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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

759 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | 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 CHSLBrew
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured a dark brown beer, clear with highlighting. Dark tan head reduced slowly to a consistent layer. Nice splotched lacing.

S-Spices overtake the aromas, with hints of malts underneath. Christmasy.

T-Spicey and bitter, seemingly with complex contributions from both spices and hops. Some earthiness comes through, as well. A malt backbone is present underneath all of this, not quite a sweet character, but more in line with biscuity with hints of nuttiness. Finishes clean, bitter and spicey.

M-Medium-high carbonation, medium body. Moves sluggishly around my mouth.

D-A nice beer over which to watch the snow fall. This one makes me feel in the winter and holiday mood. Good, but not great.

CHSLBrew, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very enjoyable wintery brew, lacking in spice and sweet, which makes me happy. pours really dark brown with a faint orangey glow, inch of fading khaki head on top. the aroma is really malt forward, dark and well toasted, maybe some unmalted barley in here too, its got that roasty bitter aromatic. flavor is more balanced than the nose, less bitter than expected, and the malts take on more of a breakfast cake character, molassas without the sweetness, gentle and distinct, easily on of the better full sail beers ive had. the feel works too, really lazy carbonation contributes to a heavier vibe, but the body is fairly light despite its color, slides right down no problem. sessionable id day, but the well hidden abv might sneak up on you after a few. either way i really enjoyed this as a slow sipper, letting it come up to room temperature to let the full malt complexity unfold. well done, i know its hard to resist spicing the bejeezus out of these winter seasonals.

StonedTrippin, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of tonistruth
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- brown with copper hues, 1/4" of off white foam with like retent, soda like foam

S- chocolate, toasted malts, cookie and hops

T- toasted and rich chocolate malts dominate, chocolate cookie aftertaste

M- rich and smooth body with a dry after

D- too rich to session, solid winter warmer, recommended

tonistruth, Jan 26, 2008
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.

yesyouam, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Tolann
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very dark, nearly opaque brown in color. Has a thick, dense head that leaves behind a tight lace.

S - Spices and sweet chocolate

T - Chocolate taste in the back. Hops bitterness on the front. Some roasty characteristic that is hidden in there in between.

M - Lively and medium/light mouth-feel. Some warming and dryness that would be expected from this style of beer. Some boozyness hangs on your breath.

D - This 6pack was enough of an experience, at least for this season. It's not an every day beer and it's not a beer that you want to have several of in an evening. Not bad tho if you're in the mood for it.

Tolann, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of gskitt
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firstly, I am unexperienced tasting this style. This brew poured a deep brown, mahogany, has some ruby tints. Head does not retain. Scent is earthy, woody, some fruit as well. Taste is not as sweet as I expected, Hoppy and bitter, some bitter fruit rind can be detected. Mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter. But pleasantly so. Overall, an enjoyable beer, I am glad I tried this one.

gskitt, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to emerge077 for the bottle.

Pours a dark ruby brown color with a short lasing head and good lacing.

Scent pf some fruits, spices and a hint of chocolate. Pretty good, and balanced well, I like it.

Taste of spices, some malts, and a slight burnt character with a hint of alcohol. Not bad, but this one could use a little work.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat robust.

paco1029384756, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of notoriousdav
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice winter brew from this small brewery. Pours a deep mohagany with a two fingers of head. Some hops and roasted coffee/chocolate come through on the palate. Definitely a bit of alchohol noticable on the finish. Perhaps a little fruit at the end as well. A good winter warmer.

notoriousdav, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of JBogan
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and murky brown with a one finger off white head which quickly turned into a thin film and left good lacing.

A nice spicy and slightly hoppy scent greets the nose,along with a bit of roasted malts.

Tasted very much as it smelled. A good balance of flavors, with a hint of alcohol in there as well.

Mouthfeel was creamy but a bit thin. Only the slightest bit of carbonation, so it felt somewhat flat on the tongue.

Not a bad seasonal, and worth a try if you come across it. I felt it lacked something, perhaps a bit more liveliness in the mouthfeel to make it a really enjoyable beer.

JBogan, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" off white head fell immediately. Ruby colored beer with some garnet tint against the light.

S - Earty malt. Sweet. Subtle hop aroma until the beer warms and some nice tangy hops become apparent in the nose.

T - Bitter hops are apparent in the taste mare than in the aroma. Dark fruit. Mild chocolate. Rich. Butter. Sweet.

M - Creamy, slick mouthfeel. Long, bitter finish.

D - Enjoyable. Seemed similar to a hopped up Youngs Winter Warmer. I am going to re-visit this soon and see how it changes.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice head on it, that left little to no lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a very dark brown, not quite black.

While smelling the beer, there is a noticable bit of spice that comes up through the glass. A little bit of roast breaks through.

The taste is much like the smell. There is some definite, but I could not determine spice to this beer, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very dark tasting beer which is reflected in the 7% ABV.

rgrholmes168, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of morebeergood
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown color with auburn red highlights. Slight lacing. Nice piney aroma. Taste started off with a lot of spice notes, like cinnamon and allspice and anise. Finishes with a subtle amount of hops on the palate. Mouthfeel was smooth and easy to drink. Drinkability was fairly good, as the abv was hidden behind all the spice. A definitely spice-forward version of a winter warmer, as I feel that a wassail should be.

morebeergood, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of TheMarkE
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark ruby red, with a small head of foam that disappears quickly.

Smell: Malts, dark fruits, hops.

Taste: Dark fruit, malts, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, almost chewy. Creamy.

The Verdict: Pretty good. Good balance of malts and hops, and not too spicy like many winter warmers tend to be. A solid brew like most of Full Sail's offerings.

TheMarkE, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown, chestnut colored body with a foamy cream-colored head.

S- Malty, lots of roastiness, some sweetness, hints of roasted nuts.

T- Pretty similar to the aroma, some roastiness, some nuttiness, hints of caramel.

M- Medium-full bodied, lingering aftertaste and some stickiness left behind. Medium carbonation as well.

O- Pretty decent malty winter beer. Pretty good flavors come through.

stephenjmoore, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition pours a clear ruby body with a creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is complex, malty, spicy, and hoppy, all mingling together nicely in the nose. Toffee, nutmeg, cinnamon, spruce pine, and some floral hop notes provide a pleasant wintry bouquet.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, moderately carbonated, with a spicy bite of ginger.

Taste largely echoes the nose, with toffee and a hint of chocolate fronting the maltiness. Spices are prominent, mostly cinnamon. Some cola flavors are picked up toward the finish. Floral hops bitterness takes over the finish.

Nicely complex, and well balanced. An excellent winter warmer. Thanks to waldowin for this enjoyable PacNorthwest winter gem.

merlin48, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with the visual consistency of peach fruit. Chocolate and mildly spicey aromas. Distinct bitterness from the Pacific Northwestern that gets more bitter as it warms, and yields more citrus orange taste, as wll as mace and nutmeg. Mouthfeel: consistency of fruit.Spider lace left in the glass.Bottle from Premier.A sipper.

Sammy, May 24, 2011
Photo of agentorangebitter
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

agentorangebitter, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

JamLand, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of dexterk1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

dexterk1, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

buzzy, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of MrJolly
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MrJolly, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

tjcamm, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Treb0R
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Treb0R, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

GABrew, Jul 07, 2013
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.