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: 36
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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Photo of lwillitz
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into snifter (love the "Naughty/Nice" twist-off)

A - a nice finger of light tan foam rests atop a nearly-black dark brown body with red highlights; beautiful to behold!

S - pine, citrus, dark fruit, rich malt, touch of chocolate

T - rich malt and chocolate; hops move in with pine and lemon notes; chocolate and dry fruit stick around for a bittersweet finish; complex and well-balanced

M - full-bodied with medium/high carbonation; smooth and creamy

O - This is one of many reasons for which winter is my favorite season for beer shopping. A solid winter ale.

Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

One of the classic PNW winter warmers . This is a malt centric beer that shines a red brown in the glass. The beer has a long finish and though the hops are there it is the malt that really anchors the taste. I do like Jubelale better but this is still a great Xmas beer that at 7% can be a regular part of the Holiday beer fridge.

Photo of Sweasty
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Best by 23FEB12

A: deep brown with cherry hues. finger of light tan head falls quickly to a sheet of the same. spotty lace.
S: smells of metal with some malts and some herbal hops. Pretty weak.
T: Dark cherries, sweet malts, some tannins, some hops. Interesting. Nice at warmer temps.
M: Medium with fine and prickly carb.
O: I'd drink it again, but I won't stock in the house again probably.

Photo of jpbebeau
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of aficionado
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of clearlydiluted
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty aggressive pour gives me a one and a half finger head into my standard pint glass. The head is a light brown and it is very pillowy and fluffy looking. Mostly small bubbles, but some medium sized ones as well. Head retention isn't bad, I still have about a half of a finger of head left. The lacing looks super good, but we will have to see how that goes as I get down to the bottom of the glass. The body is extremely dark, I get a lot of black, some brown and a little bit of ruby as well. Very nice color combination really, the ruby only comes out in a few areas. Visibility is almost 100% zero, the only reason it isn't 100% is because of the ruby, it lets a few things through. Can't really see the carbonation. Overall it's a really nice looking beer, the head is pretty much gone now, but there is some foam still on top of the body. We'll see how the lacing goes, but so far it looks really nice! The smell of this beer is very interesting, it has a very unique malt character on the nose. On the description it says that it is brewed with multiple kinds of malts, I'm not surprised at all. It's a very roasty and sweet malt smell, but it's not to roasty at all, in fact the roastyness probably takes a back seat to the sweetness. Still though, the sweetness isn't over the top either, they both smell very nice and they seem to compliment each other very well. Alcohol is present on the nose, but just barely, just enough so you know it's there, it too compliments the beer very nicely. There are some nice hops here as well, not super present, but for sure there. Finally there seem to be some spices, not extremely dominant at all, but the beer seems festive, and even though I am trying super hard to smell the spices and not coming up with much, it still smells like they are there. Perhaps cinnamon or brown sugar? Overall it's a really great smell, pretty darn complex, as well as deep and big on the nose. Very great smell. The flavor is also very good, not quite as god as the flavor, but pretty darn close. First off I get that big malt character, caramel malts perhaps, with roasted malts, deep, rich, with a little bit of cocoa perhaps? It a super super awesome malt character. The hops and alcohol compliment this beer excellently, they are both just barely there, but there enough that they make an impact and help the beer out. To me, it's really hard to make the flavor of alcohol actually compliment the beer, but they did it perfectly here. For sure a spice taste to this as well, not over the top, for sure behind all the other flavors, but it's there. I mean I don't know what else to say, complex malts, hops and alcohol are balanced, topped off with some spice, excellent tasting beer. I'm right between a 4.5 and a 4 for taste and I really don't know what to go with. I'm gonna do 4, just because it could totally go either way, and because I don't think this beer quite deserves all 4.5's, and it looks like that's where I'm heading. The mouthfeel is pretty damn good too. The carbonation is right about where it should be for a winter beer - below medium, probably even small. The carbonation doesn't feel like a bunch of big bubbles on your mouth, rather a bunch of small ones. It's a pretty subtle, yet festive and somewhat jazzy carbonation. The body is a little small for the style, but it works, and the perfect amount of alcohol helps you ignore the less than huge body. Overall a great mouthfeel. The drinkability is pretty damn high for 7%. I know 7% isn't through the roof in terms of ABV, but still, it's high enough that you should have a little trouble with it, and there is no trouble with this beer at all, it goes down as easy as pie. Overall this is a really excellent beer, I had had it a few times in the past couples of days and didn't pay much attention to it, the last time I had it, and this time (the review) it really grew on me and popped out as an awesome beer. Kinda surprising for a brewery that has screw off caps and is pretty mass produced in the state of Oregon, but there you go, I guess you can't always tell a book by it's cover. Great freaking beer.

The appearance turned out to be wonderful. The lacing followed me all the way to the bottom of the glass, and while it was a tiny bit patchy, it was still very present, and not weak like some patchy lacing is. The head didn't last forever but it had pretty good retention and it looked really nice a pillowy when it was poured. On top of all of that it had a nice looking body. The only reasons this beer didn't look perfect was because the lacing was a little bit patchy and the head didn't last forever, but whatever, it's still a great looking beer.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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.

