Full Sail Wassail - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
Dark, black-cherry read color with a very slim head. The aroma is of roasted, toasted malts...some spicy hop flavors are in the distance, but specialty malts are in the center of the smell. The taste is very balanced...lots of sweetness up front...again, plenty of roasted malt, and a very pronounced bitterness. Spicy, pepperiness is present in the flavor, along with a notable warming. An almost candy-like sweetness lingers, along with a pronounced bitterness. This is a reasonably enjoyable and drinkable beer, nice for winter, but not outstanding.
01-08-2011 02:22:57 | More by Suds
4.18/5 rDev +9.4%
#41. My first Full Sail, a reputable batch. This beer has been perfected by no less than 47 employees. Impressive little fact.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.
(Appearance) Pours a pretty saddening half-finger depth head that is mainly fizzy and retains not so well, shrinking to thin surface cover within 30 seconds. Color of the beer is very interesting. A very deep brown with orange highlights give the beer a cloudy dense appearance in the center. Very little light can shine through the beer itself, but the bottom and edges are where the beer is brightest. Lacing is average. Carbonation is sparse but relatively active. Head is not so impressive, but the other parts of this beer's appearance round out these small flaws to something visually decent. 3
(Smell) Some really interesting malt blends of caramel and toffee build up the body of this beer. I also can sense some nutty tones and some holiday spices; cinnamon & nutmeg. Dark fruit tones lie underneath, and some hoppy flavors are subtle but allude to this beer's floral spicy aroma. Aroma is considerably pungent and complex. Smells great. 4.5
(Taste) Up front come those sweet malts with some faint caramel tones and some even lighter black coffee bites. Hops are sneaky in this beer and bring a real pleasing bitter smoky finish to this beer. Wonderful balance of flavors; nothing comes out on top and the flavor is full and pleasant. Perhaps too strong for casuals, but an impressive wintery taste. 4.5
(Mouthfeel) Quite full bodied, which is great. Little carbonation interference with this beer makes it rather smooth. Hoppy finish leaves the palate dry and gives the finish a bitter tone. Alcohol is well masked, but I still get some hints of it in big sips. Easy to drink and good mouthfeel. 4
(Drinkability) Big body makes this a filling beer over time, which doesn't attribute positively to drinkability, but the beer tastes really good and should the drinker feel in the mood for it, there's no reason that a second or even a third would be out of the question. 3.5
Verdict: Great winter beer. Plenty of flavor and achieves a good balance of flavor and a very pleasing aroma. Filling for some and perhaps too strong for others, this beer sits well with me. I'd recommend this to anybody. A- (4.05)
01-05-2011 19:41:12 | More by Jadjunk
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Dark ruby red and clear. Head was pretty diminutive and quickly dissipated, leaving behind a thin layer of lingering cream colored foam.
S - Spicing was pretty fun. I'd have to say cinnamon and nutmeg. Of course, those ARE holiday spices, so that made for a good representation of the warmer IMO. There was also a malty aroma carrying the spice closer to the nose. A very subtle floral hop presence was detected as well
T - The first thing that hit me was a touch of sweetness in amongst the spice notes, which was followed by a very well balanced hop taste. The finishing taste was a bit more malty, but again, well balanced throughout.
M - Medium carbonation and dry. Very little aftertaste.
Although I'm probably done with winter warmers this year, I was pleased enough with this one to roll it out next season as well.
01-04-2011 13:40:14 | More by gopens44
3.83/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured a dark brown with a slight orange tinge. Had a nice tan head with some lacing. Aroma is mainly malts. Taste is mostly malts, and I picked up some smoky flavors, with some very light citrus hops. Body is light to medium--I expected it to be fuller. The high 7.0% ABV content is not noticeable. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness.
Overall, a nice beer.
01-02-2011 04:42:36 | More by notsoprobeer
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
Bought two Six Packs this afternoon, this and Widmer Brothers W'11 Russian Imperial Stout. This was a dollar less @ $6.98. I figured that I don't like ales that much but it might be gone next time I'm at the store and it's local and I won't have to wait and try it some other year.
