In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world’s biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
Only two weeks to Christmas and we are now opening door number 11…
Behind the door is Oakshire Brewing‘s Ill Tempered Gnome “a malty, hoppy brown ale of pure winter deliciousness”.
I have to say I love the bottle design and clever name for this winter ale. At the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, OR Oakshire brought out the ramped up version called very Ill Tempered Gnome. But back to the beer at hand, Ill Tempered Gnome pours a dark clear coffee colour with lots of thick cream coloured head. On the nose you get some grapefruit and floral hop notes and just a bit of roasted character. First sip is quite bitter and dry with roasted malt character. As you drink this one really comes into a nice balance between the hops and the malts. The finish is quite dry and bitter. There is enough strength, 6.8% ABV, to make this ale a bit more wintery than your average ale more like a strong bitter (ESB). Overall a very drinkable winter ale.
On the candy cane-o-meter Ill Tempered Gnome rates eight canes.