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Ill-Tempered Gnome - Oakshire Brewing

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Ill-Tempered GnomeIll-Tempered Gnome

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40 Reviews

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 10-27-2009

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Reviews by MaltsOfGlory:
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3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A unbelievably aggressive pour only gives me…MAYBE a finger of head, a little under a finger. The head is mostly medium bubbles, with some big bubbles, and some small ones clearly hidden under all that. The head is slightly off white, but for sure not what I would consider light brown. The lacing looks like it might be alright, but I really can’t tell until I get down the glass. Head retention isn’t bad, I still have a little bit of head left. The body is an extremely dark shade of brown, there are some lighter shades of brown around the edges, perhaps some tan, and maybe a tiny bit of black even, in the middle. The beer is dark, but it also seems pretty cloudy, so hopefully it’s a thick beer too. Visibility through the beer is pretty much zero, and I can’t see the carbonation. Overall, it’s not a bad looking beer, the beer was very reluctant to give me any head, and when I got some the bubbles were pretty bit, still it lasted a decent amount of time, and the body was very interesting. We’ll see how the lacing goes, but so far it’s not bad. The smell is somewhat odd, for sure interesting. The first thing I get is a lot of malt, for sure some standard brown ale, and winter warmer type malts, dark but not too dark. However there is also another malt smell, burnt, almost stale smelling. It’s like they were trying to make a winter warmer, then changed their mind and wanted to make a Rauchbeir, and then maybe added some coffee in it or something. It’s a really freaking off smell. Is it bad? Not all of it, some of it smells nice, but part of it for sure doesn’t smell great. Perhaps some spices in here, cinnamon, maybe coffee like I said, or even chocolate. Very VERY little in the way of hops, I mean I can barely detect any and it’s 65 IBU’s, so I dunno what’s up there. It’s starting to smell a little bit better, slightly more balanced, and not quite all over the place, but still, it’s not amazing. Coffee is actually coming out quite a bit now, anyways. A 3.5 is a little generous, but it just barely gets there I suppose. That’s actually not a bad beer at all. Up front there is a very nice malt character, not funky or all over the place at all. It’s a pretty rich malt flavor, for sure very present, but not over the top. Not to dark either, it’s just about what a winter warmer, or a brown ale should have. The hops are also for sure here, not as present as the malts, but they are easily noticeable none the less. I don’t know if I would say 65 IBU’s, but it’s damn close. There may actually be some coffee in here too, it’s not just malts and hops that’s for sure. Other flavors may be coffee, toffee, cinnamon, maybe even chocolate. It’s a very small cast of supporting flavors so it’s hard to identify. The beer is a little rough around the edges, but honestly I think that’s just a harsh way of saying it’s a mans beer! The hops are coming through and it’s getting to what it should be. Overall it’s not blowing my socks off, but I appreciate the array of flavors, and I also appreciate the increasing hop bitterness. It’s not a 4, but it’s pretty darn close. The mouthfeel is pretty nice too. The body is pretty damn thick, which I always love in my beers. The carbonation isn’t too big or too small, for sure on the smaller end, but it completely works for the style. The drinkability isn’t that bad, yes the hops are bitter, and yes there is a tiny bit of an alcohol presence, but overall it’s not hard to put down, especially considering it’s 6.8% ABV. Overall it’s a much better beer than I remember it being and a much better beer than I thought it would be when I smelled it. Not an amazing beer, but it has a very bitter hop character, and some complex flavors. Not a bad beer at all.

The appearance turned out to be…ok. There really wasn’t much in the way of lacing, a little bit stuck to the glass, but it was patchy at best. I wanna give this beer a 3.5 for appearance just because it had a nice interesting body, but it really doesn’t make up for the bad head and bad lacing, so 3.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #35 (Dec 2009):

Beer gnomes in a bad mood: Hoppy Winter Warmers.

Brilliant looking mahogany brown color, towering sudsy head. Chocolate caramel-covered orange and mint aroma. Lush, smooth full body. Carob, brown malt and toasted bread charm the taste buds. Hops clamp down first with a more-than-balancing bitterness and then again with an enduring linger of grapefruit and herbal flavors. Some fruitiness within, and some alcohol to boot. Finishes bitter with hops and a bit of roasted/toasted grain.

