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.
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.