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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

808 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 35
Gots: 45 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

12oz bottle x2. Best by 04/03/12. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with ruby red highlights. A finger + of beige foam forms and settles at a moderate pace. A good amount of lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is of bready and dark malt, along with some caramel sweetness. Hints of vanilla, and dry spices. Medium hop presence.

Initial flavor is mildly sweet followed quickly by a almost cherry like tang. Fairly bitter floral hops finish things up. Hops come out in the flavor more than the nose.

Medium bodied with medium but sharp carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice dark reddish brown color with a thinnish head that never really goes away and leaves spotty lacing.

Nice nose, roasted malt, biscuity aroma. Tastes the way it smells, but nicely balanced, even if it is a bit thin. I know that the style is not supposed to be that thick, but with the nice toasty flavor it is nice.

Not a fan of the spiced winter warmers, so this is a nice departure. Will pick this one up again.

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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass.

Pours a clear dark brownish red with a healthy 1.5 finger tan head. Impressive retention and lacing.

Smell is very malty. Roasted malt and caramel malt dominate with maybe a touch of chocolate. Some hoppy notes are also present.

The taste is more of a balance between malt and hops. Some citrusy hop flavors are apparent along with some chocolate and coffee from the malt. All leading to an assertive bitterness on the finish.

Overall this beer is very close to being excellent. If the maltiness and hoppiness would meld just a little bit more. I would get it regularly, though, if it were available closer to me.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of yesyouam
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Full Sail Wassail is a wonderfully clear, dark, copper ale that has a dense, bubbly, light khaki head that leaves solid sheets on the glass. It smells fruity and medicinal with hints of cherry and mint. There's a grassy whiff to it. It's thick and fluffy and the finish is kind of like sand paper on your tongue. It tastes hot and bitter. There are notes of orange and wood with the bitterness of furniture polish to shine up the flavor. It certainly has zazzle. This is a very aggressive beer and sometimes it comes off as rude. It's powerful and untamed.

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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - think chestnuts or roasted pecans. tan head that quickly fades to the edge of the glass with little atolls floating around the surface

S - Munich-y, bread crust, slight coffee and a citrus-y/spiciness

T - pretty dry malt character, coffee & roasted comes through nicely with little to no astringency. this citrus thing is kind of weird, maybe bitter orange peel, maybe just "C" hops.

M - mod-high carbonation, but still fairly smooth

O - A decent beer. the nice balance of roast with citrus character makes me keep drinking.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This has the appearance of foamy soda, very bubbly and caramel-brown colored. Not much aroma comes through. The flavor is all out of wack. There’s a harsh clove taste to it that dominates, and a sharp finish. It manages to be bitter without any hoppiness. Next year I’ll pass.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - As the description states, this beer pours a deep mahogany with a one-finger bubbly, khaki head. Head dissipates to leave a bubbly ring around the glass.

S - A nice holiday aroma. Very malty up front. Biscuity and sweet with some caramel and bread notes. Dark fruits, cranberries and spices really help bring out the holiday vibe. Grass and hay notes from the hops help balance it out.

T - A seemingly balanced combination of malts and hops. Toffee, biscuit and caramel blend with spices and hints of dark fruits. The grassy and piney hop profiles help balance everything out. There is a slight metallic flavor.

M - In terms of body, this beer is on the heavier side of medium. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with a bitterness that lingers a bit. Definitely not a sipper but still not something you are just going to down with ease.

O - Not bad. I had this beer a few weeks ago and thought it was a complete failure. I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did. While I don't think this beer is great, I do think it's a decent winter ale to have when you want to grab a sixer of something. I don't see myself grabbing this beer a third time though.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Vashtar
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The head retention is amazing. The appearance is really dark and clear.

You could describe the smell as "Splended" it reminds me of dyed Easter eggs. Such as bright balance.

The taste is very nice and drinkable. It tastes "dark." Fairly malty and has some bitterness to it. It's a solid beer, but is a bit bland.

The mouthfeel reminds me of when something slushy like Jell-O gets sucked through a straw.

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.