Wassail Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Woodstock Inn Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Deep ruby hue, A hearty full bodies holiday ale . Very malty with assertive hoppiness combining with alcohol warmth.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-06-2005)
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Photo of kristiekatk
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wassail Ale pours the same light brown as the bottle it comes in. A small and fizzy head quickly recedes to a thin, bubbly ring. Its aroma is full of spices, with cinnamon standing at the forefront. Fruits, chocolate and molasses are also in the very sweet mix.

The taste is very similar to the nose; sweet/toasted malts, cherries, scotch and floral hops. Some spices linger in a very stiff and dry finish that is also accompanied by a somewhat bitter aftertaste. At 8% alc/vol, Wassail definitely starts giving you some warmth after a few sips, but hides its alcohol very well.

Slick and smooth and with a medium body, I think if Wassail were a bit heavier, it would have matched the flavor profile and alcohol content a bit better. Though it has a great spice/sweet balance, overall, there is nothing incredibly compelling about it.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Mick-e-d
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sdaly3
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of albertjr21
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a snifter on 6-18-12.

A: Reddish brown color under a light tan head.

S: Toasted rich malty aroma with notes of gingerbread cookie, raisin, cherry, peppermint.

M/T: Malt body dominates with a naturally sweet and dark bready flavor complemented by a fruity and peppermint like cool taste.

Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of FuturePilot
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle tucked into my Leinenkugel pint glass for a long winter's nap. Well, it's April now, but you get the picture.

A: Cinnamon red/brown with an inch of beige head. Lots of webwork lacing. Head gradually disappears, but a think layer of foam is always left on top.

S: Spices, cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of pie crust and sourdough.

T: Cinnamon and nutmeg into caramel sweetness, with a touch of cough syrup and some chocolate malt bitterness on the tail end. Holy god, 8% ABV!? The booze in this is incredibly well hidden.

M: Creamy, with the resulting foam in each sip making each mouthful feel a little thicker than normal.

O: Purchased a single of this on clearance and wish I'd bought a whole six pack. Really fantastic and flavorful winter beer that I'll be looking for again at the end of the year.

Photo of BenGreedie
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of sauger86
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of churchillea
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cfloyd
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of AJD1201
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a crystal clear, crisp, ruby coloring with a thick, dense, small bubbled head that is a light biege color, and stacks to about an inch and a half. Aromas are malty and rich, with a buttery overtone and some light clove and nutmeg spicing. Light cling to the glass. The beer has a tangy and rich malt profile, with a resiny hopping to balance. Toffee and caramel sweetness, with a slight roasting quality. Hops are light and bitter, with a wet and slick feel. There is a slight booze character that bleeds into the aftertaste, along with a crystal malt profile. The finish is light, with a slight, slick linger. Tasty brew.

Photo of Kinsman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice bright ruby red body and briefly capped by a dense ivory colored head that faded with no lace left behind.

Nice strong malty aroma with lots of caramel and toffee notes. A bit fruity as well.

Sweet and a bit boozy upfront like any good winter warmer should be. A bit of apple fruitiness and some caramel notes to go along. Bold hop flavors come in next with a bit of a herbal character that leaves plenty of bitterness. It's nice to have the hops to balance out such a malty brew but something doesn't fit in right. Not sure what varieties are used so it's hard to say what exactly is going on.

Mouthfeel is thick and a bit creamy. Overall, Wassail is probably my favorite of the Woodstock beers but this bottle doesn't quite do it justice. On cask at the brewpub it was much better (unfortunately no notes for review).

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with a buddy. Bottled dated good until November 11. Poured out a reddish brown with little head. Nose was a lot of alcohol, bourbon and burnt caramel. Flavor gives a lot of toasty and toffee malts. A balanced amount of holiday spice character. Brown sugar all the way through to the finish. Cinnamon comes through on the finish along with a lot of bourbon barrel. Body is medium and sugary sweet with a more than average amount of carbonation.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed from an Opa-Opa pint glass. On the pour, this beer produced a four finger head floating atop a clear brown body.

Aroma was of darker malt, caramel, light spices, and a little bit of fruitcake. I couldn't pick any individual spices out of the mix.

Taste was a bit sweet, with caramel and toffee in the front. Spices and a woody character came through on the finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty average. Not syrupy, and the spices didn't coat the tongue, which was good.

Only average marks for drinkability. As winter warmers go, this one was pretty run-of-the-mill, nothing to make it stand out of the crowd. I was glad it was only a 12 ounce bottle.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on tap at Durgin Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Light but bright brown in color. Two finger width head, good lacing and head retention.

Sweet and slightly spicy aroma.

Sweet and malty taste again with a spicy finish. Good mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable. I've had better but I have certainly had worse.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, amber in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, alcohol, tad bit of cherry and fruit cake

Taste: cinnamon, oak, cherry, toasted malt, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a bittering oak backbone

Drinkability: If not for the abv, could have several. I like the way Woodstock does seasonals--very spicy and complex. perhaps my favorite winter warmer this year.

Wassail Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.