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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

807 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 807
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 35
Gots: 43 | 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:
"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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001)
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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Photo of Immortale25
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
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 TexIndy
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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 Thornlovesbeer
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
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 tchenery
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer has a nice slightly off-white lacing head to it. The body is a deep russet color with hints of red hues.

It smells of all dark malts. I'm picking up amber malts, crystal malts, caramel malts, and on the tail end there's a bit of cranberry or cherry or some other holiday fruit.

Very malt forward beer. Wow, this one is thick. It is almost chalky. It tastes much like it smells except maybe with a bit of chocolate in there. It doesn't seem like they use spices like other winter warmers do.

Chalkiness takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability of this brew.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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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 beeragent
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
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 mat5175
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with skyhand. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" thick tan head above the clear brown brew. Head lasts well, with layers of thick coating lace. Aroma is worty and fruity. Taste also is reminiscent of wort, with spicing and balancing bitterness near the end. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is okay. Have to admit the name had me thinking cider, not winter warmer, but I adjusted.

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3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly creamy head tops a body of bright mahogany, light ruby brew. Little retention of head, a quick swirl brings it out again for a bit.
Soft hints of alcohol, nutmeg, earth-tones and malt in the nose. Caramel and nut bring up the rear. Sweetness becomes more noticeable after initial sip, so, too, the winter spices. A bit of nutmeg and ginger, but not much. Malt takes over the taste. Alcohol comes around in finish.
An average beer, would not be my choice for winter warmer

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 807 ratings.