Full Sail Wassail - Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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4/5 rDev +4.7%
It pours a clear, deep ruby-brown/black with a thin wisp iof a head. The aroma is fruity, roasty, amlty, and piney. It has quite a bit of fruity esters (cherry and banana) some caramel, and a roasted almost burnt malt taste. It does not seem to be too hoppy, but it is older, though I do not know how old. It also has a slight pleasant oxidized taste to it as well. I can see where this beer would age well.
04-15-2004 15:03:09 | More by ark57
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
11-08-2006 23:56:04 | More by clickpush
4.15/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into a pint glass, it's got a nice dark chocolate aroma, very sweet topped off with nutty scents. It looks very inviting, dark brownish-reddish body , semi hazy and is topped off with a semi thick tan head that's very bubbly and sticks around for a bit; it has some strong lacing qualities. It has a medium to light mouth feel, clean and has mild carbonation. Faint hops are present some roasted oats and grains, its sweet overall and no alcohol flavors, not even I the aftertaste. I look forward to drinking this one again...
07-05-2010 23:52:36 | More by vickersspitfire
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
Many thanks to my good friend cdkrenz...you are the man CK!
A - Poured with a clear brown body, with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. The head was a thin cap of light khaki, not very good retention and very minute spotty lacing.
S - Not a lot in terms of aroma. Maybe a little toffee malt, some slight nuttiness to it I guess. Not much going on in the nose.
T & M - Much better than the nose, actually the flavor surprised me a bit. Caramel malt combines with a certain dark fruity character, the fruit tastes like raisins. Toward the end there is a nice little hop bitterness. A subtle complexity. This isn't quite like any winter warmer I've had in the past (which is good, because the over the top spiciness isn't my thing). Medium bodied, crisp finish that leaves a slight hop bitterness on your tongue after the swallow.
D - I'm usually not a fan of Winter Warmers, but this one has restored my faith in the style. Many thanks to a good friend that brought this back from Oregon for me to try.
11-27-2010 06:23:03 | More by drizzam
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Clear and garnet in color with a puffy tan head that left lace on the glass that sparkled as the level of the liquid went down. Crisp fruity, floral hop aroma with a tiny bit of toastiness thrown in.It could have been just another tasty beer, but there was a slight sourness that pushed the brew from good to good and interesting. Hop flavor and bitterness are a major part of the beer, and both manage to be strong but not dominant and overpowering. Caramel, alcohol, and big toasted grain flavor with only a trace of burnt grain characteristics fill the mouth after the hops leave the palate. Fairly malty without being overly sweet, this beer was very well balanced.
My first Full Sail beer and if I can help it, it wont be my last. Thanks to TXHops for the brew.
01-09-2003 18:09:56 | More by yen157
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
07-18-2008 23:19:53 | More by Beerbuddha
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
As described by Full sail, this beer pours a mahogany color. Head is light tan, very thick, dense, good retention. As I drink it leaves some very nice lacing. Body of the beer is too thick to really see into. Very pretty beer. Smell is of floral hops and a little caramel malt, very crisp clean smell. Taste starts with a bit of earthy bitterness, then I get some of the more roasty malts. Ends with an piney bitterness, and a touch of light sweetness once it has really left the tongue, maybe a little bit of a citric hop in there or something. I haven't let this warm up too much yet, but I have not yet detected any alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is just a little heavy, perfect mouthfeel when designing a winter warmer for hop lovers. Overall this is a really solid beer, I'll be buying more of this next winter. It's a fantastic nightcap for the beer lover who doesn't want to drink a $7 22oz bottle. Well done Full Sail!
01-20-2012 07:46:35 | More by gkunkle
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass, served at fridge temp.
Cola brown with a cappuchino tan head. Nice lacing.
aroma is toasted malt with a faint spiciness like cocoa and ginger and cloves.
mouthfeel is average.
taste; toasted brown bread with a definite bittersweet cocoa flavor. light bitterness like walnuts on the finish. Bitterness increases pleasantly as beer warms.
a nice malty sipper, probably better at a slightly warmer temp.
12-16-2012 03:54:54 | More by fx20736
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
2002 release. Very nice looking brew. A dark, dark red body, almost brown, very much like the color of a barleywine. The head is light tan (also like barleywine) and retains exceptionally. Aroma is that of pine and Christmas tree-like hops, very nice touch, I was waiting for a Christmas beer that was hopped like this. Combined with that is a toasted malt, making a very unique aroma. Just a touch of fruitiness is in there as well. As for the flavors, wow, this is very unique as well. The hops are definitely American-style, while the malt is very English. Hops are more spicy here, with the Christmas tree/pine character being more of an undertone. A bit of citrus is noticeable as well. The malt is toasted, sweet, and bread-like. In addition to all of that, I'm getting some dried fig. Excellent beer, very drinkable. Definitely much more than I was expecting from it. I'll definitely have this again, and again, and again...
12-18-2002 00:16:01 | More by hyuga
3.9/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased for $1.35.
A-Pours a dark amber hue with a one finger, light tan head. Modest retention with good lacing.
S-Caramel malt aroma with dark fruits, and some piney and citric hops. Very pleasant.
T-Toasted caramel and chocolate malts with fruitcake type fruit flavors. Well done.
M-Very smooth and balanced. A little thin and light on the carbonation.
D-This is a very drinkable winter warmer since it has a lot of flavor but is not filling. 7.0% ABV is masked very well. A nice winter warmer.
11-08-2009 00:45:19 | More by velosuds
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
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