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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

753 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 27
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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BigJTrucker

Oregon

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

Purchased 12oz bottle @ O-Bar & Grill, Eugene, OR. Pours a dark mahogany color similar to cola. Very small head dissipates quickly. Pleasant hop taste and odor. Tastes of toasted malt. Leaves mouth feeling a bit dry. Hoppyness becomes more apparent as it warms. A bit heavy for a lunch beer, But would be great on a cool winter night or as a nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 00:01:14 | More by BigJTrucker
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Greenfloyd

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good cool weather, aggressively hopped, Winter Warmer.

I poured this beer into a large thistle with a dark brown sugar color, while a decent lingering tan head settled on top. Smelled of lightly roasted malt as caramel and hops intertwine and trail off. Tastes have touches of apple cider spices and subtle dark malt, with a full hoppy finish. Medium mouth feel, not a heavy beer, but not really a session beer either...Paired great with a lemon/sage roasted chicken....Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 03:07:39 | More by Greenfloyd
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ccrida

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 05:18:40 | More by ccrida
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Wasatch

Utah

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks msubulldog

Pours a clean clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is mostly slightly sweet malts, some hops, and lots of caramel. The taste is sligthly sweet/malty, with a very nice touch of caramel. The finish is dry and slightly bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 03:06:14 | More by Wasatch
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JayTheFinn

California

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

I like this one if my palate is totally clean, otherwise you can't taste the subtle grape-ish flavor, which balances the overall flavor and tames the strong alcohol taste a bit.

A - Not bad. A nice dark body with a decent off-white head.
S - Nice malty scents.
T - As mentioned, it has a sort of grape taste which I like. But it's rather subtle and if you're eating something salty while drinking this, it totally kills the flavor, so that all you really get is an overwhelming alcohol flavor.
M - Flavors spread about the tongue with conviction.
D - As a stand-alone drink, without food, this is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 03:34:21 | More by JayTheFinn
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Boolshot for this bottle.

Pours into my glass a nice dark brown with burgundy highlights around the edge. Half inch of tan head.

The smell kinda reminds me of the smell when I bite into a piece of Ferrero Rocher candy. Sweet, nutty, chocolate. The aroma is somewhat light, but nice.

Good flavor with this one. Dark chocolate, nuts, cherries, and a pine hop bite that gives it that nice kick. The hops add just the right amount of bitterness to the brew. Some alcohol is detectable.

Thicker medium body. A touch of dryness in the aftertaste with some warming from the alcohol. I am really starting to "warm" up to these winter warmers.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 00:07:16 | More by Imstillthegman
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jmarcot

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Creamy tan head was small, dissipated quickly. Color was a dark, clear, toasted burgundy. Aroma was light, subtly sweet. Carbonation was mild. Flavor is surprisingly light, malts are dry not overly sweet. Dry aftertaste lingers warmly. Wouldn't mind having another right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 01:39:51 | More by jmarcot
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deuschbag

California

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

12 oz pores with a nice brownish red color into my pint glass.

smell has some hazzelnuts, burnt chocolate, and alcohol

very nice taste. i'm getting a nice chocolate and cherry combination which then leads to a little oak. very well balanced over all.

nice moderatly thick chewy mouthfeel

very drinkable. perfect for this winter season. i'll be getting more of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 05:38:05 | More by deuschbag
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Riggo

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark, dark brown with reddish highlights. creamy beige head falls to thin collar with moderate lacing.

smell: dark fruits (prunes, baked apples), perhaps clove, some burnt sugar along with piney hops.

taste: very well-balanced a slight hit of crisp hops upfront, juicy with rich dark fruits in the middle, quickly followed and balanced crisp piney hops. some flavor of alcohol.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy with a light crisp carbonation.

drinkability: perhaps better than your average winter warmer thanks to the hops and the crisp carbonation.

one of the best holiday seasonals i've had the pleasure to try and definitely one of this breweries best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 01:31:19 | More by Riggo
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a real treat. It pours to a thick bubbly off-white head with lacing. Deep brown color and good clarity. Aroma is of fresh, spicy hops. There is also a very rich maltiness in the aroma that smells delicious. Flavor is very big and a pleasure to savor. It starts with a blast of slightly roasty malt and spicy hops and then the hops take over the palate in a very good way. The malt sweetness is perfectly balanced by the hops. Finishes with a spicy hoppiness and a very nice lingering caramel and roast malt goodness. A very fine beer I wish was available year-round.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 19:17:25 | More by EagleTalon
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rayjay

Hawaii

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

"12 Fluid ounces of ridiculously tasty winter ale concocted by our massive brewforce of 47." Enjoy by 03 01 07

Full-bodied dark brown winter warmer in the tradition of Anchor OSA. Grainy and spicy, with a bitter bite from the hops, and perhaps a bit from the alcohol. It's no boozy beast, but the alcohol is a notable flavor componant, staking it's claim as "heavier than average" at 6.5% abv. The malt body is familiar but hard to describe, except as micro or homebrew-esqe. There are faint and subtle Christmas spices barely present, like clove, cinnomon, nutmeg, and gingerbread. Would pair well with pumpkin pie. Spicy carbonation. Everything about it is above average. Nice long, bitter fallout. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 05:38:38 | More by rayjay
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a frothy head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Burnt caramel, slightly fruity but a touch of fusel alchol peeks through

Taste: Starts with a burnt caramel malt flavor that turns quite bitter, mid-palate; after the swallow, some holiday spice flavors kick in to provide some sweet flavors but the piney orange bitterness returns, full-force, into the finish; also some unpleasant fusel alcohol at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but could be thicker; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Would sure like to see the bitterness toned down to highlight some of the sweet flavors that get overwhelmed

Thanks, boolshot, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 01:46:40 | More by brentk56
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jordanmills

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 03:54:56 | More by jordanmills
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MVassar

California

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark brown-maple syrup color. Very sturdy amber-tinged head, with thick, creamy lacing.

