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

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86
very good

808 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 37
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with the visual consistency of peach fruit. Chocolate and mildly spicey aromas. Distinct bitterness from the Pacific Northwestern that gets more bitter as it warms, and yields more citrus orange taste, as wll as mace and nutmeg. Mouthfeel: consistency of fruit.Spider lace left in the glass.Bottle from Premier.A sipper.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 5/7/12.

Pours a clear super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin film. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasty malt and some caramel aromas. Taste is of toasty malt, caramel, and some dry spice flavors. There is a medium amount of spice bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a somewhat smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer but nothing all that great. I am not really a fan of the spice bitterness that this beer leaves in the mouth.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that faded away and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell has some sweetness and aromas of caramel with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is rather complex and has caramel, malty sweetness, raisins, spices and toffee. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Despite its alcohol content, the beer is easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of brentk56
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

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

With a depth of malt richness and complex fruity esters, along with savory alcohols- this darker Winter Warmer takes on the attitude of English Strong Ales and Old Ales.

The dark, russet brown beer has an onyx-like sheen but with garnet brown hues and brilliant clarity. Sturdy lighlty tanned head releases a scattered pattern of lace yielding from a creamy and structured foam stance.

Molasses and brown sugar are the halmarks of the beer's scent along with a part-malt and part-grain blend. Low on hops but rich with a rummy-sweet alcohol scent that all reminds me of fruit cake.

Flavors are much more complex as the flavors of molasses, burnt caramel, and toasty grains, roasted walnuts, and the fruitier components of grilled apples, marmelade, and red grapes all play a mild part. Citrusy hops provide a glimmer of bright bitterness to offset the malty-dry taste of toast, bitter chocolate, and light char.

Medium-full, this inquisitive ale shares the body of medium attenuated Brown Ales but with the dryish finish of fully fermented Old Ales. Light and creamy carbonation hold onto its structure well past mid palate and provides a woody and dry taste into a lingering aftertaste of toast, chocolate, and light char.

Endearing as an ale that exhibits mostly the flavors of English Strong Ales or younger Old Ales, and that of Brown Ales and American Strong Ales- a blend that's all classy, experimental, and ecclectic.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

Dark russet that becomes cherry skin red with backlighting. The buff colored cap is currently filling the glass from the nonic bulge on up, and has a firmly creamy texture that looks even better as it deflates than it did right after the pour. A cheese grater-like lace display is the capper on a wonderful appearance.

Generally speaking, I like spices in my winter warmers. I couldn't find anything that indicated that spices are added to Wassail and it doesn't smell like they are. To me, the beer smells like a quality English pale ale or an ESB (albeit, one brewed with darker malt than usual). I initially thought the nose needed a hook, something to set it apart as a winter seasonal to be reckoned with. Quality is hook enough.

The flavor is hookless as well, unless one considers deliciousness to be a hook. I definitely do because Wassail has begun to reel me in and I've only had a few mouthfuls so far. Spicy hop flavor (clove-spiced oranges and apricots especially), as well as the interplay between malt sweetness and hop bitterness, is the key to the beer's success. I can't begin to guess at the hop bill, but I absolutely love it. My undying appreciation continues to increase with each passing ounce. This is great beer.

I'm a little surprised that alcohol is so noticeable at only 6.5%. It tastes like 8% at least. Having said that, it's so well-integrated and such an desired characteristic in a beer of this style, at least according to me, that I wouldn't change a thing. I can't help but think that something other than malt, hops, yeast and water is present. If not, then Full Sail has hit on a unique recipe that I hope they don't decide to tinker with. Unless they can improve things even more, of course.

The mouthfeel is expansive and lightly creamy. It's probably on the lighter side of the winter warmer spectrum, but then so is the rest of the beer. I love the well-buried nature of the bubbles.

This is one of those ales that snuck up on me. I liked what I tasted in the first few ounces and I love what I'm tasting in the last few. This is yet another outstanding winter warmer from the Pacific Northwest that favors hops at least as much, if not more, than it favors malt. Wassail is one of Full Sail's best beers and would be an automatic purchase every winter if I was lucky enough to live in their distribution area.

