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
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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:
"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 blitheringidiot
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a dark russet clear carbonationless appearance with a settled khaki spotty coating that leaves decent lace spots.

Nutty Earthy aroma. A malty mix of walnut and light berry.

First swigs: Balanced cherry soda meets pancake. Just a mix of fruity apple and pie crust blend. A bit mish-mashy to me. Clean red apple finish.

Feel is fine with a medium body and gentle carbonation. No clinging aftertastes.

Last swigs: Thanks to G.D. for the bottle. It's not really what I think of as a Winter Warmer. More of an Amber, to me.

Let every man take off his hat
And shout out to th'old apple tree
Old apple tree we wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped 02/28/14 69 at reefer temp into goblet.
Head virtually non-existant, off-white, completely diminishing
Lacing - virtually none.
Body reddish-brown, hazy (chill haze?)
Begins slightly bitter with something close to black cherry/date flavor and ends with the date predominating. No diacetyl, no hops, no alcohol after taste.
Medium to full body with a creamy texture.
Carbonation lively, quickly softening.

Overall, a winter warmer I can appreciate; not overspiced and not so sweet you have to chase it with insulin. Delightfully chewy. Drives, IMHO, Mad Elf back into the underbrush.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, on March 25, 2006: the Christmas 2005 brew. On sale for $5.99 for the six-pack.

Pretty dark mahogany brew with a minimal head, that leaves surprisingly thick and sticky lacing. Smell of toasted malts, spices (nutmeg, ground pepper), and some piney metallic hops. Taste is far hoppier than I would have looked for in a winter warmer, but then this is a west coast brew, so what did expect? Actually reminded me a great deal of the Arrogant Bastard I had yesterday. Toasted malt notes are all but covered up by the hops. I don't think this is to style: the malt should be much further forward and the hops should be more restrained. It's okay for what it is, but my taste score is primarily a reflection of the fact that winter warmers are SUPPOSED to be malty sweet with low hops (See this style descriptor: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/47.) According to this definition, this beer is definitely not to style. Fortunately the taste mellows and the malt comes up a bit as the beer warms.

Good mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Calling this a winter warmer seems a misnomer. Tastes more like an American Strong Ale, though at 6.5%, it wouldn't fit that category either.

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.36/5  rDev -12%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, hops, cinnamon and a little bit of dark fruit.

T: The taste is likewise malty, but quite tart and bitter, with flavors of dark fruit, hops and a little bit of spice. It seems a lot like a Scottish Ale to me, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The after-taste is bitter, but not-so-much from the hops.

M: Crisp with a little bit of smoothness, medium carbonation, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish, which is surprising for a beer with very little sweetness to it.

D: Not all that tasty to me, goes down ok, good kick, decent representation of style with a few quirks to make it different, to be honest it’s a decent beer, but there are a lot of others that I would choose first even within the style.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark, walnut-hued body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Meek, meager nose smelling only lightly of chocolate-covered nuts and sprucey hops.

Taste: Plenty nutty upfront with lesser tastes of roast and chocolate. Earthy blend of spicy, sprucey flavored hops. A deep bitterness lasts until the dry finish with a lingering roasted nut taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A middle-of-the-road winter release for me that, while not bad, certainly didn't do anything for me. Especially with so many other fine wintertime brews rolling around.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 4.9.13

A - Pours a medium brown with a large tan head after a vigorus pour.

S - Christmas spice and very malty.

T - Raisins and dark fruit with a touch of spice.

D - Good carbonation with a fairly light body.

O - Christmas-winter ale. A good standard, but still solid.

Photo of Gump
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At first I noticed an earthy flowery, rose-type of aroma without the sweetness. After that came a stinky septic smell. I take a deep whiff and I'm reminded of an outdoor porta-jon that was recently disinfected. I guess it's a byproduct of the yeast during fermenting.

The pour looks good enough, so I take a sip.

The flavors are quite good and easily drinkable.
Malty, nutty, some bitterness at the tip of my tongue.

Photo of csiewert
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark nutty color with a good amount of off white head. Smells of roasted barley and nuts. The taste is fairly sweet with a nutty aftertase. Some hops are present but not completely obvious. The mouth feel is good... A little over carbonated. Overall a good holday brown ale.

Photo of brongladest
3.4/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jbbailey
3.4/5  rDev -11%

Photo of younger35
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this from my local brew shop along with a couple other winter warmers. I’ve had this brew before but finally getting around to reviewing it tonight. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a really dark brownish red with a small half finger head with a light sandy color. Leaves almost no cap and a very small collar. Not much lacing present.
Smell- Some roasted malts and burnt brown sugar is the vast majority of the nose on this one. Some dark fruits are also present (plums, cherries and a touch of raisin) but not in much strength.
Taste- Starts with a bit of a over-roasted malt and some alcohol drenched cherries. A tad bit of sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar is present to semi-balance the slight citrus bitterness. The dark fruit in the nose is kind of present but really only in the aftertaste. It’s rather enjoyable until the finish when it becomes a bit cloying.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a lot of aggressive carbonation and a hint of alcohol warming.
Drinkability- For the most part (other than Vesuvius) I’m a Full Sail fan. The nose is a huge disappointment but the taste isn’t bad. It becomes a little much after a while though because it is fairly cloying. A bit more hop (or full fermentation) may reduce this (what do I know…?) and make it a bit more enjoyable.

