Ill-Tempered Gnome
Oakshire Brewing

Ill-Tempered GnomeIll-Tempered Gnome
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Winter Warmer
Ranked #54
Ranked #23,638
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Ill-Tempered GnomeIll-Tempered Gnome
Notes: This American Brown Ale is an Oakshire original. Dark malts combine with resinous hops in the Winter Ale to soothe your ill tempered gnome.

65 IBU
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 141
Photo of mintzmeet
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aesthetically reminiscent of a hazelnut brown ale. Actually, it is an American Brown Ale! Pretty good stuff. Dark malts and resinous hops. Tastes not so subtly alcoholic.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Dec, 5, 2014.
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking dark hazy brown color with a thin capped white foamy head that clung for a good amount of the time. The smell had a deep dark roasted brown ale - esque sort of roasted and possibly baked maltiness about it. The taste was mainly roasty and sweet with a rolling roastiness in the aftertaste and it leaves a slight dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. It seems carbonated appropriately. Overall, I say this was a pretty good winter warmer leaning towards the darker side of the house.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This has always been a go to for me in the winters in the Pacific Northwest. Love the dark copper color. The smell is what the aroma of a winter warmer should be - almost a chocolate, malt, nuttiness. The taste is again what a winter warmer should aspire to be. A flavor explosion - get a lot of maltiness up front, followed by nuttiness, a little almond, chocolate, vanilla and toasted marshmallow. For as dark as it is, it almost goes down with a lager-like finish. One place to try this is the annual Holiday Ale Fest in downtown Portland which, in my opinion, is one of the best beer festivals in the country showcasing nothing but high ABV specialty ales. Cheers to the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours ruby amber brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is perfumey roasted caramel malts and vanilla with a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet nutty perfumey caramel malts with with some vanilla and dark fruit and a green slightly harsh bitter finish that's a little plasticky. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an OK winter warmer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber $3.99, very reasonably priced for a bomber these days. Brown color, looks like a brown ale or winter warmer. Aroma is unremarkable, smells like malts. Flavor is a let down, some boring malt and not much else. Pretty disappointing beer overall.

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Photo of 303beer
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear red with a inch of rocky off white head. Not alot of carbonation left in the beer after the pour. The nose is to light for me to get distinct smells. Mild taste with a bit of bitterness at the end.

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Photo of josephandbrown
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pour split into two shaker pint glasses.

Ill-Tempered Gnome has the look, feel, and much of the taste of a brown ale. It's a little thin, something I often have problems with when tasting browns. The flavor is nice, with a strong does of nuttiness but also a good malt backbone. It's lightly carbonated- quite a bit less carbonation than I've been getting from other winter ales. Otherwise, it's a smooth, almost creamy finish.

Overall, a solid winter ale, if not one of my go-tos.

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Photo of rarigney
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very enjoyable beer. Purchased 22 oz bomber from Tavour in Seattle. Pours a cola color with a pale tan head. Perhaps they've changed the label as mine looks nothing like the picture.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up at the COOP.. Poured into my little Cigar City goblet.. Clear deep amber with a nice pillowy khaki head. piney hops with plenty of dark toasty malt and hints of cocoa.. Nuttiness with the malt as it warms up a bit, bigger bitterness and the pine hops are on the palate, but not quite as much as I want.. Still no problems... Good hops and malt balance... Expected PNW take on a winter beer... If I was drinking this blind, I would guess an Amber Ale with a nice sharpness to the overall package.


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Photo of wumpshire
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A well balanced winter style beer. No discernible hop character, malt is solid though. With all the options out there I probably wouldn't buy again, yet its certainly a decent beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sudsy golden reddish brew in the Troubadour goblet. An attractive quaff.

Quite tasty American Brown Ale, as the brewer calls it. It has just a dose of the butternut flavor of some of the WInter Warmers. Woody and full of roasted malt. A little caramel taste with a darker finish. Slight bitter edge but not very hoppy taste.

Pleasant and easy to drink brew that has some interesting dark notes. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen's Market in Burlington.

