Ill-Tempered Gnome | Oakshire Brewing

very good
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Ill-Tempered GnomeIll-Tempered Gnome

Brewed by:
Oakshire Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -16.2%
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 -27.3%
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 -19.9%
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 -5%
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 -1.6%
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 -4.2%
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 -17.8%
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 founddrama
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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 -1.1%
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 -2.9%
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 +15.6%
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 +4.5%
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 -7.2%

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 StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -6.9%
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 +11.4%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light mahogany color with 1/2 inch of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malt, with some very light spiciness and hopping. On the tongue, the aspects were mostly the same. There was the addition of a very soft roast taste.

The body was smooth and even, and although a bit low on carbonation, was pretty typical for the style. Drinkability was good, I'd have a couple of these. Overall, a nice take on the style, worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured slightly chilled into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown with red highlights and about a quarter inch light tan head even with a fairly aggressive pour. Head quickly recedes but does leave moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells mainly of carmelized sugars a hint of winter spices.

Tastes is malty and sweet, with a hint of coffee and spice, mainly nutmeg. A good dose of piney hops follows through.

A fairly heavy, creamy body with light carbonation and little alcohol bite.

All around a nice beer, although as others have stated, not one I would necessarily classify as a winter warmer.

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Photo of DrinkingWithCruthers
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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)

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of Mahlik
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of THECPJ
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: Thanks Nate.

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger off white head,

smell: malty, spicy, hops, caramel,

taste: caramel, malts, spicey, hops

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice winter warmer. very malty with little spice and a nice hop bitterness.


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