Thursday, December 8, 2011
Oakshire Ill Tempered Gnome Winter Ale
Oakshire Ill Tempered Gnome Winter Ale, a winter seasonal offering from Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, OR, poured a cola color into the glass, capped with a barely-there white head. Notes of roasted grain and mild coffee notes led the nose.
Oakshire Ill Tempered Gnome Winter Ale opened with a bright, if unflavored, hop start. The opening dryness took on darkening roasted notes with a touch of bitterness that only revealed itself in the fade. Lighter and slightly hoppier than a porter with a malt-centric profile too up front to be a CDA, this winter ale was better off being enjoyed without trying to figure out a style.