Drank this out of a bottle, don't know what it looked like... probably dark?? (I never drink out of stupid glasses.) Don't think I've bought it before. I don't like ales aka The Winter Beer. This one is on the warmer side of taste and not real bitter.
appearance: 4 (really don't know, just figurin')
smell 3 (bitter, piney)
taste 3.5 (not heavy, but not overly bitter.)
mouthfeel 4 (not macro)
drinkability 4.5 (I'm on my 3rd in 4 hours, tonight is New Year's.)
Who cares. 2010 was not noteable. Listening to the Bobby Fuller Four. Good night.
01-01-2011 02:30:39 | More by ELN
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
After a quick glance out the window at the 8 inches of snow it was clear that a winter beer was in order. The Wassail had been an early season favorite so a return to this and a review was in order.
Appearance: A dark yet reddish color that upon initial pour seemed amber-ish. A very limited light brown head that trails away quickly The head is limited despite an agreesive pour. The beer appears a rich brown, and dark in color upon settling in the glass.
Smell: A subtle yet clearly spiced nose meets you immediately. The spiciness and color match well and entice you to take a sip. Cinnamon and floral spice is clear.
Taste: The first taste provides you with a rich mouthful of flavor that is strong, moderately carbonated and pleasant. This gives you an immediate strong sense of the cool weather beer you want to drink. The aftertaste is apparent yet appropriate. The hoppiness is tempered and balanced.
Mouthfeel: The upfront carbonation is moderate and the back end carbonation is persistent and pleasant.
Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer, but does appear to have a stronger alcohol content than it's 7.0. The beer is not heavy like many winter and late season beers, so is a very pleasant beer for enjoying.
12-27-2010 03:20:15 | More by Chas58
4.38/5 rDev +14.7%
pours a darker, cola color, a small head of about half an inch results and reduces to patches of suds. Transparent for the most part, a slight haze and some radiance when held to the light.
smells of spicy hops, almost like a helium balloon. some candied malts as well.
Very interesting flavor development, a sweet malty middle, with christmas time flavors like cinnamon, maybe some dark fruit and sugar plums. Nice spicy hopping for balancing, as the smell hinted. Very tasty.
It has a very smooth feel to it with some good body to it. Medium carbonation.
Over all, this is a great winter warmer, a great choice for Christmas.
12-26-2010 05:32:31 | More by wolfinthemirror
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.
Appearance is nice reddish color with a decent head.
Taste is malty and sweet with some slight hop flavor. Some spicy notes were present too, but slight, with hops on the finish.
Mouthfeel was pretty good and drinkability is good.
Overall I enjoyed it, I would have it again if I can find it again.
12-26-2010 01:40:18 | More by NHGrafx
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
A-a nutty brown color with just a bit of lacing around the top
S-malty, sweet, spicy
T-predominately a malt taste of bread, caramel, and brown sugar, but has an undercurrent of hops for a slight bitter after taste. No real spices come out in the taste. The hops balances the malts nicely
M-medium body, low carbonation, a dry aftertaste
D-the abv isn't very obvious so you could easily have a few, not the most exciting winter warmer, but a decent pick
12-22-2010 23:53:34 | More by ksimons
3.4/5 rDev -11%
Dark nutty color with a good amount of off white head. Smells of roasted barley and nuts. The taste is fairly sweet with a nutty aftertase. Some hops are present but not completely obvious. The mouth feel is good... A little over carbonated. Overall a good holday brown ale.
12-22-2010 23:37:59 | More by csiewert
3.65/5 rDev -4.5%
Dark chestnut colored body with ruby highlights. A decent looking off-white colored head about 1 finger thick makes an all too brief appearance.
Aroma is full of spicy and flowery hops followed by a sweet caramel malty backbone. Not really picking up on much that suggests Winter Warmer, but still not bad.
First taste is much more hoppier than expected, with lots of floral and spicy hop notes. The variety of malts takes a bit of a backseat but do provide some residual sweetness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit chewy. Overall this is a great tasting beer but I'm having trouble thinking of this as a Winter Warmer as it doesn't quite have the warming factor I look for.
