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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

784 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 33
Gots: 27 | 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 almychristopher
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice dark brown color with red highlights and an off white head that recedes to lacing. The aroma brings to mind a nice malty stout, with a bit of citrus hops in the background. Lots of roasted malt flavor up front with nicely balanced by the dry, astringent, finish. not what I'd consider a traditional winter warmer, but I'm thankful for that. the medium body and good co2 make this a nice drinkable beer.

almychristopher, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Sail Wassail

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating or information

Pours murky very dark brownish amber, darker tan head, moderate in size, but tiny bubbles in evidence, and decent looking strands of fine lacing.

Caramel malts in the nose, with a hint of cola and very light winter spicing.

Quite tasty brew with waves of caramel infused malt notes, with some mustiness and again a flat cola note. Spicing held to a moderate level, but lurking subtly a few layers to the rear of the profile. Smooth and enjoyable. Nicely done.

Well worth giving this winter warmer a try

Billolick, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Fatehunter
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger of tan head. A nice ruby colored body.
Smell is bread and grain, rich overall.
Taste is hardy. Lots of malt here with balanced bitterness to keep the sweetness at bay. Little eating a loaf of bread.
Thicker body, low carbonation and a stickiness to it.
A hefty beer. Perfect for the cold weather.

Fatehunter, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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.

PEBKAC, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 alexrichman
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wassail is citrousy, hoppy but not as bold as I expected from Full Sail as a winter warmer but it was good. great golden, copper color and i had this ice cold( i know, i know defeats the purpose) but it was tasty either way. I had it on tap years ago and recall it tasting much better of course, tasting notes canyt be recalled from that one.

barleywinefiend, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Chestnuts roasted on an open fire brown. Clarity is nice and carbonation moderate. A somewhat dense cream cap starts strong, retains well, and leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Nice roasted malt character, plus some cinnamon and pepper. As the beer warms, a small amount of citrus creeps in.

T: There's a nice roasted nut flavor out front. Bitterness initially has a light burnt quality that gives away to lemon and grapefruit fairly quickly. Finishes with lingering roasted malt and citrus flavors. Alcohol adds the mildest touch of warmth.

M: The medium light body is a touch dry and has the right amount of carbonation.

D: I enjoyed this beer overall. Not the most characterful Winter Warmer, but a nice winter offering nonethless.

Rayek, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Elegant frothy head. Modest nutty aroma with a dusting of cocoa. Full Sail doesn’t go far in being daring here, unless you consider daring to be a low-alcohol winter warmer that shies from the traditional panoply of tropic spices. The brew is deep glowing red with lots of polish, deserving lace, and ample body. The flavor has a toys-in-the-attic mustiness with old-world malt character. Hops are held in check. The gentle smoky finish nearly hints at peat. A good drinker that’s worth waiting for. Available Oct.-Dec.

RedDiamond, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark ruby brown with a thin head leaving a nice lace. Smell of dark roasted malts, molassas and coffee. Taste has that roasted malt, coffee, spice with a good amount of hops leaving a bitter roastiness. Mouthfeel seems medium with good carbonation to help the bitterness go down. I'd say it's a good hop head winter ale thats not over the top with the ABV hidden well.

Bookseeb, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Greenfloyd
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good cool weather, aggressively hopped, Winter Warmer.

I poured this beer into a large thistle with a dark brown sugar color, while a decent lingering tan head settled on top. Smelled of lightly roasted malt as caramel and hops intertwine and trail off. Tastes have touches of apple cider spices and subtle dark malt, with a full hoppy finish. Medium mouth feel, not a heavy beer, but not really a session beer either...Paired great with a lemon/sage roasted chicken....Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of northaustin
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice dark black. one finger of light brown head.has some retention and lacing.

smell is heavy malts and alchohol. reminds me of alot of scotch ales or winter warmers. it is ok.

taste is heavy and very roasty. not too sweet and very enjoyable. i drank mine at room temerature. alchohol masked very well.

leaves youre mouth with a satisfying semi sweet stickiness that warms. i like it.

glad to have my wassail back. been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this release all year. loved it last year and im looking forward to enjoying it this winter.

northaustin, Sep 18, 2009
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.

gtermi, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint glass
From: Received from my father-in-law
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Dec. 23, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by May 13, 2014

Poured a mahogany clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of tan head. Minimal lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention.

Smelled caramel, toffee, roasty nuts, molasses and toast.

Tasted like a better version of the smell. Roasted nutes, caramel, toffee, biscuit and light chocolate.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

It was a very nice winter beer. I’d have it again.

BucannonXC5, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, dark ruby brown with an off-white finger width head. Decent retention. Leaves behind a thin, but sticky lace.

Smell - Moderate malt roast notes, hinting lightly at coffee and fruity sweetness, subtle spice and faint bitterness.

Taste - Begins with some moderate malt roastiness, hints of berry, and then a big, grassy, slightly citrus hop bitterness kicks in and dominates mid-taste. Burnt coffee character hits near the finish, restoring a bit of balance to this brew. A hint of berry lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. goes down fairly easy.

