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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

826 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 39
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 826 | Reviews: 476
Photo of Bounty628
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With an ABV of 7.00%, Wassail certainly is a nice beer to be stuck inside the house with when there is a blizzard on your doorstep. There is a nice drinkability to Wassail that certainly makes the beer one that could be used as a good session beer for such an occasion.

Wassail pours a very deep amber to almost deep brown color and gives off a minimal amount of a tan head. There is minimal lacing present as the head dissipates rather quickly.

Some winter warmer style beers often times lose the hop presence when brewed but Wassail has a very nice hop presence noted. The smell also lends way to some winter spices with aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon dominating the nose. And while there is a clear presence of the hops noted in the nose there is also a rich malty chocolate characteristic to the beer, as well.

When tasted, Wassail lends way first to a sweet and malty taste that then brings in a hoppy nature that is bolstered by the seasonal spice notes present in the beer. There is a good balance in the taste of this beer with there being just the right amount of both hops and malt working in unison to not overpower one another. There is a noted smoothness to this particular winter warmer and a lack of a sweet and syrupy nature that I find so many winter warmers falling victim to. Wassail maintains an ideal toasted flavor to it that is quite appealing to the palate.

There is a medium level of carbonation to the beer which truly allows you to sip the beer and not have the carbonation do all the work for you. The mouthfeel of the Wassail is one that is smooth but also quite robust in the sense that there is not a loose or lacking nature to the beer. The beer is a rather strong offering and as such it should hold a bit more weight in the mouthfeel than a lighter beer and the Wassail does just that.

Photo of Japerrault
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich tan head topping an opaque brown ale. Nice lacing was left on the dimpled mug.

S: Sweet malts and spicey hops. Slight whiff of sweet chocolate followed by spicey/citrusy hops.

T: Really a nice blending of malts and hops. Light sweetness in the forefront showing mellow roasted malt flavors, then pleasent hops show up lending a flowery spiciness to the mix. There is an appropriate lite bitternes in the finish. Very good.

M: Good carbonation and full mouthfeel gives the feeling of substance.

D: No problem finishing one of these. I found myself looking forward to the next sip. All around a great beer.

Photo of Atlas1
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Full Sail beers, but have reviewed surprisingly few of them. Time to change that.

The Wassail is a beautiful beer. Poured into a barrel pint glass, it is a dark mahogany color with bright oranges and reds that glimmer through at the sides. Thick head of tan foam on top provides a healthy capstone and leaves behind some decent lace. The nose is fruity, with some (perhaps obligatory) winter warmer spices thrown in for good measure. Slightly malty aroma, but mostly filled with light fruits. Nice and unassuming. Taste is very nice. Again, fruity, but with a dry, spicy hop presence that really balances things out. Some apple and pear flavor, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of pepper. Mouthfeel is firm with a dry finish. Doesn't take away from the rest of the beer, which is nice.

This is a fine beer, in my opinion. A fruity, slightly spicy, dry winter brew. It's not over the top in any one department, which is a good thing. Too many winter warmers are overly spicy or not very well balanced, but this beer achieves an even balance without any problems. The folks at Full Sail have delivered another fine beer. Well done.

Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brown-reddish color, some sticky lace, and thin bubbly foam

S: nice hop presence, toasted malts and roasted grains.

T: husky sweet malts, pined hops that lead to a subtle peppery bite. Nice light touch of spiced raisins and banana fruitiness. Overall, a great toasted feel to it and nicely rounded beer

M: touch dry in the finish, mild and bubbly body

D: clean and easy to drink, good feel and look. This one is a winner in my book

Photo of Yaz8
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured dark ruby brown with a smallish head and good lacing. Roasted malts and coffee are featured in the smell, which lacked the spruce and spiciness you might expect in a winter seasonal. Roasted coffee beans are the strongest flavors, which include rich maltiness and some chocolate. A hint of hops bitterness is evident to keep things balanced. Medium mouthfeel, full carbonation, and a crisp clean hops aftertaste.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for the bottle.

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a short lasing head and good lacing.

Scent pf some fruits, spices and a hint of chocolate. Pretty good, and balanced well, I like it.

Taste of spices, some malts, and a slight burnt character with a hint of alcohol. Not bad, but this one could use a little work.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat robust.

Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber with orange highlights. Two finger tan head that recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is spicy with some caramel and biscuit malts backed up by an average sprucy hoppiness. Flavor is spicy, nice bitterness, hinhts of pine and orange, lots of caramel malts, hints of chocolate, some boozy qualities. Slightly sweet and bone dry on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Slight warming on the swallow. A very nice winter warmer, but I've had a few other that i liked better this year.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Deep, dark mahogony, obviously reddish hues. Head is 1/4" dissipates quickly leaving only a thin ring.

S. Roasty malt bill up front, somewhat chocolatey and fruity of dates and raisins, and a touch of hops.

T. Chocolatey, roasty, deep caramelized brown sugar. The hops do their best to keep up with the sweetness. Finish is sweet and lingering with moderately stong alcohol tastes.

