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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

823 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 823
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 35
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

"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
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Photo of PEBKAC
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from New Beer. One last winter warmer before spring rolls in. Poured into the lopsided SA Perfect Pint glass that I have yet to return.

Pretty cascade effect down the waist of the glass. Thin, bubbly inch of tan head. Clear, black tea body.

Light chocolate on the nose. Sweet cream & subtle fruit. Faint grain & perceived bitterness. Potent alcohol.

Biscuit sweetness upfront, plus some suspected lactose sugar. Small amount of dark chocolate. Slight leafy, lingering bitterness. Tea-like tannins. Oxidation. Maybe some coffee that wasn't there before. Non-medicinal. I wouldn't have picked this out as a wassail in a blind tasting(no advertised spices on their website).

Feel is pretty light & thin. Carbonation is about right. Frothy. Not grainy. Alcohol is fine.

An easy winter warmer. Would of potentially enjoyed more traditional spices, but that often doesn't end well.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a chestnut brown elixir with a nice creamy cap of foam. The foam left plenty of lacing on the glass as it goes down. The aroma is caramel sweet and nutty grainy malt. A touch of northwestern hops brings some pine to the party. Malt brings some sweet, caramel notes to the party to the flavor party. The hops nicely balance the flavor. This is a fine brew.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahoganey with a full and fluffy head and lacing down the glass. Aroma is lacking a little but there is a malty smell there. One of the more interesting tasting beers I've ever tried though. Malty and creamy up front but on the back side its hoppy and bitter. It's a malty beer with a bite and that is very interesting to me. I definitely enjoy the polarity of the two flavors together. Let it warm up and the complexities show through more intensly. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable at 7 percent no matter if your a hop guy or a malt guy. Good beer.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/10/11

*I'm performing a "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, and finishing off the holiday beer in and around my home - this being one of them.

A: An appealing shade of mahogany. A standard pour yields a dissapointing .75 finger head that produces a thin layer of spotty lacing.

S: Hop oil and rich baking chocolate with a layer of roasted malt. It's actually quite nice and unexpected.

T: Surprisingly bitter and hoppy. Underneath is a solid backbone of garden fresh herbs and grassiness. As it starts wrapping up, I get a wave of dried prunes and toasted almonds.

M: On the lighter side considering the ABV. It's creamy enough, but I can't say I was bowled over by the way this one sat in my mouth, or felt going down. Prickly carbonation doesn't quite suit this one.

O: Having a couple of these would be easy enough, as it isn't obnoxiously spiced like a lot of holiday offerings tend to be these days.

I'm glad I'm almost finished with my holiday "leftovers". I'm just not in the mood for these spiced winter warmers, but I know they need to be quaffed sooner, rather then later.

Full Sail's Wassail overachieves - it is one of the better offerings I've had from them. Most of Full Sail's lineup is mediocre to dissapointing, though this one really is quite pleasing. It's reasonably well balanced and easy enough to drink. I wouldn't hunt this one down, but would happily enjoy one at a Christmas party.

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

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 9/2011.

pours lightly hazy dark brown with a small cap of fine light tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of alcohol. earthy and slightly spicy hops. just a hint of citrus.

taste is nice. just over medium bitterness level. rich caramel and toffee. biscuit and lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. warming alcohol. earthy and spicy hops, with just a slight citrus edge.

mouthfeel is ok. medium body seems a touch thin. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. it's a bit of an odd beer. smells sweet, but is actually pretty dry. advertises "pacific northwest hops", but has almost none of the typical citrus+pine duo. seems almost astringent. not quite sure what they were aiming for with this one, but it's not doing much for me.

