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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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Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a mildly bitter, roasted malt flavor with a bit of caramel malt sweetness for balance. It goes down smooth with a very dry and slightly fruity finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable winter warmer. It's not overly complex, but quite enjoyable.

WesWes, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of WJVII
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from OR from my friend Cdkrenz (on BA) I poured this into a pint glass and watched the aggressive head crawl up the glass (3 fingers) at which point the sticky lacing settled into a nice bubbly cap. The deep brown brew had a wonderful citrus hop nose. There were also hints of caramel and burnt malts. The taste was not typical for a WW but was delicious. There was a hint of fig and raisin to start with pine hops and some chocolate to follow and this was balanced at the finish with nice bitterness. I was skeptical as WW is not my favorite style but this brew is a nice selection and I was glad to have had the chance to sample. Thanks again Cdkrenz!

WJVII, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: This one pours a dark brown with about one ifnger of head that thins out a quick but leaves behind good lacing.

Aroma: Not the usual aromas. A fair amount of citrus hop. A little bit of bready malt. Mild notes of cinnamon with twinges of clove.

Taste: The mouthfeel has a bit of buttery toffee feeling to it. Swetness from the malts carry brown bread sweetness. In the hop side of it all it is cirtusy but still a good roasted bite.

Notes: Overall this a rather tasty. Cheers.

horshack7, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown with a reddish tint, one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass.

I was not sure what I was smelling at first. But it dawned on me that what I was smelling was hops. Hops! in a winter warmer. It is a mixture of pine and citrus.

Does not really taste like a winter warmer with all the hop flavor and bitterness. Slightly herbal with a dose of pine. The malt gives a little bit of toffee flavor and sweetness. Slightly astrigent with a dry finish. Tastes like a very hoppy ESB.

Medium body with good carbonation that compliments the hoppy nature of this beer.

A different take of a winter warmer or should I say winter seasonal. A lot of hoppiness in this brew without additional spices.

morimech, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Tifore
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this stuff for a buddy at work who was from Oregon. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown mahogany color but clear. A tan 1 finger head develops and slowly dissapates but leaves a nice cap.

S - Smells of lots of dark roasted carmel-y malts and light citrusy hops. I also get some clove and cinnamon but there light.

T - Taste really stands out with this brew. Very balanced. Sweet malts come first and are balanced but light bitter hops that don't overpower but compliment the brew.

M - Mouthfeel is buttery and smooth. Very enjoyable. Light carbonation on the tounge.

D - A seven percent alcohol beer that you don't notice it at all except after you've had a few and stand up. Definitely sneaks up on you. I will be picking up another six pack of this for sure.

Tifore, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - dark brown in color until held closer to the light, which reveals a more deeper crimson. About a finger's worth of beige or khaki colored foam that lingers for a while. Good carbonation.

Smell - crisp, slightly hoppy-smelling brew with a fresh, fruity hint to it.

Taste - Fairly hoppy, but balanced out with the malts. So-so at the start, but an intriguing flavor hits the side of the tongue in the middle..can't really describe it unfortunately. Finish is bitter and hoppy. Texture is thicker and a little filmy.

Drinkability - Very interesting brew, not terribly complex, but complex enough. Might be worth a six-pack just to figure it out.

Nerudamann, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

A - reddish burnt umber with a relatively dense one inch pale tan head that fell a bit initially but had good retention and a little lacing

S - sweet malty aromas with fruity esters and top notes of baking spices

T - sweet malty notes give way to dried and bing cherry, then the hops start to come in mid-palate, building to a significant presence on the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth and round initially, with some astringency emerging at the finish

D - quite drinkable, could have another right now

nezelrac, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in to a pint glass. Big bubbles of a light brown which recedes at a good pace. Color is a walnut dark brown ending off in a redish hue in the bottom.

Malt nose, not any spices, some nut. Nothing really jumps out and the nose is quite small

Tastes like a regular bitter with no fruit, nothing spicey but highly tobacco in nature and flavor.

Not very watery beer with a decent body but easily drinkable.

smakawhat, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Full Sail beer.

Pours a light fizzy 1/3 finger head that fades over semi hazy semi clear dark copper rusty brown color.

Nose is all over the place, with some dark malts, a bit of syrupy aromas with light molasses and caramel, some nutmeg and nutty aromas, a bit of toffee, roasted malts, a bit of tobacco, licorice, and hint of dark fruits.

Taste is rich, with dark malts, creamy malts, some roasted malts with a bit of toffee, hints of tobacco, caramel, molasses, dark plum fruits, and some light nutty malts. The spices are a lot less here, hints of nutmeg, little bready malts. Some hops come through, earthy, chewy, nectar like. Some light mineral flavors and bitterness from the charred malts as well. Also there is a very slight hint of the UK earthy herbal Hedgerow hop I'm not a fan of. Finish is still somewhat sticky but dries quite a bit. Some lingering minerality, with lots more roasty dark malts, syrupy flavors, and toffee.