Photo of blakelive784
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 12oz Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Dark Red/Crimson that borders on being opaque Black. Pours a 2 fingerhead that leaves behind some decent lacing.

Smell - Burnt and Roasted Malts with hints of Chocolate, Yeasts and fruity notes. There's also a distinct apple scent thrown in as well.

Taste - It starts off with a very sweet fruity note, but finishes off with a bitter aftertaste. Burnt Malts are also pretty strong, perhaps a little too strong, as well as yeasts, spices and the mild fruity notes. Okay as far as flavor, but the burnt malts offset the flavor a bit too much.

Mouthfeel - Body is on the heavier side, which is normal for this type of ale. The carbonation is a bit too much for this type of beer.

Overall - Had the burnt malt flavor and carbonation not been as strong, I would've loved this beer. It does start out promising, but in the end I felt disappointed and felt that this could've been better; There are better Winter Warmers out there than this

Photo of ely2000k
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Looks nearly black when poured into a pint glass. Not much lacing or head, but the color is very nice for a winter warmer style ale.

S- Hint of raisin, bread, cranberry... smells slightly sweet and festive. Not too overpowering. The aromas are faint, but work well.

T- Starts sweet, then end with a good hope flavor and a pretty good bite. The alcohol content is fairly well disguised but you can taste it a bit on the end of a sip. As a winter warmer style ale, I think the taste works great. Pretty much what I am looking for from a winter brew.

M- Smooth, medium carbonation, that works well. Great for the style.

O- Enjoyable beer. I had pretty average expectations for this, and came out really pleasantly surprised. It may just be that I like the winter warmer style ale quite a lot.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- from a 12 ounce bottle and my notes
A - a clear deep dark brown that is almost black. Two fingers of creamy head that fades a bit quick and leaves traces of lacing.
S - chocolate malts, hops, and a hint of dark fruity aromas with spice.
T - same hops in the taste as the smell and quite nice. Moderately sweet caramel middle with some traces of a zesty spice overlaying it all. A small figgy/pruny taste in the back end.
M - medium bodied with good carbonation. It leaves a sweet spicy fruity pleasant aftertaste.
D - a very nice smooth drinking winter warmer that is not over the top but still a very good one.

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

Deep amber and crystal clear. Thin head that didn't stick around too long.

Subtle aroma with hint of chocolate, caramel, and herbal hops.

Warmer temps lend to sturdier backbone - malt character becomes bolder and more complex and the spices seem more present. Quiet grassy/piney bittering hops complement the caramel and toffee malts well. Good balance.

Carbonation is very good. Medium body.

This is a really drinkable winter warmer - there are spices present but not at all overpowering. I would excitedly drink this again.

Photo of draheim
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 2/23/2012) poured into a tulip. Pours a deep brown mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head that recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is dark caramel malt and some faint spice.

Taste is rich, malty, and a little fruity. Hops are present for balance/bitterness but subdued.

Overall this is an easily drinkable but pretty one-dimensional beer.

Photo of gtermi
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of the better beers I have ever had from Full Sail. It pours a ver dark, almost black, color and looks very enjoyable. The smell is very nice too. It has a lot of sweetness and a bit of roastedness. The taste is the best part of this beer. For some reason it reminds me of a Session Black Lager. It has a nice roasted taste with a bunch of flavor. I love the lingering after taste. The mouthfeel is good, but not great. It has some carbonation to the beer, but nothing special. Overall this is a very good beer. I have never had it before today and I have to say that I will be buying this again.

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

Clear mahogany colour with a creamy, off-white head. Good head retention with some lacing.

Nutty, toasted bread and malt aroma with a slightly earthy note. Good.

Dry malt flavour with a roasty edge, light fusel alcohol and mild fruity esters. Good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A nice malty ale with enough bitterness to balance it out. Good.

Photo of chugalug06
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours nice and slow. Rich amber body with nice straw head. Little lacing.

S - Not too strong of a scent... Nice, but relaxed. Nice light citrus notes.

T - Ridiculously tasty (just like the label says). Awesomely smooth and delicious. Spices and cinnamon dominate.

M - Great carbonation and awesome bitterness. Perfect body too.

O - A litle all over the place, but a pretty solid brew. Nice work Full Sail.

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

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Opaque brown color. Nose is burnt malts and flavor has hints of caramel with roasty bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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

Dark brown colored pour, tan head, good lacing. Aroma hits you with both burnt malt and bitter hops. Smells very fresh, especially for style.

Taste, ample roasting, ample hopping, bitter, complex. Caramel despite the color seeming otherwise. Sweetness. Toffee. A balanced beer that allows both sides of the spectrum to shine. Alcohol definitely is warming. Not as smooth as most winter warmers, but I appreciate the hops and bitter bite to it. Some nutmeg. Mild flow of chocolate and dark fruit. Like I said, pretty complex, especially for Full Sail these days.

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