Photo of oldfashioned
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a sixer of these up from the local liquor store for a mere $5.50. This is one of my favorite "Winter Warmers" I've tried yet. Wassail pours a nice dark bronze with an average amount of foam. The smell is pine and sour fruit. The taste is what really set this one apart for me: it starts out pretty hoppy and a little spicy (just the right amount of carbonation to give a pleasant mouthfeel, too) and then mellows out with a really nice malty sweetness. Even though this one is 7%, I don't pick up any alcohol burn. This is a really well balanced and well executed version of the Winter Warmer, and may compete with Great Divide's Hibernation for top of the class (in my opinion). I feel guilty for only paying $5.50 for this stuff!

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear, deep, dark, crimson ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Good retention. Grainy, spicy nose with a strong earthy character and a rumor of milk chocolate. The flavor is much the same; hearty malt and spicy hops. Balanced by alcohol and hop bitterness. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Pretty decent winter warmer.

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

Another Full Sail winter ale! This must be the "winter warmer" thread from Wreck the Halls. On to the beer:

Chestnut brown in color with a creamy head that retains well and delievers splothces of lace to the glass. Spruce and pine are scented in the nose, with accents of walnuts and toffee. My initial reaction to this beer upon tasting is among lines of a winter warmer plus a kick of hops. In this case, it's a combo that works. Assorted spices like cinnamon and spruce are tasted, brown ale type flavors pull through from the malt, and trickles of pine make their presence known. Balanced overall, and it's a beer that you could drink a couple of despite the fact I didn't know it possessed a 7% ABV. Delicious, and one of the better offerings to come out of Full Sail.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Jersey into a pint glass.

Wassail is a dark mahagony beown shoe polish color with some redness towards the light. I get about a inch of firm cream red head that's tight and last. It dies to a ring around the collar with slight stick.

Caramel and chocolate greet the nose on first whiffs and some candi cane rears it's head with significant warming. No alcohol in sight. It's for the winter, no doubt.

A malty warmer for winter, caramel malt up front with some cinnamon and small spice. Chocolate not so much,A candi like finish. This has a bit more build than Wreck The Halls, which I like.

Feel is a big medium with a malty base and a nice carb that's not stinging, but pricking. Finishes malty with a candi after taste.

Well, a Full Sail with some power. This is a good example of a WW and something to look for on occasion. Somwe warming brings out some alc, but not much. a nice strong beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, dark-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: caramel, cinnamon, and light spices

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, bread, and light spices

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, the bitterness and sweetness play well together..the aftertaste is very bitter

Drinkability: This strikes me as an extra spicy amber with a distinct hoppy edge. This is hoppier than most and the alcohol is well hidden. Two at most, an above average beer.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BB1313
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, similar to Coke/Pepsi. Little bit of foam w/ nice lacing. I don't know what to say, I don't smell too much. Malts and grains are in the mix. There's a very subtle spice aroma and it's subtle in the taste as well. Pretty bitter, not much sweetness going on. Mouthfeel is alright, lots of carbonation, fizzy, smooth. Drinkability is average, not much going on to keep my attention. Boring beer.

The big problem was the the aromas and flavors are very bland. This really isn't an interesting beer, although it's well crafted.

Photo of argock
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Enjoy by 031311 on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Dark brown with plum highlights and solid 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits and woody, musty maltiness witha kiss of orange and grapefruit hoppiness.

T: Unfortunately the hoppiness is only a shadow of the nose, and the flavor is a bit too woody and cardboardy for my taste. There is a pepper type of spiciness in the middle, but mostly bland, blunt woodiness reminiscent of green, not-quite-conditioned homebrew is the dominant flavor. The sweetness is pretty muted with a little bit of brown ale sour.

M: Medium-bodied with active carbonation and a cardboard aftertaste without much sweetness.

D: I thought this brew would be right up my alley -- a winter warmer without spice -- but unfortunately the hops-malt mix in the brew doesn't hit it for me at all.

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

A - Pours a deep, ruby-mahogany hue, with minimal head, head retention, and lacing. A tame, almost dormant looking beer, but perhaps that's fitting for a winter ale in a way.

S - Smell is on the faint side, but is of toffee, molasses, pine, and dark fruits.

