Full Sail Wassail - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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BA SCORE
86
very good

831 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 37
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

"A deep mahogany color, Wassail is brewed with four different malts and a blend of Pacific Northwest hops, giving it a malty full body and a pleasantly hoppy finish that appeals to both hop and malt lovers alike. In other words, a Christmas miracle."

ABV 7% IBU 56
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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

latest review

the coffee quality does not seem so strong in subsequent tastings and the beer strikes me as far more drinkable than before. think i was starting to get a cold the first time. still, not as complex as i'd like and it lacks the full bodied, nourishing, spicy qualities i think it ought to possess. mouthfeel upgraded to 3, drinkability to 3.5.

3.5 opaque milk chocolate, nutty brown. thin cap, ring. occasional large chunkies.

3 smells like a porter w/ some crystal malt? fairly reserved aroma, or perhaps it's still too cold.

3 moderate to strong coffee bitterness. seems pretty astringent and alcoholic. not detecting a whole lot going on.

2.5 medium body, plenty carbonation. not enough body to support the bitterness and alcoholic presence.

2 maybe i drank it too cold. maybe my palate was off. maybe this 6-pack was mistreated. so far not my cup of coffee, er beer. next time i'll try sipping very slowly and letting it warm up more.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured into a Duvel glass. Color is dark ruby/rich mahogany. Head is a light brown that dissipated rather quickly.

S- I love the esters in this, brown sugar, toffee, light bananas and toasted pine nuts.

T- well-balanced blend between the malts with a great hoppy finish. A little tart, that reminds me of bing cherries.

M- not the best winter warmer but not bad either. Leaves the mouth warm, which is probably due to higher alcohol content.

D- this beer is definitely drinkable, but it isn't outstanding. Honestly, I expected more from Full Sail's winter brew. Better than most, but could be better.

Photo of mat5175
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a gorgeous beer. Wonderful deep reddish brown, clear. Not too thick a head, dissipates rapidly, but leaves a decent lacing.

Unremarkable nose. Rich, a little sweet, a good deal of hops in the nose.

Fairly light and silky on the palate, with a more than fair amount of carbonation. Very lively, bubbly beer.

This is a very prototypical winter warmer. Mild sweet dark flavors on the front; finishes with a good deal of hop bitter. This has a high enough ABV to serve its purpose, but this is never in the forefront. Like others of the type this becomes more intense as it warms, but can be enjoyed almost to room temperature.

i have had several of these without tiring of it, but not interesting enough to keep going through a six pack over an evening. Good offering for the season.

Photo of beeragent
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. The beer pours a dark copper, forming a very thin head that dissipated quickly. Thin spots of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is dominated by the malt, but also contains a hint of fruit aroma and hops. I expected the aroma to be a little more full and diverse. The taste was also slightly lacking in a complex flavor. The taste is very malty, creating a nutty/caramel flavor, but that is not well balanced out with the hops that complete the taste, ending in a very sharp bitter taste. The mouthfeel was very thick, but due to the hops, finished not as smooth as expected. For a winter warmer, the beer is drinkable, but not something to have all night. Overall, I am guessing that I just got a bad batch of this beer. Its not like I remember it tasting last year. However, based on what I found this beer to be this year, I would recommend another winter warmer to get you through the winter.

Photo of Thornlovesbeer
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing really good to say about this beer... typical taste that is far from a Winter Ale.. for the most part taste like an Oktoberfest... starting to wonder if the 7.2% ABV is really true... I drank 6 of them in a 3 hour period and felt no more of a kick then if I drank 6 5.0% brews.. not impressed even with the 90 day's availability-theme on the label... one of the reason's I bought it and never will again! Not trying to be a sour puss but this brew is far from a solid brew that deserves top ratings I have had WAY better.

Photo of aracauna
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice color, deep, deep red-brown. The head is average size and dry and sandy looking. The aroma is warm malt and is a bit spicy. The flavor is less malty than I would have thought with the appearance. A bit sour in the finish. Coriander? The mouthfeel is a bit fuzzy.

Photo of TexIndy
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date lasered onto the neck. It was a russett brown color. Some sticky lacing. It had an average sized off white head that settled into a broken film with a collar.

The aroma was subtle. Sweet toffee malt with pine hops. Decent but weak. The flavor was stronger. The hops were more pronounced than the malt which was reverse of the aroma. Didn't really enjoy this one. Had a strange taste to it and too bitter in the finish. Winter Warmers are not one of my favorite styles and this one followed suit.

Overall, not a good beer for me. Wrong style and taste issues. One and done for me.

Photo of Immortale25
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that's somewhat opaque with a 1/2 inch off-white head that loosens and becomes an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. Neat constellations of bubbles on the surface and likewise-patterned lacing.

