A Note on This Beer
The Winter Ale is a style with undefined edges, ranging from spiced boozy warmers to deep roasted dark beers. Oakshire Brewing known for their standards like their Espresso Stout, brings a full load of dark roasts to their Seasonal Winter Ale, Ill Tempered Gnome.
Crafted with a dark balance of malts and hops, the common refrain is: why is this not a Porter...
@woemad sums Gnome up as a big brown ale that has been generously provided with both hops and malts, almost a porter really.
The roasted base of 6 specialty malts fill Gnome with notes of chocolate, toasted chestnuts, and earthy tobacco. Four American hops infuse Gnome with a touch of pine resin, shading this Winter Ale’s extra dry nut finish with an edge of bitterness. @founddrama calls it a manly lumberjack of a finish.
For a Winter Ale, Ill Tempered is a multi-tier display of roast that grow from toast to nearly burnt and back again--it’s no garden variety Gnome and it’s no garden variety Winter Ale.
Rated 94 from the BeerAdvocate Bros, and 94 for style on RateBeer
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