Flexing its hop character while still staying in the realm of Winter Warmers, Pacific North- west-style all the way.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, caramel and maybe a little bit of spices. The flavor is very similar and is very malty. I get a lot of chocolate and toffee notes, as well as some spices and some grass notes. Fairly sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a dark walnut glow at the base and a thick creamy light tan head that is a bit bubbly on top but last and last sticking to the sides a bit. The body is too dense to see any carbonation and the head leave high-water marks with each sip.
S- The aroma of fresh brown lightly roasted malt smells like it is just out of the roaster with a nice grainy quality and there is a softer woody green hops note that is dry in the finish.
T- The full flavor of lightly roasted malt taste like chewing on the real thing with just a hint of chocolate malt popping through to add some depth. This fades into a dry herbal woody Northwest hops flavor in the finish. There is a pine hops note that lingers with a roasted malt note. As the beer opens there are some nice biscuit malt notes that come through to support the other malt flavors.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture that fills the mouth and a soft velvety texture in the finish.
D- This beer has a great fresh malt flavor that is mellow and well balanced with the hops in the finish. It didn't last long and left a pleasant roasted malt and hop flavor lingering in my mouth.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro-in-law Jeffrey for bringing this to Seattle for me.

22 oz. bottle served cold into a highball. The Ill-tempered Gnome is a hazy dark chestnut brown with thin head. The head settles quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is just right for a winter warmer with spice and dark fruits.

Flavor is really quite nice too. It has a great dark malt base with roast, chocolate, and nuts. The spice is perfect but it's hard to tell if its from actual spice or more from the yeast. Figs, raisins, and cherries round it out.

The mouthfeel is nice medium bodied and lowish carbonation. The alcohol is there but not over-powering in any way.

Overall I'm really impressed. I sometimes expect the gimmicky beers with cute labels and corny names to be mediocre but this one is very good. Christmas in July!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a maudite snifter. Body is a cloudy brown not too far from the color if iced tea, topped by a half-finger's worth of off-white head. Aroma of sharp, floral hops, nutty malt, and a hint of astringency.
Palate is mild, nutty malt up front, followed by a good dose of floral hops. Notes of mild fruit and a bit of astringency come through before the swallow, along with a pleasant, sweet nutty character. A strong, slightly husky bitterness lingers on the finish.
Body is substantial but not overly-rich, appropriate for the winter warmer style. While not the most exciting winter ale I've tried this year, this is a well-built offering from one of my favorite new breweries.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, split

appearance: served in a brooklyn shaker pint, garnet-mahogany body, light beige lace

smell: roasted malt, toasted grain, nutty

taste: dry malt, grain, light caramel, toffee, a touch of smoke. Fairly pedestrian winter warmer - i've been pretty underwhelmed with oakshire so far - lots of more refined things coming out of Oregon these days

mouthfeel: really dry finish, medium body, light roast

overall: good, but not worthy of repurchase

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass 11/28

Pours very dark brown with full inch of white foam. Fluffy and resilient. Light fruity malt nose - raspberry and cherry. Hearty wintering taste, buried fruits, subtle spice. Finish with a tight hop. Somewhere in between a traditional winter warmer and a nut brown ale. All good.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 30, 2013.

The pour is medium amber to mahogany brown with a mocha head that lingers and laces for quite some time.

Roasted malty aroma mostly with coffee, cream, salt, and a touchy of a juicy fruit. Interesting but not extraordinary.

The body is about medium and there is a creamy quality to the texture.

Malts tend to be the first flavor I pick up but there is a musky, cellared quality to it. Light to moderate bitterness. Once is enough for me on this beer.

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Photo of Dylanjf
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Commodore69
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Telestic
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stratusjeans
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mahlik
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint. Pours with a one-finger, creamy off-white head. Head dissipates to a thin crown. Good lacing.

S - Bread and caramel malts, spices, nutty. As the beer warmed, chocolate notes became more apparent. Nice herbal hops in the background.

T - Bready and nutty followed by earthy/piney hops. Taste finishes with slight stinging bitterness and toasty malts.

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Creamy as the sip finishes out. Almost no alcohol could be detected.

O - Not really a winter warmer but a solid beer nonetheless. I enjoyed the balance of maltiness and bitterness. Go ahead and give this one a try.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass...

A: Pours a dark amber with hints of orange and red in the light. Head pours big and thick, tan and creamy with excellent sticky lacing. Eventually dissipated to thin foam on top.

S: Excellent nose, lots of sweet caramel malts, biscuit and yeast with just a hint of crisp citrus hop on the finish.

T: Lots of malt presence up front, caramel, lots of biscuity yeast, hops fade into the finish with hints of grapefruit bitters.

M: Medium body, pretty good carbonation and well balanced.

D: Pretty drinkable, heavy presence of the yeast makes it a little less drinkable than it could be but it goes down pretty smooth nonetheless.

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Photo of throwerbri
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reidrover
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from the Roths market close to my apartment in Salem. Nice looking beer again hazelnut brown with a very nice looking cream coloured head. The aroma however is rather more subdued than i imagined it would be mainlly biscuity malts..rather odd as i did not chill this at all.oh well. Taste is better thankfully full of toffee, caramel, roasty maltiness with a delicious hop bite at the end to finish it off with a bit of spice. Nice palate to this one,quite silky and thick. Overall another intresting and good beer from a smaller Oregon brewery.

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Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Ill-Tempered Gnome from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.