S- Roasty and somewhat alcoholic. Also a tad sweet-smelling with some spice notes in the back.

T- Heavy onset of roast that slips into a rubbery, boozy gutter and does not recover. No hops, no spice, no balance. Just strange.

M- Sharp twangs from the alcohol on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Dry with medium carbonation.

O- I don't know if this is what a true "Wassail" is supposed to be like, but this just does not agree with me.

Photo of NorCalYeti
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste- sweeter beer, malty, slight hop bite

color- roasted amber

clarity- clear

smell- slight roasted character

body- medium, rounded, soft

appearance- light off-white head, active carbonation

overall impression- average

notes- not very complex and lacking interest, doesn't strike me as a winter beer. this review is for a 2008 vintage

glassware: pint

Photo of HardTarget
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Nice art on label, notes best before 04 11 06 (enjoyed 02 13 06), 6.5% abv. and a brew force of 47.

Aroma: Nice light malt, tea, a little butter, and some grassy hops.

Appearance: Deep brown glass shows clarity when backlit. Head falls to a respectable light cover and laces nicely.

Flavor: Hops come out in the taste right away. They are a bit grassy with some pine notes and fairly well balanced by caramel malt. The finish is a bit slick and bittering leaving a strong hop taste to chew on for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, oily texture, medium low carbonation level.

Overall Impression: Not bad. Much hoppier than I expected and that cut down the drinkability for me personally. The tea flavor was a bit much as well. Just didn’t blow my sail, but you should give it a shot, at least once.

Photo of Bagman007
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pitch black dark coloring with a little bit of head.

S- Very sweet and hoppy. You can definitely smell the spices with a little hint of malts.

T- Initially a sweet taste quickly followed by a dry, hoppy finish. Tastes similar to a Pale Ale.

M- Very dry and bitter feel to it. A little tingly, but overall just not a very good feel.

D- Would not have more than a couple in a sitting. Very dry beer.

The beer did not really taste as I expected it to from the smell. It has a sweet smell, but the taste is not really sweet at all. Way too dry for a Winter Warmer. Not a terrible beer, but there are easily better seasonal's.

Photo of jordanmills
2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours thick brown with a moderate amount of head. Smells of a little malt, a lot of hops (something piney in there), a trace of spice (maybe allspice and a dash of cinnamon?). I swear it's almost as hoppy as an IPA. The finish is a little longer and smoother, but with some alcoholic bite. It's not bad to drink, though I think a winter warmer should be maltier and not as hoppy - I couldn't drink more than a couple.

Photo of beckje01
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Deep ruby color with a quarter inch of creamy head.

S- Some malt upfront with nice spices there too.

T- Creamy malt start leading to a small spice kick.

M- Thin with some carbonation tingle.

D- Easy and only 6.5% so it seems to low in my taste for a winter warmer just doesn't do its job.

Photo of ccrida
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A translucent, dark purplish chocolate color, with a thick, creamy tan head that quickly dissipated and left a slight, sticky lace. A fairly sweet, piney aroma dominates, joining roasted malt and alcohol. The taste is malty, with burnt toast and sweet spruce, finishing with a strong bitter taste and warmth of alcohol. The body leans towards thin and boozy, with very little carbonation. Overall I found the aftertaste a bit too acrid to make the Wassail that drinkable, even more so if you serve it strait from the fridge.

Photo of RJLarse
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I spotted a six-pack of Full Sail Wassail at a grocery store, and picked it up on a whim. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a dark walnut color and is clear, with a red hue when held up to the light. A decent eggshell white head forms, and produces good lacing on the sides of the glass while drinking.

The smell hoppy, with evergreen fragrances, and a mild sweet malt aroma.

The taste is sharp, bitter and acerbic. There is a charcoal flavor along with some bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is OK, a bit cloying, and the sharp flavor makes the mouthfeel a bit zippy as well.

This beer is drinkable but, but only for one or two at a time. The flavor is sharp, and overpowering. It's like a dark roasted IPA.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 12oz Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Dark Red/Crimson that borders on being opaque Black. Pours a 2 fingerhead that leaves behind some decent lacing.

Smell - Burnt and Roasted Malts with hints of Chocolate, Yeasts and fruity notes. There's also a distinct apple scent thrown in as well.

Taste - It starts off with a very sweet fruity note, but finishes off with a bitter aftertaste. Burnt Malts are also pretty strong, perhaps a little too strong, as well as yeasts, spices and the mild fruity notes. Okay as far as flavor, but the burnt malts offset the flavor a bit too much.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavier side, which is normal for this type of ale. The carbonation is a bit too much for this type of beer.