Mouth is medium body with syrupy flavors, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so, not really any boozy flavors but a hint of warmth, also some sticky feel, light minerality.

jlindros, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter.

Coppery, auburn-tinged, seal brown liquid, very dark yet clear with bright dark-candy-apple-red highlights. Isabelline delicate foam collar and lasting slick coat the surface. Give it a real vigorous pour if you want better retention!

A nice variety of malt in the nose, suggesting caramel, rye bread, and a hint of chocolate. Fruity esters are present as well, suggesting sangria infused with clove-studded oranges and C-hops.

Somewhat tart and earthy/spicy palate entry - suggests cherry pits, a hint of treacle, nuts, and a light evergreen-ish bitterness from the hops. No aged qualities, though the tartness is very slightly vinuous. Balanced yet hop-forward finish (Willamette in particular peeks through).

Medium-bodied, smooth, moderately carbonated, moderately warming (as it should be).

Winter warmers seem to be based on a wide variety of base beers...in this case, I'm reminded of a dark mild with greater potency both in terms of ABV and in hoppiness (with a distinctive NW character). A decent example of the style, but drink it now, as I don't think this would age as gracefully as Anchor's X-mas ale...

augustgarage, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer has a nice slightly off-white lacing head to it. The body is a deep russet color with hints of red hues.

It smells of all dark malts. I'm picking up amber malts, crystal malts, caramel malts, and on the tail end there's a bit of cranberry or cherry or some other holiday fruit.

Very malt forward beer. Wow, this one is thick. It is almost chalky. It tastes much like it smells except maybe with a bit of chocolate in there. It doesn't seem like they use spices like other winter warmers do.

Chalkiness takes away from the mouthfeel and drinkability of this brew.

tchenery, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Naugros
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a copper glow and some islands of bubbly foam and a likewise crown that leaves some nice, persistent lacing.

Cereal grain malty with some tropical fruit esters and a touch of spice, perhaps allspice.

Malty in the taste as well with some piny hops bitterness. Some of the spice continues through but is washed out in the finish by the hops.

Perhaps the hoppiest winter brew I've ever had, but I haven't tried any holiday beer from Stone yet. :) The malt backbone isn't quite enough to balance the IBUs, but there's enough to support them.

Naugros, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep drown body with a light tan head. Nice stamina in the head and decent legs to boot.

S - Rich malty aroma with a hint of chocolate and spice.

T - Malty with a light hoppy presence throughout. Not much complexity here for a winter warmer but the flavor is good.

M - Lightly coarse throughout with a definte presence in the finish.

~ Not a bad beer by any means. I wouldn't say this is a classic winter warmer style but the beer is definitely good.

cdkrenz, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with a tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of brown sugar and toasted notes.

Tastes of the toasted malt with some spices. Caramel malt is prevalent with notes of toffee as well. Fruitiness comes through and adds a bit of fig notes. Clove like spiciness and citrus peel come on the finish and help contrast the sweet. A good amount of sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable, but pleasant and gives a little warming.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into standard shaker.

This beer is very clear, reddish brown with a nice, off white head that leaves nice lacing. The nose is not prominent but I pick up on some darker fruits, spices and muted hops. I was a bit disappointed with the taste, because, it was just average. The flavors were not forward and kind of hidden behind the alcohol heat. I did taste some toffee, caramel, cherries, and bread. The mouthfeel was decent and a bit sticky. The drinkability was good but this beer did not make an impression.

OakedCanuck, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a nice blend of rich, dark malts with some drief fruit and spicing. Malt is quite evident; hops are too, but not so much. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The tastes are nice. There are some aromatic qualities that carry through into the flavor. The hops are a nice start on the tongue, with the rich, roasty malt goodness harmonizing wonderfully. Nice caramels and chocolates throughout, quite quality.

The mouthfeel is filling with flavor which is constantly changing, morphing into something new. Overall this is a nice version of a winter warmer style beer. Really solid and enjoyable because of the spice/hop character to balance it out.

claspada, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy cola like color with a very short off-white head that quickly settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a bready malt, caramel, some fruity sweetness and grassy hops. The taste is quite malty, bready, with a good amount of caramel sweetness. There is a tin like grassy hop that adds bitterness to offset the sweet malt. There is a general fruitiness to the brew as well. The flavor profile is not mind blowing but it is fairly balanced. The beer has a moderate to full body with prickly carbonation; has a slight slickness to it despite the carbonation. Finishes with a grassy metallic bitterness. A nice malty/hoppy brew. The hops don't taste very fresh but it balances out the malt. Not disappointed at all though not sure I would buy it again.

