Ill-Tempered Gnome Winter Ale - Oakshire Brewing
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3.64/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice dark pour. Not black, but a deep, deep brown with some ruby notes. No light comes through, but you can see it's somewhat clear. The white head contrasts well against the darkness below. A creamy head forms, though it's not huge nor does it retain well.
A welcome change from all the spicy beers I've had of late. There's still some spices in this, but they play supporting roles to the chocolate, caramel, and vanilla scents from the malt.
Somewhat bland taste, I should have guessed from the clarity of the beer. Roasted grains up front followed by bitter hops at the back. Nothing really special about it. Little in the way of spices on the tongue, not sure why this is called a winter warmer because nothing distinguishes it from other year-round beers.
Moderate complexity with a sweet feel early on. A grainy feels separates the sweet intro to the lingering bitter finish. Despite the grainy feel, it's a bit light and loose. Very noticeable bitter swallow that really sticks to the tongue.
Overall, it's easy to drink because there's little flavor other than the bittering hops. Most scents didn't carry over to the taste. ABV is fairly low at 6.8% (for a winter warmer). Not bad, just not much great about it.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 03:16:10 | More by RickS95
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
The Ill-Tempered Gnome is a great seasonal ale by Oakshire. It pours a nice thick looking brown and a good beige colored head that leaves a good amount of residue on the glass. The smell is malty sweet with hints of coffee, chocolate and nuttiness. The flavor is slightly sweet with chocolate and caramel. The finish has a nice bittering that lasts well after the last sip. Mouthfeel was medium to slightly watery. Overall its a very nicely balanced beer. Oakshire does a really nice job and has some great beers. I always look forward to their seasonal beers.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2013 13:40:05 | More by HochFliegen
Ill-Tempered Gnome Winter Ale from Oakshire Brewing
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.