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

A big thanks as usual to the kind BA's that supply all of these goodies to me, This one being no exception. Served chilled and poured onto a DFH pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/14/2008.

The pour was rather nice, a deep, dark mahogany color came forward right away. Some light ruby tones showing up around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice inch and half of creamy white head popped up over the top and settled down to a thin crown with some nice side glass lacing.

Nice aroma of caramel malts, hints of spice and touches of light herbal hops. Not a heavy aroma, but defintley on the winter tone with nice spice notes. Smooth, creamy, medium bodied ale with a nice carbonation really let the flavors pop. Intresting mix again of light caramel malts, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of light grain. A smooth, deleicate finish left me looking for another sip as the alcohol was all but absent from the flavor.

Overall an intresting take on the style, not your typical warmer but very good none the less. I would love to have a couple more of these to enjoy, really very good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, walnut-hued body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Meek, meager nose smelling only lightly of chocolate-covered nuts and sprucey hops.

Taste: Plenty nutty upfront with lesser tastes of roast and chocolate. Earthy blend of spicy, sprucey flavored hops. A deep bitterness lasts until the dry finish with a lingering roasted nut taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A middle-of-the-road winter release for me that, while not bad, certainly didn't do anything for me. Especially with so many other fine wintertime brews rolling around.

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very enjoyable wintery brew, lacking in spice and sweet, which makes me happy. pours really dark brown with a faint orangey glow, inch of fading khaki head on top. the aroma is really malt forward, dark and well toasted, maybe some unmalted barley in here too, its got that roasty bitter aromatic. flavor is more balanced than the nose, less bitter than expected, and the malts take on more of a breakfast cake character, molassas without the sweetness, gentle and distinct, easily on of the better full sail beers ive had. the feel works too, really lazy carbonation contributes to a heavier vibe, but the body is fairly light despite its color, slides right down no problem. sessionable id day, but the well hidden abv might sneak up on you after a few. either way i really enjoyed this as a slow sipper, letting it come up to room temperature to let the full malt complexity unfold. well done, i know its hard to resist spicing the bejeezus out of these winter seasonals.

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured out a dark burgundy color with flecks of red. It had a small, white head that left some nice lace on the glass.

S – It smelled of grassy hops and light caramel malt.

T – The dominant taste was hops (Cascade?). There was a good roasted malt flavor with a hint of spices.

M – It was crisp and sharp with a subtle warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer.

D – This is a very good beer. It was the first that I’ve had from Full Sail and I am quite impressed.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I found that this beer only really reveals itself as it warms and I'd suggest that you enjoy it starting at @ 50F. Additionally, as it warms the carbonation subsides a bit allowing it to become more creamy in the mouth; and rounding it quite a bit.
The body is a hazy mahogany with hard to find orange and ruby highlights. A short and very creamy light tan head comes up during the pour, but it drops off almost as quickly. It does, however, maintain a nice creamy collar, and leaves some spotty lace. The nose is subtle but enticing. It offers some light-toffee-ish maltiness, some gentle fruitiness, a touch of almost indistinguishable spice (nutmeg, all-spice?, light cinnamon?, coriander?) and some mild floral hops. The body is medium/light with an exceptionally fine-bubbled, mild carbonation that's creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts with some soft berry-like fruitiness that develops into a light candyish note before revealing its caramelish malt character as it crosses the palate. It finishes with a flair of spice that dries more than the underlying bitterness. Generic spice and candyish sweetness linger in the mouth and throat along with some piney hop character. Definitely and interesting brew if given the chance! Worth trying.

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown with a "enjoy by" date clearly marked. X-mas seasonal themed label

Appearance: Deep dark reddish brown with a fluffy light tan head that is really amazing, even pouring the brew was a treat on to its self ... medium sized bubbly cascading effect when poured vigorously.

Smell: A rich piney citrusy hop and almost rustic aroma of dark grains ranging from toasted to roasted to hints of chocolate and caramel. Very inviting with a pleasing fruitiness to boot.

Taste: Big, full bodied and creamy smooth ... lots of malt and fruit up front with flavours of raw honey and pears. Though a blend of alcoholic esters and aggressive hop bitterness wedge right in the middle and give off a warming feeling plus bitter / sweet earthy citrusy piney flavour. Hints of chocolate and prune in the back end with a dark chocolate cake like finish from the decent amount of residual sweetness in the end.