M. Thick and chewy in the mouth with high carb.

D. Too sweet and rich for session, but an OK beer. Not worthy of seeking out and just barely above average.

Photo of tburkhart
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep ruby/mahogony with little head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smells a bit roasty with a hint of spice.

Tastes of roasted malts and slight alcohol.

Fairly creamy feel.

Not what I expected for a Winter Warmer.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at around 50º into a Boon tumbler. Ample layer of creamy foam, surface has a slight luster to it. Woody brown color, that becomes ruby in direct light. Slow upward bubble streams, easily visible with it's gemstone clarity. Light whiff of alcohol, but otherwise malty in the nose. Light floral hop note shows up at room temperature. Fairly full body, malty with moderate bittering hops lending an earthy character. Some esters from the alcohol, nicely warming. Overall it was easy to drink, clean cut and not spicy, a fairly nice Winter Warmer.

Photo of peck95
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very dark amber with a nice tan head and some good lacing
don't get much on the aroma a small alcohol presence and some slight raisin
is quit a surprise good hop spice and wonderful sweet malt presence one of my favorite winter warmers so far
mouth and drink are both good for the style the high abv is barely noticeable

Photo of jkdrummer
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very foamy and a mellows out to a nice thick lace. Color is a dark nutty brown -- very inviting. Aroma is one of roasted malts and some yeast. Taste is delicious and very creamy. Some bitterness but the roasted malts dominate. For 7% the alcohol burn is not there so I figure a good session ale. Tones of coffee and chocolates. Wonderful for 2008. Recommended.

Jk

Photo of dfitch81
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Gawd I love this beer. An all-time fave to be sure. Pours an absolutely beautiful dark amber with about a half-inch head that lingers throughout the drink. Smell is hearty malt (dark fruits and grains) balanced by unmistakeable hops - this is a winter warmer with a northwestern flair. That impression is more than born out by the taste: a seemless wedding of strong malts and assertive hops that pushes the flavor envelope impressively far. Flavors of festive pine, berries and dried fruit are the highlights. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous, allowing the wonderful flavors to coat your tongue. The only deterrent to this beer's drinkability is its 7.0% ABV, which although not extremely high, certainly places this brew outside what would normally be considered session status. But I just want to drink bottle after bottle, even though it brings on the buzz faster than I'd like. Buzzed or not, I will drink more. It's too good to resist...

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is strong and malty with a rich hoppy undertone. It pours a rich, semi-opaque mahogany with a thick, frothy beige head - very appetizing. Flavor is mouth-filling, malty with strong spice hints, plenty of hoppy bitterness, and just a touch of sweetness. Texture is lively and jazzy, and finish is lip-smacking.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark ruby brown with a thin head leaving a nice lace. Smell of dark roasted malts, molassas and coffee. Taste has that roasted malt, coffee, spice with a good amount of hops leaving a bitter roastiness. Mouthfeel seems medium with good carbonation to help the bitterness go down. I'd say it's a good hop head winter ale thats not over the top with the ABV hidden well.

Photo of JBogan
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and murky brown with a one finger off white head which quickly turned into a thin film and left good lacing.

A nice spicy and slightly hoppy scent greets the nose,along with a bit of roasted malts.

Tasted very much as it smelled. A good balance of flavors, with a hint of alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel was creamy but a bit thin. Only the slightest bit of carbonation, so it felt somewhat flat on the tongue.

Not a bad seasonal, and worth a try if you come across it. I felt it lacked something, perhaps a bit more liveliness in the mouthfeel to make it a really enjoyable beer.

Photo of FatCaster
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, resulting in a disappointing head, that dissipated quickly. However, this one has merits far beyond such things.

A--Pours brown, but reveals a ruby red tinge in the light. What little head there is is pretty white. Still, awfully pretty in that light.

S--This is exactly what I would like from a winter beer. I immediately thought of Christmas upon smelling this. A sort of piney smell, mixed with a sweetness and a bit of spice.

T--A smooth almost sweet flavor, perhaps a bit of ginger. Blends into a toasty warm glow that fills the mouth with an unadulterated sense of well being.

M--Low carbonation, and a healthy weight that lingers for a moment or two on the palate. Could stick around a bit longer, though.

D--I'm imagining a warm, hearty dinner with family...and presents being opened...and a few (possibly too many) of these tasty brews accompanying the whole shebang.

Best winter type beer I've this year and highly reccomended for cold nights.

Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that tells us "To Drink." Or at least thats what the term Wassail means. Hence the song "Here we come a wassailing." In olden times when people would go caroling it would basically become a traveling party. This song was sung in between each house to alert the next house to be prepared with possibly a snack and especially something to drink, usually a spiced (or mulled) mead, wine, or beer. Too bad people don't adhere to that custom today.

A- This beer is a weird oak/olive color. I thought it was a strange color in terms of beer. There was no head as this poured out very oily and thick.

S- Caramel is very much there in the nose, the beer has some malt to it. I also smell a touch of vanilla. If this had a touch of Christmas spice that would make it extra great.