12-21-2010 01:15:03 | More by Kinsman
3.78/5 rDev -1%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown color with auburn red highlights. Slight lacing. Nice piney aroma. Taste started off with a lot of spice notes, like cinnamon and allspice and anise. Finishes with a subtle amount of hops on the palate. Mouthfeel was smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability was fairly good, as the abv was hidden behind all the spice. A definitely spice-forward version of a winter warmer, as I feel that a wassail should be.
12-20-2010 06:53:21 | More by morebeergood
2.6/5 rDev -31.9%
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.
12-20-2010 04:43:25 | More by elgiacomo
4.05/5 rDev +6%
A - Pours a deep mahogany in color, about a half inch of creamy head.
S - Smells a bit of pine, but a little sweet. A bit chocolatey even. Dark fruit.
T - First taste reveals pine and cloves, working into some malt, a bit of mocha. Finishes into a bitter hoppy taste.
M - Smooth at the beginning and finishes very dry. Takes a lot of moisture from the mouth. This was definitely less carbonated than I thought it would be.
D - Goes down easy. Can't taste any of the alcohol really, not a lot of heat to this one.
Overall - I thought it was quite good. A little 'less' than what I expect in a winter warmer, perhaps a little more heat to the alcohol. However, the taste is very complex and interesting. One of the more complete I've had. Great work from the folks at Full Sail
12-18-2010 00:15:38 | More by BeerBuckeye
2.65/5 rDev -30.6%
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.
12-14-2010 17:28:32 | More by JK4Stout
4.2/5 rDev +9.9%
A - Pours a very dark brown. A descent light tan head that
S - Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted dark malt, captain crunch cereal, brown sugar, raisins,
T - Roasted malts/dark cocoa come first. The dark cocoa seems to stick on the tongue all the way through. Then brown sugar, woody roasted grain, raisins, faint spice. A candy grape "Now & Later" flavor resides in the background. It sounds weird but it actually provides a subtle tartness. Citrus hops open up and add bitterness at the end.
M - Moderate carbonation. Syrupy yet creamy.
One of my favorite winter warmers. Not a ton of spice in this one which adds to the drinkability. The hops balance out the syrupy sweetness without overtaking it. Highly recommended!
12-13-2010 23:47:35 | More by StaveHooks
3.45/5 rDev -9.7%
Full Sail Wassail pours a clear ruby color into the glass with a small off white head on top. The foam fades quickly to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is mild with notes of caramel malt, dark fruit (raisins? grapes?) and a hint of piney hops.
Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate, slightly slick with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty and sweet with spicy notes. It begins with caramel malt and brown sugar before some hints of clove and nutmeg move in. There's a touch of raisin in there too. It finishes with a mild pine bitterness. Once gone the sweet malt flavor lingers on the palate.
This is a very easy drinking beer. Well balanced with light spicyness. I guess I was looking for more spices in this beer and maybe a thicker mouthfeel. However, it's well balanced and the flavors really come out as the beer warms in the glass.
12-12-2010 22:28:42 | More by WanderingFool
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a balloon glass. Will produce a very nice head with an aggressive pour. Sticky lacing endures.
Smells medicinal with hints of cloves and nutmeg. What little hop presence exists is dank and not very exciting.
As the beer warms the flavors pop a little more and it's very easy to drink. The medicinal flavors are still there, and the hop bitterness comes through in the aftertaste.
This beer doesn't really "wow" me, but the spicing is subtle, and I appreciate that, as overspicing kills so many winter warmers. Not sure if I'd pick up another 6-pack of this, but for the price I paid I'm not complaining. Worth a shot.
12-12-2010 02:58:54 | More by ElGallo
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is chestnut-brown on the pour, with a small light-khaki-colored head that leaves some lace. Body turns reddish when backlit.
S: Not a lot going on in the nose. A touch of spice and some sprucey hops.
T: First impression is of the aftertaste: surprising lingering piney bitterness. Body consists of toasted nuts up front, with spice following, and lingering spice and spruce in the aftertaste. Some drying alcohol is there too, but no real heat from the alcohol. As it warms I get a bit of sweetness - think caramel malt.
M: Light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is moderate with an appropriate level of sharpness to it.