Gmann, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby-red colour, with great clarity. Looks like a deep port or a heavily tannic red wine. Head is filmy, but fine bubbled. Lacing is patchy, but decent enough. It forms at least. Body is pleasantly heavy, and the very fine bubbling works well with it. Not a bad look.

Nose is very vinous, big notes of oaked red wine, and a slightly boozy cherry kirsch character. Hints of spice and cinnamon, muted enough, but enough to give a lift to the other characters. Quite pleasant.

Taste is also pleasant, although the booze is a little bit more prominent here, giving a slight heat and harshness to the back of the palate. The front is quite sweet, with some of the spice coming through as well. Light esters on the back give a slight fruitiness along with the boozy bite. Not bad. Feel is surprisingly thin given the good look of the thickness, and the booze hurts rather than helps this.

Decent enough, although it tastes slightly more harsh the more you drink it. There's pleasant characters to it, but it's missing a coherent story, and there are notes which become far too prominent. Good. Not great.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, slightly red brown with medium fuzzy head with okay retention and lacing. Caramel aroma with a bit of roasted malts. Sweet and tangy citrusy hops abound with a little pepper and roasted malts in the background woth a hint of peat. Moderate-high hop lingering. Semi-dry with sharp carbonation.

There is a lot of flavor here but the blend of flavors isn't optimal. The slight peat flavor seems to clash a bit with citrus. Not a lot just enought to give me a second pondering thought to wondering just what that flavor was. All in all, this reminds me more of a cascadian IPA than a winter warmer due to the very prominent hops.

Bfarr, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with a faint cinnamon tinge into a tulip with a finger of fluffy off-white head. Roasty and slightly sweet aroma of spice, caramel, dark fruit and a trace of hops.

Moderate carbonation and an extremely creamy mouthfeel, though a bit on the light/thin side. Bready malts, toffee, nutmeg, and cocoa followed by assertive hop bitterness on the slightly smoky finish. Flavorful, well-balanced, and very easy-drinking (alcohol is almost completely masked).

grittybrews, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of creeperjones
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's only mid-October, but I am very happy to say I decided to return home from college for the weekend to visit my girlfriend, and what else do I find at the local market then fresh, fresh, fresh Full Sail Winter Ale!? I am amped. Let's begin.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a March of '11 "enjoy by" date, which absolutely thrilled me. I love the holidays!

Appearance: Lovely dark cherry brown color with a creamy tan head that was admittedly a little thin, but I am chalking that one up to anxiousness of having an ale I truly love.

Smell: Piney hops immediately tackle the nose. It just makes me think of the pacific northwest. I love it.

Taste: On a relatively crisp October night like this, this beer is perfect. It immediately warms the body with it's strong body and very rich, dry, piney taste. There isn't a lot of spices to it at all, from what I gather. This really works to its benefit. And at 7% it's remarkably smooth.

Notes: It's such a pleasure to drink. One of my very favorite winter warmers because it's simple and very much akin to the wonderful pacific northwest. If you're a fan of the style or the brewery, I urge you to try this.

creeperjones, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of philbertk
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Full Sail Brewing Company-Wassail Winter Ale--Seasonal--12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 1997 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark copper color. Light spice flavor. Hoppy not sweet. Sampled 11/6/1998.

1998 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Deep red brown color. Light hop and spice nose followed by smooth spicy malty body. Rich not sweet. Very nice dry hop finish. Sampled 12/27/1998.

1999 Release. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin bronze red color. Rich hop front with toasted roasted spicy notes. Nutmeg spice roasted malt body is easy to drink with minimal residual sweetness. Dry lingering balanced hoppy spicy finish. Sampled 11/6/1999.

Full Sail Brewing Company-Wassail-12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 2000 Release. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rich dark copper color bronze color with red highlights. Classic Full Sail rich floral earthy hop front with toasted notes. Earthy malty toasted body. Rich dry flavor with mild sweetness. Hoppy End. Sampled 9/28/2000.

2001-A Release (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin bronze black cherry color. Light head. Nice lace. Mild crisp roasted hop nutmeg front. Dry roasted mildly spicy body. Flavors resonate without sweetness. Mild spicy cinnamon hop end. Easy not Big. Sampled 0/28/2001.

Wassail-Cheers-2001 12 oz Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear thin copper bronze color. Roasted floral hop front. Tangy dry crisp spiced roasted malt body. Creamy dry hoppy Winter spiced cinnamon nutmeg end. Crisp rich hoppy spiced Ale. Sampled 1/14/2002.

Wassail-Cheers. 2002-A 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin dark bronze amber color. Spicy mild hop front. Toasted burnt smooth sweet spicy malt body. Rich Winter Ale spice flavor lingers with malt to balanced spicy mild hop end. Sampled 10/21/2002.

