's definitely licorice, and it gives off a herbal- almost mint- sort of flavor. There's a light spiciness, almost oak-like, with dark bitter chocolate, and a watery coffee flavor. There's also a herbal tobacco flavor.

This is very light bodied, a bit thin, with a creamy feel. There's a high level of drinkability.

This is a really unique and fun spin on a porter. It's a little too thin, but still very tasty nonetheless.
Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by paulish from New York

Mar 25, 2018
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Light to medium brown color with a slight sliver of beige head in my mini snifter.

Aromas of milk chocolate, tin, oats, and earth.

Flavor is much of the same, with a very delicious and robust porter flavor. Lots of yummy chocolate, rich cocoa, molasses, slight tin, anise, and at the tail end some woody and rooty notes, finishing off with coffee and chocolate.

Feel is light and crisp, with residual roasty notes. Really nice carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable porter with strong chocolate notes and some original earthiness.
Mar 01, 2018
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Reviewed by bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look- pours cola brown w/tiny ring of head

Aroma- coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, almonds

Flavor- follows the nose closely. Also getting a hint of black licorice

Feel- medium bodied and and low carbonation

Overall- nice roasty, smoky porter with a hint of black licorice
Feb 26, 2018
Rated: 3.72 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Buffettman2018 from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Feb 07, 2018
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark ruddy brown color - completely opaque. No head but it does have that fizzy carbonation you see on the top of a coke. In fact this looks like a coke that has settled.

Aroma is quite potent and somewhat herbal (in a jager like way). You get some licorice, mint, cocoa, wood, and earthy notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of chocolate, licorice, earthy wood, cocoa, some light mint notes and an oaken finish. Its quite earthy with an incredible depth of flavors.

Feel is medium to light bodied but drinkable. Its quite smooth.

Overall this is a unique - trending rustic - porter, but its quite good. Definitely worth a try.
Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 4 by DbbC from Illinois

Jan 30, 2018
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Taste: Chopped full of flavors of bark, smoked malts, licorice, dark, chocolate, toast, with a chewy mouth, and dry finish. Toasted wood and backer's chocolate nose. Reddish black hue, mostly opaque, smaller tan head delicate lace. Medium/Full body. Complex and earthy. 20 IBUs
Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.07 by drstalker from Illinois

Dec 25, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by jakea from Wisconsin

Dec 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on December 21, 2017. Look is brown with a thin tan head and lingering lacing lacing. Smell and taste is coffee and dark roasted malts. Feel is medium in body.
Dec 21, 2017
Rated: 4 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois

Dec 15, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
First time, I had this on tap at Off Color's Mousetrap bar. Interestingly, a big part of the spicing is the bark from the quassia which is like an ash tree... per the almost always informative and funny write-ups on Off Color's website. Apparently, this substitution is a throw-back to avoiding the taxes levied on hops. (So are the Brits following the 16th Century Bavarian prince's tradition of taxing beer ingredients because the can get away with it more than taxing alcohol? .... Or is that just the libertarian molecule in me mouthing-off.)

All that aside (and quite possibly not right) ...... Known Gnome is an enjoyable porter. Sweet and yet gently roasted malts, with a medium-to-full mouth. The bark is clearly different than hops.... and just might be better for a malt-head like me. So is the sweet licorice. Will this unusual porter get bottled? If it does, find it. If not, go to the Mousetrap which probably will be one of the few outlets.

2/12/21 Carried two cans to the curb from the Mousetrap. I'm still enjoying Known Gnome and, in the intervening time, have had the other two in Off Color's Gnome line-up. And I prefer Known. It is a solid porter, well-blended and satisfying on a cold day. I'm not going to say that I'm satisfied with this review (it probably still needs even more editing), but I will say that I'm keeping count over at UnTappd.
Dec 07, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 02, 2017
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brownish black with auburn highlights when held to the light. Initial thin layer of froth, doesn't last long.
Aroma is earthy and roasty, pleasant and dry with a little bit of botanical nuance to it.

Moderately bitter and roasty, bakers chocolate, dry and clean. Thankfully doesn't taste like licorice at all.
Smooth and medium bodied, lower carbonation. Lingering dry roasty aftertaste. Overall it's a tasty porter.
Nov 25, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by WadeBridgman from Illinois

Nov 22, 2017
Known Gnome from Off Color Brewing
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