T - Taste is a solid blend of biscuity toffee/molasses maltiness, with somewhat pronounced fruit flavors of apricot, cherry, and prune, and finishes with a slight coffee/pine bitterness.

M - This beer is medium bodied, with only very light carbonation. A bit lighter than usual for this style.

D - Above average drinkability for the style, the ABV could sneak up on your with this one.

Overall - A pretty solid winter warmer. Not my favorite, but I'm glad to have tried it. Those looking for a winter warmer with less pine/coffee flavors should give this one a try.

Photo of ebrauser
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. to a pint glass

Appearance: Maple syrup brown tinged with ruby. Very thin to nonexistent head.

Aroma: Plum, spices, and fresh apples.

Flavor: Spicy and warming, there is a semi-citrusy twang in the beginning that comes from some hops. Bitterness fades out into a peppery middle with body but certainly not an over-sweet winter beer.

MF: Bodied, but not sweet. An easy-drinking winter beer

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

Pours a clear dark mahogany with a thin creamy tan head. Smells strongly of grapes and nutmeg. Taste is a sourdough rye bread start, with a toffee middle, and an earthy dry bitter finish. Very good malt to hop balance ratio here. Mouthfeel is super creamy, nice low carbonation. Excellent drinkability for the ABV, this is a smooth tasting Winter Warmer that I plan to get again.

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

Picked up a sixer of this at DeCicco`s in NY.

Appearance is a dark brown color with a thin head, some lacing.
Wassail`s smell contains some coffee, roasted malt, nuts. Taste is rich and sweet, small flavor of hops, not too much random christmas spice, which is fine by me. MF is medium-full bodied, some alcohol and spice in the finish. Drinkability is just above average for a winter warmer.

Photo of Suds
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, black-cherry read color with a very slim head. The aroma is of roasted, toasted malts...some spicy hop flavors are in the distance, but specialty malts are in the center of the smell. The taste is very balanced...lots of sweetness up front...again, plenty of roasted malt, and a very pronounced bitterness. Spicy, pepperiness is present in the flavor, along with a notable warming. An almost candy-like sweetness lingers, along with a pronounced bitterness. This is a reasonably enjoyable and drinkable beer, nice for winter, but not outstanding.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#41. My first Full Sail, a reputable batch. This beer has been perfected by no less than 47 employees. Impressive little fact.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temp.

(Appearance) Pours a pretty saddening half-finger depth head that is mainly fizzy and retains not so well, shrinking to thin surface cover within 30 seconds. Color of the beer is very interesting. A very deep brown with orange highlights give the beer a cloudy dense appearance in the center. Very little light can shine through the beer itself, but the bottom and edges are where the beer is brightest. Lacing is average. Carbonation is sparse but relatively active. Head is not so impressive, but the other parts of this beer's appearance round out these small flaws to something visually decent. 3

(Smell) Some really interesting malt blends of caramel and toffee build up the body of this beer. I also can sense some nutty tones and some holiday spices; cinnamon & nutmeg. Dark fruit tones lie underneath, and some hoppy flavors are subtle but allude to this beer's floral spicy aroma. Aroma is considerably pungent and complex. Smells great. 4.5

(Taste) Up front come those sweet malts with some faint caramel tones and some even lighter black coffee bites. Hops are sneaky in this beer and bring a real pleasing bitter smoky finish to this beer. Wonderful balance of flavors; nothing comes out on top and the flavor is full and pleasant. Perhaps too strong for casuals, but an impressive wintery taste. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Quite full bodied, which is great. Little carbonation interference with this beer makes it rather smooth. Hoppy finish leaves the palate dry and gives the finish a bitter tone. Alcohol is well masked, but I still get some hints of it in big sips. Easy to drink and good mouthfeel. 4

(Drinkability) Big body makes this a filling beer over time, which doesn't attribute positively to drinkability, but the beer tastes really good and should the drinker feel in the mood for it, there's no reason that a second or even a third would be out of the question. 3.5

Verdict: Great winter beer. Plenty of flavor and achieves a good balance of flavor and a very pleasing aroma. Filling for some and perhaps too strong for others, this beer sits well with me. I'd recommend this to anybody. A- (4.05)

Photo of gopens44
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark ruby red and clear. Head was pretty diminutive and quickly dissipated, leaving behind a thin layer of lingering cream colored foam.

