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Known Gnome Porter with Bark and Roots

Tasting Notes

Notes of nuts and biscuits if they were briefly introduced to a coffee roaster. Sweetness and tannins further complement the biscuit backbone while it finishes dry on the palate with a kiss of fleeting brown malt.


6.7 % alc/vol


Pale, Brown Malt, Oats, Dark Chocolate, Black Malt, Nugget hops, Quassia bark, and Licorice root

Beer nerd facts

The gnome's name is Alfie, and he's a good guy.

Known Gnome is a throwback to when old timey porter brewers tried to avoid paying hop taxes by (illegally) using quassia as a hop substitute. The bark of quassia came into fashion in the early 19th century as a bitter tonic in herbal medicine.

Known Gnome also gets its unusual sweetness from licorice root and the naturally contained chemical glycyrrhizic acid which is 50 times sweeter tasting than sucrose. 

Sample Menu Description

A throwback to when brewers avoided the hop tax by using quassia in its place. This porter is sweet and biscuity and accented by spicy botanicals not used to the light. 


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