Photo of silentjay
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours to a deep mahogany brown that is still translucent with a disappointing light tan head that quickly settles to a spotty film, yet sticks well to the glass.

pretty faint aroma of dark breads, nuts, and some herbal hops.

more flavorful than aromatic with plenty of sticky sweet caramelly malts and a considerable nuttiness. hops are a bit earthy and spicy but mostly herbal.

medium bodied and syrupy with way too much carbonation for my liking to complement the flavor profile.

drinks okay. overall, it brings to mind an english brown ale with a bit more spicy hops. not bad, but not great.

Photo of magictrokini
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear mahogany with a short, off-white head. Good balalnce of hops and malts in the nose and taste. Has a smooth, caramel and earthy flavor up front. Spice, hops, and tea come through in the middle. Dry, nutty, and earthy finish. Enjoyable, but it left me wanting more.

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50. Enjoyed from my trusty red wine glass.... still listening to Renaissance Worldwide Singapore; Dave Seamen mix.

Aggressive pour produced a shortlasting light tan head... pretty good lacing lasts through most of the glass. Dark Dark brown ... but still nice and translucent.

Nutty biscuity brown malts dominated the nose ... like an less malty English old ale ... sort of expected low PNW/American hop balance.

Taste is the same with some lite cherry and raisin mixed ... not overly complex by any means, but still supremely drinkable. No noticeable spicing, but there is a definate fruitiness with the roasted/nutty malts that makes it definitely interesting. Only sweet on the finish ... sorta reminds me of a Flintstone vitamin ... fruity and metallic.

I buy at least a few of these every winter, and am never disappointed. Solid beer from a brewery that I typically don't appreciate any of their 12 oz brews.

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 BrewRunner
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark red/amber (kind of blood reddish) color with a white head.

The smell kind of disappointed me. Nothing really distinctive came out.

Taste and mouthfeel were good. Like the smell there is nothing really distinctive to separate it from other beers, but nothing takes away as well.

Overall it's a good beer. Good for a cold winter's night, and worth the purchase. But there are a few other that I would take if I had the choice between them and Wassail.

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this was a dark brown with coffee colored soft, dense head. aroma of cocoa and piney hops. needs to warm quite a bit before the flavors begin open up - malty sweetness of chocolate and spice with the piney hops from the nose coming through also in the taste. mouthfeel was thick and chewy; this is a meal of a beer. great for a winter night, but the flavor wasn't quite all i hoped for.

Photo of Shaw
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black, with a light brown head that's sticky and lasts, although as a thin layer in my glass.

It has a light aroma of molasses, nothing big, but not too light.

The taste is malty, with coffee and roasted flavors mixing with a note of bread. This is an interesting Winter Warmer, because I don't detect any spices. There's also a bit of tannic bite in the aftertaste.

A smooth body has enough heft.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but is not one of my favorites from Full Sail, which is a bit disappointing. It's worth a try, especially for the malt fans out there.

Photo of DESTRO
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

never a big fan of the "special" winter brews save a few. pours out a nice ruby/brown. decent head, some nice lacing. smells malty with a very slight spice. taste isnt bad. infact its pretty good. malty with a good hop presence thats a bit piney. cinnamon comes to mind as well as other holiday flavors. herbal! not thick like some heavyweight winter brews, its nice and medium bodied, in the middle. while not my cup of tea i can def. appreciate it. i could see these going down pretty easy if thats your thing.

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 WanderingFool
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail pours a clear ruby color into the glass with a small off white head on top. The foam fades quickly to a ring around the surface leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is mild with notes of caramel malt, dark fruit (raisins? grapes?) and a hint of piney hops.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is dry on the palate, slightly slick with a moderate carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty and sweet with spicy notes. It begins with caramel malt and brown sugar before some hints of clove and nutmeg move in. There's a touch of raisin in there too. It finishes with a mild pine bitterness. Once gone the sweet malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a very easy drinking beer. Well balanced with light spicyness. I guess I was looking for more spices in this beer and maybe a thicker mouthfeel. However, it's well balanced and the flavors really come out as the beer warms in the glass.

Photo of Keffa
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a 22oz Pilsner glass. Thanks for this one, Steve.

Live review.

A: Pours a deep red/mahogany color, almost brown, 2 finger tan head settles after 5 minutes into a full cap, sticky small bubble lacing everywhere, and it refuses to let go of the glass. Very, very impressive so far.

S: Not a ton here, caramel and toffee sweetness, a little bit of a spicy, earthy hop, some light toast notes as well. Kind of bland, to be honest.

T: Hoppy like a rabbit! Hop bitterness is very pronounced, citric, piney, herbal, earthy, and very sharp. The sweetness that existed heavily in the aroma is masked by these overwhelming hops. Slight toast and caramel notes come toward the finish before getting buried beneath a nasty alcohol burn and another wave of bitterness. Finishes long and bitter. Meh. Better than the aroma, I guess.

M: Thin, slick, oily. Decently carbed. Again, meh.

O: Meh. This beer is a Winter Warmer alright. The bitterness and the burn from the alcohol could keep anyone warm. This is more a hoppy red ale than a winter warmer, IMO. Heavy handed, in all honesty. Would I buy more? No. Would I drink it again? Probably not. Just overpowering, and I'm a hophead.

I thought Full Sail was supposed to be good. This is meh.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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