Overall - Had the burnt malt flavor and carbonation not been as strong, I would've loved this beer. It does start out promising, but in the end I felt disappointed and felt that this could've been better; There are better Winter Warmers out there than this

Photo of JK4Stout
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

A- This is one good LOOKING beer. It is a rich mohoghany color with just the right amount of head.

S- The smell kind of leads you to know what to expect here. Very spicy arome. A blend of clove, nutmeg, and hop that isn't too offensive.

T- Here is where they lose ya. It seems this beer is spiced hard just for the sake of being spicy. That takes away from the taste sadly.

M- Here we have a good medium to high bodied beer. Goes down smooth, but not as smooth as it could. (see taste)

D- Not very much here. It was worth a try, and the price is capatible, but I just think as far as christmas beers go this one is WAY down there.

Photo of elNopalero
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This has the appearance of foamy soda, very bubbly and caramel-brown colored. Not much aroma comes through. The flavor is all out of wack. There’s a harsh clove taste to it that dominates, and a sharp finish. It manages to be bitter without any hoppiness. Next year I’ll pass.

Photo of jcalabre
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this beer on 4 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
This brew has a nice malty nose. What really ruined it for me was the astringent aftertaste. I may try it again next year when it's out, but this was a big disappointment. You win some, you lose some.

Photo of elgiacomo
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours thin dark brown with a one finger light beige head. Leaves some sheets and spots of lacing and holds only a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma and flavor are kind of hard to pick up on, some sort of odd astringent maltiness, some sweetness and spice on the tongue.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

An odd brew.

Photo of BB1313
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, similar to Coke/Pepsi. Little bit of foam w/ nice lacing. I don't know what to say, I don't smell too much. Malts and grains are in the mix. There's a very subtle spice aroma and it's subtle in the taste as well. Pretty bitter, not much sweetness going on. Mouthfeel is alright, lots of carbonation, fizzy, smooth. Drinkability is average, not much going on to keep my attention. Boring beer.

The big problem was the the aromas and flavors are very bland. This really isn't an interesting beer, although it's well crafted.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tumbler...

Appearance-Pretty dark brown, with some red hues. Darker then other WW's I've had. Head is an off white, almost brown. Some little lacing and retention.

Smell-Extremely subtle spices, and very subtle malts. This may be too cold right now and has to open up a litle bit. As it gets warmer it's still prety bland, some hops come out.

Taste-Ehh, kind of a mess. At first there's some sweet malts but something taste's awkward about it. It then turns into a kind of sourness along with some hops that just don't taste fresh. A tad bit of vodkaish towards the end. The more I drink it kind of taste's like soap.

Mouthfeel-Very thin, no body at all. Carbonation is there, but I wish there was more to eliminate this soapiness.

Overall-Not a tasty beer, don't buy it.

Photo of JDV
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep clear maroon pour with a beige head. Slightly skunky malt smell to it, with a taste of some dark toasty tart malt. Unusual flavor for sure. Not particularly good, but also not bad. Drinkable, and gets a bit better as it warms to me. Light char and burnt notes, and despite my low rating, this is worth a try for its uniqueness.

Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

7.20% per my bottle, acquired yesterday at Trader Joe's. Enjoy by: 04/02/13. 12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this brewery is usually mediocre but I like the style quite a bit.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and good retention for the fairly high ABV. Body colour is an understated ruby-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Transparent and somewhat translucent.

Sm: Very pleasant toasted malt is dominant, with some typical winter warmer spices in there as well - nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe even cilantro. I'm not great at identifying spices, but it's well balanced in that regard. Amber malts. Some minimal floral hopping. An average strength aroma. I'm excited to try it. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

T: Amber/toasted malt foundation. Some floral hopping. Minimal spices are impacting the flavour; disappointing. Simple and imbalanced. A bit stale. Built underwhelmingly. Why brew this?

Mf: Off. Weird artificial candy smoothness in some places and strange coarseness in others. A bit metallic. Dry on the finish, to its detriment. Weirdly thick. Carbonation is adequate. Just artificial all around; it bothers me.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty crap for the style. Another forgettable brew from Full Sail. Still, it's a decent offering at this price point. I wouldn't bother with it again. Hides its ABV well.

D+

Photo of nathanho
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Brown amber with almost no head and little carbonation - unremarkable. Smells like rootbeer, tastes like bland rootbeer and malt liquor...ok, not that bad but the taste is very flat with some spice as an afterthought. Mouthfeel isn't offensive but you wouldn't know you had a beer in your mouth...maybe like cold, watered down au jus? I did finish a six-pack, but only because that's all that was left in the fridge. Just wait 'til nex year?

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