T- This is a malty beer. Sweet at first then bitter toward the end. The bitterness is that of grapefruit pith. The sweet is by way of the malts, and there is a touch of spice mixed in which wasn't there in the smell. The Alcohol is well hidden, but it serves it purpose of warming the body. To me this tastes like a dark and strong rye bread. It isn't too bad, but the bitterness doesn't seem to work well here. I was hoping for something a little on the sweeter side.

M- The bitterness puckers a bit on your tongue. The thickness is great, and is expected of a beer like this.

D- Easy to drink, the ABV is well hidden. The bitterness does slow me down a bit.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Revisited Full Sail's Wassail today, with a 12oz bottle into a goblet.

a. beautifully rich and complex dark redwood-amber colored body with a thick two-finger khaki-gray head. The head faded slowly leaving a beautiful ring and some incredible sticky mossy lacing at the top of the glass. Darker brown/caramel/date colored than I remembered.

s. Rich. A hint of pine hops up front, then a strong sweet and malt mix of figs, prunes, cocoa powder, whole wheat bread, and a bit of maple syrup. Sweet and malt dominate, but spice notes (juniper berries, cinnamon, nutmeg) and hop pine notes even it all out nicely.

t. similar to the nose. A beautiful dried fruit sweetness mixing with a roasty and toasty malt depth creates a nice balance. Prunes, candied apricots, dates, raisins and figs mix with bran muffin and toasted bread (pumpernickel?). A hint of fruit sour, and some definite hop pine notes come through as well.

m. smooth and nicely carbonated with fine bubbles yielding a thick and full mouthfeel. A citrusy and fruity foamy slickness is left behind (reminiscent of foaming hand soap, but in a pleasant way), also leaving many of the malt sweetness behind as well. It's lingering in a pleasing way without any aftertaste or bitter finish - very smooth and even.

d. I can easily drink a few (or more) at a time. It's a thick and full brew, with a 7% abv, which may not be sessionable for some, but as a winter warmer, it hits the spot beautifully. This is one that's complex enough to sip through, but also smooth and clean enough to polish more than a few off in a night - and the price makes that doable without regret. This year seems to be a strong one for Wassail, with a bit more character and oomph than some of the past years. Truly beautiful, and a must try if you can get it.

Photo of Offa
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful, tasty, complex and interesting beer.

It's deep red-brown, almost black but notquite, with a thin, light tan head steadily thinning to a wispy top and ring, with a tiny bit of lace.

The aroma is prunes, chocolate, brown bread, caramel.

The taste is fermented plums, stewed prunes, hints of black pepper, chocolate and dark bread, with a slightly hot-spicey and zesty quality. It's sweet with a light spicey bitterness dominating the finish and it very full-bodied, a bit on the heavy side that perhaps adds to the character yet brings down drinkability.

Photo of joshwlt
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a dark hazy brown color with a lightly brown-tan head. Smells of toffee, slightly soured barley malt (maybe sour apple too). Tastes great with an initial hit of sweet caramel, shortly followed by smooth bready chocolate malt, then I find a little smokiness to it and finishes with a little oiliness similar to butter. Sticky lace as it goes down. Fairly straightforward malty brew... a little out of season, so the hop spice may have degraded if there was any prominent hop presence.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This beer poured a nice dark, amber color with a huge, fluffy off white head. Lacing was present throughout the life of the beer. Beer had a best by date of April.

Smell- This beer had a huge malty richness with great chocolate and caramel notes. A slight hint of hoppiness was present. Had a nice sour fruitiness to it as well.

Taste- This beer was full of malts and fruits. Very interesting brew. The beer had alcoholic esters which gave me a slight warming sensation which was balanced nicely with hints of chocolates and fruits. Again, as in the smell, a nice hint of hops was present.

Mouthfeel- Nice, thick, creamy body with medium carbonation.

Overall- This was a great beer which would be awesome during the Christmas season. Not one of my favorite winter warmers but still a wonderful winter beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with contrasting white head.

Nose has sweet dessert spices, maybe reminiscent of belgian candy sugar. Brownies. Roasted malt.

Palate offers a whopping roasty character that is rounded out nicely with hops, but clearly focus on the malt. Alcohol is reasonably subdued. Brownbread & brownie flavors emerge.

Easy drinking for such a heavy beer.

Photo of mhewes
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a dark brown with an off white head.

S : It's got a spicy malt smell with a hint of hops. The alcohol is evident in the smell

T : Really sweet malt with a caramel/toffee flavor. There's a hint of hops but they are overshadowed by the malt

M : Creamy, smooth

D : It's good but not in bunches. If the malts were toned down some, it would make it better

Photo of baseballrock
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance is a dark black slightly red color. Head is light brown and fluffy.

Smell - the first thing i detected was a citrusy hoppyness. Also there are some notes of chocalate and molasses.

taste - the taste is full bodied, some hints of chocalate with an overall cream flavored taste. this beer is a little hoppy and is very good.

mouthfeel is full a pretty heavy beer. it is also very well balanced. 7% abv and really warms you up good.

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