Wassail Ale - Woodstock Inn Brewery
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2.9/5 rDev -18.8%
This was my nighttime beer when I stayed at the inn. It started out well, with a rich, red/brown color, medium-sized head, nice lacing. Pretty nice, though understated, aroma of some fruit and spice. The taste was of slightly sour fruit, which wasn't bad, but there was a rough, pervasive, fusel alcohol taste. It turned out to be a fairly difficult beer to drink, and I didn't go back to it.
02-06-2008 20:31:57 | More by lordofthewiens
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to Vermonthiker for this one.
12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Mild 1/4 inch head but leaves some solid lacing. Color is a deep dark amber red.
Smell and taste has a warm and woody aroma, mixed with earthy spices. There is some ginger, orange peel, mild cocoa powder. Nice malty body.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but overall a flavorful sample.
02-06-2008 04:40:34 | More by bort11
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a clear dark amber starting with a few fingers of head, and working down to some above average lacing. The smell is malty with butterscotch and a small hint of some spices. The flavor is mostly caramel and malts along with a good hit of bittering hops, and some subtle spices. A buttery aftertaste from what I would assume is the ringwood yeast lingers for a bit. The mouthfeel is average for 5%, and light for the 8% I believe it to be. Drinkable, but the buttery aftertaste would get to me after more than one.
01-27-2008 23:57:53 | More by dickieb
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor some caramel, with a balanced to bitter finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.
01-17-2008 23:38:03 | More by jdhilt
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
A clean reddish brown beer with a small creamy off with head. The aroma is full of caramel and butterscotch with hints of nutmeg and allspice in the background. A light touch of caramel sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Followed by a one-two punch of a spicy hop bitterness and a slow burn of alcohol. There are hints of butterscotch and cinnamon on the finish
01-08-2008 00:41:10 | More by ybnorml
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, poured into a shaker
Appearance: dark copper color, one finger light brown head, with some lacing
Aroma: mild aroma of sweet malt and a touch of cinnamon and other spices
Taste and Mouth feel: sweet toasted malt flavor, highlighted with cinnamon and spice. It has a smooth mouth feel.
Drinkability: A nice winter warmer, very drinkable, one that only hints at the abv.
12-28-2007 00:33:59 | More by Bassetdawg
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
(Best before Nov. 8th '08, consumed on 12/21/07)
12 oz. bottle> 16 oz. SA boston Lager glass.
A very clear, well carbonated amber-brown color with a solid, one-finger head that dissipates slow but eventually goes away and leaves some long sticky legs it it's wake for a while.
I noticed something right off, the smooth, buttery and sweet malt. Caramel sweet. The aroma is enough to make you realize this malt is going to be sweet and smooth. Underneath is a rightously herbal and peppery spice-cabintet effect that just goes really well with the big malt sweetness. The overall effect is really, really nice.
Oh boy, just as I thought...the malt is huge. Sweet, caramel flavor, and the feel is sooo smooth and buttery...this Wassail has the biggest malt presence I've noticed in any winter-style ale. Of course, there is the herbal, zesty spice part of the brew. It's just the right amount and effect for my taste. I would say this is 60 % malt dominated with the rest of the flavors being shared by a nice spicey, herbal, hopiness and a well-hidden but very warming 8.1 % ABV heat.
Medium to full bodied, very smooth....buttery smooth and rather hefty for the style. overall: Nice.
This is a nice 4-pack, and the BEST Wassail, winter ale, Winter Warmer brrw I've had. Period.
12-23-2007 01:15:48 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
I had 2 pints of this tonight whilst dining with Alewife, Scheister and the Princess at the Woodstock Inn....
Served in a 16oz shaker, it was a clear, deep amber-hued bier, with little carbo rising within. Head was frothy but short, off white and fine. Thinned rapidly, leaving mainly a ring around the rim and some lacing. Aroma was a bit restrained, but displayed some nice malt and some cinnamon, amongst other spicy notes. Body was a solid medium, and the feel across the tongue was nicely smooth.
Flavor was quite similar, to me, of the Sammy Winter Lager. Malty at the start, with a light, toasty sweetness, along with a strong spice backbone. Cinnamon and a smidge of allspice? A touch of orange peel slips in... Floral hops are evident, though by no means pronounced. Finish is somewhat dry, though the spiceage lingers a bit. ABV is supposedly in the 8-9% range, though I hardly noticed its effects. No "heat" felt going down the hatch, yet it did lend a warmth to the body. I see last years review was not too flattering, but I found this to be a decent quaffer.
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4
01-14-2007 02:19:31 | More by Bierman9
2.53/5 rDev -29.1%
On tap after a great day at Loon.
Bartender had no information on this beer other than it's 8.0%abv.
Dark amber in color,off white head,no haze.
Big roasted component in the nose along with malt,spice,sugars and butter.
Medium bodied with a lingering gription on the tounge.
A bit harsh up front with a bitter,slightly hot character in the middle, followed by a lingering bitterness and residual sweetness.
Spicing is a little over the top, first comes nutmeg,clove,maybe black pepper and an astringency liken to licking a cinnamon stick.
Alcohol is noticable but overpowered by roasted malts,unfermentables,spice and butter.
Finish is long and not inviting for the next sip,bitter and slightly hot.
Sweetness lingers on the pallet.
No decernable hops.
Nice lacing all the way down.
Kind of like a big Irish Red fermented with Ringwood and spiked with brown sugar and spice.
03-06-2005 22:41:45 | More by brewandbbq
Wassail Ale from Woodstock Inn Brewery
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