Ill-Tempered Gnome | Oakshire Brewing

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
This American Brown Ale is an Oakshire original. Dark malts combine with resinous hops in the Winter Ale to soothe your ill tempered gnome.

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-27-2009

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Reviews by Hoptometrist:
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Beaver13
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
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 Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 +19%
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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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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 +1.9%
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 -7.9%
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 DOCRW
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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 KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 DallasK
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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 -0.8%

Photo of hannaho
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Commodore69
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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 tjcamm
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Telestic
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stratusjeans
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mahlik
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Ill-Tempered Gnome from Oakshire Brewing
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 127 ratings