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Photo of founddrama
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The pour revealed a tawny brown body with lots of carbonation and a thick, rocky, creamy head. Roasted nuts with a malty, sweet, cereal aroma; occasional traces cola. Warm, toasted grain flavors; mild chocolate tones; dashes of alcohol warmth; nice, building hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; mild sugary warmth (not cloying); alcohol dryness on the palate.

Nice, malty, nutty winter ale. It doesn't overwhelm or blow your socks off, yet it delivers a very satisfying nutty, warm, pleasurable drinking experience.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bomber of Ill Tempered Gnome in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a red mahogany color, clear with a creamy tan head.

Smell is faint, an earthy aroma of peat and brown sugar.

Taste is a pepper and caramel flavor, with a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel smooth and minimally cloying.

Overall a very nice winter ale.

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Photo of woemad
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at a local grocery store in Spokane for…some money. No freshness date, just “296” cryptically stamped on the label, which is different than the one pictured on BA.

Poured a dark, cola-ish color, rubyish when held up to light. There’s a decent-sized, sudsy head that is somewhere between beige and tan in color. Good lace.

Quite malty in the nose, initially. Notes of chocolate and coffee, and a little whiff of what reminds me of a sprig of fresh mint. There’s some piney hop notes, but dialed way back and subtle.

This tastes like a big brown ale that has been generously provided with in both hops and malts, almost a porter, really. Sweet chocolate that’s balanced by bitter coffee in a supporting role. The hops mainly kick in at the swallow.

Somewhere between medium and full bodied, this has a dry, porter-ish mouthfeel.

A nice change of pace from Celebration and it’s many clones. While I like that kind of winter warmer as well, this is great for those looking for something closer to a porter or brown ale. I’d drink this again.

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Photo of ConnorMagee
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

22oz into a Tulip.

Ruby to mahogany color with medium sized head and excellent lacing

Nose is mild malts.

Taste, sweet malts with strong spices on the back of the palate. Ends in a bitter almost hoppy taste but with almost no citrus. Bright Bright cannabis in the aftertaste.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

OakShire Brewing's Ill Tempered Gnome Winter Ale. 6.8% ABV.

A: Just over a finger of slightly creamy head. Pours an earthy brown. A nice clear, solid plum red in the glass. Somewhat emaciated, though multi-tiered lacing. Slight sheeting.

S: Definite earthy hops, leaning more towards tree-like notes of pine and green needles. Very slight sap sweetness in the back. Very faint peach skin; interesting.

T/MF: In the mouth, it's more of the same tree-like hop notes. Like walking into a forest and shoving bits of the trees into my mouth. There's some more fruity notes, but they're hard to nail down against all the hops. Not quite an aggressive IPA, but still too hoppy for my tastes.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of RussPDX
4/5  rDev +5%

I am drinking this on tap at The Running Y in Klamath Falls, OR. It poured red/copper. Other reviews lend towards brown but I just don't see that. The head was nice and creamy but didn't stick around long. Nice malt backbone that is balanced by the hop bitterness which lingers after the swallow. All in a ll a very nice beer. As seasonals can be all over the place I would put this more towards an amber or Red as a standard to compare against.

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Photo of RickS95
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

great holiday type brown ale here, my first from oakshire as far as i can remember. only $3.99 a bomber, great price for a beer thats far too good for that kind of tag. deep mahogany color, more brown than red, gorgeous inch of khaki foam and lacing like you read about. the nose sports a ton of chocolate malt, much more like a brown ale than a red or amber, despite the red glow. i like the lack of both sweet malt and holiday spices here, this is a no gimmicks winter beer, and a darn good one. its bitter cocoa and ale yeast, big brown with a medium body and a snappy bitter hoppy finish, relatively speaking. this warms me well, although it doesnt fit the traditional winter warmer bill, i almost prefer it. woody and deep in flavor, but not overly complex. filling but not huge, its a great balance thats reached. good enough to make me want to seek out more oakshire, especially if they are all priced this fairly. get me to oregon!

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -7.9%
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 Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Ill-Tempered Gnome from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 141 ratings