Ill-Tempered Gnome - Oakshire Brewing

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Ill-Tempered GnomeIll-Tempered Gnome

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very good

107 Ratings

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 8
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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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of founddrama
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clarified but not transparent. Solid, hearty, rustic roasted flavors throughout. Not much aroma, but a manly lumberjack of a finish.

Solid, solid brown.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
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.

Photo of Paincane
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Deep mahogany colored brew capped by a tan head & a lovely lattice of lace. Dark fruit, spice, malt & nuts accent nose & tastes.

Photo of DrinkingWithCruthers
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First impressions are always a tenuous thing. One must be memorable without being pushy, attentive without being clingy and mysterious without being frigid. Upon my first examination of this grumpy little beer, I was delighted with the color and carbonation characteristics. If it weren't for the meager brownish head, one could easily mistake its appearance for that favorite of mixers, Coca Cola.

In taste however there is no mistaken for its sweet doppelganger. It's bold initially with a warm and slightly pine treeish tone expected of winter ales. However the boldness soon dissolves into something closer to an IPA rather than that of a strong ale. The hops linger much longer than is welcomed as well but with a strange and melancholy hint of more playful malts with each exhale.

The maltyness opens up more as the beer warms to room temperature but the hops are still over powering after the initial flavors run over ones taste buds. Overall I would not sample this again, mostly on the principle that while hops are great not all beers should be an IPA derivative which is a common failing I find in the northwest.
This beer is acceptable but hardly a brown or winter ale as claimed by the cantankerous gnome on the bottle.

Label - 4.0
I include this with each bottle/can review because I feel that for the average consumer to even approach an unknown beer, it's the packaging that entices rather than the actual end product. Points are given for Style, Readability, Tasting Notes, Brewers Notes and Ease of Reuse(removability)

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (punch code illegible) poured into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is a little dank, caramelly, w/ hints of brown sugar and toffee.

Taste is caramel, dry, hoppy, fruity, biscuity.

Slightly prickly mouthfeel, clean, dry.

Overall this is an interesting beer and I liked it a little more with every sip.

Photo of corylew
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark dark brown with a tan white head that disappears. Not overly attractive looking.

Smells roasty with a delicious piney hop nose. Mostly burnt malt though. Seems like they did just a small amount of very dark malts giving it a beautiful cocoa, roasted nutty flavor. Hop is secondary with a clean piney finish.

Tastes great. Follows suit with the chocolatey nutty roasted malts, yet a nice lingering bitterness and flavor from a moderate, but low helping of hops.

Mouthfeel has a medium, medium-high carbonation level but the CO2 doesn't come through with flavor, just allows it to sit in your glass exploding with aroma. Light in body but still has plenty of flavor.

Overall: Why the heck was this just a single batch? So well balanced. Another one of those great beers that seemed to disappear way too fast. Cant ask for anything more. Thanks Oakshire!

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass

A- Poured a dark brown with some reddish hues, soapy off-white head left some minimal lacing.

S- Lots of roasted coffee, roasted malt, brown sugar, and some light chocolate notes in the aroma.

T- Huge roasted coffee, roasted malt, and brown sugar notes. A pretty big toffee, bready, and chocolate notes. Also moderate to high bitterness with quite a bit of earthy hop flavor and some light citrusy hops.

M- Medium to fuller bodied, soft carbonation, very smooth, big alcohol warming, and semi-dry finish.

O- A very complex and flavorful beer. The roasted coffeee notes on this beer are so fresh and delicious.

Photo of flagmantho
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the Hooverville in Seattle, WA.

Appearance: rich nutty brown hue with plenty of haze and a creamy tan foam cap. Good lookin'!

Smell: aroma is light with a thin malty character. It seems quite astringent; I'm not a big fan.

Taste: roasty malt character with a huge amount of astringent acidity. Bitterness is present but it is more of a roasted-malt bitterness than a hoppy bitterness. It seem a more like a too-roasty porter than a winter warmer; It just doesn't impress me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation level; not too bad.

Overall: this beer is just too acidic for me. The balance of roasted malts and grains just seems wrong.

Photo of Elimination
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a mug

Look is a hazy brown, visible through the other side, slight light visibility through the other side. The head wasnt really there, it started to rise a tad bit but died quickly.

Smell is slight sugar, chocolate, a little coffee, dark fruits, black berries, some licorice, and raisins.

Taste is milk chocolate, brown sugar, a slight hop bite to it, a nice spice up front that when it fades it only subdues a little bit, Very winter tasting.

Mouthfeel is a sweet syrupyness, there isnt much carb to it, but the thickness seems to linger in the throat and makes me have to kind of cough up the thick mess it leaves.

Didnt feel to much like a winter warmer, despite that a pretty good beer overall. Cross between a porter, brown and spice really is what it felt like.

Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra received in a trade with goodbyeohio. Thanks Jim! Consumed on 12/18/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears auburn with amber highlights. The sea foam head flares up to the height of one finger before slowly receding.

The nose is reminiscent of an English Brown ale with toasted malt and a distinct nuttiness. Light floral hops are evident, and there's a slight spicy character I can't put my finger on, almost gingerbread-like. There's also a little cinnamon.

The flavor is toasted and nutty malt with an unexpected moderate level of almost piney bitterness coming through. Now that I examine the bottle, I see it reads 65 IBUs, so I suppose it's not as surprising as I first thought. A subtle cinnamon and peppery spiciness is evident. The finish is bitter and spicy with toasted nutty malt and a touch of astringency. Pretty interesting. Sort of like a spicy and hoppy English Brown. I don't want to belabor the mouthfeel, it's sufficient to say that it was better than average and less than exceptional. Now I've said too much...

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color capped by an inch of tan foam that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Caramel, toasted brown bread, nuts and pine

Taste: Caramel, nuts and toasted brown bread, up front, with a burgeoning minty/piney hop kick developing by mid-palate; the finish is rather hoppy, though there are plenty of the malty elements to balance out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of those hoppy winter warmers that doesn't even pretend to have the Christmas spicing; rather nice for the concept

Thanks, chumba526, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, roasted nut, and slight burnt caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, caramel, and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice aromas, but there is a fairly assertive bitterness that detracts a bit from the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of loren01
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours into snifter a dark reddish brown color, not too much head or lacing
S: Smell is of roasted malts, coffee. Slight chocolate scent as well
T: Pretty complex taste here. Starts out with roasted dark malts. Big time hop kick which i didn't expect from the smell. Also earthy/oak flavors are abundant.
M: Medium to full bodied beer, creamy mouthfeel
D: Nice hoppy full flavored winter warmer...I like this one quite a bit.

Photo of goatgoat
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was sent this by a close friend as a holiday gift. She is awesome!

Poured into a SA pint. It appears a medium woody brown with a nice tan head. No lace, but my glasses aren't anywhere near clean (thanks roomies!).

Aroma is a moderate sweetness, caramel and dark fruit, overlaid with a lively spiciness and strong hop presence. Poking around reveals a roasted character in the background.

Taste is full, nutty, and inviting. Then comes a double kick of roasted bitterness and hop bite. It lingers long, with a slight harshness.

Feel is a little thin, but nicely carbonated.

An overall nice brew. Though the harshness in the finish will keep me going out of my way for this one.

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Ill-Tempered Gnome from Oakshire Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.