S - Spicing was pretty fun. I'd have to say cinnamon and nutmeg. Of course, those ARE holiday spices, so that made for a good representation of the warmer IMO. There was also a malty aroma carrying the spice closer to the nose. A very subtle floral hop presence was detected as well

T - The first thing that hit me was a touch of sweetness in amongst the spice notes, which was followed by a very well balanced hop taste. The finishing taste was a bit more malty, but again, well balanced throughout.

M - Medium carbonation and dry. Very little aftertaste.

Although I'm probably done with winter warmers this year, I was pleased enough with this one to roll it out next season as well.

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

Poured a dark brown with a slight orange tinge. Had a nice tan head with some lacing. Aroma is mainly malts. Taste is mostly malts, and I picked up some smoky flavors, with some very light citrus hops. Body is light to medium--I expected it to be fuller. The high 7.0% ABV content is not noticeable. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness.

Overall, a nice beer.

Photo of ELN
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought two Six Packs this afternoon, this and Widmer Brothers W'11 Russian Imperial Stout. This was a dollar less @ $6.98. I figured that I don't like ales that much but it might be gone next time I'm at the store and it's local and I won't have to wait and try it some other year.

Drank this out of a bottle, don't know what it looked like... probably dark?? (I never drink out of stupid glasses.) Don't think I've bought it before. I don't like ales aka The Winter Beer. This one is on the warmer side of taste and not real bitter.

appearance: 4 (really don't know, just figurin')
smell 3 (bitter, piney)
taste 3.5 (not heavy, but not overly bitter.)
mouthfeel 4 (not macro)
drinkability 4.5 (I'm on my 3rd in 4 hours, tonight is New Year's.)

Who cares. 2010 was not noteable. Listening to the Bobby Fuller Four. Good night.

Photo of Chas58
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a quick glance out the window at the 8 inches of snow it was clear that a winter beer was in order. The Wassail had been an early season favorite so a return to this and a review was in order.

Appearance: A dark yet reddish color that upon initial pour seemed amber-ish.  A very limited light brown head that trails away quickly  The head is limited despite an agreesive pour. The beer appears a rich brown, and dark in color upon settling in the glass. 

Smell: A subtle yet clearly spiced nose meets you immediately. The spiciness and color match well and entice you to take a sip. Cinnamon and floral spice is clear. 

Taste: The first taste provides you with a rich mouthful of flavor that is strong, moderately carbonated and pleasant. This gives you an immediate strong sense of the cool weather beer you want to drink. The aftertaste is apparent yet appropriate. The hoppiness is tempered and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The upfront carbonation is moderate and the back end carbonation is persistent and pleasant.  

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer, but does appear to have a stronger alcohol content than it's 7.0. The beer is not heavy like many winter and late season beers, so is a very pleasant beer for enjoying. 

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a darker, cola color, a small head of about half an inch results and reduces to patches of suds. Transparent for the most part, a slight haze and some radiance when held to the light.

smells of spicy hops, almost like a helium balloon. some candied malts as well.

Very interesting flavor development, a sweet malty middle, with christmas time flavors like cinnamon, maybe some dark fruit and sugar plums. Nice spicy hopping for balancing, as the smell hinted. Very tasty.

It has a very smooth feel to it with some good body to it. Medium carbonation.

Over all, this is a great winter warmer, a great choice for Christmas.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Appearance is nice reddish color with a decent head.

Taste is malty and sweet with some slight hop flavor. Some spicy notes were present too, but slight, with hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel was pretty good and drinkability is good.

Overall I enjoyed it, I would have it again if I can find it again.

Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.