Wassail-Christmas Tree-2002-B 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Clear thin black red color. Rich Full Sail earthy hop front. Toasted roasted spicy malt flavors. Thin textured rich flavored toasted crisp dry sweet body. Roasted spice clean hop end. Sampled 10/24/2002.

Wassail-2003 Ale Release. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear dark bronze black color. Lacy medium head. Rich roasted spicy floral coriander hop front. Dry sweet rich earthy roasted malty caramel nutmeg body. Clean dry nutmeg hop spice end. Tangy. Spicy IBU's. Sampled 10/13/2003.

Wassail 2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV--40 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Mild light tan lace head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Rich floral roasted malt spice hop front. Rich creamy crusty roasted black cherry mild sweet nutmeg body. Smooth dry lingering malt spice hop end. Sampled 11/13/2004.

Wassail Winter Ale 2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dark. Rich tight lacy tan head. Clear thin copper bronze color. Mild roasted hop winter spice front. Smooth roasted caramel nutmeg earthy creamy dry sweet body. Clean balanced hop spice end. Crisp malty brew. Sampled 12/22/2005.

Wassail-2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Mild lacy head. Clear dark walnut black color. Spicy malt hop nutmeg front. Dry sweet spicy burnt toffee crisp roasted body. Spicy clean hop malt Winter spice end. Very nice! Sampled 10/19/2006.

Wassail-2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV-45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale-Roasted. 6-Pack $6.99. Dense lacy off white head. Clear dark bronze color. Rich roasted raisin hop front. Creamy smooth roasted toffee mild nutmeg currant malty body. Cloying malt hop Allspice mild tangy balanced end. Sampled 10/13/2007.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47-2008. 7.00% ABV--56 IBU's. (4.5+ / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted Dense lacy tan white head. Clear thin dark bronze black color. Roasted aromatic hop nutmeg malt front. Dry sweet crisp roasted mild crusty burnt nutmeg mild crusty toffee hint rich tangy body. Crisp mellow hop malt spice balanced rich roasted end. Sampled 10/15/2008. 6-Pack $5.98.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brew Force Of 47--2009. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU's. 4.35 / 5.0 Winter Ale--Roasted. Lacy off white tan head. Clear dark ruby black color. No sediment. Rich toasted Winter spice floral hop front. Crisp dry sweet roasted winter spice toffee thin texture full hop resin infused malty body. Dry sweet hop spice rich clean end. Tasty roasted Winter. Sampled 12/27/2009 6-Pack--$6.99.

Wassail-12 Fluid ounces Of Ridiculously Tasty Winter Ale Concocted By Our Massive Brewforce Of 47-2010. 7.00% ABV. 56 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Thin mild lace tan head. Clear dark ruby red color. Roasted floral hop front. Mild textured sweet roasted dry burnt fruit toffee toast mildly crusty smooth rich body. Balanced Winter hop spice smooth roasted end. Sampled 10/9/2010. 6-Pack Purchased for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard on 10/8/2010.

philbertk, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of alexrichman
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A> Nice coffee color, tan head although not much lacing

S> Very malty, mostly roasted flavors with complex undertones of sweet dark fruits

T> Delicious, a great mix of dark malts with a very nice hop biterness. Great finish that really clarifies both flavors.

M> My only real complaint about this beer is that IMHO it's just too thin for the style

D> Very drinkable for this style, I think they sacrifice the feel of the beer to make this one of the most sessionable winter warmers on the market

Great winter beer, Full Sail always has great prices too. Not my favorite winter warmer but an all around great beer.

alexrichman, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Full Sail Wassail is an old school winter warmer, no spicing here. Brewed with four different malts and a heavy hand of Pacific Northwest hops.

Thick and bubbly, two fingers of light tan foam form from a heavy pour. As the head slowly drops down, the lacing shows an amazing retention after each taste. Dark-charred hickory color could be mistaken for black, you can barely see through the brew even when put up to a bright light. Clean malty aroma with shortbread, brown bread and caramel, hops pull in a mild herbal and spicy note in the nose. Smooth and a little creamy with a solid and slightly thick medium body. The malt character kicks things off with sweet bread, cocoa powder, caramel, toasted walnuts and a bit of fresh-bailed hay. Hops seem to want to balance and complement rather than dominate. Bitterness is more than sufficient yet the flavor adds layers of floral, citric and spicy notes. Suggestions of chocolate covers oranges, candied fruit and a mild charred-wood hit in the semisweet finish.

Within the balance there is drinkability, complex but approachable. Tasting this beer makes us realize that winter is not long enough and we'll just have to wait another year. Excellent job.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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...

vickersspitfire, Jul 06, 2010
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.