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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

766 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 30
Gots: 19 | 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:
"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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4/5  rDev +5%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of hsus0225
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

hsus0225, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of gkunkle
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

gkunkle, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Kingcurio
4/5  rDev +5%

Kingcurio, May 28, 2013
Photo of ATXRyan
4/5  rDev +5%

ATXRyan, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of ThirdEyePA
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev +5%

rcatalano, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of hyuga
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

hyuga, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of Metaltildeath
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Metaltildeath, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

velosuds, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tumbler...

Appearance-Pretty dark brown, with some red hues. Darker then other WW's I've had. Head is an off white, almost brown. Some little lacing and retention.

Smell-Extremely subtle spices, and very subtle malts. This may be too cold right now and has to open up a litle bit. As it gets warmer it's still prety bland, some hops come out.

Taste-Ehh, kind of a mess. At first there's some sweet malts but something taste's awkward about it. It then turns into a kind of sourness along with some hops that just don't taste fresh. A tad bit of vodkaish towards the end. The more I drink it kind of taste's like soap.

Mouthfeel-Very thin, no body at all. Carbonation is there, but I wish there was more to eliminate this soapiness.

Overall-Not a tasty beer, don't buy it.

SWMeyer4141, Nov 13, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

weerezboy, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

brokentee, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of KoG
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with head that really didn't stick around.

Smell was nice. Sweet malt with a hop presence that gives pine esters and a bit of spice.

Taste was hoppy... definately hoppy. Seemed close to SNCA with less malt. Not bad but needs a bit more balence.

Went down smooth after numbing my entire mouth with active carbonation. Strange but good, wears off about halfway through.

I could drink it, but it is a bit hoppy for my tastes and seems more bitter than most winter warmers.

KoG, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

latest review

the coffee quality does not seem so strong in subsequent tastings and the beer strikes me as far more drinkable than before. think i was starting to get a cold the first time. still, not as complex as i'd like and it lacks the full bodied, nourishing, spicy qualities i think it ought to possess. mouthfeel upgraded to 3, drinkability to 3.5.

3.5 opaque milk chocolate, nutty brown. thin cap, ring. occasional large chunkies.

3 smells like a porter w/ some crystal malt? fairly reserved aroma, or perhaps it's still too cold.

3 moderate to strong coffee bitterness. seems pretty astringent and alcoholic. not detecting a whole lot going on.

2.5 medium body, plenty carbonation. not enough body to support the bitterness and alcoholic presence.

2 maybe i drank it too cold. maybe my palate was off. maybe this 6-pack was mistreated. so far not my cup of coffee, er beer. next time i'll try sipping very slowly and letting it warm up more.

brewmudgeon, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Dmann
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great winter warmer. The color was a deep amber color with a nice off white head that stuck around for a long time. The smell was slightly piney and very spicey and made me want to investigate further. Out of all the winter beers I've had this year, this is one of the better ones for sure. The flavor was ultra balanced with a great bitter hop rush in the beginning that was matched quickly by a kick of malt and spices, and a nice spice aftertaste left me wanting more. Good job!

Dmann, Dec 24, 2004
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark burgundy-brown with a small creamy tan head that quickly broke up with large bubbles. Some nice lacing present.

The first full scent of the aroma immediatley screamed ginger cookies to me! A strong malty aroma spiced with ginger, cinnamon and a floral hop aroma as well.

Unlike the aroma, the taste reveals a malty cookie like backbone which is complimented, not overwhelmed, by the warm taste of spices as of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. A pleasant mild hopppiness balances the chocolate like malt backbone. No coffee overtones I could pick up on with a finish that is mildly bitter, again with just the right amount of balance which hides the alcohol warmth nicely. Very pleasing and only gets better as it warms.

The medium mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a nice amount of
carbonation and a hint of chewiness if I interpret that attribute correctly.

I was very surprised at the drinkability of this beer, I was afraid the spiciness would be overwhelming but this goes down smooth as the aforementioned silk. As the label says "ridiculously tasty" and at 7.0% ABV these could sneak up on you quick. I would love to relax in front of the fire after a good meal and melt into a few of these! I look forward to more winter warmer offerings but will seek Wassail out every year now. I also think I will have to revisit the other beers of this brewery soon.

BlackBearForge, Dec 18, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a good sized off white head. The lacing is very good and the head lasts a long time. Smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. Tastes of roasted malt, with a nice warmer hop finish. Mouthfeel is a little dry for this style. It's not a bad thing. Over all, this is a top 5'er winter brew for me.

whoneeds8, Dec 25, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass:

A - Pours an extremely dark shade of amber with a 2 finger head. Retention and lacing are pretty poor, but expected for the relatively high abv.

S - Malty foundation with caramel and some musty hops. Much milder than expected.

T - Full malt palate up front, with a caramel/toasted malt foundation. Nice floral and bittering hops come through in the climax, along with sweet ethanol. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and coarse, Suits the flavors well.

D - A very good warmer that only shows its abv when it needs to.

blakelive784, Nov 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

harrisjohnson, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

olbubba, Dec 31, 2012
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.