Overall - Solid winter warmer from Full Sail. Roasted malt meets an assertive, grassy hop bitterness. I can see myself at the top of the hill, ordering this beer before the first run of the day. Nice job, Full Sail.

TheSixthRing, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at around 50º into a Boon tumbler. Ample layer of creamy foam, surface has a slight luster to it. Woody brown color, that becomes ruby in direct light. Slow upward bubble streams, easily visible with it's gemstone clarity. Light whiff of alcohol, but otherwise malty in the nose. Light floral hop note shows up at room temperature. Fairly full body, malty with moderate bittering hops lending an earthy character. Some esters from the alcohol, nicely warming. Overall it was easy to drink, clean cut and not spicy, a fairly nice Winter Warmer.

emerge077, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am reviewing it way out of season, but it was available at a store so I picked it up. I really enjoyed this beer.

Started out pouring straight into an imperial pint. Wasn't producing much of a head, so I threw the last bit in, and it created this momentary cascading effect, similar to that of a Guinness as best I can describe. I was quite the sight. After it was all said and done with, it was a nice dark looking brew.
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The smell was very malty with a hint of sweetness and some smokiness. I was rather pleasant.

Medium bodied. Went down smooth.

Could easily kill a sixer. This is a great brew. I'm sorry I waited so long to try it. I look forward to this winter...

EgadBananas, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 finger head with subpar retention that fades quickly. Dark ruby brown in color.

Spiced smell with light cinammon and nutmeg. Orange peel comes out the strongest of all the spices.

Nicely spiced brew with a light caramel maltiness and a nice chocolate maltiness. The chocolate malts go well witha dry and piney bitterness.

This beer has a decent mouthfeel and the spices leave a good finish on the palate. The balance of this brew make it a good winter warmer.

jasonjlewis, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of silverking
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark red with a tan head it decent retention and beautiful lacing. The aroma is malty and spicy. There is also a strong pine a citrus hop presence. The taste is malty and woodsy with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish reveals pine and coffee. There is light carbonation with a moderate/light mouthfeel. It is lighter in flavor than most other winter beers and it is incredibly refreshing in a season dominated by thick syrup-like brews. It is simply outstanding.

silverking, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. Single purchased for $1.35.

A-Pours a dark amber hue with a one finger, light tan head. Modest retention with good lacing.

S-Caramel malt aroma with dark fruits, and some piney and citric hops. Very pleasant.

T-Toasted caramel and chocolate malts with fruitcake type fruit flavors. Well done.

M-Very smooth and balanced. A little thin and light on the carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable winter warmer since it has a lot of flavor but is not filling. 7.0% ABV is masked very well. A nice winter warmer.

velosuds, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised at how good this beer was.

Great burnt ruby color, huge caramel colored head that was creamy to say the least. Malty, hoppy and spicy in the nose, smells like a darker, more robust version of the style. Big time dose of malt backing with a nice fresh hop presence. Nutmeg and cinnamon, vanilla tangerines, dark red apple covered with caramel make this a very tasty beverage on a cold winter night. Mouthfeel was very creamy and bubbly at the same time, subdued bitterness in the finish from the hop bill. This winter warmer is chocked full of flavor, spice and everything nice.

natelocc787, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a brown body with some ruby highlights...the head was off white and showed great retention...fell slowly to a solid cap and left nice lacing

S - The aroma is very malty with sweet caramel...there are some lighter dark fruit aromas...and I'm detecting some hops

T - Toffee and caramel jump out right away...they are sweet, but not cloying...there's almost a creaminess to the sweet flavors...the dark fruits are subtle in the middle of the beer...those hops come through in the middle-end...it was a nice surprise...I get a coffee finish that's roasted and bitter

M - Medium bodied...carbonation level is nice...I enjoyed the hop bite

O - This was a nice surprise to find in Maryland...it was towards its expiration date but I found the flavors pronounced and not lacking at all...the malts were sweet with caramel and toffee flavors and those hops were a nice, bright addition

thain709, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is chestnut-brown on the pour, with a small light-khaki-colored head that leaves some lace. Body turns reddish when backlit.

S: Not a lot going on in the nose. A touch of spice and some sprucey hops.

T: First impression is of the aftertaste: surprising lingering piney bitterness. Body consists of toasted nuts up front, with spice following, and lingering spice and spruce in the aftertaste. Some drying alcohol is there too, but no real heat from the alcohol. As it warms I get a bit of sweetness - think caramel malt.

M: Light-to-medium in heft. Carbonation is moderate with an appropriate level of sharpness to it.

D: Good. All in all, this is a decent winter warmer. May be a tad bit too hoppy/bitter for the style (or, at least for what I was expecting tonight), but it's a good beer.

Kendo, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany with some beige head

smell - cocoa, hazelnut, bit of smoke

taste - cocoa, hazelnut, caramel, roasted malt, hops

mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, slightly bitter in the finish, flavors linger in the palate nicely

Overall - nice version of a winter warmer, good job, Full Sail

Price Point - 6pk/$8.99

keithmurray, Dec 21, 2011
Full Sail Wassail from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
86 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.