Toasted malt in the nose, along with hints of caramel, piney hops, brown bread, and Christmas spices.

Plenty of roasted malt flavors, burnt sugar, and a serious and citrusy hop kick. Long, bitter citrus zest finish.

Full-bodied beer, with a very luxurious, creamy texture. Wonderful mouthfeel.

Could easily imagine sitting in front of a fire with a six-pack of this stuff. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 01:14:48 | More by MVassar
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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

served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with a twist off cap.

Dark ruby red with a browm hue. Thick,creamy light tan head with decent retention and spotty lacing.

Clean,moderate aromas piney/citrusy malt noses of carmell/chocolate and nutty.An earthy woodieness,very pleasing and balanced aroma.

Taste alot like the aromas citrus/pine malt tastes of burnt chocolate,carmell/toffee. A smooth sharp bitter finish very grapefruity

Medium mouthfeel,chewy and cloying. Enjoyable brew,very tasty making for a good drinkability. Complex aromas and taste a very good winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 02:33:33 | More by jcdiflorio
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a chesnut brown with a well formed 1 1/2 finger beige colored head that left nice rings of lace as it slowly.Big chocolate aromas along with some nice drying earthiness quite roasted in character,quite dry I have to say on the palate wich in my opinion is a nice change of pace for winter warmer brews.Unsweetened chocolate and earthy tones really show themselves on the palate as well as a roasted chesnut flavor, a bit of spiciness comes thru late giving it a sharper finish,not overly complex but quite flavorful.Iam glad I tried this it is a solid no frill winter warmer, quite dry and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 02:00:32 | More by oberon
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notoriousdav

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice winter brew from this small brewery. Pours a deep mohagany with a two fingers of head. Some hops and roasted coffee/chocolate come through on the palate. Definitely a bit of alchohol noticable on the finish. Perhaps a little fruit at the end as well. A good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 18:43:50 | More by notoriousdav
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a fluffy 2 fingers deep tan. Very good head retention & good lacing.

S: Toasted malt & brown sugar

T: Breadyness, cinnamon & warming alcohol up front. Finishes spicy with fruittyness ( hints of berries), bitter chocolate & a trace of iron

MF: Chewy with really low carbonation

Drinks okay/good, but seems a bit hotter alcohol-wise this year, what gives? I liked this better last year, but a good winter warmer

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 04:36:16 | More by russpowell
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RJLarse

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:16:23 | More by RJLarse
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slyke

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wassail is a deep red-brown color with an off-white head that fades to a thin cap, some lacing. The aroma is malty with a note of nutmeg. Malt dominates the taste with expected winter warmer spiciness and some hoppiness toward the end of the taste. Mouthfeel is just right for the style, not light, not as full as a porter. Drinkability is good. This is a solid beer that recalls an historical style. Try this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 22:57:59 | More by slyke
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flexabull

California

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

Had this yesterday while watching Michigan vs. Ohio St.

Pours a deep brown with a slight head.

Aromas are toasty, and a bit sweet from the malts.

Flavors are good. The alcohol is noted, but not overpowering, also tasted a toasted sweetness from the malts. A bit burnt, oaky, and metallic as well. The beer finishes crisp, and tart, with a bit of a hop bite. Interesting brew.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, beer is certainly smooth, and does settle in your mouth nicely.

This is a tasty drinkable session worthy winter beer, but I tend to like my winter warmers to be a bit more bold.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 18:47:22 | More by flexabull
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

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

Deep rich mahogany color – clear – giant head, light yellow – decent carbonation

Good hop smell – sweet malt – little alcohol

Roasted – malt – alcohol – hops

Thick and boisterous, almost like a meal

Simple but good aroma patterns. Barrage of bold and daring flavors. Surprisingly strong alcohol. This is a great winter warmer: the roasted and hopped-up malt and alcohol delivered in a beautiful thick bubbly substance.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 03:54:02 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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TheLiterati

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish in color, tinged with red…rich, lovely color, topped with a dense but smallish tan head.

Smells of nutmeg and spice with woodsy undertones, and makes me want to light a fire and curl up with a good book – in spite of the fact that it’s 90 degrees here in So Cal!

Mouthfeel is nice...smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

Malty-sweet on the front, with a nice hoppy finish. A great seasonal offering!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 04:43:57 | More by TheLiterati
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Brown bodied beer marked with ruby highlights. About an inch of tan cover over top, clinging to the glass along sides while in the center fluffy active bubbles make the head come to life and combine with the lazy bubbles within the beer to create some nice lacings as the head melts down.

Nose: Warm and pine-like with some berry notes up front. Bread and yeast combine with alcohol to give it some peppery qualities. Accented with caramel hints.

Mouth: An excellent combination of warm roast flavors and bitter grapefruit hops. Very bitter finish with some burnt toast and coffee notes. Up front some caramel but not sweet, differing from the smell. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 23:56:04 | More by clickpush
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Very dark amber that mimics brown. Tan one inch frothy head with good retention. Settles a a bubby cap. Patchy lacing along the glass.

Musty dark malt aromas that are nicely complemented by a light caramel scent. At the end there are bits of warming alcohol.

Chewy bitter malts start the flavors off with a brief creamy burst then followed by a kick of alcohol. The finish comprises of a roasty bitterness from the malts as well as a some piney drying hops. The alcohol comes back at the end adding a little dryness.

Very complex winter warmer. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Plenty of robust flavors to find in every sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 21:31:31 | More by BeerSox
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.