Notes: Very much a winter warmer with an American flare ... very impressive and a sheer joy to sip at cellar temp (55*F). One of the hoppier winter brews to be had. If you see this one on the shelf, buy it and sip the cold winter away.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, hops, cinnamon and a little bit of dark fruit.

T: The taste is likewise malty, but quite tart and bitter, with flavors of dark fruit, hops and a little bit of spice. It seems a lot like a Scottish Ale to me, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The after-taste is bitter, but not-so-much from the hops.

M: Crisp with a little bit of smoothness, medium carbonation, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish, which is surprising for a beer with very little sweetness to it.

D: Not all that tasty to me, goes down ok, good kick, decent representation of style with a few quirks to make it different, to be honest it’s a decent beer, but there are a lot of others that I would choose first even within the style.

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

My first Full Sail beer.

Pours a light fizzy 1/3 finger head that fades over semi hazy semi clear dark copper rusty brown color.

Nose is all over the place, with some dark malts, a bit of syrupy aromas with light molasses and caramel, some nutmeg and nutty aromas, a bit of toffee, roasted malts, a bit of tobacco, licorice, and hint of dark fruits.

Taste is rich, with dark malts, creamy malts, some roasted malts with a bit of toffee, hints of tobacco, caramel, molasses, dark plum fruits, and some light nutty malts. The spices are a lot less here, hints of nutmeg, little bready malts. Some hops come through, earthy, chewy, nectar like. Some light mineral flavors and bitterness from the charred malts as well. Also there is a very slight hint of the UK earthy herbal Hedgerow hop I'm not a fan of. Finish is still somewhat sticky but dries quite a bit. Some lingering minerality, with lots more roasty dark malts, syrupy flavors, and toffee.

Mouth is medium body with syrupy flavors, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, not really any boozy flavors but a hint of warmth, also some sticky feel, light minerality.

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

I picked this up at Wine Source, enjoyed from a snifter chilled and allowed to increase in temperature gradually.

The color is like toffee with a deep crimson highlight and thick creamy pale cap. There is an ultra fine bead with lace that is stringy and there is decent head retention/clarity. The smell is a nice mix of fruit with a deep roasted nose and gentle cocoa powder woody odor, the smell has slight toast and vanilla with some dried fruit and light caramel with gentle stone fruit esters and mild alcohol. The feel is warming and shows the alcohol with moderately bitter and spiced entry. The carbonation level is nice and a balance is achieved between the malt and NW hops. The ale has a full texture which leans toward the dry side with hints of alcohol and spice that carry on into the slightly dry finish.

A dry toasty cocoa and mildly roasted malt flavor leads to a slight pine note from the hops with a nice flavor accenting the mild caramel from the malt which segues into a dark cherry note and the subtle dried fruit tinges as hinted at by the nose. There is some yeast flavor with the nice dry toasted malt and mild coffee-like tinges. I get a light brown sugar compliment in the finish with subtle alcohol flavors that round out the taste. Overall I liked having this again, but my first review of it. I enjy the overall high drinkability for a strong brown spicy ale. This is perfect for late fall/winter drinking...I would buy this again.

Photo of russpowell
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

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fine, sturdy, off-white head, dark brown color. Sweet aroma, but nothing too distinctive coming through. Faint hints of toffee, nuts, spices. Mild hoppiness, medium carbonation. Sweet maltiness. Very mild, very mellow, but to a fault. I like my winter ales with more of a kick, and this slides down too smooth for my tastes. Feels as if they were shooting for something like Anchor's Our Special Ale, but something held them back.

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle marked "12". Nice amber brown color. Toasty malty is the best feature. Some roasted malt and a little charred flavor. A modest hoppiness but it's just a bitter bump and then back to the earthy roast. Another example of how IBU figures often seem to be totally unreliable.

Pretty unremarkable but quite drinkable. More of a regular amber with some bark in the flavor. I always look forward to the holiday beers but I prefer ones with a distinctive roast malt or a zippy hop to go with the sweetness. But keep the cinnamon, thanks.

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