D: Good. All in all, this is a decent winter warmer. May be a tad bit too hoppy/bitter for the style (or, at least for what I was expecting tonight), but it's a good beer.
12-11-2010 03:34:22 | More by Kendo
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured 12oz bottle into a Deschutes long tulip glass
A - Beer pours a dark ruby color with a thin frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin texture of lacing around the glass.
S - Pine, sweet caramel malt with an aroma of citrus, dark fruits, dates, raisins and fresh baked yeasty bread.
T - There is a nice malty dark ale flavor to this beer with spices and a strong presence of grassy hops. There is also a very strong backbone of pine flavors in this beer.
M - Moderate body to this beer with good carbonation and a creamy texture to this beer. Very smooth mouth feel.
D - Great beer which hides the 7.0% abv very nicely. This reminds me of a hyped up double version of an Anchor Steam Christmas Ale. Nice beer overall.
12-10-2010 17:04:41 | More by racer2k
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev +6%
highly enjoyable winter brew. old ale, it would seem, really. with a fuller hop profile, especially due to some spicy hop flavor. the website indicates that the hops are all NW varieties, so i suspect willamette
it's got a rich mahogany color with decent froth and lacing
rich and nutty malt flavoring, with a dried cherry and woody hop finish. caramel and brown sugar sweetness with some butterscotch. a touch of hoptea at the finish, once bubbles have escaped. touch of malt roasting. mouthfeel could have been a little more robust, but was still decent
12-10-2010 03:59:59 | More by bruachan
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
A- Dark red with a very small off-white head that dies down pretty quickly. A frothy ring leaves a few spots of very fine lace.
S- Caramel malt comes through in heaps. Besides that I get a deep, sweet dark fruit note, some citrus zest and slight yeast hints. Bread. Apple as it warms, very fruity later on.
T- Sort of has a pale/amber ale feel to it, not the winter warmer type I am used to. Pine hops are big (which I didn't really get from aroma) with some grassy feel to it as well. Caramel and dark fruit are the other main flavors to me. Apple, fig, grapefruit and raisin later on. Has a spicy finish to it but apparently not spiced (maybe just strong pine/zest).
MF- Moderately thick body that is somewhat creamy. Carbonation is high and stings the palate while I search for flavors.
DB- Sort of reminds me of Celebration Ale in a way but with a strange spice finish. It is kind of a strong pine/grapefruit combo and bites the palate. Kind of confusing but still flavorful and I enjoy it.
12-10-2010 03:43:43 | More by cbutova
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Bought at Trader Joe's for around $6.99 a six pack.
Poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours a nice dark brown like most warmers. Produced a 1-2 finger head that simmered down to the surface after a minute or two.
I like this beer. I've never been a HUGE fan of Full Sail beers but this one is decent. No weird smells or tastes - just a nice, pleasant warmer that goes down well. A tad of spice but not as much as other detected. A little hint of sweet mixed with the malt and hops. I'm almost getting more of a brown ale than a warmer. A TAD thin.
I agree with a fellow reviewer that this one is best after waiting a bit after the pour. Let it warm a bit. A nice, budget session beer during the holidays.
12-10-2010 03:16:01 | More by jamex
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Full Sail has come to New Hampshire. Got a few 6 packs at Village Market in Hampton Falls, and tried this one first.
Medium brown color with red highlights. A halo of a head, but still a bit of lace.
Sweet malt, spice aroma.
It tasted like a spice cake, that's the best way I could describe it. There was a bit of late piney hops.
Medium bodied, pleasant seasonal beer.
12-08-2010 15:38:38 | More by lordofthewiens
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Pint glass pour and I am met with a nice amber colored ale with impressive lacing and a frothy beige head with staying power. The smell has some malty tones, figs and other dark fruits and some yeasty, bready whiffs. Taste is big time malty with a spicy bite. There is also some chocolate, nutmeg and orange in the mix. A little coffee too. A lot going on. The mouthfeel was too thin for such a flavored brew. Nice drinking winter warmer. Multiples are easily consumed on a cold day. A worthy try from the Full Sail crew.
12-08-2010 02:15:46 | More by kaseydad
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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